Sep22

What Apple users want

Posted by Dan Katcher

There’s just something about a new Apple product. Something that makes people line up outside Apple stores more than a week before a new device is even announced. Something that nudges thousands of people to trade in their existing iPhones in anticipation. Something that makes our sales director’s 13-year-old daughter download iOS 8 even before getting out of bed the day it is released.  Read more »

Sep09

Apple Pay paves the way

Posted by Dan Katcher

With weeks of leaks leading up to the big event, today’s Apple iPhone 6 announcement wasn’t overly surprising (except, perhaps, for the translation glitch that plagued the livestream). There’s a sexier display, a faster processor, a thinner design, a better camera, stronger glass, enhanced text messaging, lower-than-expected price points, and a lot more. Furthermore, the regular iPhone is getting a big brother in the form of the iPhone 6 Plus (I decline to use the word “phablet”). Oh, and something about a watch?  Read more »

Sep08

Android invasion

Posted by Dan Katcher

Today's post was written by guest blogger Richard Reece. Richard is a senior consultant with Rocket Farm, specializing in both iOS and Android application development.  We asked Richard to talk about his strategy for handling device fragmentation when developing for Android.  Here are his thoughts:  Read more »

Aug14

You are invited to a BYOD party

Posted by Dan Katcher

With the phone market only growing,  the 2014 corporate world is making room. At home, the use of devices has also taken off: 90 percent of American adults have a cell phone and 42 percent own a tablet computer. When working from home and even just in daily living, all of these devices come in handy. And because people become accustomed to the way that their device works, many companies are implementing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies. Gartner.com defines the BYOD strategy: “[It] allows employees, business partners and other users to use a personally selected and purchased client device to execute enterprise applications and access data. It typically spans smartphones and tablets, but the strategy may also be used for PCs. It may or may not include a subsidy.” Implementing this policy is, for many companies, an attempt to inspire the same amount of productivity employees are able to achieve at home.  Read more »

Aug01

The 3 big winners in the age of IoT

Posted by Dan Katcher

We've all heard tell of the coming golden age: refrigerators that order up groceries when we run low, thermostats that learn our temperature preferences, clothes that adjust to the weather. It's a vision of the future in which dozens of useful, everyday objects, chat with each other through the Internet, making our lives easier, more efficient, and just plain cooler. It's called the Internet of Things, or IoT, and there is every chance it is going to be glorious.  Read more »

Jul31

A long way from 1984

Posted by Dan Katcher

You know you wanna watch the video.Thirty years ago, 1984, the recently announced alliance between Apple and IBM would have been all but inconceivable. In that year, Apple released its now-iconic ad campaign, ‘1984,’ branding IBM as stiflingly conventional. The Wall Street Journal, described it as: “painting IBM as a big-brother-like figure protecting the status quo while Apple’s Macintosh provided a pathway to freedom.”  Read more »

Jul17

Microsoft partners up

Posted by Dan Katcher

From July 14th to July 17th our nation’s capital is playing host to Microsoft and its Worldwide Partner Conference. And, yes, #WPC14 is trending on Twitter. Though truly, it isn’t that surprising considering over 16,000 people attended the first day of the conference. So what is important about the 2014 conference?   Read more »

Jul15

Living in a Material world

Posted by Dan Katcher

The digital world has no rules. Everything -- features, color schemes, functionality -- is allowed to behave in new and different ways. The lack of limits is exciting and surprising, but also stressful. Using a smartphone sometimes feels like a whole new adventure, but when you are trying to get something done, you don’t want to go on an adventure. You just want the predictable to happen. In order to solve this problem and make the use of smartphones more intuitive, Google has taken on a new perspective. They are diving in and attempting to assimilate programs in the phone to things in the outside world that humans already understand. Google is calling their solution Material Design.  Read more »