I'm reading 10,000 times into this and I'm far from a reputable source, but! one little tweet this morning from a "higher up" gives me an indicator that Marvel may be pushing comics to the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad medium.
Here's the tweet I read:
I think I want an iPod touch now.
- Jeff Suter, Senior Art Director @Marvel, permalink
The thing that gets me is that there's no explanation to the tweet and then shortly after, we get this:
OK, rush job in hand... digitally of course. SECRET rush job that is!
- Jeff Suter, permalink
So what does this all mean? I know people from Marvel are always tweeting "ooh this is a secret!" but I think this may be something to think about. Marvel (well, Disney) striking a deal with Apple to put comics on the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad? Perhaps through the Book Store app? Who knows. We will see. I'm waiting for all the cool stuff to get announced after the iPad launch *cough*March 26*cough*.
PS. Then I found this link that was published on February 2, 2010. Talk about crazy.
Well, it's that time of year again; time for me to be the big man and head up the Apples & Oranges group for GVSU. Apples & Oranges, in case you didn't know, is the Apple User Group for Grand Valley which I am president of.
Last night we had our first meeting and it was pretty good. I bought some ice cream chips and pop and at about 8:45pm, I ended up at the meeting. The usual suspects (ie. Nick, Rob and Beckey) showed up with probably 10 more new people along with our advisor, Eric. Jeff, my house-mate was there for the free food and pop, and Dallas and Samantha showed up for a moment. From how I saw it, it was actually a pretty damn good turn out. I got e-mails from two or three other people who wanted to be there but were either busy or just forgot, so I see that as a good sign for next week's meeting.
This week, I kind of stood around like a professor and tried to help people with their Apple issues by talking them through the process. We got onto som crazy topics like torrents, converting movies for your iPod and ripping music from your iPod (specifically the iPod Touch, ugh). Nick and Rob had comments here and there and by the end I was sitting down trying to fix Mail problems which sucked (I absolutely hate Mail).
Outside of having no structure and me not having my damn mini-DVI to VGA adapter to show people how to do things on the projector, it was a pretty good meeting. Next week I'll have to take a more commanding lead and keep the discussions focused. We drifted a lot.. but I'm not going to go further than that. As I said, next week will have to be more focused.
I have plans to show off how to rip music off of your iPod (specifically the iTouch, but also any other iPod) as well as maybe showing how to transfer your iTunes library. Nick wanted to show off Transmission and how to use BitTorrent so we may have 2 mini-meetings going on. After next week I want to definitely show people how to use Handbrake and iSquint, then maybe one day I'll show off the greatness that is Quicksilver. All in good time though.
Here's to hoping next week is just as successful as this week.
If you didn't know, I recently got an iPhone.... it fucking rocks. I've been a total slut for the camera and I don't care who knows it. I've been using it non-stop and finding as many was as I can to use the cool headphones/headset to talk to people on the phone.
And before you guess, yes I've downloaded a ton of apps and yes I did jailbreak the phone. Too much dismay (and wasted time) I ended up re-formatting and going back to the old iPhone. Why? Well let me just explain it to you:
I heard Pwnage 2.0.2 was out and the guys at Gizmodo and Lifehacker were raving about it so I decided to try it. I'd had my iPod Touch jailbroken for a long ass time (well, before I sold it and 2.0 software was out) and it was amazing. I loved all the free apps and the coolness they allowed. It was like... unlimited fun. Then BAM! the iPhone 2.0 software is out so I 'got' the iTouch software on my iPod Touch and was cool with it... So, I was digging jailbreaking my iPhone assuming things would be just as kick-ass but with the phone and camera added on.
I was wrong.
As I should have researched, there are near 0 good apps out that interest me on the jailbroken market (the NES emulator is cool, but not that cool). So after probably 3 hours of reformatting, updating, refilling and all that I decided to clear things out (again!) to go back to factory settings. And that was that.
I'll definitely be waiting to jailbreak until some amazing apps come out.
That said, I am digging the apps out legitimately for the iPhone. Mind you, I haven't yet bought an app, but I've pretty much tried every free app out there and I keep a few special ones on my iPhone (Solitaire, BreakOut, Twitterrific, Klick, and a few others). So all is good.
Heading to bed now...
So, I have a developer account on apples dev site.... and as of right now I'm downloading the SDK.
More to come later as I fool around with the SDK...
So here we have it guys, my restore of my hacked iPod and and trying out the normal 1.1.3. Lets see how this works... (Mind you I paid for the extra awesome apps: Mail, Stocks, etc.)
3:48PM - Seeing that I started this baby late, I already got the iTunes update to 7.6 and the 1.1.3 firmware installed. I have been able to easily move icons around and have fun with all of that.
3:50PM - Not sure if this was available for the iPhone before 1.1.3, but apparently you can sync your Mail accounts with your iPod/iPhon. I did this, but can't get my mail to show up. I'm using GMail's IMAP, so I'm not sure if that's the problem...
3:53PM - Checking my internet connection... working slowly. Hitting google.com... a whole lot of nothing. Going to set up IMAP manually.
4:07PM - Took a break to watch this: http://www.break.com/index/funny-kid-isnt-sorry-about-huge-party.html
4:11PM - Manually added GMail and have been sitting at the 'Verifying IMAP account information' stage for a minute or so...
4:13PM - Was asked if I wanted to use SSL, said yes... I'm thinking my internet connection is shotty, but things are working... slowly...
4:17PM - dumb me, I don't know how to type my e-mail address... trying again.
4:20PM - Asked for SSL again... still verifying...
4:22PM - aaaaand Nothin'... going to try again.
4:25PM - Retried everything and it looks like it's working... well, it's verifying, again.
4:27PM - Asked for SSL again...
4:30PM - Okay. Mail isn't working. Moving on...
4:54PM - After a phone call and some messing around on my iPod, everything works fine. No hassles. No lag. Bookmarklets on the main 'board' and moving icons works flawlessly. Though, I can't seem to view lyrics on my iPod... anyone have any clue? Mail is still giving me troubles. I'm going to try on a better Wifi signal and see what fixes what.
Final Update (Jan 29) - For the record, I managed to get everything to work including IMAP through GMail. I had to set it up through 'Other' and IMAP when running through the setup and of course following the Google Help instructions as to setting it up. And also for all you readers out there, I have found that my iPod Touch now gets less time per full battery charge. A twitter user and I noticed this was happening to both my iPod and his iPhone. We assume it was the 1.1.3 update and maybe a 1.1.4 will be rolled out when the official applications through iTunes is released...
... I wanna go to an MC Chris show!
Anyone get that?
Well, given that my last post was all hippie-liberal and such, I'll move onto some random and fun stuff:
I love my hacked iPod. Seriously. It. Is. Awesome. If you have an iPod touch or an iPhone and you haven't hacked it, you really do need to to get the most out of your gadget or whatever you want to call it. And yea.
Cool stuff with Leopard. If you're into customizing your OS in a somewhat-easy-but-really-cool-looking-after-you-do-it way, follow this link. It makes Stacks prettier.
What else... hm...Â I saw this before it was on Digg--Super Mario Galaxy: 11 out of 10. Hells yes.
More to come soon I'm sure.
-Mike (aka Gambit)
So, let's see here... I got my iPod the day before it was officially released (9/27/07) and I hacked my iPod... I don't recall. Somewhere around early to mid-October, a few days before iJailbreak was released. But since then here's what I know has worked for me and what I currently use:
All of the iPhone apps (Mail, Google Maps, Weather, etc.)
Summerboard (plus all of the themes even if they are missing icons for some apps)
All of Erica Sadun's apps except Widgets which was very buggy for all widgets I tried (simple and complicated)
NES minus the sluggishness when multiple sprites on screen or multiple movements are occurring, but having NES games still rocks
All of the Mobile- apps
Tiff Exploit Fix
Kind of working:
Customize (I could launch the app, but couldn't change anything...)
Stack (It works, but I wasn't able to customize the stack(s) and also my 'dock' was missing an icon as the stack took up to spots)
VNSea (everything connects, but I get a jarbled screen on my MacBook and Windows XP desktop)
weDict (I tried multiple dictionaries with no success)
Colloquy (No idea why this won't work, even after multiple installs)
What I'm currently using: (Straight from Installer.app)
Tiff Exploit Fix
Erica's Ported Utils
And yea. If you're looking to jailbreak your iPod Touch, look no further than http://jailbreakme.com/ which, if you navigate there with your iPod Touch, will jailbreak your iPod Touch with one click on and on top of that, install Installer.app and fix the TIFF exploit in Safari which allows for this whole install to occur. Awesome right?
Anyways, if you have any questions I am more than willing to answer them.