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Lunch break

 Applying the lunch box theory, Apple will go under the coming quarter. Skriv upp det! 
The first half of the tech talk is over, and boy has it been amazing. Som many intriguing topics and awesome presenters, really neat to see the android-like navigation and hearing the concepts live and in stereo. Time to eat!

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German fashion

  
Speaking about focus, can’t unfocus from these collars. Shape up German developers!

First session

img_0620First session is over. Lots of stuff regarding focus. Pretty ironic considering the venue. If you look closely you can see the pillars obstructing the view, behind all the German heads. But a really interesting session. It really really feels great to be a part of the Future of TV. We were showed som nice features of TvOS, and a really bad Focus Guide example. Can’t wait for the next session, game controllers. Not the future of gaming, but pretty close.

Apple Tech Talks

Mitte. “Tysklands hjärtas hjärta” as we say in Sweden. Yours truly are live blogging from Apple Tech Talks in Berlin. Awesome topics, engineers and it’s really amazing to learn cutting edge knowledge for the Future of TV. And it’s also the Worst Venue Ever. Buckle up Apple! More to come…

Where you at 2017?

In the blink of an eye over one thousand days have passed, and where have we been? The blog has been drier than California and the once so steady beat of the war drum has echoed of to a better place. But today, we celebrate the return of the original conquistadores of the mobile platform. Time to resurface.

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So what have we done during this era of non-awesomness? Spent ages just walking in circles, “just to make the point”? Becoming the new champions of open source? Doing backstrokes in the good ol’ money bin? Nobody knows, but if you look closely, some apps may have flown under the radar and made the world a slightly less pointless place.

But here we are now, so let us entertain you. In the coming days, weeks, years or maybe never, we will release something so fun, clever and awesome and so god damn innovative that it will change every social gamers life forever. We call it The Future of Gaming. Vasco da Gama. So stay tuned for more news, cuz that thing coming over the hill is a monster. A monster!
In the meantime, check out Flip! One of our kick ass developers has infiltrated a local firm and helped them make a genre defining game. It’s a touch friendly version of one of the few board games that still hasn’t been conquered by the human mind, so the AI here is truly remarkable. Yup, it’s the beloved simulation of the race war: Reversi. You owe it to yourself and your inner demon to check out this baby. It’s free as in free beer, and takes up less space than Top Gun at 4K, so hurry up before its to late! And even though the developers gives it away for free, feel free to buy me a beer next time we meet if you like it.

Friday madness

It’s hot in the wardrobe right now, but soon we’re gonna make it boiling! Your favorite developers are currently drinking champagne and listening to Five (Slam dunk da funk baby!), but don’t worry we are still doing awesome stuff.

Knocking Vid

Sooo, what’s this weeks hot topic? Well, i don’t know if you have heard, but apparently Steve Jobs (yep, that guy who looks like an old, bald and taller Tom Cruise) has approved  an app that was initially rejected. No, I’m not going to rant about if this is a good thing or not, instead I will spend some precious blog space on writing about the app, Knock Me Up Live.

What?

The idea is pretty cool. With the help of this app and your iPhone, you are able to send live video to friends, family and fan boys. Sounds nice, eh? Well, it could have been, but this shit is a major fuck app. The first thing you have to do is create an account, which you can do from the app. I really like functionality like this, when you can do everything from the app.

But that’s the problem with this app, functionality. I hate it when it doesn’t work. And when you’re not notified that something went wrong I’m on the verge of going nuclear on my iPhone. How hard could it be? You could give me a damn alert saying “Houston, we have a problem” or any other lame message, just give me something.  Well, after restarting, shaking, and recharging my iPhone, computer and mind I finally had an account and was logged in.

Great! Let’s doris, let’s knock someone!

Testing

One wonderful thing about the app is its use of Push Notification. You can start a live video feed and stream it to someone whenever you want, and they will be notified and can launch the app. Functionality like this gives me a boner, and sweet memories of times listening to Aerosmith. Damn, it’s good. Or not…

The receiver’s iPhone is generating some nice knocking sounds and the app says “Connecting” or something. Only problem is that it still says “knocking” on my phone. So how the hell am I supposed to know if it works? Thank god for the Time Out, otherwise I probably still would be sitting there trying to connect.

After trying a couple of times (185, maybe?) I got it to work one time, and only for a couple of seconds. But I guess I’m just retarded and don’t know how to use it. After all, iPhone apps are supposed to be hard to get and only work if you have epic Emacs skillz.

Thanks Steve, for approving this great app. I can honestly not think of a world without it, it’s so fucking great. Maybe you can send me a video where you explain how to get it to work? But it’s not all bad. The idea is nice and it’s free..

Aah, now I see! This is yet another scheme from Apple. By accepting a lot of worthless apps that are free, maybe more people will buy apps! Fucking genius dudes, I love you.  Oh by the way, get a fucking spell checker and run it before you send an app to the App Store.

Wrap up

But I still love the idea, just imagine how fun you can have. Knocking people while you are peeing drunk, spying on them when they are surfing the web or hunting space invaders. But I wouldn’t be surprised if people will use it solely for rickrolling friends. Wake up nerds, it’s 2009, find a new hobby!

What now..?

The dawn came and, as our eyes angrily got used to the bright light, we saw the future.  And it looks like we are in for a helluva ride. All over the world people are picking up the debris of yesterdays eruption, and holy god do they love it!

omiPhone.se – “Det som är lite extra häftigt är att man implementerat Push Notification till Nattstad på iPhone. Det betyder att du direkt får veta när något händer på Nattstad. Det här har faktiskt inte ens Facebook implementerat än av okänd anledning.”

gp.se – “Nu har Nattstad släppt en iPhone-app. Och den är riktigt bra, med push-notifieringar och möjlighet att lägga upp bilder inifrån programmet.”

Hoel, kille 21 år – “Helt jävla underbar app! Funkar perfekt…”

But it ain’t over yet, we are working on a new project that will blow your mind! If Goose was the Ben Hur of apps, then this is the USS Enterprise, ready to help you boldly go where…well..at least you haven’t been before. I’m sure it will cure Fred Durst’s kolpophobia, he will surely want to caress this monster full-time when it comes out. Stay tuned for more awesomness coming really soon!

New App: Nattstad

Finally it’s out in the wild, our new monster app! This baby has been in the making for a while, but gosh it’s beautiful! There is so much you can do, and it’s almost as if it’s is giving you a massaging manicure while you are exploring it’s depth and inner chambers. God damn this app rocks, can’t wait until Limp Bizkit releases their new album and Fred Durst will serenade it on every damn song!

Nattstad is the swedish Facebook, but instead of ugly pimpleheads and annoying parents, your friends will be the hottest girls and boys, waiting for you at the most awesome bars and night clubs. Finally you will have the chance to enjoy the life you’ve seen on Gossip Girl. Check out the most daring blogs, pictures from the craziest parties and read up on what’s going on in Your town.

What are you waiting for? Roll over to the App Store and download this crazy mf and party hard!

What the hell is that…?

God it’s beautiful….but what could it be? A new beginning? The start of the internet phase out? A safe haven for brats and teenage mothers? Something to write home about?

Sweden Social Web Camp

Sorry for the lack of updates here on the blog, but the summer has been to damn awesome, so we haven’t had time to write that much. More about the awesomeness in a coming update, but for now I want to write a bit about the last weekend, when we went to Tjärö to socialize and hobnob with the social media elite in Sweden. This post is quite long, but you can skip most of it and just read the last paragraph.

One camp to rule them all…

For all y’all that missed out on what this event was all about, here is the short version: Tomas Wennström (of whatsnext.se fame) wanted to meet up with a couple of geeks and discuss social media. Preferably by a camp fire and fueled with beer. So he threw together some words about the idea on his blog and suddenly something big was brewing (btw, when will we finally be able to use whynot.ee? ).  The response was enormous, so what started with the vision of ten people meeting up at someones place ended with 280 people meeting on an island. We found out about this quite early and liked the idea, so we signed up and suddenly we where on our way.

The weekend…

We drove to island in the same tank (or maybe it was a twitterpansarvagn?) that took us to Mini Seedcamp in Helsingborg. The trip was great, lots of sing-along to Meatloaf tunes and Amy diamond. Anders drank beer , so that combined with the utter lack of a driving license issued under his name gave me the role of pilot. I went totally Schumi and shortened the estimated trip time calculated by the GPS by around 1 hour. When we arrived to the ferry that would take us to the island, it was raining quite a lot so we did like most youngsters in american high school movies do and partied a bit in the car. However, as soon as the rain stopped we went out to socialize with the people waiting for the ferry.

As soon as we arrived on the island we were greeted by some locals performing Super Mario Bros tunes. While putting up our tent we made great use of our engineering skills, since the tent was somewhat damaged since the two festivals this summer. Lots of people were already there and they guided us toward the registration area. Our name badges were missing, so we created our own with matching QR codes. It was about eight o’clock by now, so Tomas greeted everyone welcome and we were treated with a great barbecue (burgers and free beer, we like). The night continued with lots of discussion about lots of things and a couple of more beers.

The next day started with a nice breakfast and then it was time for the sessions. Anyone could set up a session, there were a lot of places and time slots to choose and the range of topics was great. The first session we attended was Joakim Jardenberg, who talked about his project to make the government agencies in sweden open up their systems and providing the data and information to us. It was a great session with an interesting discussion. When I have some time over I’ll have to read more about this project.

The next session was titled Combat Social Media, and the initiator is about to travel to Afghanistan to work for ISAF and wanted to know how he could make use of social media while being there. The previous session was more of a presentation while this was just a discussion, and everybody provided great ideas and their own views.  When the session ended it was time for lunch, but since it was just two hours since breakfast we ended up on a grass field, with a beer and discussing our own stuff.

After lunch we listened a bit to a session about PR and their place in social Media, or something. Sounded like a great session but we weren’t that interested in the subject.

Thanks to Martin from Twingly we heard about a session that was bit more technical than the others, which was something that we missed. It was called NoSql, and was about substitutes to relational databases and also the presentators own product Neo4j.

A stand-up comedian was attending the event and he decided, under the influence of mr Jack Daniels the night before,  to perform during one of the sessions. He said he was a bit unprepared but it still kicked ass. Just plain awesome.

The next session was the unyielding of a project called Shinobi. The host, Twingly, gave away free beer and some swag and their product sounded great. Can’t wait to test this baby.

The rest of the evening was spent socializing with people and eating. We met the guys from Appcorn who is in the same business, and had a great talk.

Wrap up..

We had a really awesome time on the island. The people were great to talk with and lots of interesting ideas were discussed. We hope that something similar will take place soon.  It was also nice to meet some of the people from Seedcamp in Helsingborg once again.