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By Sarah Burke
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With the end of the year upon us, the folks here at Cypress North thought it would be the perfect time to announce a new product that we’ve been tirelessly working on to help make the daily activities of freelancers and small businesses easier, faster, and more convenient. What is it and how might I attain such a thing, you…

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By Matt Mombrea
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Google Volley is awesome. If you're an Android developer and you've done AsyncTask and HttpClient stuff (and there is no avoiding it), prepare for a huge relief once you get up and running with Volley. All of the leg work has been handled for you when it comes to managing the threads, dealing with a JSON response, handling errors, and…

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By Jon Nalewajek
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Today, Google announced the new Android Studio IDE at its annual Google I/O conference. It looks to be a great improvement over Eclipse, especially when developing apps for different screen sizes such as phones and tablets. However, if you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8, you may have issues running the application. Several users have reported not being able…

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By Jon Nalewajek
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Towards the end of last summer, in the middle of the work day, I received a call from a friend who is a professor at my alma mater. The call started with, "Hey, I know you're busy, but..." I was busy. I had recently moved back to Buffalo, I was working on an awesome new project with Cypress North, I…

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By Jon Nalewajek
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If you have ever worked on an iOS 5 application and came across a strange issue adding objects to a NSOrderedSet that is part of a NSManagedObject, you are not alone. This bug was reported on Open Radar on September 13, 2011, and was still reproducible in the latest versions of iOS5. Setting up the Problem To replicate the problem,…

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By Jon Nalewajek
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Earlier this week, I had the honor of sitting in as a panelist for a discussion on mobile marketing hosted by the Advertising Club of Buffalo. The talk, titled "Mobile Marketing: What is it and how we can utilize it?" focused on: Types of mobile strategies that companies could use as effective marketing tools The best practices for designing a mobile-enabled…

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By Matt Mombrea
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I'm an Android user. I have a love / hate relationship with the platform. On one hand, I love the ability to have full control over every aspect of my phone and customize it to suite my preferences (see root access). On the other hand, there is serious disparity between the quality of apps written for the platform, and similar…

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By Matt Mombrea
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If you're building an iOS app and using a UIWebView control to load web pages or HTML, you may have encountered an issue where the app seems to crash randomly while loading the HTML. We found that the crashes were more frequent when loading external web pages within our apps. This was a difficult issue to debug as you don't…

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