Interesting Factoid and Interesting Game

Top 10 Scouting Population by Country

I was following some links in Wikipedia where I found this list of total Scouts membership by country. I’m really surprised that #1 is Indonesia and more than twice the population of #2, USA. There’re a lot of south Asia countries as well.

Tried the lite version of this iOS game: Shake Spears!. Basically, it’s a medieval tilting / jousting simulator. You use your left thumb to control the shield and right thumb to control your lance. I was a little annoyed when they referred the lance as a spear but I guess they wanted the “shakespeare” pun. They correctly calls it the lance in the shop though.

Seems fun enough, doubt I’d buy it. Just bought Pocket Academy by Kairosoft for 99c.

[Updated] Removing App Spam From Facebook iPhone App

Facebook allows you to filter away apps you do not care about on your news feed but its iPhone app ignores the filter and you end up with something like this when you try to check on your friends on-the-go:

You end up scrolling through 2 pages of app spam to get some actual useful updates. To fix this, you need to block the apps.

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I shouldn’t buy a new iPhone4

It’s still just an iPhone. This is a nice piece of hardware, no doubt. But it won’t do that much more than your iPhone 3GS, which will be capable of multitasking, can shoot decent photos and videos, has the same maximum storage options, and operates at the same network speeds. Unless the new camera and flash, screen res and video chat—which is Wi-Fi only, and connects exclusively to other iPhone 4s for now—are things you absolutely need, this is a non-essential upgrade. Apple is the king of incremental upgrade and iPhone 4 is no exception.

via Should I Buy an iPhone 4?

The article gives sound advice. Looking forward to iOS4 to be released.

How the iPhone Touch Screen works

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While the rest of the world was marvelling at what a great mobile device the iPhone is, I was intrigued by its touch technology.

HowStuffWorks has an article illustrating its technology. I read it some time ago and I found it again. Should be an interesting read.

[HowStuffWorks: iPhone Touch Screen]

To allow people to use touch commands that require multiple fingers, the iPhone uses a new arrangement of existing technology. Its touch-sensitive screen includes a layer of capacitive material, just like many other touch-screens. However, the iPhone’s capacitors are arranged according to a coordinate system. Its circuitry can sense changes at each point along the grid. In other words, every point on the grid generates its own signal when touched and relays that signal to the iPhone’s processor. This allows the phone to determine the location and movement of simultaneous touches in multiple locations. Because of its reliance on this capacitive material, the iPhone works only if you touch it with your fingertip — it won’t work if you use a stylus or wear non-conductive gloves.