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Breaking changes to canOpenURL in iOS 9

September 22nd, 2015

Apple has tightened the security around launching external apps. For more background on these changes please read this post by Greg Pierce. As he states:

There are two URL-related methods available to apps on iOS that are effected: canOpenURL and openURL. Up until iOS 9, apps have been able to call these methods on any arbitrary URLs. Starting on iOS 9, apps will have to declare what URL schemes they would like to be able to check for and open in the configuration files of the app as it is submitted to Apple. This is essentially a whitelist that can only be changed or added to by submitting an update to Apple.

In order for these methods to work in iOS 9 developers need to update their app's plist with code similar to the following:


Developers using Appcelerator Titanium will need to update their tiapp.xml file to fix the Ti.Platform.canOpenURL and Ti.Platform.openURL api calls in iOS 9.

Dash – Documentation Browser, Snippet Manager

February 12th, 2014

Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash searches offline documentation of 130+ APIs and stores snippets of code. You can also generate your own documentation sets. I like how it integrates with my IDE (PhpStorm) and Text Editor (Sublime). Fast, clean, offline documentation. And a nice place to store code snippets as well.

Tip: I moved the *.dash file into my Dropbox for backup.

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December 18th, 2013

Put email in its place.

Matthew Delmarter's insight:

My emails have never felt so organised since I started using Mailbox for iOS a few months ago. At that point Mailbox only worked with Gmail / Google Apps mail accounts. I see today that it now supports Yahoo and iCloud/ mail accounts. That will certainly make a lot of people happy. I encourage you to give Mailbox a go and explore a new workflow for keeping your emails organised.

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Skitch for Mac Update: Switch Between Resolutions on Retina Displays

December 14th, 2013

With Skitch for Mac (version 2.7.1) you can now quickly choose between high-resolution output (2x) or normal resolution when using the Drag Me tab.

Matthew Delmarter's insight:

I love my Retina MacBook, but sometimes get frustrated when trying to screenshot something and find that the resulting screenshot is huge due to the 144 dpi retina display. Thanks to Evernote Skitch this is no longer a problem…

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The future of Android within Google is not so bright

July 30th, 2013

The discovery that Google's new Chromecast web streaming device is based on Google TV code stripped of Android features provides additional evidence that Google is working to distance itself from the Android platform that the company developed…

Matthew Delmarter's insight:

This article is slightly biased towards Apple but overall a very interesting take on the state of Android within Google. There are some pretty major question marks raised on how Google can move forward without Android weighing them down.

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Bootstrap 3 RC1 is here

July 28th, 2013

Matthew Delmarter's insight:

I use Bootstrap to kick start all my web projects now and have been waiting for v3. Time to check it out.

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A Box You Want to Uncheck on LinkedIn

July 26th, 2013

LinkedIn has recently done us the "favor" of having a default setting whereby our names and photos can be used for third-party advertising. You opt-out using these tips.

Matthew Delmarter's insight:

No thanks LinkedIn. Not impressed you did this, especially considering your target audience.

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Building Apps With the Yeoman Workflow | Nettuts+

July 20th, 2013

What Is Yeoman? Trick question. It's not a thing. It's this guy: Basically, he wears a top hat, lives in your computer, and waits for you

Matthew Delmarter's insight:

Yeoman is an open source project which defines an opinionated stack for web application development. The primary target audience are medium to advanced JavaScript developers who have already started with client side MVC/MVVP/MVVM. It's definitely worth a look!

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Dropbox announces ‘Dropbox Platform,’ aims to sync everything in the cloud

July 10th, 2013

At its first-ever developer conference on Tuesday, Dropbox unveiled an ambitious initiative called "Dropbox Platform," a set of APIs that promise to deliver an easy cross-platform syncing solution for just about any form of data.

Matthew Delmarter's insight:

I was already considering the Dropbox Sync API as a viable cross-platform sync solution. The newly announced "Dropbox Platform" looks to take this to the next level.

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