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WWDC 2014 - Apple Introduces Intra-Device 'Handoff' Service

Posted by Tre Lawrence on June 2nd, 2014

Apple has just introduced a new service called "Handoff" at the ongoing World-Wide Developer Conference Keynote. The new service ties in with similar Continuity features like Airplay, and allows Macs and iOS devices to integrate even further when, for instance, working on a document.

It's all part of the drive towards the concept of continuity that is part of the new OS Yosemite, which will be available this Fall for free.

A Swarm Forms Around Hive's WWDC Week Sale

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 2nd, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Have you ever heard of a boardless board game? Though the concept may seem a smidgen crazy, that hasn't stopped the insect-inspired tile game Hive from not only succeeding in physical form, but also making the jump to iOS back in 2012.

Well just in time for WWDC, developer Gen42 Games has announced that they are treating the $0.99 price point to a heavy dose of insecticide, resulting in a temporary free price cut. Get on this while you can, because this swarm will only be around for a limited time.

Apple WWDC Scheduled for June 2 - Application for Tickets Opens upToday

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 3rd, 2014

Apple has announced the time and location for this year's Wordwide Developer Conference, which is scheduled to be held from June 2 through June 6 in San Francisco, California. Interested parties can also apply for tickets starting today through April 7, 2014.

WWDC is a well-regarded conference that gives developers insight into the future of OS X and iOS, as well as giving them the tools to create apps for these systems. The conference looks to present plenty of technical sessions and more than a 1000 Apple engineers, as well as design awards for apps from the past year.

"We have the most amazing developer community in the world and have a great week planned for them,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every year the WWDC audience becomes more diverse, with developers from almost every discipline you can imagine and coming from every corner of the globe. We look forward to sharing with them our latest advances in iOS and OS X so they can create the next generation of great apps.”

Tickets will be assigned via random selection, there are also opportunities for students to enter for free tickets.

The Portable Podcast, Episode 190

Posted by Carter Dotson on June 18th, 2013

Flatter than ever!

In This Episode:

Carter and co-host Brett Nolan talk about the big announcements from WWDC, including iOS 7. Will it be a huge change to iOS? As well, the announcement of MFi gamepad support in iOS is discussed - will it herald major things for iOS gaming in the near future?

Episode Cast:


How to Listen:

2012 ADA Winners Announced at WWDC

Posted by Lisa Caplan on June 13th, 2012

The ADAs, as the Apple Design Awards are known, were presented for the 16th year at yesterday’s WWDC. The winners are those whose interface best exemplified the innovation the Cupertino elite hope to see on their platforms. Along with the honor and an inevitable boost in sales, winners receive a actual physical award complete with glowing Apple logo. This year there were three categories dedicated to iOS. Three apps were chosen for iPhone and iPad respectively and two student-developped apps were honored as well. We’re got the list for you below, but if you think Apple missed a great choice let us know in the comments.

iPhone Winners

Jetpack Joyride
Company: Halfbrick Studios

National Parks by National Geographic
Company: National Geographic Society / Rally Interactive
Based: USA

Where's My Water
Compnay Disney Interactive
Based: USA

iPad Winners

Paper by Fifty Three
Company: FiftyThree Inc
Based: USA

Bobo Explores Light
Company: GameCollage
Based: USA

DM1 - The Drum Machine
Company: Fingerlab

Student Winners

DaWindci (iPad)
Company: Reality Twist GmbH, Mimimi Productions, Mediadesign
Highschool of Applied Sciences

Little Star (iPad)
Company: BiBoBox Studio, Dalian Nationalities University
Based: CHINA

Apple to Unveil iOS 6 and More Today

Posted by Jeff Scott on June 11th, 2012

What could be one of the biggest Apple reveals of the year is about to start and we'll be there live tweeting the best of the best. We'll also have a post up with our thoughts on the announcements after the announcement.

What will we see today? The only thing we know for sure is we will see iOS 6. Apple, rather uncharacteristically revealed that with a banner that greets everyone that enters Moscone West today.

If you want to follow along live, we suggest MacRumors and GDGT. They seem to have the most robust live blogs on a regular basis.

Then check back here for our analysis of the announcements later today.

Bring on iOS 6!

The Portable Podcast, Episode 89

Posted by Carter Dotson on June 14th, 2011

Round and round and round and roundtable!

On This Episode:

  • Carter and several iOS developers get together to discuss iOS5 and what the new features mean for the future of development on iOS.

  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Colin Walsh, Celsius Game Studios
  • Guest: Gavin Bowman, Retro Dreamer
  • Guest: Peter Babiy, Strapped to a Meteor Studios
  • Contact The Show: Email | Twitter


  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:

  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

  • How to Listen:

  • Click Here to Subscribe in iTunes:
  • Click Here to Subscribe via RSS.

  • Listen on WRGT Radio every Friday at 4pm Central
  • Listen Here: [powerpress]
  • Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

    The Portable Podcast, Episode 88

    Posted by Carter Dotson on June 7th, 2011

    With our heads in the clouds...

    On This Episode:

  • Carter and guest co-host Brett Nolan discuss Apple's WWDC conference, particularly the iOS 5 and iCloud announcements. They discuss how the features connect in particular to games, especially game progress and cloud-based saving possibilities in iOS 5 with iCloud.
  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Brett Nolan, AppAddict.net

  • Contact The Show: Email | Twitter


  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:

  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

  • How to Listen:

  • Click Here to Subscribe in iTunes:
  • Click Here to Subscribe via RSS.

  • Listen on WRGT Radio every Friday at 4pm Central
  • Listen Here: [powerpress]
  • WWDC Rapidly Approaching; We'll Be There; Parties; and iPad Art Exhibit

    Posted by Jeff Scott on May 27th, 2011
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    It's that time of year again, WWDC is rapidly approaching. While we the rumors are that we won't see a new iPhone this year, nothing is official yet. What we hope we'll see is a major technological leap in iOS 5. Personally I'm expecting it to be the biggest new OS, feature wise, we've ever seen for iOS.

    Will Steve Jobs give the keynote? Will there even be a keynote? We'll know all, or at least most of this, in just a little over a week.

    Meet with 148Apps
    But if you are a developer and you are at WWDC and have a new iOS game or app you'd like to show off, we'd love to see it. To schedule a meeting, just send a message to me at jeff.scott at this domain and we can set something up.

    Parties are always big at WWDC. This year looks to be no exception. One plus we have this year is JDMdesign have created an iOS application to track all of the parties during the week. Grab it to keep track of the parties each night.

    Future / Canvas
    Also starting the week of WWDC is the second Future/Canvas iPad art exhibit. This fantastic exhibit of iPad created art and generative art applications was a smash hit last year. This year it looks to be greatly expanded. Starting with the opening night party on June 6th, through 23rd of June. This is absolutely not to be missed!

    Apple Keynote Starting Soon -- Where to Read About It Live

    Posted by Jeff Scott on June 7th, 2010

    While I'll be attending the keynote on Monday morning, at the "center of the app universe", but we're not going to live blog it. We've tried to give you live coverage of the keynotes in the past, but lets face it, others do it so much better. They take a team and just kick butt doing it. Here are a few tips on where you can follow along with the keynote live. Who does it well and who does it in ways they shouldn't do it.

    First, without a doubt, Ryan Block and gdgt cover it better than anyone else. Their servers rarely have problem with the load, and they post lots of great pictures. They must be really fast typers. [ watch it here: gdgt live ]

    Other live sources include the usual spots: Engadget, MacRumors, Gizmodo(oops!), Ars Technica, TechCrunch.

    Then there are other sources that give you good commentary and not just recite what is going on. One such source is Jim Dalrymple at The Loop. Watch there for some insightful thoughts.

    In addition to the places above, if you really want to see or hear it or maybe even see it live, there are some pleces you can look. First, search Twitter for keynote stream or something similar and see if anyone is posting a link to a live stream of the event. While Apple doesn't allow it, it's impossible to stop. Someone in the audience of thousands will have a stream up on UStream, Qik, or one of the other live streaming services. Search those services to see what is popular at the moment and you'll likely bump into one.

    After the keynote is over, and we've had some time to digest it, we'll be posting a summary of the announcements along with our take on them. Look for that late in the day, following the keynote.

    If I can get a connection, I may post some images and notes to our Twitter stream during the event. But no guarantees on that. This should be an exciting day, let's get going!

    Apple (finally) Announces WWDC Dates

    Posted by Jeff Scott on April 28th, 2010

    [img id="Picture-5-300x151.jpg"]Just 40 days before the start of WWDC, Apple has finally announced the dates for WWDC, their annual developer conference. And there are some major changes this year.

    WWDC will be held in San Francisco, at Moscone Convention Center West from June 7th-11th. The ticket price has risen this year to $1599 and are available through the Apple Developer portal.

    The big changes this year are a definite slant toward the iPhone OS and the iPhone/iPad devices. Last year, sessions were split between Mac OS, Enterprise IT and iPhone OS sessions. This year there's hardly anything but iPhone OS. Though a few of the sessions do apply to Enterprise IT, they are iPhone focused.

    Read More at 148Apps.biz

    4Q Interview: Gameloft - Rogue Planet

    Posted by Chris Hall on November 21st, 2009

    We first saw Agharta's Rogue Planet at WWDC, but then it vanished into thin air. What was once expected to be a July release soon became a question mark, but behind the scenes, Agharta and Gameloft were getting together to make Rogue Planet all that it could be. Well now that the possibly soon to be classic turn based strategy game is soon to be released, we talked to Aurelien Kerbeci, CEO of Agharta Studios, about the game and and all the buzz around it. Enjoy the interview!

    Apple Announces iPhone Winners of the Apple Design Awards

    Posted by Jeff Scott on June 10th, 2009

    On the second night of it's 2009 World Wide Developer Conference, Apple announced the winners of the this years Apple Design Awards. The winners are split amongst the Mac and iPhone applications submitted by their developers for the competition. Winning applications are considered to be the pinnacle of design and user experience and recognize technical excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievement. This year's iPhone application winners along with their award descriptions are:

    iPhone Developer Showcase

    [img id="icon100x100.png"]MLB.com At Bat 2009 version 1.0.1 from MLB.com (app info)

    MLB At Bat 2009 is an innovative, highly connected app that sets a great standard for all other iPhone sports apps to follow.

    At Bat 2009 is the fastest, most detailed way to follow baseball on an iPhone or iPod touch. Users can listen live to every regular and postseason game with no blackout restrictions, see real-time scores, play highlights, and stream audio of all games At Bat 2009 uses MediaPlayer for in-game video highlights, AudioToolbox for streaming audio, QuartzCore, CoreGraphics, UIKit, and Core Animation to optimize the user experience, SQLite for data caching and tracking video view history, and SystemConfiguration for reach-ability.

    [img id="icon100x100.png"]Postage version 1.0.1 from Rogue Sheep (app info)

    Postage sets a new standard for attractiveness and ease of use in an iPhone app.

    With Postage you create and send beautiful, personalized digital postcards using the built-in camera and Photo Library. Core Animation provides smooth transitions and eye-catching effects while Quartz provides high quality graphics, effects, and text display. With 3G/Edge/Wi-Fi networking, you have connectivity virtually everywhere. And you can easily select recipients of your Postage postcards with Address Book integration.

    [img id="icon100x100.png"]Topple 2 version 1.1 from ngmoco:) (app info)

    Topple 2 is an ideal model for excellent iPhone game and game sequel design, technology adoption, performance, connectedness, and localization.

    Topple 2 combines the features of multitouch and the accelerometer to create a game about stacking blocks and keeping them from toppling over. Local WiFi multiplayer mode enables game play between two players, and a challenge mode where recorded sessions can be sent to others players via email, twitter or facebook. Localized for English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, Topple 2 uses multiple iPhone SDK technologies including UIKit, OpenGL ES, Bonjour, CFNetwork, Multi-Touch, Accelerometer, Email, and Twitter and Facebook integration.

    Liveblog from the 2009 WWDC Keynote

    Posted by Jeff Scott on June 6th, 2009

    We'll be blogging live from the 2009 WWDC Keynote (come on new iPhone!). Powered by Friendfeed, you can watch the news here, or head on over directly to our special group set up on Friendfeed: WWDC 2009 Keynote Group. If you have a Friendfeed account you can comment and join in on the conversation.

    New iPhone Coming Monday? We'll Report Live From the Keynote!

    Posted by Jeff Scott on June 6th, 2009

    Come Monday morning at 10am Pacific time, Phil Schiller will hit the stage at WWDC to put and end to all of the rumors about the next iPhone. We hope so anyway. I hope that a new iPhone, or maybe multiple iPhones, will be unveiled then. We know that at least OS 3.0 will be discussed heavily.

    What features will the next iPhone have? Higher resolution camera? Video capabilities? More memory? There are so many rumors that it's hard to keep up. There have been a few very interesting and convincing looking rumors the last couple days.

    We'll also, hopefully, get some more details on OS 3.0 and it's release date.

    I'll be at the keynote on Monday and I'll try to tweet the major announcements to our Twitter stream (@148apps). If Twitter fails under the load, we'll move over to our Friendfeed stream. Scratch all that. After further testing, I think the best option is going to be a special FriendFeed group, set up and ready to go with details right here.

    You can still get in on our Design The Next iPhone Contest with some great prizes from Griffin Technology. The first prize is valued at an amazing $210. Hurry up though, the entries close at 9am on Monday!

    This should be a good keynote!