Google barge at bay, mobile devices in-flight


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Nerdery Tech Evangalist Ryan Carlson and K-TWIN’s Cane & Co. talked about the speedy new iPad, the FAA’s all-clear to use your mobile devices from gate-to-gate in-flight, Ashton Kutcher’s new role (in tech, not a movie) and Google’s somewhat mysterious barge floating in San Francisco bay.

Must-hear radio like this can be heard at 8 a.m. Monday mornings on K-TWIN (96.3 FM, Twin Cities). Or, hear our rebroadcast, here.


Interactive Primer Notes: The Publishing Power of iBooks

In this Nerdery Primer, senior frontend developer Dan and senior mobile developer Jon explain the functionality and uses of Apple’s new platform for buying and reading books. They describe ibook widgets such as chapter reviews, keynote presentations, html modules, and media as well as the ibooks Author tools.

To access the library of past Nerdery Primers, check out Stay tuned to or send an email to to learn how to participate in upcoming sessions.

Rapid Reaction: iPad 2 announcement

If you haven’t been glued to your tech twitter feed, blog feed, live stream from engadget or Macworld, Apple released details of the iPad 2 starting at noon CST. While the next 9 days until the March 11 release date will be covering all the great new tech specs, a couple things stood out to us.

The numbers
Apple usually starts these presentations with a hearty pat on the back for themselves where they state numbers, tell you how magical the products are, and occasionally diss the competition (there was more than one dig at Android tablets). A couple telling stats were that 100 million iPhones have been sold and 15 million iPads have been sold. Add that to the fall 2010 estimate that 45 million iPod touches have been sold and you have over 160 million iOS devices in the hands of consumers. Regardless of your opinion Flash, an audience of 160 million is too big to ignore. You don’t have to abandon Flash – it adds a lot of great value to websites – but it’d be wise to start having alternative content for those without it.

Android phone sales have been no slouch either, and Google is doing great things. This begs the question, “Does your website work on these mobile devices?” Here at The Nerdery we are well equipped to do HTML5 targeted websites and mobile targeted websites, and we want to help.

The iPad 2
The iPad 2 is 33% thinner, has a dual core processor that is twice as fast, 9x faster graphics performance, and has video cameras. You can read up on all the tech specs at One of the things that really stood out is the HDMI out and video mirroring. We’ve done presentation apps here at The Nerdery which allowed sales representatives to give very interactive presentations at conference booths or even in smaller settings. Getting video out has always been difficult to say the least. Now, with the iPad 2, you can have a monitor mirroring everything for you so potential customers can ooo and ahhhh at your next great app that is displayed on a projector or HDTV.

In terms of utilizing the full, unbridled power of the iPad 2, we’ve  got your back. When The Nerdery went to WWDC in 2010 and the Apple engineers said, “You should really adopt these certain programming practices. We can’t say why, but just do it.” We listened. We always follow the best and recommended practices in programming, and we’re ready to hit the ground running. Apps we’ve built in the past should run faster, and apps going forwards will be faster as well.

iOS 4.3
Apple also rolled out a peek of iOS 4.3. We’ve had several devices running iOS 4.3 here for what seems like ages. We’re ready for the new iOS and are comfortable with all the new changes and fixes in this build. One thing to note is Airplay. Take the scenario where, on your new, important, client site, you have a HTML5 video embedded. A user comes along, sees the video, and wants to AirPlay it to their HDTV to show off your cool important client site video to their friends and family. We have the know-how to make this happen.

While the iPad 2 is cool, and lots of new things are coming, it doesn’t flap us unflappable, unstumpable Nerds. We’re always on the cutting edge and we’re ready to help you out.

iPad2 announcement coming next week?

The Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital is reporting that Apple is going to announce the iPad 2 on March 2nd. What can we expect? They speculate:

Analysts expect the iPad 2 to be thinner than its predecessor and feature an improved display, as well as front-facing camera and Facetime video chat support. And some reports suggest it will be powered by one of Qualcomm’s multimode chips and will run on both GSM and CDMA-based networks around the world.

Let the frenzy (and complaining about the frenzy) begin!

On the eve of Tron: Legacy Apple launches its first iAd for iPad


The Nerds are busy making plans to converge en masse for a midnight showing of Tron: Legacy tomorrow (with a requisite viewing of the first Tron movie before the show). So it’s fun to see that on the eve of the movie’s premiere, Apple has launched it’s first iAd for the iPad touting the new movie.

According to AdAge, “The format, designed to maximize the ad potential of Apple’s tablet computer, will be launched widely in early 2011 when other ads start flowing onto the platform.” So what’s it look like? If you don’t have an iPad, you can see a tour of the ad over at Business Insider.

Eye of the Tiger played entirely on iPad apps

Music nerds are the best.

Friday Links: Happy SysAdmin Day!

Agency Primer Notes: iPad Development for Advertisers & Marketers

Missed last week’s Agency Primer on iPad Development? There’s no need to fear, the slide deck is here!

Also, to help you with all your design needs you can download the iPad GUI PSD and the iPhone GUI PSD.

Friday Links: Vintage computers, female nerds, and the case for ignoring people

Friday Links: iPads, iPhones, and a thing about biking