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Why We Don’t Outsource

We receive communication from time to time – mainly from spammers – hoping we will outsource our work to them.  Some of the benefits they talk about include lower costs of development and quicker time to market. However, our answer is – and will remain so – that we do not outsource our work. We do everything at

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

Google I/O 2015: Contextual Computing in the Age of Smartphones

Google kicked off their 2015 I/O Event with a keynote that was inspiring both as an Android user and as a computer scientist. It didn’t have the pomp and circumstance of past events but it got right to the heart of what Google’s biggest push is – contextual computing. For years Google has been amassing data

Apple WWDC 2015 Predictions

It’s that time of year again. Developers from around the world anticipate the latest and greatest that Apple will announce at the annual WWDC event. Last year, we were introduced to Apple’s new programming language: Swift. In addition to this we got iOS 8, and various new features around it such as HealthKit, HomeKit and

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

Microsoft 2.0

When the word “Apple” is tossed around, the first thing people think of is a vault full of money. Year after year, Apple releases new iterations of their product and people flock to the stores like a pilgrimage to Mecca, adding to the billions Apple has in reserve.  I enjoy the many offerings that Apple

Announcing: Partnership Between Push Interactions & TomTom

Push Interactions is pleased to announce a partnership with TomTom (business.tomtom.com, www.tomtom.com) in Canada. TomTom Telematics is a world leader in Fleet Management & Vehicle Tracking Solutions. Its unique solutions allow for fleet and driver management, up-to-date navigation, routing, and dispatch. With these solutions, you can update orders, send job details and keep track of

The Smartphone Wars – Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 (Part 2)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple’s iPhone 6 and compared them in detail. I talked about the general specifications of these devices, the quality of the build, and the camera. This week, I am going to compare these smartphones in terms of battery life, payment features, and other

Apps That Can Compliment Your Long Weekend Plans

Whether you plan on staying home or taking a road trip, there are a number of apps available that can enhance your long weekend activities. Out of Milk Out of Milk can help you prepare for your long weekend plans with customized grocery lists and to-do lists. To learn more, check out my review of

Smartphones and Virtual Reality

When the Kickstarter for the Oculus Rift went up, it started a renewed interest in the idea of virtual reality; an idea that had seemingly died in the 90s. Now that Oculus has shown their consumer version this week, and Valve has announced its Vive headset, it looks like 2016 will finally be the year

Starbucks iOS App Review

Overflowing with new features The Starbucks app for iOS contain a wealth of features. It serves as a Starbucks shop locator, a Starbucks card holder, a gift card dispensary, royalty program tracker, and Apple Pay support.. The latest update included Apple Watch support, and brought some of these features right to your wrist, if you’re

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

What is The Cloud, and what can it do for your mobile app?

The term “The Cloud” has been floating around for a few years now, and it’s a nebulous term that can be confusing. When we’re told to store our data “in the cloud” for easier access, it sounds like that data is floating around just above our heads, waiting for us to reach up and grab

What’s in a Basket? Shopping Carts in Mobile Apps

Enhancing the shopping cart Every digital shopping experience uses the concept of a shopping cart, bag, or basket. As you browse the products for sale, you add items to this temporary holding place while you continue shopping. Optimizing this checkout process is a hot topic; this blog post isn’t about that. I am convinced that

The Hidden Complexity of Simple Apps

Hiding Simplicity, Enabling Complexity Developing apps for smartphones requires careful consideration of many factors. We are constrained by issues such as limited memory, slow processors, and small screens on some devices. We also have to account for the expectations of users, which generally amount to “it needs to be fast” and “it needs to be

The Return of Blackberry?

The mobile market question One of the biggest questions in the mobile industry right now is with Blackberry. It’s no secret they are in troubled times. They lost significant market share to the likes of Apple and Google with their respective iOS and Android platforms. So what happened to them? Can they make a comeback

Apple is Changing the Game Again with ResearchKit

Bringing Health Research to your Smartphone The iPhone is no longer just for checking your mail and keeping tabs on all the drama that unfolds on Facebook.  Apple has recently released an exciting and much under hyped framework – ResearchKit. ResearchKit is an open source framework that has been published on github  [ https://github.com/researchkit/researchkit ]

The State of Augmented Reality on Smartphones

From the moment we wake up to the point where we fall asleep, we are continuously subjected to information from around the world. Whether it’s reading the news, watching sport highlights, or scrolling down the Facebook wall – yesterday always feels like a distant past. The Information Age has blessed us with the convenience of

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

The Smartphone Wars – Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6

Which should you choose? Smartphones are still the hottest technology trend and the market is evolving rapidly. With the ongoing achievements in this era, users are often confused when they plan to buy a new smartphone, as there are so many choices out there. Let’s talk about two of the most famous flagship phones –