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Posted by at 11 September , 2015

Weekend Reading

​Mozilla quietly deploys built-in Firebox advertising

In February 2014, Mozilla announced that it was going to add preset tiles that included ads to FirefoxUsers hated the idea and Mozilla put the plan on hold. Now, Mozilla has not only brought back the idea of Suggested Tiles Firefox ads, it’s deployed them. 

Google and Twitter to make the news faster on your phone

Google and Twitter are working together to launch their own take on “instant articles” for mobile phone users,Re/code’s Peter Kafka and Mark Bergen report. Like other “instant article” initiatives from Facebook, Apple, and Snapchat, this plan aims to make it easier for publishers to get their content read on smartphones.

Apple’s 3D Touch is trying to solve the biggest problem in Mobile

Let’s say you want to take a selfie, or hail an Uber, or send a new email. How many taps does it take you? How many screens do you have to visit? It depends on what you’re trying to do, but the answer’s going to be “more than one.” This is mobile’s shallow UI problem; everyone from Google to Apple is feeling the pinch.

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 2 September , 2015

Let’s get our pitchforks out it’s time burn the house MacroMind and Apple not Adobe built….wait what?!?

Do you recall a time when you used Adobe Flash for everything on the web? Or maybe you knew it as Macromedia Flash or Shockwave Flash. Turns out the same people who are calling for it’s demise (yes, I’m looking at you Apple) in 2010 are the very same folks who fostered the growth of the current iteration of Flash into existence.

Read this via the Wikipedia page for Adobe Shockwave: “Shockwave originated with the VideoWorks application developed by MacroMind for the original Apple Macintosh. Animations were initially limited to the black and white of early Macintosh screens. VideoWorks was rebranded as Director 1.0 in 1987. Director 2.2 was released in 1988, and included the Lingo scripting language with extensibility provided by Xtras. A Windows version was available in the early 1990s. Director 3.0 was the last version by MacroMind, and released in 1989 which introduced XObjects to Lingo. Shockwave Player had still not been developed, and the sole means of publishing content remained generating executable applications.”

“Shockwave originated with the VideoWorks application developed by MacroMind for the original Apple Macintosh.”

It’s interesting that the current cabal trying to kill Flash is not really saying why or how Adobe should handle Flash. Adobe Flash still makes up a huge portion of the web market with a survey conducted in 2011 by Millward Brown, Flash makes up over 90% of the media content on the web. There is no way that killing it can benefit anyone that still produces Flash based content in the short term. Many companies, especially Google (who by the way just unveiled a new logo) a subsidiary of the newly formed Alphabet Inc. still use Flash based ads to make money.

Flash ain’t dead just yet.

Even Google doesn’t want to pull the cord just yet. The reasoning is that the big G’s revenue stream from Flash based Ads is a touchy subject. You don’t cut off the hand that feeds you, do you now?

Advertisers have been the big pro-Flash holdouts and that is why Flash will live on for the foreseeable future. The market is too huge and no other viable alternatives have been really developed. HTML 5 is a start but how many folks have figured out how to markup really good content that replaces Flash? Google has a conversion tool called Swiffy that according to the site that “Swiffy is a simple Flash to HTML5 converter that helps make SWF files available to a larger audience.”

The simple truth is Flash isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

And the verdict is…

Much ado about nothing. The internet will slowly move on from Flash and in the meantime people will posture on the imminent demise of Adobe’s product but nobody outside of tech will really care.

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 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 14 August , 2015

Weekend Reading

Jobs in Cloud Computing

 

Want to get ahead in the cloud? Docker and DevOps skills are what you need.

According to recent IT Jobs Watch figures, job roles involving container technology Docker have risen 317 places to number two in the 500 most sought after IT skills. With this in mind, recent research from Rackspace has shown a similar spike in Docker and DevOps-related skills in the UK technology industry.

 

The future of SEO: Apple vs. Google

Over the past few years, many top startups have elected to go mobile first and build app only experiences. While some have had success, mobile first companies such as Uber and Hotel Tonight have missed out on the large opportunity of SEO. Soon, pages within an app will be as easy to search for as pages on a website, and mobile-only companies will be able to compete directly with websites via search.

 

Designing Web Interfaces For Kids

Kids spend a lot of time online, and their cognitive and physical limitations present many challenges to them when they do so. Pair that with poorly designed content and dark patterns, and you have a bad mix.

 

The Hamburger Menu doesn’t work

It’s called a “hamburger” because it it looks roughly like a bun-meat-bun sandwich. Others have insisted that it looks much more like a triple hot-dog, but they’ve thus far been unsuccessful in winning the public’s hearts and minds. The idea behind the hamburger menu is that you can use it to hide site navigation on smaller screens, showing it only when the user clicks the icon instead of always showing it (which was the previous norm).

Run Flash & Java on iPad and iPhone with Virtual Chrome, Virtual Firefox and AlwaysOnPC in a secure streaming cloud computing environment. – To see more click on the link below:

 

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Posted by at 3 August , 2015

I recently stumbled upon a couple interesting articles on Medium on how niche messaging apps are currently flooding the market. This made me wonder about how our own recent efforts to introduce PicsCast a private picture app fits into this whole ecosystem.

Screenshot of iPhone Messaging Apps

Let’s face it this is a tough market to tackle. Your are fighting with a lot competitors in this space. You have a whole slew of use cases, all focused on the single goal of a dominant communication platform. Everyone’s heard of Slack’s meteoric rise to the top of the B2B internal messaging ecosystem unseating such popular work messaging systems such as Microsoft Lync, Skype, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger for Business, etc. The underlying theme is users are craving away to with each other in the simplest way possible and it all starts with sending a message. This means removing complex and unproductive user interfaces and growing as mobile first products.

So Why Does it Matter?

Good question! Messaging as a platform is here to stay. I wouldn’t be surprised if many companies start to move in this direction to create more integrated ecosystems that begin with the chat experience. The need to communicate and show your life to others is a basic human need. That’s why you see so many people glued to their phones. The need to connect is there and these platforms provide the instant ability connect with others regardless of what the platform the content is delivered on.

Messaging is becoming its own operating system.

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Posted by at 13 February , 2015

Every so often we get that gut wrenching review when a user decides to unload all over us in the App Store. Needless to say it is a painful experience for any small app developer.

There are lot of ups and downs in the day to day support of apps for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. The difficulty lies in how the reviewer states their positive or negative experience. These comments can not only be detrimental to our review ratings, but many times it does not give us the proper context into why the user had a bad experience with the app in the first place.

Here is an example of a bad review left in the App Store that does not help us in determining what exactly the user was experiencing. Could the user have been in a slow WiFi location? Were they on at peak hours? Was a certain website not loading properly? Did they read the app description or access the help guide? It is hard to tell from this users review:

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How do you make sense of this type of information? In the Google Play Store we can respond to comments and make sure that users are being clear about the issue they are experiencing. Sometimes you do have to do some detective work to figure out what exactly is going on?

looking for clues in the app store

Then you have users that write reviews that are clear and concise. They write a review stating the exact experience they had with our apps and how it helped them:

One thing that jumps out is that 3 out of 3 customers found this review helpful. Potential customers are always looking at existing users ratings and reviews as the first indicator if they will download the app? They are already here they just want to see how others found the product useful.

Or you have the user who took the time to state simply how our app helped him out in his day to day use.

Needless to say, there is a way to write an effective review that is either positive or negative. This can actually help App Developer fix an issue that they may not even be aware of. Take a look at this score card that Airbnb uses to rate a customer reviews it creates a good methodology into how a user should rate an experience.

airbnb_scorecard

Seems like a reasonable way to score an app in the App Store, right? This is how the anatomy of a good or bad review can work in the users favor. There are several factors that play into this way of objectively reviewing an app on iOS or Android. Both are different platforms with their fair of good and bad applications and users should learn how to praise good efforts and apply constructive critiques of negative experiences. Telling us “Hey, your Apps sucks!” is not constructive as we may not know what it actually “sucking” in our App.

As App Developers we should also consider what users want in a mobile application? It is after all a two way street two way street. Ask yourself a few questions? Does it fill a need? Does it provide a solution to an existing problem? Does it work as advertised? Will it become a day-to-day app or an app that you use for enterprise purposes? There are so many questions that go into the utility an app provides like our Virtual Browser apps that can run Flash and Java; that we should be able to answer those questions.

Also consider this; What do people really want in good apps? This image below gives us a good indicator of the consideration that goes into downloading an app onto a mobile device.

What people are looking for in good apps

The biggest factor is if the user sees that the apps does exactly what they need it for. How does the user get there? By going into app reviews and ratings to see if it is worth the time and money to use any application. This why it is important to have positive and clear reviews by users.

Users in the App Store are looking at solving an existing problem on their given device. This is the best form of window shopping available. We need to provide the best reviews possible to encourage an app download. This is why a good or bad review can make or break your app. We need to guide users into giving us constructive critiques that will improve their overall experience.

In the end this is a two way street between App Developers and users.

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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

Here’s another great example of the power of AlwaysOnPC App: In this post we show how you can use our Google Play Edition of the AlwaysOnPC app to view and edit Apple iWork docs (Keynote, Pages, Numbers) on Android. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- view or edit Apple iWork docs Keynote on Android

- View Numbers files on Nexus 5, 7 or 10

- View or edit Apple iWork Pages docs on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 or Note 3, 2

Here’s an example video:

You can also access Apple’s Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Contacts and the “Find my iPhone” from Android devices!

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

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