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Heiß, heißer…Live TV!

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Live_TV

Spontan-Fernsehen per Quotenbarometer, die (brand)neue Live TV App zeigt per Quote an, welche Sendungen gerade „hot“ sind. Bieten die jeweiligen TV-Kanäle Live-Streams an, können App-User sofort darauf zuzugreifen – ganz ohne Hardware. Einzelne Sendungen, Kommentare oder die Live Quote teilt man mit Freunden flink per Twitter oder Facebook. In der Live Quote lässt sich effektvoll mitverfolgen, wie einzelne Sendungen auf- und absteigen. Klingelt der Quotenalarm, hat es eine neue Sendung gerade wieder auf Platz 1 in den TV Charts geschafft.

Die Live TV App gibt es ab sofort zum Einführungspreis von nur 0,89 EUR statt regulär 1,79 EUR im App Store. Für die innovative App für iPhone und iPad hat equinux jetzt eine neue Unternehmenstocher mit dem Namen Live TV GmbH gegründet.

 

tizi go is here. Mobile TV for iPad 2

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We’ve just released our brand new digital TV receiver for the iPad 2, tizi go. It’s really easy to use – you just plug tizi go into the dock connector on your iPad 2 and the tizi.tv app even opens automatically!

It picks up digital TV (DVB-T / DTT), so you can watch live TV directly on your iPad 2. You don’t need an internet connection and there are no additional fees.

Stunning Design

tizi go is small enough to take everywhere, so we made sure it’s not just small, but suitable for everyday use: the flexible loop antenna offers great reception, and it’s flexible (like a headphone cable), so won’t accidentally snap off or get lost.

Powered by tizi.tv 2

tizi go works with our brand new app, tizi.tv 2 (free on the App Store), which offers incredible new features like visual timeshift, déjà vu recording, split-view with TV and EPG at a glance, full landscape and portrait controls – all with a best-in-class UI design and attention to detail.

tizi go: available in Germany this Christmas

We’re launching tizi go today in Germany for just €99,99, we’ll be announcing additional availability early 2012.

Go and find out more about tizi go, or if you’re in Germany – go and buy yourself one for your iPad 2 this Christmas…

Get Magic Mails for free this Christmas…

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The holidays are fast approaching and we’ve just released an update to Magic Mails, our app that lets you send email greeting cards from your iPad.

Did somebody say “free”?

That’s right, we’ve got a little early Christmas present for you all. Magic Mails is free – but only for a limited time. You can choose your first three greeting cards free of charge as well and additional cards can be purchased in the app.

Now with extra Christmas

Magic Mails now also includes Season’s Greetings 4 – our latest collection of holiday greeting cards.  If you already own any of our Stationery Packs for your Mac (excluding Business Pack), you can sign in to unlock those templates in Magic Mails.

‘tis the season to be jolly…

…so head over to the App Store, download Magic Mails for free and send some Christmas cards to your family and friends!

equinux at the iPad 2 launch

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Last Friday, we were following the european iPad 2 launch on twitter and saw lots of tweets from people waiting in line outside the Munich Apple Store. Some of them had been waiting overnight, so we thought we would go and reward them with a few freebies and demonstrate tizi for everyone waiting in line.

In total we gave away four boxes of freebies, everyone in line got a chance to play with tizi on the iPad (and to answer the most popular question, yes – tizi works beautifully with iPad 2 as well) and had a lot of fun hanging out with everyone at the big launch.

Check out the video:

Say hello to tizi

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Product release day is always an exciting time at equinux. Today is no different. Today’s release of tizi is not just a groundbreaking iPhone and iPad release, it’s the start of a new era of hardware products for the company.

tizi is the perfect complement to your iPad or iPhone. As Europe’s first TV mobile hotspot, tizi broadcasts high quality DVB-T television to your iOS device over its own WiFi network. No cables, no adapters.

At just 2.5 ounces and smaller than the iPhone, tizi was designed to be carried around in your pocket or bag. Turn on, tune in and start watching. With its glossy housing and silver bezel, it’ll fit snugly next to your iPad or iPhone, all the while casting envious looks from all around. Users can watch TV on the go for up to 3.5 hours thanks to the replaceable Li-Ion High Performance Battery and be recharged via USB.

tizi is just the start of a move into the iPhone and iPad hardware accessory arena. We have a long standing interest in consumer and enterprise software, as well as Mac hardware in TubeStick, and of course iPhone and iPad apps. tizi marks the start of a new era of iPhone and iPad hardware accessories, so you can get even more from your iOS devices.

So sit back, relax and watch the action unfold. With tizi, it’s easy.

Chopsticks at the ready

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Have you ever wondered how they use chop sticks to eat ribs in Japan?

During his frequent trips to Asia, equinux CEO Till often wonders how equinux apps might fare in the Japanese market. As a company based in Germany and the US and with little experience of Japanese culture, we knew our best chance of success would be to find a Japanese native speaker. With a new team member on board, we started work on preparing Barbecue for the iPhone and iPad, Japanese style! 日本語の記事はこちら(^_-)-☆

Teething problems

It quickly became clear that the concept of a barbecue was very different in Japan compared to our own experiences. Whereas barbecuing is often a weekly or monthly affair in Europe or the US during the summer, Japanese families might only barbecue every couple of years when camping. Alternatively, they would head to a restaurant and enjoy Korean style barbecue food. After reading our product descriptions for the apps, our Japanese colleague started asking the sort of seemingly obvious questions that actually make you stop and think:

“Why do you flame grill food?”

“Doesn’t it go black and burnt?”

“Is ‘the grill’ the metal shelf, or the entire contraption?”

Questions unsatisfyingly answered, our Japanese colleague went away and localized the app for a Japanese audience. Like any localization, a simple translation was not enough. Indeed, why would a Japanese iPhone user want to use a knife and fork? We need chopsticks!

Suck it and see

Together with our art director, we found the right chopsticks for the sort of barbecue a family would enjoy on a Japanese riverside. Localizing an app in Japanese was a voyage into the unknown for the team. We had no idea how long sentences would be, or how fonts would appear in the app and on our website. Writing strings also takes a lot of consideration. Where in English there is one level of formality, there are two in German and at least three in Japanese.

Barbecue in Japanese went live a week after submitting to Apple. Having never marketed in the land of the rising sun before, we looked to create a list of journalists and bloggers active in the country. In addition, we tweeted a message in Japanese, as well as a targeted update for our Facebook fans based there. Updates like these can be a great way of testing the water for marketing an app.

Just a starter?

We’ve been fascinated by the localization process, and have found it to be a reasonably smooth process. It’s always however fascinating to look at your own culture from an outsider’s perspective. We believe we have a lot more we to offer in the Japanese market, so stay tuned…

Barbecue is available now for the iPhone and iPad

日本語を、どうぞ。

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Is your Japanese a bit rusty? Read the story of Barbecue in English.

equinuxは日本語を始めました(^_^)!

弊社の第一弾としてiPhoneとiPad上でバーベキューが焼けるアップを発売しました。キャンプ場に頻繁に行けないあなたや、焼肉店に毎日行けないあなたにも、心を込めて旨い肉を焼くあの優雅なひと時を提供します。アップはその名も「Barbecue(バーベキュー, iPhone用)」「Barbecue HD(バーベキュー エイチディー, iPad用)」(^-^) そして今日はアップ作成の裏話をご紹介 (^_-)-☆

バーベキューとドイツ人

驚く事に、統計では70%以上のドイツ人家庭はバーベキューをするためのグリルを保有しています。どうしてドイツ人はこんなにバーベキューが好きなんでしょう??

ドイツの夏は日本の秋の気候に近く、肌寒くて雨もよく降り晴れた日は数えるほどしかありません。なので、暖かく晴れた日は裏庭のグリルを囲んで友達とワイワイ騒ぎます。もちろんビール片手に (^○^) 日本で言うと冬の鍋パーティでしょうか?旨いものを食べながら友達のネットワークを広げる夏の風物詩、それがバーベキューです。弊社CEOのティル・シャデも例に漏れず大のバーベキュー好き!この為我が社はこのアップを作ってしまいました (*_*)

作成はすべてドイツ語で行われ、アップが完成してから日本語版に翻訳しようとしたのですが、、、、日本の「焼肉文化」とドイツの「バーベキュー文化」の違いから単なる翻訳な~んてもんじゃない開発者の苦労がありました (ToT) では例を2つご紹介!

裏話その1

Cutlery(カットラリー)って何??ナイフやフォークなど、食べる為の器具を総称してカットラリーと呼ぶのですが、伝統的にお箸が唯一の器具だった日本語としてはそんなカテゴリーの名前なんてありません!これを4文字以内に翻訳!さ~てどうやって訳したでしょうか?アップでご確認ください。

裏話その2

2つ目はテーブルマナー。日本版に合わせてアップは箸の選択肢を含んでいます。箸をテーブルに置くときの作法って、お皿と食べる人の間に水平に置きますよね?でもナイフとフォークは両サイドに離して垂直に置きます。お皿や器具の配置を設計したのは勿論ドイツ人チームなので、日本の作法通りに箸を置くスペースはなく、、、解決策はアップのスクリーンショットをご覧下さい!

そんなこんなでミュンヘン初のアップが日本上陸!ただいまiTunes App StoreにてiPhone用のBarbecueiPad用のBarbecue HDを好評発売中!割引のプロモコードも順次お送りさせていただいております!

もっと詳しい制作現場の裏話はこちらからご覧いただけます。equinuxは今後も日本語版をどんどん発売していきま〜す (^_-)-☆

Barbecue HD – bigger, better, tastier.

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Summer is around the corner and at equinux HQ that means just one thing: Barbecue season. After the success of last year’s eye-catching iPhone app, you can now get your teeth into the mouth-watering Barbecue HD for the iPad on the App Store.

Taking full advantage of the extra screen real estate on the iPad, our new Barbecue HD means iPad users can now see the steaks, hot dogs and kebabs in incredible detail and high resolution.

You can pick up and get a closer look at your steaks using your fingertips, and make sure they’re grilled exactly to order. We’ve also included new serving suggestions with new tablecloths, cutlery, serving plates and side dishes.

But above all else, it’s the attention to detail and amazing high resolution graphics that make the iPad come alive. When we originally published the Making of Barbecue, we wrote that the iPhone 3GS allowed for faster graphics processing. The sheer size of the iPad and large screen resolution means we can now showcase the best of the 160GB of photographs taken in full glory.

Every scorch, singe and sizzle can be seen and heard on the iPad exactly as originally visioned.