Bleacher Report eclipses ESPN as the top Sports app

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Business | No Comments

Congratulations to our client Bleacher Report for unseating ESPN as the top free Sports app in the app store charts!

ModCloth’s Fit for Me launch covered by CNet

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Business | No Comments

Huge congratulations to our client ModCloth on launching Fit for Me!

Objective-C Singleton Pattern Updated For Testability

Objective-C Singleton Pattern Updated For Testability

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in BDD, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, Software Development, TDD | 11 Comments

At Two Bit Labs we do a fair amount of unit testing. In places where we use singletons we use a variation on the the Objective-C dispatch_once pattern of thread safe singleton creation. This variation supports resetting the singleton or replacing it with a mock object. That way in our unit tests we can do […]

GSM 0338 encoding for SMS

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in iOS, Mac OS X, Mobile Applications | One Comment

Here’s a little Objective-C helper class we wrote to make it easier to convert NSString’s to GSM 03.38 encoding on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac: Handles stripping out characters not included in the GSM0338 character set Calculates the length of a GSM 0338 string (e.g. ^,[,|,etc each require 14 bits instead of 7 Gives you […]

Congrats to our client Bleacher Report on their acquisition by Time Warner’s TBS

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Business | No Comments

Huge congratulations to our client Bleacher Report on their acquisition by Time Warner TBS

Kickstart your apps with the iOS Xcode Starter Project

Kickstart your apps with the iOS Xcode Starter Project

We created the iOS Xcode Starter Project to make it quick and easy to start a new iPhone or iPad app. Our goal was to create a template to save the hours of effort it takes on a new project configuring essential open source libraries, the unit and functional testing environments, analytics, multiple targets, multiple […]

The reviews are in!

So be honest: What’s your answer to the question “Do you enjoy reading the latest app store reviews for your app?” (a) “Our users are so smart, kind, and thoughtful that I relish the chance to read their pearls of wisdom.” (b) “Unless they’re written on the bottom of a pint glass, no.” (c) “I’d […]

TechCrunch covers FarFaria, the new iPad app we helped out on

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in iOS, iPad, Mobile Applications | No Comments

TechCrunch covers FarFaria, the new iPad app we helped out on

Enable memory warnings in the iOS simulator to catch crash issues

Enable memory warnings in the iOS simulator to catch crash issues

One common crash issue that’s tough to catch during iOS development of UIViewControllers is the unloading and re-loading of views due to memory warnings. The viewDidUnload method ONLY gets called when a memory warning comes in, NOT as part of the regular view lifecycle. During development it’s likely you may never get a memory warning, […]

Use NLC to simulate flaky mobile networks when testing

Use NLC to simulate flaky mobile networks when testing with NLC