Episode 159 – Walking Into Traffic

Our askMTJC wonders how many fingers we store on Touch ID. We follow up on how Apple will have us change how we use the next iPhone. We discuss how deep learning is used to shape Siri’s voice, the cost of building apps, and HDR video. Jaime tells us about Microsoft and Amazon’s will combine digital assistants. You can check which of your iOS apps won’t work with iOS 11. Apple and Accenture will partner to build apps. We look at Google’s release of ARCore as an answer to ARKit. Picks: WTF Auto Layout, HIG: Augmented Reality, 360|iDev 2017 Highlights.

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Episode 130 – Like a Russian Nesting Doll

This week are joined by Greg Heo as we wade into RxSwift. We follow up on upgrading to 64-bit apps. We discuss the possibility of an OLED screen coming to the 8th iPhone model. Greg brings up the preferred software languages of weekend developers. We discuss where to define a notification? We watch Greg dance around as we quiz him on RxSwift*. Picks: Editing your macOS Dictionary, Apple’s deep learning frameworks: BNNS vs. Metal CNN, Swift Summit 2016 videos are being released! and what goes into an advance iOS/Swift course.

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Cocos2d 2.x vs iOS 7

A quick note about getting lots of errors when building your cocos2d app under Xcode 5.1 and iOS 7.1. It took me by surprise  after updating Xcode, so I thought I post this.

Cocos2D 2.x is not 64-bit ready. So you will need to set your Architecture to 32-bit.

Select your target.
Choose Build Settings.
Change the Architecture to $(ARCH_STANDARD_32_BIT).

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Ready, Set Snow Leopard

Q. Before we upgrade to Snow Leopard, I want to ask you if you have tried the system and if there are conflicts from the software I’m running?

A. Yes, I have tried Snow Leopard as I updated one of my primary Macs as soon as Apple sent me my copy. However before I upgraded I made sure that I had a good backup and I even “cloned” my hard drive. I have not upgraded all of my computers yet because there are still some conflicts.

You can clone your hard drive with “Carbon Copy Cloner” or “SuperDuper” software. Cloning makes an exact copy of very file on your hard drive on a second hard drive; including the System, Applications, all of your own data and most importantly the files critical to booting your Mac. Make sure you have “make bootable” checked and you should start the Mac from the clone to test that it works.

Snow Leopard is not only Apple’s latest upgrade to its Mac OS X operating system (also know as version10.6) but it is the next step in the Macintosh’s migration to Intel and 64-bit processing. The majority of the operating system has been written to take Advantage of the 64-bit capabilities in modern computers. In theory a 64-bit wide cpu can address up to 16.8 million terabytes of RAM – although today’s computers have an artificial memory limit.

You may have heard that some of the low end MacBooks cannot boot into 64-bit. In fact at this point in time it is not terribly important to boot into 64-bit since there is still a fair amount of 32-bit software in use. The Intel Mac’s can switch between 32-bit and 64-bit when it is required but if they boot in 64-bit mode they cannot run 32-bit code.

I recently purchased a MacBook Pro 13 with 2 GB or Ram and was a little disappointed with its initial performance. As soon as I upgraded it to Snow Leopard it came to life and is now snappier and much more responsive. So I would encourage you to seriously consider upgrading.

Before you do you should make a list of all the software you use regularly and pay close attention to items you depend on. You can find a growing list of software compatibility here: http://snowleopard.wikidot.com/ If you are in publishing, you may want to note that Extensis Fusion is reportedly not compatible at the time I am writing. You can also go to the manufacturer’s web sites where they will have published their Snow Leopard status. Users have also reported that while some titles are not officially supported they are running without too much fuss.

We recently tested Extensis Fusion 1.0 on Snow Leopard and it seemed to work fine. There have also been reports that Adobe CS3 works for the most part. So while we strongly recommend that you check with your software manufacturers about compatibility all is not lost. You can create a clone drive as mentioned above and test the upgrade on the cloned version of your system.

So do your homework, back up and/or clone your Mac, get a copy of Snow Leopard ($35 CDN) and enjoy!