Outware in SmartCompany’s Smart50 Awards 2014

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We are pleased to announce that Outware placed 8th in the Smart50 Awards last night.

SmartCompany’s Smart50 awards recognise and celebrate Australia’s fastest growing SMEs in 2013-2014.

Over the past 12 months, we have experienced incredible growth in our business as well as our team. We’re excited to be part of such a fast-changing industry, where innovation and creativity are a daily part of our work. We look forward to what the future has in store for the mobile space and will work hard with our team and with our clients to remain lean and efficient as we continue to grow.

The OMPodcast – Classrooms in the Cloud

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Education is changing. Not only do the things we learn need to change, but the way we learn needs to change.

In the latest episode of the OMPodcast, Keith Smyth  (Android Team Lead) talks to Professor Beverley Oliver (Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Education) from Deakin University, Matt Witherow (Final year software engineering student/Android developer/Course leader and head tutor of mobile development) from RMIT, and Michael Dalic (Business Development Manager and part-time Masters student), about their views on the role of mobile in education.

The panel discuss everything from MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) to Digital Badging. We learn about how universities are addressing the need for change and issue of access, the impact of large enterprise systems on an institution’s ability to adapt to new technologies, and why software engineering should be a core subject at school.

Episode 25 of the OMPodcast is available for download from iTunes, via direct feed, or direct download (audio file).

The OMPodcast Special Episode: New Apples!

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The latest episode of the OMPodcast is now available for download - Subscribe via iTunesdirect feed, or download the audio file.

In this special edition of the OMPodcast, Danny Gorog (Director/Co-founder), Doug Togno (iOS Developer) and Kelly Jennings (UX/BA) give their first impressions of Apple’s recent announcement of the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. With the choice of multiple screen sizes and tailored watch models, Apple fans are given an unprecedented amount of choice this year. The crew also discuss how NFC and Apple Pay will change the game in mobile.

This episode is a quick wrap on what will have a significant impact on the industry. Over the coming weeks and months, we look forward to learning more together with our clients and partners and bringing real world applications of these exciting devices to life.

Now, the biggest question seems to be: which screen size to choose?

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Outware at YOW! Connected 2014

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YOW! Connected 2014 is a two day conference for developers focused on the world of mobile development and the Internet of Things (IoT). Outware is a strong supporter of YOW! and the wider development community in Australia. As a Gold Sponsor, we were very excited to have three speakers at the conference:

Pece Nikolovski – Working in the Android ecosystem – handling the vast array of versions and devices

Branko Minic - The Android winds of change: Kit-Kat to L, and the power of saving power

Pete Talbot - Resolution Revolution: Designing for every screen

Well done to Pece, Branko and Pete, the YOW event organisers and all the other great speakers over the last two days. We’re proud to be part of a community that shares its knowledge and is invested in continuous learning and development.

 

 

The OMPodcast – The Social Consumer

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Episode 23 of the OMPodcast is now available for download - Subscribe via iTunesdirect feed, or download the audio file.

Social media has changed the way businesses operate and provide customer service. Our special guest, Monty Hamilton (Digital Operations Director at Telstra) joins us to discuss why and how Telstra uses social media and mobile platforms to engage with its customers.

Representing the largest telecommunications company in the country, Monty talks to Keith Smyth (Android Team Lead), Danny Gorog (Director/Co-founder) and myself, Lucia Vuong (Marketing Manager) about how Telstra utilises social for 46% of customer care (up from 21% in 3yrs) to provide customers with choice and accessibility to services. We also ask Monty about how Telstra makes decisions on which channels to use and which platforms to support, and finish off with our favourite topic – Our guest’s favourite apps!

The OMPodcast – The App that’s not on a Phone

Episode 21 of the OMPodcast is now available - Subscribe via iTunesdirect feed, or download the audio file.

This week we talk about the app that no one can see. Keith Smyth (Android Team Lead) is joined by Branko Minic (Android/Middleware Developer), Jerram Watters (Middleware Developer), and Alex Gvozdik (Android/Middleware Developer) to discuss middleware and various server-side definitions. We cover the history and evolution of middleware and the cloud, current offerings you can utilise today and programming languages you can use to write your middleware app. Lastly, we take a look forward and dream about what features we want to see in our next phone purchases.

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2014 Australian Mobile & App Design Award Winners

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Outware is pleased to announce that for the second year running, we have won the Best Studio award for 20+ employees at the 2014 Australian Mobile & App Design Awards.

In addition to this, two of our apps took out their categories:

We are very proud to have worked on these great apps in partnership with our clients and would like to congratulate the teams on all their hard work. This is great recognition by the wider industry of the quality and vision of our work together.

The OMPodcast – Mobile Customisation: A form of Product Emancipation?

Episode 20 of the OMPodcast is now available for download - Subscribe via iTunesdirect feed, or download the audio file.

This week, Keith Smyth (Android Team Lead) returns with Pete Talbot (Design Team Lead) to talk to newbies, Alex Barnett (Delivery Manager) and James Litjens (Project Manager), all about mobile customisation. From jailbroken phones to root access and privilege escalations, the crew discuss their experience with tinkering with their devices and what they consider “product emancipation”, as well as the security and legal issues that surround these activities.

2014 Australian Mobile Awards Finalists

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We’re incredibly excited to announce that the following apps that Outware developed have become finalists in the 2014 Australian Mobile & App Design Awards:

AFL Live for Pebble:

ANZ Grow:

Coles:

NPS

Better Health Channel

We are incredibly proud of these apps and would like to congratulate the teams who worked on these projects. Please rate our entries by clicking on the links above.

The OMPodcast – Banking Innovation: Art vs Science

v1.19 Peter DaltonEpisode 19 of the OMPodcast is now available - Subscribe via iTunesdirect feed, or download the audio file.

We’re very excited to announce that Peter Dalton (General Manager of Innovation at ANZ) joined Episode 19 of the OMPodcast – Banking Innovation: Art vs Science.

Peter joined Danny Gorog (Director/Co-founder), Eytan Lenko (Director/Co-founder) and Pete Talbot (Visual Design Lead), to talk about the role of innovation in the future of banking. The panel discuss how ANZ approaches innovation, the role that technology and mobile plays, and the importance of user-centric design, using Grow and goMoney as examples. They also talk about bitcoin, biometrics and wearables, and the potential for Apple to be a major player in the banking sector.

If you like what you hear, please review us on iTunes!