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Approaches to Type Erasure in Swift

Protocols bring a lot of power and flexibility to our code. Some might say that this is the most important feature of Swift, especially since Apple described it as “Protocol oriented programming language". But every once in a while, things don't work as expected using protocols, and we encounter the following compilation error: `Protocol ‘X’ can only be used as a generic constraint because it has Self or associated type requirements` :oops: In this article we will talk about different approaches to get around this issue.

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“In ten years, who’ll know what's virtual and what’s real? What matters will be the quality of the content”, an interview with Hirokuni Genie Miyaji, creator of Japan’s first male influencer

Meet Liam. A full-time music producer and basketball fan, he attracts thousands of Japanese followers to his Instagram page, feeding them daily snapshots of his glossy life. The thing is: Liam doesn’t exist. Hirokuni, Founder at 1Sec, the agency behind Liam tells us more about Japan’s first male influencer.

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UIAlertController with Function Builders

I always found the UIAlertController API too verbose. You first have to create an instance of UIAlertController, then create multiple instances of UIAlertAction and finally add the actions to the controller. In this post, I will show you how we can leverage the new Swift 5.1 feature of Function Builders to create a simplified and highly readable API.

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Chinese innovative leaders leverage tech to alleviate virus outbreak

Covid-19's outbreak is affecting Chinese businesses & consumers’ routines. With over 850 million netizens in the country, digital players are fully embracing their corporate social responsibility. They have taken the lead to leverage their immense capabilities to reduce virus transmission, accelerate the diagnostic process, or ease the life of those staying at home.

Reactive programming with Android

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An overview of reactive programming with Android

The Android platform is asynchronous by nature. And so are android apps. Information is flowing asynchronously through your app, from multiple sources. The system will trigger your broadcast receivers, forward intents, and recreate your UI on each configuration change. The user will keep interacting with the UI, and network requests may respond (or eventually fail) at any moment.

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The smartphone is the LSD of the 2000s

Just as "the PC was the LSD of the 1990s", as proclaimed by Timothy Leary, a precursor of the cyberpunk movement (a science-fiction subgenre). Cyberpunks believed that high technology and smart drugs could help human beings overcome their limits, liberating them from authority and even enabling them to transcend space, time, and body. If there ever was a turning point in defining the limits of reality and fiction, I would say the digital revolution was it.

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The use of cross platform framework in Android Top 100 apps

Since the emergence of mobile apps, cross platform has always been a recurring question. React Native, thanks to a massive investment of Facebook, and the popularity of its web cousin React, is now getting a lot of publicity.

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Mobility-as-a-Service: still a work in progress - Part 2

A seamless app, optimized itineraries and self-service scooters on every street. Welcome to the future of mobility. For now. The true challenges of mobility are infinitely more complex, and a purely digital solution will ultimately not suffice. In the age of MaaS (Mobility-as-a-Service), the crux of the issue will be smart collaboration between transport operators, public authorities and up-and-coming digital companies, in a model that has yet to be defined.

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Mobility-as-a-Service: still a work in progress

Mobility-as-a-Service: a comprehensive, optimized, fluid mobility experience, from planning our journey to arriving at our destination. A promise that draws on the 'user-centric and 'experience-oriented' core principles upheld by leading names in the digital sector with a view to sustainably revolutionizing how we get around. How? At what price? And most importantly, where do traditional operators come in?

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How will we feed future generations?

Did you ever think that your tortilla chips could be made of cricket flour? We were lucky enough to taste some delicious ones last week at the Fabernovel "Feeding the Future" event in our San Francisco-based coworking space, Parisoma.