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posted by on November 5th, 2012 at 9:59 PM

VoteScope.us Wins Change Prize at NYU’s Code for Change Hackathon

The team put together by Tipping Point Partners, the Campaign Finance Board and the Voter Assistance Advisory Committee took the Change Prize in NYU Wagner’s Code for Change Hackathon. Check out their mobile-optimized creation live at VoteScope.us

“A second Code for Change award, the Change Prize, was given to the New York City Campaign Finance Board for an app that provides citizens with the information to engage with the democratic process, and fosters higher voter participation in elections.” Read more from NYU’s report here.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6! Head to the polls and participate in democracy!

posted by on October 10th, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Real-time data in the pilot’s lap; announcing the flyTab SDK

As released on the wire earlier today, we have a truly spectacular announcement about work we have been doing for the past year+ on some genuinely ground-breaking technology with our partners…

 

New SDK Enables Real Time Flight Data into iPad Electronic Flight Bag Apps

iPad Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) will soon be able to incorporate real-time flight data into iPad Apps with a new Software Development Kit (SDK) being developed by the flyTab®  (www.flyTab.aero) team led by ASIG and supported by Shadin Avionics and AppOrchard.

With real-time information gathered from a wide array of aircraft systems and sensors provided to the iPad EFB via a wired interface, the flyTab® SDK will empower a new breed of iOS Apps.   Data formats that can be streamed to the iPad Apps include ARINC 410, ARINC 429, ARINC 618, ARINC 623, ARINC 717, RS 232, RS 422, RS485 and other forms of digital and discrete data.

Potential iPad EFB App uses for this data include aeronautical charting, own ship position, chart centering, FMS/GPS information (position, altitude, groundspeed, track, origin, flight plan and destination, time), real time weather, ACARS messaging and any other customer required programs that the flyTab®  team develops or converts for use in the flyTab®  runtime environment (TOLD, W&B, PERF, etc).

“Tethering iPads to flight data systems provides a rich stream of data with almost unlimited possible uses,” commented Luke Ribich, Managing Director of ASIG, creator of the flyTab suite.  “The flyTab partnership with AppOrchard opens up a world of new possibilities to develop a whole new generation of avionics apps that will help airlines save money and improve operational efficiencies. In addition, avionics equipment OEM’s and iOS application developers can now easily integrate the iPad EFB into their family of products and services.”

Until recently, iPads had to be stowed by pilots during critical flight phases.  These Class 1 iPad EFB implementations could not be tethered to the aircraft for power and data.  Whether the end-user selects the flyTab® mounting system, which supports pilots activities from flight planning through dispatch, in-flight and debriefing with a walk-on/walk-off capability; or, the pedTray® mounting solution which provides fixed equipage in a high-security static mount, the operator can enjoy an FAA approved Class 2 EFB that allows the operator to use the iPad EFB, with airframe power and data connectivity, through all phases of flight including take-off and landing.

The flyTab® suite enables Class 2 iPad EFB by tethering iPads to aircraft electrical and data systems.  Continuous power is provided through the flyTab® Power Conditioning Module (PCM).  Flight data is streamed through the flyTab® Aircraft Interface Module (AIM), developed in partnership with Shadin Avionics (www.shadin.com).  Now with the flyTab® SDK, data can be streamed into iPad Apps.

The SDK provides a full suite of tools that app developers can use to build advanced iPad EFB Apps by allowing Apps to pull real-time flight data from multiple airframe systems and sensors.  Also planned as an SDK kit add-on is the flyTab® iFlight Simulator which will provide sample data streams and a hardware proving interface which will enable app developers to live-test applications on the iPad as they are produced.

“We are pleased that the flyTab SDK powered by AppOrchard will enable many of the world’s best iOS developers to work with the aviation industry on innovative iPad Flight planning applications,” said Art Chang, CEO of AppOrchard. “We see the value of native iOS processing of real time data as a progressive leap for a more connected cockpit enabling new charting as well as the next generation visualization applications that will be needed for the future Class 2 hardware plus maintenance apps,” he continued.

“As the industry continues to adopt the iPad platform we are excited to be on the tip-of-the-spear as the thought leader of iPad EFB deployments,” said Ribich.

About ASIG and the flyTab®  Team
The flyTab® Suite is developed and owned by the Avionics & Systems Integration Group (www.asigllc.com) an industry pioneer of analogue-to-digital upgrades for classic and contemporary aircraft.  The flyTab® Suite is an end-to-end iPad EFB solution, providing certification, mounts, power, data and a software developer’s kit.   ASIG provides engineering and Supplemental Type Certificates for iPad EFB implementations.  The pedTray® Mounts attach iPads to the airframe.  flyTab®  Power Conditioning Units provide continuous power and charging while mitigating the risk of thermal runaway.  The flyTab®  Aircraft Interface Module (AIM) is developed in partnership with Shadin Avionics (www.shadin.com) and feeds real-time aircraft flight data to the iPad via the 30-pin iPad connector ensuring minimal latency and data security.  The iPad App SDK is developed in partnership with AppOrchard (www.apporchard.com) and provides a toolkit to develop iPad Apps that take advantage of real time flight data.  Learn more at www.flyTab .aero.  The flyTab® brand and product suite is a registered trademark of ASIG, LLC (dba Avionics & Systems Integration Group).

About AppOrchard
AppOrchard builds premium enterprise apps, transforming legacy IT infrastructures to perform in the mobile world.  Through its integrated approach that encompasses both the business and technical perspectives, AppOrchard aligns the latest devices with existing systems.  Founded in 2011, the AppOrchard team is comprised of iOS insiders who are former Apple and NeXT software engineers and leaders with a track record of delivering business opportunities through technology. The company is based in NY. More information can be found at www.apporchard.com

posted by on October 5th, 2012 at 3:17 PM

6 Cool Features you Didn’t Know iOS 6 Had

Rather than brooding over iOS 6′s buggy maps, here are a few little features you probably haven’t discovered yet on the new OS. They won’t change the world, but they’re still pretty cool:

1) Emoji Keyboard
Enter Settings and navigate to General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard. Scroll down and look for “Emoji”. Once you’ve added it, your keyboard should show a little globe icon on the lower left. If you tap it, you can toggle between your English keyboard and Emoji one. (If you’ve already installed another keyboard, tapping the globe will cycle through all your keyboards.)

2) Limit Ad Tracking
Inside Settings, navigate to General > About > Advertising (it’s near the bottom). From there, you have the option to “Limit Ad Tracking.” iOS 6 introduces the concept of the “Advertising Identifier,” a temporary, anonymous device identifier. If you turn”Limit Ad Tracking” on, apps are not allowed to send you targeted ads. It’s not clear if this feature is working 100% yet, but in theory, it seems like a nice idea.

3) Do Not Disturb Mode
Settings > Do Not Disturb. Your phone won’t light up, ring, or chime when messages, calls, or notifications arrive. I’ve been setting this every night before bed. You can customize it inside Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb. From there, you can schedule it to activate automatically, allow calls from specific groups of people, and allow a repeated (i.e. urgent) call to ring through. No more getting woken up by your friends’ late night Facebook updates, Tweets, or drunk dials.

4) Custom Alarm Sounds
Now when you set your clock alarm, you can use a custom ringtone or song. You can start your day with the theme from Rocky and take on the world!

5) Really Delete Gmail
When you want to delete a message from your Gmail account, tap and hold the Archive Box icon. You’ll be asked if you want to delete or archive the message. Not perfect, but at least now I can delete my Gmail messages.

6) (Bonus for giving your phone to kids) Guided Access
Technically, Guided Access is an “Accessibility” feature, but I use it when my niece or nephew want to play a game on my phone. Last time I did that, they called everyone in my Contacts (and got Siri to call me “Poopie Pants”). Turn on Guided Access via Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access. Launch the app you want and triple-tap the Home button. Once Guided Access is turned on, you can’t leave the app unless you triple-tap and enter a passcode.

Written by our own Kevin Y. Kim, founder and partner of AppOrchard LLC, a Tipping Point Partners company focused on sustainable iOS development. He is also the author of the forthcoming book More iOS 6 Development (Apress, 2012). This was originally published on venturebeat.com