Thursday, April 29, 2010

Former lab consultants create iPhone game!

Former lab consultants Michael Highland and Keith McKnight are working on an iPhone game called Hipster City Cycle, to be released later this year.

They were featured this week in the Daily Pennsylvanian ("Alumni's iPhone game explores the Phila. streets") and in Philly tech blog Technically Philly ("Shop Talk: The DIY game-makers of Port127")

Here's a screenshot of the game (I love Keith's pixel art. You may have noticed we have a cover of 34th Street magazine he created hanging on the bulletin board in the lab):

Most importantly (I'm totally burying the lead here, I know), they're having a contest where you can submit your photo and they'll turn you into a pixel person (see below for examples) and you could end up in the game itself! (I already submitted my photo. Wish me luck!) Check out the details at And most importantly, make sure you buy the game when it comes out. You can be sure we'll announce it here when the game hits the app store in the Fall.

Steve Jobs Makes the Case for Not Supporting Flash on iPhones

As annoying as the lack of Flash support is, he makes a compelling case.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Privacy and Facebook’s New Instant Personalization

Facebook’s New Instant Personalization feature is a powerful new tool that can certainly improve your online experience if you use it wisely, but it presents some major privacy issues which most of us don't even think about. Also, Facebook has decided to activate for everyone by default, meaning you must OPT OUT if you don't want to share your online activities with your friends and "partner sites" (ie. strangers) alike.

What's to be worried about? Here are a couple examples people cite:

"Like" a movie on IMDB, and all of your friends will get updates to that effect. For that matter, every time you look at a movie on IMDB, you will see a list of friends who have "liked" that page. It is a powerful tool, but my bet is most Facebook users will have no idea where, when, or how their Likes will show up on the Web. Or for how long. [via "Facebook: Privacy Enemy Number One?"]


[For] example, if you sign-on to Pandora ... the site could automatically dip into your Facebook account. ... Your co-workers and other professional contacts will soon be privy to your late-night Miley Cyrus jam sessions. [via Facebook privacy warning; Instant Personalization at F8]

For me, the thing to remember is that Facebook is first and foremost a business. Everything they do is aimed at making them more money. And information about their users (ie. you and me) is a valuable commodity. When they implement new "features," they do it in order to increase profit, not to improve your online experience. Just keep that in mind as you use the site.

Some additional interesting links about Facebook and privacy:


Sophos's recommendations for Facebook settings

Facebook Planning To Give Away Your Data To “Partners”

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know

Facebook’s Instant Personalization Is the Real Privacy Hairball

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Seltzer Family Digital Media Award Winners 2010

Congratulations to the 5 winners of this year's Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards!

Rose Espinola C'11
Olivia C/W'12Jung
Sascha Murillo C'11
Yuval Orr C'11
Allison Rhodes C'11

You can read more about the Seltzer awards at

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sparky Awards 2010 Peoples Choice Award Winner

Aaron Ludwig, a sophomore animation student at Brigham Young University, has won the first-ever Sparky Awards Peoples’ Choice prize for his short film, “Clueless Discovery.” The video was voted the best by students and others everywhere in an open online vote held earlier this Spring.

Clueless Discovery from Aaron Ludwig on Vimeo.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Come try our iPad!

Yes, we've got an iPad. Just ask the lab consultant on duty if you'd like to try it out.

I'll have a short review of it sometime in the coming week, which I'll post here, and I hope we'll be offering a lunchtime session to anybody who'd like to come by, ask questions, and try it out!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Closed for a Workshop

Hi all. We'll be closed today from 2pm-4pm for a class. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Greater Philadelphia Student Film Festival is this Friday!

The Greater Philadelphia Student Film Festival is this Friday!
Friday, April 2nd, 7-9:30pm
Levitt Auditorium at the University of the Arts
401 S. Broad St. (Center City, corner of Broad & Pine)

Have a date on Friday, but low on cash? Want to hang out in Center City with your friends, but have no idea where to go? How does movies and some free food for under $10 sound? The Greater Philadelphia Student Film Festival will showcase some of the best student productions from around the region. Doors will open at 6:15pm. Buy your ticket in advance and use the code CAMPUSPHILLY10 to save money on admission. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10.

For more info or to buy tickets in advance, visit