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5G is Coming. Here's What Your Business Needs to Know.

Mobile News

5G is almost here and when it arrives it's going to be fast. Major markets are ramping up now, with the expectation that 5G will be widely deployed in 2020. What does that mean for the world? Faster load times, speedier connections and brand-new devices. What does it mean for your business? Likely the same thing, along with some IT upgrades and the new possibilities that come with higher speeds.

Five Tips for Getting Started on a New Custom App

Application Development Mobile

1600 new apps per day. Estimates vary, but one source shows over 50,000 new apps per month posted into the iTunes store. That's a lot of apps. While many of those are games, others are the hopes and dreams of a developer looking to solve the next business problem. Maybe this one will stick. Maybe this one is the one. Maybe this one will actually be profitable. If you are considering writing an app of your own, those numbers can be overwhelming. What can you do to compete? Apps are an entire business model shrunk down to the palm of your hand. The entire project, from idea to planning to coding to releasing is complex enough for a book. Or three. But, like the old saying goes a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

How Do Professional Sports Teams Use Mobile Apps

Mobile Analytics Application Development

The Green Bay Packers. The Detroit Pistons. The Miami Dolphins. The USA Rugby Team.

User Experience Basics for Mobile Application Development

Mobile Application Development

Going to a geeky meetup or conference? Be prepared to hear the words "user experience." All the cool kids abbreviate it to "UX." What's UX all about, and how does it impact developing mobile applications? What is UX? Let's start with a definition: User Experience encompasses all aspects of the end-user's interaction with the company, its services, and its products. Nielsen Norman Group Look bigger than your app. Did the end-user do research on your company website before downloading it? Did they see an advertisement for it while riding the subway? Did they download the app, use it a while, then call your company looking for support? All of those experiences are touchpoints in one User Experience.

Smart Jewelry: Technology with a Ring to It

Mobile Application Development

If you’re somewhat less than enamored with the aesthetics of wearable gadgetry, take a look at the latest evolution: smart jewelry. Multiple startups are putting a fresh, luxe spin on fitness trackers and messaging devices. They’re tossing out the athletic sports bands and giant digital screens and bringing in a little bit of classic bling. Here's a roundup: Subtle Connection Ringly: Ever walked into a business meeting or dinner with friends and apologized for leaving your phone on the table? “I’m sorry, I’m expecting an important call.” Or, “My teenager is out with the car tonight.” Enter Ringly, a startup offering rings and bracelets which alert you to critical messages, all while your phone stays tucked discretely away. You select which calls, messages, apps or people are most important and Ringly will notify you with a vibration or light pattern of your choosing.   Altrius: Built on the same concept as Ringly, Altrius offers bracelets, necklaces and rings that vibrate when you have urgent incoming messages.   Health Trackers Ōura Ring: This health tracker has a singular focus on the link between sleep and activity. The integrated sensors track your pulse, so the Ōura knows when you’re sleeping and when you’re active. By integrating both inputs, Ōura is designed to help you maximize performance, helping you know when to rest and when to push yourself. Bonus benefit: It’s one of only two items on this list with what we’d call a co-ed design.   Bellabeat Leaf: Wear it as a bracelet, necklace or clip, the Bellabeat health tracker looks like the kind of jewelry you might buy at a Maine or Colorado mountain retreat. Think earthy for the well-heeled set. Use it to monitor your standard everyday health activities like exercise and sleep, with added features for mindful meditation and reproductive cycle tracking. And while it offers all the expected fitness tracking features, Bellabeat’s holistic functionality seems to put a greater focus on intentional connections to body and mind.   Sona Connected Bracelet: A more fashionable spin on the traditional wristband fitness tracker, the Sona bracelet includes a heart rate tracker and app integration for guided meditation. Plus, you can make like a Swatch and customize your tracker with interchangeable leather bands.   Hybrid Solutions The Fossil Q Dreamer: Combining a fitness tracker and a message notification system, the Fossil Q is the only jewelry solution we’ve found that offers both. Of note, Fossil also offers smartwatches, that actually look like classic dial watches, with built-in notification tools. And once again, there are design options here for both sexes.   Social Connection HB Ring. Forget the ice. This startup is shaking up the wedding ring industry with high-tech bands that connect you to your partner’s heartbeat. Simply tap twice to feel your loved one’s heartbeat in real time and watch the ring light up to the beat. (But first, we suggest adding this to your wedding vows: “I will hold your heart in my hand and promise not to freak out if you lose data reception.”)   Don’t hate your technology. Get the best of it by integrating it into everyday wearables, as stylishly and quietly as possible. Get away from the distraction of your smartphone screen and get back into the moment…all while you remain subtly connected to the people and things that matter most. Technology has never looked this good.

Evolution of Wearable Medical Devices

Responsive Mobile Analytics

Evolution of Wearable Medical Devices Recently we attended Halicon, a deep dive one-day conference about the enormous impact that big data and analytics are having on the healthcare industry. The conference was packed with over 60, sometimes standing-room-only, presentations.

Why You Need a Responsive Website

Design Responsive Website Mobile

By now, you’ve probably heard someone use the term “responsive design” to describe a mobile-friendly website. Responsive web design is about making the same content available across multiple devices—desktop computers as well as smartphones and tablets.