Thursday, August 12, 2010

iPhone Developers Can Now Setup Game Center Achievements and Leaderboard

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Apple is telling iPhone Developers that they can now setup Game Center Achievements and Leaderboard Categories.

You can now set up metadata for your Game Center Achievements and Leaderboard Categories in iTunes Connect. Setting up these elements will allow you to test the full capabilities of Game Center for your app in the sandbox environment.

The iOS 4.1 beta release includes a developer preview of Game Center, which contains a set of APIs that allows developers to create apps with the ability to invite friends to play a game, start a multiplayer game through matchmaking and track achievements and compare high scores on a leader board. Apps created with GameKit APIs will work with Game Center, Apple’s new social gaming network available to iPhone and iPod touch users later this year.

Read the Manage Game Center section of the iTunes Connect Developer Guide for more information.







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Instantaneous Remote Surveillance for Mac

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Retina-X Studios has announced the immediate availability of SniperSpy Mac for Macintosh computers. Using this groundbreaking remote monitoring technology, worried parents and employers can now silently watch the entire screen of their child or employee's Mac instantaneously from any location. The hybrid surveillance system also displays full activity logs of keystrokes, chat conversations and other activities.

SniperSpy Mac runs in extreme stealth mode and no mentions of the program are shown within the computer. The software runs in the background behind all other applications. After the software is setup on a Macintosh, it silently records screenshots and activity logs and uploads them to a secure website. The customer views activity by logging into the website from any web browser including all computers and smartphones.

The software introduces instantaneous monitoring to the Mac OS X platform. Never before has a parent or employer been able to remotely and silently watch what a child or employee is doing on a Mac at any given moment. The program's Live Control Panel also allows real time file system access and live viewing of keystrokes typed and other monitoring tools.

Also included within SniperSpy Mac is activity logging. All activity of the monitored Mac is recorded and uploaded for later viewing, with screenshots. The logger records entire chat conversations, all keystrokes typed, all websites visited and more. All activities are viewable inside the secure online control using any web browser.

"I ordered this software because we caught my 14 year old daughter talking to 40 year men on the Internet." says Eli Edwards, a SniperSpy customer. Retina-X Studios CEO James Johns states "If you think your child might be doing naughty things on the Internet, SniperSpy Mac will show you the entire truth before it's too late."

This exclusive system helps businesses enforce their Acceptable Use policies on company provided computers. The software can also monitor teen or family computers. It gives a parent the ability to verify their child's Internet activities are currently safe by logging into a secure website from any web browser. Another common use is to backup a user's own activity as a record of important work data.

SniperSpy Mac on all Macintosh computers running the latest Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard or Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard operating systems. SniperSpy Mac is available online. The software is also available for Windows computers.




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Create a Customizable Movie Database

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KavaSoft has announced KavaMovies 1.5, the Mac movie database. KavaMovies lets you organize the movies you've seen, the movies you want to see, and the movies in your collection. It connects to the internet and downloads tons of information about each of your movies in realtime. Version 1.5 is now more customizable than ever. Keep track of personal information, customizable fields, data in custom fields is are now browsable, searchable and sortable, MPAA ratings and so much more.

Imagine making a list of all the movies you've ever seen? You'd be surprised how easy it is with KavaMovies. Click a movie to see who's in it. Click an actor to see what they've been in. Directors, genres, keywords, charts, awards, languages, years... everything is connected!

KavaMovies 1.5 is now more customizable than ever. You can keep track of personal information, such as where and when you saw a movie. There are also customizable fields for other kinds of information, such as who you saw movie with, who you loaned a movie to, or anything else you can imagine. Data in custom fields is are now browsable, searchable and sortable.

KavaMovies 1.5 also adds MPAA rating information for all your movies. Keep it PG-13 if you're watching a movie with the kids, or sort by rating to find something more NC-17.

Use KavaMovies to make a list of all the movies you want to see. Click on a movie you like, and it will recommend ten other movies. Better yet, the program makes a master list all the movies you're most likely to enjoy, based on all the movies in your personal database.

KavaMovies organizes all the movies on your computer (or your shelf). Drag a movie file to the program and it remembers where it is. Just click play to watch whatever you want. It's your whole collection at your fingertips.

Don't have a movie? Toolbar buttons let you buy it from Amazon on DVD, or from the iTunes Store online. And downloading with BitTorrent has never been simpler: one click to search, another click to start the download in your favorite client.

KavaMovies costs $35. You can try all the features of KavaMovies with up to 100 movies for free.




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Apple Confirms They Are Not Stealing FutureTap's App Design

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Apple has confirmed that they are not stealing FutureTap's app design in an email to the company.

The Internet erupted last week over an Apple patent which figured a diagram of FutureTap's WhereTo? app. After contacting Apple here is the reply from Anand Sethuraman, Senior Patent Counsel at Apple.

As discussed, Apple is contemplating steps to attribute the screenshot in the patent application to FutureTap. The patent application in question does not claim as inventive the pictured user interface nor the general concept of an integrated travel services application. We appreciate your taking time out to discuss the matter and will keep you updated.

FutureTap writes, "So the use of the Where To? screenshot is not an offense in any way but merely an illustration that apps such as Where To? could make use of the invention. We feel honored over this mention and appreciate that Apple is looking into a proper attribution of the screenshot. In retrospective, I can say we wouldn‘t ever have considered the story alarming had the screenshot included a short attribution notice."




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New Firefox 4 Beta Adds Windows 7 Multi-touch

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Mozilla has announced that new beta of their Firefox 4 web browser is available for download.

This update includes multi-touch support for Windows 7 and new JavaScript values to experience faster and smoother graphics. We also have vital feedback from our testers that we will incorporate into future updates.

Multi-touch
Firefox 4 Beta now has multi-touch support for Windows 7 to enable people to
interact with Web content with their hands naturally. Developers can use multi-touch capabilities to leverage touch-enabled devices and provide people with an intuitive and fun browsing experience. For more details, see the blog posts by Paul Rouget and Felipe Gomes.

New JavaScript Values
Changes to the C++ representation of JavaScript enable Firefox to execute heavy, numeric code more efficiently. This sort of code is used to produce smooth, streamlined graphics in modern Web applications. For more details, see Rob Sayre’s blog post.

You can download the beta from here




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