Search for the creamy bokeh

My wife recently got the iPhone 7 Plus and one feature it had that my non-Plus iPhone didn’t have was the portrait camera mode, made possible by those dual lens at the back. Using this, the iPhone 7 Plus could take portrait shots that digitally blur the background, i.e. bokeh, making it look like it…

Sold my iMac for 29K yen

I’ve had my iMac for more than 6 years now, and after discussions with my wife, we decided it’s time to get a new one. Now the question is, what to do with the old iMac. Send it home The first thing to come to mind is to send it back to the Philippines. For…

Philippine Elections 2016 on Google Trends

I did a quick search on Google Trends with regard to our five presidential candidates and the result I got is interesting, but not at all surprising. If the Philippine Elections were a contest on who generates the most online buzz, i.e. “trending”, there seems to be one clear winner — Rodrigo Duterte. It’s not even close. Of…

Moneytree Review

I have been using Moneytree for a couple of weeks now since I posted my first blog about it, and I believe I am ready to give my short review. Who Moneytree is for? This is for both Japanese and foreigners living in Japan, who want to manage their personal finances including expenses, on their…

Moneytree – Promising New Personal Budgeting App

On the way home from work, I chanced upon this article featuring how this small Tokyo startup is getting funding from big Japanese banks — Mizuho, MUFJ, and SMBC, not to mention Salesforce, which is one of the world’s largest technology companies. This is notable news in Japan because Japanese banks are notoriously risk-averse, and…

Too many symbol files

Just submitted my first Swift application to iTunes Connect. Xcode says it’s successful but after the build is automatically processed by iTunes Connect, I got an email from iTunes Connect saying I have “Too many symbol files”. Here’s the email I got from iTunes Connect. Dear developer, We have discovered one or more issues with…

App Store Reviewer Could Not Confirm IAP to remove iAd

My Message Scrambler App have supported iAd since I released version 2.0, which I released in March 2014. For version 2.3, I was planning to add a feature to permanently remove the iAd using In-App Purchases (IAP). This tutorial from Ray Wenderlich was very useful when I was implementing this, and I would highly recommend…

Apple Flyover Map of Minami-Senju, Tokyo

Looks like Apple maps already has 3D flyover maps of Tokyo.  Not exactly sure when this was added but it’s good to know the city I live in now has this feature. See the picture below of Minami-Senju. It looks like a real picture taken from the sky, except when in the app, you can…

How long for Apple to approve apps

To give you some idea on how long Apple actually approves apps, I’ve posted here the schedule for 2 versions of my Message Scrambler app. One version went to “Waiting for Upload” state on March 1st, and went to “Ready for Sale” state on March 5th.

Migrated Blogs to use Google+ Comments

I’ve just migrated my blogs to use Google+ Comments to replace the legacy Blogger comments. Here is a short summary based on my few-days-experience:

From iOS 4 to iOS 7

I’ve just renewed my iPhone developer account (¥8400 per year) and am current updating my old app from when I developed them in 2010 to now. Many things have changed for the better and I was able to migrate my app in just one weekend.