updated 06:15 pm EST, Wed February 18, 2009
3G hardware development
In brief: Gameloft is currently working on a new iPhone game that is based on the Apple II classic "The Oregon Trail". The game has been updated for the iPhone platform and will have several new features to take advantage of the devices capabilities. No release information has been detailed yet but several screen shots have been released. The WebObjects Community Association has started conducting their annual survey for collecting information from its community. The collected information is used to plan ahead for next year and also to help plan for the next WOWODC. In other news, nova media has released a new hardware development kit for 3G devices based on a 3G embedded wireless module.
Gameloft has released a few new screenshots from their upcoming iPhone/iPod touch game "The Oregon Trail". The game is a remake of a classic Apple II game designed to teach school children about the realities of 19th century pioneer life on the trail. In the game the player takes the role of a wagon leader who has to guide a group of settlers from Independence, Missouri to Oregon's Willamette Valley. The game features all of the decision-making and problem-solving from the original game plus eight skill-based mini-games, some using the accelerometer: hunting, fishing, wagon repairing, river crossing, rafting, telegraphing, gold panning, and berry picking.
The WebObjects Community Association has released its annual surveys about the WebObjects Community. The surveys give WebObject developers a chance to provide feedback to Apple and the Association which will allow them to plan for the coming year and WOWODC 2009. Three surveys are available: one is for organizations who develop WebObjects applications and only one respondant should answer the survey for the whole organization. Another survey is for any WebObjects developer, no limit per organization and the third survey is about how an organization uses Project Wonder in your WebObjects applications.
nova media has unveiled a hardware development kit for 3G devices based on a 3G embedded wireless module. The GTM382 development kit consists of an embedded 3G module as well as a mainboard with USB support and the necessary Mac OS X drivers to address the advanced 3G, GPS and Voice functions of the embedded module. The GTM382 module offers HSPA speeds that can reach up to 7.2 Mbit/s download and 2 Mbit/s upload speeds and supports EDGE and GPRS connections. The GTM382 development kit is available for developers at a price of $250 from nova media's website.