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Richard Forsythe

Demystifying iOS 9 Spotlight Search for Developers

By Richard Forsythe
Spotlight search in Apple iOS 9, compared to earlier versions, has been made much more prominent and personal. With suggestions from Siri and integration opportunities for third-party apps, iPhone's search functionality is no longer limited to the scope of Apple's own apps. In this article, Toptal engineer Richard Forsythe explores some iOS SDK functionalities that allow apps to make content available to the user via Spotlight search.
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Nermin Hajdarbegovic

iOS 9 Betas And WatchOS 2 For Developers

By Nermin Hajdarbegovic
Apple's iOS 9 and WatchOS 2 updates brings a number of novel features, including improved multitasking for iPads and a host of aesthetic tweaks. However, while iOS 9 is just an incremental update with a focus on the new iPad Pro, WatchOS 2 is not a skin-deep update. Apple has changed the WatchOS architecture and opened up a range of new possibilities for developers.
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Nermin Hajdarbegovic

Slow Android Wear Adoption Is Stifling Development

By Nermin Hajdarbegovic
Several factors conspired to stifle Android Wear growth, ranging from lack of Google development, to inadequate hardware. Some of these problems have been addressed, some are being addressed, while others cannot be addressed with currently available technology.
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Nermin Hajdarbegovic

What Does Force Touch Mean For UI And UX?

By Nermin Hajdarbegovic
Force Touch is not a new idea. BlackBerry experimented with the concept back in 2008, and a few Android phone makers also examined the possibility of using Force Touch on their products. In fact, Force Touch support has been a part of Android for years; it was introduced in Android 1.0.
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Nermin Hajdarbegovic

Apple Pay and Android Pay for Developers

By Nermin Hajdarbegovic
Today, we will be taking a look at the future of mobile payments and emerging opportunities for developers. Needless to say, with each new opportunity, developers will have to face new challenges. However, since we are talking about money, I don’t think anyone expects a shortage of software developers eager to learn a few new tricks and get into this space.
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Nermin Hajdarbegovic

Is Developing For Car Infotainment Systems like Android Auto and Apple Carplay the Next Big Thing?

By Nermin Hajdarbegovic
Cars with next-generation connected infotainment systems will create new opportunities on several fronts. In case you already have an infotainment system with a neat touchscreen and GPS in your car, please accept my condolences; it’s about to become as obsolete as a Nokia 3310 compared to an iPhone.
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Marcin Kmiec

Simplifying RESTful API Use and Data Persistence on iOS with Mantle and Realm

By Marcin Kmiec
A large number of modern mobile applications interact with web services in one way or another, and iOS applications are no different. Mantle (a model framework) and Realm (a mobile database) come with the promise of simplifying some of the hurdles in consuming web services through RESTful APIs and persisting data locally. In this article, Toptal engineer Marcin Kmiec shows how to build a simple iOS application using Mantle and Realm and demonstrates how this approach helps to eliminate a large amount of boilerplate code.
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Asa Kaplan

OpenGL Tutorial for Android: Building a Mandelbrot Set Generator

By Asa Kaplan
OpenGL, a cross-platform API for rendering 2D and 3D graphics, is extremely powerful and yet surprisingly easy to get started with. Although one may find the most common applications of OpenGL and rendered graphics in video games only, in reality there are far more uses. To demonstrate the power of OpenGL, we'll be building a Mandelbrot set generator on Android using OpenGL ES.
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