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Getting Ready for the GDPR

Posted by duponol
As of May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in force. Created by the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, it is being imposed on all members, with the aim of creating a harmonised data protection law framework across the EU and giving citizens back the control of their personal data.  Strict rules are imposed on those hosting and 'processing' this data, anywhere in the world. 
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React Native: a brief history

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A while ago our colleague Anthony introduced you to React Native and the five key advantages. And there’s still so much more to say about React Native. We thought it might be a good idea to share our experiences, the lessons learned and some tips in a couple of blog posts. First one up: since we started experimenting with React Native, how has the framework itself evolved and what have we learned along the way?
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iCapps nominated for the Deloitte Fast 50!

Posted by nielsleunen
We’re pleased to announce that, for the 3rd year in a row, iCapps has been nominated for the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 award. This prestigious competition nominates the fifty fastest-growing technology companies headquartered in Belgium based on their percentage of growth in turnover during the last four years.
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The Similarities between Triathlon and IT Projects

Posted by Kristof Van Gemert
After months of intensive training, I recently completed the Almere-Amsterdam Triathlon: a 3.8 swim in open water, followed by 180 km on the bike and a marathon. Looking back on the whole experience, I realized that preparing for a triathlon actually is a lot like running a project at iCapps. Here’s why.
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Five ways in which AR will change our life drastically

Posted by dennis
In 2015, researchers predicted that the VR industry could hit $120 billion revenue by 2020. In the meanwhile, we have passed the halfway point of this prediction, and right now all evidence indicates that a revolution is indeed taking place. As has been demonstrated before, Apple is expected to kick off AR for real after the summer. But let’s take a look at what’s in store for you and me.
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How to integrate a basic HLS stream with FairPlay

Posted by jellevandebeeck
One of our iOS teams at iCapps is currently working on a project where we need to be able to play HLS video streams that are protected. It took a while to find out how everything works from a technical perspective. So once we found a working solution, I decided to share this knowledge in a blogpost.
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Try! Swift NYC: buddybuild and rich iOS notifications

Posted by Stefan Adams
What better way to start the new school year than by going to a conference in New York City? With a couple of colleagues we headed to the big apple to attend Try!Swift. I must say I was a tad disappointed that the presentations were often targeted towards swift newbies. It would have been a good idea to have a separate track with advanced presentations. That of course doesn’t mean I didn’t pick up any interesting new stuff. Two highlights according to me were Dennis Pilarinos’ talk on Buddybuild and Craig Clayton’s on custom iOS notifications.
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What’s new in Android Oreo?

Posted by Robby Smet
According to Android’s VP of engineering Dave Burke Android Oreo focuses on the “foundation and fundamentals”. His team was guided by a single question: “What are we to make sure that Android is in a great place in the next 5 to 10 years?”
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iPhone X: the beginning of a world without smartphones?

Posted by dennis
Even before the official announcement of the iPhone X, most details of the new device were already leaked. And, as usual, this generated a huge controversy on the price/quality ratio of this new device. In this heated discussion, people seemed to be unaware of the most important news in this announcement: that we will look back on it as “the moment the iPhoneX taught the world to use AR”.
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Kotlin: Yay or Nay?

Posted by nicola
The advantages and disadvantages of Kotlin in Android application development A blog by the iCapps Android team A few weeks ago, at its annual I/O Keynote, Google announced that it…
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Our Key Takeaways from ReactEurope 2017

Posted by robinhoudmeyers
A blog by developers Maarten Anckaert, Sam Van Hoof, Jasper Vercammen, Brent van Geertruy and Robin Houdmeyers A couple of weeks ago, we attended ReactEurope 2017 – the largest React…
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5 key advantages of React Native

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Blog by web developers Anthony Madhvani and Sam Van Hoof. In an earlier blog we discussed the who, what, why and when of the Facebook-originated React development framework. We already…
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Who you gonna call? Team Innovation!

Posted by nielsleunen
Good times. Spring is in the air and business is going well. Our days are filled with challenging projects for a wide variety of customers in all types of industries….
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Webstorm tips & tricks

Posted by robinhoudmeyers
About 4 months ago I switched my preferred development editor from Atom to Webstorm. Although I really liked my barebones editor being Atom, I always had this feeling it could…
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The linguistics behind chatbots

Posted by Sjoera
I’ve been working as a UX designer for more than 5 years now, but I actually graduated in Applied Linguistics before I ended up where I am now. Though I…
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More ladies in ICT? Yes, please!

Posted by tinelavrysen
It is flattering and humbling to be nominated for an award. So I was really happy to be nominated for the Data News Young ICT Lady of the Year. But…
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Tine, our Young ICT Lady of the Year

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2017, not unlike 2016, is destined to become a year full of surprises. But one fact did not surprise us at all: Tine Lavrysen, our UX Expert & Innovation Ambassador,…
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Security Superheroes with OWASP

Posted by dennis
The Wasp is one of the superheroes from Marvel Comics. Along with the Avengers she protects the world from evil. But we can’t rely on superheroes to protect us from…
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iCapps BarCamp Recap: The Road Ahead

Posted by nielsleunen
New projects, new people… This is an essential part of iCapps’ growth. However, we are growing at such high speed that many people are no longer aware of what their…
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iCapps boards the Blockchain train

Posted by robinhoudmeyers
Most of you are familiar with the concept of bitcoin, enabling direct payment transactions between users without the need for an external financial institution to validate this transaction. And some…
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Here lies App, may he rest in peace

Posted by dennis
The title of this blog is a bit misleading. Rest assured, the app is not dead. But the whole app landscape definitely needs to be reinvented. Beautiful apps but…
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Monizze app redesigned

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Today, the newly redesigned mobile app of Monizze for Android and iOS was released. Next to a completely new design, performance and stability of the Monizze app has been optimized...
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Team iCapps at the MS Hackathon

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On a Friday evening in May, 10 of our beloved iCapps team members hit the road to Amsterdam. They all signed up to participate in the MS Hackathon to take...
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Screenshot Automation

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Taking screenshots is a tedious process. Everytime your app has an update, you have to take new screenshots, for different resolutions in different languages. I think we can all agree...
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iCapps breidt uit naar Nederland

Posted by dennis
Antwerpen – iCapps, de Belgische ontwikkelaar van zakelijke applicaties voor mobiel en web, gaat een joint venture aan met Dalosy, een Nederlandse specialist...
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Interview: Tom gaat naar Apple

Posted by dennis
Onze Mobile Lead Developer Tom Adriaenssen verlaat iCapps. Hoezeer we dat ook betreuren, toch zijn we blij. Tom maakt de overstap naar Apple om het UIKit team te vervoegen. Binnen...
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XcodeGhost: verify your Xcode

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Recently a malware issue for the iOS app store (which is a rarity in itself) called XcodeGhost made its appearances. I'm not going into the gory details, but it boils...
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UITesting in Xcode 7

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For who? Developers writing apps for iOS9. Written in Swift or Objective-C. "It used to be a pain in the ass, but now, with the introduction of UIRecording it has...
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Swift Code Review guide

Posted by stijnwillems
Reviewing code can be difficult. Especially when it is code written in Swift. Swift is a very new language and it is in many ways simular to Objective-C and in...
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Pluralizing your localisations

Posted by jellevandebeeck
Pluralizing your localisations Everbody is familiar with how you handle different languages in iOS. Most of the time you have a .strings file with the translations. And in code you...
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Our iOS Developer Hans at WWDC 2015

Posted by dennis
At iCapps, we have a long tradition of attending WWDC, and this year I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to represent our company at the conference. If...
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A Swift Test

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At our latest iCapps Monthly Teammeeting, I presented a small Swift test to our developers. It was supposed to be a bit tongue in cheek, but also a bit serious….
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iCapps at WWDC '14

Posted by dennis
Each year, Apple’s WWDC is one of the biggest technology events. A lot of developers dream about getting an entry ticket for this inspiring event in San Francisco. There…
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We have exciting news...

Posted by dennis
We are iCapps, a team of enthusiastic mobile guys. We grew to a group of 21 people who share the same passion: mobile apps. Today we can proudly announce that we…
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Building a music app

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In this blogpost, I’m going to discuss the following things: – Make an app that plays music – Play music when the app is not in foreground – Control music…
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