So you want to build an app

Posted by Dan Katcher

I get asked pretty often what’s the best place to start for someone who wants to learn how to develop mobile apps. My answer is always that there are two places to go if you want to learn.   Read more »


Google planning world domination

Posted by Dan Katcher

Last month, at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple began its move to create products that could be used on the screens that recur throughout our days. In particular, Apple’s CarPlay, an iPhone interface for automobiles, seemed revolutionary. It was even more exciting to find out that CarPlay is expected to ship this year in cars made by Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. So when Google announced Android Auto on Wednesday, it became clear that the Apple vs. Android rivalry is set to continue far into the future. And the Android Auto announcement is just one of the ways Apple and Google's competition is heating up.  Read more »


Seed funding helps Quick Key grow

Posted by Dan Katcher

Good news last week for our client Quick Key!

Educational technology venture firm ARC Capital Development has invested $100,000 of seed capital in Quick Key's testing and assessment app. The program, built by Rocket Farm, essentially transforms a phone or tablet's camera into an optical scanner, letting teachers use their mobile devices to quickly scan and grade multiple-choice bubble sheets. The app tracks performance by student, by class, and even by question.  Read more »


Six for Spring

Posted by Dan Katcher

Spring is a season of the new: new flowers, new baseball teams, new … apps? Absolutely. We've rounded up six essential apps to help you make the most out of the coming season:  Read more »


Feeling insecure

Posted by Dan Katcher

It happens once a week or so. Twitter lights up and Facebook is abuzz with news of another embarrassing and potentially costly mobile security failure. It happened to Apple. It happened to Snapchat. It happened to Starbucks.

Too often, developers get caught up in perfecting an app's functionality, and forget – or neglect – to do the meticulous security testing that should be de rigeur. In fact, a recent study by web security company Cenzic found security flaws in 96 percent of apps tested.   Read more »


Apple v. Android

Posted by Dan Katcher

Sometimes it feels like everyone has an iPhone, doesn't it? Appearances can be deceiving. In fact, the latest sales numbers from research firm Kantar World Panel have phones running Google's Android outselling those running Apple's iOS by a slight margin.  Read more »


Congrats to Noteflight

Posted by Dan Katcher

Huge congrats go out to Noteflight on their just announced acquisition by Hal Leonard.  Noteflight, our partner in music apps and space-sharer since 2009, has built an amazing set of technology for composing music in the cloud.  Around that technology Noteflight has also built a fast growing community of music enthusiasts and composers, which is about to cross the 1 million member milestone!   Read more »


Mobile on the move

Posted by Dan Katcher

It's been a good six months since our mid-year review of the growth of mobile. So I think it's time to take another look at where the field is and where it's going.

Our assessment? The state of our mobile landscape is strong.  Read more »


Mobile: A New Tradition

Posted by Dan Katcher

Last night's big game was part of an American institution, so it was only fitting that that majority of the ads touched on universal and traditional themes: patriotism, family, determination. And, of course, let's not forget innovation. Mobile technologies were very much in evidence throughout the ads, though not necessarily in the ways we were expecting.

There was little of the gimmicky or envelope-pushing within the spots, no ads that asked viewers to Shazam for added content or download a new app to take advantage of a deal. Instead, mobile was integrated into the commercials in a way that suggests that smartphones and tablets are now a way of business life and not just intriguing new toys.   Read more »