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

Can you build that (app)?

We often get questions of what we can build as an app? What are the limitations? The answer is basically anything you can put your imagination to in an app. Think of any App, yes we can build that. We are only limited by Apple’s guidelines and the limitations of the device itself in terms

Should you build an app?

Push Interactions is a custom app developer: we’ve primarily only built other people’s apps. This puts us a great position, because we deal with a huge variety of domains, ideas, concepts, and business plans. In this post, I’d like to outline four main types of apps we’ve encountered and built, and what you should know

Consistency Matters.

Have you ever found yourself buying something at the store, pulling out your debit card to pay, only to find that the debit machine is a completely unexpected design? Do you remember how annoying it was when you hit the wrong button because it wasn’t where you expected it to be? Why on earth can’t

Push Interactions Wins SABEX Small Business of the Year Award

Last Thursday night we attended the 2014 SABEX Awards Gala (Saskatchewan Achievement in Business Excellence). We were thrilled and honoured to be finalists in the Small Business of the Year category. The evening was set to a spectacular 1920’s theme with the hall decorated to perfection and all of the guests dressed in Gatsby-themed attire.

How Push Goes Above and Beyond

I wanted to highlight some of the extra things we do for our clients that I think above and beyond what the standard mobile app developers do.  This may help with the decision of who to work with when selecting a mobile app development company.  As always, our main focus is developing quality mobile apps

Push Interactions on CTV Morning Live ~ May 15th

For the month of May I have a mixed bags of apps to review! KIS-SK ~ Keep It Safe Saskatchewan Free for iPhone & Android The mixed bag starts off with the KIS-SK app that we launched with the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute a few weeks ago. Their organization’s mission is to raise awareness and educate

Quality Apps Will Matter

Over the past few years app usage has continued to increase while the use of web, through a desktop or even a smartphone, has continued to decrease. I expect this trend will continue as most customers are now using smartphones or tablets. As this trend increases all of the eyeballs will be on mobile apps.

Feature Friday: Duolingo

On the March CTV App Segment I featured the Duolingo app but I wanted to feature it again because this is the best app I have ever used. Best. App. Ever. Period.  Bold statement, but keep on reading to hear why! Duolingo is a completely free app for iPhone or Android that teaches you Spanish, French, Italian,

What is WhatsApp?

WhatsApp is a popular app that I’m sure many of you have heard of, but what is it really for? It’s an application that effectively replaces a lot of the communication your phone is already capable of. WhatsApp allows you to send text messages, pictures, videos, and your location and contact info, easier, cheaper, and

PyCon 2014

Keeping up with technological advances can be hard which is why we try go to the best and more notable technological conferences to learn and teach the best technologies available. In April 9th-17th I had the pleasure to attend PyCon 2014 in Montréal. PyCon is a conference related to the usage of the programming language

Mobile application marketers and industry trend

Have you personally done any marketing? To answer this question, you need to ask yourself other questions like: Did I compete for a job when there were other candidates? Did I compete for a desirable apartment where there were other applicants? Did I arrange my impression to be most favorable to another person? Yes, that’s

Part 2: Getting your users to create your app content – Getting started

Last week, I wrote about a special kind of content consumption app where developers could, in essence, trick users into creating content for others to consume, thereby reducing the creation stress on developers. This week, I want to expand on this idea by describing some strategies apps can use to get users started in the

Springtime Apps ~ Push Interactions on CTV Morning Live

When selecting apps for my CTV app reviews I always start by thinking “Is there a major holiday or festive day coming up?” If there isn’t, I usually go to my next question “Is it the beginning of a season?!”  Usually I can answer yes to one of those questions which will launch me into

Getting your users to create your app content

As my PhD supervisor, Carl Gutwin, says: “Ideas are cheap. Good ideas are hard”. Through my years designing mobile apps, I’ve thought hard about what it takes to make a compelling app. What, exactly, makes an app a hit? This is, of course, a loaded question. Apps that fulfill a real human need are easier

SSL HeartBleed

The SSL HeartBleed bug is a serious vulnerability in the security layer of the internet.  It has been around since December 2011 and it is estimated the “bad guys” have known about this vulnerability since about mid 2012. The vulnerability allows attackers to read secure traffic while it is in transit.  It affects approximately 20%

2014 – The Dawn of Indie Game Development

Most people who enjoy video games can recall the first one they ever played which for me, was the classic Super Mario Bros. Since then, I’ve grown increasingly infatuated with playing video games, buying consoles as they come out and playing as much as I can after school. Thankfully as I grew older I reduced

Mobile Monday – TACT

The Auditory Concentration Test App (TACT) is a great example of one of our apps that truly improves the quality of life for the user.  Designed by Declan Quinn, Mb., FRCPC, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, the Auditory Concentration Test is a continuous performance test used to measure sustained attention in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders.

4 best practices for mobile app success

With billions of apps on the app stores it is beginning to be a rather competitive environment! By now it is clear that simply putting an app on the store isn’t enough.   Here are the top 4 things to consider when releasing an app (whether it is free or paid!): 1) Marketing The days

How can our Interaction Designer help YOU?

As the lead interaction designer at Push, my primary job is to ensure we build the right app. This includes ensuring the app solves the business needs of our clients, while providing a pleasant, efficient, and effective experience for your users. More to the point, my job is to help you create the product you