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Under The Bridge Store now open!

So we’ve created an Amazon store to guide the Gentle Reader to how they should go about building their iPhone programming library, as well as — hopefully! — support further building out our own.

It is, naturally, called the Under The Bridge Store. Take a look now!

The layout is, the front page “Coming Soon!” is things that we haven’t examined personally, but we figure probably will turn out worth buying. Whatever earnings this store produces will be applied directly to buying things on that page, and we’ll review them here, and then either move them to the other categories or delete them as we judge appropriate.

The other categories are all books that are, indeed, in our reference library right now, and we believe should be in any iPhone programmer’s library, divided by main focus into “Programming – iPhone”, “Programming – OS X”, and “Programming – General”. We may get around to specifically reviewing those at some point in the future — although hopefully we’ll be focusing on exciting new goodies instead of the old stalwarts — but they all have at least a few Amazon reader reviews so you can go by those in the meantime.

Browse, enjoy, and buy!


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iPhone target markets

If you fancy taking a guess where Apple’s going to introduce the iPhone next, here’s some interesting information from wirelessnorth.ca to guide you: the top 20 countries for mobile subscriber revenues. They think that the fact Canada only ranks 14th explains why we haven’t been noticed yet.

Well, could be, but I don’t think so: I’d say that the delay is Only And Solely™ due to the twerps at Comwave who would like to pretend to the CIPO that there’s anyone, anywhere, who thinks of their bottom of the basement VoIP service

when they think “iPhone”. Ho ho! Well, Apple wasn’t having any truck with whatever these idjits demanded for relinquishing their trademark squatting, and that’s why the holdup, I figure. The next interesting development in this saga will be three months and one day from now; on June 26th CIPO will release the examiner’s report on Apple’s application, their online database says.

Cross your fingers for a sane decision!

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Job: ModernFeed.com

Here’s what looks like it could be an interesting full-time job for any of you other budding iPhone developers out there who are in/will move to Los Angeles:

Modern Feed & Supply, Inc. is a start-up based in Los Angeles. Our website was launched at the end of March and has since received numerous accolades. The Modern Feed mission is to make it simple to find and view high-quality full-length programming online. Programming spans the gamut between “Lost” and the “Nobel Peace Prize Lectures.” For us, the experience is not limited to just your computer. Our first mobile Modern Feed implementation is on the iPhone but we will expand to many more devices.

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iPhone SDK beta 4!

The fourth release of the iPhone SDK is out now, and here’s what other people have said on the web — since we certainly would not break our NDA, nosirree:

“… an awesome new feature: OpenGL ES support! Now the iPhone simulator can render OpenGL ES that ‘mirror behavior on the iPhone and iPod Touch.'” — gizmodo

“… Audio Toolbox got a big load of new stuff … NSXMLParser support … UIFont is re-done … some very interesting methods added to UIApplication’s delegate, including methods for badging the Springboard icon, and methods related to gaining and resigning ‘active’ status – seems like background apps may be permitted…” — TUAW

“Code signing enforced: iPhone applications will now need to contain a valid certificate (obtained from the restricted, $99, iPhone Developer program) in order to be loaded on actual devices. If a developer does not have a certificate, apps will still run in the simulator but not physical devices.” — iPhoneAtlas

“We are getting closer to world iPhone domination, people.” — CrunchGear

What, you’re not one of the 200,000 developers signed up yet? Get it now!

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Review: iGiki Ultra Games

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Making iPhone Webclip Icons

So the first thing a new iPhone blog needs is a catchy icon for when a webclip of it is put on the Springboard, which no doubt anyone who reads this will be doing immediately. Thus, today let’s experiment with that process.

We start out by selecting possible source graphic assets, namely these portraits of the Troll done (from life, naturally) by fantasy artist extraordinare Toren Atkinson back in the day before he got all professional:

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The iPhone Debug Console

Here’s a new tool release which will no doubt be of interest to all you online application developers: a remote console debugger for querying and manipulating your iPhone pages remotely.

As announced by author Jon Brisbin,

I grew frustrated with trying to debug my iPhone Ajax apps and wanted a way to interrogate the DOM and JavaScript stack while my page was running. Joe Hewitt had written a tie-in to firebug that gave me the idea to take that to the next logical step: a COMET-based JavaScript debugger and console. It allows you to log to a remote desktop console from your JavaScript code, but most importantly, it lets you send commands to the iPhone to be executed there. You can inspect style properties of your elements, set new ones, call JavaScript functions, etc… Anything that can be eval’d can be sent via the command line.

Sounds pretty sweet!

The code is GPLv3, posted on Google Code as the iphonedebug project.

Screenshots of remote iPhone debugging in action can be seen here.

h/t: iPhoneWebDev!

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Review: Stitcher.com Custom Radio for iPhone

Ah, yes. What could be more natural a web application for an iPhone or iPod than a custom radio feed over teh InterTubes? Well, that’s the theory behind Stitcher.com, “Custom radio that plays the news and talk you want.”

In their words,

Our service enables you to hear the audio content you care about. We “stitch” it into personalized, always-current stations that you can easily listen to on your iPhone or computer.

Stitcher revolutionizes information radio because it is:

Customized: we learn what you like and don’t like – so we can serve you better and better content
Easy: just start listening, we’ll take care of the rest
Portable: stream Stitcher anywhere: no satellite device, Wi-Fi or syncing required

It does work to the desktop as well, but the interesting part to us is its iPhone support. Let’s go log in, which is free and straightforward, if you have an iPhone: (more…)

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