Saturday, 20 June 2009

Update news

I've had a couple of queries about the lack of updates recently, so I'd just like to reassure everyone that more updates are on the way. Either due to a change of policy or due to the distractions of the new iPhone launch, Apple's approval time for updates has increased from 4-7 days to around 14 days. Updates to both the USA version and the European version have been with them for over a week so I hope they will be in the store sometime next week. If the interval between updates has to be longer, I hope to compensate by adding more birds each time.

The next European update includes:
• a new Dutch translation
* bird names available in Finnish
* new birds: Kingfisher, Curlew, Lapwing and Herring Gull

The next USA update includes:
• changes to the quiz
• new birds: Eastern Wood-Pewee, Western Wood-Pewee, Eastern Meadowlark, Western Meadowlark, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler

More birds are waiting to be added so I hope the updates will go through soon!

Monday, 15 June 2009

Age range

I've had a couple of nice emails recently which give an idea of the age range of Chirp! users. First was a link to a family video showing 23 month old George and his amazing skills at bird recognition - apparently he has liked birds since he was old enough to point :). You can see the video and read George's dad's blog here:

As for grown-up users, I know there are several that are older-than- the-average-iPhone-user. It's interesting how an interest in technology isn't so much linked to age, but to attitude. When people ask me what I do, I often have to explain what an iPhone is - almost always to anyone over 50 but even to a 20-year old on one occasion. Yet today I received an email from an 80 year old Chirp user :). Nice.