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What do iBeacons mean for app users?

iBeacons (and Bluetooth beacons that don't follow Apple's "i" specification) are intriguing technologies that promise a new level of interaction between people and the (real, physical) world. Beacon promoters hold them up as a technology to "add context" to mobile applications and make every user's experience better and more personalized.…

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Evaluating mobile projects to make the right bets

I get excited about using mobile technologies to create new solutions. If you're reading this article, you probably do too. But not all ideas are created equal, and just because we can create a solution using a new technology doesn't mean it will be a good investment of time and money. Over the years I've developed a specific methodology…

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Developing Robot Runner.app for the Apple Watch

The news on Apple Watch ordering day when I rose at 6:30 US/Eastern was that the first production run had sold out--which I expected. Unexpected was that I found one (and only one!) style available for first wave delivery. The watch arrived April 24 (Friday) via UPS as promised. Time to Code! On Friday I enjoyed using the Apple Watch, and…

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Why do iPhone Apps need Apple Watch extensions?

How often do you look at your iPhone? As reported by The Daily Mail in 2004, Marketing agency Tecmark found the average user reaches for their smartphone an eye-popping 1,500 times per week! Other studies have reported similar statistics—the Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers 2013 Internet Trends Report found a similar statistic -- smar…

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3 Days with the Apple Watch

I received an Apple Watch on Friday (38mm Stainless w/Black Leather band, in case you're curious). I was just taking stock of how the product is working out for me, and thought I'd share some initial impressions. First, let me say I don't consider myself an "Apple fanboy". I have a Dell XPS15 with Windows 8 that I love to use...and while…

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Is HTML5/JavaScript a Mobile Development Silver Bullet?

Mobile development today has a serious dilemma: on one hand we can't create the best user experience without designing and coding for each targeted form factor. On the other hand we usually don't have the budget or staff to start from scratch developing a unique application for each new device we'd like to target. HTML5/JavaScript to the…

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Initial thoughts on Apple's Swift Language

If you're not a nerd, you don't know what this means This past Monday, Apple announced that iOS developers working on native applications would have a brand new language to work with: Swift. For those doing (or have done) any iOS or OSX native development, this is the part of the presentation where they stopped checking their e-mail, sat…

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