Over the past 5 years we have seen an immense boom in the development and download of mobile applications. What began as a place to buy a .99 calculator for your phone has grown into a valley of free games, social interfaces and photo editors. It seems like there’s an app for everything and anything you could think of.. even virtual pets. So being someone thinking about making an app, how on earth are we supposed to make our mark in such a … [Read more...]
We hope you’ll both enjoy and benefit from this inside look at the process of mobile app development, design, and performance. The authors intend to go beyond simply the latest iOS or Android devices and study the effects and macro-level trends of mobile technology on business. In addition, they’ll still be providing plenty of ‘best practices’ and ‘how to’s’ for mobile.
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Past releases of Apple’s iOS, the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads, have notoriously been anti-Enterprise. Then focus has been the consumer. The release of iOS 7 is a marked changed for Apple. There are now some interesting features in iOS 7 that IT groups will like, such as: Enterprise Single Sign-On – leverage your own Enterprise authentication to grant access to back-office systems Per-App VPN – use VPN (Virtual Private … [Read more...]
After a disappointing sales season this fall for Victoria’s Secret, Costco, and American Apparel, among other merchants, the stakes are high for retailers heading into the crucial holiday shopping season. While it’s difficult to predict which retailers will reign supreme during the most crucial selling time of the year, one thing is certain: mobile devices will play an even bigger role in supporting retail sales this holiday. According to the … [Read more...]
We’ve gone beyond smart phones for some time now. Google Glass and Apple iWatch appear to be coming soon. As we know, the appeal of new hardware wanes quickly if there aren’t apps to make the device have unique purposes. So what kind of applications can make wearable devices special? Well, the first consideration is that wearable devices won’t be as general purpose as a smart phone. Their context will depend on where the device is worn, … [Read more...]
Six years ago Robert Scoble and Shel Israel published Naked Conversations, a book that defined the business use of social media. Last month, Scoble and Israel released a new book, The Age of Context, which promises to define the conversation about the most important trends in our digital lives. The book, based on over 300 interviews conducted over eighteen months, is an engaging journey through the five “converging forces that promise to … [Read more...]
Apple released that latest version of the mobile operating system, iOS7, on September 21st. Many of the of 700 million iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads were eligible for the free upgrade. It turns out that lots of people wanted to jump to the latest software from Apple. In three weeks Apple was able to successfully push out upgrades to 70 percent of all iOS devices (source), or nearly 500 million iDevices. That’s great –- most people are … [Read more...]
I was at a family BBQ this summer and we decided we wanted to play volleyball. The problem, it has been over a decade since we played and grass had grown over the in-ground cement posts that we put the poles in. Our options were: Start digging holes where we think the poles were; which could take all day, turn up nothing and destroy the lawn. Try to create a short-term fix by putting the poles in the dirt; which would not have held the net … [Read more...]
What does M&M’s, Red Bull, laptops and APIs all have in common? A hackathon! This last weekend, during the annual Detroit Maker Faire, The Henry Ford museum ran it’s first hackathon and I had the honor of being a judge. Hackathons are common sights at events like Maker Faire, and it is easy to see why. The spirit of a hackathon is founded in digital innovation. Teams get together on the day of the “hack” and have a finite amount of time to … [Read more...]
Different mobile networks means different, uncontrollable environments responsible for loading your mobile site. We know that slow, high latency networks make ensuring a quality mobile web experience more than a challenge. What Influences Mobile Site Download Speed The first component to consider when examining what affects the performance of your mobile site is the one that is out of your control - connection speeds. In an ideal world your … [Read more...]
In “OK, Glass, hand me the scalpel,” trauma surgeon Rafael Grossmann reported on “the first time that Google Glass has ever been used during live surgery, by a surgeon… with streaming of non-identifying patient information thru a Google Glass Hang-Out.” The patient survived Grossman’s demonstration of Google Glass’s potential in healthcare, showing specifically how it could be used for “better intra-operative consultations, surgical mentoring … [Read more...]