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So since my (somewhat) recent post on iPhone App Ideas, I’ve seen a number of site visitors apparently searching for iPhone app ideas themselves. If you are here looking for your own ideas, I’d recommend doing something no one else has thought of yet.

Oh wait, you mean you are having difficulty figuring something like that out? Yeah, it’s tough isn’t it. 🙂

Anyway, thought you might like to know that I do have some app ideas, I’m just not sharing them because I’m hoping to find the time to develop them myself.

If you are looking for some of what I’ve been tinkering around with, check out fictionalities.com — I haven’t worked on it lately (in all honestly), but I thought you might find it interesting, especially if you are interested in seeing some fun, artsy things you can do with just JavaScript.

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Artist Jorge Colombo drew that on his iPhone in about an hour. Wow.

[via Gizmodo]

iPhone App Ideas

14 Apr ’09 — 1 Comment

I was talking with some friends in our couples’ small group yesterday night about the fact that I now have an iPhone developer’s license, as I’d wanted to write an app or two for the iPhone.

I’m thinking about doing something for version 3.0 of the iPhone software – due out this June to the general public.

Any thoughts on what sort of app you’d like to see (that isn’t already one of the millions out there, or that could be done better)?

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Today Apple announced v3.0 of the iPhone software. Here’s a quick list of the new features that they promised for June, with the caveat that not all the features (e.g., A2DP and MMS) will be available on the 1st generation iPhone or iPod touch:

  • Copy, Cut, & Paste
  • Send multiple photos at one time
  • MMS! This will make my sister very happy 🙂
  • Background push notifications for apps (let’s IM apps, and basically anything else let you know of new notifications, even when in other apps)
  • Updated BlueTooth, allowing compatability with wireless stereo (A2DP) headphones
  • Updated SDK, with new features that include more mapping in apps and the ability to control new 3rd party accessories
  • Peer-to-peer Bluetooth communication, allowing for data to be sent between iPhones directly, for things like multi-player gaming without going across the Internet
  • Landscape mode in email and all other (Apple) apps
  • Ability to forward or delete multiple text messages at a time
  • A new Apple voice memo app
  • Over-the-air syncing of non-Exchange, calDav calendars (i.e., Google and Yahoo calendars)
  • Spotlight – a new app allowing you to search for data across the iPhone
  • Sync notes
  • New stock app
  • Safari will include anti-Phishing technology and auto-fill
  • Paid apps can do subscription-based model and allow you to by add-ins (e.g., new levels) seamlessly, using you Apple/iTunes account
  • Youtube ratings and account support
  • LDAP
  • Audio and video tagging
  • On the phone iTunes account creation
  • Enhanced parental controls
  • Create meeting requests on the iPhone
  • Proxy support
  • Encrypted profiles
  • Shake to shuffle
  • HTML5 and built-in video support in Safari
  • Support for turn-by-turn navigation, if you use your own (not Google’s) maps
  • “100 new features” total, not all of which were given today

What was missing:

  • Video functionality
  • Tethering (the phone will support it, but the carriers still won’t for a least a little while longer)
  • No true background application support
  • Adobe Flash support
  • Syncing the iPhone via BlueTooth

Did I miss anything? Apple has some information up on their site now too: www.apple.com/iphone/preview-iphone-os/.

For those of you who don’t already know, I twitter. If you don’t, my most five recent Twitter updates also show up on my blog’s About page.

This evening, I received several emails about new Twitter followers with randomly generated names. I can only assume they were robotically created. That might appear to qualify as Twitter spam, but really it’s more like follower spam, which doesn’t really bug me.emails_from_twitter.jpeg

One of the great things about Twitter is that I only see the updates of people I follow. So though these three new accounts are following me, the emails I received are the last I will hear of it. I could go and block them through Twitter’s website, but I don’t know that I care too much.

Another great(er) thing about Twitter is that you can connect with people with whom you would otherwise never connect. Take The Real Shaq, for instance. If you know anything about basketball (or followed LSU sports like a decade ago – Geaux Tigers!) you might know who Shaq is (he also did that get-the-kids-to-lose-weight TV show for about 3 episodes). There has been much debate about whether or not Shaq is the one updating that Twitter account, but today that debate was laid to rest.

Check out this blog post called “Finally, a Use for Twitter” to read the whole thing. Maybe then you’ll sign up for your own Twitter account. 🙂

Google has just released their free sync service for both the iPhone and Windows Mobile phones. This means you can sync your Gmail contacts and Google calendar with your phone over the air. And it’s free!

The drawback? The service, which has been available for Blackberry’s for sometime, does not handle actual Gmail. So no Push email from your Google account – you still have to fetch it. I’m curious as to why, so if you’re in the know, be sure to me me know!

Oh, and note that our phone’s calendar and contacts will be DELETED if you start using Google Sync, so be sure all of your contacts and events are either backed up or already in your Google account!

Google Sync