Coles Mobile Wallet App Launch

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We are very excited to announce the launch of the Coles Mobile Wallet app for iPhone and Android. Iconic Australian brand Coles has strengthened its Financial Services arm by being the first retailer in the world to integrate contactless mobile payments with a loyalty card offering.

The team at Outware is thrilled to have been Coles’ mobile design and development partner for this great new product. Our team was responsible for the delivery of the mobile apps, including user interface design, native iOS and Android development, as well as architecture design and development of the middleware system.

The Coles Mobile Wallet app is a quick, secure and simple way for users to collect flybuys points, pay using their Coles credit cards, and manage their accounts on their smartphone.

Watch a video of the Coles Mobile Wallet app in action.

The OMPodcast – Material Design vs iOS 8

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This week’s OMPodcast all about Material Design vs iOS 8 is now available for download – Subscribe via iTunesdirect feed, or download the audio file.

Pete Talbot (Design Team Lead) and Keith Smyth (Android Team Lead) were joined by Doug Togno (iOS Developer) and George Hartley (UX/BA Team Lead) to introduce you to DotA and the fascinating world of eSports. They then launch into a comparison of Android Material Design and iOS 8, speculating on what the divergence between the two platforms might mean.

To finish off, the crew chat about the latest mobile games they’re addicted to.

The OMPodcast – Google I/O 2014

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Episode 15 of the OMPodcast is now available for download - v1.15 Google I/O 2014. Keith Smyth (Android Team Lead) kicked off this week’s show by welcoming back Pete Talbot (Visual Design Team Lead). Joined by Joel Schmidt (Android Developer) and Pece Nikolovski (iOS Team Lead/Android Developer), the crew discuss announcements from this year’s Google I/O.

Pete introduces us to Material Design, and what this means for both designers and developers. The guys also discuss Polymer, bridging the gap between web and native development, ART (Android runtime), and notifications on the L Preview.

Visualising Cities with Code for Australia

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Last night, Outware hosted the Visualising Cities Hackathon in partnership with Code for Australia.

The aim of the night was to come up with creative and inspiring ideas to solve real world problems using the City of Melbourne’s Open Data Platform. Great ideas will have the opportunity to be presented back to Government for further development.

With over 30 attendees from the wider community, including journalists, government employees, project managers, developers, designers and many others, the event was a great success. Small teams worked together over pizza, beers and snacks throughout the night and presented their ideas back to the group.

Outware is a proud supporter of the wider mobile development community. We believe in fostering a creative and collaborative environment and developing innovative approaches in order to produce great software that empowers people and solves problems.

Better Health Channel for Android users

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Outware is delighted to announce that the Better Health Channel app for Android is now available for download on the Google Play Store.

The app aims to improves consumer literacy about health conditions and their management, thereby leading to more informed and confident health decisions. It features a range of articles, first aid advice, recipes, shopping lists, notifications and important contact information for urgent medical help and advice. It also provides convenient location-based discovery to an extensive range of Victorian health service providers.

We are proud to have worked on such an important and useful app that empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing using technology.

The OMPodcast – A Feast for iOS Devs

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Episode 14 of the OMPodcast is now available for download - v1.14 A Feast for iOS Devs. This week Kent Humphries (iOS Team Lead) and Keith Smyth (Android Team Lead) were joined by myself, Lucia Vuong (Marketing Manager) and Mica Huynh (iOS Developer).

Now that iOS 8 and Yosemite have had two weeks to stew, we truly sink our teeth into how Continuity might actually change our lives. Mica tells us first hand what it’s like to be an iOS developer attending WWDC in person – From the overwhelming queues to the awe-inspiring speakers. We also chat a little about women in technology and finish off with our wishlist for HomeKit. 

Sadly, this was also Kent’s last show as he heads off into the sunset to travel around Europe and the UK. Thanks to Kent, the OMPodcast has been great fun and an amazing success. We wish Kent a warm farewell and all the best for his adventures ahead!

The OMPodcast will forge on ahead with with regular anchors, Pete Talbot and Keith Smyth, joined by an exciting pool of specials guests and industry experts.

The revolutionary ANZ Grow iPhone and iPad app is live

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Outware is proud to announce that ANZ Grow, a native iOS app designed to bring  banking, investments and super together in one place is now available for download.

Outware has been working with ANZ on Grow since the project’s inception, providing ANZ with technical leadership, iOS development, and project management services.

Outware is an integrated part of the ANZ team, working together in an Agile and collaborative environment to ensure the highest standards are met in terms of quality, security, user experience and innovation.

With the release of Grow, ANZ cements their position as a leader in technology innovation in the banking and finance sector.

The OMPodcast – 5G in 2020

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The latest episode of the OMPodcast is available to download with a particularly number heavy title – v1.13 5G in 2020. This week we were very excited to have a special guest on the show, Dr Hugh Bradlow, Telstra’s Chief Technology Officer. On the Outware panel this week we had Kent Humphries (iOS Team Lead), Keith Smyth (Android Team Lead) and Danny Gorog (Director/Co-Founder).

We talked about a broad spectrum (pardon the pun) of mobile related topics including 5G, Android releases and vendor relationships, wearables and iOS8. Hugh explained to us how Telstra’s innovation process works, and how they leverage their size to come up with fresh ideas. We also kept coming back to driverless cars and how they could make our lives better.

Visualising Cities Hackathon

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Outware is proud to be partnering with Code for Australia to host the Visualising Cities Hackathon on Wednesday 18 June 2014.

We’re bringing together hackers, designers and public servants to work on issues that interest us all. The aim is to spend the night building practical, open source solutions to real world problems.

We’ll have access to data released by the City of Melbourne as part of its Open Data program (currently in Beta). Under this program, City of Melbourne is developing an Open Data Policy that will allow easy access to machine-readable Council-owned data under open licences.

If you can  visualise a richer and more interactive Melbourne, join us for a night of beers, pizza and hackery from 5.00pm at 120 Balmain Street, Cremorne, Victoria.

Tickets are strictly limited. Please register at Eventbrite.

AFL Live for Pebble is Now Available

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Great news! Our latest app, AFL Live for Pebble, the first live sports app for Pebble smartwatch is now available on the Pebble App Store.

AFL Live for Pebble is the best way to follow a live AFL Game. Get live scores at a glance, countdown to upcoming match starts and set your Pebble to vibrate when a goal is scored.

For those of you who don’t already own a Pebble, we made a video that demonstrates the functionality: http://vimeo.com/96446125

To install AFL Live for Pebble head to the Pebble app on your iOS or Android devices and search for AFL.

The Outware team has done a fantastic job designing and developing this Pebble app. We think this is a great showcase for the power of Wearable technology, and is one of the most exciting apps we’ve seen on any wearable platform to date.

We’ve got many more innovative projects for wearables coming soon – so stay tuned!