HomeKit ❤️ LIFX

HomeKit ❤️ LIFX

Every three months or so I found myself looking at Philips Hue and since iOS 10 came around with its deep HomeKit integration the desire for home automation has be higher. One thing that always put me off about the Hue system is the price. To buy into the system it's at least £100 for one of their starter kits including the mandatory hub and bulbs (£150 if you want colour bulbs), and then £50 a pop for subsequent colour bulbs on top. For someone who wasn't totally sold on smart lights it's an expensive entry fee. The alternative I'd…

What's going on with Fetch?

Last Wednesday evening we received a notification from Apple that Fetch had been removed from the App Store. They cited the following rule and sent some screenshots accompanying the notice of the transfers screen. 22.4 Your app falls into a category of apps that are often used for illegal file sharing, which does not comply with the App Store Review Guidelines. We submitted an appeal to this rejection to the App Store Review Board and was told we would hear a response within one business day. This was submitted late on Thursday so we thought we'd hear back on…

Fetch 2

Fetch 2

Last year I started working on my first iOS app as a way to learn Swift. What I built turned out to be a fairly popular client for Put.io. With the release of the Apple TV, porting the app was a no brainer and with it came additional features — chiefly the matching of posters and metadata. After a couple of updates my attention moved back to the iPhone and iPad in November, and for the last 5 months I've been working on a huge update… What's new? There's a lot of new stuff in Fetch 2 — from minor tweaks…

Mixing TVML and UIKit without a server

Mixing TVML and UIKit without a server

When building for tvOS Apple gave us two approaches. A fully native app could be built using UIKit, storyboards and everything developers have been familiar with when building apps for iOS. However, Apple also opened up their TVML and TVJS platform that has been used on Apple TV 2 and 3 by the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Now TV. This approach allows for apps to be created using a simple XML markup and JavaScript. That sounds great but when using TVML you're required to use a separate server to handle the logic of populating data and navigating between views.…

Peach.cool — API, PeachKit & Peach for Mac

Peach.cool — API, PeachKit & Peach for Mac

So Peach stumbled onto the scene Friday. If you haven't heard of it, it's this cool new social network that lets you post cool stuff using "magic" words. Currently it's only available on iOS which, while great means that I can't really check it while I'm in work. I did some sniffing by routing my iPhone through Charles to see if I could find out how the thing interacts and if there's an API I could latch onto to build a Mac app. It turns out there totally is. Peach's API The API is completely there and totally,…