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Announcement: Kick-off meeting – iPhone Intensive(May 20, 2009)

Plug And Play Tech Center
 is sponsoring an iPhone Intensive meetup for Developers on May 20th, 2009. 


Monday May 20th 


440 N Wolfe Rd
Sunnyvale, CA 94085


6:00-7:00pm Arrive &amp and socialize 
7:00-8:00pm Intro to native iPhone App Programming – Julio Barros 
8:00-8:15pm Break 
8:15-8:45pm Using the iPhone as a Prototyping Platform – Bob Free 
8:45-9:15pm Next Generation iPhone Game Development – Travis Hopkins

Hope to see you all there.

Registration($10 for Refreshments): Click Here


May 18, 2009 Posted by | Announcement, game, iphone application, mobile application | , , , | 1 Comment

Announcement: Monetization Meetup (May 18, 2009)


389916_PeanutLabs_LogoPeanut Lab’s is sponsoring a Monetization meetup at Google Hqrs on May 18th, 2009. 


Monday May 18th 
Network for the first 30-45 minutes then have a few speakers speaking for 10-15 minutes each with Q&A time after each speaker.


Googleplex (Bldg. 43)

1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Tunis Conference Room
Mountain View, CA 94043



The speakers for the evening listed below will discuss best practices around monetization in their respective companies :

  • Jonathan from EA
  • Michael from
  • Ali from Peanut Labs
  • Sergio from Norwest Venture Partners
  • Shanti from Three Rings
  • Lars from Frogster
  • Paul from (he’s too cool to be associated with any company… just yet) 

Hope to see you all there.

May 17, 2009 Posted by | Announcement, facebook application, iphone application, mobile application, open social application, web application | , , , , | Leave a comment

Rotzy … a social photo iPhone App

rotzyRotzy is a photo sharing iPhone application developed by Gee-Hwan Chuang and Gee-Hsien Chuang that lets you takeuploadshare, and discuss photos of life’s daily events and sightings with your iPhone. Gee gave a lightning demo of his iPhone application at a South Bay Tech Meetup.

The application allows you to take picture’s using your iPhone camera and then share and publish it to your rotzy gallery. It also allows you to broadcast photos to other sites like  Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. Gee described the gallery to be analogous to a twiter feed, with followers commenting on your pictures and initiating a long trail of conversation based on it. He mentioned that they had something else in mind regarding the direction of Rotzy, but it seemed to have taken the shape of a mini photo based social network with people spending a lot of their time commenting on the pictures.

Rotzy is a native iPhone Application available at the appstore. The back end for the application is  written in Python using Google’s Appengine.  They also faced some hurdles during the process of development for the AppEngine (See Gee’s Slide below). It was particularly fascinating to see their solution for working around the Location based search.  App Engine’s BigTable implementation does not allow easy latitude/longitude based searches and inequality based filters. So, they finally ended up using Geohash based hack to map up their locations.  The locations  that were geographically closer seemed to have a longer matching prefix for the computed hash value.

Overall, it seemed liked a well designed application that could even tap the social graph using the API’s of social networks.(Facebook Connect on Iphone)

March 18, 2009 Posted by | iphone application, mobile application, web application | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Treasure Hunt powered by Cell Phones

treasure-islandThere is a new service to set up treasure hunts and guide the hunters in real time . It’s called Cellguided, and as the name suggests it uses cell phone technology to guide the participants with clues, and hints towards the final goal. Rajiv Aggarwal, the brain behind this service, mentioned that it’s fairly simple to setup a hunt. All you need to do is go to the website and pick your city, that brings up a Map (powered by Google Maps) of the area. You  then pick the start and end points for your hunt with clues  on the map. It also creates a code for the treasure hunt, that the participants can punch into their cell phone device after  dialing into a  phone number provided by Cellguided to authenticate and get directions and clues. The answers to the mystery/hunt are also sent using the cell phone device. The service also keeps track of the time to see which participant is the winner in the race to finish the treasure hunt and keep it exciting and competitive.

The service does not require the user to have an expensive GPS aware device, so any phone with dialing capabilities will be able to participate in the game.  Rajiv mentioned that the service will be available free, and he initially wants to gauge user interest and  seek traction. His monetization strategy in the future will revolve around Corporate Team Building Events and Museums to create Treasure Hunts to promote and make it exciting for Kids to visit them.

Check Out the demo video below

March 4, 2009 Posted by | game, mobile application, web application | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Adhearsion … A Telephony Framework

 adhearsion1Jay Phillips is the creator of an opensource telephony framework Adhearsion. It’s a Ruby based framework that he created, so that the developers can have a great experience while creating voice enabled applications

Adhearsion has  a sandbox for the developers to test and create some sample applications without having to download the framework. The sandbox version does not allow calls to land lines and cell phones, but gives you a good feel of the framework and it’s capabilities. I am looking forward to some great applications in voice telephony.

Developers should check out the Screencasts.

February 4, 2009 Posted by | mobile application | , , , , , | Leave a comment