Archive for the ‘StarTime’ Category

Goodbye StarTime

May 24, 2010

We’re sad to announce that we’ve had to remove StarTime from the App Store at the request of CBS.

We’re hoping that we can work with them to get it back in to the store as soon as possible. Watch this space (no pun intended).

StarTime Date (Star Date?) fixed

September 18, 2009

Just a quick post to let you know that a minor release of StarTime, our Star Trek LCARS clock, is now in the App Store.

The corrupt graphic has been replaced and September is back where it should be!

StarTime - September back in place.

StarTime - September back in place.

A mini update

September 14, 2009

This is just a quick update to let you know what we’ve been up to lately.

PlaySafe. We’ve uploaded an update to our in-car iPhone control app that should help users with large libraries that have been experiencing crashes

StarTime. A corrupt graphic was causing the month of September to disappear from the date display on our Star Trek themed clock. This has been fixed and an update uploaded, but knowing how long Apple are taking to approve things, it’ll probably be October by the time it comes out anyway…

Juiced. Our battery status app has also been uploaded and is awaiting approval. We really like this app – it’s more fun than it should be ūüôā

As per usual, we’ll keep you up to date here.

StarTime:out now

August 6, 2009

After an incredibly lengthy and torturous submission process, StarTime, our Star Trek clock homage, is finally available in the App Store!

StarClock

StarTime - boldly go where no clock has gone before...

Originally submitted in May to coincide with the release of the movie, StarTime has languished in submission hell for months before finally breaking free. If you’re interested in that, read all about it here & here…¬†Otherwise, here’s all you need to know:

Chilli X, in collaboration with LCARS Computer Network, are proud to present StarTime, a date and time clock to keep you on time in your trek from star to star.
StarTime displays the time and date in a large easy-to-read display on your iPhone or iPod touch. Authentic animations and sounds will make you feel like you’re on the bridge of your favorite Starship.
StarTime overrides your auto-lock setting so your phone won’t automatically go to sleep making it ideal as a desk clock when your device is on charge or even a night stand clock using the built-in dimmer function.
The sounds can be set to play randomly, to chime on the hour or switched off all together.
You can also choose to listen to music from your iPod while StarTime is running.

Chilli X, in collaboration with LCARS Computer Network, are proud to present StarTime, a date and time clock to keep you on time in your trek from star to star.

StarTime displays the time and date in a large easy-to-read display on your iPhone or iPod touch. Authentic animations and sounds will make you feel like you’re on the bridge of your favorite Starship.

StarTime overrides your auto-lock setting so your phone won’t automatically go to sleep making it ideal as a desk clock when your device is on charge or even a night stand clock using the built-in dimmer function.

The sounds can be set to play randomly, to chime on the hour or switched off all together. You can also choose to listen to music from your iPod while StarTime is running.

Another App Store Rejection story

May 29, 2009
As some of you may know we recently submitted ¬†StarTime, our Star Trek themed clock to the App Store. We were confident we wouldn’t have any problems getting it approved, although it’s obviously inspired by Star Trek (the classic original series rather than the latest movie), it’s not a rip-off, trading on the Star Trek name.
It doesn’t use the phrase Star Trek or any official imagery – it’s obviously a homage to the original series rather than a cheap cash in. In fact many people who have seen it in development didn’t realise there was a Star Trek connection.
So we were obviously surprised and disappointed to receive the following email from Apple:
We’ve reviewed StarTime and determined that we cannot post your application because it appears to contain features, namely, material from Star Trek (Paramount) that bear a resemblance to a well-known third-party mark.
Please remember that pursuant to your agreement with Apple, you represent and warrant that your application does not infringe the rights of another party, and that you are responsible for any liability to Apple because of a claim that your application infringes another party’s rights. ¬†Moreover, we may reject or remove your application for any reason, in our sole discretion.
To make matters worse a quick glance through the App Store reveals several apps are far more obviously ‘bear a resemblance to’ Star Trek.
Have a look at Trek Clock(!), Daxhotel and Tricorder TR-580 all of which use both the name Star Trek and logos and photography from the shows in their content and App Store descriptions. There’s a host of other phaser and tricorder apps also available that I would say are closer in spirit to StarTime ie. inspired by, rather than claiming any exact connection.
I suppose what’s most annoying is the lack of consistency in the approval process – why accept one app and reject another when the concepts are so similar? We’d done our homework and seen other Star Trek inspired apps available so didn’t think we’d have a problem.
Let’s face it, with app sales being what they are these days, we’d have been lucky to break even on it anyway let alone run laughing to the bank. Only the real Trek fans would have recognised and appreciated StarTime for what it was.
Are Apple so frightened of legal action? StarTime was developed in conjunction with Lfffff, a successful Star Trek themed site that has been running for years without a hint of law suite.
Anyway, what do you guys think – is this a fair decision on Apple’s part or yet another App Store snafu? We’ll go back to Apple emphasizing the points made in this blog and see what happens – watch this space (no pun intended).

StarClock wide

As some of you may know we recently submitted ¬†StarTime, our Star Trek themed clock to the App Store. We were confident we wouldn’t have any problems getting it approved, although it’s obviously inspired by Star Trek (the classic original series rather than the latest movie), it’s not a rip-off, trading on the Star Trek name.

It doesn’t use the phrase Star Trek or any official imagery – it’s obviously a homage to the original series rather than a cheap cash in. In fact many people that saw it in development didn’t even realise there was a Star Trek connection.

So we were obviously surprised and disappointed to receive the following email from Apple:

‘We’ve reviewed StarTime and determined that we cannot post your application because it appears to contain features, namely, material from Star Trek (Paramount) that bear a resemblance to a well-known third-party mark.

Please remember that pursuant to your agreement with Apple, you represent and warrant that your application does not infringe the rights of another party, and that you are responsible for any liability to Apple because of a claim that your application infringes another party’s rights. ¬†Moreover, we may reject or remove your application for any reason, in our sole discretion.’

To make matters worse a quick glance through the App Store reveals several apps are far more obviously ‘bear a resemblance to‘ Star Trek.¬†Have a look at Trek Clock(!), Daxhotel and Tricorder TR-580 all of which use both the name Star Trek and logos and photography from the shows in their content and App Store descriptions. There’s a host of other phaser and tricorder apps also available that I would say are closer in spirit to StarTime ie. inspired by, rather than claiming any direct connection.

I suppose what’s most annoying is the lack of consistency in the approval process – why accept one app and reject another when the concepts are so similar? We’d done our homework and seen other Star Trek inspired apps available so didn’t think we’d have a problem.¬†Let’s face it, with app sales being what they are these days, we’d have been lucky to break even on it anyway let alone run laughing to the bank. Only the real Trek fans would have recognised and appreciated StarTime for what it was.

Are Apple so frightened of legal action? StarTime was developed in conjunction with www.lcarscom.net, a successful Star Trek fan site that has been running for years without a hint of law suite.

Anyway, what do you guys think – is this a fair decision on Apple’s part or yet another App Store snafu? We’ll go back to Apple emphasizing the points made in this blog and see what happens – watch this space (no pun intended).

Star Trek Clock update

May 15, 2009

Just a quick update to let you know that we’ve submitted our iPhone Star Trek clock to Apple and are eagerly awaiting its appearance in the App Store.

We’ve also changed the name from StarClock to StarTime so keep your eyes peeled.

StarClock

StarTime - coming soon

StarClock – sneak peek

May 1, 2009

Boldly go where no iPhone clock has gone before. Ladies and gentlemen, may we present StarClock!

StarClock

StarClock

I’m sure many of you, like us, are really looking forward to the upcoming Star Trek movie and what better way to celebrate its release than creating a Trek themed clock?

In conjunction with the LCARS Computer Network we’ve created a wonderful homage to the original show – if you’re a real Trek fan you’ll know where we’re coming from. We’re just putting the finishing touches to this one and will let you know as soon as it’s actually available.