Apple (iOS/Mac OSX)

Does anyone know a great UI & app icon designer?

iOS Programming - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 16:23

Title says it all. I'm looking for a new UI design and app icon for my iOS + Android app.

Unfortunately, designers from platforms such as Dribbble or Behance have often been disappointing.


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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct the Next James Bond Movie

Daring Fireball - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 16:06

Henry Chu, reporting for Variety:

Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the new James Bond film, the producers announced Thursday. The 25th Bond installment will begin filming in London, at Pinewood Studios, on March 4, 2019, with a worldwide release on Feb. 14, 2020, a few months after its original target date.

Fukunaga, who won acclaim for 2015 war film “Beasts of No Nation,” replaces Danny Boyle, who exited the project last month over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and returning star Daniel Craig. Fukunaga will be the Bond franchise’s first American director. […]

Fukunaga won an Emmy in 2014 for helming the entire first season (eight episodes) of “True Detective” and giving the crime series a cinematic look. More recently, he directed multiple episodes of Netflix’s “Maniac,” a new half-hour comedy show starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.

I’m usually not an OMG guy but I just used “OMG” when I texted this news to a friend. I’m just floored by this. Season 1 of True Detective is one of my very favorite cinematic achievements of the decade, right up there with Mad Men, The Tree of Life, and Django Unchained. I’ll add Inception to make it a top 5 list.

Without spoiling anything from True Detective, can you imagine a Bond scene as intense and gritty as the six-minute-long tracking shot scene from episode 4? Fukunaga is exactly what the Bond franchise needs after the all-style/no-sense Skyfall/Spectre duology from Sam Mendes.

(And I’m glad to see EON break their heretofore unwritten rule that Americans couldn’t direct Bond movies. Steven Spielberg wanted to — and because EON turned him down, he and George Lucas turned the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom into a Bond movie opening.)

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Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

The Register - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:55
Class action lawsuit over iOS 6 snafu allowed to move ahead

Apple is accused of deliberately shafting people who didn't upgrade their iPhones and iOS, in a class action lawsuit over its FaceTime video-conferencing software.…

How to create a quick VR game?

iOS Programming - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:40

My work has asked me to develop a simple VR game, it can be anything really but they might also want some questions to be displayed for the user to answer as they are playing. This is not essential however. I’m not familiar with making VR games at all so wanted to ask if anyone knew of any easy implementations I can wow my boss with?

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Short Film by Jon M. Chu Shot Handheld With iPhone XS Max

Daring Fireball - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:39


To test the new hardware, we gave an iPhone XS Max to the film director Jon M. Chu. The Crazy Rich Asians director shot a short film for Wired, and the results are truly special.

“I had literally zero equipment,” says Chu. “I see a lot of samples of iPhone videos, and sometimes they use different lenses or professional lights. I didn’t have any of that.”

Chu shot the film — a view into dancer Luigi Rosado’s rehearsal space, titled Somewhere — in 4K using the iPhone’s native camera app. It was all shot handheld using the phone’s default stabilizing system. And while he edited the video on a computer, Chu didn’t apply any color correction or any post-production tricks. What you’re seeing is the default output of the iPhone’s camera.

Chu is, of course, a masterful filmmaker. He could make a great movie with an iPhone 3GS. But it’s fascinating to see the potential of the XS camera. This is just a gorgeous film. And it doesn’t just show off the image quality and slow motion capabilities — it really shows off the stabilization. When you watch the tracking shot at the end keep in mind he wasn’t using a gimbal — it was truly handheld.

The democratization of professional quality video cameras for filmmaking is one of the great technical achievements of the last two decades. 20 years ago you’d have had to spend thousands of dollars on film to make a short movie that looks this good. Now you just need your iPhone.

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This $13 RavPower wireless charging stand will make up for your iPhone XS's lame 5W plug

MacCentral - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:00

The new iPhone XS and XS Max are shipping out tomorrow, but it's not all good news: They still ship with the same 5W charger that takes forever to fill up your phone. That's why you need a wireless charger, and today, RaVPower's Qi-certified wireless charger is an all-time low of $13Remove non-product link so go grab one before they're all gone.

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Hodinkee: ‘How Apple’s Awesome Motion Watch Faces Are Made’

Daring Fireball - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:58

Stephen Pulvirent, Hodinkee:

Apple isn’t exactly a company known for offering frequent peeks behind the proverbial curtain. Having just reviewed the new Apple Watch Series 4, getting to see how Apple made the incredible “motion faces” (the vapor, fire/water, etc.) feels like an extra treat. Getting this kind of perspective though shows just how dedicated the team over there is to nailing the details — Apple took something that seems relatively basic at first and pursued it to its logical conclusion, giving us something awesome in the process.

“We probably could have done this digitally, but we actually shot all of this practically in a studio” says Alan Dye, Apple Vice President of User Interface Design, of the motion faces. “What I love about the fact that we did this is that it’s just so indicative of how the design team works. It was really about bringing together some of our various talents to create these faces. There are of course art directors, and color experts, and graphic designers, but also model makers who helped build these structures that we would eventually, you know, set on fire.”

I saw some of this footage last week after the Apple event. So cool. I love that they built molds in the shape of the new Series 4 displays. I could watch an hour of this footage.

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Senator Ron Wyden: U.S. Senate, Staff Targeted by State-Backed Hackers

Daring Fireball - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:55

Frank Bajak and Raphael Satter

Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that “at least one major technology company” has warned an unspecified number of senators and aides that their personal email accounts were “targeted by foreign government hackers.” Similar methods were employed by Russian military agents who leaked the contents of private email inboxes to influence the 2016 elections.

Wyden did not specify the timing of the notifications, but a Senate staffer said they occurred “in the last few weeks or months.” The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.

Wyden did not specify the timing of the notifications, but a Senate staffer said they occurred “in the last few weeks or months.” The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.

But the senator said the Office of the Sergeant at Arms , which oversees Senate security, informed legislators and staffers that it has no authority to help secure personal, rather than official, accounts.

I’m going to guess the “major technology company” is Google, simply because Gmail is the leading email provider. If you ever wonder why Ron Wyden seems almost amazingly well-informed on very technical computer security matters, keep in mind that [Christopher Soghoian][cs] is on his staff as a senior advisor.

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Pocket Yoga 2.4.0 - Virtual Yoga teacher with 27 different sessions.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:30

Pocket Yoga helps you can keep up with your Yoga practice at your own pace and schedule in the comforts of your own home. Simply set your Mac in front of your mat, start a practice, and Pocket Yoga will guide you through your entire session. Choose between 3 different practices, 3 different difficulty levels, and 3 different durations. A total of 27 different sessions! Practices in Pocket Yoga are the unique and original creative design of the world-renowned school of Gaia Flow Yoga.

  • Detailed voice and visual instruction guides you through every pose, including each inhalation and exhalation
  • Over 145 beautifully illustrated pose images with correct posture and positioning
  • Practices designed by experienced yoga instructors
  • Built-in soothing music relaxes you while you practice

Version 2.4.0:
  • Technical fixes

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Get the latest 21.5-inch iMac for under $1,000

MacCentral - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:24

It’s not often that we see a good deal on iMacs—by and large, the deals on the big Apple desktop products tend to focus on MacBooks. Today, though, the 2017 21-inch iMac is getting some love over at B&HRemove non-product link, where it’s available for $150 off. That’s enough to bring the price to an agreeable $949, down from the usual price of $1,099.00.

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Dash 4.5.1 - Instant search and offline access to any API documentation.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:02

Dash is an API documentation browser and code snippet manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full list, see the screenshots).

  • Documentation Browser
    • Offline Documentation: iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, Swift, Man Pages, .NET Framework, ActionScript, Akka, Android, AngularJS, Angular.dart, Ansible, Apache, Appcelerator Titanium, AppleScript, Arduino, Backbone, Bash, Boost, Bootstrap, Bourbon, Bourbon Neat, C, C++, CakePHP, Cappuccino, Chai, Chef, Clojure, CMake, Cocos2D, Cocos2D-X, CodeIgniter, CoffeeScript, ColdFusion, Common Lisp, Compass, Cordova, Corona, CSS, D3.js, Dart, Django, Dojo Toolkit, Drupal, ElasticSearch, Elixir, Emacs Lisp, Ember.js,, Erlang, Express.js, Expression Engine, ExtJS, Flask, Font Awesome, Foundation, GLib, Go, Grails, Groovy, Grunt, Haml, Haskell, HTML, Jade, Jasmine, Java SE, Java EE, JavaFX, JavaScript, Joomla, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, jQuery UI, Knockout.js, Kobold2D, Laravel, LaTeX, Less, Lo-Dash, Lua, Marionette.js, Meteor, MomentJS, MongoDB, Mongoose, Mono, MooTools, MySQL, Nginx, Node.js, NumPy, OCaml, OpenCV, OpenGL, Perl, PhoneGap, PHP, PHPUnit, Play Framework, Polymer.dart, PostgreSQL,, Prototype, Puppet, Python, Qt, R, Redis, RequireJS, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Rust, Sass, SaltStack, Scala, SciPy, Sencha Touch, Sinon, Smarty, Sparrow, Spring Framework, SproutCore, SQLAlchemy, SQLite, Statamic, Stylus, SVG, Symfony, Tcl, Tornado, Twig, Twisted, TYPO3, Underscore.js, Unity 3D, Vagrant, Vim, VMware vSphere, WordPress, Xamarin, Xojo, XSLT, XUL, Yii, YUI, Zend Framework, Zepto.js.
    • Supports docsets generated using popular tools like Appledoc and Doxygen.
    • Methods are conveniently shown in a special table of contents.
    • Highlighted in-page search.
    • Save bookmarks of your most used documentation pages.
    • Create search profiles to easily switch between docsets.
    • Easily search specific docsets by defining keyword filters (e.g., start your query with "python:" to search only the Python documentation).
    • Integration plugins for: Xcode, Alfred, Quicksilver, LaunchBar, PopClip, AppCode, Sublime Text, Emacs, Vim, TextMate, Eclipse, Terminal, AppleScript.
    • Easily integrate with any other application using the "dash://" URL scheme or the "Look up in Dash" system service.
    • Fuzzy search. Don't let misspellings get in your way.
    • Built for speed. Searching is almost instant.
  • Snippet Manager
    • Collect snippets of code that you reuse often.
    • Sync by saving your library in Dropbox.
    • Over 80 syntaxes for code highlighting.
    • Variable placeholders can be edited before pasting.
    • Abbreviations are expanded wherever you type them.
  • Special Snippet Placeholders
    • @clipboard expands into the contents of the clipboard.
    • @cursor repositions the cursor after expansion.
    • @date expands into the current date.
    • time expands into the current time.
  • Other Features
    • Retina-ready.
    • Multi-touch gestures.
    • Menu item or dock application, always one keyboard shortcut away.
    • Users that want to use Dash only as a snippet manager or documentation browser, can do so.

Version 4.5.1:
  • Fixed all remaining macOS Mojave bugs
  • Added support for Timing

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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TunnelBear 3.7.2 - Subscription-based private Internet browsing.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:02

TunnelBear is a subscription-based virtual private network (VPN) service and companion app, enabling you to browse the internet privately and securely.

  • Browse privately - Secure your data and hide your IP address behind a bear.
  • Experience the Internet as if you’re in another country - A TunnelBear can "tunnel" you around censorship and blocked sites to another country of your choosing.
  • Zap creepy trackers - Block the website trackers (ads, analytics, scripts, social buttons) that track everything you and your family do online.
  • A TunnelBear is really, really simple - On. Off. On. Off. You get the idea.
  • TunnelBear comes in three subscription tiers:
    • Little: 500 MB per month; free
    • Giant: unlimited; $9.99/month
    • Grizzly: unlimited; $119.88/year

See the pricing page for full details.

Version 3.7.2:
  • Fixed a bug where buttons lost their text in Mojave
  • 5% more bears

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Joyoshare HEIC Converter 1.0.3 - Convert HEIC photos to other formats.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:00

Joyoshare HEIC Converter is able to convert HEIC photos from iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra to common formats such as: JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, WEBP, etc. With an easy-to-operate interface, you can convert a single HEIC image or mutliple photos in bulk. With Joyoshare HEIC Converter, converting HEIC to JPG, PNG, and other formats is easy and only a click away. It will keep the EXIF data of the HEIC photos after conversion without damage in quality. You are also provided with flexible options to adjust picture quality with ease.

  • Best HEIC to JPG, HEIC to PNG converter
  • Convert iOS HIEC images to JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, WEBP, and TIFF
  • Keep EXIF info and zero quality loss
  • Support converting HEIF photos in single and batch modes
  • Edit picture quality, resolution, ratio, colors, etc
  • Convert HEIC to JPG, PNG, GIF in seconds

Version 1.0.3:
  • Fixed some minor bugs

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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ClearDisk 2.8 - Remove unnecessary system files which clog up the disk space.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:59

ClearDisk lets you get rid of unnecessary files quickly and efficiently because it searches for them in those places where they congregate.

  • Language Resources: ClearDisk will remove unnecessary language resources from OS X and enable you to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space.
  • Downloads: ClearDisk helps to clean up the huge space which is being used in this folder by files you have even forgotten about.
  • Caches: ClearDisk cleans items stored in Cache files which eat up disk space.
  • Trash: ClearDisk also clears the Trash. "Empty Trash" - a simple operation, but people tend to toss things into the Trash and rarely remember to empty it periodically.

Perform three simple steps to get the excellent result:

  • Scan the disk to identify the unnecessary files and display them with short explanation text..
  • Select files to be deleted.
  • Remove unnecessary files.

Version 2.8:
  • Improved and optimized for macOS Mojave

  • OS X 10. or later

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Musicality 3.1.9 - Desktop client for Beats Music,, Pandora, and more.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:59

Note: According to the developer, Musicality is no longer being sold, though it is still being updated. Please see the developer's site for further details.

Musicality gives you AirPlay audio streaming for any website, built-in controls for over 15 of the most popular music services, keyboard shortcuts, media keys, background playback, an iOS remote control and more!

You can visit any website in Musicality, but the built-in controls and song notifications will only work with supported sites. Right now, that list includes 8tracks, Beats Music, Deezer, Google Play Music, Jango,, MixCloud, Pandora, Rdio, Rhapsody, Seeburg 1000, Slacker Radio, Songza, SoundCloud, Spotify, and TuneIn Radio. And we're adding more all the time!

Version 3.1.9:
  • Fixed "501 Not Implemented" errors on older AirPlay devices

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Can't remotely deploy app until it's been deployed via xCode to that specific device?

iOS Programming - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:59

Happy Thursday Folks, it's almost Friday, Yay!

When I use TestFlight, MDM, iTunes, etc to install my Dev-Build.ipa on a remote device, I just get a 'failed to install' error.

The only way it installs through the above methods is by compiling / pushing the code via xCode locally to the device and then deleting it. Once deleted it's able to properly install & run through the above methods.

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IconJar 1.11.0 - Search, preview, use and export icons.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:58

IconJar leaves digging through your design asset folders behind and lets you access your icons without the hassle. Your icon organizer is always just one click away. It features incredible support for SVGs and icon fonts that you can drag-and-drop into any app. It’s no rocket science, we pinky promise.

  • Designed for the Mac IconJar is designed to fit in with the apps you already use on your Mac.
  • Quicklook Preview your icons in a usecase driven take on the Quicklook feature.
  • Quickdrag Drag &drop icons in any color, size and file type you want with Quickdrag.
  • Widely adopted file type Import tens of thousands of icon sets with just one click with our .iconjar files.
  • Custom SVG renderer IconJar is powered by a custom built SVG renderer that has been open-source since day one.
  • Import from Sketch Use our Sketch plugin to easily import icons into IconJar.

Version 1.11.0: New:
  • You can now use Quickdrag to export multi sizes at the same time
  • Quickdrag now has ability to include the size format onto the filename (right click on the icon within Quickdrag)
  • We have added ability add/remove the width and height attributes for SVG's when they are exported (check preferences)
  • Improved empty states
  • Reduced IconJar application size
  • Improved compatibility with macOS 10.14
  • Various bugs have been squashed
  • Fixed a crash when importing whilst subfolders and sets were being created
  • Fixed a few crashes with 10.14 beta

  • OS X 10.10 pr later

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Swift MongoDB Server - The data couldn’t be read because it isn’t in the correct format. Potential Connection error or type error?

iOS Programming - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:54

I am developing a simple application with a login screen. In the code for my view controller (LoginViewController) I created the following function, which should allow a user to sign up. However, when I test the application, the console tells me "The data couldn't be read because it isn't in the correct format."

@IBAction func onSignUp(_ sender: Any) { let newUser = PFUser() newUser.username = usernameField.text as String! newUser.password = passwordField.text as String! newUser.signUpInBackground { (success: Bool, error: Error?) in if success { print("Created User") } else { print(error!.localizedDescription) } } }

I suspect that im running into a type error of some kind? Does the text field expect a data type other than a string? Any idea as to why this is happening? Any known solutions?

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NSS Labs fires anti-malware testing lawsuit

The Register - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:45
Alleges CrowdStrike, Symantec, ESET and Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization collusion

NSS Labs has thrown a hand grenade into the always fractious but slightly obscure world of security product testing by suing multiple vendors as well as an industry standards organisation.…