iOS Apps From The West

Can you reach Escape Velocity?

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One thing that we’ve considered here at FiddleMeRagged is the eventuality that we may one decay become trapped on an alien world in a spacecraft which relies on conventional fuel for propulsion. Ok, it’s unusual and we’d usually rely on something regenerative like zero point or even artron energy but on occasion it’s important to refresh one’s memory with regard to classical propulsion and 21st century technology.

It's cold here!

It’s cold here!

To that end we developed the Escape Velocity Calculator app which will calculate your escape velocity from any celestial body given its Mass, Radius and (optionally) Relative Height from its mean surface radius. (We also included some samples from our own solar system for reference, so you can see how things work).

Unfortunately spacecraft are not widely available for the populous at large during the early years of the 21st century so we added a bit of a whizzy feature which calculates the exact escape velocity from the planet Earth taking into account your GPS co-ordinates (which allows the app to correct for the oblateness of the not-quit-so-spherical earth) and relative height above the earth’s surface. For example, if you’re nearer the equator the escape velocity is slightly lower as you’re higher up. Equally if you’re standing atop a mountain rather than on the shores of the Dead Sea then your escape velocity will also be a little lower.

Take a look, it’s FREE and it might just get you out of a scrape.

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Written by Dr Fiddler

March 25th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

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Irish Real Time Rail, A History In Screenshots

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Irish Real Time Rail 2009

The original DART stations covered.


Back in 2009 when we first started developing for iOS our first app provided real time train information for the Dublin DART railway service.

Train information was scraped from a rather primitive mobile web page provided by Irish Rail at the time and went on to sell very well. At the time we were the first app to provide this service back in April 2009.

Here’s a screenshot from the first version, note the interesting colour scheme!





Irish Real Time Rail 2011

Skeuomorphism Rules ok?


As time went on Irish Rail improved their public API and we changed from providing just DART information to providing information on all rail services in Ireland.We also went free with this release, funding our development costs with simple banner ads.


With the advent of iOS 7 we overhauled the application going from the skeuomorphic original design to one more in keeping with the iOS 7 aesthetic. Clean, simple, focussing on the content more than the styled presentation.


Irish Real Time Rail 2014




Also, with the iOS 7 release we also changed the app to gather station information dynamically so that the app would update itself with any new stations or changes to existing stations on the fly thus minimising the amount of maintenance we had to do. We also remained with the ad funded model which allows us to continue development to this day.





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Written by Dr Fiddler

March 14th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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The Great (Ancient Greek) Philosophers

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Released this week, three great new question and answer apps featuring some greats of the ancient greek philosophical world – Seneca, Socrates and Epicurus.

Great Philosophers Quiz – Seneca  ---Download


Great Philosophers Quiz – Socrates  ---Download


 Great Philosophers Quiz – Epicurus  ---Download


Fully integrated with Game Center with scoreboards and achievements.

Written by Dr Fiddler

March 13th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

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