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Skype Doesn’t Ring When Someone Calls – SOLVED

 

With work from home becoming the need of the hour, web calling has taken the front seat. Meetings are now online. 

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How Much Data Does Pandora Radio Application Use?

Today, we all know the importance of mobile phones and a sound as well as consistent network in our day to day lives. Now as you just can’t live without a smartphone and lots of applications in that, you just can’t realize how much data can be used by your phone. The reason being is that all the data-hungry applications do not close them all by themselves as it depends on your phone settings.

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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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Apple iPhone 6, Watch and Pay Live Event Summay

Apple much awaited event was successfully concluded yesterday. So I decide to write a summary blog post on it. To start with, there was not much of a surprise this year (except one). It was already leaked that they will be launching Apple Watch. But Apple Pay did come as a surprise to some extent.

About the Event:

Apple supplied a live feed and a live blog for this event at: http://www.apple.com/live/2014-sept-event/ and was also available on Apple TV. But it was restricted to Apple devices only. The live video feed was not up to quality, they have to improve it for next time. The live blog was good with lots of beautiful images and tweets.

Though Tim Cook did a good job, I missed THE GREAT Mr. JOBS.

About: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

iphone 6 and 6 plus

As expected and rumored the new iPhone comes in two variants with larger screen. IPhone 6 and 6 plus comes with 4.7 inches and 5.5 inch screen . I think they will give a very good competition to Samsung’s S5 and Galaxy Note 4.

Along with size Apple had also increased their sharpness. They call them Retina HD screen. The iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 by 750, with a pixel-density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi). IPhone 6 Plus has 1920 by 1080 resolution and 401 ppi. This makes visual even better.

Other than larger and better screen below is some more tech improvement you will get:

  • New Gen 64-bit Apple A8 and an M8 coprocessor.
  • iPhone 6 is dramatically thinner. (iPhone 6 is merely 6.9 mm. iPhone 6 Plus is slightly more at 7.1 mm.)
  • Dual-domain pixels on the photo-aligned IPS display
  • The new landscape view for iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Comes with iOS 8 and Metal.
  • Has a barometer that senses air pressure to measure relative elevation.
  • Faster LTE than iPhone 5s.
  • Supports over 200 LTE carriers around the world.
  • Supports Voice over LTE.
  • 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture. And an all-new sensor.

iPhone 6 price

Both models will be available in three different storage tiers: 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models. The iPhone 6 models will sell for $199, $299 and $399, respectively, while the iPhone 6 Plus will cost $299, $399 and $499.

About Apple Watch:

Apple Watch

With Apple Watch the company had entered in a new product category. The look and design are good, but the main improvement (compared to competitors) is the intriguing features.

It comes with all the necessary feature like a heart rate monitor, pedometer, maps, message notification and other stuffs. But the majority of its computation is done with the iPhone 6. There is no guesses, you will need an iPhone to use Apple Watch. Apple Watch will not work as a standalone gadget (not yet).

Some good features are:

  • Custom apps.
  • Flexible retina display.
  • Range of watch faces and personalization options.
  • Comes in leather, metal and plastic bands.

Apple Watch will come in three different models—from a baseline version to an ultra-luxe 18K gold edition—with two case sizes (38mm and 48mm thick) and six different bands will allow a wide degree of personal customization.

 

About Apple Pay:

Apple Pay

The NFC was expected to be included in the iPhone. Apple went a step ahead and include the NFC based payment system. This does come unexpected, but the surprises are good. Before we dig any further, let me tell you that Apple Pay will work only with iPhone 6 (and 6 plus) because all earlier iPhone do not have NFC tech.

Apple Pay is more secure, faster and convenient way to pay. To pay you have to hold your iPhone close to a sensor at the store’s cash register and then use your Touch ID to authorize the transaction. Apple Pay can use your card stored in your iTunes account or you can take a photograph (using iSight camera) of your debit/credit card to use.

Some features worth noting:

  • When you add a card to Passbook, its number is never stored or shared on your device or Apple servers.
  • Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique number.
  • It generates a dynamic security code, replacing the static security code from the back of your card.
  • If you lose your iPhone, you won’t have to cancel cards.
  • Apple don’t know/track your transactions.
  • Cashiers don’t see your name, your card number, or your security code.

Apple Pay will work with the three major payment networks: American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. It will be available in the U.S. In October 2014. And work is underway to take it worldwide in the near future.

This Apple event was good, but I would not say the best. Lets hope Apple Pay and Watch does become a success and revolutionize the respective industries.

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How to Disable “Last Seen” Feature in WhatsApp

In India and in many other countries WhatsApp had become the default message app.  Almost everyone who I know, who owns a smartphone uses WhatsApp for instant messaging. It have great features, reliability, quick and uses very less resources compared to other apps.

One of the feature is “Last Seen” which tells when was the person last seen on Whatsapp. While this is a helpful feature some finds its not so helpful. For those who are concern with their privacy and don’t want other to know when they were last seen. This is the blog post for you.

Watch below video for quick step by step instructions  to disable “last seen” feature in WhatsApp.

Watch this video on YouTube.
  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Go to settings.
  3. Go to Account.
  4. Go to Privacy.
  5. Tap on “Last seen”

 

  1. You will get three options. Everyone, My Contacts and Nobody.
  2. Select “Nobody”  and now no one can see when you were last online.
  3. Important: go to blog comments and write me a thank you comment. 🙂

Few things to remember when you use this setting.

  • If you select “Nobody” then you will not be able to see “Last Seen” data of anyone either. (fair enough, if you don’t want other to see yours you will not get to see their)
  • If you select “My Contacts” then you will be able to see “Last Seen” data of your contacts. (Who has not set “Nobody” in their privacy setting).
  • When you are “Online” users can still see that you are currently online.

I hope you will find this blog post and video helpful. Please share and comment.