Keef Moon

No, not that one.

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BBC News for iOS 2.0

For just over the last 4 months, I’ve been leading a small team that has been working to update the BBC News App for iPhone and iPad.

This new version went live this week and is a significant update. The App has been re-built from the ground up, allowing for a refreshed UI, and addresses a number of bugs and stability issues with the previous version.

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The update also improved the accessibility of the App, ensuring VoiceOver users can navigate the App with ease.

Response to version 2.0 has been overwhelmingly positive:

Rupert Maspero (@rmaspero)

BBC’s update to their news app is a huge improvement!

https://twitter.com/rmaspero/status/319043775282421760

Lance Andrewes (@lanceanz)

Today’s update of BBC News for iOS is a major one. Layout has been revamped, and it’s clearly faster.

https://twitter.com/lanceanz/status/316972126756286464

And the iPad App was picked an Editor’s Choice by the App Store:

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We have noticed a few niggling issues, that will hope to address with an update soon, but in all a very successful launch, and an App we are proud of.

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Sponsor me to run the London marathon (almost) barefoot

I will be running in this year’s London Marathon, and to be honest, I’ve left the fundraising quite late.

I am running to raise money for the NSPCC, which is a fantastic charity that does great work.

This is my first marathon, although I’ve run 2 half marathon’s previously. As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, I’ll be running it barefoot…. sort of.

Instead of running in cushioned trainers, I will be running the marathon in minimalist footwear that does little more than stop my feet getting cut on sharp stones.

You can find out more about barefoot and minimalist running on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barefoot_running

I am looking to reach a sponsorship goal of £2,000 so please sponsor me anything you can spare.

To sponsor me, please visit http://keef.me/barefoot-sponsor or you can text KEEF55 and an amount to 70070. For example, sending the following text:

KEEF55 £10

to 70070 would sponsor me for £10 and be much appreciated.

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So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Hotels.com App

Friday was my last day at Hotels.com, I’m leaving for a new contract at the BBC.

I have been working there for nearly a year and have enjoyed my time immensely. I have made some really good friends and greatly improved my understanding of software development practices, and I put that down to the great working environment and the skill and patience of my colleagues.

My team bought me the most amazing leaving present ever, THE BIGGEST MUG IN THE WORLD, which they all signed. Thanks all :)

Keef and Mug

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: iOS 6 Features I Didn't Know About

The second to last feature is an amazing attention to detail:

Metallic sliders across the OS now have a subtle reflection effect that is created with the accelerometer. See a video here

chadwilliamsblog:

I have compiled a list of features that I have found in iOS 6 that I did not know about. These are things that Apple has never mentioned and I love them.

Notification Center:

  • Notification Center now includes the end time of calendar events. Before, you could only see the start time and…

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I was asked to provide an simple explanation of how an iPhone App interacts with, and retrieves data from, a web service, such as we use at Hotels.com. It seems to have been really helpful for some non-technical people here, and so I thought is might be helpful for others.
Created on my journey home one day, using OmniGraffle for iPad.

I was asked to provide an simple explanation of how an iPhone App interacts with, and retrieves data from, a web service, such as we use at Hotels.com. It seems to have been really helpful for some non-technical people here, and so I thought is might be helpful for others.

Created on my journey home one day, using OmniGraffle for iPad.

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Lightbox Blog: Lightbox is joining Facebook!

I used to sit next to these guys. Congratulations Lightbox!

lightboxapp:

We started Lightbox because we were excited about creating new services built primarily for mobile, especially for the Android and HTML5 platforms, and we’re honored that millions of you have downloaded the Lightbox Photos app and shared your experiences with the Lightbox community.

Today,…