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Mobile First & Declining Usability

Mobile App Design is Fashion Mobile app design moves very quickly, and with "mobile-first" thinking becoming the mantra of designers of all kinds, it is a leading indicator for design of just about everything else. So, I think it's important to take a step back and analyze how apps are designed today. In this I break down the most recent…

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Your Parse backend was always a bad idea.

So if you haven't heard, Facebook is shutting down Parse, the backend as a service (BaaS) that was acquired by Facebook a little while ago. Lots of developers are feeling a little lost, and even betrayed by Facebook. I tweeted this screen cap someone made from the Parse homepage before the shutdown, and it pretty much says it all: :/…

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Local Notifications in iOS 10 with Swift (Part 1)

This post has been updated for compatibility with XCode 8 and iOS 10 Local notifications are a simple way to display information to your user even when your app is in the background. They allow you to display an alert, play a sound or badge your app’s icon. Local notifications can be triggered at a scheduled time or when your user enters…

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Local Notifications in iOS 9+ with Swift (Part 2)

This post has been updated for compatibility with XCode 8 and iOS 10 In part 1 of this series, we created a simple to-do list application that used local notifications to alert users when to-do items were overdue. This time, we’re going to build on that the project by enabling application icon badges to display the number of overdue items and…

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Apple Watch Announced. Here’s what we know so far

Apple Watch Announced. Here's what we know so far. This page is a work in progress. There are three versions of Apple Watch: Apple Watch Apple Watch Sport Apple Watch Edition - 18k Gold The price starts at $349, and will be available early 2015 An iPhone required to use Apple Watch The device uses a Crown as the input…

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Developing iOS 8 Apps Using Swift – Animations, Audio, and Custom Table View Cells (Part 7)

This section completely updated to reflect changes in Xcode 6.3, as of April 17, 2015 In parts 1 through 6 we went over some basics of Swift, and set up a simple example project that creates a Table View and a puts some API results from iTunes inside of them. If you haven't read that yet, check out Part 1…

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