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Upward Mobility: Getting Your Fingers on Some Security with the New iPhone 5s

By James Turner
September 30, 2013

I’ve had a day or two to play with my new iPhone 5s, and the fingerprint scanner is one of the nicer things about it. I like the added security of being able to unlock it with my fingerprint, because …

Making the Leap to iOS 7

By Matt Neuburg
September 18, 2013

As a bewildered Dorothy says in the movie The Wizard of Oz, “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” When you open your iOS 6 project in Xcode 5 and run it in the iOS 7 simulator, you’ll know instantly …

Upward Mobility: Dear Apple, Please Stop Hogging All the Good Stuff

By James Turner
September 16, 2013

As I mentioned last week, the new Touch ID feature of the iPhone 5S is (at least for the moment) only usable by Apple created software. What this means is that a developer can’t take advantage of the feature to …

What devices and formats do your customers prefer?

By Joe Wikert
March 19, 2013

Most publishers create ebooks in all formats figuring it doesn’t matter whether mobi is more important than EPUB or if the content is read on an iPad more frequently than on a mobile phone. That approach means these publishers have …

How can we redefine the book?

By François Joseph de Kermadec
March 4, 2013

A book may no longer be a physical object, but its ordinary definition remains straightforward as a “written composition that is intended for publication”. Traditional or digital, we feel confident in our ability to recognise a book. We barely remember …

Ebooks and the future of research

By François Joseph de Kermadec
February 6, 2013

Knowledge cannot progress unless it is aware of its past: a knowledge-seeker must reference the works of previous generations. Literary scholars return to manuscripts, musicians to partitions, artists to museums… The continued availability of reference works underpins our entire research …

Commerce Weekly: Isis Wallet/NFC payments struggle for a foothold

By Jenn Webb
January 10, 2013

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. NFC-enabled Cashwrap case equips iPhone with Isis At the 2013 International CES this week, Incipio and AT&T announced the launch of Cashwrap, an NFC-enabled iPhone …

Commerce Weekly: iPhone NFC rumors return

By Jenn Webb
January 3, 2013

Happy new year! Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space recently. Apple NFC rumors revived We’ve no sooner outfitted our shiny new iPhone 5s with cases and fancy accessories than rumors of the iPhone …

Commerce Weekly: Mobile wallets and NFC get a global partnership platform

By Jenn Webb
November 1, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. Vodafone partners up to launch a new mobile wallet platform Yet another mobile wallet is gearing up to hit the market in 2013. Vodafone announced …

Commerce Weekly: Big data in retail

By Jenn Webb
September 20, 2012

Here are a few stories from the commerce space that caught my attention this week: Mom and pops sidelined by big data? Gary Hawkins at the Harvard Business Review took a look this week at marketing and research in the …

Digging into the UDID data

By Alasdair Allan
September 6, 2012

Over the weekend the hacker group Antisec released one million UDID records that they claim to have obtained from an FBI laptop using a Java vulnerability. In reply the FBI stated: The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that …

Objective-C and Cocoa: The core of solid iOS apps

Objective-C and Cocoa: The core of solid iOS apps
By Rachel Roumeliotis
July 19, 2012

Jon Manning (@desplesda) and Paris Buttfield-Addison (@parisba) are co-founders of Secret Lab and authors of the forthcoming Learning Cocoa with Objective-C, 3rd Edition Key points from the full video (below) interview include: Embrace Objective-C’s verbosity [Discussed at the 0:30 mark] Just …

What Are We Doing With All This Computing Power?

By Sarah Sorensen
April 25, 2012

When Apple released its earnings this week, they announced they sold 35.1 million iPhones in the quarter. Since introducing the iPad in 2010, they have sold 67 million devices. When you stop to think about it, those numbers are just mind boggling and begs the questions are we really using all this computing power to our best advantage?

Commerce Weekly: Google Wallet vs Isis is coming soon

Commerce Weekly: Google Wallet vs Isis is coming soon
By David Sims
March 29, 2012

Mobile wallets are in their infancy, yet pundits are already handicapping future showdowns. Also, in-app purchases show increasing promise as mobile revenue streams. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Top stories: January 30-February 3, 2012

Top stories: January 30-February 3, 2012
By Mac Slocum
February 3, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Edd Dumbill examined the components and functions of the Hadoop ecosystem, Pete Warden gave a big thumbs-up to unstructured data, and Jonathan Alexander looked at how a Moneyball approach could help software teams.

Commerce Weekly: The return of iPhone NFC rumors

Commerce Weekly: The return of iPhone NFC rumors
By David Sims
February 2, 2012

When will Apple bring mobile commerce to the iOS masses? Also, PayPal studies consumer behavior at the cash register and Square collects for candidates. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Four short links: 26 January 2012

By Nat Torkington
January 26, 2012

Every Day, More iPhones Sold Than Babies Born -- Malthusian explosion of iPhones predicted once there's an iPhone-to-3D-printer dongle. (via Luke Wroblewski) No Safe Harbour -- a collection of political essays, texts, and discussions that help explain and educate about Pirate Party positions. Available for purchase or free download, natch. (via BoingBoing) Patagonia Roadtests New Sustainability Legal Status --...

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing

You say you want a revolution? It's called post-PC computing
By Mark Sigal
October 24, 2011

Spurred on by a Googler's rant against his own company and Apple's release of a new phone, a new OS and a new cloud infrastructure, Mark Sigal wonders what the "post-pc" revolution really looks like.

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone

Developer Week in Review: Talking to your phone
By James Turner
October 21, 2011

This week, we ask if Apple's Siri has more than novelty value, and decide it does. Open Office needs you (or at least your money) to stay afloat, and Google bends to developer pressure and finally adds SQL support to its cloud computing platform.

Four short links: 21 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 21, 2011

What Mozilla is Up To (Luke Wroblewski) -- notes from a talk that Brendan Eich gave at Web 2.0 Summit. The new browser war is between the Web and new walled gardens of native networked apps. Interesting to see the effort Mozilla's putting into native-alike Web apps. YouTube Insult Generator (Adrian Holovaty) -- mines YouTube for insults of a...

Head First iPhone and iPad Development and iOS5

By Tracey Pilone
October 14, 2011

Well, iOS5 is out, and that means that Head First iPhone and iPad Development officially needs some tweaking to work with the latest tools! First, a quick overview of the new features in iOS 5. For the OS itself, the...

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value?

ePayments Week: Will NFC add value?
By David Sims
September 29, 2011

Square's COO questions the value proposition of NFC. Also, early reaction to Amazon's Fire tablet, and interesting — and obvious — stats about mobile broadband use.

Fighting the next mobile war

By Alasdair Allan
September 28, 2011

While you'll likely interact with your smartphone tomorrow in much the same way you interacted with it today, it's quite possible that your smartphone will interact with the world in a very different way. The next mobile war has already begun.

Developer Week in Review: HP fires up the TouchPad production line one more time

Developer Week in Review: HP fires up the TouchPad production line one more time
By James Turner
September 1, 2011

The TouchPad's $99 price point proves enticing for consumers and — oddly — HP itself, James Gosling leaves Google, and a possible iPhone 5 leak bears a distinct resemblance to the iPhone 4 leak.

How Free Software Contributed to the Success of Steve Jobs and Apple

By Andy Oram
August 26, 2011

In the great Second Coming, when Jobs returned to Apple 1996, he drove the adoption of the open source BSD as Apple's new operating system. This enabled some of the Mac's most popular features.

ePayments Week: The rise of location-triggered offers

ePayments Week: The rise of location-triggered offers
By David Sims
August 25, 2011

Placecast offers merchants a geofence to corral customers. Also, UK researcher YouGov says iPhone users are more willing to buy with their phones, and telecoms bury Androids with crapware.

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs
By Mark Sigal
August 25, 2011

Apple, under Steve Jobs, has always had an unrelenting zeal to bring the consumer — and humanity — back to the center of the ring. Here, Mark Sigal argues that it's this pursuit of humanity that may actually be Jobs' greatest innovation.

ePayments Week: Is "0000" your passcode?

ePayments Week: Is
By David Sims
July 21, 2011

In the latest ePayments Week: 10 iPhone passcodes make up 15% of all those in use. Also, Google In-App spreads its wings beyond the Chrome store, Isis signs deals with major credit cards, and execs expect mCommerce to be mainstream in 4 years.

Strata Week: Google Plus focuses on data control

By Audrey Watters
June 30, 2011

Google launches Google+, saying "It's your data" and giving users better control over sharing. Yahoo spins out its Hadoop division into a separate company. And a self-published author creates a book out of his iPhone tracking maps.

Head First iPhone and iPad Development is out!

By Tracey Pilone
June 30, 2011

Head First iPhone and iPad Development is shipping as we speak, which is very exciting! Updating Head First iPhone was a daunting task this time around, there have been lots of developments with iOS development since we printed the first...

Strata Week: Google Plus focuses on data control

Strata Week: Google Plus focuses on data control
By Audrey Watters
June 30, 2011

Google launches Google+, saying "It's your data" and giving users better control over sharing. Yahoo spins out its Hadoop division into a separate company. And a self-published author creates a book out of his iPhone tracking maps.

Developer Week in Review: Oracle sends Hudson on its way

Developer Week in Review: Oracle sends Hudson on its way
By James Turner
May 12, 2011

Oracle casts another piece of Sun from their portfolio, Apple and Google defend themselves from big-brother accusations made by, um, Big Brother, and it turns out you probably have a pretty sweet job, after all.

Four short links: 10 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 10, 2011

ODB to iPhone Converter -- hardware to connect to your car's onboard computer and display it on an iPhone app. (via Imran Ali) Multitasking Brains (Wired) -- interesting pair of studies: old brains have trouble recovering from distractions; hardcore multitaskers have trouble focusing. (via Stormy Peters) Social Privacy -- Danah Boyd draft paper on teens' attitudes to online privacy....

Four short links: 9 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 9, 2011

UDID DeAnonymization -- a developer exposed an API that connected UDID to other information such as Facebook ID. The API has been closed, but it remains true that your iPhone has a primary key and darn near every app developer has a database linking your UDID to other details about you. Apple requires this to not be public, but...

The iPhone tracking story, one week later

The iPhone tracking story, one week later
By Pete Warden
April 27, 2011

Apple announces fixes and sheds more light on location data. Plus, a look at some of the reporting and potential applications that have popped up.

Additional iPhone tracking research

By Pete Warden
April 24, 2011

The iPhone tracking story led to a host of related investigations. Here's a look at some of the latest developments.

iPhone tracking: The day after

iPhone tracking: The day after
By Pete Warden
April 22, 2011

The iPhone tracking story published here a few days ago struck an unexpected nerve. Here's a selection of the most interesting immediate reactions.

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves
By Alasdair Allan
April 20, 2011

Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan have discovered that iPhones and 3G iPads running iOS 4 are regularly recording the location of devices into a hidden file.

Hints of iPhone envy in China

By Cliff Miller
April 13, 2011

A survey of Chinese phone owners conducted through the Sina micro-blog service finds that iPhones are a prized possession, while Android interest is tepid and things aren't looking good for Nokia.

Watering Hole - Play Me Off With a Song

By Randy Silverman
April 5, 2011

A note from James: This strip marks the last one for which I'll be doing the script. The demands of my day job and many writing projects doesn't leave me enough time to come up with an appropriate amount...

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
March 16, 2011

In the latest Developer Week in Review: the iPhone fell to attackers, Twitter shunned their developers, and the Internet proved not to be as robust as one might hope.

Google Translate in the Wild - How to sell in Mexico when you don't speak Spanish

By Paul Browne
March 8, 2011

I always remember a scene from Saving Private Ryan, in the lull between the action on the beaches and the finale, where US Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) needs to communicate with some German soldiers. Despite not speaking of word of...

Why the Droid line caught on

Why the Droid line caught on
By Howard Wen
February 15, 2011

Preston Gralla, author of "Droid 2: The Missing Manual" and "Droid X: The Missing Manual," discusses the disconnect between consumer concerns (does it work?) and tech world worries (is Android too fragmented?).

In Google's "glass house," a battle with Bing looms

By Mark Sigal
February 3, 2011

Is Google's recent war of words with Microsoft a case of calling a thief out by name, or a matter of pot calling kettle black?

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
February 2, 2011

Snowed in, we look at new mobile SDKs, old Microsoft employees, and really old video about the Internet.

The Watering Hole - Flight of the Pigasus

The Watering Hole - Flight of the Pigasus
By James Turner
January 24, 2011

Not sure why everyone's so excited about this. CDMA carriers lose one of the big advantages of the iPhone, the talk and browse together feature.

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
January 12, 2011

This week, Unix was for sale, then it wasn't, then it was again. AT&T announced the most poorly kept secret in the history of secrets. And the tablet was all the rage at CES.

Four short links: 12 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 12, 2011

Zork and Tic-Tac-Toe on a LiveScribe Pen (YouTube) -- this guy totally ported the Z-Machine so he can play Zork on his pen. My favourite bit is the comment from Infocom founder Scott Cutler: As the implementer who wrote the first Z-machine for the TRS-80 some 30 years ago and one of the founders of Infocom, I was thrilled...

iAd Producer - Apple's new HTML5 RIA tool

By Matthew David
December 21, 2010

Apple releases it's first HTML5 enabled RIA tool, iAd Producer.

Code Files for using jQuery Mobile, SPRY and jQuery Plugins to build a native iOS App

By Matthew David
December 9, 2010

Earlier in the week I reported that my first iOS app built with jQuery Mobile had been accepted into the iTunes App Store. Today, I am giving you the code I used to build the app.


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