App Development with Swift

App Development with Swift: SwiftFest 2019

Swift is the programming language developed by Apple that enables us to write code for its Operating Systems (e.g., iOS, macOS, tvOS). Apple is constantly improving the language, and in order to provide the most advanced software products to our customers, we take seriously staying abreast of these changes.

In order to help keep our Swift skills honed, we attend a variety of different conferences, and this year SwiftFest was one of them. SwiftFest returned to Boston for its second year, playing host to a diverse group of iOS developers, ranging from engineers working in industry, to students, and midnight coders. It is a community-driven conference, dedicated to iOS development, networking, and social interaction. The conference, spanning two full days and offering two tracks, offered a mix of inspiring speakers, technical presentations, and workshops. 

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Best Payment Apps

Best Payment Apps for Personal and Professional Use

Choosing the right payment apps for personal and professional use can be daunting when faced with so many options, of similar-seeming purpose. Here are a few suggestions for the best apps for payment, by category. Whether you seek a convenient way to pay back friends for dinner or need a hassle-free way to send money overseas, one of these six payment apps will have you covered.

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Great App Store Landing Page

How to Create a Great App Store Landing Page

A great app store landing page is an essential component of marketing your app. An informative and eye-catching app store landing page helps customers to discover your app and plays a key role in driving downloads of your app. Both Google Play and the Apple App Store currently host around 2 million apps each. In this kind of competitive landscape, it’s hard to capture the attention of a potential customer without a great app store landing page.

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Chatbots for Business

Chatbots for Business: Leveraging AI to Benefit Business

Chatbots for business are becoming increasingly common, and can offer a variety of benefits to both the customer and the company. You’ve probably noticed them pop up on retail websites, map pages, and in mobile apps about everything from travel to nutrition.

Chatbots provide interactive communication between a business and its consumers using software developed to imitate human conversation. Today’s bots now leverage artificial intelligence to assist customers with questions about products and services, making them more effective than ever.

A computer scientist at MIT gets credit for the first talking bot, named ELIZA, back in 1966. ELIZA used pattern-recognition in speech for its conversation. Then, throughout the second half of the 20th century, chatbots became increasingly more complex and intelligent – and useful. In today’s world, chatbots comprise no small part of the growing tech space with Gartner estimating that more than 85% of all customer support services will use chatbots by 2020.

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WWDC Keynote 2019

WWDC Keynote 2019 Highlights

Apple’s annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) is one of their annual special events, and the WWDC keynote always sets the stage for the rest of the week. During the conference, they publicly introduce new hardware, software, and services, and arm developers with tools to build fantastic apps that take advantage of new capabilities of each of their platforms— iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS. Seats are always limited, so we were excited to have the opportunity to attend in person this year.

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Blockchain Technology

Blockchain and Mobile App Development

Blockchain is an emerging technology that has the potential to reshape numerous industries, including mobile apps. Among other things, it offers the ability to secure data, reduce intermediaries, provide global transparency, and keep an immutable record.

In this blog, we’ll provide a basic overview of how the technology works, the benefits it can offer in a variety of industries, and some opportunities within the mobile app economy.

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App Integration

App Integration: Building Apps that Interface with Others

App integration, in a general sense, is the process of bringing resources or capabilities from one application to another. As the world of apps continues to evolve, app integration is becoming expected in many contexts. For example, if you’ve ever used your Facebook credentials to login to another app, you’ve taken advantage of an app integration. The developer of the second application spared you the hassle of providing personal details by integrating their authentication process with Facebook.

Not only can the creation of your app benefit from your developer leveraging app integrations, but you can also create your app in a way that allows it to be integrated into other apps. This could either lead to a revenue opportunity for you or help to broaden the reach of your app or platform.

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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

Perfect Holiday Gifts 2018

Perfect Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List: Our 2018 Gift Guide

While it might be the most wonderful time of the year, the holiday season brings with it the stresses of extended family, office parties, and finding the perfect holiday gifts for all the names on your list. To make your holiday shopping easier, we’ve compiled a few of the most exciting tech presents that offer something to all your friends and family.

The list includes holiday gifts for the gamers, music lovers, parents, and busy professionals in your life. From household gadgets to office essentials, you’ll find the perfect holiday gift to satisfy everyone — and maybe even discover something you want on your own list! 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

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