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Kitten Block: Now for iOS

Since I published the Chrome version, the most common request I’ve received from Kitten Block users is a version for iOS. But given that Safari on iPhone and iPad devices doesn’t support desktop-style add-ons, this has never been possible – until now. With iOS 9, and subject to some limitations, noted below, Apple has made […]

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The best iOS game you’re not playing: 太鼓の達人

If you’ve ever been in a Japanese video game arcade, there’s one machine you can’t miss: Taiko no Tatsujin (太鼓の達人), AKA the one with the two huge drums (photo above by Amy Jane Gustafson). It’s a hugely fun game, not least because it’s so simple: there are only really four things you need to learn: […]

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Can you travel to Gatwick Airport using Oyster or Contactless?

No, you can’t. If you try to visit this London airport using Transport for London’s Oyster or Contactless payments, you’ll find a line of ticket inspectors waiting to fine you – and everyone else who makes the same mistake – £20. Plus you’ll get charged a maximum fare on Oyster or Contactless for not ending your […]

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How To: Push Mag+ MIB files via Automator

At work at Apptitude Media, we make interactive digital magazines, brochures and the like using the Magplus system – both for ourselves, and for clients. One of the final stages of any project is to send the finished MIB content file to a device for testing – it’s an action we perform several times each […]

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How To: Write a RTing Twitter bot in PHP

File this one under “stuff I’ve been meaning to look up for ages”: yesterday I finally sat down and wrote a Twitter-bot. You know the kind – a dedicated account that looks for updates containing a certain word or phrase, then retweets them – I often end up being tweeted by @redscarebot, for example. Anyhow, […]

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The Robot Reporter

Hello. If you’re visiting this post, you’ve probably spotted @theroboreporter on Twitter. Or maybe it retweeted you, and you’ve asked why, or asked it to delete a tweet. In any case, here’s what you need to know: @theroboreporter isn’t a person, it’s software. Here’s what it does: 1) Journalists all around the world scour Twitter […]

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App Preview Videos for Newsstand

If you’re promoting an interactive magazine – and if you’re putting a magazine on a tablet, it really should be interactive – nothing really shows it off like a video, so we’ve been producing preview videos of our apps, like the one above, for some time. But with iOS8 comes the new option to embed […]

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Japan on a Budget: Sapporo to Ueno on the Hokutosei

Having returned from Furano to Sapporo, I needed to get back to Tokyo in time to fly back home. There’s one simple and obvious way to do that: domestic flights from New Chitose airport to Haneda run just about every 30 minutes, take 90 minutes, and aren’t too expensive. Instead, I took a 16 hour long […]

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