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iPhone Invitation Confirms Oct 4. iPhone 5 Launch

Apple has officially announced the launch date for its next iPhone (or iPhones). The big day? Next Tuesday, October 4th. The Cupertino, California-based company will reveal the eagerly anticipated iPhone 5 from the Town Hall auditorium on Apple’s campus.


Apple sent this simple invitation to the press to announce the event. 

The invitation Apple sent to the media doesn’t reveal much else beside the date and location of the event. A Google maps icon pinpoints Apple’s campus location at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino. The date and time are also communicated. What is intriguing is the the red notification “1,” which on the iPhone indicates a message or call. Many industry insiders have speculated that Apple will introduce not only one iPhone but two new iPhones – including a smaller, cheaper and faster iPhone 4.

iPhones for Everyone
It’s also been rumored that Sprint will also carry the iPhone. That partnership, if a reality, will most likely be announced at the event, too. The various iPhone options (including a new iPhone 5) has been the source of many industry rumors. Most believe Apple is offering different types and price points for the iPhone in order to be more competitive with Google’s Android phones. If you’re considering a new cell phone, we recommend waiting until after the release of the iPhone 5, as the release of the iPhone 5 and different types of iPhones will most likely dramatically affect the plans offered by smartphone providers like AT&T & Verizon.

iPhone 5 Apps & Features
In addition to the new iOS 5, a number of other features and updates are expected along with the iPhone 5 announcement. Among them, Facebook and Twitter may be more closely intergrated into the phone. According to Ben Parr of Mashable, an unnamed source informed him that a new Facebook iPhone app, a new Facebook iPad app and, possibly (if that isn’t enough to have you updating your status by now), an HTML5-based mobile app store.

Neither Apple or Facebook have made any comment confirming the above rumor. Instead, Apple just quietly sent an invite for the October 4th event to press and select app developers. DMAC has been tracking the status of the iPhone 5‘s release for some time. Join us next Tuesday for a full report on the iPhone’s launch, including price and availability.

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App of the Month: “Frisbee Forever” (Review)

Game: Frisbee Forever
Developer: Kiloo Games
Rating: 4 out 5 stars
Cost: Free

Summer is here and if you can’t get to your local park to toss the Frisbee around, you can still enjoy the sport from the comfort of your couch, thanks to Wham-O’s new game and app: “Frisbee Forever.” Developed by Kiloo Games, the colorful, arcade-style game plays a lot like a Wii game. The object is simple: Navigate a mini-golf-like obstacle course with a Frisbee for coins. Coins can then be used in a Frisbee shop to buy better flying discs or special upgrades.


“Frisbee Forever” runs on the iPhone and iPad and uses those iDevices’ accelerometer to control the Frisbee (players tilt the device left or right to guide the flying disc through the course).

A gameplay trailer of “Frisbee Forever.”

Frisbee Flicking Fun
It’s as easy as flicking your finger across the touchscreen to send the disc on its way. Gameplay is super-responsive and the graphics rival anything you’ve seen on the Wii. “Frisbee Forever” includes 10 different worlds, and each world (or area) features 10 levels…for a total of 100 challenges. The courses and environments are inventive and fun, and while, at times, some of the obstacles seem impossible, patience and a well-practiced tilting technique will get you through. Flying through hoops and triangle checkpoints on the course maintain the Frisbee’s momentum, and as you fly through each course, you’ll collect stars along the course. The medal you are eventually awarded is based on how many stars you collect.


Purchase “Frisbee Forever” through the Apple App Store.

As mentioned, as players advance through the game, they earn coins for clearing each level and receive a trophy rank of silver, bronze or gold. Be warned that patience is necessary, however, because even for the best player it will take a while to collect enough coins for the better discs. But you can also buy coins to purchase items through the App Store.

Overall, “Forever Frisbee” is an extremely well-made app and will provide you with hours of fun – all for free.

Make Your Own Mobile App – at Summer Camp
Want to make your app or game for the iPhone or iPad? You can, this summer at Digital Media Academy computer and digital arts summer camps. Spend an exciting week learning 3D Game Development for the iPhone or App Development for Apple iDevices. Before you know it, you’ ll be on your way to making your dream app a reality…and that’s how careers get started. Find out more about Digital Media Academy app development summer camps and how they can help you create the future. DMA – where video-game dreams get transformed into reality.

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Making Magic with Your iPhone

We love technology and we love magic, so when we see something that brings both of these great subjects together – well, we just have to share it. Check out this video by Marco Tempest. You will be amazed. Marco is an award-winning illusionist with a flair for presenting magic in a unique, technology-enhanced setting:

See? We weren’t kidding; the guy blends technology with magic to jaw-dropping effect. From interactive card tricks (using digital card images projected on an iPhone) to placing his head or hand magically inside a video monitor, Marco dazzles crowds all over the world with his incredible feats of magic. (We’re still trying to figure out how he got butterflies to appear on his iPhone and move them, magically from one phone to another.)

Marco is a Swiss-born magician who resides in New York City. While he’s been performing magic for some years, he gained widespread fame with an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Since his appearance in 2006, he’s gone on to produce an entire show, which is called “The VIrtual Magician” and is based around interactive technology-themed magic. He also issued a “Phonecam” challenge, to encourage other magicians to post a video-taped magic trick done in one take, using no cuts or edits. Want to catch this amazing magician on the road? Check out Marco Tempests’ Tour Schedule.


We first found Marco showing off his talents when the original iPhone launched back in 2007. Here he uses the iPhone to X-Ray his hand.

Make Magic with Your iPhone
To create many of the illusions Marco performs on stage, he produces his own apps that run on devices like the iPhone. Want to make magic on your iPhone like Marco? Then make a magic app or game for the iPhone or iPad. You can do it. Spend an exciting week learning 3D Game Development for the iPhone or App Development for Apple iDevices. Before you know it, you’ ll be on your way to wowing crowds…just like Marco Tempest.

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Cool New App “Leaves” All Other Apps Behind

Apple’s list of apps keeps growing – and now there’s a free app for the iPhone that lets you identify trees by analyzing their leaves. The app is so downright cool, it might turn you into a nature lover without you even knowing it – even if the closest you usually get to greenery is the lettuce in your taco.


ID that tree…with LeafSnap!

Called LeafSnap, the app puts an entire botanical library on your iPhone. Here’s how it works: Imagine you’re out for a walk and you spot a tree. Is it a maple? An oak? Perhaps a Himalayan birch? You can find out, simply by snagging a leaf off the tree. Place that leaf against a white piece of paper and snap a photo of it with your iPhone camera. LeafSnap analyzes the shape and texture of the leaf by comparing it to a database of leaf images supplied by the Smithsonian Institution and Finding Species, a natural photography group.

The app also guides you through follow-up search efforts that may be necessary until you can figure out exactly what tree produced your leaf. After you’ve identified what you’ve found, you can even choose to add your discovery to the growing database of leaf data, just like a genuine botanist.

LeafSnap was developed by scientists at Columbia University and the University of Maryland and uses facial recognition technology to identify leaves. So far, only the trees of the New York City and Washington, D.C. areas have been covered in the database, but the app will eventually cover species of trees native to all of the U.S.


LeafSnap also keeps a map of your collection, so you can find that special maple tree you love napping under.

LeafSnap is free and available for download through Apple’s App Store. It’s also coming soon to the Google Android.

Creative and amazing apps, like LeafSnap, don’t just happen by accident. They’re only developed through the hard work of well trained, expert professionals. Do you want to be an app developer? You can get professional training from leading industry innovators by attending a Digital Media Academy App Development Summer Camp. DMA offers not only Game Development Summer Camps for Apps & Apple iDevices but also App Development Summer Camps for the Google Android platform. Learn how to bring your ideas to life on today’s hottest mobile platforms with DMA.

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What You Should Know If You Buy a White iPhone 4

Apple has unveiled a new iPhone. The white iPhone 4 finally answers Apple iPhone fans who have eagerly been asking, and waiting years for an iPhone available in any color besides black.


Q: Which color iPhone 4 would James Bond carry? A: Both. (White with dinner jacket. Black with wet suit.)

Thinking of buying a white iPhone 4? Here’s what you should know:

1. You’ll want to protect that new phone, so what kind of cover will you choose? Independent reports from web sites such as TiPb confirm that the new white iPhone 4 is slightly thicker (about 0.2 millimeters) than the conventional black model. The reason? The white paint slightly increases the thickness.

Another web site, Engadget, ran iPhone cover tests and found that some “rigid” covers still fit the white iPhone while others did not. (Check first with the manufacturer of the cover you’ve purchased or are considering buying, and you shouldn’t encounter any problems.)

2. Size has no bearing on the white iPhone 4 performance – and the thicker coating of paint not only protects but will help your iPhone keep working and looking great over time. Apple’s Senior VP Phil Schiller explains, “It’s not as simple as making something white. There’s a lot more that goes into both the material science of it – how it holds up over time…but also in how it all works with the sensors.”

3. The white iPhone 4 makes you look more attractive, appeals to a younger audience and women love it. According to Cult of Mac, the new white iPhone not only enhances your image, but naturally appeals to a younger demographic, and more specifically – women.

The fact that the popular iPhone has never before been available in the creamy white finish certainly adds to this model’s desirability. Like with a select few other products (such as red sports cars or green M&Ms), the color of the product seems to register with consumers on a deep psychological level. How deep? One industry analyst quoted in “The San Jose Mercury News” speculated that the extra mystique of the white model will directly translate into sales of approximately 1 million to 1.25 million phones per business quarter – until the anticipated September release of the iPhone 5, when Apple will unveil its latest model.


It’s the same iPhone 4 – there’s just 0.2mm more of it to love.

4. The iPhone 5 is on the way. Sure, it looks cool, but the iPhone 4 has been out for a while and now it’s time for Apple to refresh the hardware. Mac enthusiasts and those in-the-know have already stated the iPhone 5 could be available as early as June of this year.

The world’s ongoing infatuation with Apple products – such as the iPhone, iPad and iTunes is stronger than ever before. And the more that love affair grows, the more iPhone apps will need to be created to feed that demand.

Maybe you’re looking to develop an app for your new white iPhone 4? Digital Media Academy understands Apple iPhone app development and teaches people of all ages how to make apps. Take, for example, DMA’s summer camp for App Development and iDevices. DMA even offers a two-week Academy for Mobile Device Programming. To learn more or register for a summercamp, visit Digital Media Academy.

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