Monday, June 25, 2007

Done - iPhone Cream

I've finally finished the first version of iPhone Cream, a site "where the best iPhone applications rise to the top". It works very much like Digg but the scope is very different: this is exclusively for iPhone web applications and ideas. I want it to become not only a great resource for iPhone owners (iPhone version coming soon) but also a great resource for developers to find great ideas for web apps. There are tons of iPhone app directories out there but the problem with most of them is that a lot of the stuff they post to the front page is pretty poor and this will only increase as thousands more web developers start developing "iPhone Apps". I don't think what goes on the front page should be something an editor decides. I think that it should be based on the actual popularity of the app (or idea).

But a "Digg for iPhone apps" isn't my ultimate  goal. I like the way Digg works and that is why I used pligg as my CMS but I have much bigger plans for iPhone Cream. To give you an idea of where I'm going I'll give you a few of my observations and thoughts:  I think the majority of people that will eventually use iPhone Cream will be actual iPhone users browsing with an actual iPhone; I think small fry developers will want a easy way to host their cool iPhone applications without having to buy full fledged hosting service and domain name; I think that iPhone users will want to use an alternative to the default "bookmarks" to launch their favorite web apps... And more that "I can't talk about" :)

Watch this space for updates.

Friday, June 15, 2007

iPhone Apps: my reaction

I haven't posted for quite a while. I've been busy. Very busy. LearnIt development is paused.

While many developers have been complaining about the lack of an initial iPhone SDK, I have been working. I think that there are going to be a lot of great iPhone specific web apps developed and there has to be a good place to suggest them, find them, post them, and access them. That is what I have been working on. As Steve Jobs says, "It'll be great, we think your gonna love it."

I am trying to get something out there as fast as possible in order to catch the initial wave of excitement. So I've been hard at it. I hope to have something up within a week (but that is not a promise.) I think developing cool iPhone apps will be fun and I can't wait to see what other people come up with.

Back to work...

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

June is upon us

This has been and will continue to be a big month for the tech industry. Specifically, Apple Inc.

June 11th is the day that Steve Jobs will deliver his keynote in which he is expected to unveil the secret features in Leapord that we haven't seen yet as well as make some other cool announcements (they just recently announced new MacBooks and MacBook Pros so I bet it will be an new iMac).

But where the buzz is really at is with the iPhone, set to launch June 29. With people like Mike Arrington raving about the device (and he's not the only one), I think its going to be a winner when it hits the market. I'm probably not going to get the first version due to financial constraints but I'll certainly be eager to get my hands on one ASAP to test the first true non-baby internet experience on a mobile phone. I want to make LearnIt as iPhone friendly as possible because using LearnIt on an iPhone would be awesome and very practical.

Oh, by the way, June 29 is my birthday. But the iPhone is way out of range. Too bad.