Josh Jacob

Director of Mobile and Emerging Technologies
Josh Jacob
Director of Mobile and Emerging Technologies

Josh Jacob has been part of the Hanson team for a long time (after all, 15 human years is like 64 internet years). He writes code, manages engineering project teams and leads in delivering client solutions. He also raises chinchillas for profit (and, yes, companionship).


A Report from WWDC15 and Further Development on the Apple Watch

Here I am again. You would think after writing a post on developing a custom app for the Apple Watch in May that I would have at least six months before our blog editors sent out the dogs for another article. Alas, in June I found myself at Apple’s Word Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), where Apple unveils their developer news for the year, so I’m back already with an update.

Developing Custom Apple Watch Apps: A Hanson Demo

You already know that the Apple Watch is Apple’s entry into the blossoming smartwatch and wearable category. It works like this: the computer-on-your-wrist has a symbiotic relationship with your iPhone. Health data read from the watch sensors flows to your phone’s activity tracker. Incoming notifications for apps on your phone are routed to your watch, where a click glance removes the need to pull the phone from your pocket.

How do you create custom watch apps that enhance existing iPhone apps? Let’s walk through the process.

Beacon, Lettuce and Tomato: A Tasty Intro to iBeacons

iBeacons are a common lunch topic here at Hanson. Not just because we’re developing with them, but because it seems everyone is talking about them lately: SXSW, The Washington Post, even Major League Baseball. But what is this technology du jour, how does it work, and what might it offer you?

Hanson at WWDC 2012

Last week, Apple hosted their 23rd World Wide Developer’s Conference, and we were lucky enough to be able to attend as representatives of Hanson’s engineering team. In addition to Apple’s hardware updates, which included a new MacBook Pro with retina display, a number of announcements around their software platforms were made. While we can’t share the details of all of these changes, here are a few upcoming features that may interest you…