iOS

iOS is what started the smart-device revolution, and people who know how to work with it are in high demand. Here you’ll find stories on development, new products, trends and advice for those who want to break in.

Amazon Launches Back-End Services to Aid Mobile Developers

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Amazon’s launched a series of services designed to support the back end of mobile apps, a move that some analysts say will reposition it as a top player in the space for Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS). The services, Amazon says, are designed to “to make it easier for developers to build, deploy, and scale mobile applications.” Find mobile development jobs here. One of them, Cognito, provides identity and data synchronization that lets developers authenticate users through popular public… continue…

Here’s Apple to Teach You About Swift

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As a company, Apple has a well-earned reputation for CIA-caliber secrecy. New products are developed under tight security, employees always refuse to comment on new projects and good luck trying to get a quote out of an executive if you’re a member of the press. With that in mind, the company’s latest move is a bit of a shocker: the debut of an official blog devoted to Swift, meant to provide “a behind-the-scenes look into the design of the Swift… continue…

3 Steps to Break Into Mobile Development

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Michael Turner is a 23-year-old from Rochester, N.Y., who wants to get into mobile app development, though right now his skills are limited to HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Not long ago, he wrote to Dice asking for some tips on how to get started. To give him some guidance, we reached out to two mobile dev veterans: David Yang, Placement Coordinator and lead instructor at the Fullstack Academy of Code in New York, and Eric Schweitzer, a California-based Mac and… continue…

Facebook Has Lots of New F8 Toys for Developers

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At this year’s F8 conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company’s internal motto had shifted from “Move fast and break things” to “Move fast with stable infrastructure.” That new motto, while nowhere near as catchy as the old one, is meant to encapsulate Facebook as the social network matures into a tech behemoth with more than a billion users worldwide. The focus is no longer on speedy user growth; instead, it’s about encouraging third-party developers to build software… continue…

Yep, Android Still Leading Worldwide

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Google Android continues to dominate the smartphone space, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. For the first three months of 2014, the research firm found that Android held a comfortable lead in nearly all of its survey countries, including the EU, Australia, China, the United States, and Great Britain. Despite that advantage, however, Apple still managed to make inroads in a number of countries, particularly Japan. Click here to find mobile developer jobs. In the U.S., for example,… continue…

When a Call for Help Becomes Big Business

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Late last year, Amazon introduced the “Mayday” button on its Kindle Fire tablets, which users could tap to access a customer-service representative within a matter of seconds. At the time, many analysts saw “Mayday” as a response to Apple’s much-lauded Genius Bars, which require the customer actually visit an Apple Store. But the first response to Amazon isn’t coming from Apple; it’s Salesforce stepping up to the proverbial plate with Salesforce1 Service Cloud SOS, which allows enterprise customers to place… continue…

How One Line of Code Forced a Full OS Release

Posted In C++/C#, iOS, Working in Tech
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It’s not often that Apple ‘fesses up about a bug, but the release iOS 7.0.6 came about because somehow an extra line of code got added to a function and broke it. Normally a bug would probably not warrant a complete release, but unfortunately this one-liner broke SSL connection verification. This is the code that checks that the connection is talking to the correct destination and uses SSL and TLS to verify it. You can take a look at the… continue…

Amazon Offers Developers Better Cross-Platform Tools

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Amazon wants integration with its services to be easy for developers and consumers alike, so it’s enticing developers to create better cross-platform experiences by opening GameCircle, Whispersync, Analytics and in-app purchasing to new platforms. So now developers can take advantage of Amazon services on mobile (Android, iOS) and desktop apps (Mac, Windows). iOS is limited to GameCircle, Whispersync and Analytics. The hoped-for result: Developers have a stable back-end platform while Amazon consumers get a frictionless buying process. Extending Amazon’s application… continue…

Programming for iOS With Xamarin Studio

Posted In C++/C#, iOS, Working in Tech
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Back at the start of July I began a contract to develop an iOS app for a Taxi firm. I decided to invest in Xamarin Studio so that I could develop the app in C#. The development took a bit longer than expected due to issues with the server, but it’s now very near completion. Xamarin, while appearing to have come out of nowhere, is actually a renamed and rebranded version of MonoTouch, so it’s a couple of years old… continue…

Can Mobile Move Beyond Hardware and Software?

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We’ve seen smartphone and tablet specs ramp up sharply lately, with quad-core processors, gigabytes of memory, continuously evolving — even open — operating systems and ever larger physical dimensions. So the question is: What’s next? If you’ve purchased a smartphone lately, the changes are ho-hum. Developers have picked up where enhanced performance left off by introducing a steady stream of new applications and services. We seem to have an app for everything now. Yawn. Fortunately, manufacturers are breaking out of… continue…