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At 10:12am on February 18, 2014, Bob Cunningham said…

The only way a vanilla IOS app (developed by ordinary IOS Developers) can communicate externally seems to be via TCP (and only wirelessly?) or Bluetooth. Apple has an additional Made For Apple (MFi) licensing for hardware and software developers (separate programs, actually) who need to develop apps which connect to external devices via the Lightning connector (which includes USB), headphones and remotes, and to specialized wireless devices (e.g. watches). Redpark, for example, emphasizes that their gear is licensed under MFi (I don't how"special" their cable is, but their Rsc Mgr SDK that you need to integrate into your app to actually use the cable certainly is).

My first thought is that before diving into MFi, you should check to whether your app (and PC application) can use Bluetooth between the IOS device and PC. Bluetooth might or might not be constrained by whatever VPN configuration will be used concurrently (and, of course, whether or not all the PCs involved would have Bluetooth). If not, then you'll probably have no choice but to work with an existing MFi solution (like Redpark), or roll your own MFi solution -- both will probably involving some licensing fees.

At 8:25am on February 18, 2014, Ken Berkun said…

Stephen, I"m glad you remember me!  I friended you because I wanted to reply to your usb question.  Next time create a post and it will be easier for folks to reply.  

It is not clear if you want simply transfer files or use the link with your app.  either is possible.  take a look at this for programatic xfer;

and I use Macroplant's iexplorer to xfer files and otherwise work with my iphone from my pc or mac, but there are other similar programs:

If you tell me a little more about what you're trying to do I'll see if I can help.


At 7:44am on February 17, 2014, Daniel Speitel said…

Aloha, I just got your e-mail "Is PC to iOS Data Transfer via cable possible without iTunes?" but it doesn't have an active return address.

To do the USB/Lightning connection with an iPad you need to first join Apple's MFi program which gives access to the resources for that:

At 2:27pm on August 8, 2013, Mike Kockler said…

Thanks for the positive comments about MyChangeNow.  I appreciate the support and encouragement.  Let's get together sometime when you're in Hawaii.

At 4:09pm on April 21, 2009, Scott Murphy said…
No, I still haven't bought my Mac yet. I would like to ASAP so I can start building iPhone applications. Let me know what you think. It seems like it takes a while for Windows users to transfer over to the Mac OS.
At 8:51am on April 20, 2009, Scott Murphy said…
Ahh the GUI meet up next Thursday. Yeah I'll be there. I look forward to your presentation.
At 8:32am on April 20, 2009, Scott Murphy said…
What was the event on Thursday? I'm getting the app right now. It nice that they released it for free.
At 7:57am on April 20, 2009, Scott Murphy said…
Very cool! Well I guess that is much easier than poken!
At 3:15pm on March 28, 2009, Daniel Leuck said…
Hey Stephen. It was great catching up at Manoa Geeks. We hope to see you on the 3rd at Thai Sweet Basil.
At 11:58pm on March 27, 2009, Daniel Leuck said…
I read the docs, but I haven't tried it yet. I've been slammed with fund raising for Ooi and sales for Ikayzo. I hope to check it out sometime soon.

These days Pat, Konstantin and Scott do most of the development. I'm just a talking bobble head :-)
At 12:58pm on January 22, 2009, Daniel Leuck said…
Hey Dan! Thanks for that Ext GWT tip. I had always assumed that it was applet based. I'm going to get some serious good use out of this!
No problem. A lot of developers don't know about Ext GWT because they have done a terrible job of marketing it. If you want to get a great looking AJAX app up and running without writing a line of Javascript, Ext GWT (GXT for short) is the way to go.

re: JayRock
I haven't, but it looks very interesting. I'll have to check it out next time we have a .NET project. I'm a big fan of JSON over XML in most situations.
At 1:24am on September 26, 2008, Mika Leuck said…
Aloha Stephen. It was nice meeting you at Manoa Geeks. We are happy TechHui has been useful for you.
At 3:11pm on September 24, 2008, Daniel Leuck said…
No problem. I'll see you next time, or tomorrow at Manoa Geeks. I posted the presentation. Its a bit spartan (no pretty pictures), but may be of interest.
At 12:45pm on July 21, 2008, Daniel Leuck said…
Congrats on making the move. We hope to see you at some of the local geek meetups!
At 1:37am on July 21, 2008, Brooke Fujita said…
Hey there, Stephen, hope your move was uneventful, those are the best ones. And, hope that you are acclimating to Honolulu as well. The pidgin English bit can be tough to get used to, you may be able to find some books to help with that. Although it is already 25 years old, Pidgin to Da Max may actually help out.
At 5:33pm on July 10, 2008, Brooke Fujita said…
Hey there, Stephen, good luck with your upcoming move to Hawaii.

I've moved around quite a bit since leaving Honolulu, but I can tell you that you are moving to one of the nicest places on Earth to call home. Make sure to empty out the glovebox and holders in your car of anything of worth before shipping!
At 5:49pm on July 7, 2008, Ryan said…
Aloha, Stephen! Congratulations on making the move to Hawaii. Hawaii's tech community will be all the richer for it. I see you've RSVP'd for Manoa Geeks on July 31. Looking forward to meeting you then!
At 9:23am on June 11, 2008, Auntie Pupule said…
I'll be filing my papers to run for Honolulu City Council 7! :)

Mahalo Stephen!

Auntie Lynn aka Auntie Pupule
At 7:36am on May 31, 2008, Mika Leuck said…
I'll actually be moving to Honolulu in August so I decided to start looking around for local special interest groups.

Great! We look forward to seeing you at Honolulu Coders or Manoa Geeks.

What are the most needed skills in Hawaii? I have two months before I move there. What do you guys think would be the best thing for me to start learning or improving on in that time frame?

We see the most jobs posted (here and other places) for Java, .NET, Ruby on Rails and Flex. There are some links to tech job sites on the front page.
At 2:37am on May 30, 2008, Stephen McMahon said…
Thanks Aaron. It appears that Honolulu has a very large and helpful technology community. In the past week I have managed to make more developer contacts in Honolulu than I have made in 1.5 years of living in Colorado Springs!

Although I have 14 years of experience in this industry, in my current job I am a .NET developer and have been working mostly in C# and SQL for the past 7 years. I've recently started getting interested in Python and Ruby. What are the most needed skills in Hawaii? I have two months before I move there. What do you guys think would be the best thing for me to start learning or improving on in that time frame?


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