Screenshot App: beautiful app screenshots

A great tool to create screenshot with mockup to publish on the AppStore 

Get Screenshot App: beautiful app screenshots on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Average App Store Review Times – iOS App Store – Rolling Annual Trend Graph

Wonder why your app review is so slow for publication on the AppStore? Seems to be the trend…..

iOS App Store – Rolling Annual Trend Graph. The graph shows the rolling annual trend of average review times. The average for each day on the graph is calculated using a truncated mean average based on the preceding 14 days.

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Learn the language: What code should you learn? (infographic)

"Learn the language: What code should you learn? (infographic)" http://www.siliconrepublic.com/careers/item/38536-learn-the-language-what-co

SQL, Java, Ruby, Python and more – with so many programming languages in existence, which one should a would-be coder learn? It depends on its use, reveals a new infographic about the languages.

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In pictures: The bank bailout – an illustrated history

Back in 2008……

Six years ago on Tuesday the government made the biggest financial decision in Irish history, guaranteeing the loans of Irish banks. The artist Fergal McCarthy looks back on the night and the events leading up to it

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How a €39 euro rent became 75€ for one day! at europcar IrelandReally bad experience this week-end…

How a €39 euro rent became 75€ for one day! at europcar Ireland

Really bad experience this week-end while renting a small car for one day at europcar ireland: a €39 euro rent became 75€ for one day!
I chose to rent a car for 1 day during the week end because the price advertised on www.europcar.ie was acceptable: ~€39 for one day. (otherwise I would have to use taxi).
There was no proposition for a complementary insurance online.
And the description on the website for the price is as below:
“Price includes
Collision damage waiver (Excess to 1200,00 EUR)
Theft waiver (Excess to 1200,00 EUR)
Premium Station Surcharge (Id:4633)
Premium Station Surcharge
VAT included”
So looks like there is everything in the price.

Then I went to Dublin city center office to get my car.
When I was there I was asked if I wanted a complementary insurance for €26 to cover any damage on the car, without this insurance I should pay until €1200 if any damaged was done to the car. I answered that I was not interested.
Then the europcar employee told me that they will have to withhold €1200 on my credit card.
I don’t have a credit card, only a visa debit. So I was forced to pay for the insurance.
And when I gave my card to pay, the price suddenly became €36,73!
The employee told me: “€26 is without tax” with the better smile she had.
That’s simply unscrupulous: since when, in Ireland do we announced prices without tax?
Second thing: other Rent company does not withhold a franchise on your credit card if you don’t want the insurance!
If you don’t have a credit card, that’s a really unscrupulous way to force you to take a insurance, especially if you lie on the price on the first place: the europcar employee never said the €26 price was without tax!

Update: after long discussion on twitter europcar refund me the VAT on the insurance because I shouldn’t have been quoted a price without VAT. Then I discovered as well that on top of making me pay €100 for the fuel, just in case (this is refund to you if you bring  back the car with a full tank) they add a €7.20 cost for credit card charge. This was refund to me as well, with this comment from the europcar employee : “I’ve refunded that also Florence, to remove any other complications.”, probably meaning that’s not usually refunded.

 

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“A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re…

"A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product."
Not sure that everyone realises ;)

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Trinity College Yesterday morning #dublin #ireland

Trinity College Yesterday morning #dublin #ireland

13/09/2014 - 1

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xinsight mobile development: Using a Repeating NSTimer in a UIViewController

Tricky timers……

Using a Repeating NSTimer in a UIViewController. 09 Jun 2011. I often find myself needing a repeating timer as part of a UIViewController . For example – in my recent app Cosmos Timer on the alert sound selection screen, I wanted to check the mute switch status once a second.

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Blocks, Operations, and Retain Cycles

A good proof by example that even ARC is not always safe for memory.

There’s been some great discussions in the iOS community lately about the
pitfalls of Objective-C and things to watch out for while developing iOS
apps.  One of our projects at Mutual Mobile recently encountered a very
difficult to diagnose issue that I wanted to describe so that hopefully
others can avoid this happening to them.  The issue involved leaking images
which resulted in a memory pressure warning and subsequent crash.  We kne…

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