Tuesday, March 23, 2010

iHub - Politics - PRO - Now Available on iTunes

iHubPoliticsPRO is now available for sale on iTunes. Our best iHub so far, we've replaced the shopping category with a twitter feed type (along with Top headlines and Top Blogs).

Content channels were categorized across the entire political spectrum with subtopics ranging from Liberal to Conservative and Democrat to Republican.

This iHub has literally hundreds of content channels and testing this guy was extremely interesting (especially during the Health care debates).

We hope you enjoy it - get your copy today - and let us know what you think.

iHubLife website - Politics iHub
iTunes iHubPolitics Download

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Frustrations, Rejections, Perseverence & Tweets

We've been rejected by Apple for our sports-based information centers. SEVERAL TIMES !! We've made suitable adjustments each time but the sports-based information centers keep getting rejected..... don't worry.... we're not stopping.

We've been polishing our Politics based information center over the last several weeks. One final smoke QA test and it should be ready for submission. Look out for this one .... this is the first application on the PRO version of the iHub platform which adds top ranked Twitter feed channels along with News Headlines & Top Blogs.

We're keeping the faith ... we're currently building iPad optimized view controllers for iPad specific versions of our PRO line of iHubs -- coming soon.

Bigger, Stronger & Better .... now only if Apple can get into an Approval state of mind.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Apples, Cookie Cutters and RSS Generators

So I was browsing some tech news headlines using iHubTech on my iPod Touch (of course).... and I came across this headline from TechCrunch - Apple's New Stance on 'Cookie Cutter" Apps : Add More Features Or Perish.

Seems like Apple is trying to filter out the bottom feeder applications that are created around a common template / core and customized into 100 different applications. RSS based applications are notorious for this crap - they'll provide a simple feed reading capability and a couple of feeds and create dozens of apps this way. Some programs actually provided round-trip engineering where you provide it an RSS feed and it will automatically CREATE the iPhone application for you based on that feed.

We actually created our iHub line of applications for iPhone / iPod Touch to compete against these simplistic RSS readers. From the beginning we were determined to create INTERNET INFORMATION CENTERS - central hubs composed of hundreds of feeds per each topic application. To fulfill this need we created a suite of tools to aggregate, organize, combine, randomize, rank and constantly refresh internet content from news, blogs, podcasts and forums on our own servers.... providing the user with only the TOP headlines from the TOP content providers from ALL over the internet.

I'm actually content (excuse the pun) with Apple's decision to clamp down on some of the low quality RSS based reader applications out there.... I just hope they take the time to correctly distinguish the heros from the zeros.

iHub - Sports - NFL & MLB - Submitted - FINALLY

Well... talk about a crazy 6 months. Late September, we needed to withdraw our iHubSports football application to rework some issues and then things went absolutely nuts. Each team member had significant life events (an iHubBaby is coming soon !!) and lucrative new contracts to complete which put a damper on our iPhone development efforts. Good news is that we're back and its time to


We polished our NFL football iHub and we completed our MLB baseball iHub content aggregator just in time for SPRING TRAINING !!

We included a couple neat features not previously available in prior iHub applications including keywords in the channel descriptions providing a granular "tag" for the channel - as whether the channel is dedicated to a single team or league-wide news. A cool one-button Twitter one-button capability will tweet the currently viewed article to your Twitter account.

We also put out a new website - www.ihublife.com - describing all of our offerings & content services (look out for new mobile platforms, PC applications & web services). Resources were applied to provide a more stable content platform from which to deliver our channel feeds and our composite headline feeds - a result of some hiccups we had regarding the technology feeds and our ISP.... lessons learned.

iHubLife website - www.ihublife.com
iHubSportsNFL Product page
iHubSportsMLB Product page