Meet Our Team – Mason

How long have you worked at Push? It has been one month that I have been working as a software developer at Push. I joined the Android development team July 2015. What did you do before joining Push? I am a recent Master’s of Science graduate in the field Computer Science. I have been a

The Software Development Triangle

I have always been a fan of this triangle describing software development: There are three overarching choices when developing a software project. Fast A fixed release date may be important. Some projects need to be released at the same time as a big marketing push, or to coincide with the release of a certain product, or with real

Mobile App Developers, Have You Heard of Rubber Duck Debugging?

To my fellow mobile app developers, have you ever found yourself spending way too much time tracking down a bug in your code?  After exhausting all possibilities and running around in circles, you finally admit defeat and call in a co worker to aid in your quest. But then something strange happens, as you start walking your

iPad Multitasking in iOS 9

One of the biggest complaints about the iPad, and iOS in general, has been it’s limited support for multitasking. When iOS first launched, each app had to close completely when the user returned to the home screen. It wasn’t until iOS 4 launched in 2010that Apple allowed some specific tasks, including music and location services,

App rejections and their effect on the development process

Earlier this week, one of our iOS apps was rejected from the app store. The reason it was rejected by Apple was because there was no moderation of user-generated content. This means we need to add a feature that allows users to flag content as offensive or objectionable, and within 24-hours a moderation entity needs

Cloud Computing, Mobile and You

You may have heard of “Cloud Computing” throughout the recent years, but what exactly is it? What does it have to do with Mobile and how can it impact app development? There are many different forms of Cloud Computing, 3 of which I will go over with examples of how they can help (or be

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

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,

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

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

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

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

What State is Your Mobile App in?

One question, multiple answers What State is your app in? As our client, that question might mean something different to you than it does to us. For you, it may mean how close to release you are, or what your app looks like compared to your competition. When we think of State, we think of the

Imagining the future of mobile

I was talking to a colleague recently and couldn’t believe that Apple sold 34,000 phones an hour in this last quarter. “What would the future hold if this trend continues for five or ten years?” was a question posed to me. It seems clear the trend will continue so the implications of that future are

Android Lollipop 5.0 Features – Part II

In the previous post about Android Lollipop (“L” for short) we talked about the new Android user interface design approach, Material Design, new changes in notifications and the multiple profile feature. In this blog post I am going to talk about some other important Android L features such as priority settings, super battery saving mode

One IDE to Rule Them All

I’ll just start by saying that the end of Visual Studio Express is nigh. Gone are the days where you have to install multiple versions of the express edition to create projects on different platforms. No longer is there a caveat that divides casual and indie developers with professionals using a more sophisticated derivation of Microsoft’s