Saturday, December 18, 2010

Apple Offers Free iOS Development eBooks via iBookstore




Apple is offering six free iOS development books via its iBookstore for those interested in learning how to program for the iPhone or iPad.

MacStories notes that "the six books, published by Apple Developer Publications, include 'iOS Technology Overview', 'Cocoa Fundamentals Guide' and the popular 'iOS Human Interface Guidelines'. Some books report a release date of November 2010."

You can find the titles by searching "Apple Developer" in the iBookstore.




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Apple is Hiring Software Engineers Experienced in Navigation Software




Apple has four identical job listings for software engineers experienced in developing navigation software.

AppleInsider suggests that this could mean Apple is planning to build its own navigation application for the iPhone.

The hires, and the mention of navigation software, could signal that Apple is gearing up to build its own personal navigation tools into the iOS mobile operating system. Apple's chief competitor in the mobile space, Google, introduced its own turn-by-turn software for Android devices over a year ago.

Apple's acquisition of Placebase and Poly9 would provide some of the technology needed to develop a navigation app for the iPhone.

You can apply for the job here.



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SBSwitcher Puts Your SBSettings Toggles in the App Switcher




SBSwitcher is a tweak by Aaron Lindsay that puts your SBSettings toggles in the multitasking app switcher.

SBSwitcher brings the power of SBSettings to the simplicity of the app switcher bar - just scroll left! With SBSwitcher, you can also access the switcher bar and all of your SBSettings toggles from the convenience of the lock screen.

SBSwitcher is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch on iOS 4.0 and later. You can purchase it from the Cydia Store for $2.99.











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iPod Nano Watch Raises Nearly $1 Million in Funding




MINIMAL founder and designer Scott Wilson, with his TikTok and LunaTik iPod nano watch kits, has raised US $941,558 in funding on Kickstarter. Although they fell short of their $1,000,000 goal. it was still the most ever raised on Kickstarter. Wilson's goal right now is to get these kits into Apple stores across the world. For the time being, you can now pre-order the kits (iPod nano not included). The TikTok will sell for $34.95, while the LunaTik will go for around $69.95.The expected ship date is in January.

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Sharp Also Plans Factory to Boost LCD Supplies to Apple




Sharp has plans to build a 100 billion yen ($1.19 billion) factory to build small and midsize LCDs for Apple devices, according to the Nikkei business daily.

Apple will shoulder a large portion of the 100 billion yen investment and buy most of the panels produced by Sharp, which has supplied LCD panels for Apple's iPod touch music player, the paper reported.

Sharp will start installing equipment next year at a Mie Prefecture plant and mass production is slated to begin in the latter half of 2012, it said.

The Nikkei business daily also reported the exact same story about Toshiba earlier this week. Toshiba denied Apple was investing in their factory.




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