The Creator of SEQUENCE®, Doug Reuter, Invents QB8™ App for iPad

Pass-and-play or solitaire mobile strategy game for up to 4 users

The famed creator of the board game SEQUENCE®, Doug Reuter, proudly introduces the iPad App version of QB8™! Players combine complex strategy that includes cards, dice, and distinctively designed cubes. The app is available in the iTunes App Store for $1.99.

The game of QB8™ can have up to four players. One player can play against the iPad, or two to four players can play by passing the iPad around. To win the game, a player collects two cubes of each color, and the numbers on those eight cubes must add up to 28.
 

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The game contains 48 Game Cubes: 12 each of red, blue, green, and black. Each cube also presents a digit between 1 and 6. Players collect cubes one at a time.

In the beginning of the game, players get six cards. Players can get a cube either by matching a card from their hand with the same color and number of a face-up cube or by rolling the dice.

Depending on the result of the roll, the player can lose a cube, gain a cube of their choice, or be allowed to take a cube from another player.

At the end of each turn, players have the option to discard one cube. Players can also pass without obtaining a cube if none of their cards or dice matches an available cube.

QB8™ includes three clues on winning the game directly from its inventor, Doug Reuter. As the creator of SEQUENCE®, a best-selling game since 1982, Reuter brings an intense strategic mind to this new game.

Doug Reuter stated, “I believe QB8™ will prove to be extremely popular.  Of all the people who test played QB8™ during its development, I’m still looking for the first person who does not like QB8™!”

QB8™ was developed by Zco Corporation, one of the largest app development companies in the world, for Doug Reuter.


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4 Convenient Car Apps You Can Use Right Now

Earlier this week at the Geneva Motor Show, Apple unveiled CarPlay, a technology for thoroughly integrating the iPhone into automobiles. It is planned for 2014 models of Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo cars; other partners include BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot/Citroen, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota.

Carplay will make Maps, Phone, Messages, and Music apps available on touchscreens built into dashboards and via voice control through Siri. Select other apps, like iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher, will also be compatible.

What about right now? A ton of apps already exist for use on the road – not with as much integration, but for independent use no matter what make, model, or year your car is.

  • DashCommand: DashCommand Car AppThis app taps into the data generated by your vehicle’s computer.Monitor fuel consumption, horsepower, and torque in real time and enjoy customizable gauges. It also uses GPS and accelerometer sensors on the phone to provide gauges like the inclinometer. A four-time SEMA Global Media Award winner, DashCommand supports all OBD-II and EOBD compliant vehicles worldwide, though a separate hardware interface is also required. The app is currently available for iOS and Android.

  • Trapster: As the name suggests, Trapster is an app that alerts drivers about Alerts Drivers Trapster Car Appvarious traps and hazards in real time. It relies on more than 20 million drivers worldwide reporting accidents, construction zones, traffic jams, and police patrols. With appropriate alerts issued by the app, drivers in specific areas can change course or slow down. The app is free on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry platforms.

  • Parker: Always have difficulty finding a parking spot in the traffic hustle? Parker aims to make that problem go away. The app provides live parking availability information in more than 30 cities and universities in the United States and United Kingdom, with more general information for over 24,000 lots and garages. Color-coded maps guide drivers to open spaces, and filters can display EV charging stations, handicapped spots, hours, pricing, and payment options. The app is currently available for free for Android and iOS.

  • Craftsman Garage Door: More than a simple remote, this app lets drivers check if they have left the garage door open wherever they are. It also opens and closes the door to provide unattended access to neighbors, friends, or contractors while the homeowner is away. Of course it requires a compatible Craftsman garage door opener, but the app itself is free for the iOS and Android platforms.

If you are thinking of building some cool car apps, speak with our experienced team, who can help you in bringing your app idea into reality. To speak with a Zco mobile app development expert, call (603) 881-9200 or email us.


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TadPoll App for iOS released by Concord Mobile LLC

The iPhone app provides multiple-choice-themed questions and connects friends

A new mobile app allows users to make and distribute poll questions to friends. TadPoll, the iPhone app, is now available for free in the iTunes App Store.

There are different types of polls. The basic “Yes/No” poll provides two possible answers. The “Custom” poll can range between two and four answers of up to 30 characters each. The “Photos” poll comprises between two and four photos, which can be marked as favorites by respondents. Finally, the “1-10” poll displays a slider that lets respondents react to a specific question.

Questions can consist of up to 140 characters. A fixed schedule can be set for each poll so that a poll expires at a certain date and time. It can be also sent to a limited group of friends alone, selected by the user. The Inbox feature provides a list of private messages and notifications highlighted for special attention. More votes can give better answers.

The app can import existing friends’ contacts from Facebook and iPhone. Polls can also be shared via Twitter, Facebook, and text message.

The creators of TadPoll noticed a void in the way people communicate on their mobile devices and formulated a better way to get answers quickly. "We found ourselves confined by existing messaging platforms. Providing a dedicated medium with templates for guiding the conversation was our answer and TadPoll was born," said David O'Kane. With the launch of TadPoll, anyone can instantly crowd-source answers to life's questions.

TadPoll was developed by Zco Corporation, one of the largest app developers in the world, for Concord Mobile LLC.

About Concord Mobile LLC

Concord Mobile is a technology company based in New York and was founded in 2012. The company has always focused on bringing innovative products and services to consumers globally. Its mission is to deliver robust applications with both practical functionality and outstanding entertainment value. To learn more, visit http://www.tadpollit.com/.


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How Mobile Apps Can Help Your Restaurant

Everyone has to eat – but where? In the cutthroat restaurant business, companies are creating mobile apps to attract customers that let them browse a menu, place an order, and pay for it all with a few taps.

When it comes to larger, well-known companies, they typically have a strong understanding of to whom they are marketing and what their audience wants. Knowing this allows them to tailor the app they create accordingly. Fast food chains such as Taco Bell and McDonald’s are getting into the game while veteran delivery joints such as Domino’s and Pizza Hut have created apps for customizing your perfect pizza with no room for mistakes.

Taco Bell is currently testing an app that allows macca mobile applicationcustomers to order and pay for food with their smartphone. Leaving the GPS locator on allows the Taco Bell app to know a customer’s location; when the user gets within a certain radius of the restaurant, workers are alerted to begin preparing the order to ensure that it is hot, ready, and waiting when the customer gets there.

In several countries, McDonald’s already lets customers pay for food on smartphones. The my macca’s app in Australia includes the full menu of local restaurants and allows customers to set up favorites, order on the go and check in once they arrive. In Singapore, McDelivery has recently been updated to accept credit cards and has food brought directly to your door. Even in locations without these advanced services yet, McDonald’s apps do provide consumers with offers such as buy one get one free deals and discount coupons and contain nutritional information for menu items.

Pizza Hut AppsThe Domino’s and Pizza Hut apps give customers complete control of pizza creation. The apps provide the full menu, special offers/rewards, options to choose specific toppings and sides, and (at Domino’s) the ability to track your order to see when it will be arriving and what process it is in each step of the way.

Apps for restaurants can provide more functionality over time. Simply providing mobile access to locations and offers can be a good start, while ordering and payment can come later. In addition to providing a competitive advantage, apps help businesses learn more about their customers’ habits.

Every company will have its own set of goals that it would like to see reached from creating an app. No matter the direction, Zco Corporation can help you develop, design, and create a customized app to meet all your business needs. To speak with a Zco mobile app development expert, call (603) 881-9200 or email us.


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3 Big Challenges of Mobile App Development

Mobile Apps PlanMobile application development is a step-by-step approach that follows specific guidelines to complete a project within the stipulated time frame, budget, and scope. The project planning involves gathering client requirements, and confirming the functionalities and features to be incorporated in the app. Often, deployment and marketing strategies are also discussed with the client, because the very design and operation of the app has a profound effect on its popularity and effectiveness.

Needless to say, many challenges can pop up during development. Some are universal and some are unique to particular projects, but they all require swift action to conquer.

CHALLENGE: Fragmentation. Making an app “for iPhone” or “for Android” is not as simple as it sounds. Older iPhones don’t support all the features of newer ones, and the variety of Android devices is huge. Perfectly workable code for the latest Samsung phone might do nothing on an early HTC model; worst case, it could cause the app to crash.

Hybrid App CompanySOLUTION: Hybrid development and testing. For creating an app that runs on multiple platforms, developers use hybrid development tools. A single codebase is translated for operation on more than one operating system. These tools also check for compatibility with different versions of the same operating system. Sometimes, a small change can allow an app to work on a three-year-old operating system. Occasionally, however, support for obsolete hardware and software is abandoned in favor of creating the best possible experience for up-to-date users.

CHALLENGE: Feature creep. Many app creators want to include a boatload of features. Some ideas don’t even come up until development has already begun. That can lead to a cluttered interface, high development costs, missed deadlines, and stumped users.

SOLUTION: Incremental releases. The most successful apps start out doing one or two things very well. A simple concept can spread to many users. After that, the app can be improved and enhanced, but the first version should get out the door promptly.

CHALLENGE: Disconnect. When engaging a developer, do you feel that you’re really heard? Is time taken to understand the intricacies of your requirements? Are there dedicated professionals listening to your needs?

SOLUTION: Constant communication. Developers shouldn’t be scurrying off with project specs and only returning three months later with their idea of a finished product. Each screen of a user interface is presented to the customer for approval. A detailed list of requirements is kept and updated by all parties. Milestones are scheduled and reported on.

No development project is free of challenges; what matters is having an experienced team that knows how to overcome them. To speak with a Zco mobile app development expert, call (603) 881-9200 or email us.


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