Developer’s Corner Code Winners– Twittelator Pro

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On January 15, 2009

Wow Twittelator Pro is one highly coveted app.

Thanks to the folks at Big Stone Phone we had five promo codes to share. And they go to…

corona
schemegs
didymos
herbertkornield
jneerocks

Reminder to all promo code recipients-

We’re giving out promo codes to some great apps to mark the start of the Developer’s Corner.

PLEASE be sure to leave feedback here and on iTunes.

 

New in the App Store – Non-Safari Browsers

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Several months ago, Podcaster and MailWrangler were rejected by the powers that be over at Apple primarily because they were deemed duplicative of the functionality of the applications that Apple preinstalled on the iPhone (iTunes for the former and Mail in the case of the latter). Now we have news of not one, not two, but five — wait, make that six; I just stumbled upon another — third-party apps each serving the basic function of a mobile Web browser. Yes, mobile Web browser, a phrase that was until now attributed in iPhone parlance only to Mobile Safari.

Here’s a rundown of what I’ve found so far after searching Mobile Safari’s newly approved "duplicates." Individual reviews are underway, but for now snippets from the corresponding developer’s notes follow below.  

Hot apps

  • Elemelons Icon

    By: Andrea Probst

    Version: 1.0

    Category: Apps, iPhone

    Date: 2016-06-24

    Price: free

    Our rating:

  • Privates! Icon

    By: RXN

    Version: 1.2

    Category: Apps, iPhone Apps

    Date: 2016-04-18

    Price: free

    Our rating:

  • Did I See U - Free Dating App Icon

    By: michelle caffert

    Version: 1.1.2

    Category: Apps, iPhone

    Date: 2016-05-11

    Price: free

    Our rating:

  • AirParrot Remote Icon

    By: Squirrels LLC

    Version: 1.0

    Category: Apps

    Date: 2016-03-14

    Price: 6.99

    Our rating:

  • S.E.D.: Special Enquiry Detail Icon

    By: G5 Entertainment

    Version: 1.1

    Category: Apps

    Date: 2016-02-24

    Price: free

    Our rating:

  • Comixon Icon

    By: Orange Rockets

    Version: 1.2.1

    Category: Apps

    Date: 2016-03-02

    Price: free

    Our rating:

Improving OpenGL ES Performance on the iPhone

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Brad Larson notes that Core Animation – Apple’s framework for hardware-accelerated animation – is built on top of OpenGL. Core Animation is typically used for 2D animations and effects, but Brad noted that: [..] I realized that this layering meant that some of Core Animation’s functions could be used for more than just 2-D view […]

JetSet Expenses – App Update Coming

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Just wanted to say hello to everyone and let you know that we have a pretty exciting update to JetSet Expenses coming–look for it soon! 

Twittelator Pro – Secrets of…

 Big Stone Phone’s most popular application to date has been our full-featured power-tweeter’s app Twittelator Pro, a twitter client for iPhone/Touch, with advanced features like subgroups, emoji’s, copy/paste, search nearby, advanced searches, trending topics, automatic photo upload to 2 sites with a high resolution option, URL shortening, 5 themes, automatic maps and even an emergency button.

What’s fun for me as a developer is to search the Twitterverse for ‘Twittelator’ to see who’s using and talking about Twittelator, and many times, I’ll see questions such as:

  • How do I retweet?
  • How do I reply to a tweet?
  • How do I find out more about a mentioned user?

 

 

As an intervention, I created a couple of web pages that go into the FAQ’s, Tips and Tricks, and even how to Tweet a URL from Safari automagically:

 

Hope that helps and be sure to follow me: @twittelator

App Store – You Get What You Pay For

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On January 14, 2009

As a new writer here on WOiP I’m getting a new perspective on the applications I see in the iTunes App Store.

In the past I would see an app, think it was cool, try it out, and decide if I wanted to keep it installed or not. Because of this, most of what I looked at were free apps. After becoming more familiar with what is out there now I am view things in a much different light.

It’s become clear to me that there is a big problem with the App Store- the default $.99 price. More accurately, the bargain pricing is symptomatic of a bigger issue, the  underlying causes of which needs to be addressed.
In the short run inexpensive apps look to be a great deal for consumers. Cheap applications mean handheld devices can acquire tremendous functionality in a short period of time. On the developer side, cheap applications mean developers can get huge exposure to a large number of people rapidly. The warm fuzzies end there. Even though it looks great at first, upon deeper examination, it is the most unfortunate thing for the consumer and developer that could’ve ever happened.

Just this morning I was perusing the App Store as usual, I took notice to the unusualy high amount of new crApps in the store. Now I don’t throw around the term crApp loosely. An app really must be a pointless waste of space to be labelled as such, but alas, there were plenty. This reminded me of the post Dan recently wrote in which he commented that the good apps are very good, and the crap apps really were crApps. It has become increasingly prevalent that some developers have picked up a copy of "iPhone Apps for Dummies" and have taken it quite literally.

This brings me to the point of this post:

We, as consumers have a tremendous impact on the fate of the App Store. It is, after all a market-driven entity. What sales have shown thus far, is that consumers do not feel that expanding the possibilities the iPhone can offer is a mainstream idea.  This is evident in the apparent reluctancy (just look at sales numbers) to buy higher priced apps, reardless of the versatility and promise they show to the iPhone as a platform and to the user buying it. That, in turn, makes it less likely developers will put in the time and effort to make fantastic apps. The result is an over-all dumbing-down of the App Store’s offerings.

The Element LIQUID iPhone Case Review

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When I was first contacted about reviewing the Element LIQUID Case, I was really quite excited. I have now been writing about iPhones for over a year and a half, and in that time I’ve written numerous case reviews. I still enjoy doing these reviews, but after a while cases start to look increasingly similar. But here was a case that was anything but the norm — how cool! In addition, here was a case that was not only unique, but it also offered customization and personalization the likes of which is rarely seen; I was anxious to receive the review unit.

So does the Element Case live up to my initial excitement? Let’s take a look —

Pudge – Promo Code Giveaway

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iTunes Link

 

Plunge into this addictive one-finger game and enjoy hours of underwater fun! Guide Pudge the puffer fish as he swims as far as possible dodging any obstacles in his way while you try to get the ultimate Pudge record.

Pudge is the perfect companion on the go, whether you have a few minutes or hours to kill.

For even more Pudge action, break out the exclusive Head-to-Head mode as you challenge friends and family to a race in 2-Player mode on the same device at the same time!

Will you be the next Pudge champion?

How to Play
The controls couldn’t be any easier: touch anywhere on the screen to move Pudge up, and let go to move Pudge down. You have to avoid hitting anything; because once you do, the game is over. The cave has random craggy rocks and the sandy ocean floor is littered with shells and other colorful creatures.

Key Features
– Exclusive Head-to-Head Mode. Two players on the same device at the same time!
– Hours of addictive one-finger gameplay. You will never play the same game twice!
– Over 5 minutes of super-catchy music and sfx.
– Everyone can play…no reading required!
– Easy to pick up, hard to put down.
– Crisp, colorful graphics.
– All this in just a 3.2MB download!

Localized to: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Japanese.

Coming Soon
– Play your own music during the game
– Global leaderboard
– WiFi mode for 2 players

MobileFiles Pro – Review

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By: MobileFiles Pro

Version: 1.0.0

Category: Uncategorized

Date: 2008-12-23

Price: 9.99

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iTimer Camera

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 iTunes link
iTimer Camera is an enhanced self timer camera on your iPhone. It allows you to take photos of yourself, a photo sequence of a dancing friend, or record exciting moments at your party. 

Features 
– custom time interval 
– single delayed shot – self-timer for taking single photos of yourself or yourself with your friends 
– continuous mode – for making photo sequences of sunrise, dancing friend, or a flowering flower 
– party mode is a virtual photographer at your party, who records exciting moments of your party. Just fix your iPhone to a stand or table, press ‘shoot’, and forget about it. 
– sound signals let you know when to smile
New in 1.1.1 version:
– Shows longer preview of last photo
– Spinner to show the process
– Fixed behavior for non-standard settings in continuous mode

 

 We have 10 promo codes for you. To get a one, please leave a comment as to what features you would like to see in the next version to our email address [email protected] 

Thanks.