I was listening to a story on the news the other day, and at the end the section was sponsored by a local app factory. This got me thinking. How much value do companies get out of app factories? Are they really just delaying the time when their developers need to get up to speed on app development?
Is this just the same pattern of the mid ’90s when companies said, we need a website, and so they outsourced it. Only to realize that they got a cookie cutter website?
I listen to a lot of podcasts. Probably way too many podcasts. When I am traveling on business, I tend to blow thru my iPad data plan in a week. Additionally, AT&T recently informed me that I am in the top 1% of data plan users of my unlimited iPhone data plan. In order to keep up with all these podcasts, I discovered a wonderful podcatcher app a while back, <a href=”http://downcastapp.com/”>Downcast</A>. Last summer I reached out to tell the makers of this app that I had seen them pop up multiple times on iPad today and various other TWiT podcasts. I found out that the developer was local! What a great surprise. I had a chance to meet him at the Durham Public LIbrary and try to put together the a draft episode of the Triangle App Show podcast. Unfortunately, I didn’t have good microphones and so that episode may never be shown. It sounded pretty bad.
Well Seth McFarland (the developer of Downcast), did some major upgrades in late fall/early winter, which makes Downcast an even more powerful podcatcher. When Apple introduced iCloud many app developers were trying to figure out how to leverage this cloud based storage. Seth enabled synchronization of your podcasts, playlists, and the position of play across your iPhone and iPad. This has only improved my podcast listening habit. Great Job Seth!
If you have a favorite app developed by a local developer, why don’t you drop us a comment. We’d love to hear from you.
I was reviewing a study that I heard Leo Laporte talk about on MacBreak weekly, that claims that the App Economy has created 466,000 jobs in the last few years. The article can be found on cNet. I downloaded the report from TechWeb and saw this graphic – .
According to this study North Carolina doesn’t even rate in the top 10! Come on app developers.. make your voice heard!
So far.. this is what we’ve got.. but not quiet happy with it.