December 1, 2013
HttpsImage.com is a free service we’ve just launched to allow users upload images for free and have them served via a secure SSL connection. This is designed for users wanting to include branding on secure payment pages, such as paypal, without having a SSL security certificate themselves.
Our website is now available over a secure https connection “https://www.openmerchantaccount.com“, and as part of this process I’ve put online this tool that we’ve used internally to host our images via SSL, and made it a free public resource.
It’s a very simple website, and hopefully we can improve it over time, depending on how well used it is.
November 22, 2013
As an English-speaking developer, you often forget that most of the rest of the world does not speak English. There is a huge untapped source of users and customers that can be accessed by simply providing your app in the language your customer speaks.
Opposite is a graph of an app before and after localisation (“2″ represents release 2.0). I used Microsoft’s Multilingual App Toolkit, using automatic Bing translations to localize a Windows 8 WinJS app into 20-odd languages.
The process was fairly automatic, although it took some time to take screenshots, and the submission process was quite repetitive. You do have to turn your brain off as you upload 5 screenshots for Albanian, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian …. etc!
The whole process took about 2 hours to do, but resulted in huge increases in downloads, as you can see. Now all I can hope is that this translates into sales!
October 23, 2013
Unsigned Bands is a Windows Phone 8 and Windows Store app for discovering bands that have not yet signed to a record label. It’s an outlet for new and upcoming bands to showcase their music via Windows apps, and hopefully, get picked up by mainstream record labels who are scouting for undiscovered talent.
If you are an unsigned band, and would like to be listed in this app then you can submit your listing to http://www.unsignedbandweb.com/ArtistSignup.html
The app is free, and can be downloaded from the Windows Marketplace at the following urls:
Windows 8 Store:
Windows Phone Marketplace
October 22, 2013
As part of Microsoft Ireland’s App Hero competition, we are releasing a series of Windows 8 Store apps, and Windows 8 Phone apps for free for the first 100 downloads. Once the first 100 people have downloaded the app, then these apps will become paid downloads, and will no longer be available for free download.
So, Introducing the next app in this series is “Wine Search” for Windows 8 Store and Windows 8 Phone; downloadable at the following urls:
Windows 8 Store:
Windows 8 Phone:
Search for your favourite wine, and view details of it’s vintage, the vineyard it originates from, and an estimated price range to know if you’re paying too much (or too little!)
October 18, 2013
Going Skiing this winter?, use this free app to download and print off* (Windows 8 only) your ski piste maps before you go. With worldwide coverage, including the USA, Europe and Asia, and thousands of ski resorts at your fingertips, this app is surely not going to disappoint, and for a limited time, this app will be free on the Windows Phone and Windows Store platforms, so download your copy today, while it’s still free!
Windows 8 Download:
Windows Phone Download:
And other platforms available:
The information is kindly provided from SkiMap.org, which contains a wealth of other skiing information.
October 17, 2013
Sing along to your favourite song, simply search for the song title or artist, swipe to find the song you want to find lyrics for, and sing your heart out!
With over 7 million song lyrics in 32 languages, the lyrics to your favourite song is just a click away!
- Search by title or artist
- Lyrics in 32 languages
Just released today for Windows Phone and as a Windows 8 app. Free, and no advertisements for a limited period!
October 7, 2013
Our Paris Metro RATP app, has just been certified as “Built for BlackBerry” this means that the app has passed BlackBerry’s highest design quality guidelines for BlackBerry 10, and is eligible for BlackBerry’s $10K commitment program.
Thanks to Fabio Mendes at BlackBerry for help and guidance on updating the app!
October 4, 2013
Dear Nokia Developer,
With the growing business opportunities available on the Asha and Windows Phone platforms, we have been reviewing our developer content programs to see how we can maximize our support to you, our developers. As a result of this review, we have decided to focus our support and investment in new content toward Asha and Windows Phone. Over the next few months we will be transitioning our active developer support away from Symbian and MeeGo.
If you have Symbian and MeeGo content in the Nokia Store, it will continue to be available for download to customers, and you will continue to receive download and revenue reports as well as payouts for downloaded content. However, starting January 1, 2014, you will no longer be able to publish any new content or update existing content for Symbian and MeeGo.
We are very excited about the opportunities available with Asha and Windows Phone, and hope that you will bring your talents to these platforms. We believe that these changes will help improve our ability to support you as you develop fantastic apps for your customers.
The Nokia Developer Team
September 16, 2013
Offline Maps is a new App developed for the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia phones that allows you download maps from the Google Maps service to be viewed offline.
This is particularly useful if you plan to visit a city where you know you will not have an Internet connection on your phone. In this case, you can select to download the map in advance, and use it for navigation when you arrive, even if you no longer have an Internet connection.
This blog post will be updated as this app is approved in various app stores.
Please see the “contact us” link opposite for technical support.
August 28, 2013
Geolocation is where a device can tell where in the world it is. Typically this is done via GPS (Global Positioning Service) or by gathering information on local Wifi transmitters, and reporting this back to a geolocation service provider such as Google or Skyhook
However, both of these system can, and do fail. For example, not every smartphone has GPS capabilities, nor do users have it turned on all the time. Furthermore, GPS does not work indoors.
Information on local wifi transmitters can work indoors, but it requires that the device has a data connection, which can sometimes be unavailable due to roaming, or simply because the user does not have a data plan on their phone.
Offline Geolocation is different, it uses a database of known cell tower locations, installed locally on the smartphone, and uses this to roughly locate the user’s device in the event that GPS and online geolocation are unavailable. Perfect when all is needed is a “ballpark” location of the user, which is still fine, for apps that want to display a nearby cinema, airport, or such like.
What’s best, is that this library is completely free, and open source.
Please visit www.offlinegeolocation.com to download the Android library