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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 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

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

Have a great weekend!

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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 10 April , 2014

Firefox® Browser “Virtually” Arrives for iPad and iPhone Through Xform Computing’s VirtualBrowser App and Streaming Service

Xform’s VirtualBrowser for Firefox app delivers the ‘desktop’ Firefox® browser to iOS devices with support for Adobe®Flash® Player, Java and Firefox Add-ons

Screenshot of VirtualBrowser for Firefox on iPad.  (PRNewsFoto/Xform Computing, Inc.)
VirtualBrowser for Firefox App for iPad and iPhone.  (PRNewsFoto/Xform Computing, Inc.)
Screenshot of VirtualBrowser for Firefox on iPad. (PRNewsFoto/Xform Computing, Inc.)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Xform Computing, leader in cloud-streaming apps for mobile devices, announces its VirtualBrowser for Firefox® beta is complete and the App is now generally available in the iTunes App Store. For a limited time, the Basic app is available for free on iPhone, and a special introductory price on iPad.

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“Anyone who has used an iPad knows its limitations,” said David McClintock, CMO of Xform Computing, “which include lack of support for not only Firefox but also Adobe® Flash® Player, Java applications, Browser ‘Sync’ and Browser Add-on/extensions. VirtualBrowser App delivers these key capabilities for Firefox fans on their iOS devices.”

With VirtualBrowser users can stream Adobe Flash-based video player on iPad or iPhone from almost any site, as well as Flash-based games like FarmVille2 or ChefVille inside Facebook.com. The app also supports Adobe Flash-based education sites like Pearson MyMathLab, Muzzy Language, BBC Bitesize, PBS Kids games, productivity sites such as Prezi presentation editing, among others.

VirtualBrowser for Firefox also has broad support for delivering Java on iPad and iPhone including most Applets, JNLP and JAR files. Java is at the heart of many interactive websites but does not work natively on iOS. Examples include Java-based software and content from education sites such as Aleks.com, Kaplan, games like Runescape and thousands of business Java applications like Etrade Pro and NetDania NetStation, all enabled on iOS by Xform’s VirtualBrowser apps.

Browser-integrated Add-ons and Extensions are another capability of VirtualBrowser that users can benefit from including: Yoono Toolbar, Adblock Plus, Stylish themes, Webdev tools like Firebug, and Evernote Web Clipper on iPad and iPhone.

VirtualBrowser for Firefox is part of a family of apps built on Xform’s AlwaysOnPC cloud app Streaming Platform: Each time a user opens the app, it starts a secure session of the real ‘desktop-class’ Mozilla® Firefox® browser running virtually in Xform’s Virtual Cloud hosting centers. This session is then transmitted (or ‘streamed’) and displayed by the VirtualBrowser app on the user’s device.

Some App features are offered as Premium In-App service options such as streaming video, Java support, as well as installing and saving Firefox Add-ons, history and settings securely via Xform’s Cloud. Learn more at http://vlt.me/virtualfirefox.

Links to download the VirtualBrowser Apps from the iTunes App Store are for iPhone http://vlt.me/pr-vbrowser-iphone, and for iPad http://vlt.me/pr-vbrowser-ipad.

About Xform Computing, Inc.:
Xform’s platform, called AlwaysOnPC, 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 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. 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 VirtualBrowser or other apps.

CONTACT
David McClintock
Chief Marketing Officer
Xform Computing, Inc.
Email
(805) 364-3239

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