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    Adam Mark on November 15, 2012

    The latest version of the App Cloud SDK (1.12) allows developers to capture photos and videos from a user's camera or library and post them to a remote server. This functionality presents all kinds of possibilities for apps that depend on media capture and sharing. Here's a bare-bones example that shows how to capture a new image from the user's camera. First, listen for a tap event on a button: Read More →

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    Adam Mark on November 15, 2012

    The latest version of the App Cloud SDK (1.12) allows developers to launch a native modal email window inside an app instead of bouncing users into an external program (by way of a "mailto" link). Here's some sample code that shows how to listen for a "tap" event on a button before launching a modal email window: Read More →

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    Adam Mark on November 15, 2012

    When I talk to developers about App Cloud, they often ask, “How is App Cloud different from PhoneGap?” Without missing a beat, I give my stock answer: “PhoneGap is great, but App Cloud gives you so much more.” The matter of more has always nagged at me—more is not necessarily better—so I decided to do an apples-to-apples comparison from a Web developer’s perspective. I built the same app twice, first on PhoneGap, then on App Cloud, and graded each system on the strength of its platform capabilities, development model, and service offerings. Read More →

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    Kristin Leighton on October 4, 2012

    Earlier this year we announced and demonstrated a new capability within our App Cloud mobile app platform for creating dual screen apps for Apple TV. These dual screen experiences enable viewers to stream programs to their TV while enjoying relevant content from the same publishers via a mobile app. Read More →

  • Todd Yard on October 3, 2012

    With App Cloud’s dual screen video APIs, developers can easily take advantage of Apple TV technology to create an application that streams HD video to the television screen while providing a secondary screen on their iPad or iPhone for navigation to control or enhance that video experience. Read More →

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    Adam Mark on September 20, 2012

    The latest version of the App Cloud SDK (v1.11) introduces a new type of event for monitoring whether the user is online or offline. It's simple to use: $(bc).on("connectionstatechange", function(evt, data) { if (data.online) { // do something } else { // do something else } }); Now you can take appropriate action at the moment a user's connection goes in or out. For example, say you want to show a status indicator: Read More →

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    Adam Mark on September 19, 2012

    While Markup.js comes with more than 40 built-in pipes for everyday use, I always write a few custom pipes whenever I build an App Cloud app. Here are some of my favorites. Read More →

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    Adam Mark on September 15, 2012

    For many developers, App Cloud is a one-stop shop for all their application needs. It's got a robust SDK and a sweet suite of runtime cloud services like image transcoding, data feed optimization, and cross-platform push notifications. But no platform can do everything. While App Cloud is primarily concerned with delivering content to apps, services like Kinvey can help you manage the river of data that users might generate from inside those apps. Read More →

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    Adam Mark on August 24, 2012

    Web designers are doing amazing things with responsive design techniques thanks largely to CSS Media Queries. I use media queries all the time in my App Cloud apps to create different layout for landscape and portrait modes. Here, a little CSS goes a long way: Read More →

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    Adam Mark on August 23, 2012

    Learn how to use Markup.js, a lightweight JavaScript templating engine, to generate HTML on the fly. Read More →