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Many devs find it useful to inspect system artwork — whether for inspiration, for reverse engineering to help create consistent new elements or simply for curiosity. In that goal, there’s been no better tool than the open-source iOS Artwork Extractor from Cédric Luthi.
The project, formerly UIKit Artwork Extractor, has now been updated for pretty much any iOS version you throw at it, including iOS 7. It also now enables you to scan arbitrary frameworks, not just UIKit.
Firaxis recently announced that it was bringing a complete version of last year’s console title XCOM: Enemy Unknown to iOS. The game is now available, at a premium price of US$20.00. That’s costly for a mobile game, but the truth is that this is no “mobile” game as you might think of one. It’s a full-featured experience that brings the old classic XCOM tactical, turn-based gameplay into the latest generation of graphics and gameplay design.
American Airlines has announced the deployment of more than 8,000 iPads to the cockpits of its fleet as part of a new electronic flight bag for pilots. The roll out has lead to American discontinuing paper revisions to its terminal charts, saving money, paper and mess in the future.
To put a number on how much effect the switch will have, the electronic flight bag is replacing more than 35 pounds of paper-based reference materials that pilots carry in their carry-on kitbag. By removing that extra weight from their flights American will save a minimum of 400,000 gallons of fuel and $12 million dollars annually, based on current fuel prices.
Since the iPhone first made it into the hands of the public nearly six years ago (June 29, 2007), one of the almost iconic sounds from the device has been the Marimba ringtone. Whether it’s playing in the background during a church service or used as a wakeup alarm (to quote Dave Caolo, “I use that tone as my alarm in the morning so I’ve grown to despise it.”), the Marimba has become part of our modern culture. Now indy band Mars Ago has recorded a new tune called “Don’t Call Me” that uses the Marimba ringtone as a backing track.
A video of the song is included below (recorded all in one take!):
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