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Should I Use KnowRoaming International Mobile Review

Know Roaming Review – Should I Use KnowRoaming Mobile  In one word, NO. But let me explain why we think the reviews we have read online don’t live up to our experience.  Firstly, as someone who professionally travels the entire globe and who is a techno geek, data is one of the most important travel tools these days. To look up and book all sorts of things form AirBnB to Uber,, Google Maps and just staying in contact with loved ones. Getting Data is really still a huge hassle after all these years. Blackberry had the right idea to provide unlimited global packages for their devices world wide, and I personally cannot wait for Elon Must to get his 4,425 satellites up and running giving global coverage of low orbit satellite based data services. I am surprised that Apple or Google etc have not jumped in and lined up the… Read More »Should I Use KnowRoaming International Mobile Review

Telstra Mobile Overseas Data Charges

You need to be very careful of the data charges while roaming overseas. Not because the charges are ridiculously high at $16 per meg. But because Telstra Australia lie about the amount of data you download. I recently opened a 0.387 meg data connection while roaming in the USA. Only to be charged $92.39 for the privilege. Lets just say hypothetically that I did not know exactly how much data I was downloading, and ripped into the maximum possible data that could have been downloaded in the 1:23 (1 min 23 seconds). I could not have downloaded that amount of data on a 3 G Connection even if it was a good connection and not the CRAP T mobile service that is on offer in LA. So bottom line. They cheat you, and don’t provide you with proof or even the data downloaded in that time.

Apple or Android app development

It’s funny, that when we tell people we are now developing Apps for the iPhone and iPad, we get a response… “What about Android” They have a bigger market than Apple. While technically the Android is gaining ground fast, it would appear that owners of Android products don’t actually use them! Here is an extract of some data from Google Analytics about the use of iPhone, iPad and Android devices. on 15 March 2011. Notice that there is one category for Android devices. If you lump the iPhone and iPad devices into one, you get a massive    1345 vs 153.  or a whopping 11% for Android. Now if you were us and developing for a market. Would you go for the 11% market that Android has? So Android lovers, either get on your mobile devices and browse / buy like crazy, or accept that fact that your device is less… Read More »Apple or Android app development

Part 4: Talking to an asmx web service – A .net developer learns objective-c for iPhone iPad

So here i am reading up on how the cocoa touch framework doesn’t have support for working with xml too easily and its not an easy task to undertake in manually parsing a soap xml… when along comes something so amazing i may have wee’d my pants a little. Behold http://sudzc.com SudzC is an amazingly helpful website where you simply pass it a url to an asmx or upload a wsdl file, it spits you out a fully fledged example project along with reference documentation and the source code you’ll need to include to make webservice communication as easy as… Important stuff is the: [service … line and the Completed action (or event in .net speak) it returns. I simply just spat some stuff out to the log to see some results. What’s is awesome and worth mentioning (again) is what is in ws.iPhone.zip\Source\Examples. From within the zip you get… Read More »Part 4: Talking to an asmx web service – A .net developer learns objective-c for iPhone iPad

Part 2: Nappies and training wheels – A .net developer learns objective-c for iPhone iPad

Just going through some early podcast videos from the Cocoa Touch Netcast www.cocoatouchnetcast.com (search cocoatouch netcast in the itunes store). The first video is good going off the back of the videos mentioned in my last post. The 2nd video ep 2: Slider is also helpful. It clearly explains Class inheritance (a class is your code, classes can be inherited from super classes bringing with it certain functionality), actions and outlets (the way which the UI interacts back and forth with the code) and a good demo of a basic slider control flinging left to right adjusting with it the text in a label of the sliders current position. A good hello world (without the text hello world). Have a good pause at 11mins into it for a good screen explaining actions and outlets. [ViewController] outlet -> points to label action -> references a slider’s event So the code in… Read More »Part 2: Nappies and training wheels – A .net developer learns objective-c for iPhone iPad

Part 1: Baby steps – A .net developer learns objective-c for iPhone iPad

What is this? A series of blog posts about a staff member at InteractiveWebs (.net developer since .net went 1.0) taking on the challenge of transitioning to iPhone and iPad development. Brief context: Every day we live with "Object not set to an instance of an object" or "modify the web.config" this or "I’m not a xaml designer" that. Hang on a second, if I am frustrated by using Microsoft technology well developing for it is equally frustrating. But if using Apple technology is the equivalent to geek crack, then I wonder if developing for Apple and its devices are an equally enjoyable experience. Where am I at? Had a play with Monotouch http://monotouch.net and it seems like a logical step for someone like me. However it did dawn on me that I’m trying to move away from the .net way of life so in a way monotouch seems a… Read More »Part 1: Baby steps – A .net developer learns objective-c for iPhone iPad