Monthly Archives: December 2015

Great News For iOS Gamers

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Gamevice has turned iPhone into something like PS Vita. They created an iOS gamepad which is doing exactly like what we wished all mobile controllers had been doing for years: latching onto the sides of phone to unify it and controller giving us what feels like a portable gaming console that happens to run iOS games.
The controller is feeling good in hand. As you’re starting to use it, you will forget that you’re using a smartphone and get caught up in the game forever like a maze.
It is available now from apple, online and in-store, and soon will be available in other retailers’ stores. It costs US $100.
As you can see from picture, the company added standard inputs: four triggers, four action buttons, D-Pad and two sticks exactly like other known game controllers. But the question is will PlayStation and Xbox start to lose its audience or will loyal audience stay with them?
Please share your opinion with us. What do you think will happen?

Android Update Could Bring Split Screen to Google Tablets

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Members of Google’s Pixel C team hinted in a Reddit question and answer session last week that a split screen capability for the tablet is in the works.

According to Google’s director of consumer hardware Andrew Bowers, the company is working on a myriad of new features and improvements for next year’s Android 7.0 upgrade (called N for short).

“We’re working on lots of things right now for N that, of course, we wish we had, you know, yesterday,” Bowers wrote. “But we’d spoil the surprise of N if we shared all of them. Split screen is in the works!”

The update is expected to be made available in October or November 2016, based on Android’s update launch history.

The addition of the split screen feature would bring Google’s tablets up to speed with those from Windows and Apple, which got screen sharing technology with Windows 8 in 2012 and with iOS 9 in September, respectively.

While Apple currently allows up to two apps to share the screen with its Split View, Microsoft’s Windows 10 update brought users the ability to view up to four apps simultaneously.

What is the point of open source swift?

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As developers, they will be able to create iOS and OS X apps on non apple systems and will guarantee of 100% compatibility.
Not only this, even they will be able to develop android apps, windows apps, or client-side web apps using swift, which is barely a year and half old.
They will have full capacity to contribute improvements to the design and implementation of swift.
But what about us who are not programmers?
There will be flood of new developers who always wanted to create iOS and OS X apps but they couldn’t due to lack of proper resources.
So you can expect a lots of awesome fast apps to come out over the next few years. No headache, no crash, no frozen apps.
The future of swift will be exciting and we cannot wait to be part of it.

Advance Custom ListView Using RecycleView

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In this tutorial we will go through about how to show a list with different view and number of view in each row using the RecycleView that is an improved ListView created by google.

Our objective is to achieve the following view:

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As you can see above in the screen shot in the first row we have only one view, in the second we have two then in the third we have one … etc.

So in each row we have different number of view and it is not just a different number of view but also it has different view for example the height of the two views in the second is less than the view in first row also the text size and the padding.

Before we start writing our code we need to add the RecycleView and the CardView libraries in the dependencies in the build.gradle file because we are using these in our project.

So you will need to compile the following:

 

Now we will create our views in xml:

1-    activity_main.xml:
This is our main view and we will only need the RecyclerView in this file to display the rows.

 

2-    row_card.xml:
This is an item view to be displayed in the RecyclerView and take the whole row.

 

3-    row_card_2.xml:
We also need another view same as the previous one but smaller display two of it in one row.

 

We have finished creating our view now we will create a model for each item in the list.

As the screen shot shows we only have two data the title and the image and because this only a tutorial we will get our image from the draw able folder so we only need the id number of the image.

 

Next we will create our view holder class the purpose of this class is to get the view only once then hold it and use it when needed as the user scroll up and down and that will help to increase the performance when scrolling.

 

Now we will create our card adapter to integrate the data with the view.

 

In this class we have a contracture that get a list of CardData model to set these data to the views and also we get the context to be able to show a toast message when we click on the image.

In the getItemCount method we returned the size of the CardData list and that says to the adapter that we want to display number of view items in the list that is equal to our list of CardData.

Now for our purpose we want to display different view depend on the data position so the first data will be displayed in row_card.xml then the next two data will be displayed in row_card_2.xml then again we will display the data after the two in row_card.xml and so on.

In this case we can override getItemViewType to tell the adapter what type of view we want to display depend on the position by returning a specific number.

So we check if the position is divided by three or not if it is true we will return 0 and 0 in our case mean that we want to row_card.xml otherwise we will return 1 and that will mean we want display row_card_2.xml.

In onCreateViewHolder method we will create the view for each item. In this method we have two parameter the parent where the new view will be added into it after it is bound to adapter position and the viewType and that is number that we have returned in getItemViewType method.

In this method we need to return a new view holder (in our case new CardViewHolder) with the view we want to display as a parameter.

So we will check if the viewType is equal to 0 then we will inflate row_card.xml otherwise it will be 1 then we will inflate row_card_2.xml

The last method we will discuss is the onBindViewHolder here in this method we will get in our hand on the view holder and its position.

In this method we can modify the view and edit it but all what we want is to set the data by getting a CardData from cardDataList depend on the position and then set the data to the view. We also have set an onClickListener to the image to show a message with the title when user click on the image.

The last thing to do will be in our Main Activity class were we will create the data model and set it to our adapter then set it in the RecycleView.

 

First of all we get our RecyclerView from the xml and initiate setHasFixedSize to true to increase performance because our RecyclerView size will not be changed.

Then we created a GridLayoutManager to our RecyclerView.

We did not Create LinearLayoutManager because if we do so then every row will only hold one item view so we will not have two image in single row as in the screen shot so we will use GridLayoutManager instead with 2 column and make it in vertical.

But now each row will hold 2 view by default so if we stop there everything will be missed up and we won’t have a one view in one row so we need to tell the GridLayoutManager when we want the item to take the whole row (2 column) and when we want it to take the half row (1 column).

So we setSpanSizeLookUp to our GridLayoutManager and override getSpanSize method in this method it will give us the position of the item and will return the size number of the item.

In our case the number of column in GridLayoutManager is 2 and that will be our max size we can return in getSpanSize method so what we want now is to return 2 when we want the item view to take the two column (whole row) and return 1 when we want the view to take one column (half row) so we will use the same condition we used in the adapter that is if the number is divided by 3 then it will take the whole view because we will view row_card.xml in this case otherwise it will only take half of the view.

Finally we set the layout manager to our RecyclerView, create an adapter with CardData list and set the adapter to our RecyclerView to show our list in the app.

 

 

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LIC board meeting and website launch

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Manama: Bahrain-based insurer LIC (International), a subsidiary of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India, has seen 18 per cent growth year-to-date in terms of policies issued, the company’s top official has said.

LIC (International) managing director and chief executive Rajesh Kandwal told the GDN that the full-year premium target has been achieved much in advance.

“While the targets in single premium and total first premium were achieved in June itself, the target in non-single premium was achieved last month,” he said.

Mr Kandwal said this after the 92nd meeting of the company’s board at the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain yesterday.

Total assets of the company increased to $1.467 billion during the last six months and the company is confident of achieving its goal of becoming a $2bn enterprise by 2020, he said.

The company’s investment income as on September 30 was $41 million and profit earned was $3.3m.

According to Mr Kandwal, a number of bancassurance agreements have been signed with banks like ADCB, RAK Bank, Mashreq Bank in Dubai and Qatar, which has contributed substantially to new premium.

“Underwriting guidelines have been revised and liberalised to a great extent making it easy for new customers to take policies without much hassle,” he added.

Besides Mr Kandwal, directors who attended the meeting included LIC of India chairman S K Roy, LIC of India managing director V K Sharma and Intercol director Abdulrahman Ali Alwazzan.

Intercol is the chief agent of the company.

Mr Alwazzan also signed a new product marketing agreement with Fakhro Insurance Services executive director Abdulla Esam Fakhro on the sidelines of the meeting.

The company also launched a completely revamped website developed with latest responsive web design on the occasion (developed by Apps House).

The website is designed in such a way that it would be very customer friendly, contemporary and provides volley of information regarding the Company, its products and services.

Ratings agency A M Best has given LIC (International) a B++ rating in financial strength with stable outlook and issuer credit rating of bbb+ with stable outlook.

Visit LIC International Website