Flexible and unbreakable smartphones: Just a new buzz word?

This Brave New World continues to impress us with the sophisticated solutions that help streamline the global innovation process. As the battle for dominance in the smartphone and tablet market becomes tougher, mobile device makers are now focusing on differentiating their products in order to increase profit margins and market share in the lucrative fast growing markets.

As a way to reach this goal, some are currently putting money and efforts into improving design and usability of mobile devices by making...

By Ciklum, 16 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Design, Devices.

Facebook clamps down on Open Graph, better apps to result?

Alongside the well-publicised App Center Open Graph, which shares app specific actions from users on their Timeline, is one of Facebook’s methods of enabling further app integration within the social network.

Now Facebook is changing things on Open Graph with the aim to give users a better experience.

The first element is modifying the Open Graph stories which appear on a user’s news feed.

As developer testing has revealed location and image...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Facebook, Testing.

How to survive the behind-the-scenes-magic of Objective C

By Matthew Campbell, author of Objective-C Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach

The glazed look on some developers’ faces usually emerges on Day 2 of my three-day Objective-C intensive. Having taught several hundred students this programming language, I know this deer-in-the-headlights expression well. It means the developers – aghast, frustrated or worse –  realize they simply don’t have a handle on the concepts behind Objective-C.

There’s a good...

By Apress, 24 September 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Design, iOS, Languages.

90 Day App Challenge promises “virtual app incubator”

It’s a bit like college for budding developers: the 90 Day App Challenge, which will give mentorship and advice to ‘appreneurs’ is to launch on Thursday.

The programme, which claims itself to be the “world’s first virtual app incubator”, ‘enrols’ this week and allows developers with an idea for an app to go through “rigorous” mentoring and tutelage by mentors and founder Amish Shah and James Sol Radina.

Given that 80% of app developers don’t make enough money to earn a living, this ‘developer school’ is more...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools.

3 Must Have Apps for Developers

If you’ve got any kind of interest in development then there’s no escaping the fact that the Android operating system is continuing to become one of the biggest operating system hits on the planet. Now that countless smartphones come running it, and plenty of tablet devices too, there seems to be little doubt that Android will soon dominate the world of mobile gadgetry.

Added to the popularity of the Android OS is the fact that there are a growing number of apps for the platform too, many of which...

By Rob Clymo, 05 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, Design, Development Tools.

HzO ‘Talking to Apple’ About Water Blocking Technology for Future iPhones

Pocket-lint reports that Utah company HzO, which was showing off its “WaterBlock” technology for providing water resistance to mobile devices at last week’s CES, has said it is talking to Apple about the possibility of including the technology in future iPhones and other devices. Samsung is also reportedly “excited” by the technology.

“We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung...

By 3Squared, 19 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Devices.

Developers get design help from Android, thanks to new style guide

Google has launched a new website to help developers improve the look of applications for Android.

The Android Design Style Guide is an aid for developers to learn more information about how to optimise the design of applications in order to make the most of the latest OS Ice Cream Sandwich’s enhanced UI framework and styles.

Developers can adapt their apps for different devices, alongside ensuring apps work on newer versions of the...

By Dani Millward, 13 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools.

Top tips to develop a successful app for the consumer

Developers must create an emotional experience when making an app, according to a panel of industry experts at Apps World Europe on Monday.

Regular users are made if a connection is made between the app and the audience, if the app is suited to the target’s needs. However, it was agreed that this wasn’t the only reason behind building successful applications, and developers must be tuned in to other aspects involved with the consumer.

Grab their attention 

Andrew Ashe, MD of EuroTalk, advised developers to focus on the first 60 seconds of the user’s experience within an app, in order to keep them interested in your application. “If you’ve lost them in the first 60 seconds, you’ve lost them forever. Don’t think that you’ve got...

By Dani Millward, 01 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Industry.