Jer Thorp has a Holiday Wish
There's a lot of things people ask for at Christmas but Jer Thorp has a unique one. He's wishing that the folks at Rovio, makers of a little game called Angry Birds, send a nice donation to Erin Catto. You see, Angry Birds relies quite heavily on Box2D, an open source physics framework created by Catto. While Rovio has no obligation to pay anything for using Box2D, given how much of the games success is based on the awesomeness of the framework, Jer thinks Rovio should send a nice Christmas bonus to Catto. What do you think?
Kinect + Flash
You've all seen the dozens of projects that have been popping up with Kinect (check the last few weekly link round-ups for examples) and we've all been eagerly awaiting a chance to get some of that action into Flash. If you're an OS X user I've got good news, there are now two libraries for you to try. Windows folks are out of luck for the time being - if anyone knows otherwise let me know in the comments.
Working with Images in Cinder
if you don't follow Robert Hodgins - aka Flight404 - then you might not have come across Cinder before. It's a library for doing creative code projects in C++. Joshua Noble has written a great tutorial to help you get started with image processing in Cinder.
André Michelle heads to the App Store
You can now buy one of André's audio toys, Pulsate on the App Store for your iPhone. (iOS 4.2+)
Face Detection with jQuery
Here's a handy little jQuery plugin that can automatically detect the location of faces within a photo. Check out the demo or download and use in your own applications.
Flash Media Server in the cloud
Amazon and Adobe have partnered to offer a cloud based solution for your FMS needs. Using Amazon's EC2 service you can now get a pay for what you use setup of Flash Media Server 4. Use this to stream video, build RTMFP peer-to-peer solutions or created multi-user experiences.
Kevin Towes has lots of details on his blog: http://blogs.adobe.com/ktowes/2010/12/announcing-adobe-flash-media-server-on-amazon-web-services.html
Interested in Windows Phone 7 development?
Flash developer Iain Lobb has posted some getting started advice for those of you interested in porting your apps to work on Microsoft's latest mobile OS.
Google App Inventor goes public
The previously private beta of Google's App Inventor, a solution to allow non-developers to create their own Android apps is now available for anyone to try.