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April 24th

Tapbots goes fulltime

The Tapbots duo are quitting their day jobs to work fulltime on their iPhone app company:

Longer term we aren’t looking to get any VC funding, grow to 100s of employees or get bought out by some big corporation. We may get help with support, testing and/or marketing, but development and design is going to just be us two for the foreseeable future. We think that’s the best way to keep the quality of our applications at the level that everyone expects. Our goal is to produce about 4 applications a year. We aren’t going to shovel out crap-ware to cash-in on our names. We aren’t going to write the next Office or Filemaker. We are going to write simple but incredibly polished applications that are created specifically for the iPhone/Touch devices. Two guys, lot’s of passion and a lot of hard work, that’s the Tapbots way.




Two guys, two popular iphone apps (“Weightbot sold 100k copies in its first 100 days, Convertbot is selling at about twice that rate.”), one mission to make quality apps. Good luck, guys!

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April 18th

Organizing ideas

Anand Sarwate classifies research ideas he has into 5 convenient categories:

1. Pie-in-the-sky : wow, that seems interesting… I should think about it for more than 5 minutes…
2. Nebulous hand-waving : there’s a problem there, but what is the right framework?
3. Percolating : ok, but what is the actual formal problem?
4. In progress : finding the proof in the pudding.
5. Writing : oh no, a deadline! Gotta figure out how to fit the page limit!

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April 16th

Advanced Location Tracking with Locomatix

The good folks at Locomatix just released their iPhone app My Aura :

The app shows a lot of promise. It even does UM Magic Bus Tracking! It’s definitely way ahead in terms of advanced features like real time alerts and location and time based privacy settings. Great work guys!

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April 13th

All Sorts of Visualization

Aldo Cortesi uses Cairo and python to come up with these neat visualizations for sort algorithms :

(via)

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April 2nd

She takes care of people

Just discovered the San-Fransciscan band Rupa and the April Fishes :

With musical influences that include French chanson, Gypsy swing, tango, Latin alternative, Indian music and beyond, Rupa & the April Fishes create music that is lively, romantic and instantaneously appealing. Based in San Francisco, the band’s accessible and multicultural sound has earned them a reputation as one of the most exciting groups in the Bay Area alternative scene.

Frontwoman Rupa Marya isn’t your ordinary rockstar. She’s also a practising doctor:

(via anuj)

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