Switching from iPhone to Windows Phone 8

Most cell phones reviews are done by analyzing hardware specs, running a few applications and speculating how the device’s features are evidence of the legendary iPhone killer. Very rarely are reviews done by someone actually switching from their preferred handset to the new device that is the object of their scrutiny. This is more than a review, it’s a journey, a story if you will, about what it really means to switch from the iPhone to a new Windows 8 Phone. Why Windows Phone? In researching this decision, I found similar statements to, “If something is working well for you, then why switch?” To be honest, I feel the same way. I love my iPhone and have been an iPhone user since version 1; having every intention of upgrading to the new iPhone 5. So this post isn’t about any Microsoft vs Apple fanboy business. Technorati Tags: htc, iPhone, iphone killer, nokia 920, windows phone, windows phone 8, windows phone review, windows phone vs iphone

How Mobile Technology Can Create Smarter Homes

According to CNET, there were about 1.2 billion mobile broadband subscriptions in 2011, mobile computing is quickly becoming the primary computing platform. As a developer, mobile is an exciting place to be and the technology and landscape is changing every day. So what do we make of products like Google TV?

With so many companies trying to shoehorn every possible online service onto a tiny screen, do we really need to think about a technology that is stuck in one place, where people spend very little time these days? Web TV came and went in the 90s, with little success at bringing web services to the sofa; but, is cramming everything into a mobile device the right way to go either?

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Pyramix: New and Noteworthy According to iTunes

We are pleased that our latest application, Pyramix, was listed in the New and Noteworthy section of the iTunes Store for iPad word games.

In the last couple months we have released 7 of our own iPhone, iPad and Android applications. Here’s the rundown.

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iPhone Watch August 2009

iPhone Application (Game) Reviews. We currently have 4 apps in the store, 2 games, one lite version of a game and a companion app to the book The Business of Design by our founder Joe Desetto. Though we had plans to have at least one new app in the store and another one really close to being submitted by now, I was pulled away from developing for the iPhone to work on other projects. I hope to be back to work soon. Note: TapDots is now a free app and has done really well now with it’s gratis price, in the education category. In the name of research and planning for new apps we downloaded and played some of the newer 99¢ games on our iPhones. Here are some brief reviews on a few of those apps. Research or Play?: Flight Control is like the gold standard in the 99¢ iPhone game market, it is what every game developer strives to put into the store. It is a simple, challenging and addictive game with great design and replay value. Unfortunately, like with all great things there are many copycats. There are a whole new line to line drawing/prioritizing games now,…

Box of Sox built using Ansca Corona

The gig is up. All those who thought I was really smart for building Box of Sox with xCode now know the truth. Box of Sox and tapDots were built with Corona, not the beer, but an iPhone SDK from Ansca Mobile. Corona uses a scripting language that is very similar to actionScript, javascript, and php to access the iPhone’s APIs and build applications. As a Flash developer working with Corona was so familiar, I had my first prototype built in less than a day. The best part is my brain did not meltdown like it does trying figure out xCode/Objective C programming. Ansca is officially announcing Corona and it’s early adopter program this week at the HOW Conference in Austin Texas and will give a live demo on Friday in a session called “iPhone Development for Designers”. They will be joined by our own Sean Carey and Joseph Desetto to talk about the production process used to build Box of Sox. To find out more about Corona, sign up for the early adopter program and download the SDK, check out their website here. You can follow some of the up to date happening at the HOW Conference here and…

iPhone Watch January 2009

Converting AS3 to Cocoa Touch: The iPhone is another interest of mine because it is just so cool. I would love to build apps for the iphone but do not know when I would have time to learn cocoa touch. That is why I am very interested in Andy Jacobs’ Blog and his tutorials on AS3 to Cocoa Touch. Now if I can just find the time, these tutorials definitely make understanding cocoa conventions much easier for an AS programmer. AS3 Reference iPhone Application: So what is the next best thing to having Flash on the iPhone? How about an Action Script 3 reference documentation application for the iPhone? Not sure when I would use it. Perhaps when they port the Flex SDK to the iPhone, otherwise I would rather use the online version with a huge monitor, full keyboard and mouse. I do not know why I still had to get the app, It is just one of those things that sound so good. Technorati Tags: Action Script 3, as3 reference, Flash, Flex, iPhone, iphone application

iPhone Interface Artwork (Vector)

There is a huge buzz around the new iPhone SDK, at least in some circles. Here is a collection of a few iPhone interface objects, in vector (Illustrator CS3), for anyone wanting to design an interface for the iPhone or an iPhone look-a-like app.


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