Mobile Apps

Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks - Strategy, Print, Web, Coding, E-Learning, E-Commerce A happy new year to everyone! I hope that you all had a good holiday and are keen to get back to work! With that purpose in mind, I'm finally about to deliver on a promise I made some time ago. I'm going to create an area on this website purely devoted to helping people get good advice on a number of topics, particularly in the area of design, development and maintenance of websites, mobile applications, e-commerce and e-learning. This will take the form of a Blog, and it'll be a [...]

Are you ready to get Loopy?

Are you ready to get Loopy? Melbourne App Designer Michael Tyson (yes, that's his real name) found himself in the spotlight when Jimmy Fallon (The Tonight Show) and Billy Joel did a duet singing 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'. On it's own, that information would be fairly sensational, as Billy Joel still has an incredible voice. The fact that Jimmy Fallon is no slouch is even more surprising. The fact that they did it together, live, and mixed a multi-track session on an iPad using a $3.99 app called Loopy is the amazing part. It just goes to prove that a [...]

Mobile Apps vs Web Apps

Mobile Apps vs Web Apps - what's the difference? Mobile Applications and Web Applications can appear to be very similar, but the difference in fact, is fairly simple: Mobile Applications: A mobile application is created using native device code languages specific to the mobile device. For instance the Android platform requires that code is written in Java and C++ with some variations. The Apple iOS platform requires predominantly Objective C. Mobile applications require the code to be compiled. The application is then submitted (in the case of iOS) to the App Store or to Google Play (predominantly) for Android apps, for distribution. From there, a user logs onto the appropriate store for their platform and [...]

Firefox – is the fire out?

Firefox - is the fire out? As a developer, I've always been a great fan of Firefox, for quite a few reasons, but here's a couple: It wasn't Internet Explorer. It came from an open-source mindset and had thousands of great plugins. It was great to use as a de-bugging tool. But when the mobile revolution really took hold, it didn't seem to catch on as much for me. Chrome became my browser of choice on my Android devices, and Safari was already well entrenched on my iOS devices. The latest news that Brendan Eich has departed as CEO after [...]

Apple vs Samsung

Apple vs Samsung Apple and Samsung are beginning a new trial - accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The last one was held in 2012 and resulted in the jury finding in Apple's favour, but reducing the amount of damages awarded.  US$929 million is still a massive chunk of capital, but it pales against the current US$2 billion claim. This time round, it looks like Apple is claiming five patent infringements that cover Galaxy smartphones and tablets sold between 2010 and 2012. In juxtaposition, Samsung is claiming that Apple infringed two patents employed in iPhone [...]

Devices at risk of hacking

Apple mobile devices could be at risk of hacking A major flaw in Apple software for mobile devices could possibly allow hackers to intercept email and other communications that are meant to be encrypted. If attackers have access to a mobile user's network, such as by sharing the same unsecured wireless service , they could see or alter exchanges between the user and protected sites . Governments with access to telecom carrier data could do the same. Apple did not say when or how it learned of the flaw in the way iOS handles sessions in what are known as [...]

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