Many of you may have gotten a shiny new iPhone in the past month. With that purchase you may have encountered the occasional iTunes & iPhone syncing error. Such as, getting stuck on the photo import or just failing all together. Like you, I really hate when these issues come up. So, I am sharing the top three tips for fixing these problems for my own records and your sanity.
I recently took on challenge to unlike/un-follow every non-personal social media profile that I wasn’t personally connected to. The idea came to me after reading a few articles on the affect that all those pages we like on Facebook have on the feed of posts we actually see in the app. My interest stemmed, from trying to take a week long break from social media only to come back to it and find that I couldn’t really navigate my way through the noise of posts and updates that cluttered my various feeds. It felt like tools that were supposed to help me connected to friends and family only left me better informed about companies I had liked than the people I cared about. At the same time I came across a couple of articles that hit on the same notes.
If you use iMessages a lot then you know that the performance can become sluggish over time. The reason for this slowness is because messages keeps a history of contacts you have messaged both individually and in groups. Overtime, this will become a big and unwieldy list, which could become slow at populating when trying to start, find or contribute to a chat.
I needed to fix this week some errors I made in a game submission to the iOS App Store that leveraged Game Center Leaderboards and Achievements. I learned two valuable lessons I wanted to share here.
A quick tip today for those who own Garmin fitness devices that don’t automatically upload via WiFi. Such as the Garmin Forerunner 910 XT or 210 or Fenix v1. Recently, I noticed that my uploads using the Garmin ANT Agent or Garmin Express apps on Macs were taking a long time. They uploads were especially slow on sites like MapMyRun and RunKeeper that integrate with those apps. I figured, that part of the problem was that the sheer number of workouts I have recorded must be slowing down the process.
This example changes the background of the droppable element depending on whether there are an odd or even number of other elements dropped within it. There are probably more advanced uses of this functionality you can come up with. You can preview it here or copy and paste the code below into your own local file.
I thought I would share some thoughts on the recent Heartbleed SSL flaw that comprised potentially half of the internet sites out there including many popular ones you and I use. From facebook, to twitter, to yahoo and many others. I spent essentially a whole day changing passwords of dozens of sites and even with all that effort, I believe one of those sites which holds some of my credit card info, was compromised.
Based off of the hit game 2048 by Gabriele Cirulli but with a twist. Take your number matching to the next level with Power3 on iOS. The game is iCloud and Game Center enabled for saved progress and competitive ranking against friends. Why play by 2 when 3’s company. Available on the iTunes App Store today.
If you plan on loading a game to the App Store via iTunes Connect, budget a lot of time for additional configurations and sandbox testing. I had hoped you could programmatically invoke the leaderboard and achievements but, they have to be predefined with icons, descriptions, titles, etc. This level of configuration is what makes the iTunes App Store what it is, but it is just one more task that can seem very tedious when trying to push out even the most bare bones app. I now know why game development takes so many team members.
I came across a slew of really cool tech tools and gadgets this week. So, I will share a few of the choice ones here. I really geeked out on a lot of these tools and technologies this week. My three favorite are below covering three specify areas, hardware, software and learning.