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Posted by at 14 August , 2015

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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 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 5 August , 2015

Consider this, we’re all engaged with our smartphones. Wether we are checking our Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Kik (insert your favorite social app here) to see what our friends are up to the need to communicate and connect is engrained in our DNA. We are completely and utterly hooked on the ephemeral moment.

Snapchat message screen

1. Connecting Instantly

Why do we feel that compelling urge to connect instantly? There is a good read on Techcrunch on the debate of Ephemeral vs. Perpetual Messaging. One of the points that stood out was this, “This desire for these apps comes from the unnatural state of current online social communication. In real life, all communication happens within a context and people only have a limited identity in that context.” So what does this mean? In the setting of all these social apps the goal is to create an extension of your personality to continually exist wether you are present or not. Your digital persona is alive and present in the digital context of the app.

2. Oversharing of the moment.

Another topic that is currently centered around this category of apps is the element of oversharing. Teens have a much higher propensity to overshare without realizing that in the future, an employer will find out what they did in high school. These apps leave a digital footprint that while claims of the traces of your kick ass summer party are gone this may not always be the case. That fleeting moment that disappears gives a false sense of privacy and security on the users end. Compound that by friends who screen-grab and post to other social sites and you’ve got a good chance that your ephemeral moment isn’t going to be only seen by those closest to you.

3. You can be who you want to be Online…

Take a look at the chart below on this post about how messaging app Kik is claiming higher engagment than Snapchat at 200 million registered users. The numbers are skewed towards a younger demographic of high school aged students. But really look at that the key metric here which is the amount of time spent within the app at 39 minutes (on Kik). On average between the 3 major messaging apps presented you have users spending on average 27 minutes sharing pictures, videos, gifs, links and silly doodles.

Graphic on app usage by age group

This is more than enough time to curate an outward facing person that will show people what you want them to know about you. This creates a narrative that not only engages but creates that value to you as a brand. The minute we don’t want to use it or grow out of that demographic you can easily delete your traces and start fresh on another social network of your choosing.

In essence you are creating an illusion that you can always get out of whenever the moment strikes.

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Posted by at 13 February , 2015

Weekend Reading

 

 

Apple Doubles The Size Of iOS Apps

Times, they are a-changin’. Storage is getting cheaper, bandwidth is less tightly restricted and, as such, the apps we use are getting bigger.

For the first time since the launch of the App Store, Apple has increased the maximum size allowed for apps and games distributed through its App Store…read more

 

 

Watching People Code Could Be The Next Big Thing

Twitch made streaming video games into a hugely popular phenomenon, so what could be the next big live-streaming thing? Perhaps it’s watching other people code…read more

 

 

How to Research Good Blog Topics

Conducting research is an essential part of writing quality blog content. To be a credible industry expert, you need facts, stats, figures, and examples at your disposal — all external validation that shows you know your stuff…read more

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Posted by at 11 February , 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 10, 2015

Xform Computing, Inc.

support@xformcomputing.com

The virtualBrowser for Firefox iPad and iPhone Apps from Xform Computing Inc. now offer support for the latest Adobe Flash Player utilizing the Linux OS Platform

Mozilla Firefox for Linux now can run the latest version of Adobe Flash Player thanks to the freshplayerplugin open source project. Utilizing this plugin, Xform delivers the latest Flash Player for Firefox on iPhone and iPad.

Santa Barbara, CA — Xform Computing Inc., the leader in open-source based cloud-streaming apps for mobile devices, is excited to announce the latest update for all Virtual Browser for Firefox users. This recent update to the Virtual Browser for Firefox app on iPhone and iPad will allow users to continue to access the latest version of Adobe Flash Player that Mozilla decided to to no longer support after Adobe Flash player version 11.2.

From the Adobe Blog:

“For Flash Player releases after 11.2, the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux will only be available via the “Pepper” API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from Adobe. Adobe will continue to provide security updates to non-Pepper distributions of Flash Player 11.2 on Linux for five years from its release.”

The Xform engineering team was able to deploy a solution for Adobe Flash Player on Linux that was compatible with the latest version of Firefox thanks to the freshplayerplugin open source project. Users will be able to run the latest version of Flash and Java, as well as Mozilla Firefox Add-ons and extensions on both iPad and iPhone with support for Firefox sync.

Popular games such as Runescape, Pogo.com, United Unimatic, BNSF Railways will continue to have support on our popular Virtual Browser for Firefox Platform for iOS.

“One of the best browser comes to the ipad in a very powerful experience. Runs really well, and the virtual solution is amazing. Really well implemented. A must have for user that take the web serious.” – iOS Review January 2015

 “This is really powerful browser for your device. You can do what you’re usually do on your desktop browser. You can run Java applications, use different kinds of extensions and plugins. I like the interface and simple navigations.” – iOS Review January 2015

Virtual Firefox browser a top 10 app in paid Business apps is the only app to run the real Mozilla Firefox browser with “desktop class” features like Java, Flash, Firefox Add-Ons, Extension and much more.

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 more to be announced in 2014. With over 1.5 million virtual desktops created and streamed to customer’s PC’s and mobile devices, Xform’s apps include Virtual Browser 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 at http://www.xformcomputing.com

Contact:

Kroum Antov, Chief Executive Officer

Xform Computing, Inc.

kroum@xfromcomputing.com

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Posted by at 14 August , 2014

App Updates for all Virtual Browser Products: Virtual Browser for Chrome, Virtual Browser for Firefox and Private Anonymous Browser for iPad and iPhone.

 

Santa Barbara, CA — Xform Computing Inc., a leader in open-source based cloud-streaming apps for mobile devices, is excited to announce an update to our existing lineup of iOS apps. This app update (Versions 2.0.7, 2.0.5 and 1.0.3) fixes a bug issue that was prompting many users to “Recover” their premium accounts even if they had already upgraded. If a user choose the yes option to recover they could get stuck in a loop or they would be prompted to “Recover” again if they closed the application out.

This newest update fixes that bug issue for all Virtual Browser products and will allow users to continue to seamlessly use the Premium features with an updated in-app purchase model.

All our Virtual Browser products run Flash, Java as well as the ability to use Firefox Add-Ons (Virtual Browser for Firefox only) Chrome web apps and Extensions with both our Virtual Chrome and Private Anonymous Browser apps. Private Anonymous Browser runs in a private incognito tab that securely protects your privacy and data. All mobile sessions are SSH encrypted end to end.

Virtual Browser for Firefox ranks #3 (Appfigures.com data August 14, 2014) in paid Business apps and is the only app to run the real Mozilla Firefox browser with “desktop class” features like Java, Flash, Firefox Add-Ons, Extension and much more.

Virtual Browser for Chrome ranks #20 in the Utilities category on the AppStore with it also in the top 25 for Top Grossing apps in that category (Appfigures.com data on August 14, 2014).

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 more to be announced in 2014. With over 1.5 million virtual desktops created and streamed to customer’s PC’s and mobile devices, Xform Computing’s apps include Virtual Browser for Firefox, Virtual Browser 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 at http://www.xformcomputing.com

Contact:

Kroum Antov

Chief Executive Officer

Xform Computing, Inc.

kroum@xfromcomputing.com

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Posted by at 8 August , 2014

Here’s a quick video on how to optimize VirtualBrowser for Chrome to play Farmville 2 on your iPad. You can get our app on the App Store for both your iPhone or iPad just search for Virtual Chrome or click on the links below.

If you have any questions you can always contact us via email at support@xformcomputing.com or “Like” us on Facebook.

Download for iPad

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Posted by at 1 August , 2014

Sometimes it happens. You work hard on a product update for weeks and then you test and test….and test…and test some more and finally after you feel good about the stability of a release you drop off the binary into the App Store and pray all goes smoothly.

Well…sometimes bugs happen unfortunately. Our newest release for our Virtual Browser lineup sadly has a bug that has been confusing and alarming existing users. No the world isn’t going to end, but we’re well aware of it and have submitted a release to the App Store to fix this issue. We are just waiting on Apple to approve the fix.

This bug is causing many users to think that they have to reactivate their account to access the Premium features of our browser.

This is not the case there is a simple work around that you’ll have to do until the update is released. Just click on “NO” to bypass this message and as you can see your Account Status should say Premium.

We apologize if this has confused any of our current users. Sometimes bugs do happen.

If you have any questions or comments please contact us at support@xformcomputing.com or reach us through Facebook at facebook.com/VirtualChrome.ipad.iphone.Flash.Player or tweet at us @AlwaysOnApps

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Posted by at 29 July , 2014

“Oh my GAWD! I have to create some content for our brand!”

Creating good content for your brand can be a somewhat difficult endeavor. You may be inclined to cut and paste articles on social media that have some relevancy to what you do, but are you really doing the best possible job at curating content for your brand experience?

There has been a seismic shift in the way consumers interact with brands. The traditional way has been to watch television and consume content by targeting your product during your demographics peak viewing hours. This is what is typically called a Nielsen Rating. Many traditional media outlets like print newspaper and television newscast live and die by these ratings. Nielsen has a whole scientific way of getting results per viewership and there is a great blog post on it here.

This is not a very efficient way of gaining traction with your brand. It’s a very low latency/low interaction method that does not fit the digital media landscape. Many big brands are struggling with this as the rules are changing daily. A perfect example of this are companies like JC Penny who felt they had to change in order to gain a broader audience and hired former Apple Retail Executive Ron Johnson to be the company CEO in November 2011. (He has since been ousted.) JC Penny was trying to adapt its long and storied history into a hip name brand, which did not resonate with its consumer base and the content marketing efforts in online media were not very well executed.

This brings us back to the idea of developing good content marketing for your brand. There is a great post I read by Noah Brier, Co-Founder and CEO of Percolate an online content marketing company founded in 2008, on ReCode which you can read here. In this article Noah states “I would simplify things even further to say that content marketing is nothing more than brands using content to communicate with audiences.”

Content Marketing Poster

So how do you develop good content? The key is to look at the tools you already use in your daily marketing efforts. What kinds of interactions are you having with users on your Facebook page? What types of tweets are your followers on Twitter most interested in? Twitter just released their analytics tools at analytics.twitter.com. Use this to find out what your users actually want? Here is a quick snapshot of Xform Computing’s analytics page.

Xform Twitter Analytics

As you can see most of our followers are interested in Music, Technology and Tech News. So in order for us to create good content marketing we have to position or post and tweets to cater to those tastes. We’ve developed several YouTube channels focusing on features in our line-up of products. Some videos are general while others get more specific. Our product is not trying to “go viral” as many brands try to do and fail miserably at. What we want to tie into our content marketing is steady user growth and our line graph to have a steady up tick of user acquisition.

There are some simple rules to follow:

  1. First and foremost find your voice! Find out what your brand/product is about and curate it towards users that will find a use for it.
  2. Tell a story. Consumers do not want stats and numbers. They want to know how this will impact their life and will they have any future use for it. (Think relevancy!)
  3. Create content that is human. Create content that has real value.
  4. Find the the channels where your audience is and distribute your content there.
By no means is this an easy task, but if you outline a plan relevant to your brand you may find that a more dialed in approach may be what works best for you. Plus your marketing budget will be no more worse for wear.
You can reach us at support@xformcomputing.com or on Twitter @AlwaysOnApps

 

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