TapTap Revenge 2.5

I’ve made it clear on Twitter that my absolute favorite iPhone app is the game TapTap Revenge (2). The other day, an upgraded version of the game was released, and it seems to have a lot of nice new features. It’s taken me a bit to get used to the changes, but I think they will eventually be for the better.

The new version now offers “themes” for specific songs, radically changing the way the game interface appears while playing that song. It also offers improved online profiles and supposedly improves performance (less crashes, less slowdowns, etc.).

If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch and you haven’t checked out TapTap Revenge 2, it is an absolute must-download.

TinyMCE 3.2.4 Released

The folks over at TinyMCE are still plugging away on the best WYSIWYG editor available. Another new release came out yesterday.

This new version includes some bug fixes and apparently a lot of new features for the paste function.

I found the bug fix mentioned in the quote below very interesting. I will have to test it out when I return to work next week to see if this allows TinyMCE to work on the iPhone. I doubt it will, but it’s definitely worth testing.

“We also fixed a somewhat critical bug where some WebKit versions would fail with a DOM Range exception due to a WebKit bug. We added a workaround for this one and reported the bug to the WebKit team.”

If you get a chance to test the new version before I do, let me know what you find.

What’s Missing from the iPhone?

As I use my iPhone 3G more and more, I notice more and more things that frustrate me about it. Please don’t get me wrong; I am not complaining about the iPhone; I am simply positing ideas as to what I would like to see added. As a Web developer, there are quite a few things I would love to see added to the device. If you know of any iPhone apps available that perform any of these tasks or actions, please let me know.

Let me make this clear, however: I will not be jailbreaking my iPhone. Even if the phone was not owned by the government (which it is), I would still have no interest in jailbreaking it.

The iPhone Vs. The Zune

Having recently acquired an iPhone, I thought this might be a good opportunity to attempt to compare the iPhone with the Microsoft Zune and see how the two stack up against each other. Obviously, the iPhone is going to have some capabilities that simply cannot be matched by the Zune, but I think you might be surprised to see how they stack up when evaluated strictly as portable media players (PMP).

I do love my Zune, which will show through in this article a good bit. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I am not a Microsoft fanboy, nor am I an Apple fanboy. I do have a certain bias against the iPod (mainly because of the iTunes software), but I have tried to write this article as objectively as humanly possible. I am definitely open to comments about any mistakes, incorrect assumptions, etc. I make in the article. I am not, however, looking for fanboy comments from either side spouting subjective opinions about whether Apple is better than MS or the other way around.

In my personal life, I am almost exclusively a Linux user, which makes it difficult to truly enjoy either device. Keep that in mind as you read my opinions on the matter at hand.

The iPhone – My Review

A few days ago, I got an iPhone from work. I have played with it a bit, and have to say that I’m impressed for the most part. However, there are still quite a few issues that I would love to see solved. Following is a list of the pros and cons of this gadget, as I see it.

Jing Goes Pro and Animoto On the Go

Today, I received two updates in my inbox. The first came from Animoto. The second was from TechSmith.


Animoto has updated it’s great service by adding two important features (well, one is important to me; the other is only important to those with iPhones). First, they’ve added what they call “Image Pacing“. Basically, now you can choose how quickly or slowly your images transition to each other in a full-length video. The other update from Animoto is that they’ve released an iPhone app, allowing iPhone users to create Animoto shows on the go. This is what Animoto had to say about it:

“Just snap photos and use the app to turn them into vids right there on your phone.”


TechSmith also unveiled Jing Pro. Jing is the free desktop capture application from TechSmith. Jing Pro is available for about $15/year (who knows why they went with the annual pricing structure rather than a simple one-time licensing fee), and allows you to record higher-quality, more compressed video. It also allows you to publish videos directly to YouTube.

Of course, as with any self-respecting licensing fee, when you upgrade to Pro, you can de-brand all of the videos you produce with Jing (remove all of the Jing logos and watermarks from your videos).