[HTML4]Why hello there you strapping young lad and/or go getting young lady. Or maybe you’re older. Whatever. I can’t really see you so well from here. But what I can see is that you look like you could use some gainful employment.
You could? Well you’re in luck, because there’s a whole bucketload of awesome startups looking to hire you. Yes, you! Step right this way. Read More
Yes, let’s that right. It’s time for the latest round of monthly navel gazing. Where we look back at we what read and the popular stories get more popular.
What did September 2010 bring? A scuffle and a free beer or two. Let’s take a look at the most popular posts on Silicon Florist last month, as determined by Web and RSS traffic. Read More
[HTML1]I know I’m overstating the obvious when I say that, in the mobile market, things are a wee bit fragmented. You’ve got the platforms—like iOS, Android, and MeeGo, you’ve got providers—like AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, you’ve got handset manufacturers—like HTC, Motorola, and RIM… the list goes on and on. And amidst this swirl sits a bevy of developers, just trying to build cool stuff for mobile. And the the tool makers trying to help those developers. If only there could be some crossover. To simplify things.
Well, now there is. Thanks to a new partnership between Portland’s Urban Airship and wireless provider Verizon where Verizon will promote Urban Airship push notifications services and AirDrop to the Verizon Developer Community. Read More
[HTML1]Sure, sure. The world of mobile apps is in the midst of a veritable gold rush. It’s a market that has the potential to make individual developers and small businesses rich beyond their wildest dreams.
But just like the original gold rush, there are a few problems with getting to that gold. The primary one is a little problem people are calling “discoverability.” That is, in a world of apps, how do people find yours? The other is retention. Or once they have the app, how do you keep users using it?
Well, Portland’s Urban Airship may have just solved both of those problems—for the Android platform. Read More
[HTML4]Now as many of you know, a good chunk of the development team for original political iPhone app—the Obama iPhone app—lived right here in Portland. And the positive reception that app and its developers received is likely one of the reasons that Portland continues to prosper as a hub for mobile development.
But clearly Portland mobile folks still have a little politics in their veins. You see, now some of the Obama app folks have teamed up with some other Portland mobile folks. And they’ve come up with yet another awesome app. This time for a much larger entity than a single candidate or campaign. Today, Portland-based Small Society and Urban Airship announced the release of the Democratic National Committee iPhone/iPad app. Read More
No matter how geeky or antisocial you claim to be, it remains a fact that—every once in awhile—you need to put down the keyboard and spend some time with other developers. And this Thursday night, Portland, is one of those times.
Why? Because it’s the Open Source Bridge Startup Crawl, a progressive party starting at Kells sponsored by Facebook, mozying on to Portland startups like JanRain, Puppet Labs, and Urban Airship, and then finally winding up on the rooftop deck of Wieden + Kennedy and refreshments from Taplister. Read More
It’s Thursday, kids. So park your fannie in front of your machine and revel in yet another thrilling episode of memePDX. Or put it on your little mobile device thingee. Whatever. Either way.
This week, Cami Kaos and I discuss a whole boatload of Portland techie award opportunities, Urban Airship powers Interscope Records push notifications, the PDX Open Source GIS Unconference, Twitter for the iPhone, and the new Twitter “sponsored tweets” idea. Read More
I’m going to try and prevent myself from assaulting you, gentle reader, with any trite phrases or comments about the Portland mobile scene “rocking out” or whatever. But honestly, it’s really really difficult when opportunities like this arise.
You see, there are two things that have hit my plate recently that are just too good to pass up. First, Portland-based Urban Airship—makers of magical behind the scenes technology that helps mobile app developers communicate with their customers—has landed Interscope Records as a customer. And second is Rock Show, a new Portland-developed app that brings a gallery of beautiful concert posters to the iPad.
Portland is definitely… Oh wait. Sorry. Here’s the news. Read More
Well well well, it’s Thursday again. And after a little technical difficulty and then a SXSW-induced hiatus, we’re all back in the studio to bring you another piping hot and fresh episode of memePDX, with all of the hottest tech stories in Portland and beyond.
This week, Cami Kaos and I cover Second Porch securing $1 million in funding, Urban Airship launching AirMail, City of Portland wooing Google Fiber, PRTLND, Google and China, Nexus One, and the Museum of Modern Art acquiring the “@” symbol. Read More
[HTML2]Apple Push Notification Service has changed the way that iPhone app developers communicate with their users—by enabling developers to remain in contact by sending messages directly from their applications. Not only does it keep the application in the user’s mind, it provides yet another way of improving the user experience.
But there’s one little problem with the whole push setup. You see, for all the beauty of the iPhone interface and the apps therein, push notifications are still simple text messages. And that might not always deliver the user experience developers want. Read More