Programming for Children, Minus Cryptic Syntax

Even some of the professional tools are within reach for smart high school students. Robert Nay, 14, became the talk of the Web when his iPhone game called Bubble Ball reached the top of the charts. He used Corona, a toolkit from Ansca Mobile that makes it relatively simple to create objects that behave as if they’re in the real world. Many of the rules of physics are already encoded and the programmer only tells the objects where to go, not how to bounce. Corona comes with a built-in ‘physics engine’ that fills in the details.

‘Car Seat Helper’ on NBC News Arizona!

Our latest App of the Week just got some shine on Phoenix, Arizona’s own 12 News Today morning show. Car Seat Helper was spotlighted as a crucial app for parents to use in their child safety seat shopping and installation endeavors. Check out the video segment below, and get the app in the  App Store or Android Market (it’s free […]

Friday Night Forum: Fire it up!

Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Fire has been forecasted to sell over 5 million units when it’s formally released later this year. The ante-upped Kindle Fire is a 7-inch Android-based “stripped down” tablet (no camera, WiFi-only) that, at $199, will cost almost half as much as Apple’s seemingly incomparable iPad. Those 5 million Q4 preorders already would put the Kindle […]

‘Dabble’ wins Parent’s Choice Gold Award!

Just yesterday, we were informed by Team Dabble that their board game has racked up yet another award — the esteemed Parent’s Choice Gold Award for superior educational toys and games. Of course, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise to us considering how Dabble is irresistibly fun to play and seems to get even more awesome […]

Friday Night Forum: Going it alone!

It’s probably no surprise to you and your Corona SDK users that a lot of mobile developers are often “going it alone” — running small or even solo operations on a quest to make a name in the world of app development! Of course, the good folks over at ReadWriteMobile also have noticed this: One […]

Remembering Steve

Dear Universe, I remember when it all started, moving that turtle around on the screen in elementary school. I remember programming Basic on an Apple ][. I remember seeing Toy Story. I remember my Dad giving me an iPod for Christmas. I remember sitting in the audience listening to Steve give a eulogy for Mac […]

Ansca’s Simplisitic Mobile-App Publisher Rises in Popularity

This year alone has seen the creation of 6,000 Corona-based apps, including an upcoming game tie-in to Warner Brother’s Dolphin Tale. In the past, several reached iTunes’ and Android Market’s Top 10. The program’s popularity rests on two aspects, says Icaza, who quite Adobe with co-founder Walter Luh to start Ansca…