014 – OK, You’re a Taxi

This week we talk about Uber (which we can’t use): their database switch and the acquisition of their Chinese brand, Dave makes a bad database joke and perpetuates conspiracy theories. We talk about Hailo (which we can use), which is merging with MyTaxi. We have a local taxi app: Swify Taxi. This leads Thomas to rant about our lovely Eircode postcode system. Baz is still on the iOS Beta and laments the fact that he can not send us his works of art. What’s the current state of Swift, will we ever start to learn this language? Thomas wants to wait until idiomatic Swift is more easily discoverable. Could we live without our computer and use a $100 laptop shell that uses our phone as the processor, we talk about our previous attempts using our iPads as our only computer outside of work. Thomas takes the plunge and captures some Pokemon.

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  • Thomas: Pokemon Go
  • Baz: Chromecast
  • Dave: Autolayout

013 – Cheap Development at Breakneck Speed

We talk about the current state of the App Store, service supported Apps, the race to the bottom, subscriptions and upgrade pricing. iCloud CoreData is deprecated, Thomas talks about replacements and how he’s grappling with sync for his app. We fix our first bug as a programming mob and Thomas makes his first contribution to Open Source. We talk about our programming styles and wonder would we take a different approach to our projects if they were going to be open source?

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012 – A bunch of men in their 30s hanging around

This week we talk about Pokemon Go as it is finally released in Ireland. Nintendo to release a retro NES console with built-in games and they finally open up their developer program to anyone who can afford the devkits! We deep dive on the Top iOS SDKs in the top 200 free apps and muses on the abundance of UDID libraries. Dave takes Baz’s recommendation from last week and goes crazy on Fiverr. Baz gets an Android: a One Plus 2, is he abandoning the iPhone for a back button? iPhone 7 Rumours abound, can we survive if there’s no headphone jack?

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011 – BSc in Ruby on Rails

This week we talk about the non-gaming applications of VR, Baz has pre-ordered Playstation VR. We discuss the latest in Hackintoshs… and why we never built one. Dave has discovered NativeScript: use HTML, CSS and Javascript to make app, has he gone to the dark side? Thomas tell us of his experiences as a tech recruiter, we discuss the programming interview, the “kitchen sink” job spec, why developers don’t negotiate their salaries, what are salaries like at the moment and different approaches to tech recruitment.

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010 – Data Driven Fun

We discuss the new features announced at WWDC for tvOS, watchOS, iOS and macOS. We have a discussion about Messaging Apps and the new Messages Extensions. Baz installs the iOS 10 Beta and then uninstalls it. Will we start learning Swift? We talk about the new playgrounds tutorial and we talk about which WWDC sessions we want to watch but haven’t got around to yet.

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009 – Something in the keynote we have to pay money for

We discuss our hardware and software predictions and hopes for Apple’s platforms ahead of WWDC. Followed by a discussion of Apple’s announcement of app subscriptions and how it might affect us as developers, and as users.

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