Archive for the 'Apple' Category

Cleaning Up a WordPress Hack With an iPad

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

I received an email today from someone saying “hey, check your website, it looks like you’ve got a virus”. I’m not sure how this happens. I use strong passwords, change them regularly, and try to keep my WordPress installation up to date, and yet every now and then, my site gets hacked. I was at […]

App Review Times

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

App store review times, since as far back as I’ve been working on iOS apps, have been about a week. I’m starting to think this is intentional. Traditionally, software developers (at least, ones who sell software through some mechanism that allows downloads of the final product) would release new versions of their apps on their […]

Avoid Premature Localization

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Localization is one of the signs of a mature software product. I did a bit of research into whether localizing an app translates into increased sales, and in my non-scientific review of blog posts and forum posts from developers discussing the issue, the conclusion I came to is that localization doesn’t make that much sense […]

No Recourse

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

This is a frustrating situation for me. My iPad app, Resume Maker, has received a bad review. I know that bad reviews are just part of doing business – some users will give a one-star review because your app doesn’t have a feature that they thought it might have, I guess as an encouragement for […]

Thoughts on the Mute Switch

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

So there’s been some blog chatter this week about the mute switch on the iPhone. Of course it’s not really called a mute switch, and it doesn’t really “mute” the phone. It’s really just a signal to the OS that the user would like less sounds. I fall firmly on the “the mute switch should […]

My iTunes Match Experience

Friday, December 16th, 2011

I’m in the middle of setting up with iTunes Match. So far, it’s been anything but smooth. First off, I signed up during the brief window when iTunes Match was available for sale but not actually working in Canada, so I had a completely broken service for a day or so. But once it was […]

iTunes Match Canada Rollout

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Or not-rollout as the case may be. Last night I read that iTunes Match had been switched on in Canada, so I fired up iTunes and went to my account page, and there was an option to Learn More about iTunes Match. I clicked on that and it let me sign up. But after that […]

Reinstalling Xcode

Monday, December 12th, 2011

I ran into a problem with my Xcode install. I had actually just dragged it over from another volume, and this seemed to work, but I was having some trouble running Instruments, so I decided I’d just reinstall it. I uninstalled Xcode, went to redownload it, but the Mac App Store still said it was […]

Building a Dynamic UIActionSheet

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Most of the examples I see for UIActionSheet (the iOS pop-up menu) show static choices and checking for which one was picked by using constant values. That’s not going to work if your menu needs to be dynamic. For example, if you want to have an option to Email or Print an item, you might […]

Siri on iPad and iPhone 4

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

There’s a question that’s been asked: Why isn’t Siri available on other iOS 5 devices? Answers have varied, but a common one seems to be that it’s an attempt to engage in a scaled rollout. Turning Siri on for anyone with an iOS 5 compatible device would have resulted in much greater load on the […]