Using customer development concepts in building a lean startup

I consider the Lean Startup principles as very useful and efficient – not just for launching a startup, but also for any internal activities or projects you may have. If you are interested you can read up on a summary about the “Lean Startup principles and mobile app development”.

Related to this I just finished a module on Udacity – the free online university – about

By Manfred Bortenschlager, 16 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Developers, Testing.

Top 3 best practices for tablet advertising

Large and small advertisers around the globe have begun leveraging the potential of tablet devices. Be it top grossing apps like Candy Crush Saga, or highly popular apps like WeChat, they have all extended their mobile presence to tablet devices and are doing extremely well. So what are these advertisers doing differently that is making them so successful?

The answer is simple – they treat smartphones and tablets differently. Greater screen size, better display, unique usage patterns; all these features...

By InMobi, 20 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Apple iOS, Design, iPad.

KitKat: Android doesn’t “Take a Break”

In a shock announcement which took the world off guard, Google - perhaps strategically - revealed the name of their upcoming Android release as ‘KitKat’.

The famous Nestlé chocolate bar with the slogan “Take a Break, Have a KitKat” will surely benefit from this increased publicity - and what publicity it is. Naturally, many people assumed this was a clever marketing strategy by Nestlé. Then the iconic statue went up outside Google HQ.

It’s hard to tell the size of...

By Ryan Daws, 04 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Developers, Industry, Platforms.

Worried about app security? Go hybrid

Mobile app security (or lack thereof) is a big concern these days – for both developers and end users. But while the end user is somewhat at the mercy of the hackers, developers actually have steps they can take to mitigate the risk of a security breach. Among those steps, developing a hybrid app instead of a native app.

Awhile back, NetworkWorld.com ran...

By Mike Brown, 23 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Design, Developers, Devices, Testing.

UK’s lead mobile development firm launches The Responsive Website Company

Your favourite publication may not be responsive yet – watch this space - but the inevitability is any website worth their two cents will be utilising responsive designs over the next few years.

Clifton-based The Responsive Website Company is priming itself to be at the forefront of development.

TRW is a sister company of mobile development firm Mubaloo. As the UK’s leader of this field; the company has already proven its worth.

Featuring clients including Channel 4, Sky, Samsung, Lovefilm, NHS,...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise, HTML5, Industry, Testing.

Veteran dev Mike Riley on the future of the software developer

Mike Riley has been a software developer in some capacity or other for decades. Currently the Director of Technology at Quarasan, an educational publishing company in Chicago, he’s grateful that he gets to do what he does for a living.

His job responsibilities include network engineering, software engineering, system administration, security management and desktop management – the whole nine yards.

Riley, who didn’t pursue a traditional path to become a software developer, is largely self-taught and is driven by a love for new...

By InfoSec Institute, 09 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Design, Developers, Java.

Develop apps for your users, not a requirements document

In software development, many teams are under the assumption that “more is more”.

More requirements, more specs, more design plans, layouts…you name it. 50 pages later you’ve got a requirements doc as thick as a book.

Throw it away.

What was once the right way to build software applications is no longer relevant in the world of mobile apps. When it comes to mobile...

By Mike Brown, 08 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Developers, Security, Testing.

Experience prized over academia for startups - but does the UK offer it?

One of the UK’s leading internet companies, Moonfruit, has published research which shows 81% of startups prefer to look towards experience rather than academic achievements such as degrees.

But the real question is - do the experience and skills exist?

According to the research, 47% of employers take more notice of relevant work experience which displays the necessary skills, rather than formal education which has been criticised as not giving the full-range of required knowledge...

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Design, Developers, Enterprise, Industry, Marketing, Windows.

How would iOS 7 beta 4 look with a different font?

Yesterday Apple unleashed iOS 7 Beta 3 - bringing with it a bolder Helvetica Neue font. Whilst still despised by many, it’s at least more readable than the previous iteration.

Someone suggested a change to a non print-orientated font such as ‘Myriad Pro’ which is exactly what I’ve mocked up...

The changes are subtle; this isn’t intended as an entirely new concept. In places you may have to squint to notice the differences, but in everyday use I believe the font would have a much...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Design, Developers, Devices, Industry, iPad, Marketing, Platforms, Testing.

Digia releases Qt 5.1 of the (ex-Nokia) cross-platform framework

Last August, Finnish software and services firm Digia bought the cross-platform application framework “Qt” from Nokia.

Today version 5.1 is being released bringing many significant improvements, most notably preliminary support for Android and iOS.

Support for both of the world’s most popular mobile operating systems is considered a “technology preview” which can preliminarily port apps between OS’s using the same code base. Although the majority of the tools and...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Apple iOS, Code, Design, Developers, Industry, iPad, Platforms, Testing, Windows.