May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright new year.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
App is a piece of software that carries out some useful tasks for the users. These apps have made the life of humans very easy. Many apps hit the market every hour and each app has its own importance. The app that is user-friendly and useful is attracting many more customers to download and use it. However, people switch from one app to another friendly app after using it for a certain period of time. The demand for mobile apps development services are increasing day by day, since, the craze for apps made the development companies to focus and develop innovative apps. Now-a-days all the people across the globe from booking movie tickets till purchasing a product are relying on apps. Some of these apps are in built in mobile and few other needs internet connection to access it.
There are various technologies used for developing an unconventional and feasible app. However, the technology differs from one app to another. The businesses have to give their requirements for the mobile app development companies. The professional and skilled developers develop the app based on the technology that best suits the business.
How to choose the mobile apps development technology:-
Native mobile apps: These apps usually work only on the specific platform instead of all such as Android, Windows, IOS, Blackberry, etc. The key benefit of this app is that it gives seamless and captivating experience for the user. It is very easy and quick to access this app, since it is designed to work on one particular platform. However, it is not so easy to make your app available for the other mobile phones that work on different platforms.
To make the app work on other platforms you need to develop it from the scratch. The businesses first have to analyze the mobile devices from which majority of their customers are accessing their site and later on develop the app that works on that device.
Take a look over each platform
Apple iOS: Here the developer uses the C-language for developing an app. This is the most challenging programming language even for the experienced and skilled programmers. However, there are many latest tools (Xcode) released by Apple for its developers to develop the native apps.
Android: Developer uses the Java programming language for developing apps that work on android mobiles. However, there are many renowned tools released in the market for developing more effective apps for the businesses. Examples of those tools include Eclipse and Android studio.
Windows Phone: This platform is used for developing enterprise applications. These apps are developed using C# or VB.NET programming languages. Microsoft has released a great tool called Visual studio and helping out the developer to create wonderful and feasible apps for the business. This is very user-friendly tool for the amateur and experienced developers.
Hybrid apps: These apps can be installed on the device that runs native apps, but it requires internet connection to operate it. The developers use HTML5 to develop these creative apps. However, these apps are not as effective, fast and trustworthy as native apps. These apps are used to give regular updates to the users about the latest products, special events, and launches of a business.
Web apps: These apps are basically categorized into three types, i.e. traditional, adaptive and responsive. The traditional web apps works only on websites whereas responsive apps are designed to work both on desktops and mobiles. The design of these apps relies on the mobile resolution. However, it is opened on all mobile devices. The adaptive app is quite opposite to responsive app. Here the app does not change its design, but when it is opened in mobiles it tries to fit in the screen size of mobile phones.
The business can choose any one of these technologies to develop the app that helps their business to reach heights.
It’s a sad fact that most of us are exposed to a never ending flood of unwanted messages from some salespeople, telemarketers and even pornography when we click on any website –a deluge that invades our personal time each day. Whether we are just checking an article online or having a relaxed time with our family any unwanted thing can become annoying and frustrating. Spam has infiltrated our mobile phones as well where it not only wastes away your valuable your time but also costs you money and hinders your routine life. Nowadays spam callers not just call us but also send us a truckload of messages offering some or the other scheme or discount. To make matters worse, text messaging apps like WhatsApp etc are also being used by spammers to send out unwanted messages. In any medium, spam remains unwanted and annoying. It is obvious if we want to purchase a credit card or take a personal loan, we will opt for it and not wait for a caller to offer a scheme to us. Text messages consume your precious data allowance, and voice minutes while calls take away your precious time when you are in the middle of something important.
The good news however is that we can stop it from happening. It doesn’t have to be that way and we have a lot of options to choose from. Simply, take some measures to get rid of unsolicited messages and calls and you’ll eliminate spam forever from your life.
Telemarketers are definitely annoying – no one wants to hear a sales pitch for a loan or credit card when they don’t really want it. To avoid such instances, don’t give your number to any company or list it on any website. If you do it and receive calls, make sure you get your number removed from the list that mobile application development company is using. It is undoubtedly illegal for any company to take your number and bug you with unwanted calls. You can also register for a facility offered nowadays by telecom regulatory agencies or operators called “Do not call” and prevent unwanted calls.
One more solution is using features in your smartphones to block these calls. Nowadays all operating systems are equipped with apps and inbuilt features that let you avoid distractions. Simply add an unwanted number in your contact list and mark it as spam caller or add it to voicemail. You can also put your phone on modes like meeting mode, sleep mode or do not disturb mode to take calls only from people you actually want to pick calls from and ignore others. If your smartphone doesn’t offer these features, download an app to block all these callers and make your live simpler.
There are definitely many ways to avoid unnecessary calls. If your operator doesn’t provide a facility or even after you register for “Do not call facility” and you still receive these calls, you always have an option of using applications to avoid it. Remember to use all measures to prevent such instances and you will definitely be on the road of avoiding spam.
Java 9 based on java standard edition 9 is expected on the beginning of early 2016 which will include changes in performance, new capabilities and a new feature – Modularity. While the list of features to be included are still tentative but the features might be postponed to a later date. Confirmed or not, the expected features are worth liking and here is a preview of the most interesting proposals of Java 9.
1. Highly anticipated – Modularity:-
Modularity is one of the most hyped Java 9 features which is inspired by Project Jigsaw. Although it was expected to be introduced in Java 8, it was postponed to be introduced to Java 9. Modularity will make the JDK source code reorganized into modules and scalable to other devices.
Modularity will also improve the security and performance of the java projects and it will be easy for developers to develop and manage the libraries. Developers can make use of this feature to create jar files which can be customized as per the project requirements.
2. JSON API:-
Lightweight JSON API is an inclusion of JSON directly in Java 9 as earlier there were no methods to handle it. It will provide the most commonly needed functionalities and utilize the features offered by Java library and version 8, 9. IT will be used directly through java.util
3. Process API Updates:-
Java 9 introduces Process API update to control and manage the operating system processes. As of now, developers need to use native code and this feature will overcome this problem.
4. Segmented code cache:-
Java 9 will introduce this feature to divide code cache to enhance performance. Instead of having single code, code will be segmented into individual code segments containing code of the same type.
5. Smart Java compilation Phase 2 :-
Java 9 will improve the sjavac compiler tool which can be used by default in the JDK build. It can be generalized to be used in large projects other than JDK.
6. Money and Currency API:-
In Java 8, Date and Time API were introduced and now Java 9 brings the Money and Currency API to perform or represent calculations related to money and currency.
7. Cloud- optimized JVM:-
This feature will make use of the existing cloud features and java virtual machine (JVM) will be cloud optimized which will make deployments of Java based projects in the cloud easier What else to expect?
• Unified JVM logging
• Compiler control
• Datagram Transport Layer Security
• HTML5 Javadoc
• HTTP 2 client
• Project Kulla – REPL in Java
• Improved contended locking
Java 9 will offer a myriad features which will prove beneficial for the developers, if they know where to look and how to make best use of the new feature.. Developers can also access the early access builds of Java 9 on the java website.
Drupal is an integrated online content development and management framework used to design web contents. It has enabled some of the busiest website on internet and could adapt to any template. Ever since its introduction the application has released 7 versions. If industry rumours are to be believed, the next version Drupal 8 is expected to be released soon.
The technological experts are expecting some advanced and unique features.
Some of the features that Drupal 8 would offer are:
1) Solutions over the Mobile:-
Drupal 8 is expected to supportive of solutions over the mobile i.e. the application will help the mobile apps developers manage and maintain the content development on the go. The administrator could make the changes using their mobile.
2) Multi- Language Support:-
The new application would support languages used across the globe. This would make the application more users friendly and would also expand the user base. Drupal 8 could do the translation using the inbuilt interface, creating pages with language display and software translation update directly from Drupal.
3) Easy Management of Configuration:-
Configuration management is to keep a record of all activities related to changes in the coding of the webpage. The developer can take a snapshot of overall configuration at a specific interval of time. Drupal 8 has file based management system that make will help in easy transfer of data; keep the data in files, separate developer and production data etc.
4) Instant and Built in web service:-
Drupal 8 has inbuilt web service which means it would serve as a data source or could help in post back using Drupal. It would also support authentication of a client with http (authentication), Jason or XML content could be exposed and many more things could be done using Drupal 8.
5) UUID’s- Universally Unique Identification:-
Drupal 8 would support Universal Unique ID’s, it would streamline the development and support easy migrations. In the early version Drupal have ids for taxonomy terms and other contents thus maintenance was a bit of tedious work for the developers.
6) View in Core :-
It is one of the most awaited s which was missing in all the previous versions of Drupal. View in core would help to make the changes in the original content and view it rather than creating a new file to make changes which was then uploaded to replace the original file.
7) Upgraded Content Authorizing Procedure:-
The latest version of Drupal 8 would support inline changes or editing. What this means is that the content could be changed directly on the page rather than the traditional time taking method. However, the traditional step to authorize changes to the existing page would still be available for the developers.
8) Fast and better:-
The latest version of Drupal 8 would provide a better user experience. Most of the unused modules like Blog, Dashboard, opinion polls etc. have been removed that has made the applications fast. New themes have also been loaded in the application, which are easy and quick to be used.
Released Drupal 8 :-
Drupal 8 is now available to its users for testing it online. The developers have already started to utilise its stable API and upgrade features for developing more customized web pages. However, using it for live sites and experiencing the stable Drupal is only possible by summer 2015.
Androids Lollipop is proving a bit sour to its user. As on one side Google is on the verge to empower all the Nexus device with its updated mobile OS while on other side issues related with this new member have started popping. Instead of becoming a pleasant surprise for the Nexus user the Android 5.0 Lollipop rising as glitch surprise. This latest one from Google side has received many complaints till now that forces you to think whether to hit update button or not on your Nexus device when you get such option.
Here we have compiled some of the gripes and complaint that are faced by Nexus user while updating to Android lollipop:
Bugs Related Issue:
As the update to Lollipop is easily available for enterprising user over the air using the factory images supplied by the Google, it doesn’t mean that it’s safe.
Some bugs crawling along with this latest update are:-
• Wi-Fi connection problem in Nexus 5: According to Nexus 5 users report, once upgraded to Lollipop their phone find it difficult to get online. It’s save your Wi-Fi password but often struggle to connect to the networks and fails to connect most of the time. Or if get connected than battery drains out quickly. All these problems are practical after updating through Google official factory images.
• Video Playback problem in Nexus 7: Here is another problem that Nexus 7 tablet users have experienced after updating to Lollipop through Google factory images. Their tablet completely says NO to play any kind of video file on the screen. Whether it’s a YouTube frame, locally saved video or the recorded one it shows an error message stated as “There was a problem in playing. Touch to retry”. Some users get rid of by restarting the phone but it’s not a permanent one.
• Random cards appearing in the App Switcher: This time the bugs crawl to the software part of the Nexus 5. The users have faced it in the form of Lollipop App Switcher, which shows the random app lists even if you have cleared it earlier from there. The bugs cause the dismissed app or sometimes the system app that are often used to reappear back on the list.
• Nasty Bug under the flashlight of Nexus 5: The flashlight shortcut from Lollipop proving a long pause for the Nexus 5 users. The bugs here are responsible to prevents using either the camera or flashlight after once you have toggled LED flash. One of a power friendly feature to auto turn off the flashlight after a particular threshold time is also annoying for some users. They find that once the flashlight is turned off automatically it’s not possible to use camera and flashlight at all. Maybe reboot will solve it but again it’s not guaranteed.
Issues and Regression on Android Lollipop:
Apart from bugs, some Google intended changes on its new update are not warmly welcomed by users. Like there is no silent mode available in Lollipop phones. The users have to adjust between audible ringtones and vibration. This really an irritating part when you want your phone not to make even a pin drop sound. There is also no ticker in the notification bar of Lollipop device, while it was there on the previous version.
Therefore, it’s not easier to read all the notifications of different mobile apps in one go as it used to be. Ultimately the new addition forces you to open the app to get more information.
The arrows of issues from the bow of Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming from all directions, there may be still some more, which time will let us know perfectly. However, Google and other third parties puts their hard endeavor to solve these issues and looking back to get on track.
With the grand success of Apple 6 and Apple 6 plus the company today announced that its set of watch kit development tools are now available to developers. This will allow developers to create apps and software for company’s upcoming Apple watch. Watch kit is being released as part of the iOS 8.2 and Xcode 6.2 beta both of which has been made available to developers today. Watch kit provides great insight to developers to develop and create apps and software for Apple watch which is slated for early 2015 release in the market. Both the iOS 8.2 and Xcode 6.2 beta can be downloaded from Apple’s developer site.
The site has watch development resources for developers which will play a crucial role in new software and apps development for Apple’s watch. The sole purpose of introducing watch kit to developers is to provide them with the idea for creating Glances, actionable notification and Apple watch apps that are powered by iPhone. With Glances and actionable notifications Apple wrist watch user can get glances for groups and communities for which they are active members. Glances will provide users with all the information about recopies and benefits of apps. With actionable notifications users will get exact information about American Airlines flight arrival and departure. The users also get active notification for live match scores, news, weather and other information.
Apple highlighted several developers in its press release who have started working with watch kit. ESPN VP John Kosner told media that ESPN will offer snapshots live games through glances and alerts on new scores through actionable notifications.
Instagram has used watch kit in same mode by which Instagram users will get notifications for the images and for the group following. “Apple watch is our most personal device ever and watch kit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experience right on your wrist”, said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. Apple is not letting any stone unturned for promoting Apple wrist watch with its Glances and actionable notifications as its highlight. Apart from well known apps developers for Apple’s watch many 3rd party developers are also trying their hands in providing useful apps for watch. To download the watch kit developer can go to Apple’s developers’ site and download iOS 8.2 and Xcode 6.2 beta which have been made available to developers today.
The watch will be released in early 2015 for Apple lovers till then we can hope that like iPhone the watch will leave trade mark in Apple’s history.
Good news for all the users of Skype, now you can enjoy video call on Skype through web. Microsoft on Friday quoted, “now all users can use Skype through web”. It is great news for all the users as using Skype through web will not use any Web application to be downloaded and using Skype through web will become very convenient and easy.
With this achievement Microsoft provides many benefits to users which are as follows:-
Instant access: Skype has been breaking down barriers to communication for more than a decade by being at forefront of real-time voice and video. It has added a star to his kitty, now everyone can connect to anyone just by opening browser. It can be used on chrome, internet explorer, opera, and Mozilla Firefox browsers. No more need to download Skype application or any other additional application. It will be easier to connect with family, friends, colleagues and clients through web version. Just open the Skype website and enter your login and password and start your call.
Get chatting straight away: Anybody new to Skype can get chatting even faster. Just simply double click on the browser and type skype.com on address bar and fill your login details and password and start getting chat. You can start using Skype web without having to download the application.
Connect from anywhere: This will be the best and unique way by which you can get access to Skype from any geography, from any county, from any states or from any place all you need to open skype.com and fill your login details and get connected to people. With this ease of feature you can even get yourself connected to people from cyber cafes and other internet surfing places. It can be opened in any browser of your choice.
Enjoy voice, video and messaging on skype.com: With Skype web you can use the services for video conferencing as it connects the people in real time and provide the facility to talk to your friends and family in real time. Now skype.com is your one stop shop for all your video call, voice call, messaging and chatting.
Microsoft is laying emphasis on providing Real Time Communications on the web application in a reality, but it will take some time to provide this kind of Real Time Communication on web. To start using Skype services on web it will require some additional plug in and it will be available for few users for now. At last we thank to Microsoft for making RTC possible through web.
With the launch of iOS 8 and iPhone 6, Apple has captured the imagination of people. Like with other iPhones, iPhone 6 is also likely to be adopted by the enterprise and iOS 8 has several features which can help in enterprise development. In terms of security and productivity, iOS 8 is much better, you can see some changes in apps like calendar, mail, app extensions and various API kits which will definitely help the iPhone developers to integrate their apps with others and share in a better way.
Here we are going to discuss the best features of iOS 8 which are beneficial for developers:-
Security:– Several new features are offered which target iOS customers like
• Pass code protection for native apps as well as third party apps,
• Per message S/MIME for Encryption for individual message enabling finer control over mail encryption
• Always on VPN for staying connecting to company’s VPN.
• Content filtering APIs will ensure third party developers can create tools to ensure users cannot access inappropriate content.
• Certificate single sign-on for users to switch easily between enterprise apps.
Productivity – iOS introduces many productivity features in native Mail and Calendar apps.
In iOS mail app, user can mark messages as read or unread or flag them, individual mail threads can be marked as VIP which can help you track updates in the conversation. VIP mails can also appear together in a custom mailbox. In calendar app, users can also check colleagues’ availability for messages and some events can be marked as private. Users can also create recurring calendar events and send meeting invites from calendar directly.
With Continuity, Apple enables users to work seamlessly among their iOS 8 and MAC OS X Yosemite devices. So if you were creating a document on your iPhone, you can pick it up on your MacBook where you had left it. You can also transfer your files to your mac without any internet connection.
New features in iOS 8 also help the management in various ways:-
• IT administrators and enterprise can design apps to simplify management and user experience.
• Administrators can ensure security by setting device names remotely, preventing users to add their own restrictions or disable users to reset their devices or restrict opening of documents specific to their company on another apps. This feature ensures confidential documents remain only in the device and they cannot shared by users by any other file sharing app.
IT can also control which apps can open documents from iCloud. File management is secure and the documents related to company can be tagged and saved in a specific place.
New API Kits:- Apple has launched all new API kit like Photokit, Healthkit and Homekit.
Extensibility, Notification Center widget, Third-party keyboards, CloudKit, TouchID integration are the other features introduced in iOS 8.
With iPhone 6, 6 plus and iOS, Apple has also ventured into contactless payment using NFC. The credit card details can be stored in passbook and customers can pay directly at stores and authenticate the payment using TouchID.
We all knew that Nike+ is fully integrated or compatible with Google Fit. Google said at the launch of their Google Fit that Nike+ will be there confirmed partners for integrating the fitness data to Google Fit. It is a good way to integrate all fitness data to one platform. Nike + also provides Coach Facility which incorporates a training program with a built in expert system that provides you with daily objectives and workouts.
With the release of Google Fit, a health tracking platform developed by Google, we knew the third party app developers will going to benefit it in long run. Before going further we must provide some insight about Google Fit and will talk about Nike+ app.
Google Fit App is a single set of APIs (Application Programming Interface) that blends data from multiple apps and devices. Google Fit is announced just after the release of Apple iOS 8 Healthkit and Google Fit is considered as their direct competitors. We are not sure who will win the fitness apps war; however the competition is going to next level. It was considered that many partners will join Google Fit app to make all fitness apps come together on same platform. Partners include Nike, HTC, LG, Withings, Motorola, Noom, Runtastic, RunKeeper and Polar.
Nike+ Running App being the confirmed partner of Google Fit provided the list of handsets it will work on; the list includes Motorola Moto X, LG Next 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5. Nike+ running app is an app which is designed for healthy lifestyle, an app which tracks on you running movement and will count your heart beat. Nike+ running app is designed to track your runs and provide useful guidance to help you achieve running goals and improve your performance. It is designed for everyone from amateur to a professional marathon athlete.
All you need to use the app is to sign in and you can use the running community which is something like a social networking. You can easily compare your runs with your colleagues and friends and you can achieve desired result. The mobile application includes the ability to give you a power song as an in-run pep-talk. The application works regardless if you are running on the streets or on a treadmill. The clever feature of the app is that it also tracks your distance, speed and time through GPS and accelerometer. Looking forward for more updated on fitness apps and fitness wearing gadgets.
Nike states in the change notes:
“To connect your Nike+ account with Google Fit, upgrade to the latest version of the Nike+ running app and follow the automatic connection prompts. Connecting to Google Fit is optional and may be turned on/off in your application Settings.”