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Category Archives: Tech

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 […]

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 […]

WebOS postmortem

Posted by: Ramin on June 5, 2012

Long before there was the iPhone and Android, there was PalmOS. It had a simple interface, could browse the web and access email, and you could download and install apps developed by third-parties. But then something happened, and Palm started resting on its laurels. The Treo was a big hit, but there was a long […]

Owning a Character

Posted by: Ramin on July 1, 2011

Clayton Miller makes a good case that every OS tries to ‘own’ a shape as a means of creating a strong visual identify. A parallel can be drawn to how online services become strongly associated with certain letters of the alphabet. Old timers may remember that in the early days of UUCP the ! exclamation mark […]

2011 New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by: Ramin on December 30, 2010

2010 was a pretty incredible year both professionally and personally. My iPhone app ended up winning Macworld Best of Show a few weeks after release. I was part of the team that developed the iPad Slot Machine app which won “Coolest App” award at the first iPadDevCamp (that’s my Tinker Toy iPad stand pictured in […]

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 […]

AutoPark: my first iPhone app

Posted by: Ramin on February 1, 2010

There’s been a lot of behind-the-scenes activity around these parts and I hope to be posting more actively from here on out. But first I’d like to announce my first iPhone product on the AppStore, published under the FrolicWare label: AutoPark: Say Goodbye to Parking Tickets. It lets you keep track of time on your […]

Push Notification and Python (Django)

Posted by: Ramin on September 9, 2009

I’ve been trying to get the iPhone Push notification services introduced in OS 3.0 working with Python (specifically, Django). It took a while but I figured I’d post my notes so it’ll spare someone the suffering I had to go through. Other attempts at this (apns-python-wrapper (aka APNSWrapper) and Lee Packham’s code) both use the […]

Debugging peer-to-peer and wifi apps on the iPhone

Posted by: Ramin on June 18, 2009

If you’re developing an iPhone application that uses WiFi networking or the new Gaming Kit (Bluetooth) at some point you’ll want to test the code on two devices side-by-side. At this point you will realize that: a) You can only run one instance of XCode on your machine at a time. b) Debugging one device […]

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 […]