Does Google 'get' gaming?
There has been quite a buzz about Google’s new augmented reality game “Ingress” [Google Play] which incidentally is a spin-off of the Android app “Field Trip” [Google Play] which are both from the Niantic Labs group over at Google. If you’re not familiar with Field Trip, it’s essentially a location aware discovery app that utilizes your phone’s GPS...
Marketing and Design: Let's Get on the Same Page.
Imagine if you’re definition of a plane or a tree or even a coffee mug was entirely different than someone else who speaks your native language and the confusion that ensues when you ask for a mug of coffee and instead receive a sneaker full of coffee. I know I’m being very dramatic in my example but I’m trying to make a point how people who work in related industries should be...
Google Voice Search Goes Apple
Google made an announcement today that reveals the search engine may be getting back to its roots and focusing more on its core business of search. It should be no surprise since Google’s primary revenue stream is derived from search. Personally, I’m glad to see that Google is reigning itself in and refocusing its efforts. I’ve become increasingly concerned about the search...
Verizon: Apathetic or just plain pathetic?
If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ you’ve likely seen me squawking about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus not receiving this fabled Android 4.1 update named Jellybean.” I say fabled not because I don’t believe it exists, but rather because waiting for the update to hit my phone seems like some sort of hellish fairy-tale written by the Brothers Grimm.” The Galaxy...
Lost sales by design
I encountered the epitome of poor product package design today while browsing the electronics department of a big box store today. I overheard a man talking with his wife about a USB thumb drive and that he thought it was ‘for Mac only’ so I intervened to say that these types of devices are (or should be) operating system agnostic and if for any reason it did not read properly in his...
Is 2012 Year of the Android?
Android has long been treated as the red headed step-child of the mobile device world. Those of us who have been using Android from the very beginning are used to having to wait for some new app that was just released for iOS, sometimes waiting months only to receive a half-baked, sometimes half-assed attempt at an Android app and be completely frustrated and disappointed over developers treating...
One ROM to Rule Them All
Leading up to the release of Android 4 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) there was a lot of talk about fragmentation and how ICS would unify the platform. Personally I’ve never developed a strictly native Android app so I don’t know what kind of hurdles a developer might face, but there has not been many apps that I could only run on my Droid 2 Global (which incidentally is still on Android...
Hybrid HTML5 Apps Are Less Costly to Develop Than... →
It seems like a fairly straightforward question: As a developer, business and enterprise, do I develop Web apps, native apps or some combination thereof? Answers to that question are anything but simple. Who is your target audience? What is the purpose of the app? There are a series of diverse questions that must be answered before jumping right into development. Research firm Forrester, as is...
How to Earn Trust and Reputation in Social Media... →
The tools may change but the goals are still the same. Chris Brogan, the best selling author of the books Trust Agents and Google+ for Business, reminds us that social business always has been and always will be about people. Digital technology is just a tool.
Android or iOS
Why can’t we agree to disagree? While I’m sure there are detractors in both corners, I’ve always found that Apple fan boys are far more eager to tout how the i [ Fill in the blank ] already has/had/does something that Android doesn’t. It reminds me of something I once heard regarding tattooed people vs non-tattooed people, in this case Android owners being the tattooed...
There’s not a lot of topics that I get excited about enough to talk about incessantly though if you follow me on Twitter you know that Android is one of those topics I’m most passionate about. Lately I’ve found myself going on about a few companies to just about anyone who will listen, both online and off. I’ve talked up baristas about Klout. I’ve gone on about...
Android Malware: Fact or FUD?
If Mark Twain was alive today, he would probably say “The reports of Android malware have been greatly exaggerated.” There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about a surge of malware targeting Android, but you have consider the source. I always take security warnings from firms such as McAffee with a grain of salt; after all, they have everything to gain from creating...
Adventures in mobile app development
After a couple of false starts, I’ve finally been successful in creating and publishing my first Android app with the help of this awesome open source project Phonegap. It lets web geeks like me write apps using the technologies we already know and wrap them up in a nice little package for distribution. If you’re already comfortable with an IDE like eclipse you can download a sample...
Yagmin Receives Certification in Inbound Marketing Certification Awarded by HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing University Training Program Boston – July 8, 2011 – Inbound Marketing University awards the Inbound Marketing Certification to Peter Yagmin as part of its comprehensive Internet marketing training program (http://inboundmarketing.com). This certification acknowledges Yagmin’s proficiency...
5 Lessons from a successful start-up
This past Wednesday, Inbound Marketing Firm Hubspot hosted a TEDx in their corporate headquarters in Cambridge Massachusetts where speakers discussed VC, Angel investors, and “Everything we wish we had known before starting a start-up”. HubSpot founders Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah spoke to a crowd of 150 people about what it took to create, pitch, and build one of the most...
tumblr wins as my choice of blogging platform.
While I find my time to be extremely limited these days, I still find myself with a burning desire to write about the things I’m passionate about and blogging provides me with that outlet. I used to write a blog about personal branding and identity management, but I found it difficult to create new content for such a narrow topic on a regular basis; while it’s still a topic near and...