Proctele apps in the App Store

Proctele apps in the App Store
Click the picture to see Proctele apps in Apple's App Store

Monday, September 24, 2012

New iPhone/iPad app: MegaTape

The new app from Proctele AB will arrive in the App Store any moment now. 
It's called "GPS MegaTape - Tape Measure".

It is a tape measure and an odometer. It measures distances with GPS. Hence it's meant to be used outdoors. It has two screens.
The tape measure measures the distance as the bird flies. The odometer measures the distance along the path you're walking, cycling, driving etc. Here's its icon:

You'll find it among the utilities category and the lifestyle category.
It costs $0.99

Monday, September 17, 2012

iPhone 5 beats ancestors

Apple has confirmed 2 million pre-orders in 24 hours. That statistic more than doubles the pre-order record of approximately 1 million units held by the iPhone 4S. The corresponding number for iPhone 4 was 600,000.

I wonder if this suite will be continued by the next generation iPhone. 

Here's a schedule for the next release wave:
iPhone 5 will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries on September 28, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

New app in a week

Today a new Proctele app was uploaded to the App Store. It uses GPS. Further details will remain secret until shortly before the release.
If the App Store review goes according to plan, it's going to be released after next weekend.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

iPhone5 - my predictions reviewed

I have been playing the game of predicting what iPhone5 will be like, since before the iPhone4S was released. The iPhone5 was announced yesterday and it looks very attractive. It's mainly a hardware update, but there are some new functions too, like fully automatic panoramic photo shooting.

In this blog I intend to go through my predictions point by point, and color-code them as follows: Good prediction Partly good, partly bad prediction Bad prediction

My predictions on Sept 5th 2011 ahead of iPhone 4S:
It will be lighter. 
The screen will cover much more of the device's front. 
The screen will be at least the size of the iPhone4's.
The whole device will be smaller. 
It will be thinner. 
Its profile shape will be similar to MacBook Air.
The new device will use the screen as its membrane.
It's going to cost less than iPhone 4. 
The name will not be iPhone 5.

My predictions on June 8th 2012:
It will retain its boxy shape and shiny body, because it still looks good and expensive.
The screen will be over 4 inches
Screen will perform very well in sunlight.
There will be two speakers and the sound will be much improved and wide.
There will be new stands for iPhones to make the listening position optimal.
Contrary to my previous name prediction, I think Apple will stay with the numbers.
The price will be somewhat lower than the 4S.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The missing dollar solution

Here's the riddle as presented in the last blog:

Three men go to a cheap motel, and the desk clerk charges them a sum of $30.00 for the night. The three of them split the cost ten dollars each. Later the manager comes over and tells the desk clerk that he overcharged the men, since the actual cost should have been $25.00. The manager gives the bellboy $5.00 and tells him to give it to the men. The bellboy, however, decides to cheat the men and pockets $2.00, giving each of the men only one dollar.
Now each man has paid $9.00 to stay for the night, and 3 x $9.00 = $27.00. The bellboy has pocketed $2.00. But $27.00 + $2.00 = $29.00. Where is the missing $1.00?

Something is wrong here. Let's change the story a little and assume the bellboy takes all $5.00. Then using the same logic would render:
Now each man has paid $10.00 to stay for the night, and 3 x $10.00 = $30.00. The bellboy has pocketed $5.00. And $30.00 + $5.00 = $35.00. Now $5.00 have come out of nowhere. It seems to be getting worse!

What's wrong in the original story is the equation we use. Here's what it should be.
"What the men pay" should equal "what the hotel gets plus what the bellboy gets". Hence the correct equation is:  $30.00 - (3 x $1.00) = $25.00 + $2.00 and we can rewrite that as:
$30.00 - $3.00 - $2.00 = $25.00. We can rewrite that once more to really spell it out:
$27.00 - $2.00 = $25.00. Now it's clearer what went wrong. 

We see that the originally used equation was totally wrong. The greatest fault is the loose use of the equals sign. We realize quickly that each man pays $9.00. Then we multiply by 3 and add the bell boy's $2.00 and forget about the hotel's $25.00, and we end up confused.