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“Bad App” Takedown   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." - How Apple and Google are Ditching "Bad" AppsAre you willing to take the risk of having your company’s mobile app not meet Apple’s requirements? Stay Current, Stay Relevant  For every great app that makes life easier, there are dozens of apps that fall under the category of ‘bad apps’.  No-one wants a bad app, yet there are tons of bad mobile apps built every

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 you own a tech company that builds and sells apps, chances are your small business does not have the knowledge or  capability of creating an app on your own.  There are plenty of companies out there to choose from. Cost Factors Mobile apps are all different.  They have a number of moving parts, and each one of them impacts the cost.  Primary examples that affect cost:Platform Functionality DesignLike every other aspect of mobile technology, app building is getting faster, easier and better.  Mobile vs. Desktop "Within the last few years the world has seen mobile usage surpass desktop.  Mobile technology and availability are spurring on the growing trend of people accessing the Internet through their mobile devices, rather than desktops and laptops.  This mobile usage is mostly spent on apps, which means businesses need to have a custom-built app developed to

 We launched a new website for Langman Construction Inc.Langman Construction, Inc. (LCI) is a family owned Rock Island Business that began in 1909.  They offer  a full range of high-value, “start-to-finish” pre-construction, construction & construction management services throughout the Quad Cities and most of Illinois and Iowa.The staff at Langman came to us with the need for a first-time website for their company.  We took their existing logo and company colors to design a modern site that easily explains what they do and have to offer.  The ending result of this project is a great, new, mobile-compatible website that features content written by QC Total Tech.Check out their new site by visiting:  http://www.langmanco.com/   

Have you heard about beacons? Beacon technology is based on the action of sending data between a transmitter and a smartphone or tablet with an installed app that enables receiving signals.Beacons can be compared to lighthouses, but instead of sending light they send radio waves to all applicable receivers nearby.  They are small computers charged by a coin battery, equipped with an accelerometer and a temperature sensor.  When users walk next to a beacon device, their smartphones get notifications personalized by the beacon’s owner.  This system allows sending only small data pieces and has some limits (eg. you can’t transfer music or video material).  Because beacons can recognize their proximity to nearby devices, they can adjust messages to the location of signal receiver.What opportunities do beacons give you?Beacons can be comprehensively used.  But the most popular way that people use beacons

A Beacon is a small gadget that consistently sends out radio signals to any nearby tablets and/or smartphones, containing a small amount of data using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).  The signal strength and time between each signal can be  set up to give a desired coverage.  Mobile apps can listen for the signals being broadcast and, wen they hear a relevant signal, can trigger an action on your phone.  Note that Beacons only work or communicate in one direction (they broadcast data but cannot read things from off your phone).For the majority of current Beacons, the data that they broadcast is hard coded and doesn’t change frequently (which means when configuring the Beacon it’s set only once).  Beacons rely on the device which is listening to do something intelligent with the data – this is likely to start changing in

Don’t wait until your competitors have become mobile-savvy to implement mobile capability into your online marketing, lead the way.  It will almost certainly lead to a surge in traffic and more sales for your business.  It will also help your business to stand out as a pioneer within your industry, instead of a follower.Your website might be working well on PCs and desktops, but when it comes to smaller screens, things go wrong.  While using the same website on smartphones and tablets, a user has to go through tiny fonts, bad drop down menus, blank flash files, etc. This is where mobile friendly comes into play.  When design elements are outdated and it’s difficult to get around from webpage to webpage, customers are less likely to stay on your site, which means they go to your competition so your business takes

Here are some quick free tips for small business online marketing.  If your business is online (and it should be) then any of these tips below can be applied to your business.Local - Make sure you have your business listed in all the local map apps, services and directories (i.e. Google Maps/Local, Apple Maps, Your Local Chamber of Commerce, etc).    Having a localized presence will lift your business in search results, allow your business to appear on the map (assisting with top-of-mind awareness) and creates a personal connection with your local clientele. Social - Make sure your web site is connected to your social media profiles and vice-versa.   Building links and connecting all your official sources together is not only expected by your customers, it makes things easier for those searching for your information and ensures everyone can see everything

It may not seem like it, but a poor, outdated web site is an easy way to lose credibility with consumers.  No matter how good of a business you may be locally, regionally, or even nationally, consumers often lose faith when they search for your business online only to find a website that doesn’t work on their phone or tablet, doesn’t load quickly, lacks good navigation, or looks like it’s straight out of the 1990s.  Did you know 57% of users say they won’t recommend a business with a poorly designed mobile site.Almost everyone now-a-days is capable of searching for businesses online from their smart phone and tablet.  With more than 80% of all local searches being performed on a smartphone, and 51% of mobile device users spend 2.8 hours per day using their mobile device, your website not showing

Lately we have been noticing more and more people are asking us “What is Mobile Compatibility?” or “Can you explain to me what Responsive Design is?” Our answer is always “Yes!”Simply put… Mobile Compatibility is how a person views a web site from a mobile device, such as a smart phone or tablet. While your web site might work just fine on your Desktop or Personal Computer, if you bring it up on a smaller screen, like on your smart phone or tablet it’s a different story. Your potential customer might encounter tiny fonts that they have to zoom in and out on to read, drop down menus that don’t work right, or a flash file no longer supported that won’t work, just to name a few.Responsive Design is a phrase we are all hearing a lot about lately… But

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