Apps continue to displace browser on mobile devices



Earlier this month Flurry released statistics on U.S. consumer mobile device usage, showing a relative decline in usage of mobile web compared to mobile apps. The ratio is now 6 to 1 in favour of mobile apps.

Major social media platforms and gaming take up large amounts of user time spent on mobile devices.




The survey is looking at apps vs browser, whether those apps are native apps or hybrid apps. I’m sure many of these apps are hybrid apps built using web technologies to some degree.

I think the survey is yet another blow to the idea that now or in the near future the mobile browser would quickly displace apps in a similar manner to how desktop apps were displaced by the browser. That may happen one day, but I’d seriously caution against counting on this to happen in the near to medium term. The more likely scenario in the near to medium term is that hybrid apps continue to displace both purely native apps and the browser.


CFL Player’s Association launches made-in-Hamilton mobile app

(STONEY CREEK, ON) CFLPA Mobile for players, alumni and fans is now available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, Blackberry World, and Windows Phone Store.

The CFL Players’ Association is proud to announce the launch of a new mobile application for smart phones called CFLPA Mobile ( CFLPA Mobile is a new “hub” for players, alumni and fans of the CFL to access, share and exchange key information on players, exclusive CFLPA programs, events and offers.

Released as a pilot in November 2013 just prior to the CFL Grey Cup event in Regina, the CFL Players’ Association is gearing up for a broader launch for the 2014 football season. “Fans are hungry to connect with the player community. CFLPA Mobile is modern, youthful and easy-to-use. Whether you are a fan looking for information on your favourite player or a CFL player looking to enhance your experience during your career, this is your one-stop shop”, states CFLPA President Mike Morreale.

Offering features for fans like player profiles, CFLPA merchandise through the online store, upcoming events, CFL game schedule, and CFL news feeds, CFLPA Mobile is an asset for any fan, journalist or follower of the Canadian Football League. For players, the CFL Players’ Association focused on responding to player needs and enhancing their career experience by linking exclusive CFLPA discounts and offers, continuing education, public speaking engagements, a CFLPA job board, digital signatures to sign critical documents, and instantaneous player messaging from CFLPA President.




“The CFLPA is committed to connecting with the player community in a meaningful way and providing opportunities to further enhance player careers, both on and off the field. With the addition of the Ottawa RedBlacks, the time is better than any to further focus on programs that better connect and address the needs of the over 460+ players in the CFL, while also connecting them to the fans” explained Mike Morreale.

CFLPA Mobile is free-of-charge and is available in Canada and the United States for Apple, Blackberry, Android and Windows products. The app can be downloaded at

CFLPA Mobile was developed by Weever Apps, a mobile app software company based in Hamilton, Ontario.

CFLPA Mobile – Information that you want, when you want it.

An App for CFL Players
• Access to CFLPA programs and events
• Exclusive player offers
• Direct link to family, legal and financial support
• Connection with the player community

An App for Fans
• Profiles of your favourite players
• Regular player news feeds
• Exclusive access to CFL player events

For more information on the CFLPA, please visit and

Media Enquiries:
Deanne Mitchell
CFLPA – Pro Players

About C.F.L.P.A. & Pro Players
Canadian Football League Players’ Association – Establishing fair and reasonable working conditions for ALL CFL Players since 1965.

PRO PLAYERS is the sports marketing arm of the C.F.L. Players Association. Formed in 2003, PRO PLAYERS is proud to promote more than 450 active players in the communities, provinces and countries where they live, work, and play. We are…PRO PLAYERS!!!

For more information on the CFLPA and PRO PLAYERS, visit and Connect with us on Twitter at, and Facebook at PLAYERS


Photoshop script to re-size mobile icons

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photoshopI’ve written a Photoshop script to help automate the process of re-sizing and saving all the different sizes needed for different platforms.

Sizes included in this script are.

1024 x 1024
512 x 512
480 x 480
256 x 256
152 x 152
144 x 144
128 x 128
120 x 120
114 x 114
100 x 100
96 x 96
80 x 80
76 x 76
75 x 75
72 x 72
64 x 64
60 x 60
58 x 58
57 x 57
50 x 50
48 x 48
40 x 40
36 x 36
29 x 29
16 x 16

The only thing I haven’t done here is name them to any specific naming conventions that a device or platform may require.

This should cover most sizes needed, including the few new sizes for iOS 7.

Get the Script Here

Save to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Utilities – CS5\ExtendScript Toolkit CS5\SDK
*keep in mind this is my path, yours might be different.

Close and re-open Photoshop.

File > Scripts > Browse  -* Navigate to the iconscript.jsx file *-

Follow steps to save your icons.

Image must be square and at least 1024 x 1024.

Mobile payments developer challenge

1aMastercardRegistration is now open for the MasterCard® N>XT Mobile payments developer challenge.


We’re looking for 20 teams of 3-5 people to compete in MasterCard® N>XT – a 2-day developer challenge for coders and developers to innovate and develop a working mobile payment proof-of-concept using the MasterCard SDK and APIs.


The 2-day developer challenge will be held at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto on September 28th and 29th. Teams will be provided with everything from hardware kits to energy drinks. Registration closes on September 5, 2013.


A $10,000 prize for the professional app developer category, a $10,000 prize for the student category and a CIBC people’s choice prize of $10,000 to be awarded 30 days after the event. Winning teams will also have the opportunity to pitch their concept to the CIBC Mobile Banking Leadership Team.

Please refer to for challenge registration and eligibility info.


Mohawk College and Weever Apps Collaborate on Innovative Mobile App Technologies

Mohawk College and Weever Apps Inc. proudly announce the launch of the Mohawk College web-based mobile app and their collaborative development efforts though Mohawk’s innovative iDeaWORKS program. Students, employees and visitors now have instant access at their fingertips to search programs & courses, view streaming social feeds, events, photos, and videos, and share a GPS mapping feature allowing them to find their classrooms.

“Our experience with Mohawk has been nothing short of phenomenal.” says Tim Richard, VP Operations for Weever Apps Inc. “With the college’s practical approach to education, Weever Apps has been able to collaborate with students who possess knowledge beyond theory. The calibre of students has allowed Weever Apps to tackle highly complex mobile app programming projects.”

iDeaWORKS has also recently worked with Weever Apps to develop a mobile web application for the Interoperability Showcase at the 2012 HIMSS health and technology conference. The HIMSS conference & Interoperability Showcase is the premier international conference for health information technology, management, innovation, while offering a unique demonstration of health technology solutions.

“There’s no better way for students to gain 21st century skills than by collaborating with companies like Weever Apps,” says Pamela Hensley, Director of Research & Innovation at Mohawk. “Weever Apps is young, local, creative, and they’re toting disruptive technology. We want to be a resource to this kind of company.”

iDeaWORKS and Weever Apps began collaborating over a year ago and plan to continue the relationship with another new project this Fall. The Mohawk College mobile app was officially launched on March 23, 2012.

Scan below to visit app:

Download press release: [here]

For additional information contact:

Bruce Inwood
Weever Apps Inc.
P: 905 218-6584

Valerie Mitanoff
Mohawk College

Tablet Apps: New Numbers look Impressive!

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Over the past year, since Xmas actually in 2010 when I got an Apple iPad, I’ve been very much following the rollout of this new hardware, the personal tablet for use at work. Not, as many others do, I’m guessing to surf or watch movies or listen to your own music playlist, but to actually “do” something in the business world.

Look at presi’s maybe, or a Word .docx or an Excel ss…you know, stuff we all do all day long on our PC….but instead now do on a tablet. And just in December last, I got a brand new RIM PlayBook which I now love and use daily butI guess, I’m very much wanting more…but let me explain.

First the tablet universe size is somewhat “muddy” when it comes to real verifiable numbers of units sold. The Apple iPad and iPad2 are somewhere up around 40 million units sold, if you can believe the latest estimates. The whole android using market is second, it appears but I can find no real numbers to quote…and the RIM Playbook is much less even after the big sell-off at Xmas 2011 and the resulting huge drop in pricing too in the last few weeks.

There is a very recent study tho, but the folks that I’ve blogged about before, the PEW Internet firm here, that offers up some interesting info on the tablet ownership numbers…

“The share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January and the same surge in growth also applied to e-book readers, which also jumped from 10% to 19% over the same time period.

The number of Americans owning at least one of these digital reading devices jumped from 18% in December to 29% in January.

These findings are striking because they come after a period from mid-2011 into the autumn in which there was not much change in the ownership of tablets and e-book readers. However, as the holiday gift-giving season approached the marketplace for both devices dramatically shifted. In the tablet world, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble’s Nook Tablet were introduced at considerably cheaper prices than other tablets. In the e-book reader world, some versions of the Kindle and Nook and other readers fell well below $100…”

Note that this chart outlines same but shows that marked increase dramatically too — and that the table and eBook reader numbers are so dang close too!


This is very interesting…in that mobile growth is surging, the number of mobile apps is a growing percentage of same and yes, as the prices fall, the market penetration grows too….and in my world, that’s a tell-tale sign that any startup who is looking for a “baileywick” to play in, just might consider the mobile app channel!


AppsForHealth Pre-Event Mix & Mingle announced!

Here’s your chance to brainstorm about your challenge, meet fellow participants, and mingle with other innovative people – come to the Pre-Event Mix & Mingle!

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
The London Taphouse – 31 John St. S, Hamilton
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Appetizers will be provided
Cash bar

Recruit and bring a new registrant to the Mix & Mingle, and you will both receive a Starbucks gift card!

Click here to RSVP: Challenge

The AppsForHealth2011 event is a student competition sponsored by NSERC that will bring together cross functional teams from Colleges and Universities in Canada. Teams will include health care and technology students working together. Each team will compete to offer technological solutions to real-world challenges sponsored by health care organizations for a chance to win cash and prizes.

Each Challenge Sponsor will document and post a problem to which they believe a technological solution may be of value. Challenge Sponsors will provide access to relevant clinical material and be available to answer questions as they arise.

Details can be found at Register now to receive updates as prizes and challenges are added!