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In Popular Science, Oct 1935

There’s a lot of talk right now about the Amazon Echo, or Alexa, as you would refer to the voice assistant that the Echo enables you to converse with. To a lot of people this is something very novel: you say, “Alexa, could you buy some toilet paper?” and a slightly robotic woman’s voice chirps out a recommendation and asks you if she should order it for you.

I’ve had an Amazon Echo for about a year now, and I often use Siri to replace otherwise mundane tapping on my iPhone. Voice assistants really augment my everyday life. Nothing major — just small touches like turning on music while my hands are full, checking the weather while putting on my shoes, setting alarms, timers, and reminders. …


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I’ve been diving into iOS for the past month building an app for my startup. One of the things I want the app to do is to let the user swipe a cell in a table view to reveal more options (similar to how the Mail app reveals “More” and “Delete” options). In this article I will discuss a few way of doing this, including how to build it yourself.

First, let’s go through the existing solutions out there:

  • UITableViewRowAction (new in iOS 8)
    This option is the best if you’re just looking to add a few buttons that appear when swiping right-to-left on the table view cell. …

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