Travel Apps

Great Travel Apps for Summer 2017

Summer officially starts this week! For some, summer means loading up the station wagon and hitting the road, while others take to the sky to visit faraway destinations. Wherever you are headed this summer, even if you’re staying local, you can learn more about your destination and get the most out of your time away with the help of some cool mobile apps. We’ve tested some travel apps to help you plan, stay safe, and enjoy your vacation. Read More

Mobile Device Security iOS and Android

Mobile Device Security: Data Protection on iOS and Android

Mobile device security is an important consideration in the digital age, given the high amount of time many of us spend using phones and tablets to conduct personal and corporate business. Android and iOS devices employ various security measures to keep data safe. In this post we compare two security methods used on both devices: data encryption and data accessibility. We’ll wrap up with recommendations for steps you can take to protect your data and improve your mobile device security. Read More

Impact of OS Updates

How Do OS Updates Impact Apps?

Operating System (OS) updates are a regular part of the computing world, but they often have implications on the software that rides on top of them. Apple unveiled iOS 10, its latest operating system for iPhones and iPads in mid-June this year, with the public release occurring on September 13th. Similarly, Google released their beta build of Android 7 called Nougat in mid-March, with a release to the public on August 22nd. These new mobile OS releases are much-anticipated around here, bringing fresh features that our developers look forward to using.

In addition to the excitement that comes with new tech, the new releases also bring some questions. Many of our clients rightly ask whether or not an update will impact the functionality of an app they built on a previous OS. The answer is generally “It might!” It’s always a wise idea to take a look at existing code to ensure it will function as well on a new OS as it did when it was first written. Our Android and iOS developers share a few of the challenges created by a new OS version. Read More

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Swift Playgrounds Makes Learning to Code Fun

Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds, an app designed to teach the Swift programming language, at WWDC 2016. We’ve had a chance to experiment with it since then, and can say without reservation that their first foray into teaching kids how to code deserves top marks. They have enabled learning to code to be fun and addictive, even for those who aren’t the “coding type.”

The app feels like a puzzle-solving game, reeling you into the challenge while introducing coding concepts and building skills step-by-step. After completing a challenge and receiving encouraging praise from the app, we found we were motivated and eager to move on to the next one. One tester expected to finish two or three challenges to get a feel for the app, but ended up finishing over fifteen lessons because she was so engaged with it. The pace, lesson structure, and challenges all prove to be well-designed from an instructional standpoint. This app will likely teach many future programmers how to code. Read More

Mobile Sales Enablement and the iPad—A Perfect Marriage

Businesses today are faced with the challenge of providing innovative tools to their sales teams in an ever-transforming mobile world. Read “Mobile Sales Enablement and the iPad—A Perfect Marriage” an article recently published in iBusiness Magazine by Cole Sandau, Managing Director of The Optera Group, and begin to leverage the mobile environment with your sales team.

“The business world has changed remarkably over the past
ten years. World markets have converged, technology advances
push innovation and financial pressures change both
our short and long term outlooks on success. All of these
changes have transformed how we conduct business and
how customers expect us to interact with them. Simply, we
need to be more dynamic to keep up and stay ahead.”

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Replacing your MobileMe Gallery

Bye, Bye MobileMe Gallery

If you use MobileMe, then you should know by now that the Gallery functionality is being deprecated by Apple in June of this year. If you’re like me, this is un-welcome news. I thought publishing family photos to a web gallery directly from iPhoto was super easy and convenient enough that I actually shared [a lot of] photos with the family. And I thought that a foundation as solid as Apple was reliable enough to bank on. I thought I heard that Apple has more money in the bank than the US? Despite that, MobileMe is dead (to be partially phoenix-ed as iCloud of course):

In my research to find a gallery replacement, I looked at several contenders, but it came down to just two: Flickr vs. SmugMug.

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Here’s To The Artists!

It was almost exactly 14 years ago when I learned of the death of someone who had a surprisingly profound impact on my life. I was sitting in a dimly-lit cubical in downtown Denver, employed by one of the “Big 6” consulting firms, working for a large telco client. I had a client-issued Pentium desktop, connected to the company mainframe that allowed me to complete my assigned COBOL programming tasks. Sigh. Risking the wrath of both the client and my employer, I read the news that morning of the death of John Denver on my personal (color!) Apple PowerBook laptop, that sat next to the Pentium in case I needed to get some “real” work done.

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Zoll and The PCR for iPad App

When we first started showing PCR (patient care report) for iPad to EMS and Fire crew at trade shows last fall we knew we were on to something. We had already seen how people reacted with fascinated enthusiasm when an iPad was placed in their hands. When it was presented in a real world business application where people who had to move swiftly were used to dealing with clunky computers, slow programs or, egad, paper forms, the reaction was astounding.
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iPad Apps Approval Process

No one can deny the buzz and enthusiasm surrounding the recent iPad announcement. The sentiment is shared among many developers and consumers alike. But Apple could face a sizable challenge around launch time.

By the time the iPhone SDK was opened to developers, there were already millions of devices in the market. Developers were encouraged to test on hardware (iPhone and iPod Touch) before submitting to the App Store, instead of relying on Read More

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