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Augmenting the Workforce

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I ran across this article from the Business Vancouver site that remarks just how the landscape of business is changing.The crux of the article is that the workforce is seeing more and more non-technical workers learning a technical trade, and not necessarily to switch careers, but to help their current position keep up with the rapid use of technology.

Imagine you work in sales or marketing and learn to build web sites or develop your own apps. Not only does it give you credibility when speaking to clients that specialize in these things, but it enables you to take your job to the next level. Imagine as a marketer pitching a client a mobile solution and being able to actually...

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Your Health Wherever You Go

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Get right for the summer with Apple and Google’s new plans to expand health and fitness tracking in your next mobile device. With Apple’s HealthKit set for release in iOS 8 and the latest announcement of Google Fit, health and fitness wearable companies are giddy with the possibilities.

Combining the latest trend of wearable health tracking devices with mobile apps can finally turn your phone into a hub of information. This is the crux of what Apple wants to do with their new HealthKit and the reason why Google has opened up an SDK to start allowing these wearable hardware devices to interact with Android L.

Several health aware companies have already partnered with both platforms to take advantage of the tools at their disposal, but as the technology grows and matures there will be an opportunity to come up with all new use cases...

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Introducing Audrey Ericson

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Please help RareWire welcome our newest addition to the team. Audrey Ericson joins us as our latest App Developer. We took the time to get to know her a little better and wanted to share.

RareWire: Audrey, Welcome to the team! Where are you from? Hometown, College, etc.

Audrey: I'm originally from Kansas City, but my family and I lived in Wisconsin while I was in college at Carroll University (Waukesha, WI). We lived in Colorado Springs for a few years before that.

RW: Favorite thing about KC?

Audrey: My favorite thing about KC is its friendliness. The city isn't exactly small-town, but it really cares about art, soccer :), and people--that makes it pretty friendly.

RW: What is your background as far as design and...

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The WIRE language is amazing at packing a lot of power into small amounts of code, but it does not take long to write fairly long WIRE files that require lots of scrolling back and forth as you write. Wouldn't it be great if you could split up your code into more manageable chunks? Now you can.

Starting in iOS WIRE version 1.5.4 and version 1.5.40.3 for Android we are introducing the concept of code importing. By adding an "import" attribute to any WIRE tag, you are able to pull in an external piece of code. For example, if you want to keep your actions separate from the rest of your WIRE, you can! Or if you have created a reusable navigation bar, you can import it into multiple apps, simultaneously simplifying your code and saving yourself time.

Importing is different from the existing "include" feature. If you include a sub-wire, it is...

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Maximum Overdrive

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Whether you are logging into a mobile app to shop on Amazon or Walmart or to read your favorite magazine, there is a mobile presence for all your favorite brands. And naturally for commerce this makes sense. Buying a product from your phone is the next wave of online sales.

Your business wasn’t born from an app but doesn’t mean that you can’t have one. In the developing mobile world there are countless examples of apps that are supplemental in nature, meaning they compliment existing services or businesses to make your life as a consumer easier.

But looking past the obvious you can find a bevy of other places where apps can fit in. Even product-based companies can capitalize on the app craze. The advances in mobile communication through low energy blue tooth and increased Wi-Fi capabilities are allowing your...

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