26 Sep
2016

John Craig

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iPhone 7 & iOS 10: Apple’s Culture of Design Disruption

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While the Android Galaxy Note 7 has been catching fire (literally) in the pockets of its users, Apple is calmly sipping tea after the release of their latest iPhone and iOS 10 operating system, that borrows from its competition, steals from its own app ecosystem and of course, builds on their culture of design disruption by ditching the audio jack. For this episode of Evolutions 107.9’s Plugged In, I spoke with BCIT’s Nick Czapiewski and discussed Apple’s latest release and the culture of Apple innovation! Tune in and find out on Soundcloud.

22 Sep
2016

John Craig

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New Mobile App Tackles The Taboo Subject Of Premature Ejaculation With Proven Techniques and a Sense of Humour

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Smarter Health, Inc., today announced the availability of its Premature Ejaculation App (Pea) for iPhone. The app was developed to educate men in the use of the stop/start method, Kegel exercises, and various other techniques that teach men how to last longer in bed.

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Smarter Health, Inc., a Vancouver, B.C. based health training firm today announced the availability of their Premature Ejaculation App (Pea) for iPhone. The app acts as a coaching tool to train men in the use of exercises to strengthen their pelvic muscles and allow them to establish physical and mental control over the timing of their ejaculation.

The unique aspect of this application is that it provides animated medical content to help explain the stop-start and Kegel training exercises in more detail, it then walks the user through the exercises using a timer and session tracking. This training system leads to much quicker results than traditional solutions.

“I overcame premature ejaculation by using the method we teach in this app, the difference is I struggled for years and spent hundreds of dollars on books and potions before finally figuring out how simple the fix is with the right training technique” said Brennen Belich, founder of Smarter Health Inc., “We needed help delivering the content and tools on the technology side and 14 Oranges was able to organize our video content and medical text in a manner that best supported this goal of the application.”

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14 Oranges is a Canadian custom application development firm, with offices in Richmond, Ottawa and Halifax, and have developed mobile apps for government health networks, safety authorities, and insurance companies.

“The Pea app represents the next generation of health tools being offered to the public today. Not only is it informational, but it contains the content and exercises to help transform the lives of individuals who use the app daily,” said Sylvain Marcotte, CEO of 14 Oranges.

The app is available for download through the iTunes app store.

21 Sep
2016

John Craig

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Pokémon Go or Pokémon Gone?

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So how did Pokémon go capture our attention so quickly? For this episode ofEvolutions 107.9’s Plugged In, I spoke with BCIT’s Emily Czerwinski and shared some of the background on Pokémon Go and some thoughts on what has made it so appealing and where it will go from here! Tune in and find out on Soundcloud.

19 Sep
2016

John Craig

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Mobile Payment Apps: It’s Time to Tap and Go!

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For this year’s first episode of Evolutions 107.9’s Plugged In, I sat down with BCIT’s Emily Czerwinski and talked about mobile payment solutions and how they are impacting our lives. Starbucks, Apple Pay and Google Wallet! Who’s winning the race to handle your money in the mobile world? Tune in and find out on Soundcloud.

08 Sep
2016

John Craig

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Nimble Quotes: Look Smarter, Without Working Harder

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I remember finding a copy of my father’s 637 Best Things Anyone Ever Said by Robert Byrne when I was just entering the workforce and consuming these brainy, and often witty quotes, from people as diverse as Hemmingway, Plato and Einstein.

My father used to use these quotes in speeches and talks he’d give to make his audience ponder the wisdom of the wise and famous while he shared the latest business innovation of his firm.

This is the premise behind the service we developed for our customer Nimble Quotes. Nimble Quotes is a web service that automatically tweets famous quotes on your behalf on a random or set time interval. It’s based on five very easy setup pages, that allow you to choose the categories of quotes you want to draw from, the hashtags that go along with the quote, and the pictures and colours to go along with your quotes. No need to leaf through thousands of pages of quotes to find that bon mot … Nimble Quotes has them all.

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It’s a set and forget service! So along with your standard marketing tweets sharing your latest news, you get to add in some quotes from your favorite author or historical figure to add some wise words that can capture the imagination of your followers.

That’s because we quote connoisseurs all know … “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein.

01 Sep
2016

Sylvain Marcotte

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Hiring – Senior Web Developer

We are looking for a senior web developer to join our team on a full time basis. You will be working on some of our new customer projects.

Responsibilities May Include:
– Development of web sites and back end systems
– Interface with customers throughout life of projects
– Fix bugs in existing code base

Desired Qualifications:
– At least 7 to 10 years of PHP/mySQL development
– 4 years working with Javascript and/or jQuery
– MVC Framework Experience (Laravel or similar)
– Experience working with WordPress
– Experience with JSON and/or REST API development
– Experience with Twitter Bootstrap, Photoshop, and GIT would be a plus
– Experience with Python would be a plus
– Good communication skills
– Good attitude
– Good aptitude

Please send your resume and cover letter in PDF format to hr@14oranges.com with REF 14O-SWD16-W

29 Aug
2016

John Craig

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GMIS Roundup: Greater Efficiency Will Allow Smart Cities to Tackle Social Change

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The genius of having a wrap-up event at an airshow is that it punctuated how fast things are moving in the world of civic technology. The U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds made for a very entertaining show on the Atlantic City boardwalk, and GMIS International once again brought to the forefront the speed at which change is occurring.

Taking from the word map produced at the Around the Horn Panel Session, it was clear that the technology trends affecting everyone where mobility and security, and it was openly discussed that this was closely tied the rollout of body cameras for police services.

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Technology has always been tied deeply with social change. Currently the ubiquity of mobile phones now allows the public to capture evidence of social injustice and call upon governments to make change happen. This drive for social change is leading to policy and legislative decisions that will see more police officers wearing body cameras.  Those cameras will be collecting, streaming and storing data at a huge rate, taxing civic networks in a way that has not been previously contemplated.

It will take a smart city to be ready for this challenge.  A number of government services may have to be cut to pay for these social and technology demands, making the burden of finding efficiencies in how government operates all the more important. The Uberfication of government has arrived.  Processes and job roles once thought to be the sacred cows of government, such as data entry specialists and filing clerks are going to get replaced by apps and processes that empower government workers to solve public issues quickly, allowing the internals of government to run more efficiently and afford the costs of social change.

Our contribution to these smart cities is in mobile apps for government field workers.  Inspectors, by-law officers and public works managers can all be connected through a single secure app to the correct permitting forms electronically and conduct their business in an offline or online fashion, and then transact their locally verified data without having to return to their office.  By focusing on the processes that are most frequently conducted in the field, and that often require multiple site visits or multiple applications to be used simultaneously, we can make mobile government workers more efficient.

Contact us – we’ll be glad to walk you through how your mobile government workforce can be more efficient.

24 Aug
2016

John Craig

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When To Replace Your Responsive Website with a Native App

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Our customers often ask us when is it best to replace their responsive website with a native app. We tend to answer this question with a more end-user experience question.

How frequently will the end user access the service or information you are presenting?

A native app will give a superior user interface speed and smartphone integration experience over a responsive website. Always. So if your user is going to be accessing your service or information frequently, they are going to become annoyed if the information loads at web-speed, and doesn’t easily integrate into services supported on the native device, such as location services, cameras and database services that allow offline use of the information.

So if the information or service you are offering has a high traffic rate, and a high utility to users on the go, a native app will make the most sense.

On the flip-side, responsive websites are good for displaying information or services on smartphones that copies what is already on the website. They are also useful for driving content to a type of native app called a wrapper app, that simply presents responsive webpages inside a native app container. What wrapper apps don’t do is tailor the information for more efficient access. It simply mobilizes what is already there.

Mobile efficiency is becoming the benchmark for successful native apps, and has shown how it can lead to increased app utilization rates. Take for example the first mobile applications launched by the banks. They offered the ability to view your balance, and to perform the same transactions you could on the website, but if you wanted to deposit a cheque, you still had to find your local branch and go deposit a cheque. Adding in the ability to deposit a cheque by using the camera increased the utility of the app, and caused a surge in mobile banking. Now banks are starting to consider if they need ATM machines and/or branches at all.

So if you have a service or set of information that will improve the way your end-users interact with your firm online in a mobile context, don’t just make your website mobile, but look at how a native app may improve on the efficiency of how your business operates.

That all being said, we’d be glad to review your requirements, and we offer both native app development and custom responsive web design.

12 Aug
2016

John Craig

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How Mobile Apps Improve Government Inspector Productivity

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A July 2013 Deloitte University Press article shared the following 5 ways for how mobile application deployment can improve the productivity of government mobile workers:

  • Reduce time spent on data entry
  • Enable better situational awareness for frontline employees
  • Enable work from any location
  • Improve accuracy and reduce the effort involved in performing tasks
  • Enhance collaboration and data sharing among employees/agencies
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Depending on the workflow of the job being performed, the Deloitte article suggests as much as a 45% improvement in productivity for the workers involved. The Deloitte article focused on workflows for caseworkers, emergency responders and the police. At 14 Oranges we have focused on mobile applications for inspectors as our primary target market based on our work with the BC Safety Authority, an agency that performs inspections on all manners of electrical and mechanical devices, including boilers, elevators and amusement rides. Our Mobile Workforce Management Service addresses each of the five key value points above with the following feature sets:

  • Deliver simplified, customizable forms to mobile inspectors for rapid data entry
  • Provide heads-up maps for managers and inspectors to find the next inspection site
  • Complete workflow and schedule visibility in both offline and online modes
  • On-device data validation and required data enforcement
  • Push notifications to field workers with important updates

Our experience with the BC Safety Authority points to a 40% improvement in productivity, and an improvement in the job satisfaction of the mobile workforce. Being able to do a job well apparently makes a job more pleasant! Who would have thought that!? Not to mention the added benefit of being able to serve more businesses and the public in a given day helps to highlight how government processes, no matter how onerous they appear, don’t have to take forever to complete.

Any a happy, well served public tends to re-elect their officials! Food for thought if your council is up for re-election this year.

Both Sylvain and I will be attending the GMIS Event in Atlantic City at Caesar’s Palace, starting on Monday August 14, 2015 and look forward to sharing our solution with CIOs from across governments in the US next week. See you there!

10 Aug
2016

Shane Todhunter

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Pokémon GO Has Created the World’s Largest Mobile Workforce!

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So I have to admit when I got home from work a few weeks ago, I was tired and ready to relax, when I heard my wife say, “Sure … Dad will know how to get that game on your tablet.”

I cringed a bit.

But I bit the bullet and got it done! I installed the Pokémon Go app and signed my son up to give it a try. He immediately caught a Charmander. Being over 40, Pokémon was not a ‘thing’ for my generation, and I wasn’t personally familiar with the game until my oldest started talking about it a couple years ago. My wife had found someone on Craigslist giving away thousands of Pokémon cards and the game 52 pickup took on a whole new meaning. Pokémon Go is 250 pickup … with a lot of walking.

So for those unfamiliar I will give a total ground level view of the Pokémon world as I know it. Basically, it is a collection of games, trading cards, etc. that revolve around a world where humans live in conjunction with Pokémon; creatures with various special powers. These creatures are captured and trained by humans known as Trainers. Trainers then pit their Pokémon against others in mini-battles.

There are actually more than 700 different Pokémon and it has grown in popularity for more than 15 years now crossing through a couple of generations.

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So what is Pokémon Go?

Well I will give you two versions of the same answer. Tech and non tech.

The Non-Tech Answer

Pokémon Go is an interactive video game, played on tablets and phones, where players assume to role of Pokémon Trainers attempting to Level Up by gaining experience points. Players explore the world by navigating around their actual physical location, using a map interface, attempting to find/capture Pokémon, visit Poke Stops to get rewards and Gyms. Pokémon appear from time to time or can be enticed to appear using various lures found at Poke Stops. At higher levels players go to Gyms to battle using their Pokémon against other Trainers’ Pokémon.

Tech Answer

Pokémon Go is an interactive video game developed to run on GPS enabled mobile devices with a data connection. Players create a persona in the game and are encouraged to explore the literal world in search of data points corresponding to characters/locations in the game. The game takes place on top of a Google Maps interface where the whole Earth is represented.

My Assumption – Data points are created worldwide algorithmically allowing users to play the game nearly everywhere. The locations are often in public places like schools and parks.

Cultural Phenomena

As a side note, at this point I want to mention some interesting cultural phenomena which have become apparent as a result of the launch of this new game.

First, it doesn’t appear twenty-somethings are embarrassed to play this game. This may not seem a big deal to many of you but to me I was really surprised that these late teens to mid twenties are right out there playing it and loving it.

Second, this game is really social. When my son and I went out on a bike ride to play the first week this game was released we ran into a dozen people playing and all of them would come running over to say hey and ask what we had found. I just about fell of my bike. At one point it was me (40), my son (7), and a collection of guys and gals in their 20’s. Totally inclusive.

A New Age Of GPS Enabled Games (and Businesses?!)

What has really struck me as interesting about this game is the successful use of GPS and world maps along with a game. This is by no means the first time this has been done but I would certainly argue this is the most viral example to date. This is such an excellent example of a creative blend of pop culture and technology. Geocaching has been around for years and we at 14 Oranges developed a product called Questogo that allows organizations to create location enabled scavenger hunts. Check out Questogo it is a really cool product and a very useful tool in teaching and team building.

What Pokémon Go has done is to leverage an existing group of kids already familiar with the Pokémon universe, with ready access to the required technology. This made its growth viral. I absolutely anticipate a huge number of these types of games to come in the near future, many likely to use the same platform with different character sets.

Would this Apply to Mobile Workers?

For sure! Again, Pokémon Go is really just an excellent example of leveraging technology to provide a new interface into how we work. Gaming (or Gamification as this approach is sometimes called) is just an approach that could create a more interactive and enjoyable experience for field service workers and their customers. Now, there is no real job (yet) that pays money to collect Pokémon, but there are ways this technology could be applied to improve and measure how mobile workforces function.

Now there is nothing all that new about Pokémon Go. The technology of GPS and mobile data access has been around for a long time, and we have used it to underpin our new Mobile Workforce Management Service. But Pokémon Go has shown how changing the interface and introducing novel themes and rewards can drive rapid engagement towards greater productivity. In its own right, it has instantly created a crowd sourced workforce collecting Pokémon!

Getting back to business … think about the ROI in these terms for a second:

1 Mobile worker can complete an average of 5 tasks per day
1 Dispatcher/admin person is required per 15 mobile workers.

Effectively leveraging mobile software tools that are location enabled and aware could change this scenario to:

1 Mobile worker can now complete 8 tasks per day.
1 Dispatcher/admin person can now handle 30 or more mobile workers.

These numbers are not made up. They are actually based on our experience with a real customer using our Mobile Workforce Management Service. Now our service doesn’t have as many battles with Bubasaurs and Rattatas (sounds like furniture from an Ikea catalog …), but if you do the math on the return in productivity, solutions like this pay for themselves in short order.

In summary, Pokémon Go is definitely a novel new use of GPS and data technology, and I’ll admit, it’s pretty fun. However, I won’t be playing it much unless my son twists my arm. It does illustrate to me that the next generation of mobile enabled software is on its way pulling together real time data with location + context aware software. Pulling in open data as required these apps are already changing the way we play outside, and there is more innovation to come from this.

We see customers adopting these technologies see startup costs as a barrier to entry, but the benefits in productivity and customer satisfaction stand to change the way we are served in the future.

Now excuse me while I go help my son catch a Pikachu! download