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Self-taught iPhone Coder Hits Gold

February 17, 2009

The economy is in the crapper. Layoffs are causing the unemployment rate to skyrocket. And Ethan Nicholas just quit his job as an engineer with Sun Microsystems. You’re probably thinking, why would someone with a steady paycheck up and quit? Well, perhaps it has something to do with the fact that he just raked in $600,000 in one month from one iPhone app.

According to Wired.com, Ethan’s artillery game iShoot rose to the top spot in the App Store which earned him a whopping $37,000 in one day.

Wired points out:

Until recently, there has been no realistic way for individual programmers to make serious money on their own. Most of the software market is dominated by big companies, and the traditional distribution method for independent developers — shareware — isn’t conducive to striking it rich. By contrast, Apple’s iTunes App Store provides a platform for marketing, selling and distributing software; all a developer needs to provide is a good idea and some working code.

Nicholas’ success story proves that there’s still plenty of potential to strike it rich in Apple’s seven-month-old App Store. In September, iPhone developer Steve Demeter said he made $250,000 in just two months with his puzzle game Trism. But as the App Store expanded rapidly, many developers thought the store would get too crowded with apps and business would inevitably slow down.

What makes Ethan’s story even more interesting to me if the fact that he wasn’t a programmer by trade. Since he didn’t have enough money to buy the coding books he needed, he scoured the Internet to teach himself the skills he needed to build the app. That was of course after he put in a full day of work, and helped take care of his 1-year-old son.

iShoot sells for $3 although there is a Lite version you can download for free. It was actually the Lite version, created after the full-version was completed, that drew enough attention to the game to make it a booming success.

iShoot made independent developer Ethan Nicholas a measly $600,000 in one month

iShoot made independent developer Ethan Nicholas a measly $600,000 in one month

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Hit Me! Well, not literally.

February 16, 2009

Pit bosses in Las Vegas have a new problem to worry about: the iPhone. A new card-counting application caused the Gaming Control Board to send casino operators a memo last week warning them of the electronic device.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal

Card counting is not illegal in Nevada casinos. However, using a device to aid in the counting of cards is considered a felony under Nevada laws governing cheating, control board member Randy Sayre said.

Gamblers using the iPhone card-counting program can be detained by casino operators and arrested by state gaming agents.

The program is also able to run in a “stealth mode” that makes the phone appear to be off. Although the front screen is all black, users familiar with the program can still navigate the app keys.

The World Series of Poker already has strict rules on using electronics during the tournament, specifically stating “iPhones, iTouch, Treos, Blackberrys, and other similar devices will not be allowed.”blackjack

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Spend Valentine’s Day with Shaq

February 11, 2009

You want to watch the NBA All-Star coverage this weekend, but the little lady (or little man, who are we to judge) wants to have a candlelit dinner and talk about “feelings.” You used to have two choices, one of which would land you in the doghouse for at least a week. But not anymore.

While reading Adweek today I discovered that the NBA and Turner are playing Cupid for just 99 cents. Their new app will allow fans to view NBA All-Star Saturday Night and the 2009 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday on their iPhones. It will be unique footage, not seen in the regular TNT broadcast. Viewers will also be able to choose between four different camera angles while watching the games.

Kobe and Shaq

Kobe and Shaq are looking forward to their special night this Saturday.

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Apple working with Adobe

January 31, 2009

So it looks like Apple and Adobe are finally working together to incorporate Flash for the iPhone. I’m blogging from the iPhone on a bouncy, shaky bus so don’t expect any links or images. You’ll be ok.

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Careful with 2.2.1

January 28, 2009

Just FYI, 2.2.1 is kind of stupid. None of my previously downloaded third-party apps would work after I upgraded.

But Lindsey figured it out. She downloaded some stupid, pointless free app and all of a sudden all the others worked again. Weird.

So if your existing apps ain’t working, try downloading a new one to see if that fixes everything.

Screw you, 2.2.1.

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Bluetooth File Transfer

January 25, 2009

There is a new app in the works that will allow iPhone users to transfer files from their phone to other devices via a Bluetooth. Gizmodo drops the news:

“Trust the rogue programmers and Cydia—the independent equivalent to the iTunes App Store—to bring you one of the most awaited features ever for the iPhone: Bluetooth file transfer.

As you can see in the video, iBluetooth will bring you just that, allowing the iPhone to transfer files to any other device using Bluetooth. In this case, the application developed by MeDevil is working with an iMac and a Sony Ericsson handset but, once it is finished and available through Cydia, it will work with any device supporting the Bluetooth file transfer protocol.”

The article is accompanied by a video showing how the app works. If the jerky videotaping doesn’t make you a little queazy, the Lady Gaga song surely will.

Bluetooth

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A Plaxident Waiting to Happen

January 21, 2009

I understand that there are endless possibilities for iPhone apps, but I can say for sure this one would never have crossed my mind. Runaway Technology’s new app, BulletFlight, is a “ballistic computer that provides quick solutions in the field.” But don’t expect to see your results in boring table form, this nifty app will “dynamically give you the solution you need now to make the shot.” Whatever that means.

Enter your type of gun, bullet, weather conditions, etc. and you will see how many clicks you need adjust to hit your target. My first thought was perhaps hunters would find this useful when it’s 4am and they’re already thinking about that night’s squirrel soup. Except, the built-in profiles are for semi-automatic precision rifles. Seriously?! Are there really enough people with those laying around the house to make the $11.99 price tag worth it?

Then again, maybe if Burress had this he would have known he needed to be four more clicks above his waistband.

Photo from Telegraph.co.uk

Photo from Telegraph.co.uk