LocaDo 1.1 Submitted to The AppStore

I submitted LocaDo 1.1 to the app store this weekend and wanted to give a sneak peak. New features include:

  • A sleep mode for improved battery life, up to 60% better in my tests.
  • Metric to do saving for our international friends.
  • Bug Fixes.

Get v1.o here: LocaDo, location based to do list and reminders for iOS.

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2011 WWDC Live Streaming Options

Apple isn’t providing video this year so here’s a collection of publications covering it on their sites.  “F$&k it, we’ll do it live!”

Engadget

Boy Genius Report

The Loop

MacRumorsLive

ArsTechnica

Apple Insider

Mac Daily News

Wired

Business Insider

cnet

ZDNet

Technologizer

Techztalk

German: http://www.heise.de/mac-and-i/liveticker

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Example Objective-C Code for iOS/iPhone/iPad

Learning a new programming language can be difficult and sometimes developer documentation just doesn’t convey the message clearly and you need an example.  Coming from PHP where every function is documented with example code, I feel this is one area where the Objective-C ecosystem is severely lacking.  I found iPhone SDK Examples to be a helpful resource.

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Terrorist ‘pre-crime’ detector field tested in United States

I can’t think of anything that could possibly go wrong with this.

Planning a sojourn in the northeastern United States? You could soon be taking part in a novel security programme that can supposedly ‘sense’ whether you are planning to commit a crime.

via Terrorist ‘pre-crime’ detector field tested in United States : Nature News.

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One Man A Capella and Instrument Performances

This is pretty impressive. One guy doing it all, no instruments.

Alaa Wardis A Capella Performances Of Arabic Hits Go Viral In Middle East VIDEO.

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Apple v Lodsys

That’s good news.

“Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the App Makers are protected by that license,” wrote Bruce Sewell, Apple Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

via Apple says developers are licensed for Lodsys patents.

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Making the Rich Look Poor

Interesting. All about the presentation.

As a public service, I’ve redrawn the chart for the Journal. On the left is the original. On the right is the chart that shows the actual amount of money earned by the tiny handful of people making over $200,000. It’s a lot.

via Fun With Charts: Making the Rich Look Poor | Mother Jones.

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Halo Developer Bungie Registers Mobile Software Patent | Mac|Life

Myth is still my favorite game of all time.

Some intriguing news has leaked today from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Bungie, the studio behind the Halo, Myth, and Marathon series has reportedly filed for a trademark for “Crimson.” What exactly “Crimson” is, we don’t know, but it was filed under “computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones.”

via Halo Developer Bungie Registers Mobile Software Patent | Mac|Life.

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Apple Doesn’t Do Social, Macworld Looks At Game Center

One of Apple’s largest weakness is social/internet platforms. See Ping, Game Center, Favorites between AppleTV and iTunes, etc.  I don’t think it’s an issue of engineering talent but rather that social/internet platforms runs counter to Apple’s culture of secrecy and penchant for grand roll-outs.   The interaction required between all these different groups to make a killer social/internet platform isn’t possible given how tightly controlled new products are within Apple.  In fact, I’ve been told stories by Apple acquaintances of mine that the first time all the different product groups working on the same project will actually see the completed project is when it’s actually being announcement to the public at something like a Macworld.

In iOS 4, the company tried to capitalize on that popularity by launching Game Center, a social networking service for iOS games—but, like the company’s Ping social service, it’s largely been met with a collective shrug of indifference by users.Macworld Apple needs to press play on Game Center | Games | iOS Central.

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Maybe It Is Like Windows vs Mac Again

I doubt people are thinking about this when they say the iOS vs Android battle will be like the Mac vs Windows battle.

Applications loaded with malicious software are infiltrating the Google operating system at a faster rate than hackers did with personal computers at the same stage in development, said Nikolay Grebennikov, chief technology officer for Kaspersky. The company identified 70 different types of malware in March, up from two categories in September.Google’s Android phones face more attacks via apps.

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