Archive for the ‘iPhone’ Category

iOS Resolution Table

September 5, 2011
 iOS Resolution Table

iPad App Store Pricing Strategy?

February 17, 2010

With the impending release of the iPad, developers are starting to talk about increasing the price point of apps.  With the added real estate available on the iPad, there is an opportunity to pack in more features that can deliver desktop quality applications to the iPad.  This of course will affect pricing across the board, especially for interactive applications. (more…)

iPhone emulator on Windows – Phonegap

February 6, 2010

I know we occasionally get the question here, “I don’t have a mac, but want to build iPhone apps.” I was poking around the net and found these two solutions.  The first actually mentions that it works with PhoneGap.  I don’t think this will get you beyond the “You need a Mac to build/publish/test in the wild”, but it should get you a little closer.

The second one was actually the 1st I found and am not sure how compatible it is with PhoneGap, but should at the least be good enough to test layout.

iPhone App for Reporting 311 Municipal Services

January 13, 2010

I’m interested in CitySourced‘s San Jose 311 mobile app as a good example of how to approach a vertical market with a subscription model / license fee per geographic area. The basic idea: build the centralized infrastructure that can facilitate geo-spatial services that help solve real problems.

CitySourced San Jose 311 iPhone AppFrom a tech standpoint, this can be developed to support subdomains which represent individual municipal government locations (ie,, think of the Craigslist model.

This app has a great value-proposition and price point per muni that focuses on solving REAL problems.  And, anyone in this space has talked about the prototypical “pothole” mobile app as a general community driven crowdsourcing app, whether it’s for citizen journalism or gov2.0.  In this case, CitySourced acted on the idea and is executing their plan quite nicely.

I foresee this model will be quite popular as geo-spatial mobile apps are developed for local search or various social services.  In fact, this is precisely what Semantic Press is building: infrastructure for the rapid development of local social apps for vertical markets. It could be a “pot hole” app, or a complex GeoAPI server aggregated and syndicating data.

That’s it in a nutshell and I commend CitySourced for proving the model and taking the initial steps for public awareness.

My questions for you:

  • Are muni governments willing and able to embrace this type of app beyond San Jose?
  • Is $4,500 too high or low?
  • Is there a market??
  • What other types of services can be leveraged into this infrastructure?

Watch this video and let me know what you think..

“When you see a problem, you can take a photo of it, and by virtue of taking a photo of it, we’ve captured your GPS coordinates,” said David Kralik, director of marketing for CitySourced, the company that designed the application. CitySourced has partnered with the 1st District’s Councilman Pete Constant to spearhead the project, which utilizes Microsoft and Bing’s mapping system.

Reports of neighborhood problems are sent to the councilman’s office for resolution. And residents are notified when their requests are received and being reviewed.

By calling upon residents to report these complaints, Kralik thinks reports will be more accurate and will shift the responsibility from public officials to residents.

The overall cost to San Jose was only $4,500, Kralik said, since the city is a charter customer, but many factors affect pricing. However, Mobile City Hall will garner accurate reports and save the city money in the long haul.

The application works in 1,900 cities nationwide,” said Kralik. Users can also report problems in other states they’re visiting, unlike New York City’s and Boston’s mobile iPhone apps that are only specific to those regions.

Although Mobile City Hall works in 1,900 U.S. cities, Kralik said these cities can’t access the dashboard system that lets San Jose analyze its reports. “San Jose gets a really cool metrics dashboard that they can slice and dice the data. Whereas the cities we work in, but aren’t paying us, don’t get that — they get a basic report sent to them,” Kralik said.

Open Source Haptic User Interface For The iPhone

January 18, 2009

Haptic UI for touch screens is something I’ve been waiting to see go live since viewing Nokia Morph Concept back in 2007.  Now, it may be coming soon to an iPhone near you thanks to the the Computing Science Department of the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  Oh, and it’s open source too.