Swipe Jump is one of the most addicting games I have ever played. Ironically, it is our first game of our new app company, Jmay Live. Swipe Jump is a simple game to play but beware it is not a coast in the park. The objective of the game is to travel as far as you can without dying. This is harder said then done. You start with 7 trampolines which help you bounce from platform to platform through the levels. Watch out for the Angry Birds that are lurking! Jump on a rocket and you will easily be able to fly through the level.
Try Swipe Jump out and let us know what you think. It is free in the app store!
Download here: SwipeJump.com/iTunes
More apps coming soon! If you have any ideas for an app you would like to see on the appstore contact us!
We just released TC Casino on the appstore!
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A new report from AllThingsD from earlier this week is claiming that Apple will introduce the next generation iPad, the iPad 3, in the first week of March. The New York Times is also weighing in with its own sources who claim that the next generation iPad will have a much faster processor and a “truly amazing” screen that will be in an aluminum casing that will be nearly identical to the appearance of the iPad 3.
An Apple employee said that the version of the new iPad that is being tested inside the company is “essentially the same size and shape as the iPad 2,” with an improved and “truly amazing” screen. The tablet will include a faster processor, said the employee, who did not want to be identified because Apple is not fond of leaks.
The claims also line up with the large number or previous rumors about the ipad 3 improvements, with a high resolution display being one of the most highly anticipated upgrade for the next generation device. A couple of photos of a Sharp display that are supposedly for the iPad 3 have also surface, although the screen resolution for the screen cannot be verified from the photos.
I am personally extremely excite for this launch. What do you think?]]>
Former Apple product manager Bob Brochers recently had a lecture to students where he talked about the process of building the original iPhone and how it was built by a small team of engineers that was put together by the late Steve Jobs. MacNN went over some of the points.
“What’s interesting is that the challenge Steve laid out for us when we created the iPhone wasn’t to make a touch-screen device that would play apps and do all of this stuff,” Borchers told students. “His [charge] was simple. He wanted to create the first phone that people would fall in love with. That’s what he told us.” [...] “Now if you’re an engineer, like I am by training, you’re like ‘what the heck does that mean?’,” he said. “But he was right. The idea was, he wanted to create something that was so instrumental and integrated in peoples’ lives that you’d rather leave your wallet at home than your iPhone.”
Brochers went to the talk about the how Apple’s idea of success with the iPhone stemmed in a small group of really tightly focused concepts, which broke the rules of the game while it paid attention to the detail and helping people to think differently about the way they think about their smartphones. It wasn’t about the capabilities of the device like GPS or revolutionary aps from the App Store, instead simplicity in design and overall usability and user-experience.
But the hardware and software combination wasn’t the only thing they changed about the business. Brochers described how Jobs and his team wanted to setup a different relationship with their customers — a direct relationship — instead of allowing the carrier to control the rules.
“[We said] ‘no, we don’t want to do that,’” Borchers said. “We want to be able to sell the iPhone. We want to be able to talk directly to the customer. That was a big, big change for the industry.”
Another interesting aspect of the discussion was the oft-heard story about Apple making the switch from a plastic touchscreen to a glass display after Jobs confronted the team with his own iPhone screen, scratched by the keys in his pocket. They called up Corning and convinced them to jump back into their abandoned Gorilla Glass efforts shortly before the iPhone was announced — a great pivot at the last minute. (Interestingly, while Gorilla Glass is a feature now touted by many rival manufacturers and devices, neither Apple nor Corning to this day will confirm its use on the iPhone.)
Today is the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Are you not going to be at home? Are you on the road for business? Don’t fret, you can still keep up with the Super Bowl on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. You can keep up to date whether you are at home or you’re on the road and maybe get some extra information while you’re watching live.
If you have an iPhone on Verizon, you can use the exclusive NFL Mobile app to stream the Super Bowl straight to your Verizon phone. It is a universal app, however it does not mention streaming the game to iPhones specifically so I would keep your iPhone just in case streaming to the iPad does not work.
The NFL has also put up a full, fresh new website for the Super Bowl with a complete history of the events, visitor guides, live feeds, trivia and a whole lot more. The mobile experience won’t quite be up to par with that of a desktop computer, which is the reason that they made apps, but if you prefer the website experience, just go to NFL.com and if you are not on Verizon and need to watch the game live, you can do so with your Mac or PC.
The official Super Bowl guide app will keep you up to date with maps, local events and much, much more. Whether or not you are attending the big game in Indianapolis in person or watching from your couch at home, the Super Bowl XLVI Guide is the best wat to navigate through the huge number of Super Bowl events and keep up with all the social media buzz that is going to be generated by the millions of rowdy fans.
Super Bowl XLVI Guide is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and is available in the App Store now.
By NFL Magazine, the Super Bowl 46 commemorative app for iPad brings you the full story of how the New England Patriots and New York Giants made it to the big game, key stats, and bonus features like video, interviews, stadium shots, and more.
And go Patriots!
Adam Lachinsky recently published his new book Inside Apple, released just earlier this week, and is full of a lot storied from Apple’s past. Pieces of the book have been popping up over the internet over the last two weeks.
The latest bit that we’ve come across is from the people over at Cult of Mac, who provides some insight onto the details around Apple’s “acquisition” of the iPhone trademark from Cisco Systems.
As a lot of people are probably know, when Apple announced the iPhone back in 2007 at MacWorld, Cisco already owned the rights to the trademark. Cisco is famous for networking solutions and wireless routers and had an internet-based telephone of the same name.
So how did Apple acquire the iPhone trademark? Lachinsky details:
“[Cisco executive] Charles Giancarlo fielded a call directly from Steve Jobs. “Steve called in and said that he wanted it,” Giancarlo recalled. “He didn’t offer us anything for it. It was just like a promise he’d be our best friend. And we said, ‘No, we’re planning on using it.’ “Shortly after that, Apple’s legal department called to say they thought Cisco had “abandoned the brand,” meaning that in Apple’s legal opinion Cisco hadn’t adequately defended its intellectual property rights by promoting the name. To Apple’s way of thinking this meant the name iPhone was available for Apple’s use. Giancarlo, who subsequently joined the prominent Silicon Valley private-equity firm Silver Lake partners, said Cisco threatened litigation before the launch. Then, the day after Apple announced its iPhone, Cisco filed suit.
The negotiation displayed some classic Steve Jobs negotiating tactics. Giancarlo said Jobs called him at home at dinnertime on Valentine’s Day, as the two sides were haggling. Jobs talked for a while, Giancarlo related. “And then he said to me, ‘Can you get email at home?’” Giancarlo was taken aback. This was 2007, after all, when broadband Internet was ubiquitous in homes in the US, let alone that of a Silicon Valley executive who had worked for years on advanced Internet technology. “And he’s asking me if I’m able to get email at home. You know he’s just trying to press my buttons—in the nicest possible way.” Cisco gave up the fight shortly after that. The two sides reached a vague agreement to cooperate on areas of mutual interest.”
What do you think?
On the day of July 26th, 2010, the United States government made the act of jailbreaking electronic devices legal by federal law. This helped clear up a lot of the confusion that surrounded the world of jailbreaking and soothed the worries that many people had about the legality of jailbreaking.
The past two years, we have enjoyed this freedom, with the most recent jailbreak being of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), we may lose that freedom this year if we don’t act soon.
The EFF writes:
“Smartphones, tablets, and video game consoles are powerful computers with lots of untapped potential. Yet many of these devices are set up to run only software that’s been approved by the manufacturer. Modifying a device to run independent software – known as jailbreaking – is important to programmers, enthusiasts, and users. But jailbreaking creates legal uncertainty. Some device manufacturers claim that jailbreaking violates Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which carries stiff penalties.”
If the government has already made jailbreaking legal, what are the people at the EFF worried over? The ruling that was handed down by the Copyright Office in 2010 is due to expire this year and the EFF is looking to convince the Office to renew the exemption. Without it, jailbreaking will again fall back into the semi-illegal state, allowing device manufacturers the power to pursue legal action against jailbreakers at their will.
So what can we do? The EFF provides this link to the Copyright Office’s comment board. The Office needs to hear why folks think that jailbreaking is so important. Here are some suggested elements to include:
- Which jailbreaking exemption are you supporting—smartphones/tablets, video game consoles, or both?
- What’s your background (are you a developer, hobbyist, user, independent researcher, etc.)?
- What device do you want to ensure you have the legal authority to jailbreak?
- What limitations would you face if you weren’t able to jailbreak?
Comments should be marked as class “5″ and are due by 5 PM ET on February 10. We’ll obviously keep you updated on the EFF’s progress and will keep a watchful eye out for the Copyright Office’s decision.
It was just a couple of days ago that the Chronic Dev Team were getting really close to completing the untethered jailbreak for A5 devices. This would include the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S.
For people who don’t know what jailbreaking is, it is basically unlocking iOS and making free to customize your iPhone, being able to add themes, tweaks and anything you choose to make your phone customizable to your pleasure.
While there has yet to be a release date announced by the dev team, hacker pod2g and the rest of his team posted a video showing off the untethered jailbreak. The video is right down below.
The video was shot by Dustin Howett, who is an iOS developer and a hacker on the Chronic Dv Team. In the video, Howett demonstrates a completely untethered jailbreak on his iPhone 4S, showing off Cydia, the jailbreak app store.
Pod2g notes on his blog that there is “only a few to wait now”, so it can be assumed that we are getting very close to getting an A5 jailbreak released soon. Make sure to check back to JohnsiPhone for all of your jaillbreak news! We will let you know as soon as the jailbreak is publicly released.
Apple has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office detailing how Thunderbolt could come to iOS devices in the near future. Apple has been filing a lot of Thunderbolt related recently, despite the fact that Thunderbolt is technically Intel property.
In this recent patent, Apple talks about how the high speed data connections requires new cables. The traditional 30-pin dock connector is not cutting it anymore and Thunderbolt will likely be the future.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a different connection architecture making its way to Apple’s mobile lineup, but it looks like the company’s plans are starting to take shape. Patently Apple reports that “a connection may be provided between a portable media player and a display, a computer and a portable media player.” Apple would first need to redesign the Thunderbolt connector to be “ flat enough to fit a USB-type of device slot.” According to Patently Apple, fiber-optic lines could be a viable replacement for the current Thunderbolt nylon core.
This is not the first time there have been rumors of a new connection cable coming to the Apple mobile lineup, but it appears that Apple is taking these plans for Thunderbolt to fruition. Patently Apple is reporting that “a connection may be provided between a portable media player and a display, a computer and a portable media player.” Apple would need to redesign Thunderbolt to be flat enough to a fit a USB-Type device slot. According to Patently APple, fiber optic cords would be a likely candidate for the current Thunderbolt nylon core.
Benefits of this technology would be lightning-fast recharging and syncing for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Verizon Wireless’ Chief Financial Office Fran Shammo told attendees at a conference today that Verizon has sold 4.2 million iPhone during the holiday quarter according to Bloomberg. The numbers reported by Shammo show that Verizon has more than doubled iPhone sales from previous quarters. The demand for an iPhone 4S and cheaper iPhone 4 likely spiked up the numbers during the influx of customers during the holidays. Some of previous numbers released by Verizon had suggested that the iPhone sale numbers were a disappointment considering the high demand for the smart phone on Verizon since the release of the original iPhone.
Apple’s fiscal Q1 earnings call is coming up on Jan. 24, where we will hear the total number of iPhones sold during the holiday quarter. We will also hear specific numbers from Sprint and AT&T in the coming weeks. Last quarter’s total amount of iPhones sold should blow out any previous quarters with some experts putting estimates as high as 35 million.
While iPhone numbers have gone up drastically with the release of the 4S and with the inclusion of Verizon and Sprint on launch day for an iPhone, Verizon and Sprint’s numbers have been considerably lower than AT&T’s numbers. With the announcement of the iPhone on Verizon, some industry analysts believed that the iPhone on Verizon could devastate the company.]]>
Developers Steven Troughton-Smith and TheMudKip have been working to add iOS applications to add functionality to the Apple TV. While the process is still in early stages, the concept of being able to run applications is proven. In order to run iOS application on the Apple TV, the software powers an app launcher, the iOS Springboard, that had to be rewritten in order to run on the Apple TV.
By rewriting the springboard, it has allowed for a new, neat feature: side-by-side apps. This concept was shown early in WWDC on the iPad, but this is much more powerful and crucial on a device like an Apple TV. One possible posed by 9to5Mac is that somebody could open several news applications to have a bigger view on what is going on in the world. They could also have different chat applications on for different services for simultaneous use.
Yesterday, we broke the news that developers Steven Troughton-Smith and the TheMudKip are working on bringing iOS applications to the Apple TV in a native experience. Since our initial report, we have been updating with the developers progress, but now a major leap has been achieved: full-screen applications. Troughton-Smith was awesome enough to exclusively pass on the images (above and below) of full-screen apps in action.
Since the initial report by 9to5Mac, a new major leap has been achieved. Troughton-Smith and TheMudKip have achieved full-screen applications.
Initially, the port ran multiple apps side-by-side on a display connected to an Apple TV. The developers have figured out a way to run iPad applications at a full 720p resolution.
The possibilities of what applications can do at the full television resolution on an Apple TV seem endless, and the two types of application presentations (side-by-side and full screen) show how versatile this application porting is.
Since the developers have achieved this feat by re-writing the springboard itself, we will surely see some more innovation as their work progresses. As Troughton-Smith posted on Twitter – “Remember how the unofficial iPhone apps back in ’07 forced Apple’s hand in creating an App Store? I’d like AppleTV to get the same treatment” – we hope this becomes something more than just an unofficial tweak.
What do you think about apps being ported to Apple TV?]]>