Tag: android

Testing Localhost On Your Phone

Often times, developers find themselves in the situation that they want to test code on a remote device (ex. Their iPhone) from their local server(computer) rather than having to push it to a remote server each time there is a change.

For example, if you are creating a node.js application on your own personal computer and you wanted to see what it looks like on your cell phone. You would have to push the code to a remote server and load the ip address/ url on your phones browser.
Luckily ngrok helps solve this issue.

This tool securely exposes your localhost’s port to you network and creates a url that you can simply put in on a device on the same network.

Here’s how to use it.

 

  1. Download ngrok
  2. Run your application (ex. “npm start” for node.js) –> Note the port that your application is running on (ex: localhost:3000, 3000 is the port)
  3. In terminal, just type “ngrok http <port>” where <port> is the port number that your application is running on
  4. On your device, type in the forwarding ip address that is printed out. 
  5. All set! Test more efficiently!
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How to Launch a New App

We talk about strategy all the time when it comes to developing an app, but it shouldn’t just stop there. With millions of apps in the App Store and Google Play Store, your app won’t magically become successful. This is why it is important to strategize how you are going to launch your new app. This blog post from ladder.io discusses an App Store Launch Plan that can help get you downloads fast, which is critical when it comes to mobile app marketing.

Overview of Phases:

Phase 1: Make sure everything works

  • Beta test your app
  • Build and test a final version
  • Seed early reviews

Phase 2: Get the word out!

  • Inform your insiders
  • Run ads
  • Make sure your App Store Optimization (ASO) is on point
  • Social, blog, and press

Phase 3: Keep the momentum

  • Re-engage your uses
  • Keep everyone updated when you update

Read it all here

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Save Money! Design Your App

Having an app developed can sometimes be a little costly. This could become a burden when you have a tight budget. Luckily there are ways to help cut costs! One of these ways is to have a clear understanding of what you want entailed in your app. This includes creating a feature list, branding, and designing wireframes for your application.

Some of you may be great at design, some of you may hate it, but trust me when I say it saves time! You don’t have to be an all start designer to create wireframes and get your idea across. There are websites and apps that actually make this really easy too!

 

Prototyping

Invison

Get high-fidelity in under 5 minutes. Upload your design files and add animations, gestures, and transitions to transform your static screens into clickable, interactive prototypes.

 

Marvel

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Create screens directly in Marvel or add your images from Sketch or Photoshop. You can even sync designs from your cloud storage!

 

 

Pop

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Have an app idea? Draw it on paper and use POP to make it come to life on your iPhone & iPad!

 

Color Schemes: 

Coolors.co

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Create, save and share perfect palettes in seconds!

Paletton

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Logos:

Free Logo Design

 

 

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99designs

 

 

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Last, but not least do your homework. It is also crucial to find similar apps out there that have features that you want to include. This will help save time and help ensure that your app stands out!

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The importance of your App Store Video

 

With millions of different apps in the Apple App Store & Google Play Store, it’s becoming more and more difficult to stand out let alone receive downloads for your app. One way to help stand out is by having a preview video on the App Store for your app. Over half of the top 50 grossing apps in iOS and 84% of the top 50 grossing apps in the Android Play store are utilizing app store videos.

By having a preview video, it is possible to increase your download conversion by 20% in the Apple App Store and by 35% on Google Play!

Read the entire article on How Not To F*** Up Your App Store Video: The Ultimate Guide

 

9 apps to get you an A+ in class

Well it’s that time of year again. Time to hit the books, study and take care of homework. School can be pretty stressful at times, but luckily there are a few apps that can help ease the pain and get you to that A in class.

 

  1. Evernote

Let Evernote change the way you organize your personal and professional projects. Dive in: take notes, create to-do lists, and save things you find online into Evernote. We’ll sync everything between your phone, tablet, and computer automatically. Download here

 

 

2. Bubo – Time Management

Bubo, your personal task management assistant is finally here! With Bubo, you can easily add tasks that are on your ToDo list. Just give your task a name and a time limit, tap start, and Bubo will do the rest.
Bubo lets you know how much time is left, when you are expected to finish your tasks, and will even alert you when your time is up! Download here

 

3. MyScript Calculator

Easy, simple and intuitive, just write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time. Download Here

 

4. RefME – Citations made easy

RefME is the world’s leading and most accurate multi-platform tool for automating citations, reference lists and bibliographies in over 7,500 citation styles, including Harvard, MLA and APA. The RefME iOS app allows users to generate citations by scanning book or journal barcodes and sync them with RefME.com. Download here 

 

5. DuetDisplay

If you have an iPad or iPhone, this app will turn it into a second computer monitor for you no matter where you are! Built by ex-Apple Engineers, this application goes hand and hand with your Macbook or PC to increase productivity and give you the space you need. Download here

 

6. Pocket Schedule

Pocket Schedule is one of the best tools to track down all your courses, classes and assignments. Once you use the app you will want nothing else to make your school life easier. Download here

 

7. StudyBlue

No need to create a bulky stack of paper flashcards! Make flashcards on web and take them with you on your phone. Having your quality notes, flashcards, and study guides on your phone makes studying productive. Download here

 

8. Sleep Cycle

Getting good grades doesn’t just rely on studying and doing homework. It’s also pretty important to get a good night’s sleep. Luckily Sleep Cycle helps to make sure you are well rested. Sleep Cycle is an intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. Download here

 

9. Spotify – Student discount

Whether you need some music to help you focus or unwind, Spotify is perfect when it comes to finding hand curated playlists. Did you know that students get a discount too?!? Download here

 

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