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Toyota recently announced it would allow competitors to use their new fuel cell technology – patent free. This follows a similar move by electric car manufacturer Tesla, when CEO Elon Musk announced last June that

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b2cloud wins Mobile Design Awards 2014

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We are thrilled to announce that b2cloud has won the Mobile Design Award for Best Wearable Technology for our work with Telstra. The award recognises our innovative work using Google Glass to help empower the visually

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On iOS the built in convenience method performSelector method call only allows for up to 2 parameters. – (void) aMethod { [self performSelector:@selector(doSomethingWithObject:otherObject:) withObject:@(1) withObject:@(2)]; } – (void) doSomethingWithObject:(id) object otherObject:(id) otherObject { // Code

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Now updated with example project, see end of post for link I recently tackled a difficult problem at work. In an app I’m currently working on we have a horizontal collection view with paging. The

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The microphone jack on the PS4 controller plays sound from headphones when plugged in, and plays sound from the TV if unplugged. I found that if you have it plugged in half way, it plays

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A lot of iOS programmers seem to be using utility classes with a whole bunch of static helper methods. To be honest long ago I did this myself. I believe that this “static utility class”

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Looking at some of the invisible shapes certain parts of iOS outline, I thought about this: Is it implying an arrow?

Presenting UIViewController on launch in iOS 8

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When you show a login screen or a walkthrough in your app, a common strategy is to present a view controller with no animation in your application:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions: method. In iOS 8 this has caused some

iOS view hit regions

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When building an app that connects to a web service it’s often best to put the processing load on your server, as opposed to the app. For example, say your web service returned a list

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When iOS 7 first launched developers found the hidden URL schemes used by Apple to open the Settings app from another app. Developers started using this hidden URL in their apps. Apple realized and took