It has been a very busy couple of months at The Hub. In December I attended a Broadcaster's Conference in Glasgow, organised by the Scottish Independence Fund (SIF). It's the first time I've met and talked to the clever folk behind Independence Live, Phantom Power & Broadcasting Scotland, to name a few. It's amazing to see how far these guys have managed to push the boundaries of what people think is possible on a shoe-string budget.

Although The Hub does not produce any original media, its purpose has always been to showcase & promote what Yes groups have created, giving a platform for others to view and share to anyone curious about Scottish Independence.

The Hub's website is designed to try and push this content up higher in search engine rankings to make it more prominent. There are webscripts available for people to quickly share articles, videos, events & fundraisers. There are buttons you can put on your own website to allow others to share your content and there is an API for others to develop websites or apps based on The Hub's database of over 60,000 pro-independence items.

The one thing that has been missing has been a native iOS app for iPads & iPhones. Android development is relatively straightforward. It can be done on any machine (PC or Mac) and there is one one-off payment allowing you create apps forevermore. To code for Apple products is a lot more expensive. First, it can ONLY be done on a Mac, and an iPhone is needed to test things such as notifications (the emulator used for testing does not allow notifications to come through). Then there is the cost of developing for Apple, which is over £70 per year.

The high cost of acquiring the hardware and paying for the yearly licence has prevented from getting an iOS app developed. Our 2018 fundraiser only managed to raise enough to cover the majority of our server bills for the year.

Thanks to the Scottish Independence Fund, however, I have been given funding to purchase the kit I need to get an iOS app developed. Without their help, it is doubtful that an app for Apple devices would have ever been able to be created.

Look out for further updates over the next few months as I'll be looking for some testers.

In the meantime, please continue to support Scotland's media by contributing to the Independence Live fundraiser.

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