The Fuzz Weekly Wrap: September 29, 2014

Kano Ships Its First 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits, Fueled By $1.5M Kickstarter Kano Computing, a startup that plays in the learn to code space by adding a step-by-step hand-holding layer atop the Raspberry Pi single-board microcomputer to make hacking around with code and learning about computational thinking child’s play, has shipped all the hardware kits in its first batch of crowdfunded orders and pre-orders. View Article

Apple's iOS 8 Rapidly Overtakes Android's KitKat In Under Five Days Five days after the public release of iOS 8, it has been installed on 25.95% of eligible iPads and iPhones. That compares to an installation rate of 48.41% for iOS 7 and 41.07% of iOS 6 in the same timescale. The data...

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The Fuzz Weekly Wrap: September 22, 2014

Apple Sells 4M iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Pre-Orders In Opening 24 Hours As it usually goes, when Apple launches a new product previous sales records are smashed. During the initial pre-order weekend, 4 million devices were ordered. To put that in perspective: during the same pre-order period for the iPhone 5 launch, only 2 million devices were ordered. View Article

How to design for thumbs in the Era of Huge Screens Devices keep getting bigger while our hands stay the same size. Meaning as we design and develop new apps we have yet another thing to consider: can the user even reach the top of the screen? View Article

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iOS Development with CocoaPods

At Fuzz Productions, we make extensive use of code libraries to cut down our development time and add a level of consistency to our mobile and web projects. This also helps with app stability because we reuse proven code. The problem with using the same libraries for multiple projects is that libraries evolve and change. Sometimes those changes can break an entire project. So how do we remedy that problem? With proper versioning. In the past, we used git submodules to handle versioning, but have recently switched to CocoaPods, as they are a little less clunky. This article will reveal a bit of what we've learned, and Fuzz’s house rules involving CocoaPods.

Our Motivation For Change

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The Fuzz Weekly Wrap: September 15, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About Apple's Event As everyone is aware, Apple held a little event last Tuesday to announce a few new products. The presentation livestream was a little shaky, leaving a lot of viewers either staring at the schedule screen or listening to a Chinese translation of something they couldn't see. Apple announced a few new devices during the keynote: a new iPhone that comes in two sizes, 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, with a plethora of new features and specs to keep designers and developers on their toes. The long awaited Apple Watch was revealed, and will be packed with sensors to monitor movement along with heart rate, though it won't be available until...

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Accidental Love Letter: 18 Months at Fuzz

After much hand-wringing, I find myself writing this short advisory. This post began as an examination of the last 18 months of my employment and ended as a love letter to my employer. If it seems like I sometimes verge on bootlicker's hyperbole, I can only report that it's all in earnest. Intrigued? Intriguing! Let's get on with it.

My employment at Fuzz began almost accidentally. A friend of a friend (friend of a cousin/friend, actually) asked if I was interested in "seeing what's going on at Fuzz," which turned out to be his way of inviting me to a two-hour-long interview. I might still owe him a bottle of whiskey for that.

I quickly learned that Fuzz...

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