What’s wrong with the current systems is they tend to pit independent professionals against one another, ultimately landing on price as the determining factor for who wins a contract. This teaches the wrong behavior – that driving the price of a project down is good, so long as you can find someone that get’s the job done, nothing more. This doesn’t necessarily lead to innovation in the resulting products, but rather, mediocrity.
Native mobile app dev can be resource intensive. Mobile web apps are a relatively inexpensive alternative, but they can’t access desirable device APIs (e.g., camera, file system). Stark demonstrates how PhoneGap bridges this phone gap by wrapping web apps in native code using PhoneGap Build to create versions for all major smartphone platforms.
As I told DC Tech co-leader Peter Corbett, I’ll be in D.C. from time to time and I would like to connect with the group’s members to build my professional network in the DC Metro area by listening and contributing. I seek to develop new development partners and clients in 2012 and D.C. is one of my targets, along with Boston and New York and San Francisco.
This week Josh Lowensohn, CNET News Staff Writer reports on an iPad app that enables the new iPad to be a high resolution second monitor using Apple’s obscure new HiDPI mode.
Avatron Software‘s app Air Display allows users to “extend” their Mac desktops to an iPad, essentially turning the tablet into a second monitor. An update to the app now offers an option to enable HiDPI mode, a setting tucked away in Apple’s Mac OS that renders the user interface at four times normal resolution (twice the resolution in each dimension).
That’s well-suited for Apple’s new iPad, which as luck would have it features four times the number of pixels as the iPad 1 and 2, and a higher pixel density than any panel found on Apple’s desktop or notebook computers. At least for now, that is.
In the meantime, the $9.99 app offers a hack-free way to enable the feature and utilize it on the newest iPad’s display.
To use the feature, Air Display users need to be running Lion, the latest publicly available version of Mac OS X. …
Sam Shrauger, Vice President, Global Product & Experience, PayPal
Friday, March 9th, 2012
We’ve talked a lot here about how PayPal is defining the future of money. On March 13, I’ll be at SXSW giving attendees a sneak peak of PayPal’s re-imagined consumer experience. This marks the first time in our 13-year history that we’ve completely redesigned and re-architected the PayPal wallet…
Tthe new PayPal make possible:
Separating the purchase from the payment
…Two familiar scenarios PayPal will change:
…combine the value of 10,000 airline miles with a $100 gift card…
automatically filter into separate “funds” … when I get my paycheck every week…
…We are reimagining money to free it in its digital form so that it can work better for everyone.
We started with the big picture. We’ve discussed the industry they’re entering, the opportunity, their thinking and their business model.
At this point, to really start the business, they need to build their product. So they have to figure out what exactly to build. Not “exactly” ultimately, but “exactly” something specific. That activity will focus everyone, very pragmatically, to concretely define the path of their business in terms what their customers want.
Answering that question can take the form of discussion. Or declaration. We’re going to do something that encourages meaningful feedback: pictures and code. We’re going to define the end-user tablet UI in pictures. Sketches on napkins, on pads, on the screen.
(More later on this project’s design process as it progresses.)