Big Corona Meetup Coming Soon!

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Big Corona Meetup Coming Soon!

Okay gang, mark your calendar for December 1, 2012 because at 2pm Eastern we will be kicking off the first ever Big Corona Meetup on Google+. It’s going to be a 6 hour Google+ On Air Hangout devoted entirely to mobile app development using the Corona SDK. In the first 2 hours, Jen Looper is going to kick things off from Boston Massachusetts with an introduction to the Corona SDK. Once that part of the session is finished she’ll be joined by a graphic designer in Connecticut who will give tips on creating graphics for mobile devices. Next, Dr. Brian Burton in Abilene Texas be will taking an in-depth look at putting together an Astroids style game app. He’ll also show how to work with


Corona Geek On Air – Episode 14 – Electronic Arts, Certified Corona Developer, and Corona Data Storage

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Corona Geek On Air – Episode 14 – Electronic Arts, Certified Corona Developer, and Corona Data Storage

Corona Geek On Air episode 14 is ready for your comments! During this week’s live Corona Geek On Air Hangout we talk about the new Word Smack app developed by Electronic Arts using the Corona SDK, the Corona Certified Developers Program, the Big Corona Meetup, the upcoming public release, Android piracy hacks, iPhone 5 swipe glitches, and Corona SDK data storage options. All that and more is waiting for you. Check the show notes for links to all the resources we discussed during today’s geek out. As always, be sure to join us next Monday at 2pm CST and add us to your Google+ Corona SDK circle. Thanks for watching, Charles McKeever CoronaGeek Show Geeks: Brian Burton – Author of Mobile App Development with Corona: Getting


iPhone 5 Has Diagonal Swipe Glitch May Affect Apps

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iPhone 5 Has Diagonal Swipe Glitch May Affect Apps

Are your apps being affected by the iPhone 5 diagonal swipe glitch? It seems that the iPhone 5 is having some issues with repeat swipe actions. The issue seems to be isolated to iPhone 5 as shown in the video below. I’ve tried the same test on my old iPhone 4 running iOS 6 and my new iPhone 5 running iOS 6. As shown in the video, the screen just freezes after several repetitive swipes. I don’t have a 5th generation iPod, so I haven’t been able to test on that device. Have you seen any issues with your apps?


Corona Geek On Air – Episode 13 – Hanging out with Dean Murphy, Joke Shake app developer

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Corona Geek On Air – Episode 13 – Hanging out with Dean Murphy, Joke Shake app developer

Corona Geek On Air episode 13 is live! During this special episode of Corona Geek we hangout with Dean Murphy, developer of the Joke Shake app for iPhone and iPad. Dean shares his Corona experience as someone who is new to programming entirely. Dean also shares some of the lessons he had to learn the hard way. Check out the show notes below for the full line up of topics and resources discussed during the show. As always, be sure to join us next Monday at 2pm CST and add us to your Google+ Corona SDK circle. Thanks for watching, Charles McKeever CoronaGeek Show Geeks: Dean Murphy – Joke Shake App Developer Brian Burton – Author of Mobile App Development with Corona: Getting Started Toff Ward


iPad mini Review – Initial Thoughts and Impressions

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iPad mini Review After 48 Hours of Use

On Friday I bought an iPad mini from the Apple Store. I’ve been using it all weekend, so I’ve created a quick video review to share my thoughts on the device. So far I can say that the iPad mini is an excellent device. It’s everything the iPad is without the awkward size and extra weight. The lack of retina display is not an issue and I absolutely love that I can type using my thumbs without having to jostle the device to reach keys. so far I’ve been able to do everything on the iPad Mini and I can do on a full sized iPad. After using the iPad mini all weekend, I can honestly say that I am more than pleased with the


Using YouTube’s Video Editor To Promote Your Mobile Apps

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Using YouTube’s Video Editor To Promote Your Mobile Apps

During our hangout with David Rangel of Corona Labs, he suggested several things that app developers should be doing to market their mobile apps. One of those suggestions was to create videos that show how your app works so customers can get a sense of what it would be like to use your app. Since video production can be intimidating, I thought it would be a good idea to show how simple it is to edit video clips using YouTube’s built in video editor. This is especially useful if you don’t already have video editing software or advanced editing skills. Charles McKeever CoronaGeek BTW, check out Dean Murphy’s Joke Shake app promo video. Just like the app itself, the video is clean, simple, and to


Joke Shake App Review

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Joke Shake App Review

App: Joke Shake Developer: Dean Murphy, EchoEcho Price: Free, Ad Supported In-App Purchases: Remove Ads, 3 Joke Packs Device: iOS (iPhone, iPad), Developed using the Corona SDK App Review: When it comes to telling jokes, I can usually only remember about two or three and two of them can’t be told in mixed company. So, when I came across Joke Shake I was instantly hooked. As you would expect the app does exactly what it’s name implies. If you shake your iPhone or iPad you will get a new joke each time. Imagine the magic eight ball concept applied to jokes. For the most part, almost all of the jokes are funny, which is a real challenge in an of itself. The developer, Dean Murphy


Why Are iPad Apps So Much Better Than Android Apps

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During yesterday’s special event, Apple announced the iPad mini, threw out some impressive iPad sales stats, and mentioned in passing that they have paid out $6.5 billion ( yes with a B ) dollars to app developers. That’s pretty incredible considering that back in July they had already paid out $5.5 billion ( the .5 billion accounts for rounding errors, I guess ). That means they paid out another billion dollars to developers in just 2.5 months, give or take a few days. With those kinds of numbers flying around, it’s pretty clear that there’s plenty of demand for iOS apps in general. During his iPad mini presentation, Phil Schiller compared the differences between the new 7.9 inch iPad mini and the 7 inch Google Nexus


Corona Geek On Air – Episode 11 – Zombie Marketing, iPad Mini, Windows 8, and Mobile App Analytics

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Corona Geek On Air – Episode 11 – Zombie Marketing, iPad Mini, Windows 8, and Mobile App Analytics

Corona Geek On Air episode 11 is live! During this episode of Corona Geek we talk about how an indie Corona developer is using Kickstarter to drum up marketing dollars for his next app. We also have a great discussion about the iPad Mini, Windows 8, and implementing mobile app analytics using the Corona SDK and Flurry. Be sure to see the show notes below for a full list of resources that were referenced during the show. As always, be sure to join us next Monday at 2pm CST and add us to your Google+ Corona SDK circle. Thanks for watching, Charles McKeever CoronaGeek Show Geeks: Brian Burton – Author of Mobile App Development with Corona: Getting Started Toff Ward – Developer / Geek / Gnome Charles McKeever


Mobile App Marketing Using Analytics In Corona SDK

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Mobile App Marketing Using Analytics In Corona SDK

During yesterday’s Corona Geek Hangout, David Rangel shared that mobile developers often overlook implementing analytics into their apps. Corona developers can use the Analytics API within the Corona SDK to connect with a mobile analytics service like Flurry. Using Flurry developers can track the number of times their apps were used and how long their apps were used. However, according to David, Corona developers should be tracking more than just user sessions. Developer should be tracking events within their apps to determine how users are interacting with their apps. For example, it would be a good to know if 80% of your users didn’t make it past the tutorial, or how many times users view the in-app purchase screen. This kind of information can be