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Simone joins the team

Our team has grown! Simone, who’s a seasoned Android/Xamarin developer, has been a hugely welcome addition here at Blue Sparrow. Simone brings a solid background in Android development to the team, combined with experience of the Xamarin ecosystem. He has already started work the Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer accreditation, and is quickly completing the courses. In addition to his technical skills, he’s…

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Ryan gains Xamarin Certification

Ryan has passed the exam to be fully accredited as a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer. The qualification assessed his knowledge on a wide range of mobile development topics with a rigorous 3 hour exam. His passing score of 83% surpassed James’ score when he qualified a few months ago. I’ve enjoyed the course and learned a few things from the classes over…

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Tiny Tours Launch

Tiny Tours, the award-winning free app, launches in Bristol this week, just in time to ensure the summer holidays are fun for children and stress-free for parents. The Tiny Tours app is your free, simple, digital saviour that tells you what, when, where and why. It offers places to visit throughout Bristol so, if inspiration is waning, then a Tiny Tour is…

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James gains Xamarin Certification

James is celebrating his qualification as a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer. The accreditation process involves taking a broad set of mobile development classes, and then passing a rigorous 3 hour exam. “It’s been fun to refresh my Xamarin knowledge over the last few months, and passing the exam first time was great! I suspect I’ll have to take the team down to…

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Bristol API Challenge Event Winners

We were delighted to win Bristol City Council‘s API Challenge Event at the Watershed in Bristol on Saturday. The day was a chance to use the council’s new Transport API which gives access to bus, train and car data for the south west. A host of app developers from around the region attended the sold-out event and spent the day building innovative…

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Windows Phone 10

3 fixes for Microsoft’s problems

Microsoft are trying to catch up in the mobile/tablet arena; the software giant currently has only about 2.2% of the smartphone market. Little wonder that developers aren’t writing apps for their app store, which has about 350,000 apps compared to Google Play’s 1,600,000. So how can they fix this? 1. Start running Android apps Microsoft has an internal project code named “Astoria”…

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Our new green Bristol office

When it comes to finding an office for a business the choice can always seem a little overwhelming, it needs to be accessible to clients and employees but also not require hours sitting in traffic everyday trying to get there. So when we stumbled across Filwood Green Business Park we were excited that it not only allowed for traffic free work journeys but also…

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Welcoming Ryan to the team

We are excited to welcome our latest software developer, Ryan O’Connall to the team. Ryan has been developing software for 9 years and is joining us to work on iOS and Android apps. It’s great to have such an experienced developer on board, and we’re looking forward to the impact he’ll make.

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3 Top App Trends for 2015

Technology waits for no man apparently, so as we hit 2015 here are 3 trends to look out for in the App-sphere Wearable This one’s been coming for a while. Google have been cautiously showing off their Google Glass glasses for a while but it’s seemed to cause more anger than joy. However, with the arrival of Apple on the scene with…

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CrossPlatform

WHAT IS A CROSS-PLATFORM APP?

Cross Platform Apps run on different mobile device types like Apple, Android and Windows hardware, but share code. That’s important because writing code takes time and costs money; the more code that can be shared, the quicker and cheaper it is to write. Another huge benefit is that less code means less chance for bugs to creep in. There are several ways…

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