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Friday, October 1, 2010

Sound Effects for Halloween, And a Free Game Via iTunes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

"Halloween is upon us once again, affording men the opportunity to dress up like police officers, vampires and pirates, and affording the women the opportunity to dress up like sexy police officers, sexy vampires and sexy pirates. It also affords app developers the chance to release their new Halloween apps, or at least modify them with a Halloween theme."

It's never too early to get ready for Halloween is it? Also, from today until October 8th, you can get a copy of the game Evil Quiz v1.2 for free [link].

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"I was born to create apps!"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"Here's something that will either warm your heart or make you gag, depending how you feel about Apple's penchant for self-congratulatory schmaltz."

Makes you want to go get that developer's kit doesn't it? They even work in a not so subtle jab at Android by saying it's nice to be working on a platform that is mature and not something "invented two years ago."

Monday, February 22, 2010

Apple Changes Rules in App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Things just got a lot more wholesome in Apple's app store as a boat load of apps were just banned, and new rules for future apps have been put into place. Bring on the lynch mob!"

Some of the rules are no skin, no women or men in bikinis (men in bikinis??) and no apps that imply sexual content. The list goes on of course, yet they still have the Playboy app in the store even though approximately 5,000 other apps have been pulled. It is this kind of inconsistency that is maddening for the developers as well as the customers.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Favorite Apps in 2009?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"...we thought we'd shine a spotlight on some of the favorite apps we used this year. These are the "sticky" apps, the ones that lingered on our iPhones after we gave them a preliminary spin. There's so much on the App Store, good, bad and indifferent; here are a few suggestions for items that deserve your attention."

This was an article from the last week of 2009, but it has a nice list of apps that they found useful. I have several of them and use them everyday, such as Evernote, Sportacular, Instapaper and Dropbox. One that wasn't on the list that I have really gotten a lot of use out of over the last year is Shazam. What do you use that isn't on the list?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What Is On Your iPhone Phil?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 07:00 AM

"OK, in tandem with yesterday's NY Times report on the App Store comes a short report explaining which apps Apple's chief marketing exec, Phil Schiller, uses on his iPod."

Image Credit: Reuters

If you don't want to go to the story and are curious, the apps are Shazam, CNN, Facebook, at Bat, NBA Game Time, ESPN ScoreCenter, Eliminate, geoDefense and Best Camera. Wonder if that is all he has on there, doesn't seem like all that much. Or maybe I'm an app collector.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Apple Shows Off Top 20 Paid and Top 20 Free Apps

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 01:00 PM

"As of today, nearly one billion apps have been downloaded around the globe. So we just want to say thanks - a billion. Download an app and you'll automatically get the chance to win a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro. Just go to the iTunes Store, browse the App Store, and download your best app yet."

So... Out of the two top 20 lists, how many apps do you have installed currently?

I'm at 7 total, although there are a few on the list that I had on at one time or another and don't now.

Tags: software, iphone, apps

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Another App Store on the Horizon?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Could this be a threat to the Apples iTunes store? The idea is loading up your applications via USB cable, rather than via iTunes store. This type of app installer would eliminate the need for an iTunes app store."

This was originally done for jailbroken phones, and is an app called "Desktop Installer" by the folks at RipDev. The difference now is that it works on regular iPhones. From the RipDev site, it is described as "a desktop variant of our own It will allow you to view and install packages that are present in various Installer and Cydia repositories by downloading them to your computer and then synchronizing via the USB cable with your iPhone."

The InstallerApp is supposed to work similar to iTunes once installed on your desktop and iPhone, notifying you of updated apps for example. They are beta testing this now and are supposed to have 1.0 released soon. So if you have a non-jailbroken iPhone and want to experiment outside the iTunes App Store, this may be worth a look.

My two cents? It isn't something I would even consider. I like the fact that the iTunes App Store is a controlled environment. When an application is released on iTunes, I have pretty good faith that it was checked out and it isn't going to blow up my iPhone. I don't see this being much competition to the iTunes store for the iPhone users with non-jailbroken iphones, iTunes is much too convenient. I'm willing to pay for the convenience, and I think most others are as well. Or maybe I'm not geeky enough? What do you think?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How App Sorting Should Work

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 02:00 PM

"We love the iPhone's ultra simple homescreen user interface - as long as we're not trying to change anything. Once we get tired of the old arrangement of icons, moving them all around to match our new mood is like eating rice with a tool big enough for only one grain at a time. After about 5 grains, you decide you weren't hungry in the first place. Want to organize 5 pages of apps alphabetically? Hah! See you next week."

I know Apple's not in the business of taking unsolicited advice (it's part of their charm) but this video demonstrates exactly how iPhone app management should work. For someone like me with 7 pages of Apps (stop making fun of me!) this would be a God-send. As it is, they're in no particular order just because it's too much work to sort that many apps across that many pages. Luckily, a lot of them have been there long enough that I just know where they are and what screen they're in.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Apple Now Allows Review Copies of iTunes Apps

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple has finally started allowing developers to issue free promotional copies of their iPhone applications. Once an application has been accepted to the App Store by Apple, developers can issue up to 50 promotional codes. The codes allow the recipient to download a full copy of the application for free. Presently, these codes can only be used in the U.S. iTunes Stores by using the "Redeem" link in the App Store."

When we started Apple Thoughts, I didn't realize that we couldn't get "review copies" of apps because iTunes was the only way to get an application. In fact, one developer sent me a gift card to review three of their apps because the minimum was $10 for a gift card. Imagine if their apps were $0.99? Anyway, this is a welcome change and I hope all our developer friends that read regularly are taking this one in!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Game Developers Have Their Own Sales, Too

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 07:00 AM

"In the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving ("Black Friday") has been the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season and is typically marked by large sales at retail stores. iPhone developers are in on the action with a number of iPhone game sales. Act quickly, as some of these are for very short periods of time"

Figure 1: Not necessarily games that are on sale, just a screenshot of the store for illustration purposes.

Lots of games on sale today, and Touch Arcade has an exhaustive list. Some of them might end up on my iPhone before the day is over. In fact, I know for a fact some of them will. Virtual Pool and Scrabble, for example, are going to be on my iPhone before I even leave for work today. Were any of you holding off on buying and now considering one of the listed games? I for one am quite annoyed that I paid $9.99 for Enigmo on day one and now it's $0.99 but that's the way it works sometimes. :-)

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