Proud to Announce the Opening of our Ontario Headquarters

We are pleased to announce the official opening of our Toronto Office located at 2425 Matheson Blvd. East, in Mississauga!  This building is situated in one of the primary hi-tech markets surrounding Toronto and is home to many large corporations such as Pepsi, Bell Mobility, TD Canada Trust, Sobey’s, FedEx, Mercedes-Benz and Credit Union Central. The

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

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

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

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

Interactive Children’s Books on Your Smartphone or Tablet

It’s amazing to see how quickly kids learn technology and even more amazing to see how young they start! Before the age of one, my son learned how to unlock my smartphone. Soon after that, he discovered things like swiping to navigate through screens and tapping to open something. I also witnessed our friends’ three

Getting the UDID of your iOS Device Using iTunes 12

Getting the UDID of your device using iTunes 12 on both Mac and Windows can be done using the steps below: 1) Launch iTunes 2) Connect your iOS device 3) Click on “Serial Number” and the UDID will be revealed 4) Copy the UDID using the menu choices Edit->Copy The UDID is used by iOS

Toronto iPhone and Android App Development

At Push we have developed apps for companies across North America. But we wanted to highlight some of the mobile app development we have done for clients in Ontario. Specifically apps for clients in Toronto. Below is a list featuring some of this recent work: Credit Union Central of Canada Known informally as Canadian Central,

Anatomy of an iPhone – Where Does Your Money Go?

In Jan-March of 2014 Apple sold 51 million iPhones leading to a 13.1 billion dollar profit.  With the upcoming release of the iPhone 6 a new round of heavy buying is expected.  The question may arise is which countries will benefit the most? When it comes to building the hardware of an iPhone and the question

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

Mobile Trends Highlights

Kleiner Perkins is one of the most successful venture capitalist firms in the world. They have funded household names like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Intel among many others. They are a world-thought leader in predicting what is coming in the future, often because they are a part of picking the best ideas and helping to shape

Redesigning Carleton Mobile

Carleton University has had a mobile presence for many years. In fact, they were at the forefront of providing students with a solid, simple app to improve their university experience. In keeping with that spirit, Carleton decided it was time to refresh their app for a new school season. Redesign with new features They decided

CANHEIT 2012: Building the Digital University

This year’s Canadian Higher Education Information Technology Conference, CANHEIT 2012: Building the Digital University, was held at the beautiful University of Saskatchewan. CollegeMobile was a proud sponsor of the event and was privileged to present a breakout session to over 80 IT professionals. At the conference, Jess and I found it very obvious that universities

Make the Most Out of Mobile on Your Campus- Part III

Another valuable feature on Mobilversity is the campus News Feeds. As post-secondary students are natural knowledge seekers, it is only fitting that they receive timely updates about their campus on a regular basis. Campus newspapers, posters, bulletin boards, electronic monitors, and even Twitter, are excellent ways of keeping your students informed and current. Having a

Make the Most Out of Mobile on Your Campus- Part II

Campus maps are the second most valuable feature among our Mobilversity apps. This feature also simplifies your institution, as it makes your campus easier to navigate for prospective students, current students, and visitors. A study by Nielsen suggests that 51 percent of smartphone owners use maps, navigation, and search at least once a month “Play

Make the Most out of Mobile on Your Campus- Part I

 In 2009, CollegeMobile developed Mobilversity, a campus mobile application that provides value for students (current, prospective or alumni). Mobilversity differs from most university mobile apps as it is a multi-tier software framework; It supports all major smartphone and tablet operating systems (Android, iOS and BlackBerry), and integrates with all major backend educational software systems (such