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– Tapulous –

Tap Tap Revenge created by the company Tapulous was released in 2008 along side the release of the new iPhone 3G.  In the first 3 days 200,000 people downloaded the app and within a month there were over 1 million downloads.  The app was the most downloaded free app of 2008.  In April 2009 comScore (which refers to itself as “a global leader in measuring the digital world”) deemed Tap Tap Revenge the most installed app on the App Store

Since the publication of World Wide Rave in 2009 there have been changes with Tapulous.  The company has created a partnership with Universal Records which was a great way for them to access music for their Tap Tap Revenge apps.  By the end of 2009, Tapulous was averaging $1 million per month in sales.  On July 1, 2010 Tapulous was bought by The Walt Disney Corporation a.k.a. Disney Interactive Media Group.

I checked the iOS App Store and here are the games that Tapulous currently sells:

Tap Tap Revenge

Tap Tap Revenge 2

Tap Tap Revenge 3

Tap Tap Revenge 4

Tap Tap Coldplay

Lady Gaga Revenge

Lady Gaga Revenge 2

Katy Perry Revenge

Justin Bieber Revenge

Metallica Revenge

Nine Inch Nail Revenge

Dave Mathews Revenge

Linkin Park Revenge

Nickleback Revenge

Nirvana Revenge

Kings of Leon Revenge

Green Day Revenge

Bruno Mars Revenge

Tap Tap Dance

Riddim Ribbon

Zoo Rescue

Christmas with Weezer

Club World

… and possibly more!

 

– SpeakerCraft –

SpeakerCraft was founded in 1974 as a retail stereo store and equipment manufacturer.  SpeakerCraft is known for being groundbreaking with their innovative architectural speakers.  Another innovation was the first speaker with a pivoting tweeter.  The company has become the world leader in custom installed loudspeakers and electronics.  They currently produce over 1000 different products.

World Wide Rave states that SpeakerCraft released an iPhone app, when the iPhone 3G was released, that interfaces the phone with a home theater/sound system.  I searched the iOS App Store but was unable to find any apps associated with SpeakerCraft.  According to Wikipedia, the app is called MODE or Music On Demand Experience.

Computer Programming Concepts

This semester I took four courses.  These courses were Internet Technologies, Communicating with Multimedia, Design Essentials, and the final one, the one I will blog about today, was Computer Programing Concepts taught by Michelle Yaiser.

Computer Programming Concepts is an introductory course that focuses on the basics of programming in the language known as actionscript.  The program that we used to write this code is called Adobe Flash Builder.  We learned how to create variables and declare the type of data those variables will hold.  We learned how to put basic shapes and text fields on screen.  And we learned how to test the data held in variables we create.

I found that I really enjoyed this class.  Unlike the design courses that I took where everything was subjective and based on the individual viewer’s opinion, the programming had definitive right or wrong answers.  I have found that through my educational career I have preferred math courses to English courses which supports my desire for right or wrong answers, not answers that can be debated endlessly.

Design Essentials

Today I will blog about my class this past semester with Chris MacDonald called Design Essentials.  Let me first mention that this was a great class to take in conjunction with Bob Griffin’s class Communicating with Multimedia.  In Bob’s class we learned how to plan for and layout a website.  In Chris’ class we learned the basic rules for designing multimedia for the web.  One class complimented the other.

Another subject of concentration in Chris’ class was having the students develop branding for themselves.  We came up with personal logos and designs for many different forms of documentation including letterheads, business cards, invoices, wireframes, blueprints, and templates for such websites as youTube and twitter.

I had a great time this semester in both classes and hope to have either teacher again in the future.

Communicating with Multimedia

I haven’t blogged yet about the other classes I took this semester.  Now that the semester is wrapping up I will give a brief summary of what I learned in each class.

In Bob Griffin’s class, Communicating with Multimedia, we were taught how to plan and strategize for building a web site for a client.  We learned everything from the initial proposal to the nearly finished design called a high fidelity wireframe.  The text book we used, titled Managing Interactive Media Projects by author Tim Frick, will be a great resource in the future.  If, in a couple of years, I need to plan out a web site proposal and design I think I will be able to do a good job with knowledge that I gained from the class and text.

Stop Cyber Bullying

The website http://www.stopcyberbullying.org is a resource created to educated people of all ages about cyber bullying.  The site offers ideas on how to protect children and how children can protect themselves from cyber bullying.  This website is a somewhat helpful resource.  It gives parents information on how to identify cyber bullying.  It also explains to children and teenagers ways to avoid cyber bullying and what to do if they are being cyber bullied.

The most compelling section of this website is the “Prevention” page.  What is compelling about this page is that it explains the roles that parents and schools should play when a cyber bullying incident has occurred.

This site isn’t the end all to be all when it comes to educating people about cyber bullying.  I would, though, recommend this site to people with children because it is a good starting point for learning about and stopping cyber bullying.

Online Security and Privacy

This past week in Internet Technologies we learned about various online security threats and ways to help protect ourselves from these threats.  The Internet and World Wide Web provide many ways for hackers to gain access to your computer and personal information.  A few examples of these methods of invasion include, but are not limited to the following: Web Bugs, which can be small or normal sized graphics on a web page that allow a third party the ability to see what someone is doing on said web site.  Phishing is another method that a malicious individual may use to gain access to personal information.  Phishing is when an individual poses, for example, as a someone from a financial institution.  They may claim that your personal information needs to be updated including name, address, account numbers, etc.  They tell you to email your information, but don’t fall for this kind of scam.  A third method that people can use to can access to your private information is spyware.  Spyware is software that can be installed on a personal computer without the knowledge of the owner/user.  Spyware was originally designed for employers/parents to keep tabs on employees’/children’s web activity.  Spyware is now used widely for malicious purposes.

Dreamweaver

This past week in Internet Technologies we learned some basics regarding the web site creation tool called Dreamweaver.  The first thing we learned was to never program in the “Design” tab.  The reason for this is because Dreamweaver will create the programming syntax required to display whatever you draw on the screen.  The syntax that Dreamweaver creates is not the easiest to decipher or understand.  A neat trick that we learned is that when you first start typing HTML code into Dreamweaver the program starts to automatically fill in/guess what you are going to type.  It is a helpful tool and will speed up the programming process.  That was basically all we got to learn about Dreamweaver last week.

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