Current Trends In The Mobile App Space

It’s true there is an abundance of mobile apps in various categories and one can’t help but think that the market is overly saturated. This isn’t the case according to Forrester Research, a research-based advisory firm. In a study the firm conducted, the results indicate that mobile app development is increasing at a staggering rate.

The same trend was observed by another analyst agency, Gartner. The organization came out with the statement that the rising availability of inexpensive smartphones in the developing countries is the driving force behind the need to build more and more apps.

Another prediction from the same company is that by 2016, around 50% of the apps available will by hybrid apps. Said apps are multi-platform or can be used with multiple devices across operating systems.

The merging of mobile apps with cloud computing has given way to smart apps. These apps change the way users use their brain for remembering or learning things. This means instead of storing information in our heads, we now store them using apps. Shopper, is a free grocery app for iOS and Android. Just recently, the creators announced a new feature: image recognition capability. This makes it the first visual search app for grocery shopping.

The new feature works by allowing users to take photos of grocery items around their house and then proceeds to build a grocery list out of those photos. How cool is that?

Travel apps are getting a lot of attention these days. Navigating a new place can be daunting for some. This is especially true for some solo travelers who don’t know anyone in the place being visited. Well actually, it’s not really that hard when your destination is Paris and you’ve got the SmarterParis app installed. Getting around Paris has never been this easy, fun and hassle free for both Parisians and  tourists. Just take a look at the list of features on the website to find out for yourself or better yet test it.

Health monitoring apps have also become popular these days. There are thousands of those in both the Android and Apple app stores that it has been predicted that soon some of these apps will require a prescription.

The BlueStar app from WellDoc is the first of its kind prescription-only app made for people suffering from Type II diabetes. What the app does is analyse and immediately give guidance and feedback using patient’s data that he or she inputs into the app. The doctor can also use a patient’s stored data, analysis, and health report when they come visit.

Wearable tech is a tech trend that will have a huge impact on app development. It refers to the range of clothing and accessories that have computer and electronic components. Examples of wearable tech are GoogleGlass, Samsung Smartwatch, the soon to be released Apple Watch, Nike Fitbit, Virtual Reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift and the recently announced HoloLens and the list goes on. Tech analysts predict that soon even small players will join the tech giants in coming up with wearable devices.


IT Support For Small Businesses

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Although there are still some businesses who choose to have an in-house IT team, some other companies still find it cheaper to outsource help from professionals when it comes to their IT infrastructure support. That usually gives them more time to focus on other aspects of their business and leave the IT support company to deal with the new IT innovations and initiatives in order to strengthen the foundation of your IT infrastructure, which supports the company’s growth and revenue. Here are some services where in you can definitely, get off your mind, and outsource to a managed IT support provider near you:

Setting up Network and Administration: When your company only has about 50 employees or less, you are considered a small business. It is more likely that you don’t have the staff resources to delegate the task to set up the network and to have someone be the administrator that oversees the network on a routine basis. With outsourced IT support, you are able to find qualified personnel to supervise this particularly important factor of your company, which will cost less than employing an in-house IT staff.

Secured Network: Securing your network can generally be a considerable challenge for small businesses because it is a major necessity in today’s business environment. When you outsource your network security needs to an excellent IT service provider, you are guaranteed that you will be protected from the latest threats and dangers that your network may face when you don’t have a quality IT department. Outsourced IT support offers stability because you are assured that your network continues to be updated with the latest security measures, such as intrusion detection systems and firewalls, which make sure your precious company data is always secured.

Data Recovery and Back-up: Most small business start-ups fold within a year following a big data loss, which could have been easily prevented. Data Recovery and Back up can be an expensive venture especially for small businesses who usually don’t have the funds to support it. With an outsourced IT support provider, they usually offer data backup and recovery as part of their support package giving you a cost effective way in dealing with your IT infrastructure. You are assured that your data will most likely be secured and will be easily obtained in an event of a big data loss.

As described above, the everyday operations of your very own business can be immensely helped in a lot of ways, with regards to your IT Infrastructure. When you employ and outsource the best possible managed IT service provider that would greatly fit your company needs, you can expect a greater impact on your business’ overall performance. You can usually gauge a great IT service provider with how well they handle the relocation of your IT. Unsuccessful IT office relocation projects have, more often than not, become one of the most common and notorious causes of disaster recovery events. A good example of a great managed IT service provider in London, is a company called Prosyn. Prosyn knows how demanding it could get when you relocate your IT on your own, especially if you are just running a small business. That is why they have devised a great plan and designed a process that is extremely efficient and very flexible to your company’s need. Getting a chance to work with managed IT service providers like Prosyn would really garner positive results. So, I suggest you stop trying to improve on your costly in-house IT staff and simply outsource IT services when you can.


New Hardware In 2015

Technology advances increasingly which confirms that we soon will not need tools that are tradition for wrote. This has been pronounced and the changes are occurring year to year. That is why all the leading companies engaged in the production of hardware and software chose 2015 as a year to deal with this issue. The question is, will technology advances (finally, for a change) give us more time and jam to get us back to nature, fresh air, walking.

It is expected that phone manufacturers continue to compete in the hardware whith the publication of its new models this year. They will this year focus on updating the specification cameras and displays. As some manufacturers have already begun to use 2K displays (2560 x 1440), screens with this resolution should become standard for the flagship phones in 2015.

hpHP- Stream Mini comes in a small and attractive package (dimensions are similar to Apple’s Mac Mini computer). Stream Mini runs on Celeron 2957 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD – although it is an extremely small amount of space for data storage, comes with the purchase of computers and two-year subscription to 200GB OneDrivea so that, instead of on disk, users content stored in the cloud or, with respect to the micro SD entrance, on an optional memory card.

This mini computer has four USB 3.0 ports, support for Bluetooth and DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI outputs, and comes with Microsoft Windows 8.1. Although we can not boast of advanced hardware, Stream Mini makes it ideal for computer users who need a small and inexpensive computer, with a Windows system to perform basic operations.

one m9HTC (One M9) – According to latest information, the device will have a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM.

This report confirms rumors that HTC gives up the DUC Camera configuration present in the smartphone HTC One M8 and instead opted for the front camera 13 and the rear camera of 20.7 megapixels. HTC One M9 according to new information has a 5-inch screen with resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.

The device will use the operating system 5.1 Lollipop, and will have “refreshed” version of Sense UI.

asusASUS – At this year’s CES announced new products designed specifically for gamers, including their brand hardware Republic of Gamers (ROG).

The star of the ROG Swift PG27AQ monitor, 3840 x 2160 4K / UHD resolution, IPS panel, 1000: 1 contrast and brightness of 300cd / m². Swift PG27AQ owns and OSD (on-screen-display) with joystick to navigate, with a thin frame and adjustment of all axes.

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