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Category Archives: Apple

iWork and free apps

Posted by: Ramin on November 10, 2013

It’s the pre-Holiday/post-WWDC season and iOS and Mavericks updates have arrived with a flurry of new announcements including free versions of the iWork apps. Now you can get an OS upgrade AND a decent productivity suite — for free. One of Apple’s big selling points is the ability to seamlessly exchange and edit files across […]

Menubar Icon Madness

Posted by: Ramin on August 15, 2012

Fellow Mac Developers, Maybe it’s time (pun intended) we came up with more creative menubar icons?

Siri and third-party apps: Part II

Posted by: Ramin on July 8, 2012

[ In a previous post we looked at some of the capabilities of Siri, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant. Now let’s venture a little deeper into how integration with third-party services might work. I have to point something out that should be obvious: I have no inside knowledge of Apple’s product plans. This note is purely based […]

Siri and third-party apps – Part I

Posted by: Ramin on May 4, 2012

Apple’s Siri personal assistant was one of the main advertised features of the iPhone 4S. It is a marriage of speaker-indepent voice-recognition technology and domain-aware AI. What sets it apart is how it’s integrated with back-end and on-device services and how it maintains context across multiple requests so it feels like you’re having a conversation […]

A Visitor’s Guide to WWDC and San Francisco

Posted by: Ramin on June 4, 2010

It’s time, once again, for the annual love-fest that is WWDC and that starts next week. I’ve been to each one since the iPhone launch (I know, that makes me a relative newbie) but having spent a good chunk of the past two decades living in San Francisco, I figured I’d combine tech-tips for first-time […]

Problems with Push

Posted by: Ramin on September 30, 2009

I agree with most everything Karl Adam says about the limitations of the Apple Push Notification Service, especially the problem with its failure to stack notifications so they’re not missed. I posted a bug report a while back (rdar://7054632) offering a simple solution to get around this particular problem: save each incoming push payload into […]

WWDC 2009 Predictions

Posted by: Ramin on March 26, 2009

Word came today that Apple’s WorldWide Developer Conference is going to be running from June 8-12 2009 in San Francisco. Since Apple’s no longer going to be participating in MacWorld this is one of the few public conferences where Apple and its partners can make public product announcements. So now’s a good time to start […]