Big Announcement from Apple Today

Apple’s homepage
is counting down the hours, minutes and seconds until a “special event” streamed live today at 10am PDT (or 12 noon CDT for those of you in my timezone). Apple has not officially stated what they will cover but we expect from the past to see a new iPhone along with the launch date of iOS 8, the latest operating system for iPhone and iPad. We should also find out the launch date for the next Mac operating system, OSX Yosemite. Apple announced iOS 8 and OSX Yosemite at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in June.

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Apple WWDC 2014 Starts Today

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today in San Francisco. This 5 day conference showcases new Apple software and technologies for iOS and OSX through technical presentations and hands on labs. It begins with the keynote at 10am Pacific time broadcast live on Apple’s website and on a channel on Apple TV.

In the past, Apple has made major announcements at the Monday morning keynote such as the iPhone App Store in 2008, the iPhone 4 in 2010 and iCloud in 2011. Since 2008 Apple has announced the next iOS operating system at the WWDC. This year is no different as iOS 8 banners appeared days ago in the Moscone Center where the conference is held. [Read more…]

Text Messages I’ve Missed Since Switching Away From iPhone

On a snowy January evening in 2013 I swiftly walked to the door of a convenient store on my way to meet my wife for dinner. I was running late and attempted to text her. Imagining her disappointment I hastily drew my smartphone from my front pocket and… dropped it. My phone hit the tile floor and exploded. The back cover flew off, and the battery and memory card (and maybe some parts I never found) scattered out. [Read more…]

Xamarin.iOS for Visual Studio Now Supports Visual Studio 2013

Hi, My name is Dan and I have to admit I am a software update junkie. When I look at someone’s iPhone and see they have pending app updates, it is difficult to resist updating all. On Windows I have a daily routine of checking for updates on the app(lication)s I use often such as Resharper, Xamarin.iOS/Android, Visual Studio, etc. [Read more…]

New Mac Pro Looks Like A NYC Subway Trash Can

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Can iOS Enterprise Apps Be Used By Customers?

In this post I will respond to a few questions about the iOS Developer Enterprise Program in reaction to my blog post 5 Options for Distributing Your iOS App to a Limited Audience (Legally).

My blog post included a quote from the Enterprise License agreement:

“Internal Use Applications developed under this Agreement may be deployed on Deployment Devices in two ways: (1) deployment for internal use by Employees, and (2) deployment for use by Customers either on Your physical premises or under the direct supervision and physical control of Your Employees in other locations, subject to Apple’s right to review and approve such deployment as set forth herein.”

A reader asked that I clarify the inclusion of “Customers”. [Read more…]

Great Video On Augmented Reality by Tomi Ahonen

This June 2012 TEDx talk gives context to the emerging new technology “augmented reality” from one of the most influential thinkers in mobile worldwide, Tomi Ahonen (20 minutes):

Another Sign That Social Media Has Gone Mainstream

I live in Forest Lake, MN, a distant northern suburb of St Paul, Minnesota. At one time Forest Lake was primarily a summer resort and cabin destination. The lake’s tiny summer cabins have gradually been replaced by year-round houses and more recently multi-million dollar mansions. Farmland begins less than one mile from the East side of the lake. We like Forest Lake because it reminds us of a small town in northern MN. It is not the type of town you’d think of as technology savvy.

Over that last few years, Forest Lake has been busy updating its quaint downtown area and Broadway Avenue, the road that connects it to nearby Interstate 35. Broadway Avenue was widened and decorated with fancy curbs and inset brick detailing on crosswalks. A roundabout was added to the main intersection downtown and two massive walking bridges were constructed along the walking path that was once a railroad track.

In the fall of 2010 I noticed a sign that read “BroadwayAveFL” with a vaguely familar “T” logo next to it. When I realized it was a Twitter name, was blown away that a social media website had gone mainstream enough to make it onto a road sign. I wondered how many residents had any idea what it meant. Prior to this, the only reference I have noticed to any media on a road sign is to a radio station for weather or accident information. [Read more…]

WWDC 2012

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is held annually in California. This 5 day conference showcases new Apple software and technologies for developers through technical presentations and hands on labs. This year’s conference was held in San Francisco at the Moscone Center and began on Monday, June 11th .

In the past, Apple has made major announcements at the Monday morning keynote such as the iPhone App Store in 2008, the iPhone 4 in 2010 and iCloud in 2011. This year rumors floated that Apple might announce a new Apple TV or the elusive iPhone 5.

This was my first WWDC. In the past, I’ve followed live feeds from keynote presentations and watched recorded technical sessions. This year I looked forward to attending in person.
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Compile PhoneGap Source Code in Your iOS PhoneGap Project

This post explains how to configure an iOS PhoneGap project to include the open source PhoneGap code as a sub-project in XCode 4. I successfully achieved this with PhoneGap 1.5 through 1.61. I’m not sure if it works with other versions of PhoneGap.

I included the PhoneGap source code when troubleshooting a consistent crash on the iPad as the camera app opened. Including the Cordova source code allowed me to step through the camera related code in XCode.