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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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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