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Posted by at 10 August , 2015

AlwaysOnPC and VirtualBrowser for Firefox has a solution for an interchangeable tablet to desktop ecosystem running Flash and Java on the iPad and iPhone.

A shiny new iPad at $499 or an expensive (and yes, shiny) new PC or Mac at $1000 dollars? You do the math. The price of consumer Personal Computers and Tablets is the deciding force behind what type of machine you will purchase. Although the “Overall shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices fell to 47.1 million in the quarter, a 5.9 percent decline from the same quarter a year ago according to preliminary research data, IDC said.”  - via TechCrunch. The demand for tablets is still significant at 47.1 million shipments. Yet many consumers are still left with the impression that a tablet can replace a PC.

How does AlwaysOnPC and VirtualBrowser for Firefox solve this issue?

In 2010 we saw the future (but more importantly the need) and came up with our own virtual PC cloud solution. Instead of having users connect remotely to a work server and launch your own windows desktop; we’ve given you the ability to have your own powerful Desktop PC solution that is hosted by our servers and maintained by us. In turn you can work from anywhere without worrying about if the connection to your work computer/server is up and running. The price is also a good deal at $8.99 for the year.

Since then there have been many attempts to create Virtual Cloud Desktops. Some have failed, others well the solution is still not quite as thought out. The facts are pretty clear With 64% of the average American household between the ages of 12 to 64 owning a tablet – Source Tabtimes.com  the need for a mobile tablet solution is already here. There are other competitors in this space that are attempting to “solve” this issue. Take a look at Paperspace, this is short description via TechCrunch on what Paperspace is trying to do, “Paperspace is different because it’s aiming to wrap up a similar service in terms of accessing a remote, cloud computer, but offering it through an easy-to-use console where everyday consumers can just click a button to log into their upgraded, more powerful remote machine.”

The caveat with Paperspace is the fact that you still have to buy a hockey pucked shaped disk that houses a small computer to connect to the machine. This does nothing to solve the portability issue and at $50 dollars is a no go for many consumers. There are countless other attempting to create a space for themselves in this market but for the time being we offer a great solution to the 64% of iPad owners looking for a person pc as an in between when carrying your laptop isn’t an option.

The Future of a “Post PC” World

There was an interesting article posted by tech media site The Verge on August 9, 2015. The title staunchly put it “There’s no such thing as post-PC” you can read more about it here. This article laid out the ground work as to how consumers and professionals use tablets and PC’s interchangeably with the claim that “You use your smartphone as much as your laptop because it’s just another PC”. 

If you think about it the argument could be held as true. Think about how you use your computer, tablet and mobile device? Do you use your tablet as a consumption device to browse websites, watch videos, send emails? What we are trying to continue to provide is the ability to access a virtual desktop from this device as an in between computer for when you don’t have access to your regular desktop.

We are just providing another flavor of Personal Computing to allow you to work uninterrupted.

 

 

 

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Posted by at 7 August , 2015

Weekend Reading

Outspoken Investor Chris Sacca Backs Jack Dorsey As Next Twitter CEO

As Twitter marches closer to selecting its next CEO, outspoken early investor in the company Chris Sacca has made his personal choice known.

In a multi-part tweet storm, Sacca backs up his reasoning for wanting Dorsey back in the saddle. First and foremost is his product vision. Twitter’s previous CEO, Dick Costolo, stepped down in July after announcing his departure in June.

Why do so many people love Material Design?

I have been reading and studying about Material Design for some time. I haven’t done a design or development following the guideline, so probably you’re wondering how I write about it, well… I’m actually familiar with it.

 

 

Two Charts That Prove Why Amazon Is Now Worth More Than Walmart

After their last earnings report, Amazon surpassed Walmart’s market valuation.  Despite the obvious fact that one company is focused on offline while the other is largely online, the two businesses are remarkably similar.  Let’s take a deeper look to understand the uncanny similarities.

 

Designing Custom Images For Your Online Content, Faster!

Visual elements are a huge part of online publishing. Whether you are creating social media updates, blog posts, eBooks or slide decks on SlideShare, if your post contains images, then you’ll get exponentially better engagement.

 


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Posted by at 20 February , 2015

Steve Jobs famously put Adobe and Flash on notice in 2007 when he said Apple would never support Adobe Flash Player on any of its iOS devices including the iPhone and iPad. This was the shot heard across the tech world as Adobe Flash Player has long been the standard for multimedia content on the web.

Heck, when I was in school it was all that was taught in media design classes. Adobe Flash this, Adobe Flash that. I guess Steve Jobs had the last laugh as Adobe killed its mobile Flash product development in 2011.

“Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.” – Steve Jobs

Fast forward to the present, 2015. The web is marching on towards an open alternative, as Mozilla drops support for Flash in its latest release of the nightly builds of Firefox. Is Adobe Flash really on it’s last legs?

Maybe, but not anytime soon.

On a typical day here at Xform Computing, we receive anywhere from 100-250 support tickets from our users of AlwaysOnPC, Virtual Browser for Chrome, Virtual Browser for Firefox and Private Anonymous Browser with Adobe Flash and Java support.

Usually these tickets range from “Good job, I like your app! 5 Stars!” to “I need help! My app doesn’t work. I want to download Flash Player on my iPad.” On occasion we get asked questions that don’t fall into any pre-defined support category. The average user doesn’t care about the war going on against Adobe Flash on the web and mobile.

These are the questions many mobile device users on iOS and Android are trying to understand. Why doesn’t their current device support Adobe Flash Player or Java? Will support ever exist?

“Why doesn’t my iPad or iPhone offer support for Adobe Flash Player or support for Java right out of the box?” – Virtual Browser for Chrome User

This is the question that was posed to us by a user the other day “How come my iPad doesn’t come with Adobe Flash Player already installed? I paid good money for this device.”

With iPads being as ubiquitous as cars on the road, many folks use their iOS devices for more leisurely activities that would be considered passive usage such as gaming, surfing the web or checking the occasional email.

Little has been made of the large number of use cases in which iPads and iPhones are being used as full productivity devices for enterprise work. As this article for appstechnews.com mentions that a Citrix Mobile report shows the continued dominance of iOS in Enterprise. Support for Java and Flash is still heavily needed and our apps fill that void through a virtual service. By allowing your iOS device either iPhone or iPad to connect to our servers we are allowing users to access Flash and Java supported sites such as Pogo.com, BNSF, Runescape and Pearson Learning among others.

This isn’t to say that in 5 years the roadmap to a newer web standard won’t exist but for the foreseeable future Flash is still King. That means that while the usage of mobile devices that support Apple and Android keeps going up and up, the demand for Flash is going to be high.

Our apps VirtualBrowser for Firefox and VirtualBrowser for Chrome offer the best solution for users still seeking to use Flash and Java programs on an iPad or iPhone. By allowing a virtual connection on your iOS device you get a “desktop” class browsing experience with the ability to customize your browser with Add-ons, apps and extensions. Also by allowing users to connect with Firefox Sync or Sign in with a Google Account, you can enjoy the seamless integration of your saved bookmarks and history. All with the ability to still use Flash.

While the web may be writing off Adobe Flash we’re not setting it off into the sunset just yet. Adobe Flash is not dead, not by a long shot.

If you want to find out more about our apps click on the links to the right. Drop us a line via social media, we can be found on Facebook here, here and here.

For those twitter users, you can tweet at us at @AlwaysOnApps

Or if you prefer good old fashioned email communications, send us an email at support@xformcomputing.com

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Posted by at 6 May , 2014

Sometimes it happens and we forget how to reset our password on our accounts. You may have thought you wrote it down somewhere or have it saved on the app.

Well now you can easily reset your AlwaysOnPC password directly within the app. Just follow these few shorts steps and you’ll be on your way enjoying your Virtual PC again.

Download links to the right.

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Posted by at 25 April , 2014

AlwaysOnPC is excited to release a game changing update to our personal productivity app. Now you can stream your AlwaysOnPC app with the world’s first Dual Screen Streaming Cloud Desktop for iPad and iPhone, Using your Apple TV.

Our Dual-Screen innovation lets mobile users extend their AlwaysOnPC experience beyond their device to a nearby HDTV screen using Apple TV’s Airplay Display feature. The iPad-to-Apple-TV connection is wireless, so no cables are required.

 

Download links to the right.

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Posted by at 24 April , 2014

We are really excited to announce our Dual-Screen technology is now available in beta in our AlwaysOnPC App! This is huge news for us, and is a key step towards our strategic vision of enabling real-time content sharing across all mobile/computing ecosystems.

The full story is copies below. (Another blog post will follow with how-to info)

Xform Computing Announces World’s First Dual-Screen Streaming Cloud Desktop for iPad and iPhone, Using Apple TV

Now in beta, Xform’s latest AlwaysOnPC app update can display it’s full Cloud Desktop in HD format via the Apple TV ‘Dual-Screen’ Airplay Display

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Xform Computing, leader in open-source based cloud-streaming apps for mobile devices, announces its Dual-Screen technology is included in the latest update of the AlwaysOnPC App in the iTunes App Store.

AlwaysOnPC Dual-Screen Streaming cloud desktop

The AlwaysOnPC app delivers a cloud-based desktop computer to mobile devices. This latest Dual-Screen innovation lets mobile users extend their AlwaysOnPC experience beyond their device to a nearby HDTV screen using Apple TV’s Airplay Display feature. The iPad-to-Apple-TV connection is wireless, so no cables are required.

When Dual-Screen mode is activated, the AlwaysOnPC desktop apps are displayed on the large, clear HDTV screen. Users then have the entire screen of their iPad or iPhone as a touch-pad and keyboard, to control and use the AlwaysOnPC features.

“Our customers want the ability to view as well as share their content on the best display available,” said Kroum Antov, CEO of Xform Computing, “AlwaysOnPC Dual-Screen brings a new paradigm for mobile app interfaces and is a giant leap forward for Cloud Streaming Apps.”

For example iPad users with Apple TV at home can open and share content with their family and friends by projecting it onto the HDTV: They can share photos or video from sources such as Facebook, Dropbox, Vimeo, even Adobe Flash-based video among others using Firefox Browser with Flash support that is included in AlwaysOnPC.

The AlwaysOnPC with Dual-Screen also enhances business and productivity activities. With Apple TV and an iPhone, a user can open and edit office documents such as Microsoft Word, Excel or Powerpoint files, or display a meeting presentation, on a large HDTV screen.

Whenever AlwaysOnPC App detects a nearby Apple TV, instructions appear for activating it: Swipe up to reveal the iOS control panel; tap “AirPlay Display”, select “Apple TV” and turn ON the “Mirroring” switch. AlwaysOnPC will then switch to Dual-Screen mode. The feature will remain free during beta. Learn more athttp://alwaysonpc.com/mobile/AlwaysOnPC-HDTV-Dual-screen-display-Apple-TV

Links to download the AlwaysOnPC from the iTunes App Store are for iPhonehttp://vlt.me/alwaysonpc-iphone , and for iPad http://vlt.me/alwaysonpc-ipad .

About Xform Computing, Inc.:

Xform’s AlwaysOnPC platform delivers the power of cloud-hosted applications to iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets. Xform has cloud clusters deployed in the US and Europe with over 1.5 million virtual desktops/apps created and streamed to customer’s PCs and mobile devices. Xform’s apps include Virtual-Browser for Firefox, VirtualBrowser for Chrome and AlwaysOnPC. The apps are sold in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon Apps, and other marketplaces. The platform is also available for private label or license. Learn more at http://www.xformcomputing.com

Firefox® and Mozilla® are registered trademarks of Mozilla Foundation. Adobe® and Flash® are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Other marks are the property of their respective owners. The mention of these marks is to indicate compatibility only and shall not be construed as an endorsement of Xform or its apps.

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Xform Computing, Inc.

This story was picked up lots of places – like here on marketwatch:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/xform-computing-announces-worlds-first-dual-screen-streaming-cloud-desktop-for-ipad-and-iphone-using-apple-tv-2014-04-24

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Posted by at 4 April , 2014

AlwaysOnPC turns your Kindle Fire HD into a complete virtual computer in the cloud pre-loaded with over 40 apps that you can access anytime from anywhere.

You can now edit and work on your existing documents created in Microsoft Office like Excel, Word and Powerpoint all from your existing AlwaysOnPC account with Dropbox Simply link your existing Dropbox account with your AlwaysOnPC account and begin to edit your Microsoft Office docs right on your Kindle Fire HD or HDX with Open Office anytime from anywhere.

Check out our demo video:

Download links to the right.

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Posted by at 10 March , 2014

Run Java sites and games like Runescape, Etrade Pro, BNSF and United Unimatic on your Kindle Fire HD and HDX with AlwaysOnPC.

You can now play games like Runescape on the go and enjoy the same great gaming experience from anywhere. There is no need for any extra add-ons, apps or bulky gaming laptop to carry around. Access your Etrade Pro stocks in real-time from your tablet.

Employees who need secure intranet access to work related sites can enjoy the comfort of our secure and encrypted connection. Use sites like United Unimatic, BNSF Railway Emulator, Kronos and many more!

AlwaysOnPC gives you a complete virtual computer pre-loaded with over 40 apps that you can access and use from any iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android smartphone or tablet.

Check out our demo video:

Download links to the right.

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Posted by at 25 February , 2014

Steve Jobs might be turning in his grave when he hears about this one…

Below is a new video highlighting how you can use AlwaysOnPC app to view and edit Apple iWork docs (Keynote, Pages, Numbers) on Kindle Fire HD HDX.

(We decided to make a separate post for Kindle Fire HD HDX users about this, since Amazon is working hard to create their own apps store and experience outside of the Android/Google Play arena:)

Yep, that’s right, since AlwaysOnPC includes Chrome and Firefox browsers, you can browse to Apple’s iCloud.com online service, which now includes the iWork Suite (still labeled “in beta’), which includes the full suite of Apple apps, so you can do things like this:

screenshot of iWork view and edit Keynote, pages, numbers on Android Tablet
Here’s a shot of how you can use iWork to create or edit Keynote, pages, numbers on any Android Tablet

Create or Edit Apple iWork docs like Keynote on Kindle Fire HD HDX tablets

- View Numbers files on Kindle Fire HD / HDX

- View or edit Apple iWork Pages docs on Kindle Fire HD / HDX

Here’s an example video:

You can also access Apple’s Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Contacts and the “Find my iPhone” from your Kindle Fire HD or HDX devices!

Get it now – download links are at right:

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