How to get user engagement in 2020
Thursday, January 2, 2020 by Scott Tomkins
The most difficult challenge for every app developer to overcome is: How do I get my app in front of a customer so that they can engage with it? UA campaigns are notoriously expensive and invariably suffer from diminishing returns. ROAS at the start of a campaign falls somewhere between 200% and 300%, but soon enough it peters out. I can’t tell you how many times ...
The outside-In approach to IT
Friday, November 22, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
Information technology and services are undergoing an evolution. Too often, back-office IT organizations fixate on “IT-centric” outcomes, such as uptime and risk reduction, without tying the conversation back to the business. But now, more and more organizations are taking Gartner’s recommendations and changing the conversation to focus on business out...
FTC extends comment deadline on COPPA Rule
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by Freeman Lightner
The Federal Trade Commission is extending the deadline to submit comments on the effectiveness of the amendments the agency made to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule) in 2013 and whether additional changes are needed. The deadline was originally October 23, 2019; it is now December 9, 2019.
The FTC announced that it would accep...
Match.com gets sued by FTC for using fake love interest ads
Thursday, September 26, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
This just in from the FTC. The Federal Trade Commission has sued online dating service Match Group, Inc. (Match), the owner of Match.com, Tinder, OkCupid, PlentyOfFish, and other dating sites, alleging that the company used fake love interest advertisements to trick hundreds of thousands of consumers into purchasing paid subscriptions on Match.com.
The agency also al...
MobilityWare acquires Jump Ramp Games including Lucktastic brand
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by Brittany Harris
MobilityWare, the original app developer for the game of Solitaire and creator of many other games, has announced the acquisition of Jump Ramp Games. Jump Ramp is a leader in enabling its clients to understand, engage, and acquire customers within its data-driven Performance Marketing Network. As part of the acquisition, MobilityWare will take over Jump Ramps ...
Three years of edge use case research released
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Richard Harris
MobiledgeX has released more than three years of proprietary edge use case research and launches its interactive Edge Navigator tool to kick off industry-wide edge knowledge sharing and collaboration. Following interviews with more than 200 global businesses, the company found multi-player and cloud gaming, V2X communications, and Industrial IoT to be among the most via...
F5 Acquires NGINX
Thursday, March 14, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
F5 Networks, Inc. and NGINX announced a definitive agreement under which F5 will acquire all issued and outstanding shares of privately held NGINX for a total enterprise value of approximately $670 million, subject to certain adjustments.
“By bringing F5’s world-class application security and rich application services portfolio for improving per...
Best practices to avoid being removed from the Apple App Store
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by Richard Harris
For any app developer, developing a top-ranking app on Apple’s App Store would be a career highlight. Yet thanks to Apple doubling down on user privacy, even popular apps like Facebook have been taken offline. For developers, it’s increasingly important to stay abreast of rapidly-changing privacy, compliance and policy changes to avoid a similar fate -the dr...
Why everyone should learn to code
Monday, January 28, 2019 by Richard Harris
Learning how to program software isn't necessarily the easiest thing you'll ever do. In fact, it's going to be one of the hardest. Programming and code are difficult, and not just in the sense of understanding logic and syntax, but also in the way that it's a never-ending achievement because it's always evolving. Programmers never stay in one place v...
Lightning Platform Mobile from Salesforce aims to futureproof apps
Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Christian Hargrave
Adding another lego to the wall between native programmers and low-code app builders, Salesforce has just announced the new Lightning Platform Mobile, a set of tools and services that aim to empower business users to build quick, connected and future-proofed mobile apps.
Consumers today expect their mobile experiences to be immersive and easy-to-use. But with a...
DevOps salary report for 2019 is here
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by Brittany Harris
Glassdoor reports that a DevOps Engineer's average base salary is $143k / year - not too shabby considering the role is fairly new and still evolving. To get more insight we turn to the latest DevOps salary report from Puppet that just released. The report, based on over 3,000 responses collected through the 2018 State of DevOps survey, examines a myriad of factors ...
Using eye tracking for UX design and testing
Friday, January 18, 2019 by Richard Harris
For UX designers working in fast-paced, agile environments, it is often difficult to make quick, informed design decisions. Many user testing tools and methods help to reveal the "what" behind user actions but fail to reveal the "why", subjecting decisions to opinion and bias. This makes it difficult to keep stakeholders and members of the desig...
App developer and software jobs might be declining says new report
Thursday, January 17, 2019 by Richard Harris
If your title is app developer, or work if you work in the software development field and are starting to feel like the Jedi are dying off - you might be on to something.
According to a new report put out by Freelancer.com, the software developer job title, and a few others including app developer, and app designer, have seen a dramatic decrease in popularity since l...
App localization done right
Thursday, December 27, 2018 by Neal Thoms
Mobile devices are everywhere, and so are the apps that run on them. Vast numbers of smartphones mean vast numbers of users – and irrespective of the language they speak or where they live, these users demand a wide range of specialized applications.
If you’re a mobile app developer, you may have already considered adapting your product to other markets. ...
Best gifts for programmers, developers, and nerds 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018 by Richard Harris
Why is it so hard to buy something for techie people? It’s probably because they seem to just “get” whatever they want at the moment the need arises. Programmers, developers, and designers can be some of the worst about it too, because a lot of what we need to have just to do out jobs, falls in the category of a gift to ourselves too. Yeah - I rea...
Software architecture in 2019
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by Richard Harris
Software is increasingly becoming more complex, and dealing with the changes happening in the software industry every day is something all developers, especially software architects, need to pay attention to.
While software architecture isn't anything new - the speed of mobile undoubtedly has put critical elements of creating software outside of the main focus fo...
Join us for a free mobile app security threats webinar on Tuesday
Friday, December 7, 2018 by Richard Harris
In 2016, a record 3 billion Yahoo accounts were hacked, and Uber reported that hackers stole the information of over 57 million accounts. Then in 2017, 412 million user accounts were taken from Friendfinder’s sites, and 147.9 million consumers were affected by the Equifax Breach. In 2018, Under Armor said that that it's My Fitness Pal app was hacked, affecting...
The best Thanksgiving 2018 game that makes you look busy
Thursday, November 22, 2018 by Christian Hargrave
Want some Thanksgiving fun this year? The Turkey plucker game seems like a completely useless game where you pluck the feathers from a turkey as fast as you can, and you keep plucking until your fingers bleed - or you simply give up! But under the hood is an addictive and unique gameplay style, that keeps you hooked - plucking turkey for hours it seems.
Apple Search Ads support from Appbi
Friday, November 9, 2018 by Richard Harris
Apple Search Ads is Apple’s proprietary ad platform that offers iOS mobile app publishers a way to get their app found through app store specific searches. It’s reported that 65 - 80 percent of all app installs happen after a search through the app store. So understanding the challenges with being discovered through searches in the app store is a big deal.
Making apps by collaborating and sharing the profits
Monday, September 24, 2018 by Richard Harris
Everyone has a project idea but most of them never go anywhere because getting all of the resources together to pull it off seems monumental. You might be a developer, but your not a designer. Or you might be a good marketer, but you have no sense of business.
For the past 12 months Crowdsourcer.io has been working on a web platform where people can collaborate on pr...
Developing apps for the cloud to fuel faster releases
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by David Jones
Businesses are moving faster than ever to deliver new software updates to their users, in order to ensure that their products and services are always aligned with expectations and continuously delivering top-notch customer experiences. They have to move quickly because that’s what customers expect, thanks to companies like Amazon, who reportedly delivers new updat...
Open Design Challenge launches to develop fitness app for US Airforce
Friday, August 3, 2018 by Richard Harris
AF CyberWorx is launching its first-ever open design challenge. The online competition is designed to allow people to join from across the nation, bringing together a greater mix of participants from industry, government, and academia. Participants are asked to design and develop a fitness application that could provide health monitoring, personalized fitness coaching, ...
Best mobile gaming apps will share $300K in prizes from new contest
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by Richard Harris
AppLovin announced the launch of Lion Studios, a media division of AppLovin that works with mobile developers to publish and promote their apps. To celebrate the launch, AppLovin also announced a contest in which the company will award $300K in prizes for the four best mobile gaming apps submitted.
Lion Studios furthers AppLovin’s mission by fueling growth of t...
Tackle big data from space at Space App Camp
Monday, June 25, 2018 by Richard Harris
Big data from space such as the EO program Copernicus and the ESA Sentinel satellites provides tremendous amounts of data to many industry sectors. This big data from space offers countless opportunities in connection with mobile apps: From space, our planet’s atmosphere, land, and water can be continuously monitored for multiple application fields.
A developer's guide to catch the next big smartphone wave
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by Magnus Jern
The recent news from Gartner on the first ever global decline in smartphone sales was a question of when, not if, the sizzling market for smartphones would finally cool down. In fact, the 5.6 percent decline in end user sales during Q4 2017, compared to Q4 2016, is probably best understood as a healthy sign of a successfully mature market. It’s not unlike previous eras ...
A Blockchain messaging platform that's unstoppable
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 by Richard Harris
Today’s instant messaging is about to get a violent shove forward by way of encryption, and Blockchain. Almost all messaging platforms rely on client to server communication, where a unique ID is given to a thread, and stored in a centralized database somewhere. But it’s always been volatile to censorship, network blocking, or any other form of controlled policing....
Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Richard Harris
App development using low code and no code report in
Thursday, February 8, 2018 by Richard Harris
Creating custom mobile apps using low code and no code platforms induces a rare form of nausea in some native programmers. Why? Because they don't fully understand what low code platforms really do and they don't want to care. As programmers we want to think of ourselves as "high and mighty coding Gods" with anything less than scripting languages beneath us. And the mor...
Open source software turns 20
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Richard Harris
First let me say in full disclaimer that I love open source software and initiatives, and I come from the enterprise world as it where in 1998. The days where IT budgets were as fat as overfed guppy goldfish, and open source tech was barely used in production environments. Open source source software has always had the same set of challenges following closely behin...
Worldwide smartphone demand in 2017 totaled 1.46 billion units
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Richard Harris
The North America smartphone market saw demand jump six percent year-on-year in 4Q17, its strongest growth in over two years. Sales value increased by four percent to US $28.5 billion. As a result, sales in 2017 rose two percent compared to 2016, totaling 201.3 million units. This recent upturn is not expected to last, though; GfK forecasts demand in North America to be...
Developing on blockchain needs to become easier
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by Richard Harris
As we enter 2018 and the blockchain industry continues to boom, widespread adoption of the technology behind bitcoin is on everyone's mind. However, some believe that as long as transactions occur on-chain, blockchain technology will never overcome the scalability problem that has kneecapped its pursuit of mainstream adoption. We recently sat with Emin Mahrt, COO o...
A guide for protecting your app with a patent, trademark, or copyright
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Bryan Wheelock
Perhaps the only thing harder than taking your idea for a great app from concept to successful reality is watching someone else take your idea for a great app to successful reality. Fortunately, intellectual property law - particularly patent, trademark, and copyright law - provides robust protection for apps, or at least for developers who plan ahead.Utility Patent Pro...
Top 20 iOS interview questions
Friday, November 17, 2017 by Richard Harris
Since iOS11’s public rollout, developers and prospective developers entering the job market will need to demonstrate a keen understanding of both new and foundational tools that Apple has included in their latest OS.To help junior devs prepare for their next big interview, Mark Price, a mobile app developer and iOS instructor for Udemy, developed the below Q&A outli...
Developing in AR with Thyng
Monday, November 6, 2017 by Richard Harris
Augmented reality (AR) has gotten a lot of attention of late, with Apple and Google respectively launching ARKit and ARCore to help mobile app developers embrace AR. Well-known brands like Ikea and Strava have deployed ARKit apps, and many app developers are contemplating building AR elements into existing apps or coding new AR apps from scratch.In Chicago, startup Thyn...
The battle of biometric security coming in 2018
Friday, November 3, 2017 by Kevin Tussy
Fingerprint sensors first appeared in smart devices in 2007 and then gained momentum as a 4-digit PIN code replacement in 2013's Apple iPhone 5S. Hailed as the future of authentication by some, fingerprint's security weaknesses were quickly exposed by the children of sleepy dads, cats' paws and gummy bears. Still, the lure of convenience today and the promise of securit...