Oxford now a member of the University iPhone Developer Programme

March 27, 2009

As of this afternoon, the University of Oxford is a member of the iPhone Developer programme which can help facilitate the production and distribution of applications to potential developers within the organisation (and to the app store). If you are a member of the University and would like to submit an app to the app store or require provisioning to allow testing on your devices, please drop a line to erewhon at oucs.ox.ac.uk

National Rail App Released for the iPhone

March 24, 2009

National Rail Application for iPhoneA quick post to note that National Rail has released an application for the iPhone/iPod Touch which allows for comprehensive live train departure boards and journey planning. Head over to: http://nationalrail.co.uk/iphone/ for more information and a demo.

It’s probably the most comprehensive mobile transport application in the UK and is certainly a welcome replacement for the now missing Kizoom MyRail Lite which strangely disappeared from the Apple App Store some time ago.

Apple iPhone Developer Day at Oxford

March 13, 2009
iPhone Demonstration Program

iPhone Demonstration Program

A quick post to say that OUCS is planning an iPhone developer ‘boot camp’ on Friday, 1st of May 2009 which will be open to University of Oxford staff and students. The lecture series will be run by Paul Burford from Apple World Wide Developer Relations and be hosted within Oxford University Computing Services.

Gripe: Surveymonkey and iPhone

November 13, 2008
It won't let me input!

It won't let me input!

Whilst travelling on public transport this morning, I wanted to check how one of our surveys was doing on surveymonkey.com. I opened up mobile Safari on an iPhone and headed over to survey monkey and proceeded to login, only I couldn’t actually type anything into the login window. It appears that survey monkey’s login window is actually a javascript window which creates a rather nice opaque overlay of the rest of the page to draw attention to the box. But for some reason, Apple’s Safari will not allow input into the said box despite displaying it perfectly.

A quick investigation using lynx shows that the login functions are entirely javascript based. Apple’s mobile Safari is supposed to implement virtually every aspect of the desktop version (which incidentally handles the page fine), if this is true then the problem lies with the UI aspect of the browser. However it’s worth noting that surveymonkey’s xhtml does not validate well on W3C’s checks so perhaps it’s a combination of problems.

If you know of any websites that appear to work fine on desktop Safari but not on the mobile (excluding flash and java obviously), please drop a comment below.