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How to Hide the iOS status bar in a NativeScript app

Posted by Mike Branstein on Aug 4, 2017 9:23:10 AM

                                     

I’ve been working on an app to monitor the weather at a farm recently, and I wanted to hide the iOS status bar because it looks like it’s in the way. 

This is a quick tip that I always have to lookup, so I decided to put it here so I’d always know where to look.

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Topics: Mobile App Development

Why Build Apps in the Cloud?

Posted by Mike Branstein on Jan 25, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Application development is tough.  CIO.com reported the typical development time for an iOS app to be 12 weeks, and that does not include the time needed to research, plan, or develop the scope properly.  Nor does it factor in development time for “other” necessary mobile or desktop environments. 

Suffice it to say, the complexity of the business requirement is proportional to the development time and resources needed to complete the project.  Therefore, it is incumbent for companies to gain efficiencies from all available avenues in order to “go to market” within the window of profitability the business case requires. 

Developing your app in the cloud can provide these efficiencies.

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Topics: Azure, Mobile App Development, Custom App Development

How To Find the IP Address of a Windows 10 IoT Core Device

Posted by Mike Branstein on Aug 19, 2016 12:37:45 PM

KiZAN has a lab of 26 Raspberry Pi 2 boards running Windows 10 IoT core. On a regular basis, we need to re-flash, provision, and configure the boards. When we perform the re-flash and provisioning process, it is manual, and consumes more time than we want to spend (up to 2 days).  Truth be told, we don't have 2 days of free time, so we decided to invest in automation.

Once the entire re-flash and provisioning process was automated, we hoped to reduce the time spent to under 2 hours. Yeah, from 2 days to 2 hours. You do the math. This post is one of a series of posts describing our automation efforts for provisioning Windows 10 IoT Core on the Raspberry Pi 2. 

In this post, you'll learn how to find the IP address of a Windows 10 IoT Core device after initial flash with PowerShell.

 

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Topics: IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile App Development

3 Business Problems Mobile Apps Can Solve

Posted by Mike Branstein on Jul 29, 2016 11:30:00 AM

You've likely heard how business claim that mobile apps increase their productivity and make employees more efficient by streamlining rudimentary simple tasks. This is an extraordinary claim, and extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

 

At KiZAN, we've been lucky to not only see first-hand evidence to support these claims but build mobile solutions that empower employees. So, what problems CAN a mobile solution solve? In this post, you'll learn how mobile solutions can solve 3 common business problems.

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Topics: Mobile App Development

Are Mobile Apps Becoming a Business Necessity?

Posted by David Buckingham on Jul 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Why do I need a mobile app? 

Can your company benefit from a mobile application? It’s a question that every tech leader should be asking themselves.

What can a mobile app do for your business? Here are a few of the ways a mobile app can help:

  • Build brand awareness
  • Improve employee efficiency  
  • Improve customer engagement
  • Use it as a direct marketing channel

 

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Topics: Mobile App Development

What Pokémon GO Teaches Business About Mobile Development

Posted by Nick Branstein on Jul 26, 2016 10:41:25 AM

About a week ago, Pokémon GO took the world by storm. If you haven't heard of Pokémon GO yet then I assure you that you are probably in the minority. Pokémon GO (http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-go/) is the latest and greatest mobile application/game/experience (whatever you want to call it) to skyrocket to the top of the charts in the application store where players use their mobile devices to catch Pokemon all around the world.

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Topics: Mobile App Development, Custom App Development