Distant Suns Astronomy App Now Available for NOOK Tablets and Amazon Kindle

SAN JOSE, CA – August 1, 2012 First Light Design (Distant Suns), today announced release of Distant Suns for NOOK™ and Distant Suns Planetarium for Kindle®. The products are based on the award-winning Distant Suns Astronomy App for IOS. They provide knowledge and features for people of all ages that are interested in the heavens – from the novice to the experienced astronomer. Distant Suns NOOK is $2.99 and may be downloaded from the NOOK...

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Distant Suns Astronomy App Creator, Mike Smithwick, To Live Tweet Historic Dragon/SpaceX Launch

SAN JOSE, CA – May 18, 2012  – First Light Design’s (Distant Suns), Founder and President, Mike Smithwick, will be live tweeting and blogging about his experiences at the upcoming launch of the unmanned Dragon spacecraft from SpaceX, marking the first time in history that a commercial company will attempt to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station. Launch is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 at 4:55 am Eastern Time. Mike...

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NASA Night Sky Network and Astronomical Society of the Pacific Partner With Distant Suns Astronomy App To Provide Listings of Local Astronomical Activities

New version of Distant Suns Astronomy App for iPad and iPhone contains listings of astronomical events direct from the NASA’s Night Sky Network and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, up to 100% improvement in display performance, and improved imagery of its realistic displays of the night sky. Distant Suns is available for iOS devices, including the new iPad3. SAN JOSE, CA – March 05, 2012  – First Light Design ([Distant...

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Visit to Steve Job’s house

Like many in the valley last week, I was saddened to hear of the loss of Steve Jobs. Someone who proved that good-enough wasn’t always good-enough. Considering that his home is only a few minutes away I had to go and see the tributes left for him. No doubt you may have seen similar shots on the news, but FWIW here are some of mine. There were three kinds of memorials people left: Apples (the fruit) with a note penned on the side (some apples...

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iPhone Programming 101, part Four: Designing your app

So now you know a little about the toolset and the language Objective-C. Trouble is, that is just the beginning. It is as if you have a hammer, a saw, the book “House Building for Dummies,” and maybe even an idea of what you want the final house to look like, while facing an empty lot. And as Robert Redford’s character said at the end of the film, The Candidate upon winning a hotly contested election: “Now what?” Designing a major piece of...

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