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Grid Layout for Scroll View Content of Ambiguous Size in iOS

When developing a heavily UI based iOS application, using auto layout can be quite the love-hate relationship, especially when dealing with the scroll view. Simple layout designs can be quite tricky to implement with one prominent example being implementing a grid-like pattern of arbitrary row and column sizes. Fret not, however, for this tutorial will

A Deeper Look at Some of Our Apps

Over the past years, we have pushed many mobile apps out into the world. Barely a month goes by where we don’t release a new or updated app for one of our many clients. In this post, I want to cover a few of our apps in greater detail, to explain what they do, why

Finding Humor in the Terms Used in App Development

After over a decade in the software and web development industry, developer humor has a special place in my heart. It’s like an ongoing set of inside jokes! Of course, the software that we use to create apps is also created by developers, so I feel like the same sense of humor I’ve loved for years

Get to Know Our Team – Megan

How long have you worked at Push? It’s been an action-packed almost-two-weeks at Push! Why did you become a developer? I’ve always been someone who likes logic puzzles and mental challenges, so programming and playing with computers was a natural hobby for me in my teens. Ultimately, though, it wasn’t until I began to see

WWDC 2015 OS Review

WWDC 2015 is the 26th Worldwide Developers Conference hosted by Apple in Moscone West. The conference started with a Keynote, during the keynote Apple announces their latest software (iOS, OSX) and, sometimes, new hardware is also announced (ex. iPhone, Macbook Pro, Mac Pro). Every year a new version of iOS and OSX will be released,

Get to Know Our Team – Gurinder Mangat

How long have you worked at Push? I started working at Push in April 2015 as VP of Sales & Business Development. My role at Push is to grow the business by aligning with the right partners and bringing on new customers. After many years of working in telecommunications, and most recently with a software

WWDC: Search in iOS 9

This Monday, Apple held their World Wide Developers Conference, WWDC. This annual event is where Apple typically announces the next generation of their software and services. This year was no different, with Apple announcing Mac OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. As with every year, a lot of new features were announced for Apple

Buyout as a Monetization Strategy for Your Mobile App

There are a few proven ways to make money on the app stores. The three most common are: paid apps, in-app purchases, and ads. You can read my breakdown of these methods from a previous post. While those are the most common, there is another way of making money on the app stores: a buyout plan.

Why We Don’t Outsource

We receive communication from time to time – mainly from spammers – hoping we will outsource our work to them.  Some of the benefits they talk about include lower costs of development and quicker time to market. However, our answer is – and will remain so – that we do not outsource our work. We do everything at

What are all those Android permissions for anyway?

Most Android apps require at least one permission to run on your phone – usually Internet –  while some require a LOT of permissions. As it stands now, you must accept all the permissions of an app in order to install it on your phone. But with the announcement of Android M, future versions of Android will allow

500,000 users and still growing

At Push Interactions, we recently passed what I consider an important milestone. Across all of our apps, we now have over 500,000 downloads. Half a million! Some of our apps are quite large in terms of downloads and have over 100,000 downloads on their own, while others target a smaller niche market where the number

Google I/O 2015: Contextual Computing in the Age of Smartphones

Google kicked off their 2015 I/O Event with a keynote that was inspiring both as an Android user and as a computer scientist. It didn’t have the pomp and circumstance of past events but it got right to the heart of what Google’s biggest push is – contextual computing. For years Google has been amassing data

Apple WWDC 2015 Predictions

It’s that time of year again. Developers from around the world anticipate the latest and greatest that Apple will announce at the annual WWDC event. Last year, we were introduced to Apple’s new programming language: Swift. In addition to this we got iOS 8, and various new features around it such as HealthKit, HomeKit and

Protecting the Rainforests With Smartphones

It is estimated that illegal logging is responsible for up to 90 percent of destructive deforestation in the rainforests. These activities have many negative and long reaching impacts on the environment. Trees play a critical role in regulating greenhouse gasses, which are linked to climate change. Deforestation disrupts the water cycle, as trees are no

Microsoft 2.0

When the word “Apple” is tossed around, the first thing people think of is a vault full of money. Year after year, Apple releases new iterations of their product and people flock to the stores like a pilgrimage to Mecca, adding to the billions Apple has in reserve.  I enjoy the many offerings that Apple

Announcing: Partnership Between Push Interactions & TomTom

Push Interactions is pleased to announce a partnership with TomTom (business.tomtom.com, www.tomtom.com) in Canada. TomTom Telematics is a world leader in Fleet Management & Vehicle Tracking Solutions. Its unique solutions allow for fleet and driver management, up-to-date navigation, routing, and dispatch. With these solutions, you can update orders, send job details and keep track of

The Smartphone Wars – Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 (Part 2)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple’s iPhone 6 and compared them in detail. I talked about the general specifications of these devices, the quality of the build, and the camera. This week, I am going to compare these smartphones in terms of battery life, payment features, and other

Apps That Can Compliment Your Long Weekend Plans

Whether you plan on staying home or taking a road trip, there are a number of apps available that can enhance your long weekend activities. Out of Milk Out of Milk can help you prepare for your long weekend plans with customized grocery lists and to-do lists. To learn more, check out my review of

Smartphones and Virtual Reality

When the Kickstarter for the Oculus Rift went up, it started a renewed interest in the idea of virtual reality; an idea that had seemingly died in the 90s. Now that Oculus has shown their consumer version this week, and Valve has announced its Vive headset, it looks like 2016 will finally be the year

Starbucks iOS App Review

Overflowing with new features The Starbucks app for iOS contain a wealth of features. It serves as a Starbucks shop locator, a Starbucks card holder, a gift card dispensary, royalty program tracker, and Apple Pay support.. The latest update included Apple Watch support, and brought some of these features right to your wrist, if you’re

iPhone 5 to iPhone 6 – Is it worth the upgrade?

Should I upgrade? For those out there contemplating upgrading from an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 6, you may be in the same position I was – wondering if the larger screen size was worth the money. However the iPhone 6 is more than just a screen size upgrade on the iPhone 5. Battery Life