My Favorite iOS 7 APIs Part 1: iBeacons and Multipeer Connectivity

Since Xamarin provides full native capabilities, developers don't need to wait for us to exploit iOS 7's awesome new APIs, such as:

  • iBeacon: This, to my mind, is the stealth API of the release. An iBeacon is a Bluetooth device (just iOS devices for now, but Apple says they'll release …

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3D Maps in iOS 7 with Xamarin

It's trivially simple to show 3D maps in iOS 7:

[code lang="csharp"]
var target = new CLLocationCoordinate2D(37.7952, -122.4028);
var viewPoint = new CLLocationCoordinate2D(37.8009, -122.4100);
//Enable 3D buildings
mapView.ShowsBuildings = true;
mapView.PitchEnabled = true;

var camera = MKMapCamera.CameraLookingAtCenterCoordinate(target, viewPoint, 500);
mapView.Camera = camera;


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Full Screen Content and EdgesForExtendedLayout in iOS 7

One of the difference that jumps out dramatically to a programmer -- especially those of us who typically build our UIs in code rather than using a visual design surface -- is the new "full-screen content" concept.

This is particularly evident with UINavigationControllers. This picture shows the difference between the default …

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Breaking Bad Ending Prediction

Going on record with my Breaking Bad prediction:


Decrypt with:

var key = new Rfc2898DeriveBytes("BreakingBadEndingPrediction", "o6806642kbM7c5");
var bytes = Convert.FromBase64String(cipherText);
using (var msDecrypt = new MemoryStream(bytes))
aesAlg = new RijndaelManaged();
aesAlg.Key = key.GetBytes(aesAlg.KeySize / 8);
aesAlg.IV = ReadByteArray(msDecrypt);
var …
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Kiteboarding: Four Days Since Our Last Tiger Shark Attack

I am holding a bar while floating in a murky bay, slowly drifting towards a shipping channel. If I pull on the bar, 6 things can happen, only 1 of which is good. Not to mention the tiger shark. The tiger shark doesn't care whether I pull the bar or …

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# ChromeCast Home Media Server: Xamarin.iOS FTW!

As I blogged about last weekend, I got a ChromeCast and had a simple-enough time creating an iOS-binding library for Xamarin.iOS, allowing me to program the ChromeCast in C# (or F#, maybe next weekend…).

This weekend, I wrote a simple Home Media Server that allows me to stream… well …

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For Immediate Release...


NEANY Inc. to Exhibit Unmanned Solutions at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2013

\~ Arrow UAV, Ground Control Station, and Unmanned Surface Vehicle will be on display\~

Hollywood, MD - August 07, 2013 ( --

NEANY Inc., an industry leader in providing time-sensitive tactical solutions for a variety …

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Programming the ChromeCast with Xamarin

ChromeCast Notes

I guess I got under the wire with the Netflix deal, so the net cost of the thing was \\(11. Even at \\)35, it's a no-brainer for a developer to pick up and see if they can target.


Very good OOBE: plug it in to HDMI port …

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