User statistics from SynyxSudoku

First of all, I was quite surprised as i saw that 70% of the SynyxSudoku users that uploaded their highscores have also agreed to send us their device specific data, because I really didn’t expect more than 10-20%. So as you can imagine, we’ve got quite a few samples of data since the release, on that we now want to give you a little overview. The devices came mostly with the latest Android versions available:

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SynyxSudoku update to version 1.02

There were a few little things that had to be changed on SynyxSudoku after the release, so today we uploaded an update to the version 1.02. Here’s a quick changelog: You can now only resume a game after a restart of the app, if you started a game in the previous session (or before) and didn’t solve it. (If the app was moved into the background while a solved game was active, you can still resume it if you like.

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Google Maps on Android - Part 2: Overlays

In my last post about Google Maps on Android I showed you how to use the basic navigation features of google maps, like moving the map to a defined area and zooming to a given level. Now as you have centred your map and zoomed in, it would be a good idea to show some kind of marker. Otherwise the user won’t actually realize what you want to show him. How a basic overlay is done, is described in the tutorial on the android developer site, already mentioned in the last post.

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RedmineUpgrade - Ruby on Debian without leaving the rails

Auf der Suche nach “dem Ticketsystem” sind wir nach Scarab und Trac auf Redmine gestossen, einer Ruby-on-rails application, die ihren Zweck erfüllt und unseren Bedürfnissen durchaus gerecht wird. Aber da Redmine glücklicherweise auch weiterentwickelt wird, verlangt auch diese Applikation hin und wieder ein Upgrade (dieses mal war es ein Versionssprung von 0.8.7 auf 0.9.4). Das Setup: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 Apache2.2 mit Phusion Passenger (a.k.a. mod_rails; mod_fcgi oder mod_fastcgi sind eher keine gelungen Apache-Module, das liegt wohl in der Natur von fcgi ;) )

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Java Mail Properties - esmtp authentication error

Last week, we had a problem with sending emails from our application. Currently we use the spring email integration to do this. An esmtp server runs at customers side, which does not accept the default mail settings we made for our local test environment: Following property fixed the problem (after a long time of experimenting with different mail.

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How to add a "Find Your Company" feature to your iPhone App - Part I

We wanted to give our users the possibility to find our office. On the iPhone, the simplest way to do it, is to use Google Maps and the MapKit framework. I won’t go into the details of MapKit here, since Apple’s documentation is awesome and they provide a lot of sample code, which gets you up and running in no time. What I’d like to show you today, is some code, which nicely zooms the Map to your office and current location of the App user, once the MapView is loaded.

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