SwiftQR – The fastest QR code reader

A few weeks ago I started looking into Metal (https://developer.apple.com/metal/) on iOS. This is basically a technology that allows you to access graphics chips on iOS devices on a much lower level than typical OpenGL drivers and thus translates in a huge speed boost.

One of the things that pains me most about iOS is that there is no perfect QR code scanner, and they are all painfully slow, so I wondered what could happen if I applied metal imaging technology to QR code recognition and the results blew me away. It is by far the fastest QR code scanner on the App Store. Just try it and see for youself.

As a treat for my readers, it will remain free for a limited period of time. So grab it before it is too late!

qrApp1024Oh, and the name of this beauty? SwiftQR, because it is fast and build in Swift 😉 (how geeky is that!). You can view the description below, the download link, and some screenshots.

Until next time!


How many QR codes do we see every day? They are everywhere, from leaflets and magazines to buildings and cars. Wish there could be a faster way to read them? Well wish no more! Leveraging powerful image recognition techniques this is the fastest QR code reader out there. Just give it a try and see for yourself!

Plus, all the QR codes will be saved to your history so that you can view them later and organise them. And if all that wasn’t enough, you can easily create your own QR codes and share them!

Upgrade your QR code scanning experience today!



Try MemoPark Ultimate for free!


After receiving a number of requests from people who wanted to try MemoPark Ultimate before buying it, I have made a free version of the App called MemoPark Free. This App contains all the features of the ultimate version, but will only allow you to save 5 locations. After that it will ask you to download the paid version. This way you can get a taste of the efficiency, the powerful and easy to use features, and the eye-popping design of the best way to find your car ;). Hope you enjoy it!

You can use the link below to download 🙂



Forum BEST Madrid official Apps

Like every year, BEST Madrid (Board of European Students of Technology) organise their annual Job Fair. This fair is aimed at students and graduates and strives to unite them with top notch companies to help them get their dream job. This year it takes place on the 14th of April (all the details can be viewed here). Apart from the main date, there are a series of activities, workshops and talks that help you in succeeding in getting a job.

This noble purpose deserved an App that matched it. So from today, you can download the official iOS and Android App of the Forum BEST Madrid. Thanks to this App you will be able to:

  • View all the information regarding the forum.
  • Share it and spread the word.
  • Add the events that interest you to your calendar.
  • Get everywhere with GPS navigation.
  • Stay up to date on everything thanks to push notifications.

The App has a gorgeous UI to make it as user friendly and easy to use as possible. Check it out below:


You can download it using the following links, or the QR code below.



QR code Forum Best Madrid

Hope you enjoy them and make the most of Forum BEST Madrid 2016!


Parse closes down: Is Backend as a Service profitable?

Parse starting sending messages last week that it would be winding down it’s services. This came as a shock for many people who have come to rely on their services as a way to reduce the complexity of having to maintain, deploy and scale your own backend solution. For those of you who haven’t seen it, you can take a look at the announcement below.

Parse closes

It is clear that Facebook is not joking around and not keeping services and tools that are not as profitable as they need. This is a shock for companies and developers as it demonstrates that in the end trusting your backend to an external system can have nefarious consequences for you. From the moment you don’t control all the variables, the risk of this type of problems always exists.

Parse are going a give a full year until the sun sets on the platform, they are even open sourcing the Parse server (which is build on node.js and requires a Mongo Database). But mind you, self hosting a Parse server is by no means easy and never substitutes the ease of the original Parse panel, so other alternatives like setting up your own APIs and creating your own infrastructure, or another Backend as a Service should be considered.

A few years ago, I published a post named “Is Backend as a Service the new Gold rush?”. In this post I analysed if systems like Parse that made developing Apps with a server side were the new money making scheme of the tech world companies. However, after the Parse announcement, one can’t but help thinking that perhaps it is not such a profitable endeavour.

If you stop to think about it, big companies usually create their own Backends and host them on systems like Amazon Web Services, and those are the ones that pay the big bills. Small developers that use Parse, tend to have the free version (which has a ridiculously high limit usage before it starts charging) or pay very little money.

So, is backend as a service really profitable? Will it become an open source self hosted alternative? Or will companies use this as a launch pad for their new and reinforced Parse alternatives?

Let me know your thoughts!

Zientia – When learning becomes magic

logo_zientia_blackNowadays no one can deny that new technologies are revolutionizing the way in which we learn, however, it is always nice to see that there are people who have decided to take things a step further.

Project Zientia was born from the technology company Paradox Team SL, dedicated to develop apps with new technologies such as Augmented Reality, natural interfaces and interactive surfaces, for marketing and video games.



Zientia has decided to use Augmented Reality to ensure that learning will never again be boring for a student. They are based on the idea that giving a mobile device to a student is not enough, it is necessary to create innovative content and tools that ignite their curiosity. They are currently offering innovative solutions for all the undergraduate learning cycles (Preschool, Primary, Middle and High School). These solutions are a much more direct, visual and fresh approach to learning. Zentia’s strongest suit is that it merges videogame like graphic elements with academic content adapted to each stage by teachers and scientists.

You just need a computer with a Web Cam, Tablet or Smartphone to reach out to a whole new world of possibilities. You can see a demo video just below:


 How does it work?

Zentia’s Apps can be tested out for free and are available on Google Play, App Store and Windows Store and from zientia.com. The Apps work with Augmented Reality Cards and other materials that are available for free download on their website.

They currently have released 3 Apps:

  •  Chemistry101: This app revolutionizes the way to study inorganic formulation, enabling teachers and students to have in their own hands the elements of the periodic table and to interact with them to create thousands of chemical compounds.


  • Geometry101: This application improves students’ spatial vision through the representation of a large variety of polyhedra, prisms and bodies of revolution in 3D.
  •  Anatomy101: With this app you can explore the human skeleton, its muscles and systems in 3D. Interacting with them shows the role of each element in the human body in a much more visual way.



The platform is in continuous growth and evolution. During 2014 they plan to launch new Apps for Physics and Preschool, as well as a new section where teachers and students will be able to contact the team and tell them their needs and what they would like to see.

If you’d like to know more about this amazing new project you can check out their webpage: http://zientia.com/


Telegram- The new messaging App

t_logoIn the last year we have been witness to the flourishing of numerous messaging Apps that want to take on WhatsApp: Line, BBM, WeChat, ChatOn, SpotBros… But up to now, they presented themselves as very similar alternatives with just one or two differences (like the ability to send stickers, or sending bigger, higher quality videos). That is the main reason why when I saw Telegram, I thought it was just another run-of-the-mill, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Telegram has been created by Pavel and Nikolai Durov, neither of them needs money thanks to the great success of VKontakte. Developing Telegram has taken them over 18 months of hard work and they believe it will show WhatsApp that a truly free App with an open source code and great privacy can take a good swing in the market.


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To see to what extend these two fellows don’t need money, you can watch the video below where they throw money from a balcony.

How many people actually use Telegram?

Telegram is growing at a staggering rate. They currently have more than 5 million users, but right now they are growing at more than a million new users every day, a statistic that is totally off the charts. They are delivering 60 million messages every day, which is still far from the 400 million WhatsApp delivers on average, but seeing the incredible footsteps they are taking, it is impossible not to foresee a good future for them.


In this day and age where security has become so critical, Telegram has a unique set of features that make it a really attractive alternative. It comes loaded with the ability to create secret chats. We can even configure a self-destruct timer for our messages!


It is really curious to see how the message evaporates as you chat. You can also block users if you don’t want them to contact you.

Telegram doesn’t forget about sending media. It allows sending all types of files up to 1Gb. This has allowed high res photos and HD videos to be shared easily. As usual, you can share your location.

To emphasize on privacy, the creators have made it very clear that all our cloud based storage regarding the app will be immediately destroyed if we delete our account at https://telegram.org/deactivate

Extreme security with a bounty

Thanks to Edward Snowden we caught a glimpse of how fragile our data is, this has generated a global paranoia against the NSA. Governments can read our WhatsApp conversations, but they can’t do so in Telegram. This is due to the advanced cryptographic algorithm it uses, as it creates the encryption keys on the actual device, meaning you would have to physically recover the keys form the device to actually decrypt messages. They are so sure this is unhackable that have placed a bounty and are offering a huge reward to however manages to breach their security.

You can watch the following video in phone arena if you want to see a detailed App review.

Or visit their official webpage