On December 18th., 2011, Ring 41, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, released version 1 of their new mobile phone app for the Windows Phone OS. The app is in the English language only, but was release worldwide in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Already, the app has been downloaded by phone users in 12 different countries around the world.
The app's main feature is a direct RSS feed to the front page of our existing website at www.ibmring41.com . Our website is updated on a regular basis, so the app is always up-to-date on the current club news. The app also has contact information for our Officers so that any out of town magicians can easily get in touch with our group. We also include links to many of our members websites, making it easy to find a magician for your next gathering. Since we like to promote our art of magic, we have also included links to other local magicians websites, regardless of membership in our club.
Additional features include links to local magic shops and venues, meeting information plus a map and directions, information on joining the I.B.M. and the local Ring 41 club, and a section on the history of the Ring over the past 65 years.
The app is strictly a promotional piece for Ring 41, and its target audience is our membership and any out-of-town magicians who may be traveling to our area and who are looking for information about magic while passing through Milwaukee.
With over 50,000 apps in the Windows Marketplace, I believe that Ring 41 is the first I.B.M. Ring to have it's very own mobile phone portal available for free download to your phone. In a cursory search of the Android and iPhone marketplaces we have not found another Ring app. So this might be the first app of it's type for any Ring. (This is unverified as of this writing.)
This project was inspired by the app for the British Magical Society written by George Symes, also in the Windows Phone Marketplace.
You may view information about the app in the Windows Phone Marketplace here:
David Swoboda — Secretary