Augmented Reality (AR)

How Augmented Reality (AR) Can Benefit Business

Augmented Reality (AR) applications have grown significantly in recent years, and if you are in business leadership, this emerging technology should definitely be on your radar. It has the potential to revolutionize the way many companies operate.

To understand how augmented reality works, it’s helpful to take a step back and think about how we understand “reality.” In many ways, your senses define your physical reality. What you see, what you hear, what you touch and smell and taste, all combine to create your perception of what is in your world. In the case of sight, you make sense of what is in front of you by comparing what you see with what you’ve seen before. You know what a tree is, what a person is. You can tell an adult from a child. You know that stores sell things. But is a certain store you’ve happened upon open right now? You don’t know, not without more information.

What if, while looking at that store from your car, your reality included their store hours? If you saw in clear text (or a clock face) the time they open or close, hovering over the building? It wouldn’t be real in the physical sense, but as part of your perception it would be real information you can act on. With that addition made, we could say that your reality has been augmented. You would have experienced AR.

Augmented Reality is technology that adds new information to what your senses perceive. While there is some audible AR tech, today’s augmented reality technology is mostly focused on the visual. It enhances or expands real life by superimposing computer images on top of your view of reality. It’s important to note that this is distinct from Virtual Reality (VR) which replaces your world with a computer generated one.

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Apps to Help Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Apps That Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Apps help to streamline life in many ways, so it probably comes as no surprise that you can use apps to help you with your New Year’s resolutions as well. The top ten New Year’s resolutions for 2017 and 2018 weren’t too different, so we think it’s likely many of you will have eating healthier, exercising, managing money, or starting a new hobby somewhere on your 2019 list.

With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a collection of apps to help you with your New Year’s resolutions. The apps are organized into five groups: exercise, mental health, hobbies, money management, and healthy eating. We hope they help you to keep your resolutions on track, right from the start.

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Parental Controls for Screen Time

Parental Controls for Screen Time

With over 95% of teens having access to smart phones, and plenty of younger children as well, it’s no surprise that parental controls for screen time have become ever more important. The upcoming holiday break from school means kids will be tempted to rack up even more screen time, so now might be an ideal time to implement some parental controls if it’s on your to-do list.

There are a number of great options to help control screen time on phones, tablets, and computers. This post will review several popular options to help you find the right fit for your family. Some are oriented just for mobile devices, while others provide parental controls across multiple devices. Read More

Siri Shortcuts

Siri Shortcuts Offer Benefits to Consumers and Businesses

Siri Shortcuts, available with the release of iOS 12, are Apple’s next advance in the quest to create a more robust product assistant across all of their product line.

Most of us are familiar with Siri, Apple’s voice assistant that utilizes voice queries and a natural-language user interface to answer questions and perform any variety of actions. Siri is built into every device they sell, and with iOS 12 she’s about to get a lot more capable, thanks to Siri Shortcuts.

In a nutshell, Siri Shortcuts are designed to help consumers streamline the things they do often. They will transform how many people utilize their smart devices, and businesses that are prepared can also reap benefits from this feature. Read More

Coding Bootcamps

Do Coding Bootcamps Deliver on Jobs?

Coding bootcamps made their debut around 2011 and these intensive software training programs are still running strong. This likely comes as no surprise, as code related jobs remain on the rise, and the industry needs more developers. Software developer jobs offer individuals exciting career opportunities and, in some cases, the potential to earn high starting salaries.

If you’re interested in joining the developer ranks, does it matter where and how you pick up coding skills? Computer Science degrees from four-year universities offer an obvious path to breaking into tech, but not everyone has the time or resources to pursue a four year degree – especially if you’ve already got one in another field. But are coding bootcamps worth it? Can they deliver the same promises of employment as universities? Read More

Apps for Winter Olympics

Best Apps for the Winter Olympics 2018

In just a few days the 2018 Winter Olympics will kickoff in PyeongChang, South Korea. Keeping track of over 15 winter sports is no small task, but thankfully technology has made it easier than ever before. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of the best apps for Winter Olympic fans. Some enable you to live stream the games, while others provide up-to-date news plus athlete overviews and historical insights. Read More

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

Swift Playgrounds Homepage

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

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