Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
May 13, 2015

Easily Turn Your App Into a Windows Phone App With Universal Platform Bridges

Windows Phone has been pushing its way into a market dominated by Android and iOS. Developers want their applications to be seen by as many people as possible. Since the majority of mobile phone users have phones that run iOS or Android, the decision for an app to support Windows Phone has often been an afterthought. Microsoft is changing that with Universal Windows Platform Bridges.

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
May 10, 2015

Take a Minute to Learn About the Apple Watch

People use their phones for everything now: working, gaming, surfing the Internet, keeping up with the news and staying in touch with friends. You probably use it to even check the time. You receive e-mails, phone calls, text messages, app notifications, weather alerts, and traffic alerts. The number of times you reach into your pocket or dig through your Mary Poppins-esque purse in a day to get your phone is staggering. It would be easier to just duct tape the thing to your hand…

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
April 21, 2015

What is Mobilegeddon? Will you Survive?

Mobilegeddon: the day when Google starts preferring to display websites that are mobile friendly over those that aren’t (on mobile, with all else being equal).

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
April 3, 2015

Add Some Chrome to Your App With Google ARC and ARC Welder

Google has released a developer preview of ARC- App Runtime for Chrome. The project was launched last September and the latest developer preview gives a peek into the future of Android. Soon your Android app will be able to reach its users on desktop as well as mobile! ARC enables Android applications to run on Google’s browser, Chrome. Users won’t need a phone to use and enjoy your application, just a computer with a Chrome browser.

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
March 11, 2015

ResearchKit- Medical Research is in Your Hands

Apple joined forces with 12 research institutions to expand the boundaries of medical analysis. A new framework called ResearchKit was announced Monday. The framework allows researchers to put the data users submit as well as information from the device’s sensors toward research. ResearchKit alleviates many of the pain points involved in gathering data.

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
March 2, 2015

New Tools for Android Game Developers

A new set of tools for gaming applications was introduced this week during Google’s Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference (GDC). They will help developers understand their users, increase in-app purchases, and target advertising.

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
February 26, 2015

A New Way to Get Your Android App Discovered

You’ve gone through all of the steps to make an awesome app that users will love and come back to time and again. Today is the day you release it to the Google Play Store. “Good luck little app,” you think as the developer hits publish. “Make me proud; you’ve only got about 1,400,000 other Android apps to compete with!” Getting your app discovered through the store is a growing concern for developers as the number of Android applications grows by the hundreds of thousands every year. Data collected from over the past few years* has shown that users primarily discover new applications through searching the app stores. While there are several other ways for your application to be found (word of mouth was second), app store visibility should not be overlooked. A user must know an application exists before they can download it. So, wat do?

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
February 24, 2015

Apple Embraces Diversity With iOS8.3 Emojis

Apple recently pushed iOS8.3 beta2 to developers. It includes new languages for Siri and support for both wireless CarPlay and Google 2-step verification. Support for ApplePay in China will also be included. However, these have all been overshadowed by the new set of iOS8.3 emojis.

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Metova
Posted by Metova
February 5, 2015

Tech Reviews: Moto X

When the first generation of the Moto X was first released, it proved you could have a fast, solid, and smooth user experience without having the top of the line specs available. This year, Motorola upgraded the specs for its second generation and the result is a phone that is arguably one of the best phones on the market today. This is the second generation of the Moto X.

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Dave Lane
Posted by Dave Lane
January 22, 2015

Cross-Platform Apps are Valuable, Not Cheap

The Allure of Hybrid Mobile Apps

As cross-platform mobile app frameworks like Apache Cordova, Appcelerator, Sencha, and QT gain popularity, we’ve heard customers -- and even some developers -- praise cross-platform app development as the way to huge cost savings. This is a short-sighted view.

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
December 31, 2014

A Review of 2014 at Metova

2014 has been a banner year for Metova!

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Dave Lane
Posted by Dave Lane
December 12, 2014

How to Implement Geolocation Without Draining Your User’s Battery

Geolocation is a process that, if done incorrectly, can cause a major strain on a device’s battery. If your application is unnecessarily caustic to battery life your user will become dissatisfied, leading to uninstalls and bad reviews. Conversely, minimizing battery usage will give users more time on their device, which also increases the amount of time your app can be used.

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