iPhone, Android, or Windows?

In our office there's a constant debate over which is the better operating system for your cell phone. We have Apple purists who won't even consider anything else, Android users who think Apple is a cult, and renegade Windows phone users who like the seamless integration with their desktops. 

Our Design department uses MACs and everyone else is on a PC. I can tell you for our app development the iPhone is much easier to develop an app for. But that's only because of the uniformity of look and size. If the rumors about a larger iPhone 5S or 6 come to fruition, that may end. We are currently working to bring our travel apps to Android platform phones. 

Which do you have? Do you wait on line in front of the Apple store each year for the latest version of the iPhone? Do you prefer to be able to use Flash and use mods and unlock the bootloader (as I type it, I only vaguely know what it means)? 

Here are our two FREE iPhone apps: 

Image ©bloomua / Shutterstock.com

Travel Tuesdays and the Grand Plan

Hello, stalwart desk chair adventurers! It’s been a turbulent few weeks in the New York area, and as some of you could probably use a diversion, I thought I’d chronicle a rather spectacular venture in which we were involved pre-Sandy. Long story short: San Diego native Jeff Niles used PPP’s New York Travel Guide iPhone app to propose to his now-fiancée, Diana Cuevas, in midair over the Statue of Liberty.

If silver screen romance is to be believed, the key components of an extraordinary marriage proposal (whether it takes place in one’s living room or on the moon) are delightful context and the element of surprise, both of which Jeff’s plan contained in spades. Our app’s role provided a little bit of each. In early October, Jeff wrote Shy Bear Apps, our partner in iPhone endeavors, to ask if they’d help him realize his ambitious vision.

Shy Bear worked with Jeff to determine more precisely what he wanted and how they might achieve it. They then postponed their regularly scheduled lives for a little while, and set about inventing the proposal functionality in time for Jeff’s trip to New York. Their start-to-finish window for this was about two days. Peter Pauper contributed mostly in a second-pair-of-eyes capacity, previewing iterations of the feature and offering (mostly helpful, I hope) suggestions. We discussed, considered, and finally submitted the proposal-equipped build to the App Store. Jeff downloaded and installed it.

A week later, Jeff took Diana on a helicopter tour of New York City. In the sky above its iconic skyline, he handed her his iPhone. They soared over America’s most famous green giant (sorry, Incredible Hulk), and a Push notification popped up on the phone’s screen, summoned by their proximity to Liberty Island. The notification led to a secret screen in the app containing Jeff’s proposal.

Excellent readers, she said yes!

Our congratulations to Jeff and Diana, and to Shy Bear for pulling off this not-insubstantial programming feat so swiftly and cleverly. We were honored to peripherally participate.








A quick postscript: If you reside in the tri-state area or another region affected by the hurricane (or the subsequent snowstorm, what even), and are still feeling its effects, our continued sympathies. I hope recovery efforts provide some relief shortly.

Another, less-topical postscript: We’ve decided to embrace subject matter variety! That is to say, we’d like to introduce a crafts (and other creative endeavors) section to Pauper’s Corner, and I’ve volunteered. Travel Tuesdays will therefore alternate with Artful Tuesdays henceforth! Join me next Tuesday, and we’ll draw dinosaurs. There’ll be excitement! Fun facts! Extremely large teeth!

Image credits:

First image – Luciano Mortula/Shutterstock.com

Second image – Shy Bear Consulting and Peter Pauper Press Interactive

Third and fourth images – Kindly provided by Jeff Niles for one-time use in this blog post.