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Posted by at 17 May , 2016

Plarium’s Stormfall for iPhone, iPad and iPad Pro is now a reality!

Enter a dark fantasy MMO! Build your Castle into a fortress, raise a powerful army and take your place as the emperor of Stormfall: Age of War!

 

Stormfall, the once great and proud empire, has crumbled to dust. Without a ruler to guide them, the noble houses squabble among themselves, blind to the evil spreading across their lands. Only a true leader can unite them all and face the coming darkness. You will be that leader in Stormfall: Age of War™, a dark fantasy MMO strategy game by Plarium.

About Xform Computing

Xform delivers the power of cloud-hosted desktops and 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 created and streamed to customer’s PC’s and mobile devices, Xform’s apps include VirtualBrowser for Firefox, VirtualBrowser for Chrome, Private Anonymous Browser and AlwaysOnPC. The apps are sold in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon Apps, and other marketplaces.

Learn more about our products here: http://www.xformcomputing.com or download the apps below:

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Posted by at 11 May , 2016

Adobe Flash is still popular on the web. HTML5 will have to wait its turn.

web browsers still use flash

The web has an adoption problem.

The web has become the entertainment hub of digital content commerce. As consumer trends move towards streaming services like Hulu, Amazon Video, Netflix and many others – the need to allow video content to play on multiple devices has ushered in a race to produce more HTML 5 content. But why HTML 5?

“…HTML5 is everything that Flash set out to be and more, because it is an open-source technology built into browsers that has been tried and tested for many years…” via ComputerWeekly.com

This argument may hold true but here are 5 reason we still love Flash on the web…

  1. Technology takes time to roll out
  2. There’s no incentive to updgrade
  3. Countless websites depend on it
  4. It’s easy to develop and implement for
  5. Lazy Developers
Over time though, there’s no question that technology will eventually catch up and as new websites stop using Flash, as older websites slowly fade away, better alternatives to Flash will end up taking the throne. via neurogadget.net
Technology is always changing but the web still loves it’s Adobe Flash. Needless to say we do too.

About Xform Computing

Xform delivers the power of cloud-hosted desktops and 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 created and streamed to customer’s PC’s and mobile devices, Xform’s apps include VirtualBrowser for Firefox, VirtualBrowser for Chrome, Private Anonymous Browser and AlwaysOnPC. The apps are sold in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon Apps, and other marketplaces.

Learn more about our products here: http://www.xformcomputing.com or download the app below.

virtual_firefox_icon   download the app from the appstore

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Posted by at 5 May , 2016

You should be happy that Apple didn’t make a real television product.

Apple TV Logo with Color Bars

 

Television has captured our imaginations since the first television sets came out in the 1950′s. Since then America has been captivated by the allure of the humming blue hue of the living room television. Flash forward to the present and now you can watch TV on your phone, tablet and pretty much any portable device you can imagine.

“Apple today began promoting a new feature on the fourth-generation Apple TV called “Live Tune-In,” which lets users jump directly into the live streams of select apps usingSiri. The company is specifically promoting CBS, ESPN, and Disney XD as apps that support Live Tune-In, but it hasn’t disclosed yet how soon other apps that have live channel functionality will gain the new feature as well.” via Macrumors

So did Apple create the ultimate television with it’s newest Apple TV? It sure seems like it did. It’s apparent that no one has caught on that this is the platform Apple is betting on to dominate the next generation of TV.

According to that report, “people familiar with the matter” have confirmed that Apple did have a small team working on an Apple TV set a few years ago, but the team was disbanded more than a year ago. via Macworld.com

Television is a hard business to break into and the fact that Apple had a team working on developing features that could distinguish them from them competition says how close they were to a “traditional” television experience. Do they have a potential gold mine with a streaming box like the 4th generation Apple TV?

It may be too soon to tell.

About Xform Computing

Xform delivers the power of cloud-hosted desktops and 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 created and streamed to customer’s PC’s and mobile devices, Xform’s apps include VirtualBrowser for Firefox, VirtualBrowser for Chrome, Private Anonymous Browser and AlwaysOnPC. The apps are sold in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon Apps, and other marketplaces.

Learn more about our products here: http://www.xformcomputing.com or download the app below.

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Posted by at 28 August , 2015

Weekend Reading

Instagram’s Square Photo Tyranny Has Been Abolished

Good news photographers, Instagram’s UI now supports landscape- and portrait-oriented images—and video!—making it easier and less cumbersome to compose that perfect shot.

Top 10 mistakes Node.js Developers Make

Node.js has seen an important growth in the past years, with big companies such as Walmart or PayPal adopting it. More and more people are picking up Node and publishing modules to NPM at such a pace that exceeds other languages.

Uber hires the Jeep Cherokee hackers

The hack of a Jeep Cherokee was the most significant car hacking story to break recently. Now the guys responsible will work for Uber.

Uber snatched up Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, the hackers who exposed a serious security vulnerability in Fiat Chrysler (FCA) vehicles, which resulted in the first ever recall for potential car hacking, on Friday, reports Reuters.

And finally a bit of humor…

As developers we can also have a bit of fun too. Popular blogging platform Medium got into the spirit with a clever App Store update.

About Xform Computing

Xform delivers the power of cloud-hosted desktops and 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 created and streamed to customer’s PC’s and mobile devices, Xform’s apps include VirtualBrowser for Firefox, VirtualBrowser for Chrome, Private Anonymous Browser and AlwaysOnPC. The apps are sold in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon Apps, and other marketplaces.

Learn more about our products here: http://www.xformcomputing.com or click on the app links on the right hand side.

 

 

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Posted by at 27 August , 2015

New API Extensions will help protect users from malware and spam.

Do you like your Firefox with a little bit of Chrome sprinkled in? Well get ready because some changes are happening which will make Firefox feel a lot more like Chrome and that’s a good thing…for developers.

With web technologies changes at a blistering pace, many developers have to adapt to the ever changing browser ecosystem. Developers therefore are going to find it much easier to write and port add-ons between browsers. The downside is that many of Firefox’s existing add-ons will need some serious modification to ensure they continue to function when Firefox 43 is released. However this will probably be seen as a small price to pay by developers as they find that they can release new extensions and support their offering across most platforms with only a few changes to the underlying code.

You can read more about the upcoming changes in this article via filehippo.com

About Xform Computing

Xform delivers the power of cloud-hosted desktops and 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 created and streamed to customer’s PC’s and mobile devices, Xform’s apps include VirtualBrowser for Firefox, VirtualBrowser for Chrome, Private Anonymous Browser and AlwaysOnPC. The apps are sold in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon Apps, and other marketplaces.

Learn more about our products here: http://www.xformcomputing.com or click on the app links on the right hand side.

 

 

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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 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 12 June , 2014

iCloud Log in image

We’re all guilty of it. We forget what we signed up for? Which email address we used? Or the most common issue that happens…which password did I use for that darn account?

As mobile technology keeps growing, we cannot escape our symbiotic relationship with our mobile devices. Unless we have a million post-it notes everywhere or every single password written in a notebook it can become nearly impossible to keep track of every account we use. That is why you see a constant push from companies asking you to login with your Facebook, Google+ or Twitter account to minimize the pain of remembering passwords. What happens if you quit those social sites? How do you remember to login?

Why iCloud is Important

Apple has really pushed the usage of iCloud to the forefront of all their iOS devices and OSX hardware since its initial release of the platform on October 20, 2011. Not only do they want to keep you within the Apple ecosystem which many have dubbed “the walled garden”, but, this is Apple’s way of minimizing the usage of the dreaded password, which, in recent years has come under fire with many companies like Mozilla, PayPal and Google all trying to find ways to create a new login mechanism to your favorite sites.

As many of our users now by now it’s how we keep track of what level of service you’ve purchased as well. It makes our jobs a bit easier when their is no third party being connected to in-app purchases. It’s also why it’s important to keep your iCloud account active on your iOS or OSX device. Apple provides us with the best possible solution to their ecosystem and no Apple iCloud account means not purchasing of apps.

How to keep your iCloud account active on your device

This is where a majority of users run into problems when they cannot renew their Premium option for either Virtual Chrome or Virtual Firefox. First, access iCloud account via the settings menu on you iOS device. Tap on the settings icon and then look for iCloud and type in you iCloud username and password. There are few steps to follow but this graphic should help:

icloud steps, access to icloud, login to icloud

The key take away from this is to keep your account Documents and Data tab on. While the App store will keep asking you to punch in your password or use your touch ID for app store purchase (this feature is sure to grow with the iPhone 6). Keeping your documents and data tab on will reduce the headache of any auto renewal or in-app purchases that you make on your device.

There you have it, a tiny bit of information that should make your app buying experiences a bit more manageable when renewing services or even switching to a new iOS device.

You can always contact us at support@xformcomputing.com if you have any questions or just want to tell us how awesome our products are.

 

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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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David McClintock
Chief Marketing Officer
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 5 September , 2013

Here is an overview of AlwaysOnPC for iOS and Android devices:

For more info, go to:

http://alwaysonpc.com/about.php

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