During today's "software roadmap" special event in Cupertino, Electronic Arts demonstrated a version of its upcoming game "Spore' as a native iPhone application. In Spore, users control the evolution of species from single-celled organisms up through land-walking creatures.
The game makes full use of the iPhone's accelerometer.
More on the way...
Claiming to make accessible the same APIs that it uses for iPhone development, Apple today announced that the object-oriented application programming environment that will be used for the iPhone SDK. Accessible features include:Core Animation -- letting developers build animations, ala CoverFlow OpenGL in an iPhone-optimized edition Core Audio SQLLite
The iPhone's Core OS uses the same kernel as Mac OS X in a scaled-down, power-optimized version.
Apple also announced that Xcode will be the development tool of choice for the iPhone. A revised edition for the Mac OS X development environment will include an interface builder for the … Read more
Esther Schindler at CIO.com noticed that open-source databases made a poor showing in a recent Evans Data survey. When she asked Evans Data's founder about it, however, he noted that the problem is not in the databases. The problem (with the survey results) is that open-source developers are more critical of their work than, say, Microsoft administrators:
...[W]hen you pay someone else to supply a box of shrink-wrapped software, you're emotionally distant from it. You may rant about its inadequacies, but you're essentially powerless to change them, and you have no expectation that your personal opinion will affect the product's evolution.… Read more
Recent research suggests that much of the core development work on open-source projects is done by paid developers. Is this a bad thing?
The answer is in the data. I just finished reading Evangelia Berdou's Ph.D. thesis "Managing the Bazaar: Commercialization and peripheral participation in mature, community-led Free/Open source software projects," and highly recommend it to anyone seeking to understand how open-source communities operate, especially in light of the increasing encroachment of commercial interests into open-source development communities. Berdou looks at paid vs. unpaid developer contributions to GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment) and KDE (K Desktop Environment) and reaches some interesting, if unsurprising, results.
Berdou starts with four primary hypotheses, only two of which end up making the grade:Paid developers are more likely to contribute to critical parts of the code base. Paid developers are more likely to maintain critical parts of the code base. Volunteer contributors are more likely to participate in aspects of the project that are geared towards the end-user. Programmers and peripheral contributors are not likely to participate equally in major community events. (134)
Only Nos. 2 and 4 end up surviving her analysis, though her data (and my experience) suggests that No. 1 is also true.… Read more
Microsoft's Silverlight browser plug-in will be bringing videos and other rich media to Nokia smartphones later this year.
The two companies on Tuesday at Microsoft's Mix '08 conference are scheduled to announce that Microsoft will write a version of Silverlight for Nokia's Series 60 (S60) smartphone software that runs on Symbian OS. The software, which will be available later this year, will also run on Series 40 devices and Nokia Internet tablets.
This post was updated at 4:49 PM PT with a clarification from Matt Mullenweg.
MIAMI--"I'm Matt Mullenweg, and I'm famous for eating 108 Chicken McNuggets and surviving," the eccentric 24-year-old WordPress founder said in his talk at the Future of Web Apps conference, explaining that he's no longer continually the No. 1 "Matt" in a Google search because the dancing viral-video star "Where The Hell Is Matt?" gives him a run for his money.
At FOWA, Mullenweg was slated to talk about both the physical and psychological "architecture&… Read more
MIAMI--A tech conference just wouldn't be a tech conference without a few wacky parties. The Future of Web Apps event in Miami this week is no exception.
Handset manufacturer Nokia decided to take advantage of the fact that no official FOWA parties were on the books for Thursday night by throwing its own soiree at an awkwardly named Miami Avenue bar called Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita (if it's going to be literary, can't the name at least be a little shorter?) as a promotion for its S60.com smartphone software.
The party was appropriately … Read more
Jooce's portable Internet desktop product--a finalist in the Webware 100--is extending its reach, especially to developing countries through publicly funded Web access centers. Between bandwidth requirements and government agencies, the company is meeting with mixed success.
Read the full story on BBC News: "Web desktop targets 'cybernomads'"
NetSuite on Thursday is expected to fill out its online development platform, part of its strategy to deliver industry-specific applications through partners.
The newly named NetSuite Business Operating System (NS-BOS) adds to the company's existing hosted development platform, notably with an integrated code debugger called SuiteScript D-Bug, which will start to be available next month.
With the NS-BOS, NetSuite is targeting independent software vendors (ISVs) with expertise in specific industries that are looking to create a software-as-a-service offering. In particular, the company is trying to enlist client/server application providers that need to create a hosted offering.
As part … Read more