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Category Archives: Technology

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Why Mobile Apps Fail?

According to Statista, Google Play Store has around 2.2 million apps whereas Apple’s App Store has around 2 million apps. By year 2016, the number of app downloads will increase more than 211 billion and 254 billion by 2017.

Among all these apps, a surprising number of apps end up with poor reviews and improper ROI (Return on investment). Only 35% of mobile app engagements lasts less than a minute. If the user is unsatisfied, they straight away discards the app. It is becoming difficult to create and release a good mobile app that performs brilliantly in today’s competitive market.

Ever heard of Google Wave? Maybe not. Basically Google Wave was one of Google’s most hyped yet surprisingly least understood online communication tool. Though it seemed to be a great idea. Unfortunately Google Wave failed in spite of great marketing strategy.

Reasons why it failed :

  • Nobody knew what exactly it was.
  • The end product was not user friendly.
  • User expectations were not met.

In business apps development, the definition of success depends upon understanding customer’s decision making and discovery process.

Most common reasons why the apps fail :

# Unable To Understand Target Audience : Before commencing on a project proper research should be done regarding your potential audience. Create the app keeping in mind what the audience would like. If you are unable to focus on your target audience properly, your application will never reach the right destination and all your efforts will go vain.

# Improper App Designing : All devices/platforms operates in different styles and using different gestures. Remember that for a successful and well-designed app, good user interface and superb user experience is must. Apps should be designed as per the guidelines of respective OS (like Android, iOS, Windows etc) and there different versions (Kitkat, Marshmallow, iOS 9 etc). Otherwise, the app gets discarded quickly and fails miserably. For example, users get disappointed when an app runs on the iPhone but not on their iPad.

# Incompatible User Experience : What would you do if an app is slow or lagging a lot, taking long time to load or most features are paid (premium)? You will simply switch to some other app. Buttons should be placed at right areas, don’t enhance UI up to such an extent which makes the app complex. Proper attention should be given to platform-specific UI/UX practices. Ignoring these is a costly mistake.

# Poor App Marketing Strategy : A good mobile app marketing plays a pivotal role in taking your business to great heights. It doesn’t matter what type of business you are doing. Ask questions like is there a market for the type of app you are developing? Are you providing a unique experience by solving a certain problem? Is the idea defined well enough to work?. If you completely miss the marketing process then sorry to say your app will fail in a short time. You can make effective use of the social media tools, ask for reviews about what they would like to include in the application.

# No Unique Features : Uniqueness is what everyone loves. Keep a check on your competitors and bring new features gradually. This keeps alive the interest of the users and every new feature gets publicity by its own. Also, keep in mind that never launch too many features in bulk. It won’t make your app successful. Instead, it might confuse the app user and he will opt for some other app. So release the updates properly.

# Not Applying App Optimizing Techniques : Market is flooded with billions of apps. The abundance of apps is pleasing to the eyes of users but a tough challenge for the app’s marketer. App optimization is methodological approach and must be carried out carefully. Unoptimized apps are always at loss and there’s hardly any chance of them rising with the newer apps launching every minute.

# Excessive Battery Consumption : People simply hate those mobile apps which consume a lot of battery. Such apps are really frustrating and are quickly uninstalled from mobile devices. The developers of mobile apps should keep a check on the application code, make the code as efficient as possible so that the app runs leaner.

# Memory Usage & Performance Issues : Mobile app is a whole new world. All the code involved in mobile app development must be well-optimized otherwise it will lead to slow, clunky and negative user experience. Performance expectations are always at extreme level. If an app doesn’t respond quickly to user interactions it will be dead on arrival.

# Improper App Testing Approach : One of the most vital protocols that is often overlooked is application testing prior, during and after launch. If an app isn’t tested properly, it will be having bugs that impact user experience and is prone to crash. A single crash can lead to low user adoption and negative reviews regarding your brand. App should be tested before shipping so as to ensure there are no major issues.

# Budget Matters : Creating an app costs around few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands. You need 100% of capital to start your business. Otherwise, sooner or later you will run out of money. It’s always recommended going in with a budget or price range. You need to know your limitations and keep it within these to create a successful mobile app.

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iPod History

Digital players were being created in the late 1990s and early next century. While millions of people discovered the joy of mp3 each year, many had realized that it was not possible to carry around hard drive containing music. Rio and Creative created the first mp3 players and they began to realize the real capabilities of a personal digital music player. The storage capacity of the first mp3 players was 32 MB and 64 MB. Additionally, the device looked more like a Sony Walkman because of the user interface. However, Tony Fadell was the man who saw the real potential of personal digital music players.

Much of the existing mp3 players relied on expensive compact flash style storage at the time and Fadell realized that the new quarter sized hard drives having 5 GB storage could be utilized for offering an entire library of music the consumer.

With the arrival of Napster and legal processes, Fadell visualized that his new player would easily link to the internet with a media service where customers could easily and legally purchase new music and download them to the player. With this idea, he met media and electronic companies in 2000 for selling it. He contacted RealNetworks which was one of the leaders of online media. Unfortunately, RealNetworks drew back at the idea finding it difficult because the media they were selling was successful. Fadell also contacted Phillips and again was turned down.

Tony Fadell finally approached Apple and they got excited about Tony Fadell’s idea regarding a personal digital music player. Apple gave Tony Fadell the green light to start on his project in early 2001 and also gave him a team of nearly 30 people and a one year deadline to create the player.

Despite the green signal, Tony Fadell still didn’t had confidence in Apple that they would want to create and develop a player. So he decided to look for other companies that had already created a player. He found a company called PortalPlayer that had alreadt made a player but was not launched. Their player was not very up-to-date and had poor features.

Fadell and PortalPlayer put together the hardware for the new iPod in a time of 8 months while Apple the interface and the scroll wheel. This product was ready for launch in October 2001.

The original iPod was release for sale on 23rd October 2001. The second generation iPod saw a few major changes but nothing revolutionary to the already successful first generation iPod. The third generation iPod was a complete redesign of the product. It helped propel sales of the iPod into the stratosphere. With the success of the iPod in full momentum, the fourth generation iPod was released in 2004. It had additional features and the styling was refurbished with a slimmer case. The later classic iPods including the 5th generation and 6th generation mainly stayed the same with little changes in hardware and firmware.

Other range of iPods are the iPod Mini released in 2004 to wide acclaim, the iPod Nano which were smaller size iPods, 2G iPod Nano which was released in September of 2006 came in several colors, 3G iPod Nano which was redesigned to give it a more bulky look, 4G iPod Nano which was a return to its original form with slight changes, and iPod Shuffle released in September 2006.

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Clean LCD Screens Tips

Once you see your favorite LCD screen picking up a bit of dust, you immediately grab a tissue or paper towel and some water to clean it. DON’T! Or you will made a big mistake and you could possibly even do permanent damage to your delicate LCD screen.

LCD screens are not like ordinary monitor screens. LCD screens are NOT GLASS, rather they are made up of a soft film that can easily be damaged by harsh paper towels and the chloride and other chemicals in ordinary tap water. These screens are very delicate, they must be handled with care and very, very gently.

You must proceed with caution if you want to keep all your LCD screens in perfect mint condition. This is one case where a little knowledge could save you a whole lot of trouble and disappointment.

The history of Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) goes back over a hundred years. It was first mentioned by Otto Lehmann in 1904. The first operational LCD was made by RCA in 1968. Each display is made up of countless pixels, with light being filtered through them in a controlled manner. Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) is a form of LCDs which uses an active matrix to improve image quality. LCD technology has found its way into countless displays in laptops, PDAs, and high definition TVs. (Source – wikipedia.org)

* LCD Screen Cleaning Tips *

Most experts suggest you can use a cleaning solution of 50% distilled water and 50% isopropyl (rubbing alcohol). You should use a soft cloth such as an old cotton T-shirt or handkerchief. Don’t use paper towels, tissues, or ordinary dish cloths, as harsh cloths may damage the soft surface of an LCD screen.

Shut down any devices before cleaning them. Inspect the screen very carefully to take note of any special areas that have to be cleaned. Don’t spray any cleaning solution directly onto the screen but rather dampen your large cleaning cloth with your solution and apply very gentle pressure, cleaning the display in a circular motion.

Don’t apply any hard pressure or touch the screen with your fingertips. It has been suggested you think of the screen as a smooth baby’s bottom and give it the same kind of care as you would give an enfant’s delicate skin.

Make sure you let the screen thoroughly dry before turning your device back on. You should now have a perfectly cleaned screen ready for your full viewing enjoyment once again.

Word of Caution – you should always check your owner’s manual or the manufacturer for the recommended cleaning method for your particular LCD TV or Laptop Screen.

You should also note, commercial LCD cleaning kits are very inexpensive. These cleaning kits will have everything your need to clean your LCD screen. Most will have a Microfiber Cloth or Chamois that are excellent for picking up dust and removing fingerprints and smudges. A can of Compressed Air is also handy for removing dust from your screen and from those hard to reach places.

There are also stronger cleaning solutions to remove ink markings just in case your small child has confused your expensive laptop for an itch-a-sketch toy and created a modern masterpiece. Ouch!

Some commercial cleaning formulas may contain the same mixture as the home-made one mentioned above, but newer cleaning solutions are alcohol and ammonia-free. Some have an anti-static coating that will help reduce the build up of dust particles. It would probably be wise to pick up one of these cleaning kits if you own a lot of LCD screens. You can also purchase single wipes and cleaners for traveling.

What ever route you take, or cleaning formula you use, just remember to treat all your LCD screens with a whole lot of respect. Be gentle, be careful and be diligent. Make sure you clean all your LCD screens when the need arises. That way you will go on enjoying all your perfect pristine LCD screens for years to come.

 

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Why Playstations are Popular?

The biggest reason is the graphics. The Playstation has some of the best graphics on the market, capable of rending 360,000 polygons per second. This enabled it to render almost any image quickly and sharply, making it ideal for any game that you could play on it, whether it was taking jewels from a safe, sniping a villain, or slamming someone to the floor. The images were gorgeous, and are among the industry’s best.

The controls are a dream; very responsive, and easy to learn, the controls are some of the best designed in the gaming industry. Although the games themselves may have had some ridiculous problems, the Playstation’s controls themselves allowed any player to master the game to whatever level the player was capable of. Capable of handling up to four controllers with appropriate hardware, the Playstation could easily keep a group playing for days.

The Playstation was also the first console to integrate a DVD player into itself. This allowed the interesting situation of the owner being able to watch an anime, and then play a game based on that anime, all on the same piece of equipment; a great development on a console. Of course, it was a fully-functioning player, with all the features that you would expect from a DVD player; you could find an Easter egg on the player just as easily as you could on the games.

And the variety of the games is definitely not second-rate. With the Game Cube being for kids, and the XBox for showing off, the Playstation seemed to be a personal industry favorite. You could find games for any genre, any rating. You could find the standard fighting games, platform jumpers, and side-scrollers, as well as some truly weird games (such as Cubivore, a game of evolution modeled on actual theories). There were some dating games available, as well as games that were compilations of other games from years past. Not only did it have the best games of today, but best games of yesteryear. The Playstation literally had a game for anyone, with a strong line of educational games and more illicit games for other ages.

The system had few weaknesses. The DVD player wouldn’t last, having to be repaired after a relatively short time. Also, there were only spaces for two controllers. At least the memory cards could hold more game records than other games.

In short, the Playstation is easily one of the best consoles ever designed. The console can keep a group of guys spellbound for hours, and then a little girl could take over the system with her own games. There’s a lot to be said about a console that can allow even the youngest child a wide range of entertainment options, including education games and Disney DVDs. A good console for a good time.

 

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iPod Speaker

You have the new iPod nano that keeps you grooving because of the thousands of songs that it can handle in such a small frame, and now here is another product that will elevate its performance, the iPod speaker.

Clearly speaking, the speaker is an equipment that helps neutralize the sound that is produced by your VCD, DVD and other equipments. However, there are various kinds of speakers that are presented in the market. Some are credible and quality tested but others are not. For the iPod, there are numerous high quality speakers available.

To thoroughly describe the feature, the sound that comes out from iPod speakers are guaranteed to be clear, crisp and bright, as if you are listening to an actual band. Another good thing about this is because it has the capacity to handle loud volumes. There is no need for you to worry about the sound breaking if ever you prefer to maximize its volume, because the sound will not distort at all.

The iPod speaker creates a quality sound because this type of equipment is made with an upgraded technology that results to a good bass frequency without the use of the subwoofer.

Another new feature with some iPod speakers is the use and availability of a remote control. Prior to this, you had to stand up and move towards your speaker just to fix the volume. Certain digital music has different qualities that can be conducive to different levels of volume. But now, all you need is to relax, point the clicker to your iPod speaker and get the right mix of volume and sound. Another important feature is the auto shutdown. It is a big energy saver for your batteries.

Some iPod speakers are being offered in several shapes and sizes, and like the iPod, some of them are diminutive but they pack a wallop in performance. You can place it anywhere in your house where you can best listen to. Aside from being an energy conserver, the iPod speaker is also a space-saver.

Aside from the homes, an iPod can be integrated with an iPod speaker for outdoor use. This is great for picnics, a day in the beach and for outdoor adventures. Share your favorite tunes with all your friends and family with the help of the iPod speaker.

There are so many more features that the iPod speaker can give you. You can look for more groundbreaking music technology to make the iPod more convenient. The latest innovations are always towards the customers’ expediency and satisfaction.

 

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Keyboard Power

What are you to do, when in the middle of an important document, your mouse decides to “die”? Would you worry? Would you panic and run to the nearest store? What if it’s night time and the stores are closed and you are rushing up your work?

On your keyboard, immediately press CTRL + S simultaneously to save whatever it is you’re doing. That way, you don’t lose your work. This is a common and one of the most familiar tasks without using the mouse. If the mouse is not functioning and you need to do something important but you don’t have the time to repair the mouse or change it, you can actually still do your work even with just the keyboard around. Here are some key combinations you need to navigate your way through your PC sans the mouse:

Ctrl + O – to open a file or document
Ctrl + B – to use the “Bold” feature of fonts
Ctrl + I – to italize fonts
Ctrl + U – to underline texts in a document
Ctrl + X – to cut texts, cells, or icons from files
Ctrl + W – to close existing windows
Ctrl + R – to align document to the right
Ctrl + L – to align document to the left
Ctrl + E – to align document to the center (especially in Word Documents)
Ctrl + Z – to undo last action done in a document
Ctrl + Y – to redo last action done in a document
Shift F7 – to prompt the Thesaurus tool in a document
F7 – to prompt the spelling and grammar check tool in a document
F12 – or save as, to save same document with another filename or to another drive
Windows + D – shows desktop
Alt + Tab – switches you from one window to another
F5 – refreshes your browser when it seems to have stopped moving (when you are using the Internet)
Ctrl + Esc – prompts the “Start Menu” when you are using the old 101-key keyboard without the Windows keys on it.
F6 – enables you to change the URL on the address field when you are using the Internet.
Shift + Tab – when you need to go back to a previous cell (in a spreadsheet) or entry in a form (in the Internet)
Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert – to paste copied text to another document
Windows + F – when you need to find and open a file recently saved
Windows + Pause/Break – to directly open and view your system properties without going through the control panel windows
Windows + E – to directly open and view Windows Explorer without going though the Start Menu
Alt + F4 – to prompt shut down menu

 

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Waterproof Digital Camera

Many occasions such as weddings, parties, and nightclubs where we want to take pictures are full of events that may endanger your precious camera. Among the more common dangers include spilled drinks, watery foods, swimming pools, toilet bowls, and sinks. These are events where a waterproof camera would be an ideal choice.

Fortunately, most if not all the manufacturers offer a waterproof version of thier most popular cameras for sale. In the event that one is not available, all is not lost. There are many protective cases and coverings, some even custom made for your camera, that you could use to protect your camera.

Of course there is the issue of the cost being higher for a waterproof camera, however, when you compare the small difference in cost, it is really not that large considering the benefits you will receive.

Given the choice between a standard digital camera and it’s waterproof counterpart, and assuming all other features are similar, it would seem that the waterproof camera would be a wiser choice. This would insure that your investment is secure and your camera will carry with it, the added peace of mind of knowing that you need not worry about the inevitable perils of water damage.

As always, be sure to check out the many resources available online to assist you in making the right buying decision.

 

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Ink Refilling Printer Tips

Ink refilling is popular nowadays, that it has even given birth to lots of ink-refilling stations. But that would mean another expense to you too, although it might be cheaper compared to buying a new ink cartridge. You can actually do the refilling yourself provided you have the materials and the knowledge how to do it.

Anybody who can read a manual would surely be able to get on with the task. Below is the list of what you should have and what you should do when refilling your own ink cartridge. Remember, keep your cool and don’t panic!

A place with a close access to running water is the best place to do the refilling. This is so as not to smear ink on furniture, other things most especially important documents.
The amount of ink to be refilled varies on the size of the cartridge. The cartridge states how many milliliters (ml.) of ink it can hold.

In your ink-refilling kit, a syringe is provided to draw the ink (of any color) to refill the empty (or near empty) cartridge. Along with it are bottles of ink of different colors, a bottle of cleaning solution especially designed for the sensitive parts of the cartridge and a user’s manual. Refer to the manual on how to properly inject the ink to the cartridge.

To transfer the ink from the syringe into the cartridge, there must be a very tiny hole (the size of the tip of a ball point pen) poked on top of the cartridge, near the label. Insert the needle of the syringe and slowly, very slowly inject the ink into the cartridge. It is necessary to do this process very slowly so that the ink would not form foam and the bubbles would prevent it from printing.

The newly created holes need not be sealed after refilling, as it would look like the other “breather” holes on top of the cartridge.

Left over ink inside the syringe can be returned to its original bottle. The syringe must be properly washed before using for another color. It is also preferable to use different syringes for different colors.

To make sure ink is not dripping out of the sponge, turn the cartridge upside down. Replace the cartridge back in the printer cradle, totally cleaned up. Run test print to see changes and to clear and clean any printing problems.

Few important things to remember:
It would be best to refill a near-empty cartridge than a totally empty one as dried up ink might cause clogging.
It would be best to let refilled ink cartridge stand overnight to let the newly injected ink even out.

It would be best to poke a tiny hole on top of the cartridge with UTMOST care so as not to cause a crack which will completely make it useless. Even a very thin crack might cause the newly refilled ink to dry up no sooner that when you put it in.

It would be best to inspect the cartridges to be refilled because there are some ink cartridges that say “Single Use Only”, and refilling it might cause damage to the printer especially when the ink injected is not the same with the previous content of the cartridge. Worse, when found out, the one who refilled it (you or some commercial refilling station) could face charges.

It would be best to check the cartridge (especially the newer models) for the green chip that keeps track of the levels of the ink. Its memory can be reset so as to be able to check the level of the cartridge with the newly-injected ink or when it is necessary to refill “again” before it has completely run out of ink.

 

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Tips to Cleaning CD

– Mix a large amount of water with a few drops of dishwashing soap.

That’s it. No expensive commercial cleaning solutions and no plastic washing devices for my discs. I know it doesn’t sound complicated enough or mysterious enough, but it works. This solution works most of the time if you:

– Use a soft cloth and wipe the solution on the disc starting from the inside hub and wiping to the outside edge of the disc. Never rub hard or in a circular motion. Don’t rub around the disc because you might scratch the disc creating an un-repairable problem.

– Dry the disc with a soft dry cloth. Again, wipe the disc from the inside to the outside. Straight out. Don’t go around the disc at all because you might create scratches that are parallel with the tracks.

Why does this solution work most of the time? On most CDs, and especially rented DVDs, playability problems are caused by fingerprints. Fingerprints are oil-based and the dishwasher detergent is designed to cut through and remove oil. If this method doesn’t work, you might have a disc with sever scratch or even a scratch on the label side of the disc. Scratched discs can sometimes be repaired with CD scratch removal solutions or CD repair services.

 

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Digital Camera Printer

As these digital camera printers do not need a computer to give you the prints, you can print directly from the camera and this makes it very convenient and portable. However, deciding which printer, out of the hundreds flooding the market, would suit you best is the most important question. Given below are the special features and other information relating to these cameras that will help you make the right choice.

In order to get prints at home, digital camera printers have special features ranging from paper sensors that recognize photo media to built-in editing tools. The other special features are given below:

– Memory Card Slots : If you have a memory card slot, all that you have to do is to insert your camera’s memory card and print. You don’t need a computer or any cables.

– Color LCD screen : You can see the photos on a color LCD screen before you print.

– Front-panel buttons : If you want to preview, edit or remove the red eyes, you should choose a printer that has front-panel buttons for this purpose.

– Photo proof sheets : Thumbnail images on a printed page can be displayed on photo proof sheets to enable you to preview and choose the photos you wish to print.

– One-touch connections : You can have one-touch connections to your printer, TV, and PC if you place your camera in a built-in dock for printing directly from your camera. The other advantage is that you can recharge your batteries every time you connect.

Besides considering the above factors you should also consider the following paper-handling factors before you decide which digital camera printer you wish to buy.

– Capacity : It is cumbersome to keep on adding paper to the printer. As such the number of sheets a printer can hold is important. Generally personal printers hold between 100 and 300 sheets.

– Versatility : Choose the printer that can print on the type of paper you wish to use. Some printers cannot print on certain types of papers that other printers can.

– Paper size : Your choice of a printer should be such that it can handle letter (8 1/2″ x 11″) and legal (8 1/2″ x 14″) sizes, as well as borderless 4″ x 6″ and 5″ x 7″ photo paper, panoramic paper, and envelopes.

– Image Quality : The prices of the printers of color photographs, though high in the beginning, have now come down and are within the reach of the average buyer but you must ensure that the printer can deliver photo realistic results, which should be as close to real photographic prints as possible.

– Print Resolution : For fine details and smooth gradation the print resolution should be about 2,400 x 1,200 dpi and this would be more than sufficient.