MobileWeek Kicks Off in NYC

I am attending MobileWeek in New York City this week, and learnng about some great new startups and apps. As a developer, I even got a chance to play with some of their new APIs (Application Programming Interface) that allow a developer to make an app even more powerful with little coding effort.

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Flint is a neat utility similar to Square that lets business owners accept payments, but without requiring a physical card reader. Consumers can type their credit card info, or better yet, they can use the app to scan their card, optically. Flint only takes 1.95% of the transaction, which is reasonable, and you can be up and running today. You can build an app that easily integrates with their app using a URL, so it is as easy as adding one line of code. 

Flint

 

CallFire is a cool service that lets your apps make phone calls automatically. Imagine a mobile or web app that lets you order pizza and then calls you back when it's about to be delivered! Trying to do this on your own would be quite difficult, but with an API like CallFire, it could be done in a day.

CallFire

 

Ship.io is a new startup that lets developers build a cloud-based solution with features like building, testing, and distributing app versions, again without having to "roll their own" service or spend a lot of time. The folks at Ship.io take care of updates like new versions of Xcode or iOS so you can focus on your code and your app's core functionality.

Ship.io

 

Soleo makes it easy for app developers to integrate local search into their apps, and they even have a business model that can compensate app developers when phone calls are placed from within their app. When app developers are struggling to make a profit with free or $0.99 apps, this is a refreshing change.

Soleo

 

MobileWeek is a great way to learn about new API's, apps, and businesses that can make the life of a developer easier. This drives the next generation of innovative businesses. No wonder the founders of MobileWeek were invited to ring the opening bell at NASDAQ.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.