Apple iOS5 Cards App Asking Please Enter Your CVV

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Apple has released the iOS 5 and new Apple App Cards.

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The Cards App is an exciting and easy way to send a card to someone anywhere in the world.

One thing that did surprise me was the App asked me to: Please Enter Your CVV

This is asking you to enter the Credit Card CVV number:

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Either 3 or 4 digit number depending if you have an AMEX card or not.

Why I was surprised  was that apple usually make things incredibly easy to follow, but in this case I suspect that not everyone would know that the number on the back of your card are called CVV Numbers (Card Verification Value). Hence this post.

What to do?

Easy… if asked for the CVV number while using the Cards App. Just enter the number as you previously provided with the credit card on file with your iTunes account. That is all there is to do.

Why Do They Ask?

This is just anther way to verify that you are indeed you. It is a low level security check that the person who put the card on file is using the App.

Aviation Airline News App for iPad / iPhone / Touch

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Aviation Airline News App launch.

We are pleased this week to announce the release of our latest iPhone / iPad / Touch App. The Aviation Airline News App.

The app is a super covenant way to keep track of news and updates about a range of Airlines and Airline industry news, including:

  • Airbus
  • Boeing
  • IATA
  • ICAO
  • Qantas Airways
  • British Airways
  • Virgin Australia
  • United Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Ryanair
  • US Airways
  • Emirates
  • Continental Airlines

If you are involved in the industry or just interested in what is going on, then this app is a great way to stay updated.

See it on the App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/app/aviation-airline-news/id462360506?mt=8

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WordPress News App for iPhone / iPad Released

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WordPress News App

 

If you are a WordPress webmaster, blogger or use a WordPress website, then this iPad / iPhone App is for you.

All the latest News, Themes, Plugins, Tips and Tricks about WordPress.
A one stop point of call for all users, developers and designers who user and work with WordPress websites.

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Apps By InteractiveWebs

If you would like an App Presence of your own, for your Business Club or Association, then please contact us.

DotNetNuke iPhone iPad App Launched

If you like DotNetNuke and have an iPhone or iPad, then DotNetNuke – DNN News App if for you!

InteractiveWebs have released a DNN community specific App to help interested people say in touch with the latest goings on in the DotNetNuke world.

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http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/dnn-news-dotnetnuke-news/id448890925?mt=8#

Now you can browse the latest news, modules and skin information about the popular DotNetNuke CMS system all from your mobile device.

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The App is a native Xcode universal app (meaning it works on both the iPad and iPhone natively.

It is designed to tap into community news and information and discussions around DotNetNuke to allow you to read stay up to date with the latest news and events.

iWebs News–Now available on the iPhone and iPad

imageToday marks a big day for us at InteractiveWebs. We have had approved and released our version 2.0 update to our popular iPhone app “iWebs News”.

What’s New

The App has been totally rewritten by us, and now is released as a native Xcode iPad & iPhone app in one.

So if you have an iPad, and have previously seen our iWebs News app, then please check out the app on your iPad. It is a terrific experience.

Why is it a Big Deal for us?

Much of our focus over the last 8 months has been on enabling our team to produce rapid iPhone and iPad apps. In order to do this, we felt it necessary to develop a framework that we have called “Mushroom”.

The release of this 2.0 update for iWebs News App marks the first release of any App by us that is built entirely on our new Mushroom Framework.

Naturally we are pleased that apple process approved the app first time around, as this means that all the hard work in testing and resolving any issues paid off.

What does it mean for us?

Actually it means quite a bit! Now we have the rapid deployment framework, that is a “Universal App” running on both iPhone and iPad, we are able to use and deploy the app on behalf of our customers and clients.

Because all of the code is ours, we can take the future development in any direction we like. We are really very excited to see the result, and see how well it performs.

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Would you like your own iPhone / iPad App?

If you like what you see, and are interested in having your own business with an App like this, then please contact us to discuss your needs.

YouTube Search Results as RSS Feed

imageToday we were working on producing some custom Youtube video searches that output to RSS feed. The intent being to then consume the result into a Yahoo Pipes manipulation and ultimately use the result in a new iPhone / iPad app.

Google and Youtube have made the quite easy, which was nice.

YouTube Search as RSS

Search

If you wanted to search for the term “A380” (like the aircraft) then you would use a URL like this: http://www.youtube.com/rss/search/a380.rss 

http://www.youtube.com/rss/search/[SEARCH_TERMS].rss

Tag

If you wanted to find all the videos recently posted that are tagged “A380” you would use a URL like this: http://www.youtube.com/rss/tag/a380.rss

Two Words

The above examples can have a space in the search. "Airbus A380” would be:

http://www.youtube.com/rss/search/airbus%20a380.rss

Must have the two words

Using the + sign you can conjoin two words.

http://www.youtube.com/rss/search/airbus+a380.rss

However this appears to deliver the same results as the above search.

Google YouTube API

There is an API available to do more complex searches. These produce some interesting results. The API is available here.

YouTube User Search

Using a USER ID like ours “interactivewebs” you can find all the videos published by us using this search: http://www.youtube.com/rss/user/interactivewebs/videos.rss

Sorting

It is possible to sort the search results using a tag on the end that looks like this:

=video-date-uploaded.rss

http://www.youtube.com/rss/search/a380=video-date-uploaded.rss

Also

Did you know, you can use complex boolean searches at YouTube, and get these out as an RSS feed, but that you may need to fiddle with the feed url to get it to work properly.
You can use:
  quoted strings
  parenthesis ( …. )
  AND
  OR
  "-" for negation (or is it just excluding the next word)
in searches.  For example here is a search I just conducted:
("light sport aircraft" OR (microlight OR ultralight OR lightsportaircraft OR lsa)) AND -ultralightnews
Fancy huh.  You can grab this as an RSS by using the rss link in your browser should it provide it, however take note, that YouTube seems to cut the query short in the RSS link if it’s too long (and doesn’t fully evaluate it either if you force it), and it does not return in the expected "most recent upload" order, so some modification of the string is necessary to make it useful.  Here’s the RSS feed for the above search
http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/videos?q=(%22light%20sport%20aircraft%22%20OR%20(microlight%20OR%20ultralight%20OR%20lightsportaircraft%20OR%20lsa))%20AND%20-ultralightnews&client=ytapi-youtube-search&alt=rss&v=1&orderby=published

Returning Large Images of the Feed

We also found a neat little search that looks like this:

http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/videos?q=%28a380%29youtube-search&alt=rss&v=1&orderby=published

The end result of this produces some great looking feeds for our use.

Hope this helps others.

Using a Hex (html) color code as a UIColor

hash keyWe had a requirement to read from a plist a hex color code eg. #168240 and translate that to update a navigation controller’s navigation bar background color.

Below are two ways that were presented.

 

First (not the best) was this method using a macro, but this wasn’t obvious to us how to use it with an NSString value for the color code (we couldn’t hard code it).

//RGB color macro
#define UIColorFromRGB(rgbValue) [UIColor \
colorWithRed:((float)((rgbValue & 0xFF0000) >> 16))/255.0 \
green:((float)((rgbValue & 0xFF00) >> 8))/255.0 \
blue:((float)(rgbValue & 0xFF))/255.0 alpha:1.0]

and then use in code like this:

tintColor = UIColorFromRGB(0x168240);

 

Second (preferred) was to create a method that returns a UIColor with parameters allowing for an NSString to be passed.

-(UIColor *) colorForHex:(NSString *)hexColor {
hexColor = [[hexColor stringByTrimmingCharactersInSet:
[NSCharacterSetwhitespaceAndNewlineCharacterSet]
                 ] uppercaseString]; 
   
    // String should be 6 or 7 characters if it includes ‘#’ 
    if ([hexColor length] < 6)
return [UIColorblackColor]; 
   
    // strip # if it appears 
    if ([hexColor hasPrefix:@"#"])
hexColor = [hexColor substringFromIndex:1]; 
   
    // if the value isn’t 6 characters at this point return
    // the color black
    if ([hexColor length] != 6)
return [UIColorblackColor]; 
   
    // Separate into r, g, b substrings 
    NSRange range; 
    range.location = 0; 
    range.length = 2;
   
    NSString *rString = [hexColor substringWithRange:range]; 
   
    range.location = 2; 
    NSString *gString = [hexColor substringWithRange:range]; 
   
    range.location = 4; 
    NSString *bString = [hexColor substringWithRange:range]; 
   
    // Scan values 
    unsignedint r, g, b; 
    [[NSScannerscannerWithString:rString] scanHexInt:&r]; 
    [[NSScannerscannerWithString:gString] scanHexInt:&g]; 
    [[NSScannerscannerWithString:bString] scanHexInt:&b]; 
   
    return [UIColorcolorWithRed:((float) r / 255.0f) 
                           green:((float) g / 255.0f) 
                            blue:((float) b / 255.0f) 
                           alpha:1.0f]; 
   
}

And access it like this:

tintColor = [self colorForHex:@"#168240"];

Alternatives to SVN Subversion for xCode Development

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We use and manage an SVN server dedicated to our xCode development, but mostly because we can, not because we need to. We have the servers, knowledge and experience to do this so we did.

I thought I would suggest another way to share code among multiple developers, and still keep thorough backups of all the things you need.

There are a few exceptions and we will list them first.

1. Technically SVN allows for two people to work on the same code at the same time, and for those changes to be mashed together. Sort of. However this is not really the case. SVN does such a lame job of mashing when compared to some TFS systems we have used for years, that we would advise strongly against thinking it will solve this problem.

For this reason, we treat SVN as a single user project for modifications, but that all users can update their local copy of the code any time, and test locally.

2. SVN encourages you to keep the server repository separate and Update or download a local version for working. “A working copy”, that you can then update back to the server when ready for check in. The process works well, and forces some dev discipline.


The suggested alternative to SVN with xCode working remotely for developers

What you need:

Skype, DropBox, Time Capsule

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1. Create a DropBox account and share access to this for your developers. If you all use the same account, you can probably do this for free.

Drop Box will cache a folder to the cloud, and share that back to all users with the same account. Great service that just works!


2. Skype lets you talk to your other developers. Not really necessary, but a lever of communication is needed to ensure that you are not on the same project at the same time. This is nothing new to SVN that suffers the same problem and requires the same communication.


3. Time Capsule – This is to perform backups that are easy to revert to any point in time. We suggest that each developer has their own Time Capsule

Here is how it works

 

  1. Setup a Working folder for xCode, with a sub folder by developer name. Eg xCode Working /My Name. Setup a folder for each developer. We will call this the working folder.
  2. Setup a folder system / single folder and one sub folder for all your xCode projects. E.G. xCode Dev  with sub folders /Project1  etc
  3. Setup a different folder and sub folders for supporting files. Original images, notes etc that relate to the same projects.
  4. Make sure that Drop Box is syncing these folders and all sub folders.
  5. Drop your projects into the related xCode project folders and sync to the cloud.
  6. When it is time to work. Clear your working folder of all files.
  7. Grab a copy of your xCode files from the project folder, and drop it into your working folder.  Inform others that you have the folder checked our, by changed the folder name to: “/project1 – checked out to me” Work away.
  8. If you are online, drop box will be syncing everything you do. No problem as the xCode changes are usually small. Either online or off. Not really a big deal.
  9. When you are ready to submit your changes back to the “Server” just copy all files back to the folder that you changed to – “checked out to me”. And rename it back to it’s original name.
  10. Sync to dropbox, or let is be syncing all the time is even better.
  11. Make sure that your time capsule is backing up periodically.

Rules

1. The more connected and syncing to drop box the better.

2. Don’t work on code that is marked as check out to others, but you can grab a copy from any time and look / play with it in your working directory. You can even copy from someone’s working directory to yours.

3. Don’t check in over others checked out projects.

4. Be disciplined about notes and image originals into the correct notes folder.

That’s is. You own automates SVN in the cloud.

Disaster / Backup restore.

Easy. When you find a problem, you can use your time capsule to go back to any point in time for any project for any user directly from your time capsule. Any other team member with a time capsule can do the same.

The benefits are huge.

1. It actually gives you more protection and backup and SVN.

2. You all automatically have the latest code shared via Drop Box.

3. It costs almost nothing.

4. You have total control.

5. It works well.

xCode 4 and SVN subversion server IP address change

imageRecently we needed to change IP addresses on our SVN subversion server. We have blogged before about the SVN xCode Tips here.

What we did now though was to change the IP address of the SVN subversion server after we had already configured the connection to the server on our Mac computers.

The change process was surprising to us, and here is why.

1. We fully expected to have to much around with the entire connection thing. We were ready to refer to our above blog and re-establish connections.

2. When we fist established the new IP, and verified that it had propagated to the updated DNS listings etc, we found that xCode did not connect.

By chance we were short of time. So we rebooted the computers, and tried again. Still verifying that the IP resolved correctly etc. No joy!

With time constraints that day, we put it down and came back it it a day later.

It worked!


We effectively did nothing, and it just worked!

The strange thing was that the expiry and update of the original IP had passed when we first tested. So it should have worked first time.

We can only guess that for some reason the time between updates of the IP stored by xCode, must be longer than the TTL record of the DNS server (or something). In any case, just cool your heels for some time, and wait to see what happens.