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BenDodson.com

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 days ago

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  • Proposal for an Erase Data Passcode

    Last month, US-born NASA scientist Sidd Bikkannavar was detained by Customs and Border Patrol agents and told he would not be released until he gave the agents the passcode to his phone. They then took his phone (containing sensitive information from NASA) for 30 minutes before returning it and letting him go. He doesn’t know what information was taken at that point although popular consensus is t...

BenDodson.com

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • Sporta 2.0

    I’m pleased to announce the release of a new client app I worked on late last year: Sporta. Sporta is an app to keep football fans up to date with the latest matches via local notifications in advance of a game. You simply select which teams you are interested in from the Premier League, Sky Bet Championship, The FA Cup, the Scottish Premiership, or international matches featuring England, Scot...

  • Booktrim for iPhone

    I’m very pleased to announce the launch of a recent client app I developed; Booktrim. Booktrim is a hassle-free app that allows customers to quickly browse barbershops, book a haircut, and pay right from their iPhone. I built the app in Swift and made use of AutoLayout to ensure that everything scales beautifully across the various iPhone Sizes and I worked closely with Trim Ventures’ API devel...

  • Don't be the idea person

    I’ve been a fan of Dilbert since the mid-‘90s1 and this week a lot of my friends (and some clients) sent me this strip from November 13th: Like most things, it’s funny because it’s true. I get several of these types of pitches per week and they never fail to amuse me. I’ve written about this in detail previously but I still get people who believe they have the next big idea and that it is worth...

  • Updates to iTunes Artwork Finder

    Last week, my iTunes Artwork Finder script stopped working due to some changes by Apple with regards to rate limiting. In the past, searching for something on my site would cause my server to send a request to Apple and get the data back but with so many people using it my server would get blocked within a few seconds. After a brief shutdown1, I’m happy to say that my iTunes Artwork Finder is now...

  • Vortech

    Update (9th Nov 2016): I’ve updated this article to reflect the new name for the app, Vortech. Whilst submitting a v1.0.1 update (adding support for some extra figures), Apple took issue with the name Dimensions so I had to change it… I’m very happy to announce that my latest self-published app, Vortech, is now available on the App Store. Vortech is a character and ability tracker for the vide...

  • Kylo Ben

    I have three main hobbies; coding, video games, and LEGO. With the first, I’m fortunate to have a flexible job that allows me to code on tons of different and varied projects every day. With the last, I’ve literally run out of space for the models I already have (most of which are over 2000 bricks in size). Video games, then, are really my main hobby. In the last year I’ve started a podcast on co-...

  • Working Remotely

    I was recently asked by Remote.co to take part in a new Q&A section about remote workers. You can read the full Q&A on their website but I’ve put some of their questions and my answers below: What advice would you give someone considering going remote? Discipline. It takes a lot of discipline to work remotely as you’ll find that it is very easy to put off a piece of work when you’re sitting at...

  • The Checked Shirt #1 - Lost AirPods, iOS 10.3 beta, App Store changes, and Invoicing

    I’m happy to announce a new podcast I’m doing fortnightly with Jason Kneen; The Checked Shirt. Every fortnight we’ll be producing a 1-2 hour show around the topics of freelance life, technology (specifically Apple), and gaming. Our first episode is available now in which we discuss the AirPods (and how easy it is to lose them), the new changes in iOS 10.3, the ability for developers to leave re...

  • Syncing Apple Music with Spotify

    Before Apple Music launched in April 2015 I was a longtime Spotify user and subscriber. I maintained a playlist I affectionately called Ben Dodson’s Definitive Hits Collection which contained nearly 45 hours of songs I thought were particularly good1. On most Tuesday nights, my friend and podcast co-host John Wordsworth and I play a few rounds of Rocket League and we will regularly have the Defini...

  • Some thoughts on Apple's new Alternative Tier A and B pricing strategy for apps

    Apple increased their prices for apps in the UK yesterday due to the current changes in the GBP vs USD exchange rate. One of the interesting changes that came with this were two new “alternate tiers” which would allow developers to maintain the previous 79p price point or drop it down to 49p. I was asked about this by BBC News and gave this quote: I don’t think many publishers will respond to ...

BenDodson.com

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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  • MailRoute blacklisting via email

    I’ve been using MailRoute on and off for the past few years1 in an effort to reduce the amount of spam in my inbox but there is one missing feature that always drives me nuts; there is no way to blacklist an email address or domain without going to their website. Whilst you can whitelist domains easily from the daily digest of caught spam, there is no feature that lets you forward spam to them in ...

BenDodson.com

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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  • Pocket Rocket for iOS 10 (now with an iMessage app)

    To coincide with the release of iOS 10, I’m happy to announce a free update is available for my app Pocket Rocket which includes several new features: First of all, I’ve added an optional tile-based interface which uses an image from the article or a random colour if one isn’t available. You can long press a tile to get options for sharing, archiving, and deleting the article and tapping will o...

  • Generating a random colour, with a seed, in Swift 3

    I’ve been working on some iOS 10 updates to Pocket Rocket1 which led me to trying to solve an interesting problem; how do you generate a random colour, with a seed, in Swift? The reason for this dilemma is that I’m going to start showing a grid view of Pocket articles and many of them do not have images associated with them. In order to break things up, I decided I’d like a random colour for the b...

BenDodson.com

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

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