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What Makes Mobile Design Unique?

February 5, 2014  |  iPhone  |  , , ,  |  Comments Off

Are you getting started with mobile design? Any designer who’s had the opportunity to design for mobile devices as well as desktop computers knows that mobile design is a one of a kind discipline. You’ll find challenges unique for mobile. In this introductory article, I’d like to take a look at some of the attributes that make mobile unique.It’s no secret that thinking about a product’s design makes for a better product. This doesn’t solely relate to aesthetics as design also influences how a product’s functionality and how the user interacts with it. Design choices have a distinct influence on...

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Working with NSURLSession: AFNetworking 2.0

February 3, 2014  |  iPhone  |  , , ,  |  Comments Off

In the previous installments of this series, we’ve taken a close look at the NSURLSession API introduced in iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. Networking on iOS and OS X has become much simpler and more flexible thanks to the NSURLSession API. Does this mean that you should stop using AFNetworking for your networking needs? And what about AFNetworking 2.0, which was introduced a few months ago? In this final installment, I will tell you about AFNetworking 2.0 and how it compares to the NSURLSession API.Introduction By all accounts, AFNetworking is about as mainstream as it gets.As Mattt Thompson points...

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Create a Collect-the-Pieces Game with Corona

January 31, 2014  |  iPhone  |  , , , ,  |  Comments Off

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a collect-the-pieces game using the Corona SDK and the Lua programming language. We will explore how to use touch controls and events, create shapes using the graphics API, and we will also make use of physics collisions and timers. Let’s get started.1. Application OverviewIn this game, the player will be able to control a puck on the screen to collect other pieces with the same color. The player has only a limited time to collect as many pieces as possible. If the player touches a piece from another color, the...

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Android 2013: A Year in Review and 2014 Predictions

January 29, 2014  |  iPhone  |  , , , , ,  |  Comments Off

It was another strong and, may I say, dominant year for the Android platform. It continued to dominate in market share and climb in numbers. Countless devices were released featuring the popular, mobile operating system and not all of those devices were smartphones or tablets. Android is making headway in new territories. 2013 was a busy year for the green robot. Now that the year has come to a close, it’s time to recap the action.Market ShareAndroid’s market share in 2013 was impressive. Google reported that there’d been over 900,000 activations and IDC (International Data Corporation) data showed that ...

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Working with NSURLSession: Part 4

January 27, 2014  |  iPhone  |  , ,  |  Comments Off

In the previous tutorial, we started creating a simple podcast client to put what we’ve learned about NSURLSession into practice. So far, our podcast client can query the iTunes Search API, download a podcast feed, and display a list of episodes. In this tutorial, we zoom in on another interesting aspect of NSURLSession, out-of-process downloads. Let me show you how this works.IntroductionIn this fourth and final tutorial about NSURLSession, we’ll take a closer look at out-of-process tasks, download tasks in particular. Our podcast client is already able to show a list of episodes, but it currently lacks the ability to...

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