IOS Tip: Maximizing your screen space with Minimal-UI

In the olden iOS 6 days, on an iPhone you could trigger the Safari browser to hide the URL bar by telling the your website to scroll one pixel when it loads. This would kickstart the Safari browser’s built-in behavior to minimize the URL bar once you started interacting with the page.

A bit hacky? For sure, but it worked, and had become the de facto standard for web developers targeting iOS.

IOS tip: Add a Smart App Banner To Your Website

So you tried to get by with just a mobile-optimized version of your site, but it wasn’t cutting it and you built an app. How do you let iPhone users know you even have an app? Companies have tried pretty much everything under the sun and 99% of them are annoying as hell. Thankfully with IOS 6, Apple has provided a super simple standard to incoporate this. Start by adding the snippet below into…

Diving back into iPhone app development

iPhone 5

Man. It’s been 2 years since Felix and I build the Alphie app for Hasbro. At the time, our boss came to us and said “Which one of you knows how to make iPhone apps?” We looked at each other and said, “…Uh, neither of us?” To which our boss replied, “Well, you’d both better start learning. We already told the client we could.” What followed was a few months of a torturous crash course of trying…

GoPro Sledding [vid]

Snow is fun! As long as I don’t live in it. Thats’ been my life long mantra and after spending about 6 months in Utah when I was 17, I confirmed that. So I’ll stick to sunny California, but when I need my snow fix I know where to go.

Every bank should be Simple

I hate banks; the times I’ve been screwed by a bank is easily in the double digits. So I remember the first time I was excited for a new bank, when Washington Mutual came around. They were the closest thing to what could be called an un-bank (a bank without all the B.S.). I guess that plan didn’t really work out so well for them since they went bankrupt and became a part of Chase. And just lik…

From Tokyo With Love

It’s been a dream of mine for a while now to go to Japan, although to be honest I’m not 100% sure why. I guess it’s some combination of what I imagined to be the urban insanity of Tokyo plus the hi-tech gadgets they’ve had for years before we did. William Gibson novels like Neuromancer didn’t help either. In fact, I think the most accurate information I had about the country came from t…

Happy Beard Day

Yesterday my wife successfully pulled of a legitimate surprise party for my birthday, which until now I honestly didn’t think was possible. We had already planned for my parents to come down for the weekend and stay at our apartment, which for me was a big step on its own. Even though I’ve lived on my own for the past 16 years, this was the first time my parents actually came and stayed with me.

Stud of the week: Aki Hoshide

Best self portrait ever

I mean, if you are gonna take a Facebook profile pic, go big or go home, right? At least that’s the mantra Aki Hoshide lives by, Astronaut for JAXA (Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency). He casually snapped this shot while “hanging out” on a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station. Stud. Check out the rest of their Flickr photoset…

M83 crams in every telekinesis movie reference ever in 4 minutes

What happens when you make a music video that is an homage to Scanners, X-Men, X-files, Fringe, Push with a little Children of the Corn mixed in? You get this video. I will admit that the visual FX are rendered fairly well; I’d say on par with Fringe and better than any other sci-fi on network tv these days. This video probably cost more than the last 5 SyFy originals combined.

Audi eBike: awesome prototype, probably decent bike

Audi makes awesome cars. Lets just get that out of the way. I love ‘em. I would never buy one but I can really respect them. So much that some jerkface used to park his 2010 R8 in the handicapped parking spot at my gym and I kept catching myself trying to justify that kind of behavior, because… it’s a freaking R8!¬†Needless to say they know how to design automobiles that not only look killer…