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 »

Jul14

Learning Swift-ly

Posted by Dan Katcher

As I mentioned last week, coding-tutorial maestro Ray Wenderlich has been moving, uh, swiftly to put out information about Apple's newest programming language, Swift. After diving into his tutorials and playing with the new language myself, I have a few thoughts:  Read more »

Jul08

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 »

Jun30

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 »