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    App discovery, it’s a major issue with the current app marketplace on iOS and Android devices. Developers are faced with a continued decline in app installs and most users don’t install any apps in a given month. With an ever larger number of apps competing for the attention of users, anything you can do to reduce “friction” in installing new applications and getting users to interact with your content is a welcome opportunity.

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    The final core tenet of DevOps is Automated Testing. The goal of this tenet of two-fold: to reduce the amount of time dedicated to manual testing, and to ensure that quality is built into a solution’s core and continually evaluated.

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    Gradle is a powerful and wonderful build system, but it’s not perfect and build times are slower than other tools out there. In the past, I developed with Eclipse using Ant and Maven. Since I ended my relationship with Eclipse and moved on to Android Studio and IntelliJ using Gradle, I’ve noticed that I sit around a lot longer feeling, well, irritated when it came to running builds.

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    With rapidly changing infrastructure needs, organizations have shifted away from on-premise bare metal servers. In today’s landscape, the needs are just too unpredictable to be able to order and install servers every time an organization needs to widen its digital footprint or scale to respond to increased traffic.

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    One of the biggest shifts in software in the past decade has been the shift in release cycles. In the past I’ve worked with many Fortune 100 organizations which had a 12-18 month release cycle for delivering new value for software. In today’s digital landscape users expect that an organization can deliver new value in 4-6 weeks. There is no way for traditional organizations to achieve this goal without an entirely new way to think about how value is delivered.

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    At its core, an organization that is successful at DevOps is one that has mastered the science of automation. While many organizations have automated pieces of the development, testing, and deployment workflow, few have scripted the entire process. The first core tenet of DevOps at Universal Mind is directly connected to this automation process: Infrastructure as Code.

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    **Introduction** A few months ago, I wrote a blog post on how I built an internet connected grill thermometer so I could check on my low and slow cooking from any of my devices and then

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    We recently finished up a fairly large Javascript/HTML5 project that spanned the course of about three years. Large is a somewhat relative term, so to put things into perspective, we’re talking about a project with around 700 Javascript files , 300 HTML templates, and around 100 Less files, which excludes any 3rd party libraries that we brought in.

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    When embarking on IoT projects, you have to choose the best platform to build your application. People often ask which platforms they should use for what kinds of projects. The answer does depend on what your goals are for your IoT project and what you plan for it to do.

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    For over 20 years I’ve been exploring the woods and mountains across North America with a wide array of nearly disastrous results. I’ve had frostbite, hypothermia, heat stroke, giardia, and a near-constant expression of dumb-foundedness on my face. For a short while, I was a member of of the Western State College Mountain Rescue group and saw that my mistakes were not entirely unique to me. Knowing how important these issues are first hand, some co-workers and I decided to try and tackle these issues as part of a Pebble Smartwatch hackathon in Boulder last month.

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    In many Universal Mind blog posts about digital transformation, we talk about front-end user experiences and development technology used to enable those experiences. This post is focused on another aspect of digital transformation, the importance of an API integration layer in architecting an enterprise solution.

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    As more digital designers embrace Sketch, new doors have opened for creating and maintaining style guides. Making the switch from Adobe Illustrator to Sketch can be an easy transition with considerable benefits for speed and process. I won’t go on about how great Sketch is–you can decide that for yourself. Instead, I’ll simply share some thoughts around style guides and ways I’ve used Sketch to help construct them.

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    As user experience designers and developers, it is our job to create experiences that are easy and enjoyable for our users, including users with impairments. To create iOS experiences that are inclusive of all audiences, you'll need to follow these steps...

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    The VentureBeat Mobile Summit just wrapped for 2015\. It was a great time connecting with other organizations who are interested in exploring how to engage users effectively through mobile. The event brought together brands, vendors, and agencies to help discuss the issues everyone has seen in their work.

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    A major focus of performance and functionality in hybrid applications is the webview used to render content in a hybrid mobile application. Both the iOS and Android mobile platforms have stepped up the power of their webviews in the past few months.  This, along with more powerful hardware, make developing performant hybrid solutions easier than ever before.

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    Continuing on in our Technology Trends of 2015 series, in this blog, we'll share trends we anticipate seeing around AngularJS development in 2015\. If you've missed any part in the series, you can view them here: [Native iOS](http://blog.universalmind.com/um-technologists-trends-2015/), [Native Andr

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    2015 is lining up to be a great time to be a Javascript developer.  One of the most exciting areas is going to be in the evolution of the how we render our view layer.  [Web Components](http://webcomponents.org/) will bring a collection of functionality such as Custom Elements/ShadowDOM/Templating/H

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    The big news of 2015 on the Android development front is the arrival of Android 5.0 (Android Lollipop).  Google began deploying this new version to many Google branded devices in late 2014\.  In 2015 the Lollipop version of Android is expected to become the de facto version of Android shipped with new devices.

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    As we begin the new year several of our Universal Mind technology leaders have provided some insight into recent trends in the various technologies we use to build solutions for clients.  This five-part series will cover trends in Native iOS, Native Android, Javascript & Web, AngularJS and Hybrid Ap

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    Apple developers pride themselves on thinking differently. This isn't always easy though, especially if it requires learning a new language that's still in beta. What can help us stay (or get back) on track so we're ready to begin using Swift in the future?

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