Apps from a trash collector, waiter, and magician

Everybody's getting into app development these days. What if you're a trash collector and you have a great idea for an app that lets people get help for their problems? Rob Shoesmith was that trash collector (though called a "bin man" in the U.K., where he lives). He took his idea to the MEDL Mobile's App Incubator, and it was one of 8 out of 12,000 proposed apps that were selected for development. You can see an entertaining video of Rob on his website. His app, Problem Halved, hit the app store in July and has been as high as #3 among UK social networking apps. You can use it ask for help or to help others. Also getting into the act is a waiter, Shayne Faerber, from Florida, whose app is in development by the APP Incubator. He tried developing it himself but didn't have the requisite background. And then his idea, a navigation tool for all consumers, was selected by the App Incubator. Also developing apps is professional magician Carl Andrews. Click on the icons on his site MOJO Software to see video demos of his magic apps, such as Any Card Magic, available in the App Store. 

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.