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7 Mobile App Development Tips You Have To Follow

If the results of the Flurry Analytics study can be believed, cell phone users are accessing mobile apps for roughly 2 hours and 19 minutes a day along with 22 minutes spent surfing the mobile web. Big names like LinkedIn, Yahoo, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and Google have reason to be excited because over a billion people are using their app. For less established companies and individuals, however, this isn’t good news. With over a million mobile apps between them according to TechCrunch, the iTunes App Store and Google Play have a natural head start. Here are seven qualities your mobile app will need in order to succeed in today’s market.

1. Functionality

Since nobody wants to deal with an app that simply doesn’t work, it’s in your best interests to make sure that your mobile app works as planned. Most of the time, when an app isn’t functional, the problem can be traced back to an issue that took place during app development. Another common problem is when an app has too ambitious a scope. The solution? Match your programming language with your platform and focus on designing an app that specializes in one or two things.

2. Value

Does your app add something to a user’s life? If not, chances are there won’t be a demand. To make sure that you’re designing an app people wants, do your research. Study similar apps, understand your demographics, and don’t be afraid to rely on statistics. Once you’ve found an under-served audience, you can design with their concerns in mind. Also, don’t worry about the rising cost of app development in your efforts to give more value to the users, because they will be recovered once people start downloading your app.

3. Design

It’s possible to have a valuable idea and a functional app, but still never get anywhere due to questionable design. Since mobile devices have smaller screens, you have to take a different approach to mobile app design. Joseph Labrecque, University of Denver software engineer, cautions against getting too creative with your designs. Now that people are familiar with specific app designs, you don’t want to disrupt their comfort levels.

4. User-Friendliness

Consumers may try out an app for many reasons, but they’ll only stay if its user-friendly. That’s why the user interface of your app is so important. Generally speaking, you want to take a minimalist approach to interface elements. If you’re working on an eCommerce app, for example, the goal is to give users a positive shopping experience. Most of the time this means adding touches like unlimited scrolling so that customers can check out products without interruptions and making sure that the checkout button is large and in an accessible place.

5. Performance

On mobile devices, especially, consumers download apps on the assumption that content will load quickly. Going by research KISSmetrics has published, a delay of as little as one second can reduce conversions to the tune of seven percent. With mobile app development, this usually means compressing content where possible and avoiding links. The other key is to build your app according to your platform. Performance issues tend to crop up when developers try to cross-compile the same app for both Android and iOS. Using Objective-C with iOS devices and Java for Android will go a long way.

6. Uniqueness

Between the ire of consumers and the lawsuits, copying an already successful app is potentially a recipe for disaster. Just ask Zynga. They were sued by Electronic Arts over “The Slims Social” in 2012. Similarly, after apps just like the popular “Flappy Bird” started flooding the marketplace, both Google and Apple began cracking down on copycats. What’s interesting about this is that the “Flappy Bird” imitations never took off like the original because end users were savvy enough to recognize the counterfeits.

7. Offline Capabilities

Apps that only work as well as their network signals are a source of frustration for consumers all over the web. To avoid angering users, an app that can store information locally is an idea worth exploring. Since both Android and iOS allow for the storage of local databases, there’s no reason to put out an app that without offline capabilities.

Here’s another interesting tidbit: Nielsen’s numbers suggest that US smartphone users have approximately 26 apps on average. If you pay close attention to details like local storage, uniqueness, user-friendliness, usefulness, functionality, and performance, are not surprised when your app starts showing up on people’s smartphones more often.

About Author:

Sushrut Padhye is a computer engineer and an MBA from Deakin University living in Melbourne. He is a former ping pong champion who has written quotes, poems and articles on a range of topics. He currently works as a Digital Strategist for Elegant Media.

 

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Technology Geeks

How To Remove Background Noise from Microphone (Windows PC)

The default setting on Windows PC for Microphone is not optimized for background noise reduction. In this blog post I will show you how to remove background noise from microphone.

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Blogging Geeks

Writing Great Guest Posts More Efficiently

Most bloggers do something other than blog.  Therefore, when we sit down to blog we want to be as efficient as possible.  I hate when I sit down to put effort into writing a blog post and end up taking 20 minutes to think about what I want to write and then end up getting sidetracked, looking up other various things on the Internet.  So, to use your valuable time most efficiently when you sit down to write a blog post, take some of these tips into consideration.

Know What You’re Going to Write

Blog posts are about things you encounter in your everyday life.  For the most part they focus on something you have a good understand about or enjoy talking about.  Therefore, instead of sitting at your computer thinking about what you should write, you should be sitting down and looking at the top of your idea list.  Most ideas hit me at random times throughout the day. Do not let those ideas slip away!  Send them to your email or write them down.  Now, when you sit down at your computer so can say, “Oh, Yeah!” and get right into it.

Write The Intro Summary Then The Main Points

Good guest posts explain what they’re about to talk about in a basic introduction and then highlight the important headlines of the article.  Since these are most important, I knock them out of the way first.  As I write my introduction my brain zones in on the topic I’m writing about and I type out those headlines below.  Now that I’m done with my introduction all I have to do is write a few small paragraphs about the topics I’ve already highlighted.  Anytime you break a big task into small tasks I feel it’s easier to focus and be efficient.

Write About What You Know

Obviously it’s easiest to talk about what you know, so do just that!  Everyone wants unique content, but just because you’ve written about the same article topic before doesn’t mean you can’t do it again!  Think, there are tons of other people out there with the same ideas as you, writing similar articles, so go ahead and write similar articles yourself.  Think about an article you wrote a few weeks ago and write about the same topic.  Don’t go and read the article, just write a new article on the same topic.  It will be unique and probably better than the other article you wrote because you’re practiced!

Take Advantage of Writing in “The Zone”

We all get in the zone.  It’s when we’re being very productive, finishing tasks more quickly than other times.  Being in the zone is extremely efficient.  Since we’re trying to maximize productivity in a lesser amount of time, take advantage when your brain is on point.  Instead of wasting away at your computer when you can’t write a single word, head off and tackle a different sort of task that needs to get done.  Then, at another time when you come back and feel the writing juices flowing, write 2, 3, 4 articles instead of just 1.

About the Author

Cooper Elling is passionate about health, business & blogging. When he’s not having fun he writes about Sono Bello, blogging, and hacky sacks. He’s also active with Sono Bello on Twitter and Sono Bello on Facebook.

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Computer Geeks

5 Ways for Computer Geeks to Avoid Becoming Apes

You’ve surely seen the the comic strip that has flooded the Internet and fronts of t-shirts depicting the evolution of man—first we’re apes, then upright man, then apes again as we spend more and more time hunched in front of a computer screen. With the overwhelming speed in which technology is being developed, most middle-class Americans now have desk jobs. And what’s more, many schools from grade schools to colleges and universities offer online courses or online degrees. Amazingly, you can get almost any kind of degree through online universities nowadays, from an MBA to Criminal Justice. We will all be spending all-too-much time in front of a computer, starting in early childhood all the way until we die. And the people who get the worst of it are all those wonderful computer geeks out there who regularly will spend 10-15 hours a day sitting in front of a screen.

So what can you do to keep from turning into an “ape”? First, you’ll need to know the signs that you’re on your way to looking like a modern-day Quasimodo. You know you have bad posture if: 1) you suffer from frequent neck, should, and back pain, especially while you work, 2) your hips and shoulders aren’t in line when you sit in your computer chair, and 3) people often mention to you that you slouch too much and are starting to look paler than a corpse. Here are five things you can do to keep your posture straight and avoid any long-term effects from too much sitting and hunching:

1. Prepare your desk area. There are positioning strategies for your keyboard, mouse and computer screen that will make it easier for you to sit up straight and avoid any uncomfortable slouching pain. Computer monitors should be about an arms length away, centered in front of you. Your eyes she be in line with the top area of the screen so you can see the entire screen clearly. The keyboard should be directly in front of you, at a distance that allows your elbows to stay close to your body and your wrists to stay straight as you type. Elbows should be about one to two inches above your hips. Mouse placement is arbitrary, depending on right-hand or left-hand laterality. One mouse-using tip is to use your whole are to move it and not just your wrist.

2. Invest in a good chair. Many computer chairs are designed especially to help you maintain good posture. Chairs backs should be shaped to give your lower back support as you lean back into the chair. Feet should be flat on the ground and knees extend two to three finger widths beyond the edge of the chair.

3. Pay attention. Paying close attention to your posture and body position while sitting at your desk can be a huge help in allowing you to break bad slouching habits. If you are having back, should, or neck pain at work, make an effort to notice if your posture is the culprit. Pay attention to how you are sitting. Shoulders and hips should be in line. Shoulders should not be hunched in front of hips, and vice versa. Make a conscious effort to position yourself correctly and keep your posture upright.

4. Take breaks. Our bodies weren’t made to be in a constant sitting position. Taking frequent breaks can relieve some of the tension in your body and reduce pain from improper sitting habits. It’s also important to give your eyes a break from the glare of the computer screen.

5. Exercise Daily. Our bodies need movement to stay healthy. Just as a general rule of health, you should be exercising at least a half hour a day. However, regular exercise can also have the benefit of strengthening your overall muscle tone and improve your sitting posture. You may also want to consider doing exercises while in your seat, such as under-the-desk leg raises or calf stretches.

Here’s to you, computer geeks! Who knows what we would do without you—which is exactly why you shouldn’t let yourself go to the point that your body starts to look like Jafar when he disguised himself as a hunched old man to get Aladdin out of the king’s dungeon.