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Some iOS Developer Startup Tips

Some iOS Developer Startup Tips

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by

The early days of using xCode was a bit like trying dialing out to AOL in the 90's. You weren't guaranteed to get connected, and the process was painful. But today xCode is standing tall with a mighty footprint in the sand for developers to step into and is many times more powerful than it's early versions. Creating an app is easier than before, but it's still a complic...

App Developers are the Good Guys

App Developers are the Good Guys

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by

Privacy is a growing concern for many companies and lawmakers and there is no shortage of mobile privacy reports and stories on the web. Unfortunately the stories are a playground for the mainstream media to grab and skew for shock value, and I would like to clarify a few things that try and scare everyone into thinking all mobile app developers are using shady pra...

No! There will not be a mass exit by Apple developers

No! There will not be a mass exit by Apple developers

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by

I keep seeing posts around the Internet talking about iOS developers jumping ship from Apple to head over to Google Android Play - much of them coming from Google searches and Google news feeds.These rumors are based on a recent study posted by Distimo, sighting many changes that could be taking place with app development trends as the Android market continues to see gr...

Qualcomm Tablet Giveaway

Qualcomm Tablet Giveaway

Monday, January 14, 2013 by

Qualcomm is giving away 3 SnapdragonT S4 Pro Mobile Development Platform Tablets: https://developer.qualcomm.com/mobile-development/development-devices/snapdragon-s4-pro-apq8064-mdptThe Snapdragon S4 Pro MDP/T (Tablet) is ready for development right out of the box, running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It won't require any software or drivers to be installed; users can...

App Developer Salary (infographic)

App Developer Salary (infographic)

Monday, January 14, 2013 by

Our friends over at Developer Tech have released a new info graphic depicting the salary of an app developer next to the salaries of other well-known jobs. Average age 33 years old, the bulk of them are male, and have at least 2 years experience.They also mostly come from North America and Canada, have college degrees, and earn more than a lawyer on average!The data com...

Android Developers can now respond to app reviews

Android Developers can now respond to app reviews

Friday, January 11, 2013 by

Recently Google started putting Google + profile information to be posted with each review someone leaves for your app in the Play store. And to further the enforcement of accountability, they now also allow the developer of the app to respond to reviews being posted as well.There is a catch though. This is currently for some developers only. We aren't sure what th...

An argument for HTML5 gaming

An argument for HTML5 gaming

Thursday, January 10, 2013 by

I am not even going to begin to site all of the differences when it comes to HTML5 vs native device game programming, but the folks over at Venture Beat want to make sure everyone knows HTML5 gaming is a very real possibility.HTML5 is awesome, just recently I even used it as a player for my app Blabber Box and it proved to be lightweight and fast! Plus it work...

Apple App Store screenshot rule now in effect

Apple App Store screenshot rule now in effect

Wednesday, January 09, 2013 by

In the iTunes connect developer portal for iOS developers, uploading screenshots used to be a matter of putting them in when the app launches – but still having the option to change them later if need be.But Apple has ended the ability to change or swap out screenshots wants your app is approved. So just like your maiden information you will need to make sure that your ...

AppBoy can help you identify users of your apps

AppBoy can help you identify users of your apps

Wednesday, January 09, 2013 by

Who among us would not want to know exactly who is using our apps so we could better target our advertising, and product add-ons to? Appboy has announced a new segmentation feature that lets app developers not only identify who is using their apps, but also enables them to segment groups of audiences off in order to target specific types of advertising to them...

iOS programming recipes

iOS programming recipes

Wednesday, January 09, 2013 by

I'm certainly not one for the kitchen, but I can understand how recipes are written that make it easy to whip up a nice meal. That's exactly the format in nscookbook.com takes in relation to how they display programming code for iOS.It's an interesting spin on taking something highly technical and making it more readable and fluent on the screen.There are all ...

New Career choices for Mobile App Developers

New Career choices for Mobile App Developers

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 by

While most of us app developers are fighting the good fight to get our app noticed in the app store, and monetize it the best way we know how, others are choosing a different path that can be much more lucrative.There is still an enormous gap in the enterprise world as it relates to mobile development. The most obvious reason is because most enterprises did not see the ...

Ford Developer Program Announced

Ford Developer Program Announced

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 by

In a rather interesting announcement by Ford Motor Company today they have released a mobile app developer program geared towards their Ford vehicles equipped with SYNC technology.My initial reaction was it's probably not a good idea to have any kind of interaction with an app while you're propelling a few thousand pound vehicle down the road. However it is clear that m...

Understanding your own code

Understanding your own code

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 by

Updating your apps in the app stores is something that is inevitable. Devices change, operating systems change, or perhaps just general updates or revisions to your applications are needed. Whatever the case may be it's imminent that you will need to update your app at some point during its lifespan. Let's have a show of hands for everyone that has dug back into their a...

What is an App Developer

What is an App Developer

Monday, January 07, 2013 by

While the mobile industry continues to grow, it's becoming increasingly obvious that some definitions of who is, and what is, have been lost. Being a mobile app developer myself I thought I would stand back and look at the shadow I cast so as to define exactly what it is I am. There is no way I could completely cover every aspect of my job or mobile app programming in g...

Apple App Store Stats for 2012

Apple App Store Stats for 2012

Monday, January 07, 2013 by

The latest statistics are out from Apple in regards to their App Store downloads and interactivity. The report says there have been over 40 billion app downloads since the App Store's inception, and 20 billion of those downloads were in 2012 alone!This certainly testifies to the fact that the mobile economy is still growing by astronomical numbers, and that 2012 was a g...

Are you over thinking your app UI design

Are you over thinking your app UI design

Monday, January 07, 2013 by

We have a saying around here and it is "big chief tablet". It simply implies keep things simple enough where you can use crayons and a big cheap tablet to explain it.  Many times this is also true when it comes to app development.Being developers one of our characteristics is that we tend to dig into the subterranean level of system architecture in order to reverse...

8 million Angry Bird downloads over Christmas

8 million Angry Bird downloads over Christmas

Friday, January 04, 2013 by

While most developers sat and waited for iTunes Connect to come back online after Christmas and hope for soaring numbers in their app download reports, it seems once again - the Angry Birds team has trumped us all. On Christmas day alone their staple app "Angry Birds" was downloaded over 8 million times! While some of you developers might be ready to turn away and ...

Jonathan Buchanan and ChipTrading

Jonathan Buchanan and ChipTrading

Thursday, January 03, 2013 by

When I was 11, I played with Robotics and Capsela toys, but these days 11 year olds become successful app developers! In another story that makes me feel older than I am, a guy from Perrysburg, a city in Wood County Ohio - made a splash in the Apple app store recently with his hit mathematics game called "ChipTrading". His name is Jonathan Buchanan, and he is ...

Install Ubuntu on your Android

Install Ubuntu on your Android

Thursday, January 03, 2013 by

Linux on a smartphone isn't such a far fetched idea any longer with the announcement from Ubuntu of their new mobile phones, and Ubuntu OS for Android mobile.Developers will be able to develop native apps for the device using QML or port over any web based HTML5 type application to the platform. There doesn't seem to be any mention of a mobile store just yet but we hope...

New Years Resolutions for Developers

New Years Resolutions for Developers

Wednesday, January 02, 2013 by

It's hard to keep New Years resolutions! Especially when, if we just forget about them there usually isn't any harm done. Mobile Developers should look towards 2013 with much expectation, and hope for success. Part of that success is going to come from how diligent you are not just in development, but also in other avenues that can grow your audience.Shane Schick over a...

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