Developing your first WatchKit app: Architecture and expectations

In my last post on WatchKit, I broke down the anatomy of a WatchKit app and laid out everything we should expect from the very first iteration of these new kind of apps. In this post, I am going to dig deeper into developing apps for Apple Watch, such as the architecture of a WatchKit app and what you should expect before starting development.

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An overview of a hybrid app built with Rotten Tomatoes API

Are you looking to build your first mobile app, but don’t know where to find a free, but effective, API integration? You’ve come to the right place. 

Both Native and Hybrid applications are making lot of buzz out there in the apps world. In terms of performance and taking advantage of mobile operating system features, Native will always come first for the best look and feel experience, however there is another choice: Hybrid app development! Through this we can develop cost effective mobile applications by deploying the app on multiple platforms and moreover it reaches large number of users in less time.

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How financial service institutions can keep up with FinTech startups

Co-written with Chad Howard, Mobile Product Consultant

The financial services industry is rapidly changing - mostly due to a large influx of investment money towards financial technology startups. In 2014 alone, these FinTech startups raised over $8.6 billion in capital. Startups have seen success in both age-old markets, such as consumer banking and investing, and in new markets, such as cryptocurrency. A prime example of FinTech’s meteoric rise over the last few years is Venmo, a peer-to-peer money exchange platform. In 2012, Venmo was acquired for only $26.2 million. They’re now doing nearly a billion dollars in transactions per quarter. With so much money flowing into FinTech startups, one must ask what this means for large financial institutions. 

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WatchKit 101: Everything you need to know about the anatomy of Apple Watchkit

After years of rumors and anticipation, Tim Cook had “one more thing” to unveil at WWDC 2014 - the Apple Watch. Apple’s first new product line since the release of the iPad in 2010, the Apple Watch is touted as the most personal device the company has ever created. Users will be able to customize their watches with colors, styles, sizes, and materials to have a truly unique device on their wrist. 

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Top 5 things universities need to consider when building mobile apps

Many colleges and universities today have mobile apps for their students across various platforms, such as iOS and Android. However, most colleges are still doing it WRONG (surprise). Through extensive research on numerous college mobile apps, such as Ashford University, DeVry University, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Northwestern University and many more, I have compiled a list of pain points and turned those pain points into positive action items for colleges to keep in mind while building apps. 

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5 Life Lessons from the Heart of Mobile Design

It’s always a lovely thing when you can learn from your profession. As a Mobile UX Designer I've picked up a handful of lessons here and there, and will continue to do so as I grow in my career. For now, I will share the top five lessons I have learned so far with the hope that you will learn from them too:

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RE.WORK 2015: A Deep Dive into Deep Learning

Last week, I attended RE.WORK’s Deep Learning Summit in San Francisco, California. This conference featured a wide variety of speakers from companies such as Flickr, Google, Yahoo, Spotify, as well as several PhD students. Each person possessed a vast knowledge of their field and applied it in different ways to their respective companies. The results, both present and future, are fascinating and the possibilities seem endless.

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Are Today's Wearables the Answer to Protecting Tomorrow's Athletes?

Pop Warner. Little League. AAU.
All in all, close to 46.5 million youth across the country participate in at least one team sport. As the Youth Sports Safety Alliance (YSSA) reports, injuries in these sports are more prevalent than ever. More specifically, concussions are becoming common place in all sports, from football and hockey to soccer and volleyball, attracting the attention of health care experts.
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2015 Mobile and Emerging Technology Trends and Predictions

This blog was co-written by our Mobile Product Strategists, Paul Heckel and Sara Taylor.

As we all look ahead this year, we understand that it can be easy for brands to lose focus and feel overwhelmed with all the latest mobility trends and predictions surfacing. That’s why we have done the research for you. From other blogs to key finding from our friends at Forrester, we’ve compiled an easy to consume list for all enterprises, across all industries.

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How 3D Printing Can Change Modern Manufacturing

3D printing (3DP), otherwise known as additive manufacturing, in which objects are built layer by layer, was first introduced in the 1980s. To date, it has been more commonly utilized for rapid prototyping; however, recent advancements have not only reduced costs and increased production speed, but have also diversified its applications and use cases.

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