Archives for 2012

Can iOS Enterprise Apps Be Used By Customers?

In this post I will respond to a few questions about the iOS Developer Enterprise Program in reaction to my blog post 5 Options for Distributing Your iOS App to a Limited Audience (Legally).

My blog post included a quote from the Enterprise License agreement:

“Internal Use Applications developed under this Agreement may be deployed on Deployment Devices in two ways: (1) deployment for internal use by Employees, and (2) deployment for use by Customers either on Your physical premises or under the direct supervision and physical control of Your Employees in other locations, subject to Apple’s right to review and approve such deployment as set forth herein.”

A reader asked that I clarify the inclusion of “Customers”. [Read more…]

Great Video On Augmented Reality by Tomi Ahonen

This June 2012 TEDx talk gives context to the emerging new technology “augmented reality” from one of the most influential thinkers in mobile worldwide, Tomi Ahonen (20 minutes):

Another Sign That Social Media Has Gone Mainstream

I live in Forest Lake, MN, a distant northern suburb of St Paul, Minnesota. At one time Forest Lake was primarily a summer resort and cabin destination. The lake’s tiny summer cabins have gradually been replaced by year-round houses and more recently multi-million dollar mansions. Farmland begins less than one mile from the East side of the lake. We like Forest Lake because it reminds us of a small town in northern MN. It is not the type of town you’d think of as technology savvy.

Over that last few years, Forest Lake has been busy updating its quaint downtown area and Broadway Avenue, the road that connects it to nearby Interstate 35. Broadway Avenue was widened and decorated with fancy curbs and inset brick detailing on crosswalks. A roundabout was added to the main intersection downtown and two massive walking bridges were constructed along the walking path that was once a railroad track.

In the fall of 2010 I noticed a sign that read “BroadwayAveFL” with a vaguely familar “T” logo next to it. When I realized it was a Twitter name, was blown away that a social media website had gone mainstream enough to make it onto a road sign. I wondered how many residents had any idea what it meant. Prior to this, the only reference I have noticed to any media on a road sign is to a radio station for weather or accident information. [Read more…]

WWDC 2012

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is held annually in California. This 5 day conference showcases new Apple software and technologies for developers through technical presentations and hands on labs. This year’s conference was held in San Francisco at the Moscone Center and began on Monday, June 11th .

In the past, Apple has made major announcements at the Monday morning keynote such as the iPhone App Store in 2008, the iPhone 4 in 2010 and iCloud in 2011. This year rumors floated that Apple might announce a new Apple TV or the elusive iPhone 5.

This was my first WWDC. In the past, I’ve followed live feeds from keynote presentations and watched recorded technical sessions. This year I looked forward to attending in person.
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Compile PhoneGap Source Code in Your iOS PhoneGap Project

This post explains how to configure an iOS PhoneGap project to include the open source PhoneGap code as a sub-project in XCode 4. I successfully achieved this with PhoneGap 1.5 through 1.61. I’m not sure if it works with other versions of PhoneGap.

I included the PhoneGap source code when troubleshooting a consistent crash on the iPad as the camera app opened. Including the Cordova source code allowed me to step through the camera related code in XCode.

How to Buy iPhone Apps in Bulk

Imagine a company wanted to buy each employee the latest Angry Birds iPhone app as a gift. How can they do so? As it turns out, there’s a program for that.

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A Brief Comparison of WordPress, Drupal & Joomla!

This blog is my first experience using WordPress or any open source CMS (Content Management System). You can accomplish a great deal with WordPress in a short time without getting into HTML and coding. I’ve built web sites from scratch with just a text editor and with various tools like Microsoft’s ASP.net. WordPress allows you to focus on content and making your site unique instead of reinventing the underlying technology plumbing.

WordPress started out as a blogging platform and has evolved into a CMS. It’s been adapted for many uses such as news and company information sites. WordPress was the clear choice for my first blog. However, is it the best tool for a small business or a collaboration web site? Before I start adapting WordPress for other uses, I am investigating other open source CMS options. [Read more…]

Intro to WordPress

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and content management system (CMS) based on PHP (scipting language) and MySQL database. As of August, 2011 it powered 15% of the top million websites in the world. 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the US are running WordPress. Similar open source CMS tools include Drupal, Joomla! and DotNetNuke.

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5 Options for Distributing Your iOS App to a Limited Audience

Imagine you’ve built an iOS app for a limited set of users. Since it requires authentication, the app is useless to the general public. Is the public App Store the only option to deploy this app without express shipping devices through the mail?

I’ve identified 5 options that you should know about.

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How to Tweet for Your Small Business

A friend and photo blogger, recently emailed me a great blog post titled: How Do You Write Personal Blog Posts When You’re a Private Person? My first instinct was to forward the email. I paused to consider better options. This was a good candidate for Twitter. If I don’t force myself to stop using email for everything, I will never understand social networking. [Read more…]