Brent Simmons, Dave Wiskus, and John Gruber join Guy and Rene to talk about their new app, Vesper, the value of ideas and collecting them, the art of collaboration, flat design, accessibility, testing, app pricing, and more. Also: Mad Men.
Vesper -- Brent Simmons, Dave Wiskus, and John Gruber's Vesper -- is part list-maker and part note-taker, and so strongly opinionated about how it balances both that you'll fall instantly in love... or want to kill it on sight. This isn't your UIKit convention, your lowest common denominator, or any other concession to the mass-market. Everything about Vesper, every choice about every feature, liberates only through constraint. Because it allows for just a very small set of very deliberate actions, Vesper frees you from the cognitive overhead of managing the management app, and forces you to simply fulfill its purpose -- collecting your thoughts.
Update: CrackBerry has heard back from the folks at BlackBerry, and it turns out this one is completely false. There's nothing to suggest exactly where T-Mobile was coming from, but we're back precisely where we were this morning.
At the Ottawa International Game Conference I got a chance to check out an upcoming update to the classic endless jumper, Mega Jump. The only real additions here are Retina display support and an iPad version of the game, but they're long overdue.
The quantity and quality of mobile games have exploded over the past few years. Game developers have been blessed with rapidly improving hardware and an ever-growing customer base that's becoming more comfortable with the idea of spending money for mobile entertainment. Mobile development studios like Rovio and Glu along with independent, one-man developers like Loren Brichter of Letterpress and Andreas Illiger of Tiny Wings are playing on the same field for the same dollars as long-time game studios like Electronic Arts and Rockstar.
But while the customers and dollars might be directed towards any one of those warriors, the battlefield itself is segmented. Is it better for a developer to target the expansive iOS or Android ecosystems and risk all of their work being lost in the fog of app storefront warfare, or should they go for less-populated venues like BlackBerry and Windows Phone, where they can be the big fish in the small digital pond? Do they try and support those features unique to specific platforms, like BBM or Game Center, or do they hit only the most common features across all platforms? And how do those answers change if they’re small indie developers, or powerhouse studios?
These protectors are made from the same material used to shield the front of vehicles from rock chips and provides your iPhone 5 with unmatched scratch protection from outside elements. These invisible protectors are tough, durable and are custom designed to fit your iPhone 5, keeping your device's screen completely scratch-proof.
While there won't be new iPhones or iPads at WWDC 2013 -- those are coming in the fall -- there will be new Macs. Peter's been covering everything from the new Haswell chipsets we can look forward to, to the new Mac Pros every geek is hoping beyond hope for. But what are we most looking forward to? Which non-mobile slab of glass and aluminium do we most want to bring home with us this June?
As time passes by here in the UK, we get word of another app adding Passbook support. This time it's Subway, with an update to their Subcard app that allows you to finally add your card to Passbook on your iPhone. Your Subcard ID and recent transactions can now be accessed from your Passbook wallet.
Ahead of the start of the annual E3 show in Los Angeles, Gameloft has shown off the first teaser of the forthcoming Modern Combat 5. We don't see a lot, but what we do see is some pretty spectacular looking action taking place throughout the streets and canals of Venice, Italy.
Under a secret Government order issued in April, the National Security Agency is collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers in the U.S. British newspaper, the Guardian, has gained access to a copy of the order: