Decisions on coding my next app

Geek Alert! My next app will need a sophisticated database. I had planned to use Apple’s Core Data framework which seemed perfect for the job, but since then I’ve learned that there’s a relatively new kid on the block, namely Realm. Core Data’s competence is not in question, but I’ve read a fair bit on […]

All apps are now compatible with iOS8

All the recent updates to Black Tablet apps have now been approved by Apple and all run just fine on the shiny new iOS8. Dicewords will run on iOS 6 and upwards, but the others require iOS7 as a minimum.

Something quirky

A sequence of events recently prompted me to code up a quirky SciFi but retro inspired app. It’s just about done and I plan sending it to Apple no later than Friday. More will be revealed when it’s on the App Store. In my continuing tradition, it’s nothing like any of my other apps … […]

Hypercard’s morphed child

Years ago, I helped start the Brighton LETS (Bright Exchange) along with four others and needed some software to run it. The only available software to run a LETS which everyone used across the country (and perhaps further afield) was written for DOS and was vile. I was unemployed at the time and thought maybe […]

Empty design

There’s a strange trend in apps at the moment and it’s exemplified by having almost no interface. I suppose Clear is perhaps the obvious example but others are appearing too. I often read reviews of apps, possibly written by 15 year olds who want “the latest thing” and get really excited about minimalist interfaces as […]

The death of Steve Jobs

What a sad, sad day. Apple are inviting comments via email on their website at www.apple.com/uk so I sent this earlier today: Until today, I have never cried for the death of someone I’ve never known personally. I knew it was coming, but not so soon. So soon. His Stanford address says so much about […]