Are you wondering what kind of app can help you in your day to day life? There is an array of apps available for users today and I wanted to share some of the interesting and helpful apps I use on my iPhone 5 in everyday life.
Wearable technology is becoming more commonplace today. Products like Nike+ FuelBand, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Google Glass are examples of technology integrating further into our everyday lives.
Google recently announced Android Wear, a version of their Android OS designed for the humble watch. While Samsung beat Google to the punch with their Galaxy Gear product, it only works with Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets, and is limited to running software written by Samsung.
The difference with Android Wear is that Google have partnered with multiple manufacturers (including, but not limited to companies like Motorola, LG and HTC), various chip makers and fashion brands. In addition to this, Android Wear opens up the market to all Android developers, so they can write new software, or tailor existing software to work with the new watches.
It’s a natural process of software development for testers to live in a steady flow of bugs. Bugs can often cause developers and project managers to (figuratively) pull their hair out in frustration. For testers bugs can be exciting, interesting, fulfilling, and frustrating too. When a project comes across our desk for testing it can feel like the beginning of an Easter egg hunt. Bugs can be hidden in the most unexpected places and when discovered can give a ‘Eureka!’ moment for a tester. They can also range from very minor problems that most people would never notice, to severe errors that adversely affect business and/or technical requirements of the project. These can bring a feeling of dread and discouragement to a team, especially when schedules are tight. At times it helps to step back and recognise that even the biggest, most well established and resourced companies in technology like Microsoft, NASA, IBM, Intel and others have had monumentally bad bugs in their products. So let’s look at a couple of better-known software ‘Easter eggs’ from the past and present.
Premier Campbell Newman recently published a joint Media release discussing Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) newly launched Visitor Information Centre (VIC) application that aims to help tourists locate Queensland Accredited Information Centres on their smartphone device.
Continuous Integration (CI) for iOS projects has long been a difficult scenario. Tools like Jenkins and Teamcity have been used with varying degrees of success to manage the build lifecycle, but often these solutions involved custom scripts or workarounds. For test device installs, TestFlight was often the tool of choice, but many development houses chose to create custom internal deployment methods. With the recent release Mac OSX Mavericks and Xcode server, Apple has incorporated a CI tool in their standard development environment. Once configured, “Bots” can be created and monitored from within each developers’ Xcode IDE or through a web browser with the build being handled periodically on the server.
There are several approaches to building cross platform applications targeting mobile platforms.
Frameworks such as Mono allow development of a common application core, with a native user interface and platform specific integration developed on top of this for each platform.
Apple recently posted the following news on their development portal:
“Starting February 1, new apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the latest version of Xcode 5 and must be optimized for iOS 7.”
Apple are well known for pushing adoption of their most recent operating systems and, with a release supporting massive design changes, iOS7 is no exception.
What does this mean for existing iOS Apps?
Worldwide Browser usage statistics show that for the first time, mobile devices now make up around twenty percent of traffic.
2013 is the first year that Mobile Browser usage has exceeded fifteen percent, no doubt buoyed by the uptake of tablets and “phablets”. Australia and North America both sit at around sixteen percent but the Asian market has exploded to over thirty percent.