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Feb 13, 2017

Boost Your Productivity With Clever Travel Hardware

BY NERMIN HAJDARBEGOVIC – TECHNICAL EDITOR @ TOPTAL

#4G #Freelance #Remote #TravelHardware

Nevermind Game of Thrones, winter is not coming, at least not in the northern hemisphere. It’s summertime, and here at Toptal that usually means many of our freelance developers and designers are either on the road or getting ready to hit the beach.

When I started writing this, some of our people were in Portugal, trying to work out the math behind surfboards. Now it’s my turn, and I’m wrapping up my draft with a nice view of the Adriatic Sea, just a few miles away from the best windsurfing spot in Europe.

Yes, I’m a workaholic, so this might as well be a [...]

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Feb 9, 2017

iOS 9 Betas And WatchOS 2 For Developers

BY NERMIN HAJDARBEGOVIC – TECHNICAL EDITOR @ TOPTAL #Apple #iOS #watchOS

Apple’s latest mobile OS is out, and if you’re an iOS developer, here is what you need to know. The changes in iOS 9.x are not just skin deep, although the lack of a thorough redesign may lead the casual observer to conclude it’s not a big update. It’s an evolutionary step, there’s nothing revolutionary about iOS 9.x, but it does sport a few new features.

We already covered 3D Touch, which is coming to refreshed 6S-series iPhones, but that’s only one iOS 9.x feature worth mentioning. The new update also brings a lot of tablet-oriented tweaks, which is understandable considering Apple’s [...]

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Feb 2, 2017

How to Isolate Client-Server Interaction Logic in iOS Applications

BY ALEXANDER GAIDUKOV – FREELANCE SOFTWARE ENGINEER @ TOPTAL

#API #iOS #REST #Swift

Nowadays most mobile applications rely heavily on client-server interactions. Not only does this mean that can they offload most of their heavy tasks to backend servers, but it also allows these mobile applications to offer all sorts of features and functionality that can only be made available through the Internet.

Backend servers are usually designed to offer their services through RESTful APIs. For simpler applications, we often feel tempted to get by creating spaghetti code; mixing code that invokes the API with rest of the application logic. However as applications [...]

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Jan 6, 2017

iOS User Interfaces: Storyboards vs. NIBs vs. Custom Code

BY ANTONIO BELLO – IOS DEVELOPER @ TOPTAL

#iOS #NIBs #ObjectiveC #Storyboards

I often hear iOS developers ask some variant of the same key question:

What’s the best way to develop a UI in iOS: through Storyboards, NIBs, or code?

Answers to this question, explicitly or implicitly, tend to assume that there’s a mutually exclusive choice to be made, one that is often addressed upfront, before development.

I’m of the opinion that the answer instead should take the form of one or more counter questions.

What’s the “best” car?

Let me explain with an off-topic example. Say I want to buy a car and I ask you one simple question: “What’s the [...]

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Dec 29, 2016

How to Make an Android and iOS App in C# on a Mac

BY DEMIR SELMANOVIC – HEAD OF OPEN SOURCE @ TOPTAL

#Android #CSharp #iOS #mac #Microsoft #VisualStudio #vs

Once upon a time, there was a company that had all the best tools, and writing software for their platform was awesome. But slowly, they became indifferent to their own problems. They did not become alarmed when their systems crashed, but rather accepted this state of the universe as a fact of life. They believed that their programs were perfect within themselves, serene and elegant, their purpose self-evident.

Oh boy, if they only knew how wrong they were…

It was well overdue when they realized their mistakes and their CEO cried to bring back [...]

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Dec 24, 2016

Video: Google Pixel wins Smarthpone Award for 2016

The Smartphone awards for 2016 by Marques Brownlee are out. He awards Smartphones in various categories like Best Camera, Low Budget, Compact etc.

This year’s MVP goes to Google Pixel XL. The new phone made by Google. Biggest Bust of the year goes to Galaxy Note 7.

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Dec 24, 2016

The 10 Most Common Mistakes iOS Developers Don’t Know They’re Making

What’s the only thing worse than having a buggy app rejected by the App Store? Having it accepted. Once the one-star reviews start rolling in, it’s almost impossible to recover. This costs companies money and developers their jobs.

iOS is now the second-largest mobile operating system in the world. It also has a very high adoption rate, with more than 85% of users on the latest version. As you might expect, highly engaged users have high expectations—if your app or update isn’t flawless, you’ll hear about it.

With the demand for iOS developers continuing to skyrocket, many engineers have switched to mobile development (more than 1,000 new apps are submitted to Apple [...]

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Dec 24, 2016

The list of iOS 10 Compatible Tweaks

Jailbreak for iOS 10 has been out there for quite some time now and some tweaks are already compatible. They are either well coded or updated but the point is they work.

Here we list all the tweaks that are compatible with iOS 10 jailbreak.

CYDIA TWEAKS COMPATIBLE IOS 10

Activator AdvancedSettings8 Alkaline AntRec – HD screen recorder Barrel Bars & Pubs ClassicDock ColorBadges Cylinder Date in Statusbar DeleteForever DetailedBatteryUsage DoubleCut GlowDock HapticFeedback ICleaner Pro IFile IOS Terminal LocationFaker9 Minimal Hosts Blocker MTerminal NudeKeys OpenSSH Power Tap PreferenceLoader RocketBootstrap SameStatus Sentinel Substrate Safe [...]
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Dec 24, 2016

How to jailbreak iOS 10 using Yalu

Today, we will see how to jailbreak iOS 10 using Yalu made my Luca Todesco. The jailbreak is in beta right now so think before doing anything that you might later regret.

Jailbreak iOS 10: Compatibility iPhone 7/7 Plus iOS 10.1/10.1.1 iPhone 6S/6S Plus iOS 10 to iOS 10.1.1 iPad Pro iOS 10 to iOS 10.1.1 How to Jailbreak iOS 10

TL;DR: do not use this tool unless you know exactly what you are doing.

Before you start, save everything on your iPhone or iPad with iTunes Go to  the website of Luca Todesco  to download the .ipa file (an app) and the tool Cydia Impactor for your platform First download the

Go to  the website of Luca Todesco  to download the .ipa [...]

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Nov 21, 2016

Belkin Stand for Apple Pencil- Review

Apple pencil is the best stylus out there you can buy right now for iPad Pro. But when you are using it, you might be thinking where to put it. Belkin solved that problem with Stand that looks like inkwell. If you are regularly using Apple Pencil with iPad Pro or want a solution to put it on your desk, Belkin’s Apple Pencil Stand is worth checking out. It is available in Silver, Gold and personally my favorite Space Grey.

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