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Posted by at 30 January , 2015

We’ve updated to version 2.0.8 of our Virtual Browser for Chrome with Flash Player, Java and Browser extensions. This update fixes various issues with iOS 8 and provides more stability.

Apple is now starting to notify developers to start to update all apps with 64-bit support. This article on AppleInsider.com goes into more depth on why this will be an important move for developers in the App Store.

This update will address those issues and a minor issue affecting users iCloud accounts. Again always make sure that your iCloud account is active and with the correct login credentials. If you switch iCloud accounts our app may not be able to recognize your Premium purchase.

The newest update for Virtual Browser for Chrome with Flash Player, Java and Browser Extensions is out now!

 

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Posted by at 15 October , 2014

There has been some confusion as to why our Virtual Browser apps are not letting users access their Premium accounts. The support ticket usually starts off something like this…“HELP! I just purchased Premium and Virtual Browser won’t let me access it! I paid $1.99/mo. for nothing!!!!”

The case is usually pretty simple to solve. It just so happens that our Virtual Browser apps are tied to a specific iCloud account you used to purchase the app. If you do not use the same account then Virtual Browser will not remember that you purchased premium.

Always double check to make sure that your iCloud account is on and that you are allowing iCloud to save Documents and Data.

Here are some quick steps to follow through on:

  1. Tap Settings
  2. Scroll down to iCloud
  3. Make sure are signed into iCloud. If not then sign in.
  4. Tap on the area that says Documents and Data. Make sure that this is set to on.

You’re all set. Now your Premium purchase should be validated and you’ll be on your way to enjoying our Premium features!

Happy Web Surfing,

Support Team

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Posted by at 5 August , 2014

How do we justify paying for services that we expect for free on the Appstore?

So let’s get this out of the way first…Everyone likes FREE stuff! Think about it for a second. We get giddy when we receive anything for free. Think of the free sample you got while strolling around at the mall today. How did it make you feel?

It’s basic human nature to get a happy when we get stuff for free. But the same rules do not apply to Apps and Software.

This all stems from the fact that we’ve been spoiled for the last few years by many App developers who can afford to give away their applications for free. It’s created a marketplace that is highly unstable to create any real working software businesses that don’t rely on Venture Capital to get them up and running. The mentality has been that all developers can give away their Apps for free.

The truth is they cannot afford to do so!

Here is a snapshot of the top apps in the App Store today as of July 31st, 2014:

What sticks out to you? If you look at the middle column in the Free Category you will see it’s either games that offer In-App purchases models or established companies like Skype, Google, Netflix and even Apple that can afford to give away products for free.

Facebook alone is trying to take over your phone screen by separating out their apps from the core social media product . There are two great articles to read. One by Tero Kuittinen on Forbes.com aptly titled “Paid App Market Is Shrinking With Stunning Speed“, the other a use case study on App Annie on Mobile App Advertising and Monetization Trends 2012-2017: The Economics of Free which is very telling about where all app monetization plans will be heading and how consumers will be affected in the coming years.

“Mobile Apps Capture More Eyes… and More Advertising Budget… Mobile device install base worldwide is skyrocketing, with a 49% jump in key countries from 2012 to 2013.” – App Annie

So what does this all mean to you as the consumer?

The Era of Free Apps is coming to an end!

If it’s any indication we will start to see the end of free apps sooner rather than later. It’s just not a sustainable business model. Future app business models will more than likely look like this: 1) Up front pricing with a One Year software license 2) A recurring in-app purchase subscription on a monthly basis or 3) Free apps with Ads built in to make up the revenue.

As developers look for ways to create sustainable sources of revenue many will look towards the in-app purchase model. This article on why Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is raking in $700,000 a day  is a perfect example albeit exaggerated on how developers can generate more revenue by adding in-app features to a product. This points to the larger picture of how many Apps are offering the In-App purchasing option.

Changing the Users Mentality

We’ll end this post by saying a few words of encouragement. App Developers are  people too. These apps help you in your daily life and they have become our go to sources to organize our digital lives and escape for few minutes a day. Support the developers that create Apps that you feel add value to your life and work with them through feedback (We appreciate feedback!).

Think about how much you spend on a cup a coffee a day? $2.50 a day? That comes out to about $70 a month on coffee alone. Sometimes these apps cost you less than 5 cents a day and they add tremendous value to your mobile product.

Support the developers and be part of the new App ecosystem.

 

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Posted by at 16 July , 2014

Starting today, we’re going to begin posting a new series of videos on our Virtual Browser for Chrome channel, Virtual Browser for Firefox channel and our AlwaysOnPC channels on YouTube.

Many of these videos are going to be based on user feedback that we get daily on our community forums, desk.com ticketing system as well as Facebook, Twitter and of course good old fashioned email. If you want a certain feature on Virtual Chrome, Virtual Firefox or AlwaysOnPC explained let us know and we’ll make a video about it!

It’s sometimes hard to figure out how to use a new app when you get used to the way an iOS app functions. Most applications are of course based on the notion of touch interfaces, but what about streaming mobile apps like ours that can offer various ways to use an app? It is okay to be able to use a an app in different ways and not get stuck with one method of operation. This really builds on essential skills because wether your on iOS, Android or Kindle each operating system functions and behaves differently.

That’s why were working on this new series to act a community resource of our products. We also want to encourage users to post their own videos to help others.

If you ever run into an issue with our products let us know.

Watch the video, comment and share!

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Posted by at 16 July , 2014

One of the many qualms of technology is the fact that there may be an issue that never gets resolved. This sometimes happens with larger companies where the amount of users outweighs the amount of support personal available to solve these issues. It can be a very frustrating experience. You can go about searching for answers but some community forums are as useful as sour milk.

Luckily though there is always an answer that someone will come across and share.

Google Search has recently been redirecting many users to Google Germany (google.de) this has cause widespread frustration and millions of search queries like “how to fix google defaulting to german” we got complaints from our users if we were having server problems? We couldn’t seem to figure out what the issue was? It was even redirecting YouTube to YouTube.de….strange.

The fix is pretty simple and one that was found on a google forum posted by a community member. Just type in google.com/ncr and you should be taken to the standard U.S. version of google search.

No need to thank us. Thank the folks who found the solution to this.

Google Search Answers

Happy searching!

 

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Posted by at 11 July , 2014

Get the best private browser experience on your iPhone or iPad with Private Browser from Xform Computing now FREE for a week!

Are you looking for a safe, secure and private browsing experience on your iPad or iPhone? Then look no further!

Private Browser is a complete web browser running in Chrome Incognito mode. It’s safe, reliable and most importantly secure. Private Browser has access to the full Chrome Web Store along with offering support for Flash content and Java which no other browser on the App Store offers.

Play games like Runescape, PBS Kids, Animal Jam and many more! Watch Flash and Java content on your iOS device without any extra plugins or apps.

How does it work?

1. First download Private Browser from the App store for iPad here: http://vlt.me/privatebrowser-app and for iPhone here: http://vlt.me/privatebrowser-iphone

2. Activate your FREE premium mode by “Liking” us on Facebook.

3. Follow the instructions on screen and you’ll be on your way to getting FREE premium for a week.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact us at support@xformcomputing.com

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Posted by at 9 July , 2014

As we all search for security on our plethora of devices which device do you reach for first?

We all want to be secure online right? How many times have you been browsing and you wish what you were browsing for wasn’t being tracked by Google, Bing or any other search engine or web browser? With Private Browser from Xform Computing, you can surf the web in private incognito mode without having to worry about your sessions being tracked. It’s simple, secure, and anonymous web browsing right from your iPhone or iPad.

Private Browser works like your regular Chrome Browser and you can add Chrome Web Store apps and extensions. If you want to try it free for a week click on the “activate free premium” button and follow the instructions to get your week of premium features for free. Private Browser has access to the full Chrome Web Store along with offering support for Flash content  and Java which no other browser on the App Store offers.

The video below shows you what types of apps and extension are available and working with privateBrowser.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact us at support@xformcomputing.com

Download privateBrowser for iPad: Click Here!

Download privateBrowser for iPhone: Click Here!

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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 6 May , 2014

Sometimes it happens and we forget how to reset our password on our accounts. You may have thought you wrote it down somewhere or have it saved on the app.

Well now you can easily reset your AlwaysOnPC password directly within the app. Just follow these few shorts steps and you’ll be on your way enjoying your Virtual PC again.

Download links to the right.

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Posted by at 4 September , 2013

Play Scrabble from your iPad, iPhone or Android with AlwaysOnPC. Here is how:

http://www.alwaysonpc.com/

 

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