New iTunes Connect Analytics Will Revolutionize iOS App Marketing

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Every marketing professional that works with iOS mobile apps will receive the gift that keeps on giving this fall – the gift of insight over their conversion funnel, granted by analytics data that you do not have access to today. Read more

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Facebook Like Gates Are Dead

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Ever had an offer to get something for free if all you did was click ‘Like’ on the companies Facebook page? The gravy train for consumers that willingly traded their marketing information in exchange for free tacos and car washes are coming to an end. Read more

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Next Generation Mobile Applications and iOS 8 Extensions

Every year Apple stands in front of an audience of devs/fans to announce how the new version of iOS will change the playing field. Sometimes it’s glitzy consumer-facing features like last years iOS 7 flat design – but every-other year Apple tends to feature developer-centric updates. Developers are specifically excited about Extensions – a new set of developer tools found in iOS 8 that eliminates many of the previous barriers that kept mobile applications from communicating with other mobile applications on a users device. Read more

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The Ten Most Notable Features of iOS 8 [Infographic]

Anticipation for Apple’s iOS 8 update launching this fall is a lot like a rocket’s launch-day – with everyone scrambling to make the necessary preparations before take-off. As we observe the progress from mission control, we’re seeing a new world of possibilities for iOS appstronauts to create new and interesting mobile experiences.

In prep for the big launch-day we’ve created this visual countdown of the 10 most notable features of iOS 8 for you to share with the appstronauts in your life.  Read more

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Learn to Prototype your Digital Ideas: Workshop, Aug. 25 in Chicago

Fred took a few moments out of planning for his upcoming workshop on Prototyping to discuss the value of visualizing digital projects before actually building them for real. But this nerdcast is also just the shape of bigger things to come; there’s so much more to be learned on August 25th at our Chicago office, co-hosted by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Events.


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Overcoming the iPad Tax With iOS 8 and Adaptive UI

Apple has addressed the device fragmentation issue head-on in a single major release of their iOS 8 operating system. In comparison, the modern web has been iterating for nearly a decade in order to improve the user experience of people accessing the web from a wide spectrum of devices and screen sizes. Developers of native mobile applications on both Android and iOS  have dealt with these same fragmentation issues that the web has been through, as manufacturers have shifted to making phones and tablets with an ever-widening selection of screens and resolutions.  Read more

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How Swift Impacts Today’s iOS Development Projects

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Host: Ryan Carlson, Tech Evangelist

Guests: iOS Developers; Ben Dolmar and Jon Rexeisen

The impact of Apple’s new iOS development language on future app development and timelines.

Companies that sell, develop, manage, or own iOS apps have been left wondering about some of the developer-focused announcements at Apple’s annual developer conference. We’ve been getting inquires about whether the new Swift development language for iOS will impact projects in-flight – also including projects with an anticipated release date of within the following year.

In this podcast we have iOS Developers Jon Rexeisen and Ben Dolmar lend their expertise to demystify some of the confusion around Swift and the future of the current mature development language Objective-C. Do we have to worry about things breaking when developers start using Swift? Read more

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Apple and Google Announcements Point To The Same Horizon

 


It’s striking how closely Apple’s and Google’s recent slate of announcements parallel each other. Their respective developer conferences both focused on platform integration. Both iOS and Android are moving outside of the phone. The nature of that integration will have lasting effects on the way people interact with the world around them.

“…If you look at the strategy that each company is pursuing regarding their mobile operating systems, you can see mobile devices sitting at the center of a connected web of devices and services – from cars to televisions to wearables.”

In the late nineties, Apple was pushing the idea that your computer was the digital hub of your life. All your other gadgets (e.g. digital camera, iPod, video camera, etc.) were to be managed and coordinated by your computer. Today, if you look at the strategy that each company is pursuing regarding their mobile operating systems, Read more

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What Owners Need to Know Before Rebuilding a Website or App

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“The pressure is on and you need to decide whether you can move forward with [your current software] or if it’s more efficient to start over.”

bad-app-reviewsIt’s never fun to spend money and get less than you expected. Consider a business owner with a website or app that either needs emergency updates or long-due feature enhancements. Perhaps it was built without much concern for scalability or future feature-needs. Maybe its developer moved to Timbuktu before completion. Or worse, the app was live and users were peppering the App Store with 1 star reviews. Whatever the reason, the business owners and stakeholders are left wondering: “What are my options? How do I evaluate those options? Do I have to start from scratch? Will all my previous effort/time/money just go to waste?” Read more

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Apache Configuration for Testing WordPress REST API on Secured Sites

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It’s not uncommon to encounter a few roadblocks during a project and the typical next-step might involve doing a quick Google search for the answer. Unfortunately there are occasions in which we are on own with a unique problem. In this case we had to roll up our sleeves and discover the answer that works. We hope this helps the next person looking for this answer.

“I spent a bit of time reading documentation and testing and getting increasingly frustrated.”

I ran into an interesting problem this week. I have a staging site in active development that needs to remain behind a firewall, but we plan to use the WordPress REST API to serve content from the site to iOS and Android Apps. Unfortunately, for the API to work Read more

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