Category Archives: News
We recently talked with Ross Burridge, Director & CEO of Boto Media about the recently released iPad app, Kingdom of Plants with David Attenborough. It’s a joint project between Boto Media, Atlantic Productions and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. The app, featuring Sir David Attenborough, walks you through the world of the plants with Attenborough as your guide.
Much of the video was filmed at the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew and includes footage of the night-time flowering of the Queen of Night cactus. We talked with Burridge and Boto Media CTO David Fearon about the technical side of developing this media-intensive app and how the company was able to work with one of the world’s most popular naturalists. If you want to learn more about the app, you can visit its website or download the iPad app from the iTunes App Store.
Australia’s Sunday Morning Herald reports that Qantas is set to replace 1,300 BlackBerry phones with iPhones. The airline recently surveyed its employees about their smartphone preference, and found that the majority were interested in iPhones. A spokesperson also noted that Apple’s device meets “…all Qantas’ security requirements.”
It’s another win for Apple and another blow for ailing RIM.
Kyle McDonald is the artist behind the controversial “People Starting at Computers” project that captured images of people staring at Mac computers in Apple’s New York City stores. After his project went viral, the artist was paid a not-so-friendly visit by the Secret Service. His adventure is detailed in a first-person account published recently on Wired’s Threat Level column. It’s a lengthy look at the artist and his dealings with Apple, the EFF and the Secret Service.
I just love maps. I always have. I used to spend hours with the Delorme Street Atlas CD-ROM until the company dropped Mac support. Of course the CD map business is mostly dead with online maps and easy access from computers, smartphones, and tablets.
Recently, I’ve spent some hours with a free universal iOS app called Recce-London. It is a rendered 3D map of central London, and will be great for visitors to the Olympic Games. The app lets you explore London; you can find restaurants, transportation, landmarks and more.
A new video was recently released by Apple for recruiting purposes, but perhaps most interesting for us, it is a quick glimpse inside the company’s culture. Yes, it’s an official video, so things don’t get down and dirty at all, but there are definitely some good looks inside the offices, as well as some of the high-quality design thinking behind Apple’s extraordinary devices.
Developing the iPad 2 Smart Cover, for example, apparently involved what sounds like a very complex computer simulation of a magnetic field. As one person in the video says, “You don’t really know how much work goes on under the surface, but there’s a lot.”