Tag Archives: ios

Web Apps

Meanwhile, more and more native apps are actually using web views, either for parts of their UI (like a timeline in a social network), or for all of their UI. If people aren’t told, they don’t notice it. If people do know, their opinions mostly seem to come down to confirmation bias. Today, we’re at a point where web apps, if done right, are virtually indistinguishable from native apps. Chris Tan points out:

Take a look at the this blog post attempting to expose the advantages of Hybrid vs Native which not only uses Instagram as an example of a Native app but it is specifically used as a example of a GREAT native app and why you might want the performance and smoothness of Native. This is somewhat hilarious, because it is in fact a hybrid application that uses a web view to render all of its content.

A great write up on the native mobile vs. web app debate.

AeroPress Timer 2

AeroPress Timer is the perfect companion for the AeroPress. AeroPress Timer allows you to explore the versatility of the AeroPress with a catalog of carefully curated recipes.

If you are like me in that you enjoy the process of making a good cup of coffee as well as drinking coffee, this is for you.

Rusty Rants

If you are looking for a well-written blog that focuses on mobile and isn’t simply singing the praises of Apple or Google, I highly recommend this one. Having a healthy dose of curmudgeon doesn’t hurt, either.

Reporter

Reporter is a new application for understanding the things you care about. With a few randomly timed surveys each day, Reporter can illuminate aspects of your life that might be otherwise unmeasurable.

The biggest issue I have with these types of “quantified self” apps is the chore of having to input data regularly. Fortunately, this app reminds you to do this every now and again via push notifications. It also supports automatic measurements such as time, location, and ambient noise. Not bad.

The Swift Progamming Language

Swift is a new programming language for creating iOS and OS X apps. Swift builds on the best of C and Objective-C, without the constraints of C compatibility. Swift adopts safe programming patterns and adds modern features to make programming easier, more flexible, and more fun. Swift’s clean slate, backed by the mature and much-loved Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, is an opportunity to reimagine how software development works.

A new language for iOS/OSX development is, for me, the best thing to come out of this year’s WWDC.

Cathode

Cathode is a fully customizable terminal app with a look inspired by classic computers. Don’t let the playful exterior fool you; under the hood there’s an advanced emulator designed for serious work. Whether you prefer crisp, clean text, or a flickering, glowing mess, Cathode is the perfect tool for hacking in style.

For iOS and OS X.

Plants vs Zombies drops in-app fee

The company behind the popular Plants vs Zombies mobile game has said that the introduction of a charge for a previously free item was just a “test”.

PvZ isn’t what interests me about this article. It’s the concept of in-app purchases in general.

Mobile analyst at IHS Insight Jack Kent said that users can be reluctant to pay upfront for a game if they don’t know what they are paying for so in-app charges become more important.

“For smartphone and tablet developers in-app purchases are the dominant business model, 80% of revenue is made this way,” he said.

There are several ways of offering in-app purchases without pissing people off. The fact that people can be reluctant to pay upfront for a game can be remedied by offering a trial for free and an in-app purchase that unlocks the full game. It’s a single transaction, but it seems to work quite well on Xbox Live Arcade. In essence, offer people a demo if up-front charges are intimidating. Just don’t milk them for all they are worth.

Hueless

Hueless is not a photo “effect” app. Powered by our revolutionary live black & white preview, the image you see in the viewfinder is the image you see in the Photo Roll. “What You See is What You Get”, no post-processing required. The perfect companion for the iPhone photographer, Hueless offers high-quality black & white photography in JPEG or TIFF formats without adding processing steps or sacrificing camera performance. Hueless is a photo shooting app.

I’ve had this installed for a week or so now, and it’s great. I love black and white photography.

Vectrex Regeneration, a Vectrex emulator for iOS

30 years ago, a totally unique games console was launched using vector – not raster – graphics. It had such an impact that games are still being made for the platform today. We bought our first Vectrex in 1982 and we still love it! Built by Vectrex fanatics for a new generation of gamers.

Brillant stuff. Ars Technica has more details.

Google Maps out for iOS

iOS 6 famously included Apple’s home-grown Maps, and to be frank, they aren’t always awesome. While Google’s offering isn’t perfect, either, it will be nice to have both when out and about.

Correction: “aren’t always awesome” should be replaced by “are utter shit”.

Facebook to speed up its iOS app

The current version of the app is essentially an Objective-C shell with a Web browser inside. When it comes to speed, this is like putting the engine of a Smart Car in the body of a Ferrari.

Eloquently put.