Temblor felt in Taipei
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit northern Taiwan at 12:45pm yesterday, causing slight shaking in and around Taipei. The quake’s center was located 4.8km east of Taipei City Hall at a depth of 142.6km, according to the Central Weather Bureau. The strongest shaking with an intensity of two was felt in New Taipei City (新北市) and Yilan County’s Sansing Township (三星). Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most are minor and cause little or no damage. However, a 7.6-magnitude temblor in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people. In 2006, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake south of Kaohsiung severed undersea cables and disrupted telephone and Internet services to millions throughout Asia.
Mobile app maker unveiled
A new software solution created by the Institute for Information Industry can help people develop mobile applications in a more efficient and cost-saving way, the developers said yesterday. The application is named AppCross. Using the solution, content providers can save an average of 60 percent in development time and 80 percent in development costs, a senior engineer surnamed Chien (簡) said at the institute. As long as the content is in the format of Adobe InDesign, there is no need to hire or contract extra programmers to develop an app, he said, adding there are15 templates and that animation arrangements and interactive features can all be customized to the developer’s needs. The institute is hoping to license the software solution to corporate clients and has already marketed it to Cite Media Holding Group, Transmission Books and Microinfo, Sanlih E-Television and others, Chien said.