Monetize Your iOS using Startapp Platform

August 3, 2014 — by Simon Ng0


StartApp is a mobile advertising platform that was formed by the late 2010 and was only made available to the android users in the beginning. However, after their effective launch and subsequent popularity for offering high quality full page ads, they are now also available for the iOS. The Apple app developers have recently introduced a new sophisticated coding language called Swift that is based on Objective C at the core but has the flexible qualities of Node.js and Python. Soon after the language was launched, it got its first collaboration with StartApp and it was made available to iOS developers too.


Why Your Online Store Needs to Utilize Responsive Design

July 8, 2014 — by Simon Ng0


When starting an online store, you want it to be accessible to everyone. You make every effort to develop the right language on the site so it speaks to the people who will purchase from you. You make sure the products on your site are going to sell. However, if you don’t have a responsive site, then you’re alienating one of the biggest markets in the world. People who utilize their iPads and iPhones to shop through online stores get frustrated enough not to make a purchase when the site cannot be seen or interacted with through these mobile devices. By creating a responsive online store, everyone can see the site regardless of what device they’re using to access it.


Roundup: 15 iOS 8 Features That You Should Know

June 3, 2014 — by Sette Capati2


The rumor mill is now pacified as Apple has finally released the official features of iOS 8 with more goodies and overhauls in store for developers and end-users.

At the WWDC event, which started June 2, 10:00 AM Pacific time (June 3, 1:00 AM, Hong Kong time), Tim Cook and the other Apple executives took charge while armed with the keynotes, as users worldwide were able to watch the event in real-time via Apple live stream.

So, for our roundup, here are the iOS 8 features:

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New camera features

Apple beefed up the iOS 8 camera with Time Lapse photography, an interesting feature, which developers can take advantage of since there’s a new programming kit for the camera app that will allow third-party sources to access the camera features and integrate extension that weren’t possible in current software version.

Photos app

The Photos app includes editing options that will allow users to make necessary changes of images with a simple thumb gesture. The features are quite similar with the iPhoto, but simpler. It has smart image analysis on the changes (seen in the demo) and post-edited photos will be synced with the iCloud. With Photos app in iOS and Apple’s plan of building a Yosemite version, there’s a possibility that the iPhoto will be ditched.

Healthkit API

We’ve heard rumors and seen leaked images with native fitness and health integration (dubbed as Healthbook) in the upcoming iPhone and iOS 8. Apple provides the Healthkit API for developers to start building apps that will allow them to link apps and unify users personal health data to a single database. As Apple has shown, the data will be available to medical platforms and applications where you can privately store the data, or even better, show them to your doctor(s). Apple showed the list of healthcare companies and institutions, too.


Better and seamless syncing—that’s what Continuity is all about.  It’s a group of features that automatically integrates your iOS and Mac devices activities, files and more.

Seamless iCloud drive sync

Aside from the mail and documents backed up in your iCloud, your photos will now be synced automatically in iCloud with free 5GB storage. Other storage plans start at $1 per month.

Files are merged; there’s no difference between local and cloud files. What’s stored in your device operates like a cache on what’s in your iCloud. We just hope that there will be more security on this turf.

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Improved Mail app

Apple also deployed a few tweaks on the Mail app that allows users to mark a message as “Mark as Read” with a single swipe gesture, and more actions for “Trash, Flag, and More” (right to left) with another swipe, or entirely pull it to delete the message.


Spotlight features are also beefed up where users can access it (swiping downward) on a locked screen with more results and suggestions from a number of sources, aside from the native database of the device, such as Wikipedia, News, iBooks store, iTunes store, music, suggested websites and many more.

New interactive notifications

Users can interact with the notifications without leaving the current app. This can also be done on a locked screen (tap and swipe) where it won’t require users to unlock it. Got a new message? You can type reply (downward swiping) without closing or leaving the app.


This feature allows iOS devices to interact seamlessly with the OS X Yosemite. From the name itself, your iPhone knows what your Mac is doing and likewise. If you’re working on a Mail message in the PC and would like to take a break, you can pick it up where you left it and continue what you’re working on your iOS device.

New keyboard features

This is one of my favorite features—the iOS 8 keyboard comes with QuickType, a context-sensitive predictive typing that provides users words they can use by tapping the suggested words instead of typing. What’s more, the iOS keyboard will welcome third-party apps such as Swype or SwiftKey.

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Enhanced Siri

Siri is getting beefed up, too, with Shazam built-in integration and automatic interaction once you plug it in your car (just say, Hey Siri! Without touching the home button). It will also allow users to purchase apps in iTunes. It has 22 new dictation languages in its database and streaming voice recognition.

Touch ID with apps

The Touch ID feature will allow users to access their account via bank app and useful for authorization.

Family sharing

It’s easier to share all files with your family with this new feature—from family calendar to photos and locations—with each member updated. They can also share e-books, music, movies, and share the same credit card. What’s more, the credit card holder (e.g. Dad) will receive a notification for permission if one needs to purchase an app.

Extensions for developers

There are a lot of goodies in store for developers, such as extensions and the ability to integrate widgets just like in OS X. From Safari widget, to eBay widget, and extensions of custom keyboards, the new iOS ecosystem provides opportunities for developers and users to make the mobile experience more interactive and engaging.

Unannounced, but confirmed…

DuckDuckGo in Search features

Apple is also expanding Safari’s search engine features with DuckDuckGo, a startup, which is allegedly known as an anti-Google, that doesn’t track users for advertising purposes.

And many more…

You can send text messages and videos whether via keyboard or voice messaging. The Enterprise features are tailored for corporate end-users with built-in self-configuration functions and stronger encryption.

We know you’re very much excited to test the iOS 8. But for now, the goodies go to the developers, as Apple seeds the beta version. The official iOS will be available in the fall for free.


5 Tips to Get Your Apps Featured in App Store

August 27, 2013 — by Simon Ng1


Editor’s note: Are you interested in developing your own iPhone app? Todd Riddle will give you some tips for the app development.

This article beholds the best 5 practices that one can use in order to create the best apps for iPhone. Apple maintains very stringent rules about apps that get selected to be distributed through the App store and this is why this article helps in identifying ways in which you can do so.

Apple’s devices have always hit the market with rage. People have always loved their creative designs sleek interface and extremely user friendly attributes, and therefore, the demand for iPhones and iPads have grown tremendously in the recent past.


iOS 7 Features Roundup

June 11, 2013 — by Sette Capati1


Apple revealed Monday the new design and features of the iOS 7 that has undergone a major revamp, which is the most radical change since iPhone made its debut in 2007. Aside from the new design courtesy of head designer Jonathan Ive, there is a revamped suite of apps such as Photos, Camera, Calendar and many more.


WWDC 2013 Event: Summary and Updates

June 11, 2013 — by Sette Capati1


Apple opened the floor at exactly 10AM PDT (1AM Beijing time) for the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this morning in San Francisco, providing the latest in-depth updates on Apple products, innovations and software developments spearheaded by Tim Cook and other executives in a keynote presentation.


5 Things to Consider Before Building a Mobile App

March 7, 2013 — by Simon Ng2

iPhone App StoreThis is a guest post by Devina Thamman.

We are in the midst of what is being called the Smartphone revolution. Developing a mobile app is a far more lucrative prospect today than it used to. With revenues going into billions of dollars, this is an opportunity developers just can’t afford to ignore. Before you jump into the app development stages, however, there are a few things you will need to consider carefully.


iOS 6.1 Public Release Coming Soon

January 12, 2013 — by Sette Capati0


ios61fordevelopersA German blog dubbed iFun reported that Apple is prepping the iOS 6.1 or beta 5, which will be the Golden Master of the iOS 6.1 if everything goes as expected. Citing a reliable source, iFun said Apple is testing the fifth beta of iOS 6.1 for developers, and it has undergone an “extensive internal testing.”

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Why The New iOS 6 App Store Is Great For Both Developers and Users

September 22, 2012 — by Simon Ng6


The recent launch of iOS 6 has caused quite a stir amongst developers and users in the blog and webosphere. Particularly with the new redesign of the app store.

The main argument against it, is that it shows you just one app at a time, instead of 5. This – developers argue, will make people, “less likely to try out apps that aren’t at the top of the results” and that, “some great apps will get buried and people just won’t have the time or the patience to get to them”.


13-Year-Old App Developer Releases His New iPhone App

August 17, 2012 — by Sette Capati3


Do you still remember those teenage years? What were you doing when you were 13 years old? Well, you’ll be inspired with this story.

I stumbled upon this blog post about a 13-year-old app developer, (Yes! 13 years old!) who has released his second update to his first app called Quick Notes. It’s a shame for me. That’s what I felt while reading his story. I recall when I was 13 years old I was busy with fashion, boys and love letters, but with Nicholas, it’s a different story.