iOS 5.1 Features Round-up

iOS 5.1 Features Round-up

iOS 5.1 has been released,  but what new goodies does it offer? Read on to find out.

This latest version of the iOS software for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is not a major update, but provides a fistful of tweaks that erase some of its irritations. iOS 5.1 adds a camera shortcut to the lock screen of iPhones and iPod touches, for even faster quick-fire photography.

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How To Make A Simple iPhone Game with Cocos2D – open source game engine

How To Make A Simple iPhone Game with Cocos2D – open source game engine

Cocos2D is a powerful library for the iPhone that can save you a lot of time while building your iPhone game. It has sprite support, cool graphical effects, animations, physics libraries, sound engines, and a lot more.

I am just starting to learn Cocos2D, and while there are various useful tutorials on getting started with Cocos2D out there, I couldn’t find anything quite like what I was looking for – making a very simple but functional game with animation, collisions, and audio without using too many advanced features. I ended up making a simple game of my own, and thought I’d write a tutorial series based on my experience in case it might be useful to other newcomers.

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FaceWrapper-iphone for iOS

FaceWrapper-iphone for iOS

Wrapper class to detect faces from http://face.com, you will need an API key and API Secret which you can get in developer.face.com.

This controller implements a custom object called FWObject where you can set properties to find in the image.

You can search faces using REST or POST service and you can receive JSON or XML response but you always get a NSDictionary with all data, you don’t have to parse the raw response.

Dependencies: This projects uses FBGraph to connect Facebook and SBJSON

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integrate Twitter in iOS 5

integrate Twitter in iOS 5

These days, social networks are a huge part of our daily lives. Not only do we access social networks via their dedicated websites like twitter.com or facebook.com, but we also find social features in apps, websites, blogs, video games, and more.

Adding some social features into your apps can really help you increase the virality of your app, help you identify and retain customers, and can boost the polish and added value of your app.

Until now, adding social features into apps has been a pain. Not only do you have to use a different API for each social network, but users have to constantly log into each one of them for every app they use.

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Storyboards in iOS 5 part 2

Storyboards in iOS 5 part 2

In this second and final part of the tutorial series, we’ll cover segues, static table view cells, the add player screen, and a game picker screen!

We’ll start where we left off last tutorial, so open your project from last time, or go through the previous tutorial first.

OK, let’s dive into some of the other cool new features in Storyboarding!

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Storyboards to build user interfaces on iOS 5

Storyboards to build user interfaces on iOS 5

Storyboarding is an exciting new feature in iOS 5 that will save you a lot of time building user interfaces for your apps. To show you what a storyboard is, I’ll let a picture do the talking. This is the storyboard that we will be building in this tutorial:

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