iTunes 8.0.1 Released, Applications update!

Friday, October 3rd, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been having the problem that my iPhone’s applications don’t ever update in iTunes.  

I had submitted a request to Apple about it, they got back 48 hours later and pretty much told me to reinstall iTunes.  Thanks Apple, it only takes me about 18 hours to reinstall iTunes and add my 100 GB of media to the library.

The whole time, the applications have updated just fine on my iPhone.  

I even went as far as deleting applications from my library, and having them re-downloaded.  Turns out, unlike music, if you delete an application it just gets re-downloaded.  Why can’t they do this with music too?  I think it has something to do with the distribution of application updates.  

With the 8.0.1 release from Apple, my applications in iTunes finally all updated.  They downloaded in a few seconds, and the number that has been sitting next to “Applications” has finally disappeared.

Lets hope 2.2 isn’t far behind 8.0.1!

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Flash for the iPhone – Already developed by Adobe

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 | Personal | 1 Comment

Announced at Flash On The Beach, Adobe confirmed it is actively developing a Flash Player for the iPhone.

Broken (as far as I can tell) by Flash Magazine, on the post Flash For the iPhone Confirmed At FOTB.

Now lets hope it doesn’t suck too many batteries, is fully compatible with the standard flash browser, and Apple will graciously let Adobe deploy the Flash Player.

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jQuery becomes an official part of Microsoft and Nokia Frameworks

Monday, September 29th, 2008 | Business | No Comments

As posted on the official jQuery blog, “jQuery, Microsoft, and Nokia“, jQuery is being made an official part of the development platforms for both Microsoft and Nokia.

That’s going to be quite the blow to other frameworks.  Does this mean Scriptaculous will be slowing down?

I think this may have been strategic, as Apple has pushed Scriptaculous, and other developers have been using the Yahoo AJAX kit, as well as the Google AJAX kits.

All in all, great news for the talented jQuery team.  A great piece of software that is changing the way the web is being built.

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iPhone 2.2 software coming soon?

Friday, September 26th, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

In a photo posted at iphoneatlas.com (seen below), you can see some of the changes Apple has in store for the 2.2 update to the iPhone.

Please check out the article, Apple Debuts New Safari Interface in iPhone OS 2.2.

Why are we always so excited about this minor updates Apple releases?

I know I love getting new software in the hopes that it fixes some of the things I most find annoying.  Every release for me has “Copy Paste” in it.  Then I install, it doesn’t have the feature, so I assume it’s in the next one.

The whole point of this update CAN’T only be moving the Google search bar up, and the refresh icon over?  Can it?

If it is, we know for sure they’ll say “other fixes and security updates” in the patch.

Whenever I’ve deployed a website missing some importantly functionality, I’ve always spent the night up working on a fix for it.

Worse yet, what if Apple started charging iPhone users like they charge iPod Touch users?  I find it obnoxious that they charge those users to upgrade the software.  Perhaps this is part of a contract with ATT?  Not to release functionality developed for the iPhone for free to other Apple customers who aren’t paying the $30 a month for the “privilege” of owning an iPhone.

Here’s to hoping that the next release fixes more than the dreaded “Google search bar misplaced” bug (sarcasm).  Maybe I’ll have more time to work with actual web development topics, as opposed to the iPhone drama.

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Flash Optimizations of onClip enterFrame events

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 | Business | No Comments

I’m going to be writing up a tutorial and exploring the benefits of what I am about to propose, this is for conversation and discussion.

When creating MovieClip objects that update their status every frame they enter, traditionally you bind a general loop to their “onClipEvent(enterFrame)” or other methods to bind to the onEnterFrame method.

Inside is normally a loop that executes perpetually with each frame refresh.  When objects build up with this logic, the framerate in Flash movies can dwindle.  This is especially evident on slower functioning computers.

I will be testing out a method to enhance movieclips who don’t need to always be looping.  For example, if you have a navigational structure with 3 elements.  Lets call them Home, News, and Contact.  These navigational elements need to animate themselves when told to do so by the main flash animation.

Normally I would bind a method to “setTargetXY”, “doAnimation”, and let the main handler “onEnterFrame” handle the animation from there.

But what about when the movie isn’t moving the navigation around?

I propose the doAnimation should always have a “this.start()”.  Additionally when the animation is over, the main handler should “this.stop();” to stop the moving from entering frames and continuously checking for an “isActive” or other qualifiers to begin animation calculations.

I’ve informally done this before just out of optimizing code, but I think a more formal approach may be beneficial.

Does anyone know if the flash player automatically does this?  Tests for logical qualifiers in movie loops, and stops them until those qualifiers change? 

It could be a nice optimization to the way Flash player handles static objects who have a loop with a single if statement wrapped around.

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CNET reviews the T-Mobile G1, Google Android

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

Here’s a video of CNET‘s hands on with the T-Mobile G1:

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G1 – Will it support flash?

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 | Business, Personal | No Comments

One of the biggest questions I have right now, is will the G1 support flash?

The famous “Google Phone”, competing with the iPhone — so far I cannot confirm or reject the possibility that it supports flash.

The lack of flash support on the iPhone is my biggest problem with the phone.

Some other various pieces of information I have gathered, mostly negatives about the G1:

 

  • it is almost 30% thicker, 20% heavier
  • smaller screen
  • forces the user to use google accounts for email / contacts
  • does not sync with desktop applications 
The positive updates:
  • Built in compass (think of applications in Streetview, and other geospacial technologies)
  • Google Street View support
UPDATE 2008.09.23- According to Xbit laboratories in this article, the Google Android Phone will NOT be supporting flash.

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Finally, the new T-Mobile G1 at Engadget

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

Engadget has posted some hands-on coverage of the T-Mobile G1.

Can this device rival the iPhone?  

Based on the pure specs, yes:

  • WiFi
  • 3G
  • 3 Megapixel Camera (iPhone’s still stuck at 2)
  • Android Market
  • Amazon’s mobile MP3 store
  • Google Maps
  • Over the Air synchronization! (this is a big deal for me, I’m not sure how well it works, but why can’t my iPhone with WiFi access at least, synchronize over the air?)
  • PUSH Gmail support
  • Full QWERTY Keyboard
However, there are some problems:
  • All plastic
  • Screen doesn’t look as nice (my own personal opinion)
  • Just doesn’t look as nice overall
It’s important to note the differences, technically, it is a better phone.  Visually, the Android phones have always had image problems.  Something has to be said about the way Apple can make something that everyone else makes, look good.

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Apple’s controversy regarding stealing ideas from Intelliscreen

Monday, September 22nd, 2008 | Business | 2 Comments

 

Intelliscreen home page preview

Intelliscreen's modifications to the locked screen of the iPhone.

Intelliscreen is an application for jailbroken iPhone’s.  The application modifies the “locked” iPhone screen (normally your background with an unlock slider), and adds information collected from various sources.

 

After I got my new iPhone 3G, I had the privilege of fearlessly jailbreaking my old iPhone.  I installed the application, it was great.  When you pick up your phone you saw news, weather, and messages all without even unlocking your phone. 

To the right you can see what the Intelliscreen image looks like.  Very useful.

Recently Apple has announced they will be releasing the same functionality legitimately on the iPhone.  This is of course through a patent filing.

Everyone has been saying that Apple was stealing from Intelliscreen.  This coming as everyone is hearing the story about the furniture salesman who “invented” the iPhone (here’s a hint how that’s going, he’s still a furniture salesman).

In recent light, it turns out the filing actually dates back BEFORE the Intelliscreen application came out.  That’s right, the patent dates back to June 2007, whereas the Intelliscreen application didn’t come out until May of 2008.

I think the consumers win out on this one, as Intelliscreen has had time to test the application in a small subset of iPhone users.  Apple will officially release the alterations to the home page.

I hope Intelliscreen doesn’t get left out in the cold, as they made some nice software.

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Feedburner, WordPress and Blogs

Monday, September 22nd, 2008 | Business | No Comments

Running and maintaining a blog is a learning experience for me.

First thing I’m learning, there is no instant gratification.

Second, fortunately, there are tons of tools out there to help you.

I’ve just stumbled across a post at TD Creative, with regards to Feedburner.  It highlights some things that feedburner will do for you.

Highly recommended read, I’m looking into it at the moment.

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