Can Tastemel’s Emerging Tech Experience

Emerging technology for me is the advancement, innovation, and turning something existing into something cool, contemporary. It is leveraging technologies to build something new.

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My experience with emerging tech at school started with Lua programming language framework Corona SDK.
It is a mobile application development environment. › Continue reading

Posted by ctastemel / 02.29.12
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Parker Busswood on Emerging Technologies and Mobile Gaming

Over the past several weeks, I have been working on a mobile game project for iOS/Android as part of my Emerging Technologies course. It’s been great learning about the latest and greatest techniques for web and mobile development, and working on building my own app that integrates some of these practices has been a fantastic experience.

Working with emerging technologies forces you to be a creative problem-solver in order to find your own solutions to many of the issues you come across. › Continue reading

Posted by pbusswood / 02.27.12
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East Side Games Company Profile Preview!

I’m really excited to finally share a preview of my video project, which is a company profile of East Side Games featuring three of their employees. I originally had a number of other concepts for my final project, and had focused on developing a 360-degree music video with local indie band The Modern States. It became clear to me a few weeks into planning the project that it was going to be very difficult coordinating schedules to allow for all those involved to film and edit at the same time, and I had to quickly change course and develop a new concept for my project. The result is a professionally filmed quick look at one of Vancouver’s hottest gaming startups from the point of view of three key members of their team, and I’m thrilled with how the final product has turned out.

I’ll be posting lots more details very soon, including the final video, but for now, take a look at this short clip!

Posted by pbusswood / 12.10.11
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Facebook and iOS

Looks like the legions that don’t like the 30% hit on sales are growing–this time, its Facebook that’s chiming in with HTML5 webOS based suite of applications for iOS.  These apps, which are basically optimized HTML pages employing Javascript, HTML5 and CSS, don’t need to be provisioned (installed) through the appstore, but instead they are viewed through Safari, the native web browser.  When created well, the experience is often hard to distinguish from a native Objective-C iOS app.

In the Emerging Technologies class during 2011, we used a hybrid of HTML and iOS calls to make applications.  Facebook and the Financial Times are merely using HTML5’s capabilities to render their app experiences.  The signficant upside to this, other than avoiding the sales commission, is that the apps will be viewable on other devices that support HTML5.

From a business and a development point of view, this is a prudent call and we’ll continue to see companies put chinks in the armour of the AppStore’s commission model.


Posted by dolsson / 06.16.11
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