Santa Monica Hiking, the only mobile hiking app exclusively for the Santa Monica Mountains in California, is available for half price in celebration of National Park Week, April 21-29. The app, which includes 10 hiking tours and GPS integrated maps, functions 100% offline and guides users through Santa Monica's National Recreation Area. Santa Monica Hiking is now available in the iTunes Store until April 29th on sale.
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Cargo-Bot was developed by Rui Viana using [Codea]. After creatingan initial prototype he spent several months polishing andperfecting his design. The completed Codea project was thenimported into the Codea Xcode Template (to be released soon) andpublished as a native iPad application.
A glimpse of the future.?
Since the launch of its free App Evaluation Program for Schools, Happi Papi has seen more than 200 teachers sign up to test its new apps for free. Every time Happi Papi releases a new app, teachers in the program get a personalized download link sent to them in an email without any obligations on their part. Teachers who signed up in early March or before just got there first app, Happi 123. They also got an added bonus, a new partnership between Happi Papi and 5 other development companies.
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Battlefront.com is thrilled to announce the update to version 1.1 of its groundbreaking WW2 ground warfare simulation for the iPad 2 and the New iPad, Combat Mission Touch. Based on valuable customer feedback and reviews, this free update is chock full of the stuff you asked for. Combat Mission: Touch allows you to command American and German troops during and after the invasion of Normandy, June 1944! It mixes fun and realism for a unique, hands-on, 3D wargame experience.
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Following rumors last week that Apple could switch to “in-cell” display technology for the next iPhone, an analyst report reiterated the same. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested on Monday that Apple will integrate the touch sensor and display for a next-generation iPhone, which could reduce the thickness of the handset by 0.44 millimeters. Kuo goes a step further, according to AppleInsider, saying that by switching the glass back of the current iPhone to a metal plate, it could cut down on thickness even more: Nearly a full millimeter can be shaved off with new display tech and a metal back.
Some of the latest Android phones are thinner than the iPhone 4S, which is 9.8 millimeters in thickness. The HTC One S, for example, is a slim 7.8 millimeters and the difference in hand is noticeable. However, Apple typically doesn’t design its hardware based on what competing hardware makers are doing; the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display is a perfect example as Android phones have quickly moved up to display sizes of more than 4 and even 5 inches.
It makes more sense for Apple to use the space savings not to make the next iPhone thinner, but instead to offer more room for the battery. A thicker battery in the same overall iPhone size would offset any additional power usage for an LTE radio in the next handset. Apple was able to slightly redesign its most recent iPad to create more room internally and much of that space, if not all of it, was used for a battery with 70 percent more capacity. As a result, the new iPad with LTE and the high-resolution Retina Display, which also uses more power, still offers about the same run time as prior models.
A thinner iPhone might appeal to some, but an iPhone with faster mobile broadband capabilities and no sacrifice in battery life is likely appealing to a wider audience. And it’s more in line with the way Apple matures its products; you don’t see new devices that get less run time than the prior model.
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During Verizon?s first-quarter earnings call Thursday, CFO FranShammo voiced the carrier?s support for Microsoft?s mobile OS,saying it?s ?hoping to do the same thing? with Windows Phone thatit did with Android.
This is probably the best news Microsoft could hope for.?
You’ve probably seen this already, but if you haven’t, check it out. The watch itself is a very cool idea; I’m in as a backer, and looking forward to playing with one. But more interesting is the success they’re having raising money through Kickstarter. They sought only $100,000; as of my typing this they’ve raised over $6 million and still have 25 days to go in their campaign.
Kickstarter is one of the most amazing, inspiring, empowering things I’ve ever seen.?
Benjamin Jackson, after doing some screen-scraping to estimate Kickstarter’s financials for the past year:
The results are awe-inspiring. In the year since Kickstarterreported its numbers, the company helped raise a total of $119.6Mfor successfully-funded projects. That?s almost three times asmuch as the amount raised during the company?s first two years.Taking into account Kickstarter?s 5% commission, we can estimatethat the company took home just shy of $6M in commission revenuein its third year. And it?s not the only one cashing in: withAmazon?s commission of 2.9% plus 30¢ per transaction, the onlineretailer pulled at least $3M in fees during the same period.
Good piece by Jay Yarow at Business Insider laying out the case against Android. But I disagree with the headline. It’s not that Android is suddenly in a lot of trouble — it’s that a lot of people are suddenly realizing that Android has been in trouble all along. Nothing here is new. The fragmentation, the lack of traction on any devices other than cell phones, the tension between handset makers and Google — these problems have been around from the get-go. The only thing that’s actually news is Verizon’s signaling that it plans to make a push behind Windows Phone.?