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Posted by at 14 August , 2015

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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 16 April , 2014

We have some great news!  Xform has signed a partnership with Parallels, Inc that includes collaboration and an investment by Parallels in Xform.

Here’s the official press release below:

Xform Computing Receives Investment from Parallels, Inc.,

Accelerates Cloud-based Application Streaming Services for Mobile Devices

Santa Barbara, CA – April 16, 2014 - Xform Computing Inc., pioneer of the AlwaysOnPC Cloud-streaming mobile Apps and services, today announced that the company has received an investment from Parallels, Inc., a global leader in hosting and cloud services enablement and cross platform solutions.

Xform and Parallels are collaborating across their technical, marketing and product teams to accelerate Xform’s AlwaysOnPC platform to address new applications and expand into more global markets and channels.

This collaboration also includes an investment by Parallels that will boost the next phase of Xform’s growth.

With its expertise in virtualization technology and cloud computing, Parallels is an ideal investor for Xform,” said Kroum Antov, CEO of Xform. “Xform is building the next generation of Cloud App Streaming services and has a unique opportunity with Parallels for collaboration, especially in the areas of highly scalable infrastructure, and creating industry-leading user experience.”

The Xform services and apps use patented technology to host and stream an entire desktop experience, or individual applications to mobile and HDTV devices. Examples include Office suite, email, graphics, video, image editing, as well as Chrome or Firefox browsers with Flash, Java and HTML5, all securely accessible from tablets, smartphones and soon HDTVs.

With global smartphone and tablet shipments topping one billion in a single year, there’s an increasing need for applications that improve efficiency and productivity on these devices” added Jack Zubarev, president of cross platform solutions at Parallels. “Parallels is pleased to work with Xform to take advantage of the market opportunity.”

 

About Xform

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 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. Learn more at http://www.xformcomputing.com

 

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CONTACT

David McClintock

Chief Marketing Officer

Xform Computing, Inc.

dave@xformcomputing.com

www.xformcomputing.com

www.alwaysonpc.com

(805) 364-3239

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Posted by at 15 January , 2013

Well, it’s still January we’ve launched our first App of 2013! We want to learn as much as possible on our way to market, and as part of that we’ve been experimenting with prices. Here’s what we’ve done so far, and some interesting results.

We knew since we have in-app purchase built-in to the product, which provides another way to monetize, that we wanted to eventually test a free version. However, we know from experience that the Android Market/Google Play does not allow starting with a free product, then later changing to a paid product (really!).  Although we’ve since found this is not true in the iTunes App Store, we still wanted to launch with a price for the app to keep our options open.

We submitted the Friday before the iTunesConnect closure and were approved in under a week !!! This shocked us.

However, we found a few issues, so we submitted an update, and waited until after the iTunes re-opened again December 28. We had tried to schedule the “Availability date” ahead of time (this is supposed to help get you featured in places like New & Noteworty). However there were several other factors in play, and since  it was again a quick review — within a few days – it was faster than expected, we pulled the date in and launched upon approval. We immediately started getting sales, but nothing earth-shattering.

After a week, we decided to test free. Wow, were we surprised. In one day we received over 10,000 downloads!

Turns out, half were from Asia. Since we don’t have servers in Asia we know the latency will make for a poor experience.  I figured that traffic was simply loading our servers and reducing the experience for customers who may otherwise have performed fine. So, we ended up excluding it. Still, 5,000 sales in our target regions (North America and Europe) was extremely positive. And that was days before the Press Releases (which went out today).

VirtualChrome also has a premium in-app purchase, so we actually have 2 prices to experiment with. So, we’ve run a few tests on various prices there.

And we’ll continue to run more test…

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