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  • Developing apps for users around the world

    Push creates apps for a huge variety of users, including different languages and from different countries around the world. These kinds of varied apps require special attention, because cultural backgrounds have a strong effect on how people interpret apps and the content within them. For example, the colour red means warning and errors in North […]

  • Sugar Rush – a mobile game

    We had a great opportunity this year to partner with a University of Saskatchewan associate professor, Dr. Regan Mandryk to develop a mobile game that would gather data in a naturalistic environment.  Sugar Rush is  a research project aimed at understanding whether crowd-sourced experiments embedded within a game experience would allow researchers to gather data in […]

  • Best in Class – Back to school app recommendations

    When I was in school there was nothing more exciting  as fresh back-to-school supplies. The crisp packs of lined and hole-punched paper, the sharp pencil crayons in all of their glory,  fancy new binders, and if you were lucky a fresh pack of Mr. Sketch smelly markers (grape is still my favourite to this day!). […]

  • Why are Some Apps Released for iOS or Android First?

    Mobile app developers are often faced with a critical choice. The endgame for any successful app is availability on both major platforms, Android and iOS. However, quite often neither the development nor release of a new app takes place simultaneously across both platforms. Sometimes one platform gets an app faster, and sometimes even much faster. […]

  • Observe, think & sharpen your pencil – The user interface

    The user interface is the space where interactions between humans and machines occur. The first and most important element is the human, the person that’s using the system and the other people that they work and communicate with. Then you have the target device, that’s the machine that runs the system. Finally you have the interface […]

  • What Can iOS 8 Tell Us About Future Apple Products?

    This June, Apple announced the new version of their mobile operating system, iOS 8. This is the operating system that will power the upcoming iPhone 6, the new line iPads, and possibly be adapted to new products like a smartwatch or a new Apple TV. Although we don’t know much about these devices yet, some […]

  • iOS 8: HomeKit

    “Huge for developers. Massive for everyone else.” reads the tagline on Apple’s iOS 8 Preview webpage. With all the focus on how much iOS 8 will benefit the developer, it is easy to lose sight of the benefits for the end-user. It is important to remember that a better environment for developers will lead to […]

  • App Review: my BBQ timer

    Since we are well into summer and the days are still long and the nights are hot there is no  better time to gather your friends and family,  throw some meat on the bbq and sit back and relax! Whenever my family comes over for a bbq we always have this confusing moments when my […]

  • How to do recommendations based on your app usage

    I use a news aggregator app called Zite. It is excellent, allowing you to choose from a set of topics that interest you and making recommendations based on your choices. The app collects news articles from sites based on your topic choices, aggregating them together into a single news stream. You can ban particular sites […]

  • New Year, New Us ~ New Sign! ~ Rebrand update

    One of the most exciting parts of this rebrand is seeing the physical transformation from our “old selves” to our shiny “new selves”. Last week I talked about our online transformation on our various social media platforms. This week we had our sign on the outside of our office changed over and it is thrilling […]

  • iBeacons will Change Retail

    One of the early uses of iBeacons was in Major League Baseball (MLB) for helping people to find their seats in stadiums. With the recent announcement by Hillshire that iBeacons showed at 20X increase in purchase intent (intent to purchase) products it really shows that iBecons will change retail. It will give the retailers the […]

  • Company rebrand ~ A quick update

    Back in February we unveiled our new company name to the world! It had definitely been exciting leading up to that point, and the unveiling topped that with all of the positive comments and support coming in from clients, friends, and family. We wanted to do a “soft launch” of our new brand name so […]

  • A “Swift” justification

    At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), a new programming language was announced. A programming language is a language that allows a developer to construct an application. With a language developers can communicate with the device hardware to get it to perform tasks for us, like getting the user’s location using GPS, or display things to […]

  • “I read it in a book”

    I have started reading a book titled Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders. I’ve been enjoying it immensely, but found myself falling for two “book learning” traps. 1) Getting excited for a book because it agrees with your worldview When I read the preface – which was by an author and leader whom […]

  • An App Review: Out of Milk

    I’d like to tell you about an app that will make your life a little bit easier. It’s called Out of Milk and I use it every day. Out of Milk is an app that coordinates your shopping, grocery and to-do lists in one place. The app is currently available for Android mobile devices and […]

  • Push on CTV ~ July 15th 2014

    I was excited this month when CTV asked me to find the coolest health apps for July’s app segment. Here are the 3 apps that I reviewed: Fitocracy FREE for iOS & Android Developer: Fitocracy, Inc.  One successful technique in mobile app development is gamification. Gamification applies game-design thinking to non-game applications to make them […]

  • Who will win the 2014 Tablet war?

    Tablets are perhaps the most exciting computing platform available today. Manufacturers are scrambling to come up with faster, sleeker, more visually spectacular models that will make their tablet the next big thing. Industry watchers are looking closely at the slate of tablets to be released in 2014 and making their predictions as to which one […]

  • Feature Friday – 8tracks

    I was at a BBQ last month and I posed the question to all of my friends “What is the app you use most often?” 3 out of the 6 people said “8tracks“. Intrigued I got them to explain what this app was about and why they loved it so much. I downloaded it the […]

  • App Review: It’s as easy as one, two, THREE!

    Threes! is one of the winners in the 2014 Apple Design Award, it rose to the 25th spot on the top grosing apps list on the App Store.  This slick puzzle game was released on  February 6, 2014, the point of the game is simple, players must slide the numbered tile on a grid to […]

  • Tap App – Convenience at your fingertips

    Have you ever opened up your phone for the 100th time to dial someone and wished there was an easier way to quickly call them or send them a standard text message? Well one of our clients came up with a great idea that allows you to create phone short cuts by tapping or gesturing […]