Another year passes by, another chapter has been finished. My journey with Munchery has come to an end today, as I was let go. It has been an incredible experience at Munchery, as I had the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented team and grew significantly as a result.
Now, it’s time to turn to the next pages in the book, to the next chapter. The question to ask is, what will the next chapter be about?
To be continued… Read More
Android at Apps World 2015
Now that’s one big Android! This is at the Apps World 2015 event, currently going on over at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Read More
After several months in active development, GPOP Labs is proud to announce that StepBOT 1.0 is now available on the Google Play Store!
If you have a wearable device such as the Android Wear, FitBit, or Jawbone and are looking for a fun, interesting experience on your wearable, check out StepBOT! Read More
Wearable World & Class of 2015
The Wearable World team and the startup founders for the 2015 class season, over at The Innovation Hangar in the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Read More
SeaNav US posted in the Pebble developer forums, stating that their recent iOS update was declined. The reason? Support for Pebble smartwatches in the app.
- 3.1 – Apps or metadata that mentions the name of any other mobile platform will be rejected
3.1 DetailsWe noticed that your app or its metadata contains irrelevant platform information in the app. Providing future platform compatibility plans, or other platform references, is not appropriate for the App Store.Specifically, your app and app description declare support for thePebble Smartwatch.Next StepsPlease remove any instances of this information from your app and its marketing materials, including the Application Description, What’s New info, Previews and screenshots.Since your iTunes Connect Application State is Rejected, a new binary will be required. Make the desired metadata changes when you upload the new binary.NOTE: Please be sure to make any metadata changes to all App Localizations by selecting each specific localization and making appropriate changes.
Source: Pebble Forums – Apple now rejecting apps with Pebble Smartwatch support
With the Apple Watch coming out, Apple apparently is now banning iOS apps that have Pebble support. While I don’t own a Pebble Smartwatch, I do know several people that do, with iPhones. Simply put, this is an apalling move of Apple; Pebble has to be concerned about supporting iOS now.UPDATE
Apple has backtracked on this issue, now claiming it ‘accidentally rejected’ apps with Pebble support. In any case, iOS users with Pebble watches can relax, for now.
Still a work-in-progress, but we’re working with Apple to clear up any misunderstandings to make sure rejections like the handful of recent ones don’t happen again—they’re being super responsive the concerns that bubbled up (much appreciated!). Apps are still getting approved with mentions of Pebble support in the description or metadata (e.g. RunKeeper). For now, developers should continue with their iOS app update plans and approval submissions to the iTunes store as normal (i.e. include Pebble support in your app info if that was your original intent).Source
: The Verge – Apple says it removed apps with Pebble compatibility by mistake Read More
Just released an update (1.05) to Chrono Maps; this is a huge update folks! This version adds gate access to the El Nido Archipelago, where you can view the world maps from Chrono Cross! Here’s a preview of the new version:
The following is a list of changes brought to the new version:1.05
:– New gate to the El Nido Archipelago has appeared. Chrono Cross maps are now available for viewing!– OPTIONS: Crew dialog shown when tapping on Epoch.– OPTIONS: Pressing the MENU key returns the user to the map view.– OPTIONS: Pressing the SEARCH key displays the TRIGGER menu or causes a dimensional CROSS.– CREDITS: Spekkio now appears in CREDITS.– FIX: Resolved an audio issue on devices running Android 2.3 (GINGERBREAD) where the sound effects would stop playing.
Version 1.05 is now live on the Google Play Store
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Hey guys, I wanted to share an Android app that I developed and released recently onto the Google Play Store.
The app is CHRONO MAPS, an interactive map app that displays the world maps of different eras from Chrono Trigger. It is derived from a Dragon Quest map app that I released a while ago. It can be thought of as Google Maps (somewhat) for Chrono Trigger. 😀 You can use multi-touch gestures to pinch and tap to zoom in and out of the maps.
Going for maximum nostalgia, CHRONO MAPS mimics the graphical interface style of the SNES version of Chrono Trigger and uses all sorts of Chrono Trigger sprites. The app also features music and sound effects from the SNES version of Chrono Trigger.
With 2015 being the 20th anniversary of Chrono Trigger, CHRONO MAPS is my tribute to the 20th anniversary of Chrono Trigger! 🙄 If you have an Android device, check out the app! I’ll be making improvements to the app from time to time. Google Play
: CHRONO MAPS Read More
Forbes recently mentioned Wearable World, our startup accelerator, in an article of what they consider the best accelerator programs in Silicon Valley:
Based on our research, below are some of the best accelerators we’ve come across for startups coming to the Valley:
- Founders Space is the only one we found that meets all of the above criteria. They have a highly flexible program that is ideal for foreign entrepreneurs and have formed strategic relationships with governments and accelerators all over the world, including Korea, Austria, China, Singapore, Belgium, Japan, Holland, Brazil, Estonia, etc. In addition, Founders Space has a robust online accelerator that’s being used in overseas universities and incubators.
- 500 Startups has done an excellent job of bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and the rest of the world. With their Geeks on Planes program and Dave McClure’s presence, they’ve put together a top-notch program that caters to most of the needs that startup founders from abroad have. The results look good, and they’re growing fast.
- Tandem is another strong accelerator for overseas entrepreneurs. What sets them apart is that they focus on mobile only. They also invest a significant amount in each startup. They work with startups from every part of the world and act as their temporary home in the Valley.
- Techstars has been setting up its own branches all across the US and has recently established operations in London. It stands poised to become a global powerhouse for incubating startups, and we expect them to continue to expand to other countries.
- Y Combinator is the gold standard of startup accelerators. It’s not as focused on overseas startups, but its program has A-list mentors, advisors and investors that more than compensate. It has successfully helped startups from all parts of the world get funded and brings a halo effect to its graduates.
- Plug And Play has aggressively courted overseas startups and attracts companies from every corner of the globe. It has relationships with a number of foreign governments and works to provide education and training for overseas companies. For the scope of its operations, it deserves to be on this list
- Wearable World does a good job at incubating IoT startups. They have expert advisors in the IoT and wearable space and work with startups from all over the world. Their biggest strength is their focus.
: Forbes – 7 Leading Accelerators For Overseas Startups Coming to Silicon Valley
It’s exciting to see that Wearable World was named by Forbes as one of the top incubators in Silicon Valley! Read More
After a month-long long stay in Minnesota and a long four day roadtrip across the country, I am now back in the Bay Area! The big news is that I’m now here in California permanently!
After seeing all the excitement in the mobile tech sector here in the Bay Area from my last few trips to California, I came to the conclusion that I needed to make the move out to the Bay Area. While it was a difficult decision to make, I believe that moving in the Bay Area provided the best opportunities to help pursue my goal of becoming a mobile developer.
I’ll miss everything about Minnesota (well, maybe except for the subzero winter days and the mosquitoes), but mostly the friends and family there. With new determination and a fresh new start in the Bay Area, I’m committed to achieving my goals. Read More