Category Archive for: mobile app

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.

Facebook Adds Ability to Create and Share 3D Photos by @MattGSouthern

Facebook has introduced the ability to share 3D photos that can be viewed by anyone with the mobile app.The post Facebook Adds Ability to Create and Share 3D Photos by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Google is Testing Ads in the ‘Discover’ Section of its Mobile App by @MattGSouthern

Google has been spotted displaying ads in Google Discover.The post Google is Testing Ads in the ‘Discover’ Section of its Mobile App by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

LinkedIn to Integrate Groups into the Mobile App by @MattGSouthern

LinkedIn plans to bring Groups back to mobile by integrating the feature into its flagship app.The post LinkedIn to Integrate Groups into the Mobile App by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Bing Ads App Updated With New Payment Features by @MattGSouthern

Bing Ads has rolled out an update to its mobile app which introduces new payment-related features.The post Bing Ads App Updated With New Payment Features by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Page Transitions for Everyone

As Sarah mentioned in her previous post about page transition using Vue.js, there is plenty of motivation for designers and developers to be building page transitions. Let’s consider mobile applications. While mobile applications are evolving, more and more attention is given to the animation experience, while the web pretty much stays the same. Why is that? Maybe it’s because native app developers spend more time working on those animations. Maybe it’s because users say that’s what they want. Maybe it’s because they know more about the environment in which the app is going to run. All of that helps to improve the experience over time. Overall, it seems like mobile app developers somehow seem to know or care more about user experience. If we take a look at how mobile apps are designed today, there is very often some sort of animated transition between states. Even ready-to-use native components have…

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How do Website Colors and Design Attract Viewers?

Studies have shown that our emotions, both positive and negative, are influenced by colors. Is your website’s color scheme optimized to bring in new traffic? Does your website design complement those colors? Check out our simple guide to see if your website’s design is costing you viewers. An eye-catching color scheme or design layout can change the face of a webpage. They can also determine whether a viewer will decide to stay around to view your content, or leave the page immediately. In short, a lot can hinge on a simple color scheme.   Do you want to find out how to use colors and designs to attract viewers and, better yet, to keep them coming back for more? In this article, our team of experts break down the latest research in color psychology to recommend the best color schemes and rules. So, read on and discover how you can…

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Facebook Gets Instagram’s ‘Boomerang,’ and an AR Drawing Tool by @MattGSouthern

Facebook’s mobile app has been updated with some enhancements for Stories — an AR drawing tool and Instagram’s popular Boomerang feature.The post Facebook Gets Instagram’s ‘Boomerang,’ and an AR Drawing Tool by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

React Native: A Better DOM?

How do we convince web developers that React Native has already solved many of the hardest GUI problems for them? Go back in time and release React Native before React DOM? Is there an easier way… — Nicolas (@necolas) March 1, 2018 Like a lot of people in this Twitter thread, I didn’t really understand that React Native was even for building on the web. I thought it was a way to write React to build native mobile apps. Nicolas has a whole “React Native for Web” repo though, explaining otherwise. Plus a conference talk. It probably doesn’t help that the tagline is “Build native mobile apps using JavaScript and React.” I suppose, it does do that (e.g. build an iOS or Android app), but it also can build your web app, which could mean… single code base? Several of the replies suggest “a better DOM” which is interesting. Or,…

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Two Hardware Lessons from the Front Line: PID Loops and Bootloading

About a year ago, we began collaborating with Pura Scents to make their connected fragrance dispenser a reality. Their team had ironed out a concept that people loved, and during a successful Kickstarter campaign, paired it with an aesthetic that sold well. However, they needed next some outside help to bring their connected device to life. Among the firmware, software, and fleet management aspects were two specific product features with technical intrigue that struck me as worth sharing, firmware/hardware-level features that anyone working within a hardware startup can appreciate.  Control systems for targeting and maintaining temperature (or speed, or anything) Imagine driving a car with cruise control. How annoying would it be if your car accelerates a bit beyond the target cruise speed then coasts for a moment or two before physics rears its ugly head and your car drops below the desired speed again? This, of course, necessitates another…

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DuckDuckGo Brings Private Search to Mobile App & Browser Extension by @MattGSouthern

DuckDuckGo is bringing its privacy-focused search capabilities to its mobile app, giving users the ability to search and browse anonymously.The post DuckDuckGo Brings Private Search to Mobile App & Browser Extension by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

How Domino’s Pizza Stands Out In A World Awash In Pizza

Domino’s Pizza was in the spotlight of the Wall Street Journal the other day. It was a front page story on the success of the Domino’s mobile app allowing you to track your order from start to delivery.Over 480,000 people have left reviews on the Apple app store giving it 4.8 stars out of 5.In the modern world, we continue to have more and more options for things like coffee, rides to the airport, clothes, and pizza. And as we get more and more options, they just become noise.Domino’s though has been successful at breaking through with a signal. Why?There are two very big lessons to take from the pizza chain and one potential pitfall.Open UpGiselle Auger, an assistant professor at Rhode Island College, involved 290 participants in a study on the effect of transparent organizations. It probably doesn’t shock you that the more transparent these organizations were to the outside world, the…

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XR: VR, AR, MR—What's the Difference?

What is XR? Extended Reality (XR) refers to all real-and-virtual environments generated by computer graphics and wearables. The ‘X’ in XR is simply a variable that can stand for any letter. XR is the umbrella category that covers all the various forms of computer-altered reality, including: Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Virtual Reality (VR). Virtual Reality For ease, let’s start with a topic many of us are already familiar with—Virtual Reality (VR). VR encompasses all virtually immersive experiences. These could be created using purely real-world content (360 Video), purely synthetic content (Computer Generated), or a hybrid of both. This medium requires the use of a Head-Mounted Device (HMD) like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Google Cardboard. VR has its own spectrum in and of itself. On one end you have WebVR, the simplest and most accessible form, and on the other you have Fully-Immersive VR, like Multi-sensory…

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About town

A few places Highrise has been spotted in the wild recently :)Amy Schmittauer is killing it with teaching folks how to vlog, and she’s been a huge supporter of Highrise and my own vlog. It was awesome to see her showing the use of Highrise in her routine: Grove’s been buzzing on the podcast circuit. her chat with Support Ops.Our new iOS app was Xamarin’s App of the Week. People have also really enjoyed hearing how we made a native mobile app that supports both Android and iOS with just 2 people working part time on the project with Microsoft tools: writing has been showing up on guest blog posts like this one from Capterra by Lynette:The Benefits of CRM Software for 5 Types of Small BusinessesAnd on Olark where I talk about making Business Human:Make Your Business Human: Shared IntimacyAnd I’ve been on some podcasts too recently. I just spoke with DULO Wear about my…

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Facebook’s Mobile App Can Now Capture 360-Degree Photos by @MattGSouthern

Users can now capture and share 360-degree photos with the Facebook mobile app.The post Facebook’s Mobile App Can Now Capture 360-Degree Photos by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Highrise 3.0 for iOS

For an app that’s been around since 2007, two iterations of its iOS app seems a bit on the light side. We agree. So today we have not just one announcement, but two:Highrise 3.0 for the iPhone is now available to everyone.It has the basics from before. Stay up to date on your team’s activity. Easily search your leads and quickly call, text, or get directions. Plan your day with tasks and follow-ups.And it has some important new features.Search leads by tag. View tags on contacts. See upcoming tasks when viewing a lead.Scroll through all of your tasks. Whether you have 2 or thousands of overdue or upcoming tasks… though we still can’t help you get them done. :)And more… like the ability to enter custom fields and choose from predefined values, dial incorrectly formatted international phone numbers, emoji, saved recent searches.Alas, it doesn’t have everything for everyone yet. Some will notice it…

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Google to Reportedly Redesign its Home Page in the Near Future by @MattGSouthern

Reports suggest Google is planning to redesign its home page to match its mobile app experience.The post Google to Reportedly Redesign its Home Page in the Near Future by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Bringing Research Home

Any designer who has created a personal portfolio site knows that your toughest client is always yourself. Recently, we have felt particularly sympathetic to the plight of designing for yourself because we have been taking an introspective look at our own site and messaging. We wanted to understand how potential clients perceive and evaluate Viget in their search for an agency partner and the role that our website plays in shaping that impression. We wanted to see our brand and our site through the lens of a potential client, a person getting a first introduction to Viget. To do that, we applied the same research methods we employ for client projects to our own questions. Creating a Setting for Direct Feedback Having conversations with prospective and current clients is something we do all the time. Typically though, those conversations are initiated by the business development team or account managers, people who are heavily involved in…

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Facebook Messenger Day vs. Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories: Which One Should You Pick?

Snapchat was first. Then came Instagram. And now, Facebook. Snapchat’s defining feature is their disappearing images and videos, which can be shared publicly, to all your followers, or privately. Instagram recreated this with Stories, and Facebook played copycat in their Messenger Day feature and then again with their own Newsfeed Stories. So what’s the difference between Facebook Messenger Day, Snapchat, and Instagram Stories? Which one should you use? Does it even matter? I can tell you one thing: in the battle of Facebook Messenger Day vs. Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories, it does matter. And in this post, we’re going to look at why, along with differences between each platform and which you should use for your business. Facebook Messenger Day vs. Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories: The Similarities This is a pretty good place to start. Facebook Messenger Day, Snapchat, and Instagram Stories all have some overlapping features, including: Images and…

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