It’s safe to say Apple’s iPod, iPhone and iPad are here to stay. Over a billion applications have been downloaded through the iTunes App Store and in recent weeks I have been mulling whether or not to get something basic developed for Smarter Housing and/or the Smarter Card.
I signed into Facebook this evening and noticed a link to Developing Apps for iOS (HD) – a series of podcasts produced by Paul Hegarty of Stanford University. As you see I am in the middle of downloading the series and will report back once I have had an opportunity to watch them all.
The intention is to teach myself the basic principles of app design and cobble something together and see it listed on the App Store. I very much doubt it’ll be a “killer app” but it will put me in a better position instruct app developers in the future. If I can throw in a reference to my degree, it should help me to reduce the problems associated with information asymmetry (see Wikipedia link).
I was quite surprised to see Angry Birds as a trending topic on Twitter today. Whilst I do actually have Angry Birds on my iPhone, it wasn’t until reading through the Angry Birds trending timeline that I realised just how popular this game has become.
“Angry Birds is a puzzle video game developed by Rovio, a developer based in Finland. Since its release for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices, over 6.5 million copies of the game have been purchased, and versions have appeared for other touchscreen-based smartphones.” – Wikipedia
“The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ fortified castles.
Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Each of the 120 levels requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy.
Protect wildlife or play Angry Birds!” – Rovio Games, makers of Angry Birds
Check out the original Angry Birds game on the App Store.
The AR. Drone is an Augmented Reality Quadricopter for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
In this post I mentioned I had downloaded a new application for the AR.Drone, called Flight Record. Weather permitting I intend to test out this application tomorrow and then upload a review on this page. If you can’t wait that long, you can download Flight Record on iTunes.
I am delighted to say the world did not end as predicted by some and I was able to have a quick play with the AR.Drone and AR.FlightRecord. As you can see from the video below the application does exactly what it says – recording in flight footage from the drone’s two mounted cameras.
My first use was in very windy conditions so there’s nothing exciting about the video… it’s a flight around my garden at approximately 6 inches off the floor the whole time. When I have more time / better weather I’ll give the application a more thorough test.
Students pay less with the Smarter Card – Local Discounts, Nationwide
Facebook recently introduced Fan Pages as a way of allowing local businesses to keep people informed of real time developments without the need to constantly send out e-mails. I for one dislike news via e-mail so I was keen to switch the Smarter Card to the new system as quickly as possible.
However, having a single fan page to cover student discounts across the whole of the UK student population would cause a similar spam issue, only this time it would appear on Fan’s live stream.
As such, we have created the following Fan Pages: Smarter Card Bath Student Discounts, Smarter Card Birmingham Student Discounts, Smarter Card Bristol Student Discounts, Smarter Card Coventry Student Discounts, Smarter Card Exeter, Smarter Card Leeds Student Discounts, Smarter Card Leicester Student Discounts, Smarter Card London Student Discounts, Smarter Card Manchester Student Discounts, Smarter Card Nottingham Student Discounts, Smarter Card Sheffield Student Discounts and Smarter Card Warwick Student Discounts.
These fan pages obviously cater for student discounts in Bath, student discounts in Birmingham, student discounts in Bristol, student discounts in Bristol, student discounts in Coventry, student discounts in Exeter, student discounts in Leeds, student discounts in Leicester, student discounts in London, student discounts in Manchester, student discounts in Nottingham, student discounts in Sheffield and, last but not least, student discounts in Leamington Spa and Warwick.
I’m pleased to say the Smarter Card website is now mobile friendly thanks to yet another WordPress plug-in.
The iPad loads up the normal website – which makes sense given the screen is big enough to cope – but if you try and view our student discounts on an iPhone or iPod touch you will be presented with a minimalistic single column version, making the information much easier to access.
I understand the same is true for Symbian and other mobile operating systems, although I am yet to get my hands on any devices to test it.