The NHS now has an App Store
The NHS has recently released their own App store of apps that are safe and trusted which aim to help people with any problems they have.
Read about it on our blog at http://appwareblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-nhs-now-has-app-store.html
The mobile phone is 40 years old!
Yes that's right, the mobile phone is now 40 years old! Take a look at our blog to read about the first mobile phone and just how much things have changed.
Spotify And Ford Join Forces
So what have Spotify and Ford got to do with Apps? How about if you could use your smartphone to have hands-free voice control whilst driving?
Read more on our blog at http://appwareblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/spotify-and-ford-join-forces.html
Angry Birds For Free
One of the most profitable games in the world has become free for its users. Read about the App, it's history and some amazing stats on our blog at http://appwareblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/angry-birds-for-free.html
Have we all become App addicts?
A recent survey carried out on mobile App behaviour of members of the public showed that 82% of App users could not go without their Apps for a day. So have we all become App addicts?
Read more on our blog at http://appwareblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/have-we-all-become-app-addicts.html
How Apps can help with customer support
Are you interested to know how Apps can improve your customer support, not just from your customers perspective but also for your business? Then take a look at our new blog post below.
Using Apps To Market Your Business
There are many ways to market your business but have you ever thought of promoting it through an app? Take a look at our new blog post with some ideas of how and why this can work.
Is Blackberry BB10 a contender?
With Apple and Android storming ahead of any other mobile platforms, it was only a matter of time before Blackberry decided to pull their finger out.
Read what we think on our blog at http://appwareblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/is-blackberry-bb10-contender.html
5 Top Tips for your App Website
A website for your App is pretty much essential these days so read our 5 top tips on how to make it work best for you and your App.
These are on our blog at http://appwareblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/5-top-tips-for-your-app-website.html
Apps as a Travel Companion
Going away this year? Then forget taking up half your luggage space with books, guides, and maps. Look to something you already have and will always be carrying with you, your smartphone!
What does "Second Screen" mean?
You may have heard the phrase "second screen" being banded about recently but wondered exactly what it meant. Well never fear, we've just written a short article on our blog about it.
Take a look here http://appwareblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/what-does-second-screen-mean.html
The Shift From Paid Apps to Freemium
For the last year then there has been a big shift away from paid apps to Freemium Apps in the App Stores. What does Freemium mean and what are the advantages and disadvantages for both developers and consumers?
Take a look at our blog at http://appwareblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-shift-from-paid-apps-to-freemium.html
TV on the Go
It is now possible for us to watch TV on the go, whether we are waiting for a bus, on a lunch break at work or tucked up in bed. Read all about it on our blog at http://appwareblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/tv-on-go.html
Leave your wallet, just use your phone!
Not only can your phone be used for calling people, sending text messages, taking photo's, searching the web, and running all sorts of Apps; now you can even use it instead of your wallet. Read all about it on our blog at http://appwareblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/leave-your-wallet-just-use-your-phone.html
Over 1.7 Billion Apps Downloaded Over Christmas
Christmas week was once again a record breaker this year with over 1.7 Billion Apps downloaded. Find out more about it on our blog at http://appwareblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/over-17-billion-apps-downloaded-over.html
The 12 Apps of Christmas
In the run up to Christmas we thought it would be good to countdown the Apps that we've found most useful in the Appware office over the last year. We'll be listing 3 a day on our blog at http://blog.appware.co.uk from today until Friday so please feel free to take a look and comment.
iTunes 11: What’s New?
iTunes 11 arrived recently, but what makes it different from the previous iTunes? Find out on our blog at http://appwareblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/itunes-11-whats-new.html
How having an App can help your business
We’ve all heard the huge success stories of Apps like Angry Birds and used common Apps such as Ebay or Twitter but how can an App help your business, no matter what size it is? Read this article on our blog that tells you the three main ways to do so http://appwareblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/how-having-app-can-help-your-business.html
Microsoft Surface – A Different Type of Tablet
Most of us have seen the trendy adverts on the TV. It shows people sat on a picnic bench with different colour ‘machines’ passing them from person to person, propping them up with the back case and sticking a keyboard on the front before holding them together to create a guy – This is the Microsoft Surface. But what is it and what makes it different to all the other tablets out there...
Is Your Company Mobile Friendly?
A recent survey showed that less than 1% of websites for small businesses work on mobile phones with small business owners just presuming they do and never checking to make sure they do. Find out why this should concern you and what you need to do about it on our new blog here.
iPad Mini - What Is So Cool About Small?
So today Apple released the iPad Mini. So what does this mean for the tablet market and what does it do? We've written a blog about it at http://appwareblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/ipad-mini-what-is-so-cool-about-small.html
We've also got one in the office so if you'd like to have a play then get in touch!
The Rise Of The Smartphone App
A couple of years ago not many people had heard of smartphone Apps or knew what they did. We've just written a short article on our blog all about the rise of smartphone Apps and their future...
Please take a look at http://appwareblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-rise-of-smartphone-app.html
BrushDJ App shortlisted for an award
The BrushDJ App we built for a client has been shortlisted for an award at the Appsters. The Appsters form part of the largest App show in the UK, Apps World which is held on 2nd October 2012.
Read more about it on our blog at http://blog.appware.co.uk
The new iPhone5 – what’s new?
The New iPhone is out, the iPhone5. You’ve seen it in the media, you’ve seen the waiting lists being offered in various mobile phone shops and you’ve heard the hype, but why should you upgrade to the iPhone5?
Read all about it on our blog at http://blog.appware.co.uk/
iOS6 - What is it?
Most of us are waking up this morning and seeing that our iPhones, iPads or iPod Touches are offering the download of new software, which is iOS6, this is all well and good, but what is this new software and what extra things is it going to offer me?
Read all about it on our blog at http://blog.appware.co.uk/
BrushDJ App featured on BBC News
We're really happy that an App we recently built for a client has just been featured on the BBC News site "BBC Click"! You can view the BBC feature of the App by clicking here
Brush DJ is a free toothbrush timer app that plays 2 minutes of music taken at random from the user's device to encourage brushing for an effective length of time. The app also allows users to set reminders to brush twice a day, floss, use a mouthtinse and when next to see their dentist or hygienist. Evidence-based age specific information is given as per the Department of Health's toolkit 'Delivering Better Oral Health'. The App is currently available on iPhone and Android platforms.
Here's a video about the App
Can you run a business using just a mobile phone?
Next week I'll be seeing how powerful the modern smartphone has become by trying to run my entire business purely from my iPhone.
With the huge leaps in technology and software over the last couple of years then modern smartphones have become so much more than just a mobile phone. Most people now use their smartphone as a camera, for checking their email, and internet browsing as a minimum.
I'm going to be doing absolutely everything to run my business from mine next week and my laptop will be banned from use! This means that as well as the usual things I use it for I'll also be using it for diary management, satellite navigation for the car, project management, running our development team, invoicing, editing/printing documents, taking photo's, recording a video diary, and of course blogging and Tweeting may way through the week.
Just to make things even more challenging for me I'll also be out of the office for the first half of the week. I'll be heading from Yorkshire to meetings in Wales, Devon, the South coast, Essex, and then back up North.
If you'd like to see how I get on then I'll regularly be using the Twitter hastag #MobileBiz from my @richardjeaton Twitter account and will be blogging from the Appware blog at http://blog.appware.co.uk
Wish me luck!
Appware Win Award From Theo Paphitis
On Sunday evenings Theo Paphitis of BBC’s Dragons Den runs a competition on Twitter called Small Business Sunday. To enter, businesses have to send a tweet to @TheoPaphitis between 5:00 & 7:30 pm using the hashtag #SBS. Theo reads all the entries and personally selects his 6 favourite to retweet to his massive list of followers that currently stands at over 220,000.
He says he started the competition in October 2010 because, “Sunday is the day that I do all my thinking”. Last Sunday (5th February 2012) there were an amazing 1,576 tweets to @TheoPaphitis with the #SBS hashtag (Statistics courtesy of @virtualbuscent and winners badge @aquadesigngroup ).
Richard Eaton, who runs Wetherby based mobile App development company Appware, sent one of the 6 winning tweets chosen by Theo Paphitis. Richard said, “I’m over the moon to have won the #SBS Award. It’s great that Theo is helping support UK businesses in this way and we’ve been inundated with enquiries since winning”
Theo's retweet was of Richard's winning entry, "Need an App for that? We can take your idea then develop & deliver it to the Appstore :) appware.co.uk”.
Richard’s entry almost didn’t get sent that evening though, “I was busy with something else when I remembered about the competition. As I had already entered most weeks over the last few months and never won I nearly didn’t bother. Luckily I thought to myself that it would only take a minute to do so and I sent the tweet. I’m so glad I did now, it just goes to show that persistence in business really does pay off!”
“The initial response has been overwhelming. My number of followers on Twitter has increased by a couple of hundred already, Appware’s website hits went up by over 400%, and we’ve been inundated with enquiries ever since. I’d strongly advise other businesses to give the competition a go too as the exposure for your business is truly amazing”
You can follow Richard on Twitter @richardjeaton or his company @appware
For more information please contact:
Name: Richard Eaton
Mobile: 07815 906364
Download a PDF version of this press release by clicking here.
New version of Apple iOS out already
The new version of Apple's iOS operating system for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is out already just a couple of weeks after the previous version. The main driver for this will no doubt be the fixes for the battery life issue we previously mentioned but there are a few other things too.
One of the great things though is that this update no longer requires you to plug in your phone to your PC/Mac, fire up iTunes, and then do the update. It can all happen wirelessly so much less hassle, it even pops up on your phone to tell you it's ready to install :)
Improving iPhone battery life
If you've recently upgraded to iOS5 (we wrote a blog about this previously at blog.appware.co.uk ) then you've probably noticed that your battery life seems to have got worse. Apparently there may be a bug that causes the GPS location tracking for the automated time-zone function to run constantly. This unnecessary use of GPS may then drain the battery much quicker than expected.
So how to fix this...
1. Go to Settings
2. Then select "Location Services"
3. Scroll right to the bottom and select "System Services"
4. Then switch off "Setting Time Zone"
This has certainly seemed to fix the issue on my iPhone 3GS which started to suffer with poorer battery life shortly after I'd upgraded to iOS5.
Hope this helps :)
Should I upgrade to iOS 5?
As expected after the announcement of iOS 5 for Apple's iPhone (not forgetting the iPad and other iOS devices!) we've had lots of clients and contacts ask us if they should update to this latest operating system.
So we've written a quick Blog about it at http://blog.appware.co.uk/
Hope this helps
We're at Techmesh EXPO2011
We're happy to say that we'll be at the Techmesh EXPO 2011 and have been invited to be part of the Techpanel where we'll be helping to advise companies on all things mobile.If you've got a specific question or are even just generally interested in this huge growth area then come along and have a chat.
EXPO 2011 is the region's principal exhibition and conferencing event for emerging technology on the 13th October 2011 at The Royal Armouries, Leeds.
- 40+ exhibitors - showcasing the region's finest in IT & Telecoms
- Topical seminar programme - what's in, what's not! Hear industry leaders provide an update on the future of technology and what it means for businesses today
- Techpanel - a unique opportunity to quiz 7 industry leaders and debate the issues that matter to you!
- Interactive Zone - watch, listen and play....bringing technology alive with the very latest in IT & Telecoms at your finger tips!
- SME Surgery - one to one advice from experts in IT & Telecoms, professional services and business development
Join us for an action packed day and learn how the IT & Telecoms industry can help shape a brighter future for your company.
More info at http://techmesh.org/expo-2011/
Actuaries for Lawyers Website Launch
We're pleased to announce that we've just launched a complete new website for Actuaries for Lawyers. The site includes news and events feeds as well as a member area for their customers to download seminar material quickly and easily.
So what do Actuaries for Lawyers do? In their own words...
"We are a specialist firm of actuaries working with the Legal Profession.
We have many years of experience in assisting both the Legal Profession and members of the public in areas relating to the pensions aspects of legal settlements, including splitting pensions on divorce, loss of pension rights due to personal injury or unfair dismissal, splitting trusts etc.
We are happy to act as a party expert or single joint expert for our clients.
Our goal is to provide the highest possible standards of service to our clients. We answer the questions you want to get answered, and we are happy to deal with any type of pension arrangement no matter how complex."
Or of course you could take a look at their new website at www.actuariesforlawyers.com
Does social media really work?
As we're increasing asked about social media and how it can work for a business we've just published a new blog post titled "Does social media really work?"
You can view the Appware Blog at http://blog.appware.co.uk/
SendASmile App Launched
The SendASmile iPhone App was devised by Megan Hatfield of Wetherby Orthodontics and allows users to take a photo of their teeth then send it in for professional orthodontic assessment. It’s free to download and has been developed to include a twitter feed, blog posts, links to Facebook and YouTube, directions to the practice and an information video.
You can download the App from the Apple App Store by clicking here
Proactis Spring Clean
We've been working with Proactis for a while now and having put together a full microsite for them previously (you can see this at http://www.proactis.com/healthcheck) they asked us to do a bit of a spruce up and spring clean on their main website. As well as lots of "look and feel" type work to make the site more graphically appealing it also involved alot of complex new functionality on the data management side and ease of use for customers. There was also alot of work to get the site fully functional for it's various international markets serving different content to different territories.
You can see the end result of all this work at www.proactis.com
From Bricks to Angry Birds!
We've just published a new blog post titled "Smartphone Technology:From Bricks to Angry Birds!" which gives a bit of history about the whole mobile technology market. It then goes on to discuss current trends as well as what the future holds.
You can view the Appware Blog at http://blog.appware.co.uk/
JLD Plumbing Website Launch
We have just launched a new website for JLD Plumbing which can be found at http://www.jldplumbing.co.uk
I'm sure you can guess what they do from their name but to quote from their website.
"JLD Plumbing is able to offer a comprehensive range of plumbing solutions, including everything from leaking taps to full bathrooms. The products are appropriate for all levels of budgets and can be designed to suit the client's personal needs.
JLD Plumbing has a satisfied group of customers, situated in and around Leeds, and a growing number of private householder and commercial clients.
The company is managed by James who has been focusing on the providing plumbing solutions for many years. Many clients are repeat customers and are happy to recommend JLD plumbing. JLD Plumbing offers a professional service at a fair price.
We operate six days a week and offer an emergency service 24hrs. We offer an O.A.P discount and free quotes on any work. All our plumbers are fully insured, polite, courteous and professional. Our mission is to arrive within 1 hour of the call or at a pre arranged time at your convenience."
We worked with James to create a bespoke design, website content, search engine optimisation, and automatic feeds of new customer testimonials and reviews from his pages on Freeindex.co.uk
The Smart Dog Company Website launch
We are pleased to announce the launch of The Smart Dog Company's new website at www.thesmartdogcompany.co.uk. Along with the full site design we created the logo to complement the style.
We're demonstrating Apps at Techmesh
We're pleased to announce that we'll be demonstrating some of our Apps at the Techmesh event in Hull today. For full details of the event please see http://techmesh.org/events/view/167/mobile-it-the-future-of-the-business-world
We hope to see you there!
We need another Web & Mobile Developer
Web and Mobile Developer - Excellent career prospects!
Due to continued expansion we are recruiting for a Web and Mobile Developer with 2+ years experience who is looking to rapidly progress their career. Please download the job overview below for further details. To apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter, current CV, salary expectations, and examples of your work.Web and Mobile Developer Overview
We recently completed the launch of a microsite for Proactis who wanted a seperate site for companies to assess their current spend control and eProcurement. This was done using their existing Umbraco content management system so their marketing can update content themselves and includes functionality for downloading a series of guides.
Appware Mobile Site
We now have a mobile version of our website which is, yes, you guessed it, optimised for browsing on mobile phones. You can view the mobile site at m.appware.co.uk but of course we've made it pretty smart. For example, if you use your iPhone to view www.appware.co.uk then it automatically redirects to the mobile version. While this isn't anything new we've added more useable functionality. Sometimes these auto redirects are annoying if you actually want to view the full site so we've included a link back to the full site which forces the full site to stay that way even on a mobile. It also works properly on iPad's (i.e. the full site) which most mobile site redirects don't!
Coral Bathrooms Website Launch
We are pleased to announce the launch of Coral Bathrooms new website at www.coralbathrooms.com. As well as working with Coral on the site from the initial concept stage we also created the complete look for their brand including logo design, leaflets, and brand guidelines.
Updated Appware CMS
We're pleased to announce that the Appware CMS (Content Management System) has now been updated. As well as a new look and feel we've also updated the editor to make content editing even easier than before. It now supports all modern browsers including Chrome and Safari on both PC and Mac. You can even edit your site while on the move using an iPad or iPhone!
Waypoint Workplace Solutions
We recently launched a brochureware website for Waypoint Workplace Solutions. In their own words this is what they're all about.
"At Waypoint, we help logistics and retail companies to improve performance and increase profits by implementing our innovative web-based software solutions. Streamlining our clients’ processes and optimising their supply chains, we give them a sustainable competitive advantage that enables them to reduce costs and build long-lasting customer relationships.
Our unparalleled knowledge of logistics and retail operations makes us ideally placed to understand your particular needs, and we have decades of experience in helping our clients to make more effective use of their people and resources."
Please take a look at their full web site at http://www.waypointworkplace.com/
Kate Sellers Pilates Website
Kate Sellars is a fully qualified and insured pilates teacher member of the Body Control Pilates Association. Kate came to us for a new website after seeing and liking our previous work. As well as the website we have worked on her branding and logo design.
You can view her new site at www.pilatesinyorkshire.co.uk
Windows Phone 7 App
We have recently completed one of the first Windows Phone 7 applications which was included as a showcase application in the UK launch of this important new platform for Microsoft. We were working on this platform a few weeks before the launch with development devices (at one point we had 2 of less than 100 devices in the country!) which was an exciting project to be involved with.
We are now one of the few mobile development houses with real experience of WP7 so feel free to get in touch should you be thinking about creating an App using this fast growing (currently growing faster than iPhone and Android did at launch!) technology.
The App is called the Spiked Action Sports Locator and can be found in the WP7 Marketplace.
Augmented Reality App
We have been working on Augmented Reality (AR) for a few months now and this is the first iPhone App we've published using this fantastic new technology. For those that haven't heard of AR is basically uses your smartphone's camera to overlay digital information onto live video images of the real world. In this instance we've used it to show where all the important places at music festivals (so that will be bars, toilets, food, exits, and of course the stages!) by simply holding up your phone and looking around.
Take a look at www.festfind.co.uk for more information
Kingsley Commercial Components Ltd is a hydraulic repair and supply company founded more than 25 years ago. Starting out as a service center for hydraulic handling equipment, they now provide hydraulic component service and supply across a wide range of industries. They approached us when they decided to go online with an ecommerce enabled website which also includes automatic product inclusion and updates to the Google Shopping service.
You can view their new site at www.kingsley.uk.com
4x4 Mobile App
The 4x4 App is an offroad inclinometer for smartphones designed to measure a vehicle's angles of pitch and roll while offroading to avoid potentially dangerous situations. This is an App we originally designed for the iPhone and then ported across to Android too.
Find out more and see a demo of the App at www.4x4app.com
Stamford Garden Studio Website
We have recently completed the website design and SEO work for Stamford Garden Studio. The studio is situated on the edge of the beautiful Georgian stone town of Stamford, close to the Rutland border and with easy access to the delights of the area. The accommodation has a modern art deco feel which is reflected in the design of the website. The owners also wanted to include an availability calendar within the site which they control themselves through an online system.
Wetherby Orthodontics Website
After seeing the great things we'd done for their sister company (Ashby Dental Practice) Wetherby Orthodontics commissioned us to create their brand new website. We also redesigned their blog to reflect the new look and feel as well as working with them on the SEO of the site.
You can see the new site at www.wetherbyortho.co.uk
Wetherby Charity Event
Appware are supporting a local charity event by handling all their website and e-marketing requirements. The website has now launched and can be found at www.musthavemakeover.co.uk
The event is billed as "A great girly charity event to be held at Wetherby Town Hall on 20th July 12 noon til 2pm. Pop down if you can for champagne and canapes and join us for a feast of treats that you just won’t be able to resist!"
We are also using the following social media sites to help promote the event so please help spread the word!
Twitter - http://twitter.com/musthaveevent
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/musthavemakeover/138252359536870
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/musthavemakeover
The Team at Appware
Linked2Success Website Launch
We have just launched the new www.linked2success.co.uk website!
So what is Linked2Success all about?
"Linked2Success provide LinkedIn training and social media services. We set simple strategies that are right for you and your business – to build networks, strengthen client relationships, position your brand and increase sales. "
We helped them with branding, logo design, and of course put together the complete website which is all editable by Linked2Success themselves.
Ashby Dental Website
Ashby Dental Practice are a family dental practice based in Wetherby that aims to offer the best possible standard of private dentistry in modern, relaxed and pleasant surroundings. They came to us for a complete website redesign as well as SEO and online marketing advice. We also incorporated a live online chat system so their customers could ask questions or arrange appointments directly from the website.
Please take a look at www.ashbydentalpractice.co.uk for more information.
Dementia Life Launch
The www.dementialife.com website has been launched today.
Dementia Life Limited is a newly formed company that has been set up to distribute; under a strict exclusive licence agreement, LIM (Living in the Moment) and CIRCA (Computer Interactive & Reminiscence Conversation Aid) which is designed for Carers and visiting friends and family to help engage and communicate with older people who have Dementia.
Digital Dream Machine
We have just launched the new website for www.digitaldreammachine.co.uk
The Digital Dream Machine provides a complete entertainment package for all public venues; Pubs, Clubs, Hotels, Holiday Parks, Play Groups and even Cruise Liners. The list is endless.It allows you to "Compare" entertainment events from your computer/laptop, transferred onto networks of TV screens for the audience to participate. Our system enables you to provide varied, exciting and fun entertainment on demand to a group or one to one.
As well as the website then we have provided a fully integrated software distribution package that allows end users to "stream" the software over the internet. The software can then be automatically updated as and when required or switched on or off by the providers as contracts start or end. The software has been made available using the SaaS (Software as a Service) model which means that users pay on a monthly subscription and are always kept up to date with the latest versions.
We are pleased to announce that due to expansion we have just moved to new premises. Our new offices are in the centre of Wetherby, West Yorkshire which enjoys great access from the A1 and nearby Leeds and York city centres.
Feel free to give us a call to pop in and see us for a chat and a coffee.
Our office address is now:
5 The Shambles,
Lauras International Website Launch
Today we launched the new website for Lauras International at www.laurasinternational.com
Lauras International are global specialists in the delivery of rapid improvement solutions within medium to large manufacturing organisations. Each member of their team has real manufacturing experience and is skilled in coaching the application of our simplified, lean - based tools and methods.
We are pleased to announce that we are now accredited with Apple as a developer of Applications for the iPhone App Store. We have an in house iPhone development environment, are members of the official iPhone Developer Program and are developing an exciting range of Apps so watch this space!
Contact us at email@example.com if you want us to turn your killer app idea into reality.
We are recruiting!
Due to continued success and an programme of expansion in 2010 we are happy to announce that we are currently recruiting. We are looking for a Web Designer, Web Developer, and a freelance Flash Developer. Please see our careers page (by clicking here) for more details.
No recruitment agencies please.