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What We Can Learn From Apps that Make Money

What makes an app sell? Everyone that has ever owned a smartphone has imagined an app idea at one point. The truth is apps are a dime-a-dozen. There are over 2 million apps on the smartphone market. The revenue is right around 10 billion a year, meaning most apps don't make money. The good news is we can learn from the apps that are making money. They really are great examples of 'what to do' when considering an app idea. Here are 10 must-have apps that do a lot of things right: They satisfy a popular need. They offer free and paid versions with extra value. They have clean, minimal screen designs that make them easier to navigate. They do something different that adds meaning for users. They allow customization. They're generally multi-purpose. Why do we love these organization apps?1. The Evernote app is a great example of good, free software that almost always leads to a paid upgrade in order to access all your notes offline too. You can take notes in nearly every way possible -- through web clips, typing, uploading photos from your camera that you can annotate -- and you can search for any keywords on any of these...
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Putting an End to the Eternal Debate: Native Apps Vs Web Apps

The debate rages on. Vying to be an accomplished, top-of-the-funnel enterprise, you would want to be visible from the farthest of neighborhoods in the business realm. And when it comes to application development, there is an escalated urgency, simply for the fact the every business wants to be accessible to its customers – prospective and current – on their fingertips. In an age where every minute a new enterprise springs up at some part of the world, being visible is just not enough. Being more accessible in the market means you must reach out to your customers in real-time. Mobile application development has been at the forefront of this new world order where service providers and service seekers are on the same page, with the service seeker pretty much dictating when and how to turn the page over. But, all the sermon apart, the cluster of choices does raise questions. The technology experts often find themselves being pondering over THE question – what to really choose between Native and Web apps for mobile application development? The confusion emanates from the fact that there aren’t many reliable sources around who would weight each option to its merit, evaluate what suits your business...
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4 Elements to Test on Your New Mobile Website

Mobile optimization is a given in today's world of ecommerce. It can be a major faux pas to neglect your organization's mobile usability. Chances are, a significant portion of your audience is looking at your website on a smartphone or tablet screen. While many companies invest in mobile optimization services, very few organizations continually test the usability of these pages. Since mobile protocols are continually changing, it's vital to make sure that your webpage is still functioning properly for your mobile users. Here are four elements your company should test on a regular basis. Navigation Your bounce rates with increase dramatically if your viewers cannot get to the information they're looking for. Your mobile navigation should be clear and intuitive. Menu elements need to be large enough for people to read and tap easily on a smartphone or tablet. Users shouldn't have to resize these navigation elements in order to move to another area of the website. Links Broken links are another major source of frustration for your online audience. Before your web designers and developers make significant changes to webpages, ensure that they fix all links that might be impacted. Checking links manually can be extremely time consuming, especially if...
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4 Major Mobile Usability Considerations Companies Often Overlook

If your company plans to release a mobile app, then user testing is a critical part of this process. Your organization's reputation can be significantly affected by the quality of your mobile app. Your audience should have access to stable software that accomplishes its purpose. Extensive user testing can ensure that audience has the best experience possible while using your app.   Device Testing When you launch a new mobile app, you need to consider current device operating systems and think about backward compatibility. Not everyone in your audience will have access to the hottest new gadgets and operating systems. Consider your target demographics, and make sure that your app works with some of the most common devices currently on the market. Test your app out on these devices to make sure that the user experience is uniform across platforms. Long Term Stability Will your app stand up to the test of time? App creators prepare for new operating system updates by testing apps extensively with early developer versions. This allows your company to adjust its app to work with new operating system functionality. If you drop the ball and fall behind mobile progress, then your app runs the risk of...
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Webservices for everyone

In this text I will explain ecosystem of independent developers and niche web service providers which will continue to emerge from the rise of technologies of web services, open APIs, new HTML 5 development tools and web browser based client devices. Web-applications are applications that run on the web. These are the applications that are built around the Web browser standards and thus can be used by any browser on any platform. By using Web services, your application feeds constantly its functions to the rest of the world to consume. By  utilizing  standard documentation of the web services (UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration),  WSDL (Web Services Description Language) your fellow application  developer can then easily start building its own application or web  based on your service by using standardized way of calling your web service’s “services”. Web services use traditionally XML to code and to decode data. Data is transportable over the Internet by using open standard Internet protocol, HTTP(hypertext transfer  protocol).  Different kind of Internet (client) applications can then be programmed to use web services.  Messages are transferred over HTTP using different web protocols such as SOAP, RPC-XML and REST. Each of the these message protocols have their own...
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Big Data: The Key to More Effective Mobile Marketing

The mobile explosion is on. According to Forrester Research, 93 percent of adults in the U.S. who go online own a mobile phone and 19 percent own a tablet. At that rate mobile Internet will surpass desktop usage in 2014. What this means for business is that the era of mobile marketing has arrived. By utilizing Big Data analytics, companies can leverage the mountains of data that consumers are generating on mobile devices to gain insights and create more targeted and personal advertising. Here’s a look at why Big Data is the key to more effective mobile marketing. Hyper-localized marketing – Although online shopping has long been predicted to dominate brick and mortar shopping, a majority of shoppers still like to buy things in person. In fact statistics show that most shopping takes place within a 10-mile radius of the home. The challenge for marketers then is to find better ways to deliver more relevant messages to local shoppers at a granular level. To meet this challenge, marketers are using IP geolocation technologies. With the ability to locally target customers via IP geolocation, merchants can get information about discount coupons and banner ads directly in front of the right shoppers at...
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iTechnology Grows Bigger And Better with Iphone 5s and 5c Apps

Apple is known for its ability to introduce novel concepts to its flagship project, iPhone - continually improving the experience of this world class smart phone product. Comes big this time with better dynamics and superb definition with a twin launch iPhone 5s and 5c - complementing the idea of innovation with its best-of-breed technology. This new iPhone comes with advanced exposure to iTechnology through Apple's own rendition of mobile app development.iPhone 5s delivers 64-bit architecture built under precision sensors, faster receptivity and thoughtful make. Its younger looking cousin, iPhone 5c, delivers it all in a more colorful version. Both of these series variants are the latest smart tool offered by Apple for the users to discover more of amazement and relish more possibilities - with enhanced iPhone functionalities and features.iPhone 5s and 5c come with improved facilities for maps, social integration, payment, gaming, utilities and more. It has shot up the possibilities for the iPhone users with more user-focused and interactive features, allowing them to do things more comprehensively. With astounding support of the latest web kit and incredible alliance with the advanced web standards, iPhone 5s furnishes great value for its users.iPhone 5s/5c app development has set the market...
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Design Trends that will Improve Mobile User Experience

As a mobile user, you are constantly looking out for an amazing experience while using your mobile. But, as a developer are you able to match the trends that the design world is coming up with. Mobile apps and mobile designs in general have a lot of new and upcoming trends that will drive you into a world of fantasy. It is all aimed at giving the mobile users a great user experience. Trendier Theme Based Apps What did iPhone 5s bring with it for the users? It brought in more evolved colors that the users can flaunt. Yes, you will find a lot of new and better colors defining the iPhone series. Well, what if you could change the color of your app say your blog app or a weather app matching the color of your device? Wouldn’t that be splendid! Yes, the new mobile user experience brings in the beautiful trend of theming apps. This is a new challenge for both designers and the brands. Till now each app had its individual color without which they could not move on. Now, these apps have to think of the theming trend and come up with exclusive hardware based colors. This...
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Mobile Devices Users Everywhere Are Realizing the Implications of Their Lax Security

Between the exorbitant financial losses, expensive legal or regulatory infractions, and shameful reputation damages, businesses paid a whopping average of $7.2 million per data breach, according to computer security firm Symantec. Across the country, mobile device users are realizing how mistaken they were to be so lax about their security. Everyone, from medical professionals to politicians to social media addicts to small businesses to everyday smartphone users, are suddenly feeling the potential impact of security breaches and data losses, and looking for appropriate solutions. Over 80% of pharmaceutical and healthcare professionals routinely access sensitive records while mobile, according to a report in Medical News Today. Of that 80%, the vast majority (90%) use free file-sharing services, which do no have the adequate security necessary to access such sensitive documents. This puts these medical professionals at risk of breaking HIPAA codes, which would lead to serious infractions. In addition the medical industry, the federal government is also incredibly vulnerable. According to a study titled "2014 Mobilometer Tracker: Mobility, Security, and the Pressure In Between," almost half of government employees who rely on their mobile devices aren't practicing several essential security protocols. The security issues don't stop with professional industries either. Recently, a...
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Trends to Watch for in 2014 for Mobile Application Development

Since mobile technology became main-stream, many trends have dominated the mobile application development space. While we can’t ignore the rise in the number of mobile devices, we certainly cannot ignore the fact that it is mainly because of the huge number of mobile applications. In fact, not many people even have a smartphone without a wide array of applications. Considering the fact that apps attract big investment and generate billions of dollars, developers are now focusing on introducing new applications, making use of the latest resources available to them. With technological advancements, the Mobile Application Development process has evolved over time. New platforms have surfaced, giving birth to new trends. For instance, the concept of mobile money introduced by these applications is becoming more popular with time. It is enabling banking and financing via mobile wallets, which is more convenient than handling cash or plastic money. Similarly, as the trend of tablets spread, we’re witnessing the traditional ways of education being replaced by tablet computing. Many experts are predicting that 2014 will be a great year for mobile application developers. Let’s take a look at some of the trends that are most likely to get attention. Emphasis on privacy Recent revelations...
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