Lately we have been getting a lot of requests for the BP Oil Spill video feed. This feed is currently being streamed using a video format that is not compatible with Live Cams. There are however several cameras included in the public lists that may show the effects of oil arriving on the shoreline in the Gulf region. Check the beach cameras and look for the Gulf Shores feeds (as well as any from the Alabama coast). Tar balls have been reportedly found in the past few days and they will likely increase in frequency as this disaster continues.
Keep in mind that the cameras and bandwidth expenses are owned by the businesses that are being affected by this disaster. Many restaurants and businesses along the coast are being shut down or downsized due to the impact on the tourism industry. If there is anything you can do to help them (financially or otherwise) we urge you to do so.
Live Cams releases for both iPhone and iPad are now ready for Apple to review. During the past two days we have resolved the interface glitches that we discovered during testing and we also took time to add an important new feature.
Using Bluetooth radio the app will be able to transfer private cameras and favorites to other devices. This will be handy if you have an iPad and want to pull your camera settings from an iPhone or iPod touch. It will also allow you to use one device as a master and then pull the data to other devices (perhaps you have dozens of private cameras and a team of people who need to have the same data). Simply bring the devices within range (for bluetooth signal) and with one click on each one it will transfer the data.
We understand that it has been about two months since our last release and that many have been waiting patiently for various fixes. Now that the laborious process of implementing these engine changes is complete we will be able to return to our frequent smaller updates on both platforms.
Expect a week or so before Apple (hopefully) approves the two releases.
We have a few more user interface glitches to resolve before we are satisfied with the quality of the release. We expect a few more days of development and testing before we submit the software to Apple for review.
This delay also applies to Live Cams 4.0 which is partly tied to the same source code and therefore subject to a similar timeline. The products are feature-complete and are being held back due to display issues during orientation changes.
Thanks again for your support and patience!