#applications


iPhone Ocarina

When you hear the word “oca­ri­na”, what do you think of? Well, for me, the first thing that came to mind is The Leg­end of Zel­da. Though I haven’t played the 1999 Game of the Year, I still hear that mem­o­rable tune/soundtrack play­ing in my head when I think of Zel­da.

Upon hear­ing that some­one made an appli­ca­tion for it on the iPhone, I just had to go see it. The appli­ca­tion is called Oca­ri­na.

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Brightkite iPhone App

Brightkite recent­ly announced it’s iPhone App com­ing to the iTunes App Store soon. Here’s the video demo of the appli­ca­tion:

I have been using Brightkite along with Twit­ter for cou­ple of months now since James has invit­ed me to the ser­vice. It’s a darn impres­sive social net­work­ing appli­ca­tion that uses Yahoo’s Fire Eagle which allows users to man­age their loca­tion.

The fea­tures that are planned for the Brightkite iPhone app are:

  • Auto geo-loca­tion includ­ing Place Snap­ping and Pick a Place
  • Noti­fi­ca­tions (near­by friends, posts, friend requests, com­ments & men­tions)
  • Post­ing pho­tos and notes to loca­tions
  • Near­by peo­ple and activ­i­ty feed
  • Friends lists and activ­i­ty feed
  • Peo­ple, places and posts search
  • Thread­ed mes­sag­ing
  • Pro­file streams
  • Place steams
  • Place­marks
  • Com­ment­ing on posts

The only draw­backs that I cur­rent­ly forsee are the fol­low­ing (at least w/ Brightkite.com web app):

  • You must have the dis­ci­pline to “check in” to your cur­rent loca­tion. I’m hop­ing the “auto geo-loca­tion” can address this with no sweat.
  • Some­times, the sync­ing between Brightkite and Twit­ter does not work. I think this is more on Twit­ter’s end (from what I heard fol­low­ing @brightkite).
  • There were a cou­ple of times an emailed pho­to would appear late (2‑hours late one-time) from the time it was tak­en.

All in all, it’s a great ser­vice. I can’t wait to use that iPhone app vs. going to Safari every time to check-in. I just hope the sync­ing (Brightkite to Twit­ter) get’s pol­ished.

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18 Year Old Invents SMS-Based Car Anti-Theft System

Rock­et­boom Field Cor­re­spon­dent Ruud Elmen­dorp speaks with Mor­ris Mbet­sa, the 18 year old inven­tor of a sys­tem that allows you to mon­i­tor your car via SMS.

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SUMO Paint — A Flash-based Photoshop Clone

SUMO Paint

Dope­ness. SUMO Paint is a free image edit­ing soft­ware that gives you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to cre­ate, edit and com­ment images online with pow­er­ful tools and lay­er sup­port. I tried it for a quick bit, and I bare­ly noticed any lag using it; then again, I did­n’t have so much lay­ers yet.

Being that its a Flash-based application/tool, that’s a whole lot of user-sup­port and mar­ket share. That’s remark­able as Design­ers and non-Design­ers a like can use it whether they’re away from their work­sta­tions or just don’t have Pho­to­shop or appli­ca­tions like it at their dis­pos­al. Some of the fea­tured I’m dig­ging are: Shape Trails, Sym­me­try Tool, and it’s sup­port for Cooliris3D Gallery (for­mer­ly Pix­el­Lens).

Any­ways, go check it out and let your mind free. You may access the appli­ca­tion direct­ly via sumopaint.com/app/

Obama iPhone and iPod Touch App

Woah. As if hav­ing the cre­ative likes of Obey Giant (Shep­ard Fairey), ISO50 (Scott Hansen), and Sarah Sil­ver­man weren’t enough, a cou­ple of iPhoneDe­v­Camp alum­ni vol­un­teered to cre­ate an iPhone and iPod Touch appli­ca­tion for Barack Oba­ma.

You’ll have instant access to Barack­’s posi­tions on impor­tant issues, as well as local and nation­al cam­paign news as it hap­pens. Pho­tos and videos from the cam­paign trail are all here, too.

  • Call Friends: A great vol­un­teer­ing tool that lets you make a dif­fer­ence any time you want by talk­ing to peo­ple you already know. Your con­tacts are pri­or­i­tized by key bat­tle­ground states, and you can make calls and orga­nize results all in one place.
  • Call Stats: See nation­wide Oba­ma ’08 Call Friends totals and find out how your call totals com­pare to lead­ing callers.
  • Get Involved: Do more. Find and con­tact your local Oba­ma for Amer­i­ca HQ.
  • Receive Updates: Receive the lat­est news and announce­ments via text mes­sages or email.
  • News: Browse com­plete cov­er­age of nation­al and local cam­paign news.
  • Local Events: Find local events, share by email and get maps and direc­tions.
  • Media: Browse videos and pho­tos from the cam­paign
  • Issues: Get clear facts about Barack Oba­ma and Joe Biden’s plan for essen­tial issues fac­ing Amer­i­cans.

I won­der how the McCain camp will fol­low up on this. For some rea­son, every time I asso­ciate John McCain and the web, I seem to refer to Mike David­son pun­ish­ing McCain’s web team for hot link­ing images on John McCain’s MySpace page. Clas­sic.

Any­ways, enough of the rem­i­nisc­ing. I com­mend the iPhoneDe­v­Camp alum­ni amongst the oth­er 4 who vol­un­teered their time to the project. It tru­ly gives some boost and good press to the iPhone devel­op­ment plat­form and its every­day appli­ca­tion; whether it be check­ing your health, to learn­ing why to vote for a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

The app is avail­able at http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/iphone