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Top 12 Drone Industry Trends To Watch Out For In 2017

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              2016 was a big year for drone technology. On average, sales of drone units grew by an amazing 60% – with nearly 2.3 million drones being shipped overall. The momentum of growth is set to grow stronger over the next few years – and Gartner has predicted that the worldwide drone market will become a… Read More »

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Optimizing Chatbots: 14 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Them

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                 Among the emerging technologies in the news at present, chatbots are easily one of the hottest. At a recent survey, it was found that nearly 8 out of every 10 businesses across the world have plans to start using chatbots by the end of this decade – with these bots already put to… Read More »

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A Roundup Of The 13 Biggest Announcements At Google I/O 2017

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                 In 2016, the total volume of Android app and game downloads was well over 81 billion. At the recently concluded 10th Google I/O developer conference (17-19 May, at the Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, California), it was officially announced that the Android platform currently has more than 2 billion monthly active users. This year’s… Read More »

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Why Should Businesses Start Using Chatbots?

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               “Messaging is one of the few things that people do more than social networking” – Mark Zuckerberg (2014)   In the first quarter of 2015, the popularity (in terms of active monthly users) of the top-four messaging applications overtook that of the top-four social networking sites. A preference to have more private, personalized conversations… Read More »

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Top 13 New Features In Android Studio 3.0

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                 On average, 1 out of every 2 professionals from the global software development community works on the mobile platform. According to a recent Evans Data report, the total number of Android developers worldwide will reach ~7 million by the end of 2020. Interestingly, the percentage of mobile app developers who prefer to work… Read More »

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How To Implement API Management Practices?

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                 In 2017 Q1, the total number of APIs listed in ProgrammableWeb went past the 17000 mark for the first time (the count currently stands at 17174). The unprecedented increase in the usage of mobile devices over the last few years, coupled with escalating app-usage levels, have taken up the demand for secure, reliable… Read More »

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Android Instant Apps Arrive: 14 Things To Know

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                 Ever since they were first announced at the 2016 Google I/O event, there has been considerable buzz about Android Instant Apps. This January, Google started rolling out limited tests for Instant Apps – with Periscope, Wish and Buzzfeed featuring among the applications that received the update. Last week, version 7.8.15 of Play Store… Read More »

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Top 10 IoT Gateways: A Comparison Of Their Features

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                 As interest in moving towards a ‘more connected world’ mounts (close to 8.4 billion connected devices will be in active use by the end of this year), total investments in Internet of Things (IoT) also continues to soar. Reports from a recent survey have revealed that, by 2020, B2B expenses on IoT devices,… Read More »

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The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Rise Of The Chatbots

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                 Imagine being able to ask a chatbot questions around-the-clock in as many as 13 different languages. Sounds pretty impressive, right? Well, the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, in collaboration with Facebook’s Messenger platform, offers precisely this service – and it is a classic example of the proliferation of advanced, artificial intelligence (AI)-powered chatbots in… Read More »

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Webby Awards 2017: A Look At The Top 12 Stats & Facts

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                 Earlier this week, the winners of the 21st Webby Awards – dubbed as ‘Internet’s Highest Honour’ by the New York Times – were announced. The much anticipated glittering award show will be held at Cipriani Wall Street, on the 15th of May. This year, the winners were chosen from over 13000 entries (coming… Read More »

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The Different Phases Of App Development Lifecycle: An Overview

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              This year, the total number of app downloads has been projected to hover around the 197 billion mark. If you feel that is a remarkable figure, sample this: in 2021, nearly 353 billion smartphone applications will be downloaded (a jump of almost 80%). The worldwide revenues generated by the mobile app industry is also expected… Read More »

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Top 13 Tips To Make Virtual Reality Games & Apps

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                 Virtual reality (VR) has well and truly emerged as a booming sub-sector in the domain of mobile app development. In 2016, the total downloads of VR apps and games witnessed a 276% increase over the previous year (the download count being more than 225 million). In terms of revenues too, the recent performance… Read More »

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Twitter vs Facebook: Which One Is Better For Business?

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                 At first glance, this might seem to be a no-competition. With 1.86 billion active users every month (as reported in February 2017), Facebook is nearly 6 times larger than Twitter – which has an active monthly user base of 285 million. By the end of this year, the total user-count of FB will… Read More »

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Top 12 Android Trends For 2017

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                 In terms of market shares in the smartphone industry, Google’s Android stands head and shoulders above all its rivals. According to a 2016 study by Gartner, close to 88% of all active smartphones are Android devices. Interestingly, the market share of Android also showed an annual growth of ~3% last year. Taken together,… Read More »

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What’s New In iOS 10.3?

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                 According to an official Apple report in February, the adoption of iOS 10 had reached a mighty impressive 79%. In terms of adoption figures – the performance of iOS 10 is, in fact, marginally better than even iOS 9 (which had been installed on ~76% active devices within the first five months of… Read More »

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Nokia 3310 Is Back! Check Out Its Top 12 Features

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                 The Sony Xperia XZ Premium was there, the Moto G5 was there, the LG G6 was announced, and the Huawei P10 made an appearance. However, the biggest splash at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) was made by Nokia – which announced that the company will be relaunching its iconic Nokia 3310… Read More »

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Open LoRa Implementations: Looking At IoT Networks Around The Globe

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              The world is getting more ‘connected’ than ever before. Yearly investments on smart city projects are growing at exponential rates – and are expected to inch towards the $12.5 billion mark by the end of 2025. There are, at present, well over 250 such projects – in more than 178 cities worldwide (a 47%+ increase… Read More »

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Why Should All Telecom Companies Implement LoRa Technology?

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                 The popularity of LoRaWAN among telecom operators across the globe is increasing at a rapid clip. By the end of 2016, the LoRa IoT protocol had been implemented in more than 50 countries (including private and public networks). The recent trends have led industry experts to forecast that around 61% of the 50+… Read More »

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Jailbreaking Your iPhone: To Do Or Not To Do?

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                 There is a lot of buzz about TeamPangu working on a stable Pangu10 jailbreak tool for devices upgraded to iOS 10.2.1. The Yalu jailbreak tool – launched by Luca Todesco – is also currently available for download. While the announcements of these tools have met with a fair share of eagerness among iPhone/iPad users… Read More »

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Smart Lighting Solutions – Trends To Watch Out For

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                 Smart lighting is easily one of the fastest growing sectors in the field of Internet of Things. According to analysts, this sector is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 22% over the next 7-8 years, making the value of the smart light market zoom up to $48 billion by 2020,… Read More »

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Top 20 Technologies To Watch Out For In 2017

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                 The tech sector is easily the fastest evolving business domain at present. In a US survey conducted earlier this year (by PwC), nearly 46% of all CEOs of tech companies stated that they had ventured into at least one new industry in the last three years. What’s more, 78% of the respondents expressed… Read More »

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Are You Familiar With These 9 API Testing Tools?

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              Among the many concerns of API providers, the biggest is related to API quality and performance (as highlighted in a previous post). In a API security webinar conducted by SmartBear and Axway, 56% of the attendees mentioned that security is a ‘very important’ feature in APIs. Rather strangely, only around 12% of the same group… Read More »

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Mobile App Developers Worldwide: Key Stats & Figures

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                 According to a recent worldwide survey, nearly 46% of all professional software developers are into making mobile applications. The global community of app developers has been expanding at a rapid clip over the last five years or so, and currently stands at just a shade under 8.9 million worldwide. Practically every country has… Read More »

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Why Is Apple’s iPad Struggling?

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                 In 2016 Q1, the iPad accounted for nearly 22% of the total tablet shipments worldwide. Samsung, with less than 15% market share, was a fairly distant second. However, the picture is not rosy at all, when sales figures in absolute terms are considered. In the last quarter, Apple shipped approximately 9.9 million units… Read More »

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Apple WWDC 2016: Top 14 Announcements At The Keynote

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                 It’s over. While this year’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) will continue till the 17th of June in San Francisco (Moscone West), the keynote is done and dusted – and we have plenty to talk about the latest ‘new’ stuff from Apple. Many software experts and mobile app developers have dubbed WWDC 2016… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – The Recipe For Making Highly Addictive Mobile Games

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              For a couple of days last week, the internet connection at our office was – let’s put it this way – rather shaky. Things were slow, and whenever the net was taking one of its (frustratingly frequent!) breathers, most of our in-house developers and testers got busy with their phones – catching up with the… Read More »

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How Can You Correctly Validate Your App Idea?

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              It is no longer as easy to hit on a good app idea as it was even 3-4 years ago. Both iTunes as well as Google Play Store has literally hundreds of mobile apps belonging to the same category/genre – and it is nothing short of a challenge to think up a concept that is… Read More »

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Xcode 7 for iOS App Developers: What’s New?

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                 Within a month of its release, the latest iteration of Apple’s integrated development environment – Xcode 7 – has received the thumbs-up from mobile software and app developers worldwide. Last week, Xcode 7.1 was made available (after 6 beta releases), with extended support for tvOS. In what follows, we will highlight some of… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – The Journey From An Idea To An App

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              At times, you just know that you have chanced upon a good app idea. And then, all goes to waste – because you spend too much time procrastinating on how it can actually be transformed into a mobile application (or whether doing so would be even possible). The notion of learning the basics of iOS/Android… Read More »

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Are You Aware Of These New SpriteKit Features In iOS 8?

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              When the iOS 8 platform was launched by Apple, the SpriteKit framework received quite a few new features – geared to make the tool more developer-friendly. In what follows, some of these new SpriteKit features have been listed.   Released with iOS 7, SpriteKit has fast become the preferred mobile game development tool for many… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – How NOT To Use Mobile Apps?

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              Let’s start off this week’s AppBoard Tuesday (ABT) with a rather remarkable statistic. Last year, on average, 1 out of every 5 downloaded mobile apps were opened only once within the first six months by users. Feel that this is a pretty damning evidence in favor of the fact that most apps are viewed as… Read More »

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iOS App Submission Guidelines: A 16-Point Checklist

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              Every quarter, a significant percentage of the total number of apps submitted at the Apple Store gets rejected. In what follows, we have highlighted some important points that would boost the chances of an app being approved.   Unlike at the Google Play Store, getting new apps approved at the Apple App Store can be… Read More »

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Mobile Trends & Figures 2015: From The Developers’ Perspective

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              Keeping track of the latest mobile trends and updates is absolutely essential for developers who wish to earn professional success. In today’s discussion, we have summarized the most noteworthy facts and figures from the domain of smart devices and app platforms from the first few months of this year.     A lot has been… Read More »

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Top Reasons Why Samsung Galaxy S6 Will Not Be An ‘iPhone 6-Killer’

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              The reviews of the recently released Samsung Galaxy S6 have been mostly positive, and the sales have been highly impressive. However, it is not quite the ‘iPhone 6-killer’ that both Google and Samsung had hyped it to be.   Over the years, many smartphones have been hailed as ‘iPhone-killers’. The Samsung Galaxy S6, launched on… Read More »

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First Impressions Of Apple Watch: 15 Points Of Note

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              Apple Watch, arguably the most talked about smart device in recent times, started shipping from last Friday. We have here done a round-up of the opinions of users on some of the features of this eagerly anticipated smartwatch.     The biggest tech gadget release of the year is already upon us. Apple Watch, which… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday – Simple Tricks To Serve App Clients Better

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              “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company – from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton There probably has never been a truer thing spoken about the corporate world. Think of it this way – someone contacts your company for… Read More »

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Eclipse vs NetBeans – Which Is The Better IDE For Android App Development?

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              Eclipse is the go-to Java IDE for most coders working on Android applications. However, there are two other perfectly good alternatives to Eclipse available as well – NetBeans and Intellij Idea. We have here done a comparison study between Eclipse and NetBeans.   Most comparative analyses regarding the integrated development environments (IDEs) for Android developers… Read More »

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AppBoard Tuesday: Mobile App Designing – Do-s & Don’t-s

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              Brilliant app concepts count for very little if graphic designers botch up the interface of the application. If you browse through the 1.3 million+ apps at iTunes and Play Store, you will come across many applications which are difficult to even understand, let alone using them. A simple rule of thumb needs to be followed… Read More »

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Beach Magic At Manadarmani – The Destination For Our Latest Office Outing!

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              A Weekend To Remember Two days of pure, unadulterated fun – that’s what the entire Teks team was planning for, this weekend (5-6 April). We had animated discussions, frantic search for cool weekend destinations on the internet, and even a couple of heated arguments – before Mandarmani was zeroed in on. Those who were willing… Read More »