Archive for September, 2012

Open letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook on iOS 6 Maps

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Apple CEO Tim Cook publishes an open letter addressing customer concerns about the new Maps in iOS 6.
See on www.apple.com

Two simple alternatives to using a CAPTCHA

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Most people hate filling in a CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) – here are two very simple alternatives you could implement on your forms.

See on www.campaignmonitor.com

How are REST APIs versioned?

Friday, September 28th, 2012

A summary of many mainstream REST APIs and how they support versioning. It seems versioning via the URI is the most popular approach, despite content negotiation being recommended by many sources as the more "RESTful" approach.
See on www.lexicalscope.com

With Apple Stuck On Land, Google Takes Maps Underwater

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

While Apple is busy floundering on land, Google has moved on to begin mapping the seas. Google has published its first underwater Street View images, adding panoramic views of key sites under the ocean to Google Maps.

See on googleblog.blogspot.co.nz

A Developer Looks at iOS 6 and the iPhone 5

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

The release of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 has generated a lot of excitement, but the many new hardware and SDK changes can leave iOS developers feeling overwhelmed. This article is a nice summary of key changes in the iOS 6 SDK that developers should be aware of.

See on mobile.tutsplus.com

Smartphone Display Shoot-Out – Samsung Galaxy SIII vs iPhone 5

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Detailed comparison of the screens on the iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy SIII. 

See on www.displaymate.com

Apple Maps: Honesty is the Best Policy

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Nicely written article here pointing out that the ridicule that Apple has suffered following the introduction of their Maps application in iOS 6 is largely self-inflicted.

See on www.mondaynote.com

Xiki: Can your shell console do this?

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

For all of us who sit at a shell console all day this is a seriously awesome tool. Check out this video for a quick overview of "Xiki". Like a shell console but better.

You can see the official website: http://xiki.org/

See on www.youtube.com

One of the better Crash Report Screens

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

I had to force restart my MacBook (yea it does happen from time-to-time) and when I rebooted, CodeKit displayed the attached Crash Report screen. It made me smile. Congrats on your creativity Bryan.

PS: I should mention that it was not CodeKit that caused my MacBook to lock up!

 

New Samsung Anti-iPhone Ad – Don’t Be Fooled

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

It's a clever ad Samsung is about to run in newspapers. A little misleading in the fact that it lists Galaxy S III specific features, but doesn't do the same for the iPhone. But of greater significance – I think this ad highlights what Samsung just does not get, or at least what they don't want you to get.

Steve Jobs always said "it is not about the hardware, it is about the software".

Sure Apples hardware is a thing of beauty, but it is how the software integrates with the hardware, and how intuitive it is, that makes it both a pleasure to use and a pleasure to develop for. It's not about how much RAM the device has – its about the experience the user has when using the device. The software dictates how efficiently the memory is used. That is why the iPhone packaging and marketing never lists how much RAM an iPhone has – it's not important.

In the past Apple's decision to limit their software to only running on their own hardware cost them big time. It was the single biggest factor leading to Microsoft winning the OS war. But that same decision is now at the heart of Apple's success. It is a company focussing on experience, in an experience-based economy. Users want, and expect, the overall experience of using a device to be intuitive, fast, and slick. That is where Apple is seriously doing well – it is what their branding is all about after all, and they are delivering. And that is also why developers are flocking to the iOS platform and are developing slick, intuitive, user-experience focussed apps that take the overall iPhone and iPad experience to yet another level.

And that is why Samsung's ad is so clever – it swings all the attention back to the hardware.

Don't be fooled.