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Calling all foodies – Discover your next meal here!

At Pioneer, not only do we love to build great apps, but we also like to find other great apps out there and find out their story! Recently, the Bite app was featured on Product Hunt, and we had the chance to get in touch with the founders. Check out our interview and review!



Bite: Review Dishes

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Description of app:

 Swipe, Choose, & Bite – Discovering your next meal has never been easier. Bite focuses on reviewing dishes and not restaurants.

Eating out at the same places can get boring. Trying new dishes can be disappointing. Reading review rants can be a hassle. With Bite, explore and discover new eats with confidence and ease.

Let Bite help you decide what you eat next. Find new and different dishes without compromising on taste, quality, or your wallet. Easily access the most relevant information about nearby dishes, and decide for yourself whether a dish is worth a bite.

Post your favorite dishes: helping others experience flavorful foods that you’ve tried and enjoyed

Swipe to discover: finding high quality food nearest you by leveraging reviews from your peers

Skip the hassle: consolidating everything about a dish, making decisions effortless



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Interview with the Founders:

Where did you come up with the idea for this app?

The idea for this idea came up when Peter was working for a cybersecurity company, assigned to Manhattan for 3 month long consulting project. Even though he was surrounded by countless restaurants, he couldn’t decide which ones to eat at, and Yelp wasn’t helping him find what he wanted. He thought there had to be a better way to find the best eats, 3 times a day, everyday.
What problem is your app trying to solve?
The problem is that it takes too much time and too much effort to decide what to eat. Reviews today can be lengthy, and don’t always provide the relevant or related information. In today’s digital age, people love taking pictures of food and (1) posting to social media/instagram (2) keep it stored in their phone. Bite, as opposed to an entertainment app, differentiates itself as a decision making tool that helps people discover what’s available nearest them, and letting its users determine for each of themselves if something is worth trying/eating.
How big is your team?
3 full-time founders and 3 full-time developers.
How long did development take? Was this a full time project or side project?
Development took 4 months with 3 full time developers. The founders have been working on this part-time and committed full-time in September.
What are your future goals for the app?
1. Recognition as the lead food/restaurant review platform for dish review, search and discovery.
2. Partner with third-party online ordering and delivery companies.
3. Vision: become the universal digital and visual menu
In one sentence, why should people download this app?

Bite, the “Tinder for food”, shows the pictures of the best eats nearest you with relevant information and meaningful ratings; it simply makes more sense, right?

Pioneer Rating

73.5% – Excellent!

Onboarding Experience: 7.5/10

Usability: 8.5/10

User Design & User Experience: 7/10

App Store Average Stars: 4.8/5

Update Rating (How often there is an updated version): 3/4

Virility Factor: 88/100


Scratch Connect!

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Scratch connect is the ultimate networking app and contact manager. It makes connecting with new people fast and fun while keeping your address book always up to date.

We believe in the magic that happens in person – where technology serves as a support without taking you away from noticing who is standing right in front of you.

Look up, face two phones and boom! The contact is yours. It even works from a distance. You can connect with someone across the room.

Revoke feature gives you complete control over who is a part of your network. No need for blocking numbers anymore, you can revoke yours from their address book at any time after the exchange.

Make calls, text or email by swiping left on the contact you want to reach.

Use QuickShare with non-users and to invite your friends. The link will connect them to your private network only and will automatically push their new or updated information to you.

Privacy is important to us; all information is encrypted and will never be shared or used.



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Grandex Media Apps – TFM, TSM, & PGP

Pioneer partnered up with Grandex Inc. to provide “on-demand” development for their Media Applications including Total Frat Move, Total Sorority Move, & Post Grad Problems.



Total Frat Move


The official app from Total Frat Move website and New York Times Best Seller. Get the latest news, columns, and photos from TotalFratMove.com.





Total Sorority Move


The official app from Total Sorority Move. Get the latest news, columns, and photos from TotalSororityMove.com.



Post Grad Problems


Endless entertainment for the weekend warrior.




Grandex E-Commerce Apps

Pioneer partnered up with Grandex Inc. to provide “on-demand” development for their E-Commerce Applications including Man Outfitters and Rowdy Gentleman!

Man Outfitters


Man Outfitters has one goal – to provide a simple, easy shopping experience for every man that wants to update his wardrobe for any occasion. We do the heavy lifting by searching everywhere for the coolest products from the best brands – some you know and a few you might not – to bring you a shopping experience unlike any other.

Use our app to easily find the very best from brands like Patagonia, Filson, Mizzen and Main, Southern Marsh, Trask, Yeti, Levi’s, and many more. Be sure you turn on push notifications so you can stay up-to-date with all of our new arrivals and special offers.

Key Features
– Apple Pay for easy, secure checkout
– Easy and seamless browsing
– Free returns and free shipping for orders over $99
– Keep up with new releases and special deals with push notifications or our new message center
– Search from Spotlight to find products you’ve viewed recently
– Multitasking split screen support on the iPad





















Rowdy Gentleman


Rowdy Gentleman is a unique collection of casual apparel and accessories for the modern day gentleman. Rowdy Gentleman products are available online at RowdyGentleman.com or from any of our brick and mortar retail partners.



BuzzFeed & BuzzFeed News

BuzzFeed — Quizzes, Video, News, and beyond


BuzzFeed has it all: the stories and quizzes trending on social, the news you want now, and the recipes and life tips you didn’t know you needed.

• Never be bored again with the best mix of News, Videos, Quizzes, and Lists
• Watch your favorite BuzzFeed shows like Tasty, Nifty, Goodful, Try Guys, Violet, and Ladylike
• Use the Explore tab to dive into your favorite topics like Food, Celebrity, Animals, DIY, LGBT, and more
• Use the Trending section to see what stories are about to go viral
• One tap to share stories with Email, Messages, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more
• Share individual images and videos from within stories. Just tap the image for options!
• Bookmark posts you want to come back to and sync them with all your devices
• Get push notifications for trending stories so you’re always in the loop
• Comment on a post or click the reaction button to share your opinion





BuzzFeed News


The BuzzFeed News app brings you the most important and most interesting stories from around the world, hand-picked by our editors.

With the BuzzFeed News app for iOS, you’ll quickly catch up on what’s going on around the world.

We make the news easy to follow. Whether it’s a tweet or a Vine, a BuzzFeed News exclusive or a compelling piece of reporting from elsewhere, our editors will make sure you don’t miss out on what people are talking about.

We make the news easy to understand. Our editors know that when something happens, the who, why, when, and how matter just as much as the what. We’ll make sure you’ve got context and background to major news events as they happen.

We make the news easy to manage. Need to know when something big is happening in the world of technology, politics, or entertainment? Need the latest updates on major breaking news? Passionate about sports or LGBT issues? We’ve got you covered with customizable notifications.


We’ve got some news! We’re Excited To Announce Total Frat Move, Man Outfitters, & More New Apps We’re Working On!

We’re excited to announce that we are partnering up with Grandex Inc. to help make their mobile applications such as Total Frat Move, Man Outfitters, Total Sorority Move, and More AMAZING!

Be sure to check out and download these awesome apps!

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Want to take your app to the next level? Shoot us an email at biz@pioneerapplications.com for a free consultation!

Testing Localhost On Your Phone

Often times, developers find themselves in the situation that they want to test code on a remote device (ex. Their iPhone) from their local server(computer) rather than having to push it to a remote server each time there is a change.

For example, if you are creating a node.js application on your own personal computer and you wanted to see what it looks like on your cell phone. You would have to push the code to a remote server and load the ip address/ url on your phones browser.
Luckily ngrok helps solve this issue.

This tool securely exposes your localhost’s port to you network and creates a url that you can simply put in on a device on the same network.

Here’s how to use it.


  1. Download ngrok
  2. Run your application (ex. “npm start” for node.js) –> Note the port that your application is running on (ex: localhost:3000, 3000 is the port)
  3. In terminal, just type “ngrok http <port>” where <port> is the port number that your application is running on
  4. On your device, type in the forwarding ip address that is printed out. 
  5. All set! Test more efficiently!

Uploading Your App To TestFlight – Right to the point

  1. Open your projects workspace (projectName.xcworkspace). If there is no workspace, open the project file (projectName.xcodeproj) 
  2. Open your project settings
  3. Increment your Version and Build Number accordingly. (*Note: Each upload to iTunesConnect/Testflight must have a different build number)
  4. Make sure that your Team Profile is selected under the “Signing” Group
  5. Select Product –> Archive  ……. Wait for archive to complete
  6. The organizer will automatically popup once the archive is completed. If it doesn’t just go to Window –> Organizer
  7. Select your build, and then click Upload to App Store 
  8. Select Upload. Once this process completes, iTunesconnect has to process the build. This could take around 20 mins
  9. Log into iTunesconnect.apple.com
  10. Select “My Apps”, then Select your app
  11. Select a version to test
  12. Enter in Test Information, and other information for Internal Testing or External Testing.
  13. Submit for review if External TestingFor a more in-depth tutorial check this out

You don’t always have to be solving a problem…



You don’t always have to have a stereotypical app. At the end of the day, let your app be an extension of your brand letting your followers and customers know you are who you are and you sure ain’t fake!

Okay, so Pioneer is in the business of making apps. Not like half off apps at Applebees, but like the ones on your phone, and we’re constantly working on ways to make an impact on different industries through developing them.

Now if you ask the average Joe, they’ll say that in order to have good & successful app, you have to be solving a problem. But here’s the thing……Define success. Is it having millions of users? Is it making someone’s workplace more efficient? Is it being ranked #1 in the App Store? Plot twist… You don’t always have to be solving a problem to have a successful app.

First, figure out what your goals are. Whether it be self-ambitions or goals you have for your business. Now take these goals and determine how you can accomplish them with something on someones‘ phone. Lastly, figure out what that something is and who that someone might be, and make it happen!

What’s awesome about phones is that people are on them for over 4 hours a day, which is insane. Think about how many times, a person would see your logo on their homescreen every day. If you think about it, you and your brand own a bit of that person’s life and thoughts whether they realize it or not.

So what do you make? Good news is that you don’t need a stereotypical “App”, to have a presence on someones phone. You just have to be a little creative.

For example, Apple’s Sticker Packs are becoming more and more popular for ways to get business’  brands shared. Something like this lets users do the advertising for you right inside of their messages!


Here’s how Starbucks is using Sticker Packs


Another example of a “not so stereotypical” app is one that we recently created, the Chad Tepper’s Catchphrases app. You can listen to some of his most popular catchphrases with the tap of a finger. This app reached #1 in Entertainment and in the Top 10 Overall Apps within 24 hours!!!


In conclusion, be creative and think outside of the box. Before saying “An app just isn’t right for us, or the business that we do”, think about all of the different options there are. Having a presence on someone’s phone can do wonders for both you and your business, and it’s definitely not something you want to miss out on!

-Phil (Founder/Software Engineer @ Pioneer Mobile Applications)

Want your app made? Contact us at contact@pioneerapplications.com