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iOS 7 Development: Everything You Need To Know To Get Started

first_imgOK, so you have downloaded the iOS 7 beta and are ready to get to work. Now what?There are some new things you are going to want to check out in iOS that directly inform how you develop your next app for the release of the next iPhone later this year. Mostly, Apple has hundreds of new SDKs to check out that govern many different functions of the device. These are going to take some time to learn as they cover the new multi-tasking features, games and various design features. Related Posts Tags:#app development#Apple#iOS 7 The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Before you get started with iOS 7 though, you’ll want to load the latest version of Xcode, the integrated developer environment for iOS development. With iOS 7 comes Xcode 5, which is currently in developer preview. You will not be able to use Xcode 5 unless your Mac is upgraded to the most recent version of Mas OS X – Mountain Lion 10.8.3. When learning how to develop for iOS 7, those are the two primary features that you are going to need to study – the new development frameworks and the new features in Xcode 5. New Frameworks In iOS 7There are six new frameworks specific to iOS 7:Sprite Kit – Perhaps the most interesting new framework in iOS 7, the Sprite Kit allows for hardware accelerated animation systems for 2D or “2.5D” games. Provides graphics rendering and animation, sound playback support and physics simulation.“SpriteKit will be capable of powering 2D games ranging from Cut the Rope to Jetpack Joyride and more. We think that this framework could become a major contender in a space currently dominated by Cocos2D and Unity,” said Kenneth Ballenegger an architect at Chartboost.Game Controller – Allows developers to add hardware controllers to iOS, either by directly connecting the device or through Bluetooth. Controllers must be optional and there must be a way for players to use the game without a controller. Maps – Developers will now be able to integrate Apple Maps into their apps, take advantage of 3D map features and control the user’s perspective. Other new features include a way to call on Apple for directions that overlay on top of the map. Games – In addition to the Game Controller and Sprite Kit, improvements have been made to Game Center (including a complete design overhaul, like the rest of iOS 7). New features let players interact with each other via chat, simultaneous turns and trading. Leaderboards have been expanded to 100 from 25. Developers can also add new features to help prevent cheating in the game.Those are the basics for getting started developing with the new features in iOS 7. Experienced app developers will likely be able to learn most of these new features relatively quickly, while newer developers might have a tough time wading through all the enhancements and the massive library that constitutes iOS developer libraries. Advancing Xcode 5None of the frameworks matter one bit if you don’t know what you are doing in Xcode. Xcode 5 has been designed for iOS 7 and Mac OS x 10.9 Mavericks. Among other changes, Xcode is now a little cleaner than previous versions and features a refined navigator. UI Improvements – The toolbar is smaller, which gives developers more space to work with. Xcode 5 is not a complete departure from Xcode 4.5 but you will have to figure out where all the usual stuff is. Testing – Developers hate the testing phase. It is where all their pretty code goes to die. Xcode 5 has a new test navigator to overview all the tests in a project and easily add new test targets.Debugger – New gauges have been added to the debugger UI in Xcode 5 to show CPU activity, real-time memory, energy use and more. Version Editor – Xcode 5 has a new management of workflow. It removes the repositories organizer and moves those functions to the project window under the source control menu. There are more new features and tweaks to Xcode. Some developers love to develop in Xcode while others cannot stand it. If you have picked up a Developer Preview for Xcode 5, tell us how in compares to older versions in the comments. center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Multipeer Connectivity – The peer-to-peer connectivity is essentially the new sharing features in iOS 7. Discovers nearby devices and directs communication without an Internet connection.JavaScriptCore – Allows for wrapping of standard JavaScript objects into Objective-C (the code used for iOS apps). Should allow for porting of apps between different mobile operating system platforms. Media Accessibility – Allows for closed-caption support in your apps. Safari Services – Support for adding URLs to Safari reading list. Enhanced FrameworksIn addition to the brand new frameworks, significant additions have been made to the existing frameworks, such as the User Interface Kit (UIKit), Games, Maps, Multitasking and more. Here are the highlights:User Interface – For developers and designers, the biggest feature of iOS 7 that is going to take some getting used to are all the new UIKit Framework functions and references. Apple has added “dynamic” UI actions, such as proximity and gravity controls as well as a whole new kit for text. The dynamic elements will take some time to study but the text kit should allow for easier development of words into apps with less actual code required in the app.Multitasking – The new multitasking features in iOS 7 apply mostly to the background data push and flow of information to the app. The apps can be woken up or launched periodically to fetch data. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinskilast_img read more

IIT scholar alleges prof. assaulted her

first_imgDissatisfied with the findings of the Internal Complaints Committee of IIT-Bhubaneswar, a PhD scholar renewed her allegation of sexual harassment against a professor at the Insititute and demanded a re-investigation into the matter.The scholar, who belongs to West Bengal, got married while her husband and she were pursuing research under the same professor. She alleged that asshe had objected to the professor’s overtures, their PhDs were de-registered on feeble grounds. The scholar had first lodged a complaint in October 2016. The ICC of IIT, Bhubaneswar, heard the case and subsequently exonerated the accused professor in January this year. Responding to the allegation, the Odisha Skill Development and Technical Education Department (OSKTED) asked the IIT to furnish a detailed report.last_img read more

Fifth body, a civilian, found near Shopian shootout site

first_imgFifth body of a civilian was found near the shootout site in Shopian on Monday morning, as the authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in Shopian, Pulwama and Srinagar as a precautionary measure. “Another body has been found at a distance from the Sunday evening incident at Pahnoo Shopian,” said a Srinagar-based police spokesman.The police identified the deceased as Gowhar Ahmed Lone of Chitragam in Shopian. Lone, who was pursuing M.P.Ed at Nagpur University in Maharashtra, had four bullets on his body. The police said it has “initiated an investigation” into the incident.A total of five people, including a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant and four civilians, has been killed amid conflicting versions. The Army said a patrol came under fire around 8 p.m. and in the “retaliatory fire one militant and four of his accomplices in a car were killed.”The Army described the deceased as “over ground workers” of militants. However, the locals and the victim families claimed none of the “civilians” had any association with militants and were killed in “a cold blooded murder”.Shopian has remained tense this year as five civilians were killed in two separate firing incidents on January 10 and January 27. In both the incidents, locals accused the security forces of “indiscriminate fire”. The Army faces an FIR in the January 27 incident.Meanwhile, authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar, Pulwama and Shopian. Internet services have been barred in parts of south Kashmir as sporadic protests broke out there.All train services have been suspended. Kashmir University has cancelled all examinations. The exams of prestigious Kashmir Administrative Services were also postponed. Separatists have called for a shutdown against the incident.last_img read more

Managing midlife transitions

first_imgWe’re all familiar with the stereotype of the 50-year-old man who exchanges his car for a flashier model, or trades his wife in for a younger model, starts covering his baldness and wearing younger clothes or chucks in his job to go off and travel the world. Less dramatic but disruptive nonetheless, mid-lifers may resort to drinking more alcohol than before, feeling depressed and blaming themselves for their failures, or putting excess pressure (possibly psychologically damaging) on their children to excel in academics or areas such as sports and arts.Many of us spend our 40s and 50s, even after having found our place in the world, re-evaluating our lives, searching impatiently for undefined goals, driven by a deep sense of remorse for unachieved dreams or a desire to relive feelings of youthfulness. An earlier generation of psychologists attributed it to the feelings that many individuals approaching the middle age of their lives experience, faced with the sense of the passage of their youth and the nearness of their old age and impending death. The Germans have a word for it: Torschlusspanik: the fear of doors closing. Normal transitions during this period of life, such as the death of parents, the realisation of being stuck in an unsatisfying career, the onset of menopause or children leaving home often trigger off strong feelings of dissatisfaction, self-doubt and depression in some individuals.It is popularly called midlife crisis. As a result, they may experience a powerful desire to make significant changes in core aspects of their lives: career, marriage, romantic relationships, big-budget expenditures, or physical appearance.advertisementBut a midlife crisis is not inevitable and may be less common than once believed. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that older people in their mid-to-late 50s are generally happier, and experience less stress and worry than young adults in their 20s. Though the traditional view about ageing is that the functions of the body and brain inexorably decline. However, recent discoveries in neuroscience show that the ageing brain is more flexible and adaptable than we previously thought. Throughout life, our brains encode thoughts and memories by forming new connections among the nerve bodies (neurons).With age, the neurons themselves lose some processing speed, but with the acquired learning of a lifetime, they become ever more richly intertwined, reflecting deeper knowledge and better judgment. The brain also becomes less rigidly bifurcated. Functionally two separate structures, the right brain and the left brain, are linked by fibres called the corpus callosum; the left specialises in speech, language and logical reasoning, while the right handles more intuitive tasks, such as face recognition and the reading of emotional cues. Unlike young adults, who handle most tasks on one side of the brain or the other, older ones tend to use both hemispheres. Besides keeping them sharp, this neural integration makes it easier for healthy mid-lifers to reconcile their thoughts with their feelings. As our ageing brains grow wiser and more flexible, they also tend toward greater equanimity. But one can’t sit back and expect wisdom and contentment to flow automatically. Research has identified several types of activities, which if practised regularly, help boost the powers of the ageing brain.Achieve mastery. Mastery over a skill or job is the most important factor deciding a person’s self-efficacy, especially in today’s world. Success experiences raise one’s sense of self-efficacy, failure lowers it. Practise mastering a skill, doing something or striving to do something at its highest level. People who enjoy a sense of control and mastery stay healthier than those who don’t. The possibilities are unlimited, ranging from learning a new language, playing a musical instrument, to taking up painting or embroidery.Exercise physically. Regular physical exercise leads to increased blood flow to the brain, the production of endorphins, better filtration of waste products from the brain and increased brain-oxygen levels and is consistently linked to increased well-being.Establish strong social networks. People who sustain rich and extended social relationships during the second half of life have been shown to enjoy significantly lower blood pressure, lower risk of stroke and brain damage. Social relationships also reduce stress, anxiety and depression.Fulfil your need for generativity. During middle age, the primary developmental task is one of contributing to society and helping to guide future generations. This leads to a sense of generativity-a sense of productivity and accomplishment. In contrast, a person who is self-centred and unable or unwilling to help society move forward develops a feeling of stagnation.advertisementlast_img read more