Mobile Applications Powered by React Native

What is React Native?

React Native has been a trending name for quite some time now. Startups and fortune 500 companies have been racing to implement the new technology in their software. React Native is a JavaScript framework that uses the ReactJS library, developed for mobile apps creation.

Why the big fuss?

UI is quite a big deal for any website or application. In a nutshell, no matter how innovative and robust your solution is, if it doesn’t have the appropriate UI things won’t just work out.

The thing about React is that provides speed, simplicity, and scalability. These factors are important for creating a user captivating user experience that would promote the software’s business and expand its market.

So let’s take a quick dive into React native’ features.

Why React Native is awesome

React is quite simple to grasp right away. The plain use of JS makes React pretty easy to learn and use. It also makes writing JavaScript code easier using an HTML like syntax called JSX. Of Course, you can write plain JavaScript, but JSX facilitates the code writing a lot. React has got a lot of documents and a great active community of developers who support each other. For this reason, we have a number of ReactJS tutorial supporting sites.

One of the key strengths of React Native is its code sharing. Very often, the application would become overdeveloped on one platform and not as much on another. That of course, is due to the fact that development for these platforms is made separately. With React Native, developers are able to develop native apps for Android and IOS at the same time just by writing JavaScript. More than 75% of the written code is shared across Android and IOS and it sort of brings the entire development team on the same page. It’s also fairly easy to learn if you know how to use React and JavaScript. Since it uses the ReactJS library, React Native contains all ReactJS’ features as well.

Now that we established how cool React Native is, let’s take a look at how popular it’s been getting lately.

#1. Facebook

Facebook uses ReactJS for the website, as well as React Native for their mobile application, with both Android and IOS. Facebook is where React originated, and it was created to answer their needs. Facebook wanted to bring the web development power to the mobile development scene. Namely, the fast iterations and the ability of one team to create the whole thing. After testing React Native with their application, numerous factors like startup time were improved by almost a factor of two. This is really important to create the ideal user experience Facebook is looking for. You can check their entire journey here: https://code.facebook.com/posts/895897210527114/dive-into-react-native-performance/

#2. Instagram

For a software with simple UI like Instagram, integrating React Native was not a complex task, but it certainly paid off. Instagram uses the powers of React very effectively when it comes to its features like the geolocations, search engine optimization, and accuracy. Instagram is letting its fan take a deep dive into the robust power of ReactJS, and they are very well enjoying its features.

#3.Skype

The telecommunications giant, Skype, uses React for both its Android and IOS versions. It sort of flows into the picture of how major companies are all opting to use React in the solutions they provide. This came as an answer to the numerous problem the prior versions had.

#4 Walmart

In a chase to upgrade their current application, Walmart has adapted React to their software. They talked about the numerous factors that React has managed to touch on. They talked about how the developer’s experience has been awesome using React. For example, the code in IOS and Android is almost 95% shared, which is quite a huge number. Their team became more productive using React, and the application itself improved a lot, from smoother animations to platform-specific UI.

#5 SoundCloud Pulse

SoundCloud Pulse is an application that helps creators to monitor their work and keep up with the humming of their community. It’s a great tool, which uses React Native in its solution. When the team first developed the application, they actually went short of IOS developers, and after making the research, they decided to go for React Native. The code sharing solved the problem and provided them with the IOS code they needed for IOS platform. The team’s experience was positive, and they found it quite easy to deal with React native. More on their journey here:https://developers.soundcloud.com/blog/react-native-at-soundcloud

#6 Bloomberg

Bloomberg is one of the big applications, especially for aspiring and highly productive individuals. It provides global financial use and allows for personalized content. However, ever since its creation, the developer team talked a lot about how it was somewhat inefficient to develop the application for IOS and Android almost separately. When they started to use React, the development process literally shifted gears, and they were able to develop for both platforms simultaneously.

#7 Airbnb

Airbnb is one of the big names who started to use React Native, and they currently have around 60 developers on their team working on it. They pointed out how the process was enhanced by the reusability and the simplicity of React that spread satisfaction among their team.

#8. The Facebook Ads

The Facebook ads application created under Facebook’s roof has been the first application to use the React Native for Android.We can sort of say that Facebook designed React for that purpose. It suited their business logic very well and allowed them to create a cleaner interface and better UX. It touched on many critical spots and the result: A faster and smoother captivating application.

#9. Gyroscope

Gyroscope integrates with HealthKit, and it allows you to see your complete life story. From tracking your heart rate, weight loss, productivity. Simply put, it’s a great stream of data flowing into the application to provide you with all the juicy information. For such application, the developers opted to use React Native since it enhances the UI rendering even with such huge amounts of data flowing in. And the users just love it.

#10 Discord

Discord is following Skype’s footsteps, and they are using React to their application. However, it’s only the IOS version that uses it.

Final Thoughts

The list actually goes on with Myntra, Uber Eats, and Yeti Smart Home. Etc..

The promising power of React Native is sort of dictating that it’s going to reign where it’s peers has fallen. The community is ever expanding, and the adaptations of React Native is exponentially growing over time. Facebook recently declared that they are about to release a new version of React called the React Fiber. It’s very probable that we are about to witness a great improvement in the field of developed that is deemed to reflect upon the user experiences in general. Designing better user interfaces will only lead to public satisfaction and better user experiences. The future of React Native is certainly bright, at least from where it currently stands right now.re

Ransomware And Its Impact

Picture this.

It’s another normal day. You wake and head over to the office, grab a cuppa and settle down to begin going about your daily business. You hit the power on button on your computer and instead of the usual login screen you are accustomed to, you are instead confronted by an on-screen message, very likely featuring the image of a large padlock, informing you that your computer is permanently inaccessible until you make a payment via in a prescribed form.

Welcome to the world of ransomware. You have just become a victim.

So what is a ransomware?

Without getting into technical jargon, ransomware is any malicious software program that infects your computer and restricts access either by locking the screen, encrypting files or both, until you pay the hacker that created the program a ransom.

The first such program to be distributed widely was a program known as Cryptolocker in 2013. Thousands of people had their lives disrupted.
Unlike other malware that spies on your computer silently and sends stolen login details and other personal data to hackers, ransomware announces itself. It’s actually quite audacious on the part of hackers.

Like most viruses and malware, ransomware uses many of the same attack vectors. For example, email attachments and links, botnets, torrents and other technical means such as piggybacking on genuine software updates. The recent Goldeneye/Petya ransomware that affected users in late June 2017, gained access to computers via a software update of a popular accounting application in the Ukraine. The hackers somehow managed to infiltrate the software company that designed the program and injected the ransomware into the software update files. Everyone who performed the update caught the infection.

Unlike other forms of viruses and malware, you can’t get rid of ransomware by flashing the BIOS, wiping the drive or returning the computer to a restore point. The hackers make sure you can’t access any of these features. Also, a unique decryption key is created during the install and stored on the hacker’s server. In the event, you fail to pay the ransom in time or the ransomware detects an attempt to tamper with it, a “self-destruct” is triggered, deleting the decryption key and destroying all the encrypted files on the user’s machine. If the ransom is paid in time, the hacker sends the decryption key to the user and the user enters the key in an area provided on-screen. This unlocks/decrypts the files. Ransom payments are usually demanded via digital currency Bitcoin which makes sure the identity of the hacker remains anonymous.

Because hackers have been known to release the decryption key once paid, many people have resorted to paying the ransom rather than seeking other ways to deal with the problem. This has added fuel to the fire because so long as hackers can make money with ransomware, they aren’t going to stop anytime soon.

Ransomware isn’t simply a nuisance. It is a serious problem that has law enforcement agencies working around the clock to bust hacker rings. While some infected computers are still usable, loss of data has a serious impact on productivity for businesses. Small businesses may never be able to recover if they lost important data.

The best defense

The best defense is data backups. If you have a backup of your data, you won’t have to pay the ransom. You will only lose time trying to get your computer to work properly again. Secondly, install an antivirus program that offers strong ransomware protection and always ensure it is up to date. Don’t ignore operating system security updates. Set your computer to automatically install security updates. And, don’t click on links in emails or open attachments from people you don’t know. Avoid pirated software and torrent sites because these often host ransomware.

Conclusion

If the unimaginable happens and you find yourself having to deal with ransomware, do not panic. Antivirus companies have a number of solutions for the most common types of ransomware. Check out their sites and from another computer and follow the instructions. Unfortunately, if it is a new type, you may have to wait a little longer for a fix. All the same, security researchers are making great strides but it will be a while before they beat the hackers at this game. With ransomware, prevention is better than cure.

Cloud Computing Trends to Watch in 2017

Cloud computing is a major technology trend that has become a buzzword in business circles. In a recent survey by IBM, 78% of companies said their cloud systems are fully integrated which is a major improvement from the 34% recorded in 2012. Meanwhile, 45% of workloads remain with on-premise solutions on dedicated servers.

You can avail the benefits of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms by reading detailed Financesonline.com reviews of leading solutions and selecting suitable ones for your needs. The global public cloud services market is predicted to grow 18% to $246.8 billion in 2017 from $209.2 billion last year. This boom is fueled by increasing corporate investments in public clouds as companies seek to integrate their on-premise systems with cloud offerings. As a result, hybrid cloud has become a preferred choice of innovative companies. Now, let’s take a look at the top cloud computing trends that are expected to rule the roost in 2017 and beyond.

Automated Data

Big data has become a major technology buzzword as companies look to analyze the tons of data they collect to get actionable insights from it. Cloud analytic apps are fueling this trend as they enable users to sort, store, and analyze data using automated processes. As a result, businesses expect to get deeper insights from the data with which they can make smarter business decisions.

Cognitive Computing

The growing sea of data accumulated by companies is often unusable and remains “dark”. Cognitive cloud solutions are helping businesses to make use of this “dark data”. These systems can learn, reason, and understand. Cognitive cloud solutions are thus expected to provide new experiences in a range of industries including airlines, healthcare, retail, and financial services.

Cloud without Servers

Cloud systems and capabilities mainly use server storage. But now, serverless cloud is being developed which means vendors can save costs on server maintenance resources such as network infrastructure. This is expected to reduce overall operating expenses. Besides lower cost, the other main advantage of serverless cloud computing is reduction in development time.

Enhanced Security

Reliable security is a major concern for potential cloud adopters. However, security for web-based solutions is expected to improve this year as companies are developing in-depth answers to major cloud security questions. This is expected to boost the cloud services market as more businesses will be convinced that cloud systems are indeed safe and secure.

Another trend is cloud vendors are utilizing cognitive capabilities to convert security loopholes into strengths. These solutions are designed using security intelligence and they generate hypotheses, reasoning based on evidence, and recommendations to improve decision making. For these reasons, cognitive security is expected to resolve skills gap, speed up responses, and reduce the complexity and cost of tackling cybercrime.

More Secure Transactions

In addition to better security, transactions made using cloud systems will also become safer. This is because encryption measures are becoming more sophisticated which makes it harder for hackers to crack the data passing through web-based networks. Thus, consumers can safely carry out financial and purchase transactions on cloud networks.

Use of Blockchain Technology

Blockchain is an exciting peer-to-peer technology that promises to transform personal and business transactions. It is a reliable distributed ledger that is made secure by sophisticated cryptography. For this reason, it is considered a fail-proof system. Only selected participants can access the transaction details and each person is only allowed to see the data they are permitted to view inside a transaction.

Of late, a lot of companies and businesses are opting to use cloud blockchain technology. In fact, experts estimate that use of blockchain to improve global supply chains can help to improve efficiencies and save greater than $100 billion annually. The best blockchain systems are broadly accessible, easily scalable, and usable as cloud solutions or APIs.

Widespread Migration to Cloud Systems

Cloud is no longer considered a vague technology that could be understood only by IT experts. Today, businesses are expressing a keen interest to know about the advantages of cloud solutions and researching ways on how they can profitably migrate their IT infrastructure to the cloud. The IT units of technologically savvy companies are actively planning and executing their cloud strategies to move into the digital age.

Culture Transformation

As more organizations migrate to the cloud, they need to transform more than technology. Businesses and IT developers need to embrace a changing culture that prioritizes collaboration and user experience. They need to experiment freely to develop innovative ideas about how they can make the best use of their cloud infrastructure.

Conclusion

Innovative companies are developing smart devices and apps to make the most of cloud technology. Cloud-based systems are becoming simpler yet smarter. Their growing power is therefore attracting more and more businesses. Feel free to share your feedback on this article as well as any other cloud computing trend you may have read about recently.

Ronald is a digital marketing specialist who has been working with a B2B company. Over the years, he has developed a keen interest on small business trends because of the nature of his work. You can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

5 Cloud Collaboration Tools To Increase Team Productivity

In recent years, the professional environment has evolved into an always connected, increasingly mobile place. This shift paved the way for freelancers and remote workers to thrive, and for some, to even become the lifeblood of business.

A Gallup poll says around 37% of workers in the U.S. have at least tried telecommuting, while staying as productive as other employees. The research also revealed that the average worker telecommutes at least two days in a month. Nowadays, work-from-home setups and distributed global offices can be as successful as your regular Wall Street conglomerate.

In order for your business to stay afloat even in the absence of a physical workplace, you need to harness the power of communication tools that places great emphasis on collaboration capabilities. Your usual devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets count as your main tools. Your broadband internet connection and your internet-powered communications provider serve as your actual gateway to your workplace.

If you’re on the lookout for a cloud platform that lets you collaborate with other team members within a virtual office environment, consider the following tools as your options.

Hubbion

Hubbion is by far the only completely free collaboration tool that offers unlimited collaboration among an unlimited number of users with no restriction whatsoever on the file sizes. Also, unlike a number of other collaboration tools in the market today, Hubbion does not restrict communication to one team of users. Instead, users may interact with multiple teams simultaneously and all projects that they are involved as a project creator, assignee or just as a participant are aggregated and may be viewed over one dashboard.

Glip

Acquired in 2015 by cloud communications leader RingCentral to complement its already powerful platform, Glip has made it easier for people to participate in team conversations via simple text chat and through typical collaboration capabilities such as instant file sharing, task management, calendars, and more. This online tool offers a free version, but existing subscribers of the RingCentral Office suite can also extend their phone system’s capabilities through click-to-call and quick directory controls that can be used in conjunction with Glip. It earns plus points for its intuitive, dedicated app that runs on virtually everything – on a desktop app, on Android or iOS devices, and yes, even on browsers (for those who hate installing stuff).

HipChat

This tool is particularly geared towards users of Atlassian products (especially JIRA). However, it can also be enjoyed by most collaborative teams since it offers simpler, cheaper pricing than most of its competitors. Users also praise it for its numerous integrations not normally found on other tools and the seemingly unlimited cap on file uploads. The UI also feels pretty much straightforward, and some have noticed how the tool keeps its “web-based” look and feel regardless of the client used. For simple team chats, HipChat could be a top contender.

Slack

On other team collaboration tools, users have to log out and log in each time they want to switch teams. Slack has found a way to address this so it’s become very ideal for freelancers who work on multiple projects or companies at a time using the same email address. Slack also gained the nod of several teams for its powerful search capabilities that even extends to file attachments. To top it off, Slack has a ton of investors behind it. Although this isn’t a product feature, you’re assured that the company behind it has the money for research and development – which usually translates to more features.

Zoho

Zoho offers an array of business productivity tools claiming that it’s your “operating system for business.” It delivers sales and marketing apps and business process apps, but its strength lies in its modular email and collaboration offering that makes project monitoring a whole lot easier. Although its features may sound too high-level, they’re pretty simple to use. You can plan projects with milestones, task lists, recurring tasks, subtasks, and the like. It can be very ideal for complex projects because the tool allows you to break them down into subtasks to make them more manageable. There’s also a dedicated bug tracker so you can tag and fix issues faster, making it more ideal for developers.

As with any other paid business solution, the perfect cloud collaboration tool for your team can’t just be based on what’s popular in the market right now or the cheapest among the lot. Some of the products mentioned above have certain advantages over another, so you have to carefully examine your options and find one that will work well with your existing workflow.

Author’s Bio:

Ronald is a digital marketing specialist for RingCentral, a leading cloud phone system solution. Over the years, he has developed a keen interest on small business trends because of the nature of his work. You can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Serverless Cloud Computing And Its Benefits

Serverless computing provides a platform which allows the developers to execute code in response to certain events without facing any complexity in building and maintenance of cloud infrastructure. These codes are usually used in conjunction with codes written in traditional server style, like microservices. For instance, part of web application can be written as both as microservices as well as serverless codes. These serverless codes are activated with the help of specific events such as registration with Amazon Cognito or can also be activated by configuring to run behind an Application Programming Interface (API) platform.

Even though there is a word “serverless” in the term “serverless computing”, but it should be remembered that this platform does require servers to run the code. The word “serverless” is used to signify that, the organization or an individual does not need to purchase, rent or provision any server or even virtual machines to develop an application.

One of the attraction of serverless computing deployment is that the cloud customer need to pay, only for the service usage and not for any of the cost associated with idle time or down-time. 

Benefits of serverless computing

It is important to understand that despite the old way of computing which works fine, why would a developer go through the trouble of building a software through serverless computing. The following benefits are the key reasons which can provide an explanation for this.

Simplified management of operations

Serverless computing platforms are meant to provide clear distinction between the infrastructure services and the applications that are running at the upper end of the platform. Thus, the automatic scaling functionality of serverless computing (also known as Function as a Service) not only helps in reducing the computing cost, but also helps in reducing the operational management overheads. Thus, it allows the System engineers and the Software Requirement Engineers to focus on managing and running the underlying platform along with the core services like load balancers and databases.

Packaging and deploying a serverless computing system is easier as compared to the deployment of an entire server. As serverless computing system has no requirement of continuous delivery, continuous integration, and containerization tool thus, enabling the developers to write the code directly in the vendor console and therefore, there is no need of system administration in case of fully serverless solutions.

Reduction in operational cost

Serverless computing saves money, in terms of both, the computing power as well as the human resources. For a developer, it is important to understand that in case of serverless computing you need to pay only for the time your function or functions are running and since, you don’t run the app 24/7, this is a considerable cost saving.

From the perspective of a big company with the huge collection of apps, APIs and microservices, there is continuous resource utilization, no matter whether those resources are currently in use or not. With the help of serverless computing, the company can execute the function for any number of apps in demand and share all the resources, without running the apps 24/7 thus, it reduces idle time to almost zero and provides a fast response time. Therefore, with the introduction of serverless computing, the days of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for servers are gone.

Ease of innovation

Serverless computing has alleviated the problems of system engineering and its underlying platform, thus making it easy for product engineers to innovate at a rapid pace. This less time for operations translates into a smooth application of agile methodologies.

Serverless computing can handle the regular concerns of the internet facing applications such as identity management, storage, etc. Thus, with the ease of innovation through serverless computing due to its various features, it’s not a dream but the reality that product engineers can thereby focus on developing the actual business logic of the application.

An interesting fact about serverless computing is that, it is not meant to replace the existing delivery models rather, it complements them. The world’s largest online media streaming provider, Netflix planned to reduce the rate of errors and save time by replacing the inefficient processes and use AWS lambda to build rule based self-managing infrastructure. Thus, serverless computing seems to provide a promising future in the betterment of computing scenario.

Quantum Cryptography: The ‘Key’ To Perfect Security?

Since the dawn of the computer era with the Apple I, the need for security has been crucial. Although simple encryption was strong enough to fend off some of the first real hackers, the popularization and advancement of technology in our society has made even the strongest means of encryption all but null in comparison.

However, for the last few years scientists have been working on what they believe to be the future of encryption, and a way to ensure encrypted files are completely unhackable no matter what they face. Although some skeptics speculate that this form of cryptography has its flaws like any other, the future is bright with this new means of data security, and the likelihood of a brighter future is all but sealed in exchange. However, to know just how this form of encryption could alter the way we secure our data forever, we must first know exactly what it is, determine whether it truly is unhackable, and back these statements with evidence presented through testing of the actual encryption itself.

What is quantum cryptography?

Quantum cryptography is the science of exploiting quantum mechanical properties to perform cryptographic tasks. One of the most popular forms of quantum cryptography is quantum key distribution, which is where two parties use a shared secret key to encrypt and decrypt messages between them.

The main reason that this form of cryptography is so effective is the fact that it allows the completion of multiple cryptographic tasks that were otherwise proven or conjectured to be impossible using other forms of non-quantum communication. There are multiple different ways that this form of cryptography can be used, including quantum commitment, quantum coin flipping, bounded- and noisy-quantum-storage model, position-based quantum cryptography, device-independent quantum cryptography, and post-quantum cryptography.

However, although many have claimed that these different procedures are utterly unhackable in the past, many of these systems have been proven to be flawed in multiple ways, leaving them completely open to even the weakest hackers out there in a matter of seconds. The main reason for this is the fact that the code can be easily written incorrectly and, in turn, can quite easily lead to a data breach.

In fact, despite this seeming to be a completely unhackable, tried and true solution to the issue of data security, it appears to be far from it at this point in time. However, the question remains: if it were done correctly, would it actually be unhackable?

Is it actually unhackable?

In short, the answer is simply “no”. However, this does not mean that this will be the case indefinitely. In fact, many scientists believe its flaws all come in the form of simple careless human errors in the basic code that creates these cryptographic methods. For instance, on the subject, physicist Renato Renner from the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Zurich stated, “If you build it correctly, no hacker can hack the system. The question is what it means to build it correctly.”

Although we have quite a ways to go, testing continues to occur and, as with all technological advancements, things are certainly looking up for the fans and advocates behind this rather innovative form of data security. In fact, in September of last year, a group of scientists, engineers, and pilots tested quantum cryptography using photon detection in an airplane. These scientists were able to receive encrypted messages through photons from the ground below with ease, making them the first to prove quantum cryptography’s success when used in long distance situations. This test further reveals its ability to be used for things other than point-of-presence technology, as it makes its way towards military applications.

Therefore, although this form of encryption may be currently hackable due to weak keys and mistakes in coding, the likelihood of this form of encryption becoming the norm is extremely high. In turn, the world may be changed forever, and the safety of our most personal information may be an afterthought in the long run.

How can it impact our world?

Although the use of this form of cryptography in the military is already an important factor to keep in mind, this is far from the only way that quantum cryptography can be used. Another massive industry that may be positively affected by this form of data encryption is the job industry. For big companies, the data they receive is not only private, but also highly valuable as well. Because of this, the way this data is secured is extremely important. For instance, if an individual chooses to utilize a system such as FileMaker in the cloud, this completely opens up their company and all of their data to cyber attacks. However, using quantum key distribution, these pieces of data being transferred back and forth can be quickly and meticulously encrypted to ensure their security — no matter what the case scenario is. Because of this particular use, quantum cryptography is an amazing example of workplace cyber security.

Similarly, some scientists believe they can utilize this form of encryption to create networking equipment dedicated to the security of any and all transferred messages throughout entire companies. Although this is a technology that appears to be something we will not successfully achieve until much further in the future, the idea of being able to encrypt messages without doing any work in the process is yet another way that this form of cryptography makes for a highly enticing security future.

Lastly, another way that this form of security may be used in the future is for telemedicine and various other technologies in the healthcare industry. Recently, the use of technology and advancement in healthcare has become an issue of much concern, as multiple individuals have feared that connecting the health of individuals to the cloud could lead to hazards, and even deaths, in the process. From heart monitors leading to the instant death of multiple individuals, all the way to VR attacks on headsets used specifically to rehabilitate stroke victims, quantum cryptography could eliminate these deadly possibilities.

The use of encryption to secure a patient’s information and forms of healthcare is what makes quantum cryptography so enticing to healthcare professionals. By encrypting forms of healthcare which utilize technology such as heart monitors and VR headsets, and by examining the technologies used to create things such as medical images and store personal patient information, quantum cryptography can completely transform the way we look at healthcare as a whole.

In the end, these are only a few examples out of many. The truth is that this form of encryption could very well lead to a brighter future for our country, if built correctly. After all, it takes one big idea to change the world forever, and even the smallest of people can make the biggest of dents.

Innovative Technology – Are Lasers Really A Mosquito-Zapping Gizmo?

Laser technology has come a very long way. Many industries use it for various different purposes. From using lasers in medicine and printing all the way to killing mosquitoes, there’s no doubt that the technology has advanced tremendously. For many centuries we’ve dealt with the burden of catching mosquitoes using different devices. In underdeveloped countries, the issue still persists because mosquitoes are the cause to one of the world’s most t dangerous diseases: malaria.

Mosquito laser technology, or the “bug zapper”

A recent report issued in The Wall Street Journal, talks about a new project that involves using laser to kill mosquitoes of all sorts and kinds. Dubbed the “Weapon of Mosquito Destruction” (WMD), the project aims at making the technology go mainstream. This way, lasers can be used to eradicate mosquitoes and stop the spread of malaria. A venture company called Intellectual Ventures, sponsors the “photonic fence” project, and it strongly believe that it will succeed. Former CTO at Microsoft, and owner of Intellectual Ventures, Nathan Myhrvold, calls the laser system the “bug zapper”. Basically, the technology is based on locating mosquitoes, and then lasers are fired in their direction and “toasts” them.

The project’s research team is currently working on perfecting the technology. It still need proper target algorithm optimization so as to detect mosquitoes in time, before they can get contact with the human body. According to the developers, the goal is to use the laser system to set a perimeter defense, thus protecting everyone within that perimeter, and completely banishing mosquitoes from going in.

Why a mosquito-zapping gizmo might be better than malaria vaccination

The makers of the “bug zapper” emphasize that above everything else, they are hardcore inventors. They do it for fun, for profit, and for a need to make a different and help tackle a very specific issue. In this case, malaria, which is a very serious disease. With the “bug zapper”, they believe the number of deaths in underdeveloped African countries can be severely reduced. The bug zapper was made in a femtosecond laser lab. Basically, it creates very short light pulses (femtosecond pulses).

One of the core purposes of the bug zapper is to protect the clinics. Since many are packed with people already suffering from malaria, the laser technology can protect it by killing mosquitoes before they go in. The system can also be used for other purposes. Farmers can use it to protect their farms, and ordinary people can have it installed in their homes to protect their crops, backyards and loved ones.

Since the bug zapper is still a prototype, the makers argue that the technology used constantly changes. They want to perfect it and use nonlethal lasers to listen to a mosquito’s wing beat frequency. Then it measures the size of the bug and shots to kill.

Hunting mosquitoes with lasers – a brilliant piece of technology that might change the world

The beauty of IVL’s mosquito-zapping technology is the manufacturing costs involved. The makers claim that it’s very cheap, and yet so powerful. The fence-like laser system only makes use on non-lethal lasers that are completely harmless in humans. It is smart enough to monitor the type of bug entering the perimeter, and if the insect spot is not in the system, it is left alone.

Using the technology to control the mosquito population can mean a lot to the health industry. The spread of malaria is stopped, and if they manage to achieve their target, the laser system can be perfect for a wealth of other purposes. At this point, humanity faces many severe challenges – hunger, poverty, health, energy, and more. Laser technology can help tackle some of these concerns.

From laser engraving and etching to keep track of medical equipment to laser devices that perform more precise surgeries without putting the health of the patient in danger, there’s no doubt that the industry has advanced. Increasingly more companies are seeking a laser engraving service to ease production and craft better products. The future is bright for this sector, and if the bug zapper goes mainstream, other companies will probably expand on the idea, and use it to kill other harmful insects, not just malaria-causing mosquitoes.

5 Myths About Mobile Apps And What Makes Them So Untrue

Come 2020 and the mobile industry will grow to reach 189$ billion and with the time that the world is now spending on devices, going mobile is not really an option anymore. For a business to survive, it will have to tap the app market to its full advantage. The market has established itself as the symbol of a business growth and success.

Now even after making itself a requisite for bringing a brand to every fingertip, globally, there are some businesses that still doubt its worth falling to the myths that have been created over time. So let’s talk about the elephant in the room once and for all. Here are five myths surrounding the mobile app market and how to steer clear of them for the sake of your business growth.

Myth 1

Users are not installing apps anymore

There have been talks that because of the low mobile space or simply a lack of newness, users are not installing apps anymore.

Truth

In 2016, the number of app downloads globally crossed 90 billion all across Google Play and iOS. The stats presents a 15 percent annual growth, which makes up to a yearly increase of more than 13 billion. In U.S. alone people installed 12 billion apps previous year, which was roughly six per month, according to the App Annie data. And it is only back of this data, that the world is seeing a rise in successful app development companies, worldwide.

So businesses that fall for this myth will only lose in to the competitors and will taint their brand.

Myth 2

App store is only for Big Players

Some think that only big publishers like Facebook, Rovio, and Whatsapp can survive in the concentrated app market, small players don’t hold a chance.

Truth

A quick glance of any of the app store will show you how there are so many new entrants in all the fields – from banking to games and fitness to AR. Who had heard about Pokemon Go prior to the last year? Or the Super Mario app? Nobody. But we all witnessed how they changed how we interacted with our devices to an altogether different level.

Truth is, as long as your app is offering something new to the world or is answering to an untapped market, it will be in demand.

Myth 3

The more your app is downloaded the more successful it is

It is believed by many that what makes and app successful is the number of downloads or installs it has.

Truth

While it is true that there was a time when the success of an app was measured by the number of downloads it got but today the focus has shifted 180 degrees from the number of downloaders to the percent of engagement happening on the app.

Today what matters is your retention rate, bounce rate, and how satisfied your users are with the service they are getting.

Myth 4

Apps will be replaced by Bots

Every second report around the world is suggesting how chat bots are the next big thing in mobile.

Truth

While it is true that chat bots are the next big upcoming thing in the mobile world but it is definitely not something that would replace apps on users’ devices. Chat bots will only come in the interaction process, everything before that – keeping users engaged, the visual experience, and all the factors that keep a user hooked will be handled by apps, alone.

Myth 5

Having an app is a want not a need

People belonging to old school of thought believe that having an app is not a need, a business can grow perfectly even without it.

Truth

This myth couldn’t be farther away from the truth. For a business to grow to its highest capability, in today’s competitive market, it will have to reach its users, wherever they are. And mobile is the one market that is same, globally.

So the second a business gets on mobile, it opens its horizon to cover more market space and meet a greater customer base.

With the market getting mature every passing second, businesses of all sorts can get the perks of a carefully-designed app. Nevertheless, by paying attention to these misconceptions, many of us are letting go of the opportunity to bring themselves at world’s fingertips. Equipped with these truths, any business — from entertainment to logistics – can be prepared for a very long-term growth.

Author Bio: Currently writing for ChromeInfotech, India’s leading iPhone App Development Company, Tripti has written on relationships, career, and real estate in her past. But now she is focusing on decoding the mobile world with Ed Sheeran playing on a record in the background.

Benefits of Using Intranet Software To Build Knowledge Base

Companies with a large number of employees need to find an easier way of communicating, collaborating and sharing information. The best way to do this would be by using a knowledge base. Managing everything through this software would make the workflow quicker and better.

But how do you build a knowledge base? Well, a secure – and a highly beneficial – way of doing it would be by using intranet software. This is a private and safe website that enables communication, productivity tools, and many more things for your employees to use. This way, only your employees would have access to it and it helps ensure security. Also, the software is hosted online, and maintained as such.

It is obvious that intranet software has a plus side, and could benefit your company. Having said that, here are a few advantages of using it to create a knowledge base.

Access everything via the internet

With a SaaS knowledge base software all the information you have will be stored online. Whether it is a financial report, employee information, FAQ page or any other content, it can all exist in the online format; there will be no need to have physical copies, which only require extra storage, and work.

Moreover, the SaaS provider will be the one maintaining the software, including the performance quality, access or functionality. There is no need for any hardware or additional software when everything you need exists in one place. More importantly, the only ones who could get to your valuable documents are the persons granted the access, no one else. This fact makes a great case for using this type of knowledge management, because there is no risk of having your information leaked or misused.

Another benefit is the ability to access the cloud via any device, and from any place or any time. It is a great tool for remote workers, those who are traveling or need to get something while they are not in the office.

You can separate corporate and customer services

Knowledge base can be used for providing customer service with manuals, user guides, as a replacement for a call center or as an online FAQ software. It is a rather convenient tool with which you can share these documents on your website, all with the aim of helping your clients. However, knowledge base can be used as a corporate tool, as well – a tool that would be used only by the employees, not outsiders.

This option provides privacy, even within the company. For instance, you can have several knowledge bases. One would be for the clients, another for the employees, and one more for superiors or for separating different projects. Certainly, having two separate bases would be the best, as you avoid various risks, like the theft of confidential documents.

Easier co-working, and learning

As previously mentioned, online storage of documents enables simplified co-working, and cooperation among workers. With the ability to upload single files or whole folders to the cloud, they create a chance to edit, read or comment on them while online. No longer will the workers need to download and then upload again. Moreover, this can be done from anywhere and whenever.

Furthermore, if only a specific number of people are working on one project, that single group can upload the project online, and work on it directly on the cloud. What they are offered is flexibility, which is much needed in any line of work.

Another thing that benefits from intranet knowledge base is your company’s learning program. For example, if you hire a new batch of employees, or need to teach the old ones something new, you will need to organize a training program. This, of course, requires tons of work. Additionally, it could require extra tasks to be done by some people, or even require you to hire new ones. The point is that a lot of new, unnecessary expenses could arise, as well as too much work for your already busy employees.

In order to avoid this, create a training program that you would upload online. From there, each employee could access it, learn and participate whenever they have time for it. A knowledge base learning center provides a way for speedy knowledge acquirement, sharing of that same knowledge, as well as some other benefits. For instance, things like participating in discussions or answering questions.

Lastly, with this online working space, there would be no more repeated tasks, same questions asked over and over again, because with the easy search option any information can be found and retrieved quickly. This increases productivity, as it is highly efficient, and it also saves your workers’ time.

In summary, there are a lot of benefits coming from creating a knowledge base with intranet software. Not only will you have everything in one common place, shareable within the company, but the efficiency and quality of the work would be much better. More importantly, everything on this cloud is kept private and secure, which is important for any business. Therefore, it is time to start using this, and make your company a superior one.

Author Bio:- Robin is a Technical Support Executive with a combined experience of 6 years. He is well acquainted with various Knowledge base tools and is currently associated with ProProfs. In his free time, Robin enjoys reading and traveling.

10 Tools You Must Explore For Android App Development

We field tested these tools and believe that they will bring you appreciable, time-saving results and offer real value.

If you are keen to take your mobile app development company to the next level, then it is critical to start building a library of tools with your developers to help streamline the development process. But, mobile tools should be simple to use and add value to the development process. So, if you find that a favored tool does not deliver consistently good results, then it is time to consider other options.

To help you consider your options, we put together a list of the top 10 tools (both free and paid) for Android app development that every mobile app development company needs to know about. We field tested these tools and believe that they will bring you appreciable, time-saving results and offer real value.

GenyMotion

If there is one thing that most Android app development companies can agree on, it is that the official Google emulator is somewhat painful to use. This is where GenyMotion proves useful.

Geny

It is a fast booting emulator with seamless integration with the two most popular development platforms, namely Android Studio and Eclipse. Testing your app has never been simpler

MobiCart

iPhone app development companies have their hands tied when developing sales apps through their platform. We are lucky that Android development is not tied up in the same Apple-related issues. If you have a client who wants to integrate PayPal into their app, MobiCart offers simple-to-use shopping cart integration for Android.

Material Design Icons

As one of the simplest tools for any mobile app service, Material Designs is a useful tool that does exactly what it says on the box: It helps you create your material design icons quickly and simply. It is a multi-platform tool and so it can be useful to iPhone app service providers as well.

Android Debug Database

If you are tired of running your Android app services over and over again to try to find that one glitch, then this is the tool for you. It is incredibly simple and allows you to collate and view your databases and shared preferences right in your browser.

SwebApps

Another tool that is as useful for tracking iOS app services as it is for Android apps, SwebApps allows you to create your app online and then update the content in real time. This is a paid tool and so there is a one-time development fee alongside hosting costs. But, the native tracking abilities are well worth exploring.

LeakCanary

Concerned about memory leaks in your app? Considering hiring a mobile app developer just as a Beta tester? LeakCanary steps into the breach. This nifty tool detects issues in both Java and Android.

Android asset studio

This tool may well prove to be the last asset tool you will ever need as it offers a plethora of options. It can assist you with icon generation, internal app styling, and more, making development simpler, easier, and more satisfying.

UserTesting

UserTesting offers you real-time video feedback from a team of testers assembled by the app. As a Beta testing tool, it performs remarkably well and offers a host of detailed metrics to assist you in the final improvement of your product.

UserTesting

App Annie

If you are not a fan of detailed math, but still want to access all the juicy data hidden in your app’s store metrics, then App Annie is the right Android app tool for you.

You will receive analytics of your app’s performance and downloads alongside the store data. It can also cater to international app stores.

Apptimize

Apptimize offers A/B testing for both Android and iOS, allowing you to securely test your ideas before a public launch. It also offers full Android libraries to ensure a seamless user experience and reports user behavior in real time.

There is no longer a need to hire iPhone app developers just to migrate apps to a safer platform. Android is getting better in leaps and bounds and, with the help of these nifty tools, your custom mobile app development goals have never been easier to meet.

Have you found a particularly useful Android app tool that did not make the list? Why not share it with us below!

Bio:

Shishir is the founder of ChromeInfotech., a well-known name in the Indian mobile app development and designing industry. With years of experience in the domain, he has now acquainted himself with all the nitty-gritties of what goes into making an awesome app in the least possible time.