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From the upgrade dialogue: iOS 10 is the biggest release of iOS ever. A massive update to Messages brings the power of the App Store to your conversations and makes messaging more personal than ever. Find your route with beautifully redesigned Maps.…
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We can define shortcut items that appear when the user presses hard on the app icon from the home screen. If available, the springboard blurs and only leaves our app icon and the shortcut actions visible. These items can be generated in two ways: via…
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With the introduction of the iPhone 6s we have some new ways of getting user input via 3D Touch. Now THAT’S innovative! There are several things we can do with 3D Touch, and the first one we’ll explore here is Peek and Pop. When the user presses down a…
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iOS 8 introduced a new UIApplication method that lets us deeply link to our own app’s section in the iOS Settings app. Previously users had to open the Settings app and hunt for the relevant section, which isn’t always easy to find. To make use of this…
iOS 8 introduced a new UIApplication method that lets us deeply link to our own app’s section in the iOS Settings app. Previously users had to open the Settings app and hunt for the relevant …
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When you present a view controller from another one, iOS will do it just fine but may complain with something along the lines of the following error message: Warning: Attempt to present on whose view is not in the window hierarchy! This can happen when…
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Do the debug messages appear too small for your tired eyes? Fret not, you can change those to something larger if you like: Head over to Xcode – Preferences and find the Fonts and Colors section. Switch to the Console Tab and select an option you want to…
Do the debug messages appear too small for your tired eyes? Fret not, you can change those to something larger if you like: Head over to Xcode – Preferences and find the Fonts and Colors sect…
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Up until iOS 7 we could use the UIAlertView and UIActionSheet classes to bring up alerts and action sheets respectively. As of iOS 8 those classes are deprecated. Although they still work, we’re encouraged to use the UIActionController class instead.…
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The array of shortcut items can also be added to our app’s Info.plist. The result is almost the same as generating this array in code (as discussed in my previous article): the difference is that static shortcuts are available as soon as the app is…
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If you’ve implemented a Peek (or preview) in your app as described in my previous article, you may be interested in implementing Preview Actions as well. Those come up when the user triggers the Peek preview and swipes up. Notice the arrow icon at the top…
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This update contains bug fixes including: Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could…
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Since iOS 8 we can use the Touch ID sensors in compatible devices and authenticate sensitive data in our own apps. Here’s how to do it, short and simple. Framework First we’ll need to add the Local Authentication Framework to our app. To do that, navigate…
Since iOS 8 we can use the Touch ID sensors in compatible devices and authenticate sensitive data in our own apps. Here’s how to do it, short and simple. Framework First we’ll need to a…
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I really like the code completion feature in Xcode. It gives handy clues about the parameters of all methods and their parameters. But as soon as we hit return, the completion disappears. Sometimes I wish I could bring it back and re-read the…
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Pinkstone Pictures was founded in 2000 and has since been involved in the rapidly evolving and ever changing convergence between traditional television and new media, providing operational and consultancy services to broadcast clients in Greater London.

In 2008 we added WordPress and Web Development to our portfolio, including Plesk Server Administration and web hosting. This includes dedicated server management for broadcasters worldwide wishing for hassle free FTP delivery of their assets.

Since 2011 we've been branching out into iOS Development which is currently our major focus.
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