Projectile Physics app released for the Mac

The Projectile Physics Calculator has now been released as a Mac native app. This app has the same features as the iOS, Android, and BlackBerry versions, calculating basic projectile physics equations in real time. The calculator can be downloaded directly from the Mac App Store.

About Projectile Physics

This app is a projectile physics calculator designed to solve for all of the components of a typical projectile motion problem. The app solves for both the vertical and horizontal components of the distance traveled, the constant acceleration, the initial and final velocity, as well as the time. These factors are solved for in real time in order to help you get back the factors of the equation quicker.

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Projectile Physics Calculator updated for iOS

The Projectile Physics app has been updated to version 3.0 for iOS users. The app has been fully rewritten from the ground up to take advantage of the latest iOS features and to support the newest screen sizes.

About Projectile Physics

This app is a projectile physics calculator designed to solve for all of the components of a typical projectile motion problem. The app solves for both the vertical and horizontal components of the distance traveled, the constant acceleration, the initial and final velocity, as well as the time. These factors are solved for in real time in order to help you get back the factors of the equation quicker.

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Weather Beautiful updated for iOS and Android

Weather Beautiful has been updated to version 2.6 for both iOS and Android. This update improves the compatibility with the latest OS versions, and also reduces the size of app downloads on both iOS and Android. Additionally a image bug has been fixed on the iOS version of the app.

About Weather Beautiful

Weather Beautiful is a simple weather app that displays stunning photography of your surrounding area. In addition to the current temperature and weather conditions, the app also allows you to scroll for a full weekly forecast. While temperatures are shown in Fahrenheit by default, there is an option to switch to Celsius.

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New York State Canal Apps updated for iOS

Apps for the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca Canals have all been updated to version 2.0 for iPhone and iPad. The new version of the app better supports the latest versions of iOS and all sizes of hardware. Additionally the apps can also be run on Apple’s newest laptops with the M1 processor.

These apps give you the ability to see the locations of all locks, boat launches, lift bridges, and guard gates along the canals. The primary view of the apps shows a list of all the landmarks along the canal, with their distance along the canal along with a phone number that the app can dial in order to contact the marinas, and locks on the route. In addition to this, there is also a map view that precisely shows the location of everything along the canal’s path. An options page allows you to filter out the types of landmarks that the app shows (on both the list and the map).

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Cayuga-Seneca Canal

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Oswego Canal

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Champlain Canal

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Random Gilmore

Do you want to watch a random episode of Gilmore Girls, but can’t decide which of the 157 episodes to go with? Do you want to jump in for a few episodes without starting a full watch through? If this is the case I now have a website to solve this problem for you. (If this isn’t the case, then I am sorry but this will be of zero benefit to you).

Simply go to ebscer.com/randomgilmore and an episode of the show will be randomly selected for you to watch. Then just tap the screen and Netflix will automatically start playing the selected episode.

Weather Beautiful app updated

The Weather Beautiful app has been updated to version 2.5 for Android phones. The free app can be downloaded from either Google Play or the Amazon app store.

This update reduces the app’s install size, fixes an issue where the background images didn’t always show, and also ensures compatibility with the latest versions of Android.

About Weather Beautiful

Weather Beautiful is a simple weather app that displays stunning photography of your surrounding area. In addition to the current temperature and weather conditions, the app also allows you to scroll for a full weekly forecast. While temperatures are shown in Fahrenheit by default, there is an option to switch to Celsius.

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Erie Canal app updated for Android

With the New York State canal system set to open next month, the Android apps for the Erie, Oswego, Champlain, and Cayuga-Seneca Canals have all been updated to version 2.0 in the Google Play and Amazon app stores.

These apps have been rewritten from the ground up to speed up downloads and to be compatible with the latest versions of Android.

These apps give you the ability to see the locations of all locks, boat launches, lift bridges, and guard gates along the canals. The primary view of the apps shows a list of all the landmarks along the canal, with their distance along the canal along with a phone number that the app can dial in order to contact the marinas, and locks on the route. In addition to this, there is also a map view that precisely shows the location of everything along the canal’s path. An options page allows you to filter out the types of landmarks that the app shows (on both the list and the map).

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Erie Canal

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Cayuga-Seneca Canal

114

Oswego Canal

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Champlain Canal

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Async requests using ionic-native/http

Android has been locking down the security within chrome, making cross-origin requests far more complicated within cordova applications. As a result a good alternative to use is a native plugin such as the @ionic-native/http or cordova-plugin-advanced-http. Unfortunately, this gives you a method that is dependent upon callbacks rather than one that can be used asynchronously.

The good news is that you can fix this by wrapping the method in a promise as show below.

import {HTTP} from '@ionic-native/http'
const asyncHTTP = (url) => {
return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
HTTP.get(url, {}, {},
(response) => { resolve(response.data); },
(response) => { reject(response.error); })
})
}

Coding with Ligatures

A little over a month ago Daring Fireball linked to a new monospaced font with support for coding optimized ligatures. I was already using a JetBrains IDE for my primary development at work so I decided to give it a try, and one month in I am really liking it.

Some of the ligatures such as => are purely cosmetic changes, but others such as the greater or equal symbol and the less than or equal to symbol are much easier to read. The font has been designed with care to the point where even differentiating between === and == is easier with ligatures enabled. The only symbol I am not yet sold on is the one for != which is easy enough to read, but so different from how it is typed that it slows me occasionally.

Overall I finding viewing my code through these ligatures to be an improvement, and plan to keep on using them in any development environment where they are supported.

Niagara Border Crossing updated for Windows 10

The Niagara Border Crossing App has been updated to version 2.0 in the Windows app store. This app shows wait times for border crossings over the Niagara River between the United States and Canada, and is also available for Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry.

Wait times are shown for all four of the bridges between Western New York and Southern Ontario. These include the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, the Rainbow Bridge, and the Peace Bridge. Separate times are shown for cars, trucks, and also for those using the Nexus lanes.

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10th anniversary of BlackBerry AppWorld

BlackBerry AppWorld turns ten years old today.

While the store is currently limping towards its demise at the end of the year, it is worth celebration and acknowledging the run that it has had. Ten years is a long time, and for many of those years it was at the center of my world. It was the means through which all of my hard work was distributed to tens of millions of others.

For many years it was the only way that I collected money to pay my rent.

BlackBerry has moved on from apps and phones, and quite honestly I have since moved on from BlackBerry.

But I still miss it at times. So, here is to a celebration of AppWorld’s final birthday. At the very least it was good to me…

NCAA Hockey Ratings return

Elo ratings for NCAA college hockey are back up and running at ebscer.com/collegehockey after not working properly for the start of the season.

Currently the top ranked team is Minnesota-Duluth with St. Cloud State just a single point behind. Minnesota State rounds out the top three which are all from the same state. (Meanwhile my alma mater is in the middle of the pack).

These ratings can also be used to generate predictions for the outcomes of future games. I also have an explanation of what these ratings mean.

Head Words game updated to version 1.5

ShapeItAppThe BlackBerry 10 game Head Words has been updated to version 1.5 in BlackBerry AppWorld. This version adds a new “Drinks” category that will probably be the last new item that I ever post for sale in the BlackBerry store. Additionally the other categories include updates for items that have become popular within the past year such as The Good Place, and Camila Cabello.

About Head Words

Head Words is a native multi-player guessing game where after selecting a category, one player places the phone on their forehead while the other players give clues. With one minute to guess as many words as possible, the player can tilt the phone down for each correct answer, or tilt the phone up to pass. At the end of round a word list will show what was guessed right and wrong. The swipe down menu provides an option to turn the sound on or off.

The game includes five categories for free, and the option to purchase access to ten additional categories for a dollar each.

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