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Posted by at 13 August , 2015

VirtualBrowser for Firefox with Flash and Java is the only app that allows you to play MMO games like Stormfall: Age of War on your iPad or iPhone.

Download Stormfall: Age of War for VirtualBrowser for Firefox

It’s true. Our VirtualBrowser for Firefox app available on the Appstore for both iPhone (Download Here) and iPad (Download Here) is the only place you can play Flash and Java games like Stormfall: Age of War.

Stormfall: Age of War is a competitive Massive Multiplayer Online game or MMO. If you do a search for Stormfall: Age of War on your iPad or iPhone it takes you to the Plarium hosted page which redirects you to the Appstore to download the iPhone app for another game Stormfall: Rise of Balur. Why would you want to download another app for a game that you could play online anytime with VirtualBrowser for Firefox?

Step 1: Attempt to Download Stormfall: Age of War for iOS (Screenshot from iPad)

Step 2: Download an entirely different app for iPhone only (Screenshot from Appstore on iPad)

Watch this video to see that playing Flash and Java games is as easy as downloading VirtualBrowser for Firefox!

virtualbrowser for Firefox App Store Button Download

 

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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 20 February , 2015

Steve Jobs famously put Adobe and Flash on notice in 2007 when he said Apple would never support Adobe Flash Player on any of its iOS devices including the iPhone and iPad. This was the shot heard across the tech world as Adobe Flash Player has long been the standard for multimedia content on the web.

Heck, when I was in school it was all that was taught in media design classes. Adobe Flash this, Adobe Flash that. I guess Steve Jobs had the last laugh as Adobe killed its mobile Flash product development in 2011.

“Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.” – Steve Jobs

Fast forward to the present, 2015. The web is marching on towards an open alternative, as Mozilla drops support for Flash in its latest release of the nightly builds of Firefox. Is Adobe Flash really on it’s last legs?

Maybe, but not anytime soon.

On a typical day here at Xform Computing, we receive anywhere from 100-250 support tickets from our users of AlwaysOnPC, Virtual Browser for Chrome, Virtual Browser for Firefox and Private Anonymous Browser with Adobe Flash and Java support.

Usually these tickets range from “Good job, I like your app! 5 Stars!” to “I need help! My app doesn’t work. I want to download Flash Player on my iPad.” On occasion we get asked questions that don’t fall into any pre-defined support category. The average user doesn’t care about the war going on against Adobe Flash on the web and mobile.

These are the questions many mobile device users on iOS and Android are trying to understand. Why doesn’t their current device support Adobe Flash Player or Java? Will support ever exist?

“Why doesn’t my iPad or iPhone offer support for Adobe Flash Player or support for Java right out of the box?” – Virtual Browser for Chrome User

This is the question that was posed to us by a user the other day “How come my iPad doesn’t come with Adobe Flash Player already installed? I paid good money for this device.”

With iPads being as ubiquitous as cars on the road, many folks use their iOS devices for more leisurely activities that would be considered passive usage such as gaming, surfing the web or checking the occasional email.

Little has been made of the large number of use cases in which iPads and iPhones are being used as full productivity devices for enterprise work. As this article for appstechnews.com mentions that a Citrix Mobile report shows the continued dominance of iOS in Enterprise. Support for Java and Flash is still heavily needed and our apps fill that void through a virtual service. By allowing your iOS device either iPhone or iPad to connect to our servers we are allowing users to access Flash and Java supported sites such as Pogo.com, BNSF, Runescape and Pearson Learning among others.

This isn’t to say that in 5 years the roadmap to a newer web standard won’t exist but for the foreseeable future Flash is still King. That means that while the usage of mobile devices that support Apple and Android keeps going up and up, the demand for Flash is going to be high.

Our apps VirtualBrowser for Firefox and VirtualBrowser for Chrome offer the best solution for users still seeking to use Flash and Java programs on an iPad or iPhone. By allowing a virtual connection on your iOS device you get a “desktop” class browsing experience with the ability to customize your browser with Add-ons, apps and extensions. Also by allowing users to connect with Firefox Sync or Sign in with a Google Account, you can enjoy the seamless integration of your saved bookmarks and history. All with the ability to still use Flash.

While the web may be writing off Adobe Flash we’re not setting it off into the sunset just yet. Adobe Flash is not dead, not by a long shot.

If you want to find out more about our apps click on the links to the right. Drop us a line via social media, we can be found on Facebook here, here and here.

For those twitter users, you can tweet at us at @AlwaysOnApps

Or if you prefer good old fashioned email communications, send us an email at support@xformcomputing.com

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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 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.

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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 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 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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