HipGeo API for Location Based Apps

HipGeo has launched an API that allows iOS developers to the incorporate location-based features, such as geo tracking and tagging, of the HipGeo app, into their 3rd-party apps. This provides options which go beyond the check-in features that the FourSquare API offers. The toolkit also includes widgets that allow developers to incorporate location-based features in web apps and pages.

HipGeo widgets are the really easy way to add where to your when. With a little cut and paste magic, you can show where something happened with a cool popup map.

iPhone Screenshot

Image via iTunes

iPhone Screenshot

Image via iTunes

Access the API here and the HioGeo iTunes page here.

Read more at HipGeo Releases Public API to Add “Where” to Your “When”.

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Using Layar Vision to implement Augmented Reality

Layar Vision, which is an extension of the Layar Augmented Reality browser,  offers another means by which iOS and Android App developers can use Augmented Reality (AR) to interact with physical objects. Compared to the Qualcomm AR SDK, the Layar Vision API takes a different approach by pushing the image identification processes to the server-side and having a usage based freemium pricing mechanism.

Below are a few videos of the power and potential of this product.

 

Here is a video introducing Layar Vision.

 

More explanations of Layar Vision

 

A sample of three applications

 

Read more about the API and associated toolkit here.

Qualcomm’s Augmented Reality SDK

Qualcomm‘s Augmented Reality (AR) SDK allows developers to design Android and iOS apps that can augment a live image from a camera  with superimposed virtual content (such as graphics, data, media, etc). The SDK, which is distributed free, provides several features, including virtual buttons, 3D objects, frame markers and targets.

Here is a video of the sample apps that are provided in the SDK

The below video of the winners of the Qualcomm AR Challenge (from Feb 2011) helps to fully appreciate the power of this toolkit.

Download the SDK here.

Read more at Augmented Reality | Products and Services | Qualcomm.

Android Fragmentation

App developers and users have complained about the fragmentation of the Android market for a long time. This wonderful graphic and accompanying post clearly illustrates the extent of this problem and shows why many Android users are stuck with older versions of the OS.

 

 

Read more at the understatement: Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support.

The Cloud Wars: Box.net offers free 50gb to iOS users

The cloud wars are heating up. To coincide with the launch of 5gb space on the iCloud, Box.net has announced free 50gb of space for iOS users. Compared to the offerings of the market leader, DropBox (2 gb free, 50gb for $10 a month), this is a steal!

Read more at iPad and iPhone Users Get 50 GB FREE Starting Tonight #Box50GB | The Box Blog.

Infinity Blade 2

Infinity Blade was the first iOS game that used the Unreal Engine 3. It took full advantage of the iPad‘s A5 processor and visual display capabilities. Consequently, many purchased the game for its ground breaking graphics. A sequel was announced during Apple’s iPhone 4S presentation. Below are the trailers for the original and the sequel.