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Watch out Software Developers! The Smartwatch is coming

After over a year of rumors and speculations, we can now rest assured that we will have Smartwatches on our wrists in the near future. On the 4th of September Samsung will finally announce its “not so long awaited” Smartwatch dubbed “Galaxy Gear”. Of course, if you’ve been watching the IT world closely then you probably saw this coming a mile away. I, for one, sure did. Since the beginning of 2013, Tech giants hinted that they will engage in a fierce battle for your wrist and Samsung is about to strike first, or maybe not. Old, yet still new, especially for ... Read More

 

Applications that boost your productivity

For the most part, the internet is great (wow, thank you Captain Obvious). After all, it is the first thing to come along and turn us from simple human beings into all-knowing deities, and all this with a simple flick of the wrist or click of the mouse. However, despite all its benefits, sometimes the internet can work like a double-edged sword and affect certain work-related areas of our life. Usually, the thing that suffers the most is our productivity. We’ve all been there, browsing away without a care, looking at cats and funny videos when we should have been ... Read More

 

5 Tips on how to create a Viral Application

It seems like everyone nowadays wants to create a viral application. Be it for fame or for money, it has become every developer’s dream. Well, today we are going go share some of our knowledge on this subject so that you may also become the next rock star app developer. 1. Be Purposeful The first thing that you should do is set a clear goal for your application and drive the software development process first and foremost towards it. What you typically want is an application that excels at something. Stay away from “jack of all trades” Apps because they only look good ... Read More

 

Facebook – Now an even safer marketing environment

Facebook has always been a fairly safe and secure marketing environment, both in terms of virtual safety and “return on investment”. During the last couple of years Facebook software development experts have done everything in their power to make the mammoth platform one of the most secure social and advertising environments on the Web. The past was safe The first major leap towards excellent virtual security was taken two years ago when the Facebook software development team announced that they will provide users with the ability to browse the site entirely over a HTTPS connection. This was a big change because ... Read More

 

The race for one million Apps is over!

You know what they say, the first million is the hardest. Well, even though there are four main operating systems in the mobile software development world, the “one million Apps race” was ran just by two of them. Actually, iOS and Android were so ahead of the curve that even if you summed up the BlackBerry and Windows Mobile App markets, the number of Apps still wouldn’t exceed Android or iOS. So, with only two competitors left in race a fierce fight ensued. Well, after a turn of events that would have seemed unlikely two years ago, Android finally crossed the finish ... Read More

 

Common mistakes when starting your own Software Development Company – Part II

As promised, today we are going to continue with the list of mistakes commonly made by young entrepreneurs when starting their own software development company. Let’s jump right in and not waste time because, you know, time is code. Neglecting Personality This one goes hand in hand with another mistake that I have mentioned in my earlier post which is hiring based solely on experience. Like I’ve said earlier, you need to also see why is someone attracted to software development, what drives him. Besides all this, you need to keep in mind that software development is first and foremost, teamwork and personality ... Read More

 

Common mistakes when starting your own Software Development Company – Part I

This week I want to go through some of the most common mistakes that aspiring entrepreneurs make when putting together their own software development Company. No doubt, having your own startup is the hot new thing these days so many skilled developers and tech savvy individuals aim for it. However, after some time most of them find out that owning a startup is not as easy as it seems. Sure, it’s all business meetings and expensive suits on paper but in the real world, things are quite different and even in the software development industry where everything seems calculated and accounted ... Read More

 

Doug Engelbart – mouse inventor, dead at 88

We take them for granted and we use them everyday when working on our desktop computers but we never stop to think about the science behind these small devices and the true visionary minds that designed and built them. The mice that we have on our desks make our lives much easier and were the first step towards a brighter and more interactive computing experience. If it weren’t for Doug Engelbart and his team we would probably still be using some sort of Norton Commander of DOS Navigator on steroids. Doug Engelbart - a real influence Unfortunately, Mr. Doug Engelbart passed away at ... Read More

 

Good news for developers, Android Jellybean finally on top

For a good time now Android users had to suffer the shame of being called “out of fashion” or “not with the times”, mostly by iPhone users of course, because the operating system running on their phones was 2 years old. Ever since its release, Android 2.3 Gingerbread was the most widespread flavor of the mobile OS. Well, finally, this is no longer the case and the ones that get to benefit the most from this change are the mobile software development pros. Improved sampling for developers According to Google, Gingerbread rose to the top quickly after it was launched and became ... Read More

 

5 Mobile Software Development Tips

A lot has passed since we've talked about ways to improve the software development process so the time has come to reach down into our bag of tricks again and reveal to you some of the practices that we use to ensure better mobile software development. Keep calm, grab a pen and paper and read on. 1. Consistency is a must Picture this: you have to create a mobile application for a large company. This means that your app will have to work flawlessly on a very wide range of devices with different operating systems. In the corporate world there is ... Read More

 

iOS 7 Essential New Features

After much anticipation, impatience and speculation iPhone and iPad users finally got to see what their future Operating System will look like. The new Apple software development product was presented during the World Wide Developers Conference and it didn't fail to impress. To some of you the new Operating System will look strangely familiar, especially if you've also used an Android device at some point. While it’s true that Apple have copied some features that were made popular by their sworn enemies, they've also introduced some cool new stuff of their own and completely changed the design: iOS is now ... Read More

 

Facebook Hashtags – was about time

If you have a Twitter account or if you are at least familiar with the micro-blogging platform then you probably know the answers to questions like “What are hashtags ?” or “What are hashtags used for? “. If you don’t, just keep reading and you’ll find out. This Facebook Hashtag thing has been a long time coming and three days ago they’ve finally made it official: in a couple of days Facebook users will be able to include hashtags into their posts in order to boost their social experience. The funny thing is that some people were already using hashtags on ... Read More

 

Intel Haswell – Has well over exceeded expectations

With Computex 2013 coming to an end, it’s time to review the brand new goodies from Intel. They’ve promised something great and didn’t fail to deliver. So, what do the Haswell processors bring new to the table? Higher performance and of course, reduced power usage. All portable devices assemble and feast on the new Intel chips! From Fiction to Fact Intel Haswell processors were a mere rumor last year and it stayed that way even if at CES 2013 their creators were kind enough to reveal their capabilities. However, now they're real, they're official and there are already a lot of ... Read More

 

Google Glass – a take on privacy issues

The Google Glasses aren't even available yet and already they’re stirring up tensions in the software development and mobile development sectors. Moreover, it seems like there are two separate sides slowly forming and taking arms against each other when it comes to privacy issues. This is what I want to talk to you about here since it could be big and it will probably affect each and every one of us once these gadgets are out. Two different perspectives As the release date of these hi-tech glasses draws nearer, opinions concerning them are split. Some people love the concept, some loathe it, ... Read More

 

iOS/Android User Interface Design Guidelines

Mobile app development can be a simple task if you have the right tools but at the same time it can also turn into a daunting one if you have to keep look for additional information in order to successfully complete the software development process. This post is aimed at all of you out there that are trying to take up mobile app development. One of the first things that you should learn (and by learn I mean, learn by heart) is the User Interface. For efficient mobile app development you should know it inside out. Well, the guidelines below should ... Read More