Dispatches from The Spry Hive 2014: Week 36

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

Well, it was a short week for many of us after the holiday, so that just made Friday arrive more quickly. But hey, even better – it made our own weekly roundup of what’s new, good (and creepy?) come back around in a flash. So let’s get to it…

Apps

Now, how many apps do you have on your phone that could be deemed as “creepy”? Don’t answer aloud, because Apple has taken upon itself to target these by updating its App Store review guidelines:

“We have over a million apps in the App Store. If your app doesn’t do something useful, unique or provide some form of lasting entertainment, or if your app is plain creepy, it may not be accepted”

How’s that for some definitive parameters? So much for the upcoming launch of “Doggie Tinder.” Dog parks may now rejoice.

For those who always picked “Truth” over “Dare,” you’ll dig the news that Reddit has launched a new mobile app based on it’s extremely popular “Ask Me Anything” interviews. Now, as for a “Dare” version of said app – don’t ask.

Dev and Web

Think the value of documentation is waning and just want something you can get your hands on? Then you might applaud this take on how prototyping is replacing documentation in today’s world.

If you’re looking for a nifty way to test your local website on a mobile device or iPad, take a look at this method utilizing MAMP.

Startups

A recent ranking by Forbes placed SIU Carbondale on its list of most entrepreneurial universities in the US. This comes based on what Forbes calls its “entrepreneurial ratio” which it describes as “the number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn against the school’s total student body.” Way to go, SIUC.

Another nod to St. Louis-based startup Pixel Press, which is partnering-up with Cartoon Network. They’ll be producing a create-your-own video game app for the network’s most-watched show “Adventure Time.”

Miscellaneous

Talk about a mirage. Raise your hand if you happened to notice that 75% of IKEA’s catalogue is computer-generated imagery? Gone are the days of CG being confined to things as trivial as giant dinosaurs and oversized monkeys climbing the Empire State Building.

Madden Glitch

From the realm of the incredibly-darned-cute, a spectacular new glitch in the Madden ‘15 NFL game features a tiny, tiny linebacker (1-foot-2 to be exact). But this kid’s got game! Does it make it somehow more perfect that he appears on the roster for the Tennessee Titans? We think yes.


That’s about it for this (abbreviated) week. Stay frosty.

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