Posts tagged with 'iphone'


Silence

There’s a pretty good easy-listening guitar-based album from Dominic Miller called Shapes . He’s been working with Sting for a long time, and one of the tracks on the album is an extremely good re-recording of Sting’s Shape of my Heart song. All well and good as a recommendation, but what’s this got to do with anything? Bear with me… Three or four years ago, I bought a third-party add-on for the stereo in my car to allow it to play music from my iPhone. It’s not just a audio link, but using it you...

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How to search a web page in Safari with iPhone/iPad (iOS7+)

OK: here’s the scenario. You’ve just loaded a long  text-heavy web page on your iPhone or iPad and want to search through it for a particular word or phrase. How do you do it? The problem is that the user interface no longer has a Search box on the screen in iOS7, unlike earlier versions of Safari. Similarly, there’s nothing in the browser’s underlying menu or options. How can I search this text? The solution, believe it or not, is to use the address box. No, really, bear with me. If you type...

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Apple’s Lightning to 30-pin Adapter

The iPhone 5 comes with a new connector: out with the decade-old 30-pin dock connector and in with the Lightning connector. The new connector is way smaller (meaning that iOS devices can be even thinner than before), doesn’t depend on being inserted the ”right side up”, and of course just doesn’t work with all those devices you may have had with the old connector. At the time Apple promised an adapter to convert from old to new and also provided new USB cables. In our house we have a couple of iHome...

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POPA and Glif: photography accessories for the iPhone 4/4S

I’ve been playing around a bit with Kickstarter recently. One of the projects I offered to fund was originally called Red Pop, a gizmo that attached to your iPhone to (a) give it a better grip like a normal camera, and (b) have a nice physical button on top to take photos. They reached their funding, got asked by Red to rename it to avoid any confusion (which they did, to POPA ), and then eventually released it. (The following photo is courtesy Beep Industries.) I finally got mine a couple of weeks...

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Rubik’s Cube iPhone app

A couple of months ago I finished an article for PCPlus about algorithms for solving Rubik’s Cube. It’ll appear in issue 298 in September 2010. As part of my research I came across this article and video on Wired about an iPhone app that helped you solve it and, more than that, solve it in a remarkably small number of moves (usually 20 or fewer) using Kociemba’s algorithm . The free app (called CubeCheater) was written by Eric Faller. Unfortunately it seems he didn’t request permission from Seven...

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Viewing divs with “overflow:auto;” on the iPhone

In playing around with my blog’s new iPhone support I came across a doozy of a problem. I display all of the code quoted in one of my blog posts in a special div that has the overflow style attribute set to auto . On desktop browsers, these div s are rendered in a block with horizontal and vertical scrollbars. If the lines are too wide for the width of the div they’re displayed in, the horizontal scrollbar is activated; similarly if there are too many lines to fit vertically (I set max-height to...

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Adding support for iPhone with GraffitiCMS

This blog uses GraffitiCMS as the blogging engine. This software has now been open-sourced by the original developers, Telligent, and is available on CodePlex . Although it’s pretty full-featured and does most of what I want and need from a blogging engine (and has lots of features I don’t use) there is no built-in support as yet for providing a special view for mobile devices. Consequently, when you view the site on an iPhone, say (since this is what I use as a mobile phone), it displays the wide...

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The best Sudoku iPhone app (mostly)

I was chatting with Mehul in the DevExpress offices yesterday about writing iPhone apps with MonoTouch. He wanted to know what iPhone app had most impressed me, now that I'd had the phone for a little while and therefore what I might be trying to emulate in my own programming. My reply was Sudoku Grab . Yeah, yeah, I can hear you saying. There are a bazillion apps out there already that do Sudoku. What's so special about this one? Well, it's the grab part that fascinates me and that elevates this...

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Dipping my dev toe in the iPhone water

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know I've been costing up what it would take to become an iPhone developer (especially given my penchant for Windows PCs and development and hence no Apple hardware). I've got a vague idea for an app, but then realize I'm just not thinking along the right lines... iPhone fart app pulls in nearly $10,000 a day Apple’s App Store is currently experiencing a plague of fart applications. Last week, I detailed one day in which at least 14 new fart apps were accepted...

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