I don’t know about you, but what one of my biggest worries when I’m coding is deciding where to save the project I just created (be it Xcode, Eclipse, NetBeans, etc.) Other times, I download SDKs & tools which include many different sample projects….
Meet “Shelf”. Starting at 99 cents (v0.1), it’s a nice utility that we’re sure every Apple developer out there will find indispensable. If you work with any of Apple’s platforms (or know somebody who does), you should definitely check it out!
Tips shared from Tipbox to Facebook now appear as actual tip cards on Facebook instead of just plain text. It automatically creates a new album for all of your tips, so people can easily browse them from one place.
Abdullah’s (@akay64) been facing so many distractions at home. For the past few weeks it’s been mostly me doing code. So today, we’re trying out a new strategy: working away from home. If this goes well we’re gonna stick to it and hopefully launch a good product soon. Stay tuned!
Sorry for the long gap of silence! It’s the end of the semester now, and we’ve got finals coming up. Juggling code and lecture notes. Work on #Tipbox is ongoing! It’s getting closer and closer to completion every day.
#Tipbox development is going really well! As of now, there are no bugs outstanding (Build 968). One major issue remains:
Noticeable lag in the UIViewController transitions on some views.
It’s supposedly because the view is too heavy (too much drawing). Still trying to figure out how to elegantly overcome this challenge. I abandoned the idea of rendering shadows using Core Graphics, and went with images instead. Got a pretty nice speed bump.
Stuck with an e-mail address that only supports POP3? Want IMAP? Well here is a solution.
I have been a user of free e-mail services since as long as I can remember and I only managed my e-mail from the web interface so I had never really bothered to find out what POP3 and IMAP meant, you can find out a detailed explanation of the differences right here: http://www1.umn.edu/adcs/guides/email/imapvspop.html. It’s quite a brilliant article I must say.
Anyway, if you came looking for this article you probably already know the differences and you want IMAP support for your POP3-only email address, all you have to do is follow these steps and you should be all good to go (although I am going to assume you already know how to configure an e-mail, you know ports, SSL, incoming and outgoing server, jargon like that).
We are going to be using a feature offered by www.mail.com. It’s called “Mail Collector”. Essentially, we are going to tell Mail Collector to fetch mail from your POP3 based account, fill the inbox with it, and then you can just configure your clients with the mail.com IMAP server to enjoy IMAP services and keep the outgoing server the one used with your POP3 account, it’s a win-win solution :D
2. Once you are logged in, go to Settings —> Mail Collector or just click Mail Collector right under Inbox on the left hand side list of folders.
3. Once at the Mail Collector, click “Add Account”.
4. Enter your e-mail address and password.
5. Click “Continue”. It should now show an error saying it could not connect an’ all, and offer you to fill in the details of your e-mail server. Enter your POP3 details like you would in your e-mail client and continue to the next step.
6. You will now be given the option to choose whether you want to delete the e-mails from the host server after downloading. These choices are completely up to you.
7. Once that’s done, you should start to see e-mails from your POP3 account “pop” (pun intended ;) ) into your mail.com inbox.
8. Then go to Settings —> POP3 & IMAP, and behold! Your server settings.
9. Just set up your favorite client using the IMAP servers and enjoy.
Of course you are by no means forced to use your mail.com account to reply since it’s just sort of a proxy account to solve your problem, so you can definitely keep using the SMTP servers of your actual e-mail account to send mail. Just configure your client to use that SMTP server instead of the ones offered by mail.com.
Hope that helped! From here the configuration is entirely up to you. I am just giving a few of my thoughts and the settings I use.
Wanna get one of those cool Twitter banners? That will be $25000 only.
In case you guys are unaware, Twitter recently updated their user interface to the sleek #newtwitter. First of all getting the new interface has quite an awkward process; you have to download the official Twitter iOS or Android app and sign in with it. That will, after a couple of days, give your Twitter profile the new makeover. Oh well, at least it’s easier than getting the Facebook Timeline where you had to register an app and show yourself as a developer.
Considering that I had recently updated to the new Facebook Timeline and really loved the concept of the cover picture, I was rushing to get the new Twitter UI for our @Scapehouse page on Twitter because I had glanced upon a few brand profiles and I was really looking forward to getting one of those neat banners for our page.
After searching the web for a fair amount of time it surfaced that Twitter expects you to pay $25000. Yes! $25K to get a banner half the size of your Facebook cover picture on your brand’s profile.
I twitched for a second, after which I let go of the thought. Scapehouse currently being a team of three, myself and two of my good friends (Ali (@MachOSX) and Diana (@laDyiaNova)), such a costly banner is simply out of our reach for the time being. Although I could have made an educated guess about this price seeing only the big brand names (EA, Disney and Nike, if you know what I mean) were being allowed to have the banner.
It was fairly disappointing for me. I do realize Twitter is nowhere near as big as Facebook in terms of the user base or revenue, but come on seriously, $25k for a banner?
The Detour: Turning Scapehouse into a software brand.
We started Scapehouse as a hobby some 2 years ago, and it has been around for quite some time now. We had seen a pretty noticeable gap between open model networks like Twitter, and closed model networks like Facebook, so we decided to fill that gap with something because I had always wanted to use Twitter but never really understood it and had always wished to really post stuff openly on Facebook for everyone to see but could not do so because I was limited to my social circle and friends.
The finished product allowed a user to befriend a person if he knows them or simply follow their public posts. Each post had an organized conversation structure. The Living Room allowed new users to find interesting content quickly and kept existing users entertained. Users loved the ability to publish long articles, dislike posts, comment on replies and reply with a photo.
The project won us 1st place in an IT competition held at UAE University and got us featured in a popular magazine. Unfortunately, by the time the product saw the light of day, Google launched their new social network Google+ with a slightly similar concept. It was a hefty blow, but we kept on moving forward with our concept and idea. The ultimate deal breaker was when Facebook retaliated against Google+ and introduced the exact same friend/follow functionality which was the backbone of Scapehouse. Not only that, they also virtually removed the limit on the size of the posts.
With all eyes on Facebook, we knew our current concept was headed for a brick wall. After seeing the progress of Scapehouse grind to a halt due to the sudden turn of events, we decided to turn Scapehouse into a brand name under which we can distribute quality software based on great ideas that we keep getting every now and then instead of being bound to a single huge site which limits the variety of ideas. The first of those great ideas is an iPhone app called “Tipbox”.