Well I have received a bunch of calls about Mobile applications or Mobile Apps lately and thought a blog post might help to answer some questions.
1- I think mobile applications are great, but mostly they are either sales tools or whittled down versions of websites.
2- I have clients who have paid other Boulder CO firms thousands to build custom mobile applications that were rejected by the Apple Store or other Mobile Application distribution outlets.
3- Websnare's latest endeavors have all been mobile capable in both IOS and Android. We have adapted new template technologies that allow for multiple mobile browser layous. Our clients are overjoyed! Our reviews are fantastic, and our work is World-Class.
Give us a shout, we can tell you more!
It's the Fourth of July today. I am going to a few different meetings today and working on multiple different website projects. I have current projects that range from simple websites to magazines to very large e-commerce sites. Many of our new websites have a social media elements included in their architecture.
I have recently purchased a few different Apple mobile devices. I have a short comparision of these items below.
The Ipad 2, and the Iphone 4s (with Verizon service). My cell phone was meticulously mistakenly cleaned by the washing machine.
I needed a new Mobile Number so I can support my clients while traveling. Although, I should digress here to explain my prior Cell Phone was far from a smart-phone.
I was lucky to work out a fair-trade with clients for both of these devices.
Has a great display, so the upgrade to the IPAD3 seems more luxury than necessity - at least for my typical IPAD2 useage patterns.
I think the IPAD is a fantastic tool. It allows for a tactile type of operation that seems much more conductive as a learning tool. There are a few minor upgrades I wish were part of the IPAD2.
Expandable Memory - this seems so obvious to me. I dream to wish for a micro-usb like storage function built into the IPAD2. Maybe, this feature or accessory is out there but I am not aware of any such invention for IPAD2. The other upgrade would have to be a built in stand. This also seems obvious to me, that with a metal case, a hinged stand could certainly be achieved..right?
IPHONE 4s -
The Iphone 4s is the current leader of the Iphone pack. It is the latest techy offering from Apple on the Iphone shelf. It has a few upgraded features from the typical Iphone 4. I also acquired a plastic Otter Case to help protect my Iphone. I was lucky enough to keep my same-number (as I was a Verizon customer prior to the Iphone).
How is it different from the IPAD?
The Iphone is basically the IPAD, with a few minor differences. There are a few differences in the Settings icon, but most everyting is identical.
1- The Phone Feature is built into the IPHONE. It is an icon, like all the other applications (apps). The Phone Feature appears as a green phone icon on my Iphone's desktop. This app allows for the use of the voice-phone feature set you would expect of a modern cellphone.
note: many people are confused by this, so I thought I would try to explain. If you have an IPAD you can make calls, but not with the ease of calling from a IPHONE. The Ipad (mine are wireless only) have applications available to allow for voice type calling. Through some wizardry you might even connect Google Voice to attach a telephone number to your IPAD - but this is techy and might be unstable and requires some nearly constant maintainence.
Today there was a huge settlement in a lawsuit in Texas. The summary of the story goes, someone did not like someone else and posted a bunch of malicious stuff as an anonymous poster...they lost the suit and have to pay 14 million dollars by court order. The cincher here is that the post was made Anonymously - which is never has the anonymity you might expect. Basically, the First Amendment Right to Free Speech are being questioned by this ruling. If you say what you want, and if you say it anonymously; you can still be held accountable, and pay DEARLY. Remember Orwell and 1984, Big Brother is watching, and he knows your name regardless if you do. The Patriot Act is in full swing and regardless of your intention or behavior you are being scrutinized.
You can read more about this at: http://abovethelaw.com/2012/04/texas-couple-wins-massive-defamation-verdict-against-no-longer-anonymous-commenters/
Please feel free to share your experiences with us, as we would love to hear more about this topic! Your welcome to post it without identifying yourself.. see wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymity#Anonymity_on_the_Internet.
Today, I am wrapping up a week of great work and looking forward to a nice trip to some of my favorite caves. Yes, you read correctly - Caves.
I love caving, spelunking or underground exploration. I have been doing it most of my 43 years, and it is where I feel most spiritual.
Everyone seems to have their own special niche and Cavin' is mine. It started when I was 8 years old and my father took me to Mammoth Cave National Park. I fell in love pretty much immediately and started reasearching and exploring caves near and far. My life is really pretty simple. I am a father, a caver, and a computer professional. Caving fits perfectly into this equation, it removes me from my computer and gives me a great recreation and scientific study outside of my computer that I can enjoy with my son. I also love that it truely removes me from my computer and email while I am underground. I can then utilize my computer to help compile resources and mapping when I am back above ground. My son has also grown to enjoy this passion. It fits his personality pretty well, as to him the cave is a large jungle-gym that challenges him and gives him something to dream about.
Today in Colorado we are facing the oppression of the United States Forest Service as they have tried to prepare the state for the devestating effects of White Nose Syndrome. White Nose Syndrome is a Disease caused by a fungi in bats. You can read more about WNS from the USFS site (PDF)
or the Bat Conservation site.
Regardless Colorado has no (you read that right; ZERO) cases of WNS present, yet our state is closed to caving on USFS land. This was a conservative and precautionary approach by the USFS to prevent the spread of WNS - a nobel but futile preventative measure. Bats migrate, other animals use caves and the scientific world still has no idea what triggered this outbreak. There is no substantial evidence that WNS could even survive in Colorado altitude or eco-climate. That said, bat hibernatculum in Colorado are relatively small in comparison to the "hot zones" that are devestated by this outbreak on the East Coast of the US. Please do not misinterpret my concern for WNS, I happen to really like bats; they are really cute critters that often get misrepresented by halloween and vampire movies. Bats are little mammals that do amazing things. They fly dexterously in the dark using sonar and despite the old wise tale they see very well.
So I hope you gained something from this article, I will continue to write more about WNS and the politics and policies that the USFS has implemented to impair the cave exploration and study in the State of Colorado. Until later, I am off caving.
If you walk into pretty much any coffee shop in the USA you will see a bunch of tech-absorbed geeks tooling away on their tech gagets. The life and times of a coffee drinker in the US has changed drastically. There are entirely new methods for finding a good coffee house and a good seat in your favorite venue. Basically, if your a tech user the bandwidth or internet WiFi makes a tremendous difference in your choosing the correct coffee house. If they do not have WiFi and their coffee is unreal.. you'r still heading to Starbucks. (I am not a great fan of Starbucks - only because I realize that Starbucks has put a ton of mom&pop type shops out of biz).
Starbucks aside, the local coffee shop(s) that has survived the Starbucks onslaught should find itself hosting coffee and services to a more tech-heavy crowd then ever before. This type of tech-dom is amoung us and is never going to leave. Coffee fuels code!
I am a coffee drinker, I have a full cup of joe on my desk at this very moment. It will be empty prior to the last keystroke of this article. Yet, with every passing syllable there is a tremenous amount of people reasearching, chatting and using the internet at multitudes of coffeeshops around the USA. [Be forewarned, WiFi is not the best or most secure way to connect to the internet.] The coffee shop has transformed itself into a mobile office environment with the only two critical things a freelancer needs, coffee and WiFi, oh and a restroom.
So the next time you walk into a coffee shop look around at how many of these people have been transformed by the modern "Golden" age of coffee and are conducting business operations from behind their mocha on a daily basis. Many of these types of coffee-house-freelancers are avoiding the cost of office space, signage, utilities at work etc..to create a much easier achievement of profit.
Just my 2 cents .. (I need more coffee..got to run).