Crafting and Launching Successful Beacon Apps

We were early to hop on the “beacon train” in 2013, and after a few years, we still believe there’s a bright future for proximity based user experiences. During that time, we’ve been lucky enough to work on 10 smartphone applications that use beacons and bluetooth low energy. Over the course of these projects, we’ve learned powerful lessons about what separates successful and unsuccessful beacon apps. The goal of this article is to share the patterns, concepts, and best practices our… Read more »


How To Hire An App Developer

Finding an independent app developer or app development company can be tough, especially if you’ve never done it before. Worst of all, picking the wrong team can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. In this post, we’ve set out to make the app developer selection process easy. We boiled down the process into 6 steps that, if followed, will ensure you find the right partner. During this post, we won’t be talking about bringing in app developers… Read more »


drop – How We Built a Photo Sharing App

We recently shipped an app, for our clients at Monkey Island Inc., that was so much fun we can’t help but share our story. The app is called drop, and is a location-based photo sharing app for iOS. In this post, we’ll walk you through our app building process, some of drop’s coolest features, and speak to the technical challenges we encountered during the development process. You can get drop here for free! Read more »


Everyday Mobile – Coffee Shop UI Case Study

Today I stopped by one of my favorite coffee shops and ended up diving into a fun conversation about mobile user interface design and optimizing for barista tips. After placing my order, the barista swiped my credit card and handed over an iPad running a Point of Sale app. The app showed my subtotal and presented three suggested tip amounts, a custom tip button, and an option for no tip. The placement of these buttons was,… Read more »


iBeacons for Education

Today we’re proud to announce an app we’ve built called EduBeacons. It allows Years 5 and 6 age students to view lesson plans from their iPads when in proximity to an iBeacon. We built EduBeacons in partnership with our new friend, Paul Hamilton of appsbypaulhamilton.com and Matthew Flinders Anglican College in Queensland, Australia. Paul is an author, speaker, Apple Distinguished Educator, and overall education technology pioneer.

EduBeacons in the classroom! Photo Credit, Paul Hamilton

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Let’s Break Down Facebook Paper’s UI/UX

In case you haven’t heard, Facebook released a new app called Paper on February 3rd, 2014. Once we got our hands on the app, (get it here), we instantly noticed a minimalist design, awesome animations, and an emphasis on gestures. As mobile designers and developers, it’s so much fun to see Facebook really push the limits of what a native app can do. Let’s check out some of our favorite animations and gestures:

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Real-world iBeacon Applications

iBeacons are small, cost-effective Bluetooth devices that talk with smartphones and can absolutely change the way you do business. For your business to take advantage of this amazing new technology, you need a mobile app developer to build you a smartphone application, or alter your existing mobile application to talk with iBeacons. Our focus at Vektor Digital is to build custom iBeacon mobile applications that let companies convert customers and streamline business.

How iBeacons work

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Should I Upgrade My App to iOS 7?

To app owners asking, “Should I upgrade my app to iOS 7?” – Yes. Yes you should. If you’re willing to upgrade your app to leverage iOS 7, you will find a distinct competitive advantage over those who let their apps age in the App Store. Check out our flat-rate pricing for upgrading apps to iOS 7.

A Big Opportunity

Apple announced a new operating system for iPhone and iPad applications, called iOS 7… Read more »


Twitter Responds to iOS 7 UI

With today’s WWDC announcement of iOS 7, app designers and developers expressed a broad range of first impressions about the new operating system’s user interface. My Twitter stream was on fire with reactions from those at WWDC and those live-streaming the event from home. Here are some of my favorites: https://twitter.com/mattgemmell/status/344187153158381570 https://twitter.com/miniver/status/344148092184043521 https://twitter.com/TheDamianHdez/status/344174789155516420 https://twitter.com/flyosity/status/344198878612041728 https://twitter.com/jerols/status/344199145302659075 https://twitter.com/Cocoanetics/status/344168367822888960 https://twitter.com/emityme/status/344168654633574400