This is a guest post written and contributed by Matt Schmulen, Developer Advocate at StrongLoop Inc., whose suite offers an API tier for connecting enterprise data to devices and browsers. StrongLoop was created by the people who write Node.js. StrongLoop’s LoopBack is an open source mobile backend-as-a-service (mBaaS) that is available on Rackspace.
Waiting 20 minutes to see a doctor when you have a concern, only to have them spend 75 percent of that time reviewing your file, sucks. It’s not an effective use of your time as a patient or for the professional caregiver. Cloud technology has enabled more heath professionals to use electronic health records, or EHRs, and it’s changing the health industry as we know it.
Marketers are concerned with two things when it comes to digital campaigns: ease and performance. They need simple solutions that work with their timeline demands and can withstand traffic spikes due to campaign efforts and seasonality.
Mobile isn’t just revolutionizing how we communicate, but also how we shop. Mobile transactions from the ever-increasing number of smartphones and tablets now account for one out of every 10 ecommerce dollars spent. This shift from ecommerce to mobile commerce, or m-commerce, means online and offline merchants need to take note and adjust their IT strategies to compete. Cloud-based services can help. The infographic below details the mobile ecommerce trend with some advice to help you win the click (and the sales).
So you’ve designed an amazing app and you’re ready to launch it on the Android and iOS markets. However with over 750,000 apps in each market, having an app with pristine code and a great user interface may not be enough. The market is crowded. So to stand out, you may have to do a little old fashioned marketing, and it starts before you even launch your app.
Since the start of native app development on Android and iOS, there has been a blazing debate as to which IDE is better. And if you’re new to the development scene, you may be trying to decide which IDE you should learn and use to develop. Or perhaps you’re already a developer for one and you’d like to expand into the other. Regardless, there are a few things to consider before you begin your adventure.
Building mobile apps that include a large amount of photo and video content yet still perform and download quickly can be challenging. But by integrating Trigger.io Reload and Rackspace Cloud Files, it’s possible to achieve fast performance by storing media locally within the app, while also allowing fast updates from the cloud.
One of my favorite services here at Rackspace is Mailgun, a set of APIs that allow you to send email and manage mailing lists via a REST API. Coming back from a recent trip to San Antonio I decided that I would add an Objective-C interface to send email via Mailgun using my own iOS interface instead of using Apple’s `MFMailComposeViewController.` This library is now open sourced on Github and available via Cocoapods.
In April 1973, Marty Cooper made the phone call that sparked the mobile revolution. The mobile phone wasn’t always as smart and as compact as it is today. Take a look back through the various iterations of mobile phones that have brought us from the now-comical brick phone that started it all to the latest iteration that you’re carrying in your pocket right now.