Photo Map 1.2 is now available to download on the App Store! This is a packed update that includes over 80 new maps, great new features, and a rethought business model based on feedback from the launch back in August.
Photo Map is now available to download on the App Store! It’s a brand new app that uses your photos to tell the story of the places you’ve visited. Your trip photos are found automatically and combined together on the map to create a beautiful composite of all the places you’ve been.
Big news! Earlier this summer, Window was acquired by a large health-and-wellness-focused mobile development firm. They’ll be managing and improving the app going forward, and I won’t be involved in the project anymore.
This transiton came at a great time in my personal life. I devoted a huge portion of 2018 towards creating Window 3.0 (that update was over 8 months in the making!). I’m starting a full time iOS engineering position at Airbnb on July 22, so I would have have much less time available to work on supporting and improving Window. Instead, Window will be in great hands. I’m looking forward to seeing where they take the project!
I graduate from Georgia Tech next week, so I thought now would be a great time to revist one of the first projects I worked on as a student here.
When I started at Tech back in 2015, we used an online learning management system called T-Square. It was the platform we used for all of our courses, and it included things like our assignments, grades, resources, and instructor announcements. T-Square was built in the early-2000s, and it looks the part. The mobile site is a particularly bad offender, with no visual styling to speak of. After dealing with it for my first two weeks of class, I decided I wanted to try and do something about it.
Last week I was at TreeHacks 2019 in sunny Palo Alto, California ☀️. We worked hard over the weekend building an app called Citizen X, and won first place in two prize categories (“Best App for Civic Technology” and “Best Use of SoundHound API”)!
Citizen X uses a mixture of several interesting technologies to let you use your voice to engage with your local, state, and national representatives. Users can say things like “Who are my local representatives?” and “Tell me more about Keisha Lance Bottoms” (the Mayor of Atlanta). The app gives back lots of useful information about the representative and encourages you to engage with them on social platforms like Twitter (or even plain old email).
Window 3.0 is now available on the App Store. This is a huge update with lots of awesome new features. The app has had a major overhaul. It’s now way easier to use, but at the same time lets you do more than ever. There’s a new Dashboard screen that’s your one-stop shop for managing your eating windows, and a new Timeline screen that shows you the complete picture of all your windows and fasts. You can now use Window on Apple Watch, with Siri, and even from your phone’s lock screen.
This weekend I was at MHacks 11 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We had an awesome time building a game called Recorder Hero, and got to use some cool technologies that I’ve been wanting to try out for a long time!
Recorder Hero is like Guitar Hero, but for the Recorder. You know – that instrument that every kid in America learned to play in elementary school. The game has a playlist of hit songs, ranging from Hot Cross Buns to Party Rock Anthem, that you can learn to play on a handheld digital recorder (your iPhone).
This summer I interned on the Developer Tools team at Apple! It was an amazing experience, and the sort of thing I had been dreaming about for years. I got the chance to help improve the tools that we use every day, learn more about lower-level Apple technologies, and meet tons of other Apple engineers.
This semester, I worked part-time on the mobile team at MailChimp here in Atlanta. This was my second time at MailChimp (I interned on the same team in 2016), and I had even more fun this time around!
MailChimp used to focus exclusively on email, but they’ve been broadening their horizons quite a bit lately. You can now create online ads, landing pages, and even physical postcards through MailChimp! While I was there this Spring, I worked on a new flow for our mobile app that lets users create and manage their Facebook ads right on their phone.