March 2009
 
Apple just launched the iPhone 3.0 SDK
This launch is extremely significant for developers and anyone who is planning to launch applications on the iPhone for business purposes. Noteworthy developments in this launch are:

  • With over 1,000 new APIs, the new SDK version for iPhone  provides you with an amazing range of technologies to enhance the functionality of your applications. New APIs also provide support for applications to communicate with hardware accessories attached to iPhone or iPod touch.
  • Apple enabled the SDK to allow for subscription and native app purchasing - This will allow for a variety of business models on the iPhone to be enabled.
    With new release, developer can now charge users AFTER they have downloaded an application. "In-App Purchase" will allow developers to sell updates to their applications. This is not enabled for free applications.
  • Push notification was a big issue on the iPhone. Apple did not enable that due to concern with battery life, but did add Apple Push Notification Service optimized for mobile networks, so that applications like IM can be woken.
  • The SDK 2.0 was a hit among the developers while 3.0 extends the Beta 2.0 firmware with various bug fixes and support for the latest iPhone OS. 
  • The added core location support in the SDK allow richer LBS (Location-based services) applications. You can now embed maps within your applications using the new kit. It works with the Google Mobile Maps Service and features panning and zooming, custom annotations, current location and geocoding.
  • Access to user's iPod library directly from the application.
  • Another new addition to the pack is the peer-to-peer connectivity. This would enable automatic bluetooth discovery without joining a Wi Fi Network or pairing.

    For further reading, the following sources have a good overview of the launch and what it means for developers and consumers: Read more

    By Richard Sarno. Email Richard for any questions on iPhone Development.  

 
Gist: Build Stronger relationships Product Review
As Information worker we are looking to better use information and manage more efficiently. As we  are drown in a sea of information, new tools are being developed which promise to help you manage your time better. Gist aims to help you do the following:

Control information overload better
Focus your time
Discover new insights

When you setup an account on Gist.com, you input your primary email address from where Gist.com will pull your contact information, appointments etc. Gist currently supports outlook via a download and Gmail, Facebook, and Linkedin. Once Gist.com has had time to crawl all the data, it will give you about the people and companies in your account. The product is still in its beta and if you want to signup you can do so at this link.

Some additional Review of Gist can be obtained from:

Josh Spear on Gist
Jesse Felder - My Favorite Tech Things
George Dearing (podcast) - Your Inbox Meets the Web
Pete Warden - Who Are The Email Innovators?
FastCompany Magazine: Six Tools to Help Tackle Overflowing Email
CNET/Webware: Gist hopes to solve your e-mail overload woes
Mashable: Gist is a Power Networker’s Fantasy Service
 
Facebook's fbfUND Is Accepting Applications For FB Connect and iPhone Apps.
fbFund, a $10 million seed fund focused on supporting entrepreneurs who are building their business around Facebook.com or with Facebook Connect, is now accepting applications for its third funding round. The fund, which is backed by Facebook, Founders Fund and Accel Partners, is shifting its focus to funding Web and iPhone app developers leveraging Facebook Connect. In the past, fbFund focused on the broad spectrum of successful and promising applications built on the Facebook Platform.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the fbFund at TechCrunch40 in 2007. Read on

 
A-1 Success Story

Apple iPhone is the most promising mobile platform with unique features and attractive interface.

A-1 Technology's expert team has successfully completed many iPhone Software Applications. A-1 has been exploring iPhone applcations since the BETA version of the SDK was made available and continues to successfully create next-gen customized applications for its clients located all over the globe.
If you have any ideas on your mind for an iPhone App, we can turn your ideas into reality!

Learn more on our iPhone App Development Services

New Apps being published every week on AppStore!  

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Deal of the month
Amazon is selling Android G1 for $98!. Google Android OS-powered smart phone in black with slide-out keyboard--compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network.

Checkout the deal here!

 
Hot dog and New York!
A hot dog is a type of fully cooked, cured and/or smoked moist sausage of soft, even texture and flavor. It is usually placed hot in a soft, sliced hot dog bun of approximately the same length as the sausage, and optionally garnished with condiments and toppings. The flavor of hot dog sausages varies widely by region and by personal preference, as do the accompaniments.

In the United Kingdom and Australia, hot dog refers more commonly to the combination of sausage and bun, with the sausage called a frankfurter.

We in New York believe we have some of the best hot dog in the country. And we take our hot dog seriously. Did you know that a hot dog stand in front of the metropolitan museum can cost upward of $300,000.

You can read more about hotdogs and New York here.