September 12, 2008 § 1 Comment
I’ve been thinking for a while about building a simple wargame as a way to try out various new technologies I’m experimenting with. A gamer friend of mine recently told me about Full Thrust, which seems like an ideal candidate. My initial thought is to implement a RESTful back-end using Google App Engine (since it is hosted for free), and perhaps attempt simple front ends in SproutCore, Shoes, HotCocoa, and the iPhone SDK.
July 14, 2008 § 1 Comment
A lot of people are busily activating iPhone 3Gs and upgrading old iPhones to the new 2.0 software. And they’re downloading apps on the app store, most particularly Apple’s free iTunes Remote utility.
Perhaps the coolest little bauble in the free apps, Remote turns your iPhone into an Apple remote, so you can use it to control iTunes on your computer, or your AppleTV, when you’re on your local wi-fi network.
One of the most surprising and enjoyable elements is the iTunes Remote. Full and comprehensive access to my fairly large iTunes library on the iMac: all playlists, etc, with the ability to control volume, jump around in songs, see artwork – just like the ‘iPod’ iPhone application!
The Remote is one of Apple’s own applications rolled out for free over the App Store for the new iPhone software and it is absolutely brilliant, with an amazing user interface and flawless integration. It’s the best iPhone application I’ve used yet and I just love it! It sets the perfect example of an iPhone app.
The NYTimes reader is nice as is the Google app that gives me decent access but it’s the Apple Remote app that is just, well, cool.
The iPhone remote application is worth the upgrade alone. Gone is the need to use Apple’s minimalist remote control, and replacing it is a full color touch sensitive remote that would put a Logitec all-in-one unit to shame (although of course it won’t work my TV). For Apple TV fans, bliss.
Support for the Remote app for the iPhone and iPod touch (awesome)
One of the first apps I downloaded while doing the App Store video walkthrough today was the new iPhone Remote for iTunes. There’s only one word to describe it: perfectomfgthisissocool.
Verdict: download it now.
It’s that simple: the iPhone is now a house-wide wireless remote control for your music library. I would hate to be one of the companies that sells house-wide wireless remote controls for your music library right about now.
Shall you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can now remote control your iTunes libraries (Mac and PC, Folks) with the little yet jaw-dropping awesomely fantastic Remote application.
Now, once again Apple is showing the way to the Future : how we’ll be able to control any *connected* device from our smartphone – er, iPhone.
One of the delicious new freebies in the iPhone 2.0 software update: a lovely little app that will turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a remote control for your Apple TV or within iTunes. It works over WiFi and even hoovers up the cover art or preview image of what you want to play. The Shuffle-like Apple remote magnetically attached to the side of my monitor seems so quaint now.
You’ll probably remember last month when I wrote about a rumor stating that Apple planned to make their own iPhone remote for release in the App Store. Well, it turned out to be true, and it’s awesome. Apple, with a stroke of genius, has decided to call this iPhone application Remote. It’s free, it’s 1MB, and it’s available through the App Store that was launched yesterday.
March 14, 2008 § Leave a comment