Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Voice Behind Daat-Why wait for vacation? A break, here and now.

The "summer vacation" of my childhood now replaces a "week off" that one day I will decide to take, and they always seemed to me to be a time when I will carry out all of my plans, since there is nothing like vacation in which I am “liberated” from every burden, timelines and commitments, in order to do all of the things that require free-time, which I until now I have not really been able to do.
Is that so?
When I think about vacation, I think about quality time with myself, time to dream, to relax, to be free of harassment. I dream of being with my kids, without emails and phone calls, without concern for order and cleanliness and other hassles that are always squeaking in my head.
This is the 11th year of the summer vacation period that is the busiest time in my work. This year, when I started to think about plans for vacation and check the calendar, I discovered that there simply isn’t opportunity to carry out even 10% of it. Looking back, I have never been able to carry out more than a small part of all the plans I had planned.
A month ago I went to a meeting at an unfamiliar address in Tel Aviv. When the taxi stopped, I found myself in front of the promenade. I remembered my unrealized plan for years, sitting in front of the sea during a sunset with a cold drink, and decided that at the end of my meeting, I'll take a vacation for 15 minutes in front of the sea. Two hours later, I set a timer for 15 minutes and started to relax with a bottle of soft drink in one hand, a work portfolio well hidden under a chair. I cleared my head from every thought, I concentrated on the breeze, the warm sun, the smell of salt and nothing else.
20 minutes later, I sat in the taxi on the way back to the Daat office, and realized I was on the way to change. I realized that the secret is doing, not to wait, not for summer vacation and not for a short vacation. To combine the moments of vacation with life itself. To set aside a few hours from time to time and to invest them in myself and in my family. To decide on a vacation day that would be convenient to be taken advantage of on that same day: whether with activity or rest and relaxation. To live the vacation and not to wait for it.
In other words, in order to feel the vacation, we don’t necessarily need an actual vacation.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Apple Gives 'OK' to Begin Developing iPhone Applications for iOS4

Earlier this month, iPhone developers around the world received an exciting piece news -- an 'OK' from Apple to submit applications for the iOS4. Apple began sending notifications that several new downloads were available from the iPhone Dev Center on the company’s website. One of them is the iOS 4 GM seed, a pre-release version of Apple’s next-gen operating system, which is to be installed and used with the purpose of developing applications for iOS4.

At the iPhone Development Center as well as under the New Announcements section on Apple's website, there was an announcement for developers to log into iTunes Connect and submit an iOS4 application so that it would be ready for sale when the iOS 4 application is available to iPhone and iPhone Touch customers. Apple indicated to developers to make sure that they built and tested their appications using iOS 4 and iPhone SDK 4 Golden Master seed available from the iPhone Development Center. Programmers with outdated development software and iPhone OS 4 betas can download updated software.

In addition to the aforementioned downloads, downloads such as the iAd JS and iTunes 9.2, which adds the ability to sync with iPhone 4, organize and sync PDF documents as books, read PDFs with iBooks 1.1 on iPad and any iPhone or iPod touch with iPhone OS 4, organize apps on iPhone OS 4 home screens into folders using iTunes, and more will also be available.

Daat Solutions is now developing iPhone & smartphone applications with a combination of different technologies, including Objective-C. Unlike other types of devices, smartphones use a combination of old and new technology. It’s important to know when to develop an application or a mini-html site, and also when to combine them. With additional assistance from Realcommerce, a certified-developer of Apple products, Daat is able to specialize in the specific requirements necessary for the development of applications on these new devices.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Apple Launching iAd Mobile Advertising for iOS4

News got underway that Apple will launch its iAd mobile advertising program beginning on July 1 on iPod touch and iPhone devices running the new iOS4. Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, said that the iAds will reach out to millions of customers which is a highly desirable demographic for advertisers. He demonstrated an iAd campaign still in-development to promote Nissan's new electric car. The iAd launches a video that then goes into a simple navigation selector, which presents the ability to register for more information including a sweepstakes to win a new car.

The new iOS 4 incorporates support for the new iAd program, which will facilitate add support for the iAd banner for developers. The main feature of iAd is a launched HTML5 environment for developers upon clicking a banner. When the ad closes users resort back to the most recently used application instead of returning to an an external website. The intent is more effective and interesting advertising for developers. Instead of focusing on earning ad revenues, Apple plans to use iAd as a program to give incentive to application development.

The iAd banners and web-based advertisements are produced wth Apple's new iAd JS, a JavaScript library which is a feature of iOS 4. It's designed to allow ad designers to produce quality media assets within a self contained website. The iOS4 present iAd bundles saved as part of a developer's application or can load them from Apple's servers. This presents users with a branding environment that advertisers would like to attract user interaction, rather than exposing users to flashy, intrusive ads.

At Daat, we are now developing iPhone & smartphone applications with a host of different technologies, including Objective-C. Unlike other devices, smartphones use a combination of old and new technology. It’s important to know when to develop an application or a mini-html site, and also when to combine them. With assistance from Realcommerce, a certified-developer of Apple products, Daat is able to specialize in the specific requirements necessary for the development of applications on these new devices.