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Publishing apps for iOS means you go through Apple’s App Store.  In addition to the numerous other changes Apple has made to their respective app ecosystem, their approach to “bad apps” is also morphing more and more. “Bad App” Takedown It’s hard to nail down what a “bad” app is.  Apple’s recent App Store Guidelines have added one interesting rule:  4.2.6:  Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected.   In struggling to narrow its scope on “bad” apps, Apple’s answer is to pinch the hose at a source.  Template services are often used to quickly release cloned apps, but are equally popular for small businesses that wish to have a native mobile app.  Apple has always had a ‘do not copy’ rule, which code-less app building services naturally violate to some degree.Are you willing to take the risk of

Cleaning Out the Clutter Apple is taking firmer stand against the “junk” that has grown increasingly prevalent in the app store, including everything from subscription scams, to pirated content, to cheap clones of viral apps. Late last year Apple publicly announced that it would begin to evaluate and clean out “problematic and abandoned apps,” removing over 45,000. Continuing to create a better user experience.   Beyond cleaning out apps that have been found to be problematic or abandoned, Apple has ramped up its efforts to crack down on cloned and templated apps as well.These apps include:Apps that haven’t been updated to support 64bit. Older Apps that are no longer supported or updated. Apps that abided by previous rules, but may not abide by new rules as Apple has updated them.By removing the thousands of clone and spam applications that have clogged

We recently launched an updated site for Performance Learning Center in Davenport, Iowa.  Performance Learning offers private tutoring, mindfulness  and yoga in the classroom, professional development courses and so much more.The new web site features changes to the navigation and increasing the visibility of the courses Performance Learning has to offer, creating a user-friendly browsing experience.  The new website is mobile compatible making browsing from a smart phone or a desk top seamless.We invite you to view the new site for Performance Learning at http://www.performancelearn.com  

Recently we launched an updated website for The 11th Street Precinct.  In the heart of the East Village of Davenport, Iowa, The 11th Street Precinct has been a true Quad Cities institution for over 30 years.  After completing a major renovation of their entire building, menu and beer garden, the owner was looking for a more modern way to showcase their food, drinks and entertainment.The new website includes changes to navigation and increasing the visibility of everything 11th Street has to offer, creating a user-friendly browsing experience whether viewing from your computer at home or your smart phone on the go.  Amongst the new features the site contains a list of our Music and Events and also integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Twitter, etc., to foster improved communication with customers.We invite you to view The 11th Street Precincts' fresh, new

Unless your company creates and sells apps to others, chances are good that as a small business owner you don’t have the technical chops to create an app on your own.  Of course, there’s no absence of vendors and individuals who say they can create an app for you.  Once upon a time, those people charged a lot of money to create a custom app — and many still do. Cost Factors Mobile applications can in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and functionalities.  There are a TON of moving parts at play, and every single one of them impacts the cost.  Primary factors influencing development costs include:Platform Functionality DesignLike every other aspect of mobile technology, app building is getting faster, easier and better.  If you aren’t using a mobile app that encourages more purchases while making it easier and

Every business these days would do well to embrace the digital era and all that comes with it.  That being said, though most business owners seem to understand this on the surface, they rarely grasp everything that is available.One excellent example of this is a Mobile App.  If your company isn’t currently providing its customers with a mobile app, then you are giving up a huge competitive advantage.  For those who aren’t yet convinced of what mobile apps have to offer, you should consider some of the benefits. You’re always within arm’s reach Just about everyone has a smartphone these days and the majority of us take them everywhere we go.  This means your company currently has an unrivaled opportunity to never leave your customers’ side.One of the best parts about having an app for your customers is that you get to

On the outside, DIY web building solutions advertise having lots of choices, great looks, and easy operation (some of which are actually true). Sadly, until you buy in, do you discover the limitations and lackluster of a site made with a DIY builder. Under The Hood Behind the scenes, these websites crafted with DIY builders are riddled with massive code bases in an effort to support anything you may throw at it in terms of content on your website. This often means more errors, slower page load speeds, and an underperforming user experience.Using a DIY website builder often means you have a lot of control over virtually endless options available to you…This may sound great, but what if you don’t need those “endless” options? Unfortunately, you can’t just disable these options and have them disappear into outer space. They are still there

The experience your potential customers have while browsing your website can make or break their decision to invest in your product or services.  These days, people want information, and they want it fast.  Website Performance Website performance is a hugely important topic, so much so that the big companies of the Web are obsessed with it.  For the Googles, Yahoos, Amazons and eBays, slow websites mean fewer users, which results in less happy users resulting in lost revenue and reputation.If your website is your main source of revenue, then it makes sense to pay for the best hosting you can get, because it’s going to have a direct impact on how much money your business makes. What Causes This Poor Performance? There are a few issues that factor into poor website performance.  One of the biggest reasons has to do with being hosted on

As the owner of a company, you want your business to uniquely stand out to your potential client base.  If you can set yourself apart from the rest of the companies that are similar to yours, you are much more likely to garner clients. Tailored To You In order to do grab attention, you need a website that is tailored specifically to your potential clients, your company and your message.  You can’t really do that with a DIY website builder.  This is because these builders have templates. One Size Just Doesn't Fit All Customization is ALWAYS required because no matter how much you may like the look of a template, there is always some feature that doesn’t quite meet your needs.  You can spend more time trying to fit into or change a template than developing a site from scratch.  If you do happen

We recently launched a new website for Terry Knutsen Builder, Inc.Terry and Rita Knutsen came to us in need of a new, mobile compatible website that allowed them showcase the homes they build in a more engaging and visual way.  We took their existing logo and photos to create a new website that features responsive design and content written by QC Total Tech.Terry is a fourth generation home builder and his work may be found all over the Quad Cities and surround areas. Terry Knutsen Builder, Inc. specializes in custom built homes, but also offer pre-built and build-on-your land options as well.Check out Terry Knutsen Builder, Inc.'s new site by visiting http://www.terryknutsenbuilder.com/  

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