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Weekly Roundup: Apple Acquires Creator of Microsoft Kinect; TV Ambitions Seem Inevitable

Aaron Brethorst | November 30, 2013 | Comments

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to all of you in the United States! It was a slow news week, for the most part, as the United States was on holiday for half the week. But, nevertheless, there were some interesting developments here and there that will be of interest to iOS and OS X developers. Perhaps most interesting was the confirmation that Apple acquired the Israeli startup PrimeSense, perhaps best known for creating the technology behind Microsoft's Kinect. The article (linked to below) not ...


Control of the Week: ECSlidingViewController 2.0

Aaron Brethorst | November 30, 2013 | Comments

ECSlidingViewController 2

ECSlidingViewController 2 ...

Weekly Roundup: Parallax Effects, Hybrid Apps, and a Drop-in Image Editor

Aaron Brethorst | November 23, 2013 | Comments

A couple summers ago, I wrote a blog post detailing some of the pluses and minuses of hybrid apps on iOS. The conclusion I came to at the time was that, for the most part, they simply weren't worth it. Facebook agreed and released an incredibly well-done, well-reviewed native rewrite of their app. But, inevitably, things change, and I wonder if it's worth taking another look at hybrid native apps. But, perhaps wi...


Control of the Week: CLImageEditor

Aaron Brethorst | November 23, 2013 | Comments

CLImageEditor

CLImageEditor

Weekly Roundup: Other Obsessions

Aaron Brethorst | November 16, 2013 | Comments

You might not know this about me, but when I'm not slinging Ruby or Objective-C code, I'm almost certain to have a camera in my hands. I try not to obsess about photography gear too much because a) what's behind the viewfinder is more important than what's immediately in front of it, and b) it can get very expensive very quickly. But, I'm certainly not immune to the allure of new stuff. Lately, my obsessions have been proceeding in two rather divergent directions:


Control of the Week: JFOpenWeatherMapManager

Aaron Brethorst | November 09, 2013 | Comments

JFOpenWeatherMapManager

JFOpenWeatherMapManager

Weekly Roundup: 2014, Year of the iWatch

Aaron Brethorst | November 09, 2013 | Comments

In case you missed it, news came out last week that Apple is spending over half a billion dollars on sapphire glass, the same kind that's used to cover the 5s' Touch ID sensor. You might remember a few years back that Apple was looking into using a metal alloy called Liquidmetal, and did a sort of 'test deploy' with the SIM card ejection tool included with iPhones. Nothing more ever emerged, but Apple also never spent $578 million on Liquidmetal either. Does Apple really expect to spend that m...


Weekly Roundup: Where Will Apple's Next $70 Billion in Revenue Come From?

Aaron Brethorst | November 02, 2013 | Comments

Welcome to our weekly roundup! With Apple's last batch of product announcements for the year behind us, it seems clear now that we'll have to wait until 2014 to see a new Apple TV, an iWatch, or an actual Apple television. But that's alright, because we have a ton of cool, new toys to play with until then. The iPad Air is ridiculously light, and, after having played with one yesterday, it was actually a bit tough for me to say definitively that I'd rather go for a retina iPad mini, but I do lo...


Control of the Week: MLAlertView

Aaron Brethorst | November 02, 2013 | Comments

MLAlertView

MLAlertView

Sponsored by Helpshift

Aaron Brethorst | October 26, 2013 | Comments

We're delighted to have Helpshift back as our sponsor this week. Check out their new CocoaPod for even faster integration into your iOS apps:

pod 'Helpshift', '~> 3.2.0'

This week's Weekly Roundup is brought to you by Helpshift, the customer engagement platform for iOS apps. I've tried out Helpshift and I must say I couldn't be happier. It is, by far, the best support system I've used for my apps, and the easiest to integrate.

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