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The Sea Monkey app that never was

As a kid I loved Sea Monkeys. As a college student I loved Sea Monkeys. And as an adult, I still have a fondness for the little brine shrimp brought to life from a powdery packet. They are a part of pop culture, appearing in South Park and even having a Saturday morning cartoon ages ago. When the...

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Apple's Secure Coding Guide is an invaluable tool for new and veteran developers alike

If you develop an app, someone is going to try to destroy it. Once upon a time, hackers may have had a reason for trying to destroy your hard work, but these days the only motivation computer outlaws need is a little boredom. Thankfully Apple has released a Secure Coding Guide for developers old...

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The App Store Monster: Apple in 2013 paid developers more than double what it paid out from 2008-2012 combined

Apple on Tuesday redirected some of the tech spotlight away from CES and onto itself when it announced some remarkable numbers regarding the economics of its ever-popular App Store. Because the App Store is typically associated with low-cost and freemium apps, it's easy to forget the scale to which...

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As of February 1, Apple will require all new app submissions to be 'optimized for iOS 7'

Apple on Tuesday posted an announcement on its iOS Developer page stating that as of February 1, all new app submissions, and even app updates, must be built with the latest version of Xcode 5. What's more, all new apps and app updates must be optimized for iOS 7. So if you're a developer beholden...

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Introducing the TUAW One-to-One podcast, with first guest Brian Mueller

I'd like to introduce a new part of the TUAW family, our One-to-One podcast. This series will feature one host and one guest; focused on a particular topic, yet unafraid to weave into tangential traffic. Our first guest is the developer behind Carrot To Do, Carrot Alarm Clock and Recur. You can...

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MacBeacon and Locate for iBeacon: An inexpensive way for developers to design and test iBeacons

iBeacons are a hot topic and getting hotter. It seems like we're hearing a lot about retailers and others who are chomping at the bit to use the short-range, highly focused location technology for things as varied as in-building directions or targeted advertising. But how are developers able to...

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Apple seeds OS X 10.9.1 beta to developers

Just before the weekend, Apple seeded the first build of OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 developers. The first "X.X.1" builds are usually released fairly quickly -- and are always hotly anticipated by users -- to fix glaring and frustrating bugs that ship in the gold master version of a new major OS X...

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iTunes Connect shutdown to run from December 21 to 27 this year

Apple will be commencing its annual iTunes Connect shutdown on Saturday, December 21st this year. The shutdown will run until Friday, December 27th. During this time developers will not be able to submit app updates or price changes in the iOS and Mac App Stores. Apple announced the dates for this...

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Devs can now generate 100 promo codes per app release

Apple is now allowing developers to generate 100 app promo codes per app release, according to many developers. Before today, developers were limited to just 50 promo codes, which are usually given out to members of the press so they can review apps without having to pay for them. With the bump to...

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Apple releases Xcode 5.0.2, fixes iOS Simulator hang

After initially seeding it to developers last week, Apple has released Xcode 5.0.2 to the masses. If you're an iOS developer, you'll be happy to hear Apple has apparently fixed that nasty iOS Simulator hang bug that quite a few people were complaining about. Besides that, the new version of Xcode...

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Ever wonder what goes into updating an app? Magic Window developer tells all

The following is a guest post from Josh Michaels, the creator of Magic Window, Earthlapse and Tahoe Blue. I met Josh a few years ago and was struck by his enthusiasm for his work. There are people who love what they do, then there are people who live what they do. Josh is the latter. If you ever get...

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During the last 4 months, Apple paid out $25 million per day to iOS developers

During yesterday's media event, Tim Cook gave us his typical update on all things App Store. Specifically, Cook informed us that the App Store now houses more than 1 million apps and has seen more than 60 billion downloads. But there's one data point in particular that's worth some extra...

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Apple asking devs to submit OS X Mavericks apps

Apple has asked developers to begin submitting OS X Mavericks-optimized apps. On Apple's official News and Announcements page for developers, the company said: Submit your OS X Mavericks apps today. Make sure your app takes advantage of the great new features in OS X Mavericks when the world's...

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A simple Keyboard Maestro macro for plain-text pasting anywhere

Keyboard Maestro can be intimidating at first. I have made some extremely elaborate Keyboard Maestro macros, but today I want to show you the one that I absolutely, positively use most often. Ready? ⌥ + V (Option/Alt + V) Mind-blowing, isn't it? OK, I can see you are not convinced yet. But...

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Roll your own iBeacon with a Raspberry Pi and a Bluetooth LE dongle (Updated)

Developers who want to start experimenting with iBeacons don't need to wait for hardware to show up on the market or design their own. Radius Networks has published a quick "how-to" for developers that shows how an inexpensive Raspberry Pi and Bluetooth LE dongle can be set up in a few minutes for...

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