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Controlling Distribution of your app

Our customers sometimes ask about controlling the distribution of their apps. If they can restrict an App’s visibility on the app store to be a certain country, to a certain State or province or even to a certain city. The good news is Apple and Google do give control over this though not at the

Installing WordPress on Google App Engine (Google Cloud Platform)

In the below tutorial, we will outline how to install WordPress on Google App Engine and get an instance up and running. There are a lot of steps in the process, which is why it is a lengthy tutorial, but at the end you will have WordPress running on Google App Engine. We recommend you

Screen Recording in iOS 11

Apple added a cool new feature to iOS 11, but they’ve hidden it by default. The feature is built-in screen recording, so you can record yourself using any app. This is very handy for bug reports and even generating video tutorials. To turn it on is you need to: 1) Go into Settings->Control Center 2)

Use of undeclared type in Swift from Objective-C

If you are running into the error of “Use of undeclared type” trying to use an Objective-C object in Swift, then the problem might be due to the bridging header between Swift and Objective-C not actually working properly. When you use the bridging header between Swift and Objective-C to import Objective-C objects into Swift the

Investor Tax Credit set to Change Tech in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Technology Start-Up Incentive is winding its way to final approval and should be implemented later this year. The tax credit will allow small technology startups who are almost always short on capital to raise more by giving a tax incentive back to their investors. This new tax credit, developed in collaboration with SaskTech,

How to install an Android application from an online website

In our work over the years there has been times when we send users Android builds via a binary file hosted on a website.  Installing apps in this way is fairly straightforward and is outlined below.  Note it is recommended to delete any previous version of the app before installing the new app.  The steps are

The Switch to Swift is Coming

We have used Swift on a few of our projects but we haven’t fully adopted it yet. Until very recently the language and tools appeared to be changing rapidly, and that gave us pause. We put a quality experience for our clients and their end users at the forefront of our values, so we won’t adopt a new technology unless

Push Contributes Two Entrants to Pitch Party – SkillShark, Ora

Pitch Party is an event held annually by the Wilson Center to celebrate the successes of local entrepreneurs. The main event is the “pitches” portion of the night where carefully selected entrepreneurs pitch their ideas in an attempt to attract outside investment. This year we happy to say that two of the entrepreneurs Push works with have been

Quality Software: Saving a Life

We have built apps over the years in a variety of different industries including retail, banking, medical, education, and more. We know that quality is important, but this is the first time we can talk about an app we built saving a person’s life. We are in the final stages of releasing the Ora App in

Push Interactions Named as Canadian App Developer Leader

Push Interactions is a proud leader in the Canadian app development community according to a recent update by Clutch, an app development ratings and review firm. Clutch determined us as a leader by analyzing our previous work, our clients, and our ability to deliver. The thing that really separated Clutch’s findings were the client reviews

Enterprise Distribution in iOS 9.2.x and above

In iOS 9.2 Apple updated how Enterprise distribution works. If you are running iOS 9.0 or iOS 9.1 then see this historical page instead. However, since most users would have updated to iOS 9.2.x, the new steps involved are outlined below 1) Install the Enterprise App. At this point the app cannot be run until

AlphaGo’s win over Lee Sedol is a landmark for Human Kind

AlphaGo’s win over Lee Sedol in Game 3 is a landmark for Human Kind. Artificial Intelligence has conquered the human mind. Even top researchers in Artificial Intelligence never predicted that this could happen a week ago. But it has happened. Computers have now beaten humans at the most complicated and creative game that man ever

Free vs Paid Apps

A question we often get is “If I want the highest number of users, should I make my app Free or Paid?” The mindset behind a Paid app being that perhaps you can recoup some costs and do more then the Free app would provide. We typically push for clients to not charge users upfront

Be Careful What Technologies You Use

When engineers choose technologies for a project, they often want to try out new tools they haven’t used before. Perhaps something they read or heard about. Or something that may prove to solve a certain problem. Whenever choosing 3rd party technologies you must keep in mind that the technology you use will be around for

Why we adopted DMARC Email Authentication

DMARC, if you haven’t heard of it, is a new standard to help fight spam across the web. It was developed in collaboration by companies including Google, Yahoo, Apple, Microsoft and others. Eventually, it may lead to the end of most forms of spam as we currently know it. The protocol used to send emails

The Value of Luck

Go to any business conference or read any business book, and you’ll hear about hard work, dedication, the ability to pivot, and the need to hold true to your vision as key indicators of business success. Never mind that the last two are somewhat contradictory, but those are generally among the Top 10. What a

GiveBlood – Android App Review

Earlier this year a friend of mine invited me to try out donating blood with her. It’s something I’d been meaning to do for years, but always put off because I didn’t know anything about the process, and needles are never a comfortable experience. A simple phone call makes getting your first donation appointment setup

Building Mobile Apps that Pair with Other Devices

The huge majority of mobile apps live in their own bubble; they don’t interact with any other devices. Sure, some apps connect to other phones, but these mostly go through cloud-based systems, not directly connecting to other phones nearby (with notable exceptions, like FireChat). There is a new class of apps becoming mainstream. These apps

Percentage-based Margin and Size Layouts in Android App Development

As an Android developer with a background in web development, the first thing that I noticed designing user interfaces for Android apps was that there is no screen-related relative dimensions. Developers may say there is a ViewGroup called RelativeLayout, which as the name implies, is relative. However, this layout only helps you to have views

Weaving the Strands of the App Development Business

I’m a bit of a sci-fi fan, and am quite intrigued in stories involving parallel timelines. In one timeline, I could be a completely different person. Perhaps the exact opposite of who I am in this timeline. Or perhaps some of my decisions in this timeline affect my other counterparts, possibly very directly or somewhat

RxFiles Plus – A New Approach to One of Our Most Successful Apps

RxFiles was one of the first apps Push Interactions built way back in 2011 and has remained one of several very successful apps in our portfolio. Since its first release, RxFiles has continuously been in the Top Grossing Medical Apps category for both iPhone and iPad apps. The app has remained a top seller for