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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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Following are the steps that you need to follow in order to make things working – 1. Setting up the NDK on my machine 2. Learn how to write JNI wrappers 3. Learn C++ briefly so

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One of the most common practices of using “self” inside a block is with the weakSelf strongSelf strategy. Here’s an example: __weak typeof(self) weakSelf = self; [self doSomethingWithCompletionHandler:^{ typeof(self) strongSelf = weakSelf; [strongSelf aMethod]; [strongSelf

    Why the VR industry needs Google Cardboard

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    In 2012 Oculus VR began the unthinkable task of resurrecting virtual reality (VR) when it released it’s Oculus Rift dev kit. In the next 12 months Sony and Valve will jump on the bandwagon and release consumer

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    Guides | Tutorial By 4 months ago

    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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    I wanted to create a modal View Controller that would have a transparent background but when I tried setting the alpha of the background to 0.5 it just made the view behind it completely black.

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    Static utility classes

    Thoughts By 6 months ago

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