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How to Use AVCapturePhotoOutput’s Best Photo Features

It doesn’t matter if the main focus of your app is to capture an amazing landscape, or just an innocent selfie. What is important to developers is to let users make the most out of the camera and do it painlessly. To that end, Apple has done a remarkable work presenting AVCapturePhotoOutput in iOS 10. In this article I will show how to […]

iOS Speech APIs Tutorial

With the launch of iOS 10 developers can make use of a new exciting API: Speech Recognition. The concept of translating audio to text is known to both the users and the developers. iOS has offered this feature through Siri, and its keyboard dictation button in the previous versions. Yet, the new framework has more benefits and is easy to implement, as […]

Understanding iOS Proactive Suggestions

With the introduction of the “Proactive” feature in iOS 9, Apple is trying to proactively assist you. The system learns from your actions and attempts to anticipate them. It starts showing suggestions, recommendations, apps you frequently use, etc. Handoff The Handoff feature hasn’t changed but the space usually reserved for it in the lock screen is used for suggested apps. Apps shown in the […]

Securing Your Android Apps with the Fingerprint API

Passwords have had their day, with software vendors and hardware manufacturers encouraging users to try other methods of securing their data. Fingerprint readers are becoming more common on Android devices since Marshmallow introduced a new Fingerprint API and in this tutorial I will show you how to implement them in your apps. You can download the full project from GitHub. Getting […]

Developing Push Notifications for iOS 10

Whilst they are often overused, notifications are an effective way to get a users attention and inform them of updates or actions they need to take. iOS 10 brings updates to notifications such as new messages, offers, and timetable changes. In this tutorial I will show you how to use notifications in your iOS apps and show the new features […]

Managing Data in iOS Apps with SQLite

Almost all apps will need to store data of some form. Maybe you need to save user preferences, progress in a game, or offline data so your app can work without a network connection. Developers have a lot of options for managing data in iOS apps, from Core Data to cloud based storage, but one elegant and reliable local storage […]

Quick Tip – Gradle and How It Works with Android Studio

Quick Tip – What is Gradle and How do you use it? Released in 2007, Gradle is a popular open-source automated build system that makes working on large projects easier. It’s based on concepts from its predecessors Apache Maven and Apache Ant, but uses a Groovy-based domain specific language (DSL) and Java, instead of XML. It speeds up the build process by skipping unnecessary re-execution […]

Displaying Collections of Items on Windows Phone

Mobile apps often need to display long lists of items to users. These could contain images, text or other custom components. Every mobile platform has its unique set of components and concepts for displaying such lists and Windows Phone is no exception. In this tutorial I will show you how to make your own customized list of items, change the […]

Adding GeoLocation and Maps to Windows Phone Apps

Maps have become an essential part of app use cases from tourist guides, to business directories and social recommendations. Unsurprisingly, the Windows Phone platform supports Bing maps by default and makes it easy to implement. The final project for this tutorial is on GitHub. Adding a Map First we need to create an application to hold our map, do this by […]