Gathered version 1.1.0

Released 29th February, 2016

Release Notes

Recording

You can now record all of the data sources using the new Record tab. Recorded data can be exported in multiple ways:

  • Save to another app using the Document Picker (iOS 8+ only)
  • Share using the share extension
  • Manually copy the file using iTunes File Sharing

Bug Fixes and Improvements

Various bugs have been destroyed and other small improvements have been made, including:

  • The core functionality of Gathered has been rewritten, and is now faster, more stable, and allows each of the data sources to be recorded
  • Improved the handling of updating the values with the "Update While Scrolling" option enabled - the table should no longer "jump" while scrolling
  • The "Data Sources" tab has been renamed to "Monitor" to better reflect its use
  • Added check for whether the device supports Touch ID under the Device data source
  • Fixed a bug causing adverts to not be displayed in some situations
  • Fixed a crash that would sometimes occur when using the microphone sensor
  • Improved reliability of Cell Radio data source when switching carriers
  • Improved reliability and freshness of data of the GPS data source
  • Improved accessibility of the Monitor tab
  • Various other little bug fixes
  • Adverts are now shown on all tabs
  • The Update Frequency input will now update the "Second(s)" suffix as you type

YetiiLiib 0.2.2

Released 22nd December, 2015

Release Notes

Updated App Store URL generation

Fixed error when loading app store from generated URLs Moved logic for generating App Store URL to the AppMetaData struct Improved documentation around App Store URLs

Exploiting University Security for My Own Convenience

Published 20th December, 2015

This blog post covers an open-source timetable parsing project I released a couple of months ago. It is available at https://timetable.josephduffy.co.uk and the source is available on GitHub. The post won't go too in-depth on the technical side of the project, but rather the story of how I discovered it was possible.

Since starting my studies at the University of Huddersfield I've always wanted an easy way to see my timetable on my phone. The timetable available on the website isn't responsive and relies on POST data to display future weeks timetables, 2 things that don't work great on mobile, especially when the page is kept open in the background.

To get around this I would manually add each of my lectures and practicals to my calendar. These events could be set as recurring, however they would often need removing on specific days (such as during holidays) or have different information on another date, such as a room change. All of this eventually led me think about the famous XKCD Automation comic, so I started work on a method of automating adding it to my calendar.

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YetiiLiib Versions 0.0.1 to 0.2.1

Published between 7th December, 2015 and 10th December, 2015

It's a Duffy Thing

Published 3rd December, 2015

I recently released a major overhaul for this website. The old website used an old version Node.js and used Ghost to power the blog. I didn't find it very easy to maintain and wanted more flexibility. While the new website may not have the best design, I'm a lot happier with it overall. Along with the rewrite of the website itself, I also gave it a new name: It's a Duffy Thing. This was inspired by a shirt that my Dad bought me.

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