Ask the App Guru: Learn How to Build Killer Apps with New Column on Software Development

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This column is written by Justin Yek, software developer, designer and co-founder at Altitude Labs. Altitude Labs is a Silicon Valley styled web design and mobile development agency that helps businesses turn ideas into reality. You can follow them on their blog.

Introducing a new column

Have an idea for an app but uncertain about the best way to develop it? Not sure which technology stack to build your app on? This week, we’re excited to unveil a column to answer all your questions about turning your killer idea into a killer app.

‘Ask the App Guru’ looks at web and mobile app development from an entrepreneurs’ point of view, with practical tips on how to get your idea into the hands of customers in the most efficient manner. For advice on web and mobile app development, send your questions, links and screenshots to [email protected]

To kick us off this week, we’ll start with one of the most common questions we get asked about app development:

“Should I build a native or hybrid mobile app?”

For the uninitiated, there are two ways to build mobile apps for app store deployment: native and hybrid. Native apps have better performance and are written in separate languages on iOS and Android platforms. Hybrid apps are written in a single language and can be deployed cross-platform, but come at a cost to performance.

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5 Questions with Dustin Jefferson Onghanseng, Co-Founder and CEO of uHoo

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Born and raised in the Philippines, Dustin moved to Singapore to pursue a Bachelor of Computing in eCommerce where he first took the leap into entrepreneurship during his time at the National University of Singapore.

Although he was unsuccessful in raising funds for his patented dumbbell design, Dustin gleaned from this first experience that investors are more likely to back startup teams with a proven track record. So he decided to ramp up his work experience by going into management consulting.

After 2+ years of advising senior management of Fortune 100 companies and startup CEOs, Dustin was eager to jump back into startup life and teamed up with his classmates from HKUST’s class of 2015 MBA program to create uHoo.

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Hong Kong Startups HotelQuickly and Bindo Stay Competitive with Mobile Payment Product Updates

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Mobile payments are on the rise with $235 billion transactions processed in 2013, up 44% from the previous year’s $163 billion (Gartner). Mainland China alone has reportedly reached a total of 1.67 billion transactions made in 2013 – worth an unfathomable US $1.6 trillion.

The growth in mobile payment tech not only amps up security and convenience for customers, but it’s also become quite the crowded space for entrepreneurs. Two of our startups, last-minute hotel booking app HotelQuickly and iPad point-of-sale system Bindo, have announced product updates this month in order to maintain a competitive edge.

Just last week, HotelQuickly announced a partnership with PayPal to offer their users a seamless mobile experience. This makes the last-minute hotel booking app the first travel merchant in Southeast Asia to integrate PayPal’s mobile SDK. HotelQuickly customers can now make speedy in-app hotel bookings in just a few clicks.

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