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Macworld Interviews Bottle Rocket about Designing iPhone Apps

macworldJust lately, NPR News for iPhone and iPod touch has been close at hand, especially late at night or in bed. An excellent way to catch up with news and discover a wealth of information, it seamlessly blends words and audio into one user-friendly application. Listen live or to archived snippets, it makes light work of often heavy news.

The work of iPhone applications and mobile solutions developer Bottle Rocket, it's both priceless and free from the Apple iTunes App Store. NPR News, which broadcasts news, current affairs and all things cultural across the US via around 800 public radio stations, is one of several excellent applications from the company. Macworld caught up with Bottle Rocket's Calvin Carter to find out more about the iPhone developer.

Q. When people come to you to create an iPhone application do they have a clear idea what they want?

A. Most companies and individuals that contact us about a custom iPhone app have a good...

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

wicked1(wicked good, that is...)

Here's a sneak peek at the latest app we're working on. This picture shows us jacked in to the iPhone's dock connector to run debug tests on this yet-to-be-revealed hardware accessory for iPhone and iPod Touch.

The iPhone 3.0 SDK provides the ability for third party apps to communicate with accessories attached to the iPhone or iPod Touch through either the 30-pin dock connector or wirelessly using Bluetooth.

This will be Bottle Rocket's first hardware integration project to launch since the release of iPhone 3.0 which made third party app to hardware integration possible. We learned a lot from this project and can't wait to put that knowledge to good use.

Stay "tuned"... ;-)

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Bottle Rocket releases NPR iPhone app

app-icon-512x512We're very pleased with the great reviews and unbelievable download rate of the app we developed for NPR. It's now the #1 News app on the iPhone as well as the #19 most downloaded free app on the iPhone (that's huge!).

Thank you to everyone who is downloading it and telling their friends about it. It's free and a great app. It will change the way you listen to NPR radio and programming.

We're already working on version 1.1 and will be adding pausing, scrubbing, Twitter, Facebook and a ton of other stuff. So get the app free here and stay tuned!

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What's Next at Bottle Rocket? Twitter!

twitterSoon we'll be releasing an app that will let you Tweet like you've never Tweeted before. Look out Twitter lovers. You're going to... well... love it..

Sorry to be so secretive. More to come soon.

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