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  • WWDC 2016

    Posted on July 2nd, 2016 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    I had a chance to attend WWDC 2016 which took place at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for the Keynote and the party and Moscone West for everything else. In another blog post I had shared some photos from the last year’s WWDC 2015 . That post also includes various places that you may want to visit while you are in SF; so you may want to take a look at that post too.

    This post includes public information related to WWDC 2016, SF, CA, USA. I am not allowed to share certain photos inside the conference building and WWDC party photos. Other than those, you can find plenty of information through out pages of this post if you plan to attend WWDC in the future. Even though the place can change, I believe that it will still be useful.

    On the last page of this blog post, I shared many tips that I think you may find useful; if you don’t want to see photographs or watch the videos, you may just skip to the last page.

     

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    When you arrive at SFO, depending on where you will stay you can take a taxi, call uber or use public transport. I stayed at a hotel close to Moscone West.

    If you plan to attend to the conference you need to book as soon as possible because the price at the hotels close to the conference buildings will be very expensive when compared with almost any hotels. Apple can make agreements with 3rd party reservation companies to provide cheaper accommodation. (Apple is not responsible for the accommodation) Even though you can reserve your room through them, if you want to pay the cheapest price, I recommend you to “still” compare it with popular booking websites as you can book far cheaper.

    If you are like me and your hotel is close enough to public transport stations, you have to take the BART. The photo above shows the spot you have to wait. You need to take the train that goes to down town, which is normally at the left side when you enter the BART section from SFO. You can use ticket vending machines to purchase a ticket to the station you want to go. You can see how much you should pay on the paper located on the ticket wending machine. Roundtrip ticket is not cheaper, it is exactly the same if you purchase the return ticket later. So if you don’t have enough cash, don’t worry, you can purchase it right before you return to SFO from the down town. If you have time and enough cash purchase the ticket for the return too; so you won’t take out your cash from your pocket to purchase a ticket at the down town stations in front of other people.

     

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    2 nights before the keynote. Powell St.

    Tomorrow I will get my badge, otherwise I have to wait in another queue to get the badge on the keynote day, which will prevent me from getting inside the keynote building after the main queue.

    In the previous years some people couldn’t get into the main keynote area and there was overflow-rooms to watch the keynote, but in 2015 and 2016 everyone was able to watch the keynote in the main area.

     

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    I ate many times at Lori’s Diner located on the Powell St.

    If you plan to try there, walk the hill on the Powell St. Until you see it on the left. You won’t miss it as it has neon lights.

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    If you want to get on one of these, you can purchase a ticket on the cable car, or if you plan to use it a lot in you may consider City Pass. These are not just for tourists actually, because there is no other public transport on Powell St. So, it is a necessary transport if you don’t want to walk (or take a cab/uber) along the Powell St. towards north. It is normally crowded, therefore don’t plan to get your huge luggages with you. You can wear a small backpack; in that case if you plan to hold the bars and stand on your foot all the way, wear your backpack in the opposite direction: wear it to your front, otherwise you will hit your bag to the face of people who sit in the cable car.

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  • iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, a brief review

    Posted on February 19th, 2016 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    I usually take notes, think, draw drafts, schemes, etc.. on paper to either advance my ideas or find solutions to certain problems. I noticed that a tablet with a stylus/pencil “may” make it easier.

    At first I planned to get a Samsung Android device (I have been using Note 5 for some time and it is VERY good for various note taking styles. REALLY GOOD). Then, I figured out that I didn’t have a new iPad for testing purposes and other necessary stuff. So it was a good excuse to get an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil instead.

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  • Apple TV Tech Talks, Sydney

    Posted on February 15th, 2016 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    I attended Apple TV Tech Talks this February.

    Here are some photos I’ve taken while in Sydney.

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  • WWDC 2015

    Posted on July 1st, 2015 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    I was at WWDC 2015 this year. Here are some photos taken by me in California this summer.

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  • Recent rankings of RADYO

    Posted on January 18th, 2015 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    RADYO has been featured again on Windows Phone 3 times recently on 1st, 9th and 15th of Jan, 2015.

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    RADYO captured the first place on Android in Music category, leaving popular and well-known applications behind.

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    Besides in popularity in iOS devices, Mac OS X version got a lot of attention too!

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  • New generation RADYO is now available on iPhone too!

    Posted on August 19th, 2014 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    RADYO is now a universal application (which means, an optimized single application that works both on iPad and iPhone beautifully) with version 1.1 update. It was initially named “RADYO for iPad” where it was replaced with “RADYO for iOS” with version 1.1. RADYO now tracks unlimited number of stations all around the world. “Big Data” for great music!

    http://itunes.apple.com/app/id652144352?mt=8

  • Google said: Functionality is irrelevant for getting apps featured on Play Store

    Posted on May 30th, 2014 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

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    Yesterday, Google officially told in Istanbul, Turkey: Functionality is irrelevant while determining featured apps for a country. UI is everything for an app to get featured. Only apps with the perfect graphics or the app that was somehow partnered with Google will be selected. It is said that only 1 single Turkish app was selected by Google. Google says that they have to fill the screen with apps featured in USA if there are no cool looking apps in Turkey or in any other country.

    This idea breaks competition between apps and demotivates developers. It is also just a show-off of Google employees.

    As a side note: Microsoft and Apple do this localization of application store contents in a better way. Microsoft > Apple > Google

    Google may be right. But as a user on and a developer on all these platforms, I do want to see local content. I care less about apps mainly created for other regions of the world. I would prefer badly designed local content than perfectly designed foreign content.

    Assume that Google is perfectly right about what they are doing. In that case it is obvious that there is a common and a big problem related to UI guidelines or how they get interpreted by designers and developers; as only 1 single app was designed ‘that good’ from all of those applications, developers and companies. When compared with Apple and Microsoft, almost all of the apps are from the local region.

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  • Advanced Radio Player for your MAC!

    Posted on January 24th, 2012 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

     

    The best mobile radio entertainment application RADYO, is now on your desktop! Whereever you see an Apple, type “Radyo” to the spotlight and listen to your favorite station right away! You may read more about MacRADYO on http://macradyo.com

  • The Hero – Mr. Steve Jobs

    Posted on October 5th, 2011 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

  • Surgery for broken iPhone Headphone jack

    Posted on July 4th, 2010 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

    If your iPhone, iPod or iABC device’s headphone is not working, or if you hear the sound but can not change the song or use the button on the cable at all, then this blog post may help you keep your money in your pocket.

    To make this long story short: Your audio jack may have dirt in it and this may be preventing your “remote control” signals from reaching to the device.

    Fix: Clean it up!

    Warnings: DO NOT try to clean it with a screwdriver, wire or any sharp objects, including needle. Why? You can make holes on the backside of the audio jack and you may also ruin everything.

    How i fixed it: I opened my iPhone. ( doing so may (and probably is going to) void your warranty ) Removed screws till i’m free to move out the audio jack a little. I had to move it out so i can open it’s bottom. Here is what i removed from it:

    ( After the surgery, you see the bullet on the right below the coin )


    How you can fix it: Get your device to Apple and they will remove it quickly. If you don’t want to do that, try your chance and try to remove the dirt with a non-sharp / rubbery object. If you are so confident, you can try sharp objects too, but be very careful. If that doesn’t work, then you’ll have to open it.

    Result: Perfectly fully working headphones!