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.
Mapquest, previously one of the previous leaders of online mapping, is attempting to recapture users with their new mobile app. The brand still continues, but is barely a shadow of it’s former self. The new app has a much cleaner and pleasing UI. Sadly, there are errors with regards to finding and searching business profiles. Interestingly, they’ve chosen to go the route of paid to remove advertisements.
This is interesting as it marks an attempt by an older former service to recapture users via offering a new improved app. While this shows the possibility of these sorts of tactics to work, sometimes it might be necessary to understand that one’s services may have too much stiff competition. While an interesting attempt, it may lead only to failure.
This app is about soccer, not American football. With soccer being the most popular sport worldwide, this app comes in seven different languages. It is one stop shopping for all soccer fans that allows them to get tickets, view statistics, and keep up with scores, all in one application. It already has 4.5 million monthly users.
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Apps on iPhone 5s are crashing twice more often than on previous models.
Interestingly, according to the app platform Crittercism, iPhone 5s apps are crashing twice as often as apps on other models. This comes along with reports of alignment isssues, a blue screen of death, and other issues related to the new iOS 7 operating system. Updates have been released, but it is interesting to note that ‘some of the issues may have arisen simply from the fact that developers did not have enough time to adapt their apps to the new hardware and the 64-bit Apple A7 chip, which could be the culprit.’ <http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apps-on-iPhone-5s-are-crashing-twice-more-often-than-on-previous-models_id48204#4->
The current issues regarding iOS 7 adds to the field of mobile tech development as a somewhat cautionary tale. It is imperative to ensure that most bugs and issues are ironed out before releasing a product, as a period of glitches and bugs can cause issues with one’s brand and consumer goodwill. The performance and user experience must always be thought of to ensure that there is a continual desire to use the product. Additionally, if this is a continuing trend, there could be effects on the economic state of mobile development and technology, as users migrate away from what is perceived as a poor platform in favor for a superior one. There may also be an increased focus on testing, discovering, and removing these issues before release.
Apps not updated for iOS 7 getting hit hard in the App Store
The Apple iOS 7 created quite a change in the look and mechanics of the iPhone, which has had quite an effect on mobile developers. uTest uses their own software called Applause to analyze over 80 million reviews for over 800,000 applications. They’ve found that app reviews that mention ‘iOS 7’ have a much lower rating then those that do not mention iOS 7. The spread is large, with the difference being, on average, 2.81 stars compared to 3.65 stars.
This relates to the field of mobile development and the economic state of mobile development. As some applications are not yet developed for iOS 7, there will be issues with appearances or compatibility which will cause a lowering of the star rating. There can be a drastic drop in rating while an app is still being updated. With a poor rating, users will obviously seek out a different application. This could have the effect of losing users, loosing revenue from downloads, and being out competed by a differing app in a highly competitive market. This shows the importance of updating applications as soon as possible to ensure that there is not a monetary cost to developers.
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
Airlines have never put mobile technologies to serious use until now. Boeing has officially released a series of apps that allow their employees to service their massive jets. The app suite contains several apps that allow them to quickly access manuals, maintenance documents, retrieve information about part availability, collaborate with coworkers and much more. Furthermore, it is estimated that this switch to using an iPad will save 4000 pieces of paper per day.
This article talks about the 5 best weather apps for Google Chrome which are Full Screen Weather, Rain Alarm, WeatherBug, Uber Weather, and YoWindow Weather. It explains why each one are the best and what makes them so special.
Microsoft is updating the recently launched beta of Windows Phone App Studio to improve performance and scalability after the new app development tool crossed 55,000 active projects. The service was launched in a bid by Microsoft in order to increase the number of applications that are available on Windows Phone by allowing all users to create their own apps without writing any code. The service allows users to choose from a number of templates to get started. Then they are able to add content such as images, videos, RSS, and Twitter feeds. Although it is being worked on, the company didn’t provide any details on when Windows Phone App Studio would become generally available.
Amazon is now targeting independent mobile apps by offering mobile developers the chance to use its new Mobile Associates API.
Amazon’s Mobile Associates API will allow developers to build relevant Amazon product offerings into their applications. When purchases of those products are made within the mobile applications, the app developers will receive a 6% commission from Amazon.
Amazon hopes that this development will boost its profile in mobile commerce, while providing another revenue stream to app developers by encouraging them to develop apps with in-application purchasing sponsored by Amazon in mind during the app development phase.
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