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A no frills Kickstarter campaign to teach iOS coding

Learning iOS programming just got easier with a Kickstarter-backed course by UK-based developer Rob Percival

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With mobile apps being some of the most successful businesses these days, its no surprise that people everywhere want to learn to code so they can turn their ideas into products that hopefully will make it to everybody’s smart phones.

This desire to learn to code has made a pretty surprising success out of a Kickstarter campaign for an online course to teach anyone to code for iOS8. The Developer Course, designed by U.K.-web and app developer and former math teacher Rob Percival, is looking to raise £2,000 by July 31, but with a week to go the campaign has already generated £17,230.

The campaign page doesn’t look like one of a successful funding. With no frills, no pictures, and a homemade video that just has Percival explaining his project with a computer, the Developer Course campaign page looks nothing like the Kickstarter campaigns we are used to that have models, tons of pictures and fancy videos to entice people to back a project. Instead, this campaign just says it straight as to what it is, and people have responded.

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How to create Instagram and Snapchat
The online course will teach anyone how to code and build real apps that already exist like Instagram and Snapchat through Swift and XCode.

Percival previously created a web design course, which is now featured on Udemy, where in three weeks almost 3,000 people signed up. In the course, users go through chapters and at the end of each one the user is given a task to create a website or app with the skills taught in the chapter. The new course Percival is creating will be based on the same idea.

The first chapter will cover downloading XCode and creating a basic app. The following chapters will each teach different aspects of apps, one will teach how to make a timer and one will teach about using audio. The last chapter will teach users how to create a clone of Instagram and Snapchat.

The course will cost $199, but backers of the campaign will get access to the course for £15. Because he reached his £16,000 stretch goal, all backers of £15 or more will get 95% off of Percival’s Web Developer app as well. If the campaign reaches £18,000, which it likely will at this pace, backers will get the web course for free.

So why didn’t Percival just create his new course and put it online like his web course? He said he launched his web course with no advance following or marketing plan. It did well, but Percival said he wants to get more people involved with this course and is looking for developers and others to make the course even better. Hiring developers requires funding.

Percival intends to get the course to backers by September, but if things don’t go well, he promised to refund the money of anyone who backed at least $25.

Often on crowdfunding campaigns we see graphics and movies that can distract potential backers from really understanding the product or its feasibility. Its nice to see one that doesn’t overpromise and still gets a lot of support.

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Apple And IBM Bury The Hatchet In The Collaboration Economy

By Topher Morrison, author of “Collaboration Economy: Eliminate the Competition by Creating Partnership Opportunities”

handshakeIf you need any further proof that the information age is dead and the collaboration age is now in full swing, bitter rivals Apple Inc., and IBM have announced that they are going to be collaborating to create approximately 100 business apps for the iPhone and iPad. The goal is to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate and government agencies. How can two companies, which have been bitter rivals actually make this work? The answer is through collaboration.

Collaboration is about taking the best of what you have, and paring it up with another company who excels in the parts where you are weak. Apple is the undisputed king of user-friendly interface, while IBM kills it with their ‘big data’ capabilities. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the partnership between Apple and IBM will bring together the best of Apple and the best of IBM.

Now let’s be clear; in this author’s humble opinion, Apple is still way better than IBM. I know because I own a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad, iPhone and a MacPro. But this kind of collaboration is what will make both tech giants become even better than they already are. Just like Elon Musk released the patents to his electric car technology, the moment a company no longer covets their proprietary information, and instead freely shares that information with the rest of the world, it forces the innovator of that information to take another giant leap toward improving on what they already do.

The information age made us lazy. We developed a new technology, protected the intellectual property, and then profited on the fact that nobody could duplicate what we did. But when we collaborate with our would-be competitors, it makes us step up our game and get even better.

The world is ready for this, too, as evidenced by Apple Inc. and IBM stock both rising 1.5% after the announcement that they would be working in collaboration.

Here’s a great question for you to consider in your business:  If a public that is almost as divided in brand loyalty as the two tech giants are, respond so favorable to their favorite company collaborating with their nemesis, what do you think the public would do in response to you teaming up with your competitors to deliver better products and services in your industry?

Athletes have known for several years what companies are just now starting to accept: When you train with your competition, you both see drastic improvements. In business, we need to realize that our competition has now become our greatest ally in the collaboration age.

In a joint statement from IBM’s CEO Ginni Rometty, and Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook, they said that the collaboration would help to redefine the way work gets done, address key industry challenges, and spark true mobile-led business change. In other words, it will make them both better companies.

The collaboration age is upon us. If you do not pay attention to this and continue to do business like you did in the information age, then you will go the way of the dinosaur, the dodo bird, and Blockbuster video.

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[Infographic] Top 10 Most Valuable Brands Of 2014

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This may shock many people but according to market research company Millward Brown, in 2014 Google actually overtook Apple as the number one most valuable brand after the latter held the top spot for three consecutive years. And losing out to possibly its bitterest competitor must really cut the Cupertino-based tech giant.

But why did it lose pole position to Google? Industry observers believe that Apple’s very perfectionism and tightly calculated product launch processes – a holdover from the days of Steve Jobs – may be the very reasons holding it back. On the other hand Google has a tendency to swiftly launch products to test the markets even if they may still be raw or unpolished – think Google Glass, Internet of Things and Google Plus.

Here’s an infographic that looks at possibly some of the reasons why Apple has lost its spot to Google:

Comparison of the Most Valuable Brands of 2014: How Google Overtook Apple and Other Tech Companies at the No. 1 Spot [Infographic credit: | Martin Glover | Our LinkedIn]

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