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Google Places API Alternative in React Native: TomTom Fuzzy Search API + react-native-autocomplete-input

On July 16, 2018, pricing changes for Google’s Map and Places APIs went into effect that priced out many developers, including myself, from using them anymore. (My API usage used to fall within their free tier usage, but would now cost me about a grand a month with their new pricing structure. Goodbye, Google!) And so began the hunt for… Read more →

How to Test Surge Pricing in the Uber API Sandbox Environment (Java/Android Rides SDK)

Uber has released a Rides SDK to open its API up to developers in a slew of different packages (Java, Python, Android, and iOS). But it’s new, so hunting down answers on StackOverflow or in its docs isn’t easy. One of the trickiest parts of Uber’s Rides SDK is handling surge pricing. You have to redirect users to a Uber page for them to confirm acceptance of surge… Read more →

Socket.IO’s CDN SSL Certificate Expires, Breaks Apps Everywhere

To paraphrase Chris Brown, these CDNs ain’t loyal. If you used Socket.IO for your web app, you may have run into a few issues today, 5/27/16. A few issues is probably a bit of an understatement, as any secure app that used Socket.IO’s CDN to serve their client the necessary library to communicate with their server today was crippled. The culprit? Socket.IO forgot to renew… Read more →

Macys.com Password Reset Mystery: How Macys.com Gives Spammers Email Addresses

I’ve noticed a regularly occurring email in my inbox: a password reset link sent from Macys.com. The problem with this? I didn’t try to reset my password!  Someone else is requesting a password reset using my email address. But since they can’t actually reset my password this way (since they don’t have access to my email) it’s weird that they would bother, right? Unfortunately, no, I… Read more →

Azores Cheap Fares Calendar

Europe on a Budget: Azores AND Lisbon for $415.20 (from Boston)

SATA Airlines is an airline most are not familiar with. It is the flagship carrier of the Azores, a place, still, that most have not heard of before. The Azores are a group of Portugese islands in the Atlantic nearly 1,000 miles from Portugal proper. They are volcanic islands with hot springs, waterfalls, stunning scenery, Europe’s only tea plantations, wineries, and some of… Read more →