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Posted 24 Sep 2018 | iOS, Android, Design, Featured

Accessibility First

Think of the last few times you’ve seen an accessibility ramp on a building. They sometimes seem like an afterthought don’t they? Why not build the ramp first and create a unified experience for those that have difficulty with stairs and those that don’t? Accessibility is beneficial to everyone. This theory applies to the design of all things. For those of us designing and building software there’s a term for this kind of thinking: universal design..

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Posted 18 Jun 2018 | Android, Featured

Flutter Takes Off at Google I/O 

Flutter is Google’s mobile app SDK for crafting high-quality native interfaces on iOS and Android in record time. This year’s Google I/O conference prominently featured Flutter alongside native development experiences. Cross-platform solutions for mobile applications have been around as long as there have been smartphones. From early HTML based solutions such as Cordova to more “native” solutions like Xamarin and React Native, the goal to “write once and deliver everywhere” has been out of reach.

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Posted 19 May 2017 | Android, Featured

Kotlin Officially Supported on Android

Google I/O started off on Wednesday with some exciting new products for consumers and plenty of improvements in Google’s Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence developer tools. With all of these new announcements, a surprising reveal garnered the largest applause of the day, Kotlin is now officially supported by Google as a first class language for developing Android applications. Why did the audience stand and cheer for seeing a blue and orange “K” at Google’s premiere developer event?

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Posted 25 Mar 2017 | iOS, Android, Featured

Putting a Chat Bot with Amazon Lex in a mobile application

In December, Amazon announced Amazon Lex, and we’ve been excited about building an Amazon Lex chat-bot inside a mobile app ever since. I’ve even put together a quick tutorial below about how to let consumers talk to your mobile app by typing or voice. But let’s back up a few steps. First, what is Lex? It’s a new service inside the Amazon Web Services (AWS ) platform that allows developers to take advantage of the same features used by Amazon Alexa, the popular consumer device that lets people control everything from their lights to music with simple voice commands.

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Posted 1 Mar 2017 | GDG Cincinnati, Android

Being More Productive With Kotlin

People are excited about developing Android applications with Kotlin. From new side projects to existing enterprise level Java architectures, Kotlin can improve code quality and readability while reducing lines of code and eliminating entire classes of bugs. Find out why Kotlin is being used by developers at companies like Square, Trello, and Pinterest. Brandon Wever is a mobile developer at Atomic Robot and a recent graduate of NKU’s Computer Science Graduate Program.

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