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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 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 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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Posted by at 10 October , 2013

Watch our iPhone Virtual Chrome tutorial:

For more information, visit our website:
http://virtualchrome.com/about

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