Why aren’t retail stores copying Starbucks?

From The New York Times: Wall Street has been watching Starbucks’s introduction of a mobile ordering and payment system, which is available in more than 4,000 stores around the country. Mr. Johnson said that 20 percent of all money paid to Starbucks in the United States came in through its mobile app. “These new capabilities …

Apple Pay is much more than NFC

On Tuesday Apple revealed it’s long anticipated iPhone 6, and among the many hardware updates, it now has a Near Field Communication radio, or NFC. Apple announced that NFC will be used with the TouchID fingerprint scanner for contactless payments, in a system called Apple Pay. You can watch some demos here: CNET, 9to5Mac NFC …

Milwaukee Parking Meter App Prototype

The City of Milwaukee has put out a request to develop a mobile app for their multi-space parking meters. This is long overdue, but I’m glad it’s finally going to happen.  The current multi-space meters have many advantages. They accept credit cards, so you don’t need to have coins. One meter can serve dozens of spaces, …

iBeacons, what are they good for?

When I initially heard about iBeacons, I was excited about the possibilities. But as I learned more about the iBeacon spec, and how the iPhone is allowed to use it, I realized it’s not exactly what I thought. The biggest misconception I had was that iBeacons were going to allow precise indoor location tracking, “micro-location”, …

Instagram Widget for Panic’s Status Board

I love the new iPad app Status Board from Panic. It’s actually something I was looking into building myself (displaying data feeds on an HDTV). And I’m a huge fan of anything that uses AirPlay in new ways. I think iPad+AppleTV+AirPlay is a underused combination. So since I’m already familiar with the Instagram API (from …

SVProgressHUD

I’m always amazed at what the iOS developer community comes up with. This is a great package and saved me a ton of time, not to mention give a professional look to QueueView https://github.com/samvermette/SVProgressHUD Super simple to use. It displays very nice looking loading/wait screens while data is being downloaded. I used it throughout QueueView.