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The WWDC Keynote and Our Impressions

Last week, the Worldwide Developer Conference  was hosting the freshest features of Apple’s platforms, like iOS and OS X, along with technical lab sessions, Apple Design Awards and other meetings about the tech industry. The WWDC keynote presentation happened a few days ago and we’ve gathered here at our office to watch what the Cupertino company had to show to us.

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Business

Bridging the Gap with Remote Team Collaboration

Back in 2012, New York-based Foursquare opened a second office in San Francisco. The objective was to use the talent pool from the Silicon Valley, home for many venture capitalists and top coders. However, remote operations aren’t a given, as we could see many major companies falling back on this model – in the same period, Tumblr brought half of their new hires from the West Coast to New York, because of their loyalty with the Big Apple. A year later, Yahoo ordered their remote workers to go back in the office. And BestBuy’s CEO, Hubert Joly, also terminated the company’s Remote-Only Work Environment Program (ROWA), which encouraged productivity anywhere, anytime, as long as the job was done. In Foursquare’s case, the new office maneuver wasn’t a bad move, but they had yet to narrow the distance between employees working in the same project. So how did they do it?

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Business

Going offshore: outsourcing app development

All over the world, many praise the advantages of outsourcing app development overseas, while others had a really hard time in their offshore projects. The question here is how to deliver your product faster to the market, spending the least amount of money possible in the process. To try answering this, we’ve listed three advices about a few constants on the subject:

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Technical Opinion

Apple Watch Apps x iPhone Apps?

The first prototype of the Apple Watch was an iPhone with a Velcro strap, but the intention of the development team wasn’t to replicate the experience on your wrist. It was just a simulation, created for testing core functions of what Apple’s wearable could absorb from the smartphone. However, a great number of app developers didn’t catch the idea. They made apps as if the watch was a replacement for the iPhone and that was not the plan, at all.

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Technical Design

10 Hottest iOS Trends: Look and Feel

It’s been a while since our last post about iOS trends, so it’s time to check out the coolest looks for Apple’s system. In that occasion, we’ve only curated Objective-C libraries. In this post, however, we’ll also spend some time looking for Swift goodness too. Without further ado, let’s see our ten picks for the hottest libraries for iOS:

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Technical Design

12 Hottest Looks for Android Applications

Here at Cheesecake, we strive to achieve not only the best app performance, but also a better presentation. As we already covered for iOS, GitHub libraries can be life (and time) savers, and with Android’s competitive market, the smallest difference can be fundamental for engaging users. If you also want to work with the best open-source libraries to deliver a nice and responsive experience for everyone, check out the 12 hottest – and trendiest – Java libraries for Android:

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Technical Opinion

Should I develop hybrid mobile apps? Nope (at least not yet)

Hybrid apps are a very controversial subject when it comes to mobile app development trends. This topic has been receiving a lot of attention in the past couple of years, but even so the technology has never been massively adopted by the market. This post will explain why we still don’t recommend them (in 90% of the cases).

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Technical Opinion

"Obj-C and Swift, not Obj-C vs. Swift" by Colin Cornaby

(Published in March, 5, 2015, at colincornaby.me)

On Twitter, I’ve been vocal that I don’t believe Obj-C is going away any time soon. For reference, Apple’s stance on the matter is:

“Objective-C is not going away, both Swift and Objective-C are first class citizens for doing Cocoa and Cocoa Touch development.”

It’s important to note that while there are a lot of community websites stating that Swift is the replacement for Obj-C, that has never been any sort of official position from Apple.

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