Making An iPhone App – A Barebones Guide

Developing an iPhone app is a long, complex and arduous process but extremely rewarding both professionally and educationally. It requires dedication to progress to the preliminary steps required to develop a working, desirable application. Why take my advice on this convoluted matter? I personally several months ago, was in the position that you, the reader are presumably in, I had no experience developing applications for mobile devices and indeed minimal experience with the iOS Software Development Kit. I currently have a free quiz application on the app store called ‘Computer Geek Quiz’ which, in its first week as a free app achieved over 700 downloads. I also have several small applications currently under development.

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Big Brother Internet Will Watch Your Home For You

Dropcam is a startup that offers a whole new take on video surveillance.  If you decide to pay for the provided package, you are getting a webcam and access to an application that shows you what the camera is recording at any given time.  You can actually view the live video feed anywhere you have an Internet connection.  It is also available on the iPhone and iPad.

You can choose to receive email or mobile alerts based on criteria such as motion capture and time of day.  By paying the monthly fee, not only do you get access to the live feed, but you can also record and archive video whenever you want.  You can record and download several full days of footage per month.   Read more of this post

My interview about my thoughts on blogging.

I did an interview with Drew from http://imnotafamousblogger.com/ a couple of days ago and I’d like to thank him for publishing it. I talk about my thoughts on blogging on UTG and technology in general. You can read it here.

First robot that can convey emotions

It’s not often that I have cause for patriotism as most of the innovations in technology seem to be in the USA but this is an exception. A team of highly talented British computer scientists at Hertfordshire university lead by Lola Cañamero  have developed Nao, an artificially intelligent robot utilizing hierarchical temporal memory technology meaning the robot is running a learning software that is aimed at emulating the human neo cortex. Nao uses sensors and cameras to read proximity and visual feedback and is aimed at emulating human development up to 5 years.

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Facebook To Disable Boxes, Shrink Custom Tabs

Facebook has announced that they will be disabling boxes for profiles and pages, which includes the boxes tab.  They will also be changing the width of custom tabs (such as Static FBML tabs) to 520 pixels.  These changes will take effect publicly on August 23, but page admins see the changes already so they can reformat as necessary.

According to Fran Larkin of Facebook, the changes “are designed to simplify navigation for users, reduce complexity for developers, and enable us to build the next generation of tools for growing your business with Facebook.”   Read more of this post

Ustream Goes Hollywood

Today, video streaming network Ustream is taking a big step forward.  They have opened a new office in Hollywood, and hired Jason Kirk, formerly MySpace’s VP of Video & Entertainment.  Also new to the company is Wayne Sieve, now Ustream’s VP of Sports, who was formerly head of business development at Yahoo Sports.  They’ve also hired Jeff Varnell, another former MySpacer, as executive director of business development.   Read more of this post

Twitter Is Now More Torrent Friendly

Twitter just got a little more torrent-friendly with the release of BitTorrent’s Torrent Tweet, an app you can add to torrent client uTorrent to organize Twitter discussions about individual torrents.  With this app, individual torrent files are given hashtags that can be searched on Twitter, like this one.   Read more of this post

United Tech Guys: After 6 Months

Today, August 8, is the 6-month anniversary of United Tech Guys.  I wrote my first article (about Howcast) on February 8, 2010.  I been blogging online for a very long time, but this is the first time I’ve attempted to write for an audience larger than my immediate family and friends, and I’ve been very happy with the outcome.  I have managed to meet so many new people over the course of the past six months (other bloggers, readers, entrepreneurs, investors, etc.).   Read more of this post

Best free and paid webhosts

If you’re planning on becoming a web master then choosing a webhost is an extremely important decision and with a huge amount of choice available choosing is a daunting task. I’m someone who always likes to get the best results at a minimum price and you can’t get more cost efficient than free. My website is hosted  on a free server that you may find hard to believe in looking at it as it’s ad-free. I started my webmaster quest many years ago and one of the first free webhosts I ever tried out was Bravehost which had a large selection of tools available but these were all substandard unless you paid to upgrade them. This was the best I could achieve with Bravehost (Please ignore my 10-year-old technical in-adeptness and sinful runescape playing. The site was created in 2005) Bravehost also places a multitude of ugly ads on the site. The webhost I currently use for Xtreme Tech is awardspace.

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Bill Cosby On His Most Recent Death: Please Stop, It Isn’t Funny [Video]

One bad thing about Twitter is that it is a huge medium for misinformation.  So many people see an interesting tweet, instantly believe it, and retweet it, without fact-checking anything.  That’s exactly what happened recently when Bill Cosby was reported dead for the fourth time.

He’s not dead, of course, but thanks to the guy who tweeted it, everyone thought he was.  Cosby’s family and friends called his house in tears to find out if he was okay.  The person behind this clearly does not understand how upsetting this is.  “I just wanna say to friends of that person,” Cosby said in a CNN interview, “just tell him to stop because it isn’t funny.”   Read more of this post