This application allows you to receive money that is used to donate to food banks when you eat out at restaurants. It is only running in San Francisco, San Diego, Ventura County, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Phoenix so far, but its growth looks promising. They use a tracking feature to analyze the number of people that would be attending food banks to look at the need for this.
Sift makes a personalized storefront from your email inbox and social media interests. This app is new but has great potential from its introduction through the past few months.
With the new Google Play application, users can listen to millions of songs already in the Google Play’s library as well as upload up to 20,000 songs of their own to access anywhere! The music is streamed to give the user the capability to listen anywhere. It is such a large library that it is at war with the other music streaming applications.
Griffin has released a new remote control car that connects to your iOS device using Bluetooth 4.0. The choice to use Bluetooth allows for minimal power usage as well as avoiding the issue of “line of sight” with the iOS controlled car. The car is also rechargeable via USB which avoids the need for a bulky charger or large batteries seen in traditional remote control cars. The car is called the ‘Moto TC Rally’ and is available for purchase for $100.
The many uses for smartphones are increasing day by day and the possibilities seem limitless. One of the next big capabilities smartphone makers and application developers are making use of are the coprocessor’s abilities to track data even while the user is not using their smartphone. This is something that has been around for a little while, but previously, it required the use of a Bluetooth connection and an application being open on the smartphone. Now, the smartphone can be completely idle with the display off and no applications open, yet still make use of this new responsive technology through the coprocessor in the smartphone. It collects sensor data from integrated accelerometers, gyroscopes, and compasses. This can be used to track information for users and implement the information into applications such as fitness trackers before the user opens the app for the first time. Making use of this technology is something application developers will definitely want to consider as it could completely blow the user away during their “out of the box experience”.
Yesterday, Livescribe released the Livescribe 3 smartpen that features a new design that is built to work with smartphones and tablets. Basically, the Livescribe 3 smartpen can now connect to the user’s mobile devices such as an iPad or iPhone and automatically transfer any notes taken to the said devices. Previous versions of smartpens were all about syncing to the users desktop/laptop through the use of software called Evernote. The new smartpens allow the user to record audio from their mobile device’s built-in microphone and share recordings and notes taken through email and services such as Evernote and Dropbox. By syncing the smartpens and mobile devices, users can make use of and share notes much easier than before. Livescribe’s new smartpen is attempting to revolutionize note-taking for users constantly on the go, and it seems as if they are doing a great job.
This application gives anyone the ability to build an app without any knowledge of coding. Even after the app is published, Apmato gives its users the chance to update the app at anytime. This ability for anyone to build an app gives people the chance to build apps for a much lower price.
This week brought some good news for the once-dominant mobile phone maker at last. Specifically, just 24 hours after releasing its BlackBerry Messenger chat app for Android and iOS devices, downloads had already topped 10 million. This article talks about the sudden upside to Blackberry’s misfortunes.
Earlier in the month Instagram announced that it would be officially introducing ads into it’s previously ad-free mobile app. It was a matter of time before this would happen, considering the popularity of the mobile application and its potential to earn revenue. This article shows a preview of what ads will look like on Instagram. There have been many concerns about how these ads will affect the user experience in the app. The company states “We want ads to be creative and engaging, so we’re starting with just a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community.” The sample image in the article shows a “sponsored” stamp up in the corner where the timestamp would usually be. Instagram seems to be concerned with the issue that the public typically despises ads, so hopefully they tread carefully in this area of business.
Earlier this week Apple released iOS 7.0.3, a much needed update to fix a few bugs that had been plaguing the mobile operating system since its release a month ago. Many of the more than 200 million users of i0S 7 experienced issues with their iMessage failing to send messages. Apple’s release notes seem to indicate that this was due to a bug that prevented iMessage from properly activating. Another important fix with the minor update was the accelerometer calibration issues for the new iPhone 5s and 5c. Many users noted that the compass and new level applications available in iOS 7 were significantly off on the new 5s and 5c devices compared to the older iPhone 5. Apple also fixed a bug that allowed users to by pass the lockscreen after a doing a series of specific tasks and they enhanced the option to reduce the motion effects for the fair number of users that experience sickness due to the graphics. In addition to all the fixes Apple added some new functionalities including iCloud Keychain and Password Generator. These have been a part of iOS 7 but they are now fully integrated due to the release of OSX Mavericks. Read More…
Google already knows better than most how we use the internet. Now it wants to dig a little deeper and monitor your app usage as well. Engadget has learned that the company is readying new mobile apps that compensate users if they allow their mobile behavior to be monitored. We’re told that the project, known internally as “Mobile Meter,” utilizes iOS and Android apps that intelligently monitor app usage and web browsing habits and send the data back to Google. Google already passively collects data to improve its apps and resources. The Google Maps app, for instance, regularly feeds back location metrics to enhance the service.
Read entire article here: http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/14/google-mobile-meter-tracking-ios-android-app/
Google Maps updated its iOS app on Tuesday with new route and traffic features. According to Google, the update brings “faster access to navigation,” “tips and tricks” for beginning users, and support for Arabic and Hebrew.
Version 2.3.4’s navigation feature helps users better decide among various traffic and route options. The app now has a smaller map within the route selection screen, which lets people more easily compare directions based on traffic and other conditions. The “tips and tricks” section gives users advice on how to use the app and its various features, like turn-by-turn directions.
This update brings usability to a new market in Southwest Asia.
This article talks about how a company called Sensopia developed their application for iOS before developing it for Android. Even though the article talks specifically about an app called MagicPlan, the reasons for developing an app for iOS prior to developing it for Android still stand. One of the major challenges presented when developing for Android is the large amount of diversity when it comes to hardware of mobile devices. There are thousands of devices with different hardware that comprise the Android market. The ability to develop an application for iOS and test it extensively using devices with very similar hardware makes creating an application for Android much easier. This company spent years developing their application for iOS first. They released the app to see how well the intended audience would receive it and how useful it would be. The five million plus downloads of the application made it clear to the developers that it was successful. This sparked the development of the application for Android devices. When an app uses hardware to perform a certain action, it becomes very hard to develop the app for Android. By developing for iOS first, the company was able to find people that were willing to help the developers test the app on Android devices. The incentives for developing an app on iOS before developing for Android are numerous and this article highlights how one company used this to their advantage.
BranchOut’s professional network cratered when Facebook muted its virality. Today the $49 million-funded startup is hedging its bets with the launch of Talk.co, a mobile-first web, iOS, and Android messaging app for coworkers that looks like Yammer and WhatsApp’s white-collar love child. Talk.co ditches Yammer’s passive news feed for a list of message threads that get your colleagues to respond faster. If Talk.co can convince professionals that it can deliver the ease of consumer messaging with the security and purpose of the enterprise, BranchOut might still be able to eek out a win.
Mobile gaming has become increasingly more popular on mobile devices as systems improve and touch screen controls are optimized. With the advent of iOS 7, Apple added in compatibility for the use of external gamepads to streamline, optimize, and enhance the mobile gaming experience. Logitech, so far, seems to be the only one taking this new development seriously.
Three days ago, a picture of one of Logitech’s controllers was leaked on Twitter by a source known for reliability in producing images of future mobile products. The image is of one of three style designs presented back in June at Apple’s WWDC (2013). This would completely negate the necessity for the current poor functioning Bluetooth keyboard hacks being used to simulate the button inputs of a gamepad. The obvious benefits of the materialization of such objects over current hacks are more precise button mapping and better response times, due to a physical connection. There is also a standalone gamepad model that was exhibited to communicate via Bluetooth, all of which would offer more precise tactile control with most or all styles of games that don’t function well with touch screens.
A last interesting tidbit takes into account the gaming revenues on both Android and iOS as they are beginning to rival handhold traffic from the big names like Nintendo. Depending on the orchestration of gamepad technology and development for mobile devices or the inclusion of dual analog sticks (as has been rumored), the current portable powerhouses might have new troubles to deal with. A wise decision to include this implementation on Apple’s part, I would say.
There are numerous features packed into iOS 7 and most people assume them all to be listed by Apple in the release notes but one feature, Multi-path TCP, has made its way into iOS 7 without notation. Multi-path TCP enables a 3-way communication connection for mobile device users to be connected to wi-fi and cellular at the same time which is important because it allows data to be sent over the strongest available connection without the user having to choose the connection type. For instance, if your wi-fi drops during a data transmission on your mobile handset you would have to switch to cellular and resend the data request but multi-path TCP allows the connection to be maintained by automatically altering the transmission to the better network connection. Or if one of the connections hits slow down, multi-path TCP enables the device to automatically use the fastest available network. Multi-path TCP will be huge to the mobile device industry because it allows users to be connected to Wi-Fi and Cellular networks simultaneously. Apple’s release of iOS 7 marked to first mass ability of users to utilize multi-path technology but to an extent, it appears that not all apps can make use of this capability yet, only Siri seems to take advantage of this ability.
Along with the release of iOS 7 for its mobile devices, Apple also introduced a major upgrade to its Xcode suite of development tools. Xcode, now in Version 5, consists of a compiler, a linker, a source-code-level debugger, a code analyzer, performance measurement instruments, a simulator, and other utilities, all managed by an IDE. The improvements in the Xcode 5 release should allow you to write better applications for iOS and OS X that are faster and have fewer bugs. This article explains how Xcode 5 makes much better apps for iOS in a very clear and concise manner
In the most recent update to the Google Chrome app, it appears there is a flaw when using the “incognito mode”. This feature within the mobile web browser is designed to allow users to browse the web discretely. Searches and visited websites are not saved in your history, and all cookies are deleted as soon as you close the browser. In this update searches made in incognito are not deleted and will actually come up in your search history while using the standard browser. This is an odd bug to appear from tech giant Google even though there have always been questions about the security of incognito mode.
Tirecheck is a new app the iphone that uses your phone camera to check your tire pressure. Just put in your make and model, then snap a quick picture of your tires. The app will tell you if your tire pressure is low and how much money you could save by inflating your tires. It is an interesting concept and the company claims it is accurate within 2 psi; however, I would recommend keeps a tire pressure gauge anyway. The app struggles with overinflated tires. Overall, the concept is promising, but too new to be trusted alone.
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Shortly after it’s release, a bug was discovered inside Apple’s brand new iOS 7 operating system, which made it relatively easy to access the photo gallery, some emails, and social networking accounts on a locked iPhone. This article talks about how iOS 7.0.2 update fixes this problem.
Apple’s iOS 7 is plagued with HTML5 defects related to the Web SQL database, home-screen widgets, gestures, and animations. One problem area involves Web SQL permissions not working correctly when trying to expand the database size beyond 5MB. In previous versions of iOS 7, the limit was 50MB, so many apps will now exceed that limit in their database downloads. This article goes into great detail about iOS7’s bad HTML5 functions.
With the introduction of the iPhone 5s came a new security measure never before seen on smartphones. Apple introduced a special fingerprint sensor that replaces the passcode as a “more secure” way of accessing your device. As we have seen in the past, nothing is perfect, and the new fingerprint scanner is no exception. Before yesterday, no one was able to bypass the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s to fully unlock a device without the actual fingerprint used to protect it. The “biometrics hacking team” of the Chaos Computer Club found a way to get around the security measure by making a model of someone’s fingerprint using a high resolution camera, a computer, and latex. This article explains that the process involves much more than the average thief would most likely want to do to access a stolen iPhone, but nonetheless, iPhone 5s users will have to be more careful with their devices than they previously thought. This goes to show that even the latest mobile security technology still has its flaws and users must remain cautious when it comes to sensitive data on their phones and people attempting to steal it.
With the release of Apple’s new iOS 7 for compatible devices, they have made one of the biggest changes to both how it looks and feels since its first release. Gone are the textures and familiar skeuomorphisms, replaced with simpler, flatter designs. Not being much of an iOS user except for my iPod Touch, I still find myself strangely saddened to see the character of the OS that I’ve enjoyed the past few years die off so suddenly, with so drastic a change. With the update, most things still function the same way, but everything looks different. There are instances where the visual changes are indeed most welcome, specifically the Stocks application which has gained visual appeal with its now highly contrasted display. Barring the few needed improvements, the majority of iOS 7 is alien and new. Change is almost always daunting and causes reluctance at first, but I think we will see how these design changes will pan out soon enough. It’s going to take me a little while to adjust to it, though.
Some side-by-side detailed comparisons (about 2 dozen) of iOS 6 & 7 at my source below:
With the new look of iOS 7, many companies are updating their apps. Companies are updating their apps in order to give a look similar to the flat interface of the iOS 7. Since they are already spending time to update, many are adding new features. Kindle has released a way to group books into collections. This is something that will help users organize their varying reading interests on their iPads.
Occipital just launched a Kickstarter campaign for its very first hardware project: the Structure, a portable 3D sensor that straps to the back of your iPad that should ship by next February. Small and clad in colored anodized aluminum, it doesn’t look anything like the clunky 3D sensors you may have already been exposed to. That’s a testament to the sort of fastidious tweaking that went into making the Structure what it is — there’s a full-sized PrimeSense Carmine sensor in there, but it was up to Occipital to cut out the physical cruft so the Structure could fit in a pocket. Power consumption also had to be cut dramatically since it runs off the iPad 4′s battery (though it’ll technically connect to any iDevice in your arsenal that has a Lightning dock connector). This new device is a huge disruption to 3D scanning in that it is so portable that it can be used on any iDevice.
Aside from Twitter’s most recent announcement to launch an IPO, which has been discussed in a previous blog post, they also plan to make a new iOS application that focuses more on multimedia rather than text-based tweets. Why? Mostly, because nobody cares to read a conversation you’re having with someone else. They want to read the little 240 character statements you make, and you only. Twitter currently has 1 billion users but only 250 million “consistent” users. The 750 million, myself included, either no longer use their account or only rarely do. In an attempt to draw back these long lost users, they plan to remove the Home, Connect, Discover and Me tabs, in lieu of a simplified swipe-navigation layout. They’re also hoping to bring in more people who are not as tech-savvy as their regular users. I don’t plan on returning to Twitter because the last thing I need is to worry about another social media site to use, but I still think it’s a smart move on their part.
iOS 7 is Apple’s newest operating system and will be released on the 18th. Will your apple device run iOS 7? Even if your device is capable of running Apple’s new OS, that doesn’t mean that you will have access to all of its features. For example, the iphone 4s is capable of running iOS 7, however it will not have camera filters or AirDrop. For a complete list of iOS 7 capable devices and their disabilities, click the link below.
This is the perfect guide for anyone who is unclear about the new features of iOS 7. In here you will find everything from the new design, improved safari, siri, app store and more. Also talks about the new security feature ‘Find my iPhone’, and the improved integration between phone and computers. Lastly they explain which features will be working on certain devices, because older generation iPhones will not be able to use all the new features.
Yahoo is auditioning for a bigger role on iPhones and iPads with the release of its first mobile application tailored for watching video on touch-control screens. With the huge success achieved by the popular internet video subscription service, Netflix, Yahoo has decided to build its own mobile application to provide a video watching service similar to Netflix at no cost whatsoever. This is disruptive technology at its finest. Even though I do not see Netflix going out of business any time soon due to this new application, the free aspect of Yahoo’s app is enticing to consumers to say the least. As we have talked about in class many times, you can’t beat free. I believe this application might be something that could really catch on and not only become popular over time, but influence the experience of mobile video watching in several ways.
This article talks about the increasing demand for business apps in recent years and which platforms developers are most interested in building apps for. As stated in the article, the amount of mobile developers building business apps has increased quite a bit since 2010 jumping from only 29% up to 43% in 2013. Businesses are always looking for ways to become more efficient and applications can be a great way to achieve those goals. This means a bright future for mobile developers with a specialized skill set and higher-level thinking that can come up with new and improved ways that businesses can carry out their day-to-day functions. This article also provides percentages for platforms that mobile developers prefer building for. These percentages help people interested in getting into mobile development, or interested in mobile development in general, gain a better understanding of which platforms people already in the field are building for.
One of the many hoped for features in Apples new iOS 7 was the adoption of NFC or Near Field Communication technologies. Well we now know that NFC isn’t going to be a part of iOS 7 and many folks believe that brings about the death of NFC. Well NFC isn’t totally dead and Google still is using it in file transfer between devices and even for Google Wallet but Apple hasn’t adopted the technology. But that doesn’t mean Apple doesn’t have their own way of doing things. In this new iOS you will see and make use of AirDrop which has been on the Mac for quite some time. I am interested to see that apps that die as a result of AirDrop on iDevices and what new technologies spring from its addition to the iOS SDK.
Google has updated their Google Drive app for the iOS today. There have been some cosmetic updates including a change from the old list format to a “card” or thumbnail type of layout. On the technical end, the app now allows you to copy urls straight to your clipboard, improved file sharing and the capacity to edit in landscape mode.
For more information, check out this article on the Verge.
The Mini Jambox is a slimmer, sharper version of the original. Gone is the rubber that capped the top and bottom; the new device is cool metal all the way around. In terms of first impressions, it might seem slightly less friendly than the first Jambox, but it proves no less touchable. Jawbone has modified the audio to a level of quality unheard of in mobile devices. And, once you get your hands on it, it exudes superior quality–not unlike the difference between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 that followed it.
“If Apple’s homegrown mapping solution isn’t quite cutting it, your navigation needs may soon be met by a native iOS Google Maps app. Citing an unnamed source, the Wall Street Journal says Page and Co. are distributing a test version of the fabled app to folks outside the firm, making good on theirearlier commitment to bring Google Maps to iOS. The WSJ’s source expects the app to be outfitted with turn-by-turn navigation, but didn’t mention when it might finally see an official release. As it stands, the search giant is said to be putting the finishing touches on the app before submitting it for App Store approval.”
Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, thinks the company should make a version of iTunes for Android devices. He thinks it would be a good way to put a little of the Apple experience inside the Google OS.
Android and iOS are the OSs that app developers should focus on since they have captured over 85% of the smartphone OS market. Why should an app developer spend time on anything else since any other OS is in the shrinking minority?
Amazingly, Android holds 68% of that 85% OS market share and that is largely due to Samsung, the Korean company that manufactures over 44% of the Android phones sold. This amount out distances its next seven competitors combined.
Despite Microsoft’s attempt to break into the mobile phone market as of Q2 2012 it only accounts for 3.5% of the total market share.
Norem, J. (2012, November 10). Android, ios conquer smartphone market. MaximumPC, 17(11), 9.
There is little doubt among experts that Apple’s iOS 6 is an improvement over the previous iOS 5 version but there is still room for development especially in replacing certain carry over applications.
Apple maps have been a big disappointment to many users. It’s missing many of the components that have been taken for granted by many users of Google Maps such as major points of interest, as well as many street and city names. In addition, Street View a major and appreciated component of Google Maps is nowhere to be found in Apple Maps.
Apple’s email application has a few new features but by in large problems still exist like the inability to mark all emails as read or to delete all email messages. There is also little support for new fonts or page styles in email. There is also no spam filter for the device itself nor support for group emails.
Siri needs further development as its voice recognition ability is still very poor as it typically mistranslates almost 50% of the time. Google’s voice recognition program is far more efficient.
Unfortunately, Apple does not allow users to delete unwanted Apple-developed applications. Whether you want it or not you’re often stuck with an Apple-developed application you can’t use and you cannot even hide it from view.
Google has long offered an awesome way for Android users to share links from the desktop to a mobile device. Just recently iOS has been given the same privileged.
With this new Google offering, both Android and iOS users will be able to send web pages from Chrome on their computer to Chrome on their Android phone or tablet, iPhone or iPad.
You’ll find the extension in Chrome under a new name… Chrome to Mobile.
Mobile development has come a long way in the past few years. But as technology continues to introduce new and more innovating products at a rapid pace, there’s room for many developers to make huge mistakes along the way — ones that could jeopardize their product or even their entire business.
“Test your app outside of your office. If your app has anything to do with receiving information remotely, test it in different places around the city: in subways, in a lot of different conditions. Just make sure your developers get outside of their offices.”
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Blending the best of OS X and iOS makes both operating systems better
Apple revealed its latest desktop/laptop operating system: OS X Mountain Lion. The final version will be released this summer, but the developer preview unveiled on Thursday shows that the upcoming OS picks up where OS X 10.7 — code-named Lion — left off. The upgrade will be available only as a download from the Mac App Store (surprise, surprise) . Apple won’t sell it on disc or on a thumb drive, as it did with earlier versions of OS X.
The most important element of the new OS is deeper integration with iCloud, the collection of services that stores your data to Apple’s servers automatically and then syncs that data across all your devices. On the iPhone and iPad, every photo, document, bookmark, contact — everything — gets backed up.
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But this is probably not all Apple’s fault, according to AppAdvice, because this version of the company’s operating system is new enough that many application software developers have not yet found time enough to tweak their third-party apps into compatibility.
Still, iOS 4.3.3 caused 10.66 percent of the mobile application crashes, though it has been available much longer, the article noted.
Android 4.0.1 accounted for only 1.04 percent of mobile app crashes in the study, appearing stable by comparison with 28.64 percent for iOS 5.0.1, and hardware issues may be partly to blame, according to Forbes, AppAdvice reported.
Users of mobile apps on both operating systems can scan the images and compare the charts with their experiences, then conclude for themselves whether Crittercism’s study brings good news or bad news — or neither.