Tuesday, December 21, 2010
We have been busy improving Locus for you to share your location with your friends and colleagues. Now available on both the iPhone and iPad, Locus will help you keep track of your buddies, as well as posting your location to Twitter and Facebook.
Get Locus for iPad.
Get Locus for iPhone.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Our iPhone memory game, Snap Snap, is now available for the iPad. Using your own photo library to play a game of concentration. Try and match your photos as fast as possible.
This release also updates the iPhone version to use your entire photo library.
Get it now and start playing Snap with your snaps.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Our book, Developing for Microsoft Surface, is finally available in hardcopy from our friends at Lulu. We have also updated the cover of the book. You can now buy the book from the website.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Another good week at nsquared headquarters has been added to by the fact that a few of us have had the opportunity to show off our Surface expertise at ninemsn's digital marketing summit, FFWD5.
Throughout the day, ninemsn’s line-up of world class speakers shared their insights and predictions about digital media and marketing over the next five years.
The nsquared Surface space in the Meet the Experts Arena drew plenty of interest from high-level marketers. Most of these talented successful people were attempting to understand the value of Surface over traditional touch screens. Being the experts that we are, they were quickly able to understand the value of the super-responsive, super multi-touch and collaborative medium that is Surface.
The positive responses we received regarding the nsquared business pack software were something that we’ve gotten used to, but never lose our enthusiasm for. When they could also see how they could use Surface to create engaging digital advertising experiences for their clients, and the customers of their clients, the marketers were even more interested. Surface has the power to provide immersive, collaborative experiences that leave people with long-lasting shared emotional connections to their experiences. This is a powerful tool for marketers who are constantly working to achieve branding superiority for their clients.
The fact that Surface can start, continue, or be part of an endpoint experience for online and mobile campaigns makes it an even more alluring proposition in our eyes, and we’re looking forward to engaging more with the marketing community.
We also had some fun at the event. Who could possibly resist the temptations of Luna Park on the way out??
Monday, November 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
In the nsquared development studio we have been saying for years that the advantage of touch, really shines on the table top and in the hand because of the orientation of a horizontal screen lends itself to far superior touch experiences.
This morning in his presentation of the new Mac OSX software Steve Jobs made the following statement:
“touch surfaces don’t want to be vertical, it gives great demo, but after a short period of time you start to fatigue and after an extended period of time your arm wants to fall off, it doesn’t work, it’s ergonomically terrible, touch surfaces want to be horizontal,…""this doesn't work"
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
“We’re very proud of the fact that nsquared schedules is the 10th nsquared Microsoft® Surface® Application to receive the prestigious “Certified for Surface” award.” said nsquared’s Director, Dr. Neil Roodyn. “As far as we can tell, there are now 13 Surface applications that have been Certified for Surface, and 10 of them were created by the nsquared Surface development team in Sydney,” he continued.
We now have 10 applications certified for Microsoft Surface. This includes all of the applications in the nsquared business pack and all the applications in the nsquared education pack.
Having our applications certified for Microsoft Surface provides our customers with a level of assurance that we are delivering high quality software that provides a great Surface experience.
Now when you visit the Microsoft surface site to discover available applications, you can see that nsquared is the dominant player in this market.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This is the iPad app to help you organize meetings with people around the world.
nsquared nsync lets you view the time in four different locations around the world.
You can then find a time that would suit people in some or all of those timezones.
Download it from the Apple AppStore
Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
As one of the world's leading software development teams for Microsoft Surface, we were delighted to have been invited to attend. The bonus for us? Our educational apps got another good workout and once again proved their worth and position in the market.
It might be our imaginations, but it seems that we've had an unusual rise in the number of enquiries for our new
To find out more about the nsquared education pack for Microsoft Surface you can visit http://nsquarededucationpack.com/ or give us a call on +61 2 9233 5355.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Today we're proud to announce the release of the nsquared education pack for Microsoft Surface.
The nsquared education pack for Microsoft Surface is the first of the nsquared educational series. It focuses on providing highly interactive learning experiences that are designed to enhance young students’ attention and retention rates. Game-based learning is acknowledged as an extremely effective teaching approach and most of the seven nsquared education pack activities utilise this method. While the activities are designed to enhance literacy and numeracy skills, students learn to manage themselves in collaborative and competitive environments when they participate.
Teachers who want to match the activities to their current curriculum content can easily customise the activities. Each education pack is supplied with the nsquared teacher tool that enables teachers to create and change content for the activities using their PCs.
The nsquared education pack is supported by a dedicated web site. “As of ourlaunch day today, there are already a number of free content packs ready for teachers to download so that they can easily change the content.” said Dr. Neil. Teachers or library administrators can find out more and download the available content packs from the web site.
This week Dr. Neil and the team on the ground in the UK are excited to be on the road taking Surface and the nsquared education pack to a number of schools in England and Wales. More updates will be provided as the week continues.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The pack is designed specifically for use with the magic that is Microsoft Surface. It's an easy-to-install three-app pack that is designed to help businesses increase the results they get from their on-task time, and reduce losses from duplication of effort. nsquared thoughts, nsquared documents and nsquared schedules are all apps that we've been using to help our team get the most out of meetings and workshops for months now. We thought others might like them, too, so we bundled them up and made it a no-brainer. To find out more about this neat suite of apps, you can visit the web site.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Amongst all the buzz around location sharing, twitter showing your location and privacy of your information, nsquared proudly presents version 2 of Locus. Locus lets you share your location with your friends when you want and allows you hide your location when you choose. You can now share with the world via twitter, or share only with select people in your friends list. Putting you in charge of what you share, when you share it and with whom you are sharing.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
This version of "Concentration" lets you use the pictures you've taken with your iPhone to enjoy this long-time favourite game! Minutes or hours of entertainment in the palm of your hand! Get it now from the AppStore.
The release of iOS4 enabled us to start using the photos in your phone. We see this as a big step in the right direction, enabling applications to access user generated content on the device can make each experience unique to the user.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The nsquared documents application allows you to explore and discuss documents being displayed on the screen, these documents can be Word, Excel or Powerpoint files, loaded from a usb key or from a network drive.
Common questions heard at the meeting room table revolve around the schedules of the attendees. The nsquared schedules application presents the Microsoft Exchange calendar of for each attendee as their business card is placed on the Surface. New meetings can be created by simply placing business cards in the center of the screen.
The third application (not shown in in the video) is nsquared thoughts. The nsquared thoughts application enables participants to sketch out their thoughts on a blank canvas and then manipulate shapes and images to organize their thoughts.
These applications can be purchased individually or as a pack, contact us to find out more.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
nsync 1.2 for the Apple iPad now provides support for multiple clock styles.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Once again nsquared has been hard at work supporting our friends in Redmond, delivering a series of samples, videos and getting started guides to help developers learn how to use the Messenger Connect Windows Live SDK. Check out the links below and you too can start building applications that connect to Microsoft's vast social networking infrastructure.
Over 500 million people love and use Windows Live services such as Messenger, SkyDrive, and Hotmail. Request and invitation through the following link:
Windows Live Messenger Connect is a collection of APIs and experiences that enable users to communicate, share, and connect with their Messenger friends and Windows Live contacts;
Windows Live Messenger Connect Code Samples - here you will find code samples to help you learn building Messenger Connect applications; http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/messengerconnect
We hope you enjoy learning from our work and we'll update you with more as it happens!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Version 1.1 takes this app to greatness! - ★★★★★
by Jim Hays - Version 1.1 - 18 June 2010
As the CEO of a global consulting firm, I am constantly fighting to find time for my clients, my people, and me to meet. The 1.0 version did lack major cities, so although I found the comments on the earlier version overly harsh, I can understand their frustration. With the new 1.1 update that included over 500 new cities, this is now an essential tool for me. Give it a try. It is simple, elegant, and useful if you are struggling with how to get out of time zone hell.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Yep, you read that right. :-) We're on the lookout for a talented and passionate digital designer and 2-3 software developers with programming flair. We'd like to have you join us as soon as possible.
If you're into working with the most up to date, latest technology (some of it not yet publicly released), and you're passionate about learning, we'd love to hear from you.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
True to his normal form he began experimenting and finding his way around the platform almost immediately: and then the coding started. Somehow, in between meetings in Redmond, London, Paris, and Amsterdam; Surface training; eating; and plane flights over the last 2-3 weeks, he put together our first iPad app "nsync" and submitted it to the App Store for approval.
When asked about his speedy and enthusiastic response to the new platform, Dr. Neil said "Well, it's massive that the iPad has no clock, alarm or work times functions, and it shocked me so much that I built my own!" He loves his new iPad and we're sure his MacBook Air is getting less and less attention these days. We also know that he, of all people, understands the challenges of constantly operating in different time zones. nsync is a great response to simplifying the challenges and we're looking forward to finding out how many other challenges we can solve or simplify for those around us. Cheers!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The excitement just keeps on growing and our software is eagerly anticipated around the world. All enquiries can be directed to email@example.com so feel free to get in touch and ask how you can get our apps, or simply say "hi"!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Translation Station2 talks! You asked and we've answered. We know it's hard to pronounce languages just by reading them, so we took advantage of the translation engine's speech offerings. Powered by the same machine translation engine as Microsoft's Bing Translator, Translation Station will translate 31 languages in writing, and will even read the translation back to you in six languages. A talking translator is pretty cool, but the coolest most clever thing, is that when the translation engine updates (by adding written or spoken languages), so will the App. Automatically. No need to update it through the App Store!
It's free for now, but from June 1, you'll need to purchase it, so download yours now!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Download iDrinkblood from the iPhone App Store today and start drinking.... iDrinkblood will leave you shivering under your pillows! Now where's my pointy teeth?
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
You can check out our Surface montage below;
As usual the nsquared office in Sydney is buzzing with development projects and we're pretty excited about new projects that are coming up. We'll keep you updated as soon as we can with our new projects so stay tuned....
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It spent the week in a classroom filled with very excited 6-8 year olds who dubbed it the "Cooperation Table". While they did have to learn to cooperate, it seemed to us that it was a lesson learned very quickly. From our initial observations, we confirmed once again that Surface definitely has a place in Australian classrooms. Its social design encourages cooperative and collaborative interaction. It also provides a very safe and effective place for competitive learning activities.
We are very grateful for, and lucky to have the support of Curl Curl North Public School Teacher, Gretel Watson. Gretel is an extremely passionate and dedicated teacher with a talent for innovation, so she was happy to be able to trial Surface and provide valuable feedback to us. We were also strongly supported by Sue Beveridge, who drives the Connected Classroom's programme of the NSW DET. Thanks to Sue's support and links, we'll shortly be able to post a video of action from last week here, so stay tuned.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Late last week, Microsoft asked us to supply some business-focused apps for display on their Surface unit at the Gartner Business Intelligence and Information Management Summit that was held on Tuesday and Wednesday this week at the Sydney Exhibition centre. We provided them with some ideas that we’ve been working on and that were ready to demo. We have other projects we’re working on in this space and hope to show you more in the coming months. For now, on display at the Garner conference were:
1. nsquared Schedules – uses tagged business cards to view and share the details of your exchange account calendars. It's also designed to allow you to reschedule, follow up, delete, and create new appointments all with the touch of a finger (or two).
2. nsquared Office Images allows you to view, share and discuss business information created in Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents using Surface. Great for the Board Room or for international Board meetings with connected Surface Tables.
3. nsquared Stock Exchange – a visual application that lets you view your share portfolio in real time and respond to changes in the market.
Take a look and let us know what you think!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
After a short wait, we're very proud to be able to say that our latest app, MakeWords 1.0, is certified by Microsoft®, as part of the Microsoft® Surface® certification program. We're told that to date it is one of only three (3) Microsoft Surface applications worldwide to receive certification.
The next thing we're waiting for is to see it posted on the official Microsoft Surface site.
There are more plans for "MakeWords 1.0" and its friends, and we'll be letting you know how they go as soon as we have more to show. In the mean time we're looking forward to being able to share MakeWords 1.0 with as many people as possible.
About MakeWords 1.0
It seems everyone who sees MakeWords 1.0 on the Surface device is instantly captivated, including "grown ups". We designed it as an educational app for lower to mid-primary school students as a fun way to help build literacy skills. Once we'd finished sketching it out, we realised that it provided far more in lessons than a spelling test ever could. Better than that, it's far more fun. On top of the spelling lesson, students develop better object recognition skills, and learn how to participate in an environment that is both collaborative and competitive.
As with all high quality Surface Applications, MakeWords 1.0 capitalises on the unique qualities of Surface to deliver far more than initially meets the eye, and we're looking forward to bringing more fantastic Surface Apps to the business world.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Dr. Neil and Shirralee are happy that Surface is now available in Australia. If you want to buy a Microsoft Surface solution you can contact the nsquared Sydney office.