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Wednesday: January 2, 2013

New version of iOS starts appearing in developer logs.New version of iOS starts appearing in developer logs.

Developers have started noticing some curious entries in there log files regarding a new version of Apple's iOS operating system. The current version of iOS is six but references to iOS 7 are being found. Along with the new version of iOS a new iPhone hardware identifier has been unearthed as well. Look forward to iPhone 6 sometime in the near future.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 10:17 AM | Tags (6) | iphone | ios | developers | macrumors | hardware | apple |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: December 13, 2012

Google releases standalone maps application for iPhone.Google releases standalone maps application for iPhone.

The long awaited Google Maps application is finally here and it actually looks and functions very well. There have been numerous reports that this app beats out it's Android counterpart in terms of design and overall look and feel. All of the characteristics you expected from a proper maps application are here - turn by turn directions, vector maps, rotational maps and general location information. Some amazing work here from Google.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apps @ 7:25 AM | Tags (7) | available | blog | google | google | maps | official | phone |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: November 9, 2011

You won't be seeing Siri on older iDevices anytime in the near future.You won't be seeing Siri on older iDevices anytime in the near future.

That's a shame but it makes sense given Apple's strategy and history of making certain features exclusive to particular iPhone models. Not clear on why devices other than iPhones have to miss out on this. The iPad 2 should have enough horsepower to run Siri without an issue (same for their notebook line as well).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 6:53 AM | Tags (8) | apple | support | siri | older | devices | macrumors | iphones | ipads |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: August 11, 2011

Nintendo shareholders would really like to see Mario on the iPhone, sooner than later.Nintendo shareholders would really like to see Mario on the iPhone, sooner than later.

It's an interesting time these days for video game consoles. That is of course, if you happen to be a company called Nintendo. Nintendo's latest handheld has been officially declared as a flop (even by Nintendo itself) and the price has been reduced not long after release.  The caliber of games you can find on the iPhone and iPad do rival what you can find on a Nintendo handheld - and at a much cheaper cost ($40 compared to often times $1-2).  It should be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 3:35 PM | Tags (10) | 3ds | apple | bloomberg | gaming | iphone | mario | nintendo | pressured | slump | wii |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 15, 2011

App of the Week: Game Dev Story

Rarely does an iPhone game catch my attention let alone force me to become so addicted to it that I abandon posting to my newly launched website for an entire two days. That's exactly what happened when a friend suggested I try out Game Dev Story for iPhone. The concept is pretty simple, you are President of a game development studio. You make video games. You watch them sell (hopefully like hotcakes), make money, become famous. Along the way you'll also need to hire employees with various skill sets (everything ranging from writers to sound engineers) and even take your advertising dollar spend into account.

The game has some interesting play concepts. In order to make a video game you'll need to pair up given types of video games along with matching a genre to that type which may or may not be the best fit. For example, you can choose to make a racing game and have the genre be about robots. On the other hand, you can make a video game with conflicting styles like RPG and... trivia. You can also choose what platform you want to develop for your video game for. Each platform has it's audience and the game type you choose may play a part in that. In order to play with some of the bigger platforms you'll need to get a license (of which you'll need some serious cash in some instances). Based on how well the type, genre, and platform of your desired game match your staff will work on it and try to make a game to the best of their given abilities. Those abilities can also be leveled up through research data (think experience points) or you can also send them to training, which also will cost you your hard-earned money. If you're unhappy with the performance of a given employee can choose to fire them and hire some new ones. At some point, you'll even be able to design your own platform/console. As of writing, I have not gotten that far yet. 

The visual design of the game looks like something you'd see right out of the classic Super Nintendo days of gaming. The graphics are cute and at times huggable, especially when you see your team do very well on a game. It's very much reminiscent of SimCity but obviously with a different setting and environment. But the game does take some direct cues from SimCity and will throw some curveballs at you every now and again. For example, when your team is working hard on your latest video game the electricity may go out. This causes the development to suffer and sets back your team.  Some of your employees may ask if they can work to improve a game, when they fail your game's bug count goes up. However, if they succeed your game gets better. You can also purchase boosts and products for your employees to add polish to your games, but it'll cost you.

The strangest part about this for me is that for the life of me I could not seem to put this game down. I found myself playing it on the Subway, walking from the Subway, walking home, during dinner, etc etc. There was something very satisfying about creating a mock video game (they even let you name it) and then see how well your idea takes in terms of sales and overall popularity. I was never into the whole Tamogatchi Virtual Pets thing when they were popular back in the day, this seems to be the virtual pet that was custom-tailored for me and my video game aspirations.

Game Dev Story was created by the folks over at Kairo Park. The app is available for iPhone and Android devices and will set you back $1.99. Enjoy and best of luck in your video game creation endeavors.

Posted to Verbose filed in Video Games @ 10:24 AM | Tags (8) | addicting | app | appoftheweek | gamedev | gaming | iphone | verbose | videogames |  | Discuss (1) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 8, 2011

Twelve cool Apple iPhone concepts for you to gawk at.Twelve cool Apple iPhone concepts for you to gawk at.

Toxel has put together a list of iPhone concepts from all over the Interwebs ranging from cool to never-gonna-happen-this-lifetime. Some of these mockups may or may not already be in violation of several pending Apple patents. Seriously, has anyone taken a look at Apple's patent portfolio these days? It's quite extensive, they hold over 16,000 of them worldwide. Just reading this post probably puts you in patent violation.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 12:59 PM | Tags (7) | apple | concepts | iphone | mockup | patents | toxel | transparent |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 7, 2011

You may be charging your next Apple device a little differently according to latest rumors.You may be charging your next Apple device a little differently according to latest rumors.

In yet another report of a report, the Wall Street Journal points to a rumor that Apple may be experimenting with charging via induction for their future iPhones. Makes sense, the new iOS software essentially cuts the cord in terms of syncing (of which I am very excited for) so it would be safe to assume that eventually they would want to cut the power cord as well.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 7:13 AM | Tags (7) | apple | batteries | battery | charge | charging | induction | iphone |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Hugh Grant: actor and phone hacker vigilante.Hugh Grant: actor and phone hacker vigilante.

The link above which takes you to the BBC site has the contents of this video in which Hugh Grant discusses how we turned the tables on an unsuspecting phone hacker. Phone hacking seems to be just the tip of the iceberg as Grant goes into detail as to the other kinds of nefarious activities that he uncovers. Give this man a deerstalker and a magnifying glass, well done Sherlock.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 7:04 AM | Tags (12) | bbc | news | hugh | grant | exposed | hacking | phone | digital | hughgrant | video | vigilante | sherlock |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 6, 2011

A report of a report says that Apple will introduce a thinner iPhone sometime this fall.A report of a report says that Apple will introduce a thinner iPhone sometime this fall.

Who knows what to believe these days. Perhaps Apple will pull the curtain on an iPhone 4S or an iPhone4GS (the 'G' standing for insanely great). Either way your current iPhone 4 will no longer be the coolest iPhone on the block. You should just throw it away right now. Go ahead, stop crying. You knew this day was coming.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 4:31 PM | Tags (7) | iphone | 9to5mac | wsj | apple | thinner | lighter | faster |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Nintendo states no interest in bringing games to iPhone or Android.Nintendo states no interest in bringing games to iPhone or Android.

According to AllThingsD Nintendo's stock took a beating after this announcement. From Nintendo's point of view this an obvious move. They make the hardware, they develop games on their hardware. Would you expect to see Apple putting iOS on an Android phone in the near future? If you said yes, proceed to smack yourself in the face. Now do it again.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 3:49 PM | Tags (9) | nintendo | gaming | apple | iphone | videogames | games | mobile | android | phones |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: May 12, 2010

HTC asks for ban on Apple products after filing patent complaint.HTC asks for ban on Apple products after filing patent complaint.

Engadget is taking a deeper look at just what patents are involved here between the two companies and the implications of the federal lawsuit (which HTC has filed along with their patent suit). Should be an interesting battle - or about as interesting as Nokia versus Apple.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 3:33 PM | Tags (13) | htc | patent | complaint | apple | ban | iphone | ipad | ipod | engadget | nokia | dispute | lawsuit | federal |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Apple seems to have lost yet another iPhone prototype.Apple seems to have lost yet another iPhone prototype.

Here we go again - not sure how Apple would've been able to make the same mistake twice given the publicity of the last prototype that was lost. A teardown of the device has revealed an Apple branded microchip, just like the iPad.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 11:39 AM | Tags (13) | 4th | another | apple | chip | generation | iphone | iphone | lost | macrumors | new | photos | prototype | teardown |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 48 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 11, 2010

Have a peek at some near-final screenshots of the Windows Phone 7 interface.Have a peek at some near-final screenshots of the Windows Phone 7 interface.

I find parts of this user interface to be very depressing (granted it's not final but near-final sounds like their pretty close). The data entry screens are bland, colorless, and lifeless. Almost as if you're signing a death warrant on someone when you want to add them as a contact. Not very inviting.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 1:59 PM | Tags (10) | black | dark | depressing | design | interface | microsoft | phone | screenshots | series | windows |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: May 10, 2010

An interesting writeup on iPad usability from Jakob Nielsen.An interesting writeup on iPad usability from Jakob Nielsen.

This post contains most of my reasoning as to why I haven't purchased an iPad just yet. I can't seem to rationalize how the device fits into my overall usage scheme. The iPhone seems to do everything I would use an iPad for - and it does a heck of a good job at everything it already does.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 2:04 PM | Tags (14) | apps | design | device | findings | gadget | interface | ipad | iphone | nielsen | screen | size | studies | usability | wonky |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Android manages to outsell the iPhone in smartphone sales for the first time.Android manages to outsell the iPhone in smartphone sales for the first time.

Verizon (30%), T-Mobile (17%) and Sprint (15%) make up the bulk of the rest of the market. The numbers may also reflect the late lifecycle of the iPhone 3GS compared to the newer android devices. Apple is also widely expected to revise the iPhone in the next month.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 11:42 AM | Tags (11) | android | iphone | google | apple | smartphone | sales | carriers | verizon | attt | sprint | macrumors |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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