Ever wanted NFC payments and geolocation that doesn't drain battery on your iPhone? Two Sydney guys invented the next best thing. This is Proxima.
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The previously bulletproof branding of the iPhone seems to be under assault at the moment: people are complaining about the design, the OS and — in general — it feels like more and more people are thinking about switching to Android phones. But, in terms of raw technology, just how grand a leap is the iPhone 5s? According to Donald Mustard, the creator of goto mobile gaming powerhouse Infinity Blade, the jump is massive.
It's late evening in San Francisco right now, but that doesn't mean that Aussie-expat and Space Glasses-staffer Ben Sand is resting. "We sleep about two hours a night wherever we can find right now," Ben tells me via Skype. Ben's tired because he and Israeli colleague Matt Kitchales are working with Space Glasses to design, construct and ultimately ship "Meta": a pair of wearable smart glasses worthy of Tony Stark's Iron Man suit, while aiming to make Google Glass look like a tacky Bluetooth headset.
How many times have you gone to download a new "secure messaging" app only to realise that all the focus has been on security and none on beauty? Tired of the NSA snooping on your messages but still appreciate good-looks? You're in good company: Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde has teamed up with a few mates to build Helm.is: a secure messaging app that doesn't sacrifice aesthetics for privacy and security.
When Apple showed-off the new, flat iOS 7 at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference, everyone laughed hardest at one simple joke: "no more stitching? How does it all stay up there?". The death of skeuomorphic design in iOS is just the beginning: what if apps like calculators and calendars looked nothing like their real-world counterparts and developers created new, out-of-the-box designs for time-trodden and traditional things? Meet the most beautiful calendar concept you'll ever see: one that's not anchored in the old design of cubes, pages and months — a modern calendar for a modern age.
Gizmodo’s Developers Cubed series offers a behind the scenes look into Australia’s up and coming dev scene. This week: we talk to the developer of a new relationships app released just in time for Valentine's Day that helps couples work on their relationship. Inside he gives us great advice about the next big thing, turns out that it doesn't have to be for everyone to be a success.
Aussie music sensation, Gotye, yesterday picked up three Grammy awards for his awesome tunes, including one for his chart-topping hit, Somebody That I Used To Know. That you already know, but I bet you didn't know that Gotye got his start in his parent's barn, tinkering with synths, old tape recording equipment and some of the weirder sounds known to music to record his album Making Mirrors. This is Gotye's musical journey.
Mention "Ultimo" and "video games" together and your first thoughts go immediately to Team Bondi, the now-defunct developer behind 2011's LA Noire. But that's the past. In the present, we're associating them with the ABC and the game designer role it's looking to fill. The ABC? Making games? Interesting indeed.
Every year on Australia Day, it is a cultural tradition that folks from around the nation gather around their barbecues, eskies and pools to listen to the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown. Voted by the listeners, the Hottest 100 is the premier music countdown in the country, and when Triple J added social sharing features for voters to share their picks, four guys figured out they could track the countdown. This is how x guys went from being ordinary developers to the Nate Silvers of Australian music, picking 92 out of the 100 tracks.
Meet Matchmaker Millie: the brain child of married couple Chen-Po Sun and Ee-Leng Chang and their indie dev label, Games for Gummie. They went into the app business together and this week, Developers Cubed investigates if their relationship helps or hurts their endeavours.