App Ed Review https://appedreview.com Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:50:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Online Education: Destroying Traditional Barriers with Video Conferencing https://appedreview.com/blog/online-education-destroying-traditional-barriers-with-video-conferencing/ Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:53:14 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36222 The area of global education has benefited a lot and in various ways from the rise of communication technology. Breakthroughs in broadband connectivity, as well as in mobile internet solutions not only affect consumers – these breakthroughs make tasks in the education sector that much easier as well. You only need to look at the ...

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The area of global education has benefited a lot and in various ways from the rise of communication technology. Breakthroughs in broadband connectivity, as well as in mobile internet solutions not only affect consumers – these breakthroughs make tasks in the education sector that much easier as well. You only need to look at the rise of online education to see that technology has made information and education available to more people in our times.

“Technology is now making online education a better option for more people.”

Online education is built on – among other foundations – video conferencing technology, which allows educators to bridge distance and time gaps, and conquer traditional barriers and challenges in the realm of education.

Online education – particularly modes that use video conferencing – are able to make classes available to people who normally would not be able to have access to classes because of time or distance issues.

Distance education based on email communications have helped open this sector up, but it is video calling – even with consumer apps like Skype, WhatsApp, and Apple’s FaceTime – that add the elements of visualization, personal engagement, and contextualization to classes.

Reaching Students at Lower Cost

Traditional educational methods require teachers to go where the students are, and teach them on a regular basis. Education based on traditional methods require infrastructure to be effective, and of course, infrastructure demands money.

“Traditional education is better is some respects, but it always requires costly infrastructure.”

With online education, and especially with video conferencing, you almost never need the infrastructure that traditional educational methods demand and require. Of course, you will need to spend for a good internet connection – but the ubiquity of network technology, computers, and mobile devices, has made this cost almost negligible.

Education has also received a bump in quality when – through video conferencing – schools and educational institutions can now bring quality expert teachers to places where their expertise would not have been possible to avail. Bringing an expert would usually entail cost, but through video conferencing technology, that cost is immediately mitigated.

Overcoming the Barriers of Time and Distance

With online education based on video conferencing, the traditional barriers of time and distance are effectively eliminated by technology. Classes are held at the time when both teacher and student/s are available and convenient. And a robust broadband internet connection conquers distance in most cases.

This makes online education a great choice for adults who need to work and study at the same time. While work schedules typically require the daytime, nighttime classes in the convenience of their homes are now naturally possible with video conferencing.

“Video conferencing has radically changed education in this age.”

One of the big beneficiaries of online education are the countries where English is not the native language. In these areas, getting a traditional English education – through a school or a personal tutor – will cost a lot. Companies and institutions now offer English classes at hugely affordable rates via online learning.

Students in these language classes don’t have to travel or spend too much to get quality language education, as video conferencing is making things easier for these learners.

Technological Limitations of Online Learning

The first requirement of online learning is, of course, that both the teacher and the student/s can get on the internet. This requires robust internet connectivity that sometimes is not available in certain areas.

But the reach of the internet is widening at breakneck speed, and it should only be a matter of time for this to reach areas without a proper internet connection. The unstoppable progress of technology also means that the cost of getting good internet is always trending down.

Going into the nitty gritty, educators and prospective students need to agree on what medium and app they are going to use for establishing contact. Again, these small details and issues are mitigated by the fact that most devices and apps are cross-platform in nature, and it will just be a matter of choosing one that is available to both.

Of course, proprietary platform apps like Apple’s FaceTime have situational issues in this regard – as you can’t use FaceTime on Android (source: JoyofAndroid), obviously. But if both teacher and student use Mac or iOS devices, then it shouldn’t even be a problem.

Video Conferencing for Online Education is Here to Stay

Video conferencing has had a huge impact on online education – and even just the state of global education in general – that one can’t really imagine going without this technology. Schools and universities – some begrudgingly – are beginning to open up to the idea of distance education. They can’t avoid it – this is the reality brought about by technology.

And online education is only ever going to get better, as technology pushes forward more and more. Education is one of the sectors which will generally benefit from breakthroughs in communication and information technology, and may it ever be so. The world is certainly a better place for it than without it.

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A Developer’s Guide in Producing an Effective Tutorial Video https://appedreview.com/blog/a-developers-guide-in-producing-an-effective-tutorial-video/ Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:54:11 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36216 Have you always wanted to make a tutorial video but were too worried you wouldn’t pull it off? Have you ever found yourself saying, “I’m a developer, not a video producer!”? If so, we have a question for you: why not be both? Everyone starts somewhere. You might not become an expert video editor overnight, ...

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Have you always wanted to make a tutorial video but were too worried you wouldn’t pull it off? Have you ever found yourself saying, “I’m a developer, not a video producer!”? If so, we have a question for you: why not be both?

Everyone starts somewhere. You might not become an expert video editor overnight, but you will improve with time. Besides, no one watches tutorial videos because they want Hollywood-level narration and editing. They watch because they want to learn.

And you have something to teach them. So, buckle up. This is a tutorial on making tutorial videos.

What you’ll need:

  • Video editor of choice. Any video editor you’re familiar with will do. Video tutorials don’t need fancy graphics and effects, just good content.
  • Recording device. Your phone’s or your headset’s built-in microphone will do the job, but you can always invest in a high-end microphone if you want.
  • Screen recording software. You’ll be demonstrating a lot of coding in your video, which means your viewers need to see how you do it. TechRadar lists OBS Studio, FlashBack Express, and Apowersoft as the top three best free screen recording software.
  • A good topic. A good topic is clear and specific. Tutorial videos answer specific questions like “How do I code a website from scratch?” or “What’s the difference between Python and Ruby on Rails?”

Step 1: Know your audience

Are you talking to beginners with zero knowledge of coding? Do you want to make tutorials for developers with years of experience using Java?

Of course, each video you make could have different audiences. You don’t have to dedicate your whole channel for beginning developers if you don’t want to.

However, it is important to have one specific audience for each video. Imagine if a beginner tried watching a video on C++ meant for a general audience. They wouldn’t be able to understand what you’re talking about because they’re unfamiliar with the subject.

Step 2: Prepare a rough outline

You can start winging your narration once you’ve gotten the hang of it. For now, start by writing a rough outline containing all the topics you’d like to touch on during the tutorial.

Your outline will serve as your guide about what to talk about and when. Don’t write a script—it’ll come off as unnatural. Just explain as if you were explaining to a friend.

Here are a few tips when writing your outline:

  • Keep your introductions short. People watch tutorial videos because they want to learn. If you spend too much time talking about yourself or your channel, they could lose interest and switch to a different video.
  • Don’t hard sell. If you’re promoting a website, product, or service, don’t make it too obvious. Try to introduce what you’re promoting subtly. Emphasize why you would personally use that website, product, or service—instead of bluntly asking your viewers to buy the offer. Better yet: have a discount code to give away. For example, you could partner with The Serp Company and offer discounts on consultation services. People are more likely to avail services if they can save money on their purchase.
  • Ask clients’ permission before you use commissioned code. If you’re demonstrating something that involves work for a client, make sure you’re not violating any agreements. If you made a web design for ONE400 websites, for instance, make sure they don’t mind you showing the world how you accomplished that project.
  • Give them a reason to go back to your channel. At the end of your video, make sure to engage your viewers. Ask them how they would do things differently, have them send requests for tutorials, or host giveaways.

Step 3: Record

Now’s the time to record your narration and your demonstration!

Keep in mind these reminders:

  • Record audio in a quiet, distraction-free place. It’s tiring to have to redo your recording all the time. Find a place where you can focus and record in peace.
  • Clean your desktop. Make sure your computer’s background is appropriate for public viewing. Similarly, make sure your browser’s bookmarks and open tabs are also clean.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It’s a recording, not a live stream. If you’re not happy with something, simply hit pause, take a deep breath, and get the recording devices rolling again. Don’t pressure yourself into getting it perfect the first time.

Step 4: Edit and publish

Using your video editing software, sync your audio and video files. Cut out unnecessary clips—a short but informative tutorial beats a long one that beats around the bush.

After rendering your video, try showing it to a friend. Get feedback and edit accordingly. The first draft is never perfect. Maybe you forgot to mention something important, or maybe you’re better off cutting some parts of the explanation. Don’t be afraid to have your work critiqued as long as it’s constructive.

With this guide, you’ll be confident to make tutorial videos in no time. Remember that you’re doing this to help people—the subscribers you’ll get will just be a great bonus!

 

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How to Write an eCommerce Business Plan For Online Store Success? https://appedreview.com/blog/how-to-write-an-ecommerce-business-plan-for-online-store-success/ Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:18:02 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36213 You will never make your eCommerce business successful without having a clear plan. There are four reasons why everyone needs to write a business plan: to estimate resources, evaluate opportunities, get new knowledge, and build a roadmap. If you have dozens of ideas on how to make your business profitable, don’t keep them in your ...

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You will never make your eCommerce business successful without having a clear plan. There are four reasons why everyone needs to write a business plan: to estimate resources, evaluate opportunities, get new knowledge, and build a roadmap.

If you have dozens of ideas on how to make your business profitable, don’t keep them in your head – put them down on paper. Check the following tips on how to write an outstanding business plan for an online store from scratch.

Structure is important

First of all, you should understand that a business plan is a formal document and it has a very clear structure. It should contain the following sections:

  • Executive summary
  • Company description
  • Product description
  • Market analysis
  • Marketing strategy
  • Financial plan

Every part of the business plan is equally important. If your document will not contain at least one of these elements, it will be useless. So, let’s discuss what you should write about in every section.

Executive summary

An executive summary is a short overview of your business plan. This is a section, which you should write the last. Keep in mind that it shouldn’t exceed two pages.

This section should contain a mission statement, which explains the purpose of your eCommerce business and its impact on the world. Also, you should describe your objectives: the most ambitious goals, which you want to achieve in 5 years.

Company description

Here you should briefly present basic information about your online store. Try to cover the following topics:

  • Ownership. List the names of the owners and founders of eCommerce business.
  • Succinctly explain where and in which way your online store will operate.
  • Need. Expound which need of your target audience your product will satisfy.
  • Business model. First of all, you should mention whether your company is B2B or B2C. Secondly, you should write what kind of goods you sell (tangible or intangible). Thirdly, you should explain whether your company is a products’ manufacturer, official distributor, dropshipper, etc.

Product description

Now you need to write about your product and explain which features make it special:

  • Manufacturing process. Explain where and how your products are manufactured and what kinds of materials are used in production.
  • Describe how your product and its packaging look like. Does its design differ from other items available in the market?
  • Pricing. You should make it clear whether you offer low-cost or luxury items.

Market analysis

This is one of the most important sections of your business plan. You should write about the current situation in your niche and how it influences your eCommerce business.

  • Target audience. Describe your ideal buyer. Specify his age, gender, social status, level of income, preferences, online shopping habits and behavior.
  • Industry. Define the market size as well as a stage of the industry life cycle. Write about the current trends and opportunities for growth.
  • Competitors. Identify your major competitors and point out their major strengths and weaknesses. You should analyze rivals’ marketing strategies and pay attention to their approaches to SEO, social media, paid ads, etc.

Marketing strategy

If you want to make your online store profitable, you should build an outstanding marketing strategy using different instruments.

  • Content strategy and SEO. What kind of content will you post on your website: blog posts, videos, podcasts, infographics, photos? Will you hire an in-house content creator or will utilize the best copywriting services?
  • Social media. Which of the popular social networks are the most important for your business? You should build a plan on how to boost engagement and reach on different platforms.
  • PR. Will you cooperate with the digital influencers? Will you promote your online store via niche blogs? Make a list of bloggers in your niche, which can help you to grab the attention of your target audience.

Financial plan

In this section, you should draw a real picture of how your online store will operate. It’s time to calculate your monthly operational costs and projected profit.

  • Will you work from home or rent an office in a business center? Will you utilize warehouse services to store your products? Answer these questions and estimate how much it will cost you.
  • Labor cost. How many people will you hire to run your online store? You should describe your dream team and set the payment rate. Don’t forget to mention how many hours your employees will work per week.
  • Website maintenance. Calculate web hosting fees and other related monthly payments.
  • Marketing expenses. You should set your marketing budget and decide how much you will spend on SEO, link building, the paid ad, influencer campaign, etc.
  • Projected profit. This part of the business plan is a cherry on the cake. You should calculate an amount of the fixed and variable expenses as well as potential revenue for 5 years. Now you can find out how much profit your eCommerce business will bring you.

In Conclusion

While writing an eCommerce business plan, you will analyze your strategy in more details. You will be able to define all the threats and opportunities, which your industry hides.

As a result, you will come up with fresh ideas on how to improve your strategy and achieve success. There is no room for a doubt that business plan development is worth your time and efforts.

Authored by Daniela McVicker

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The Effects of Technological Changes on Education https://appedreview.com/blog/the-effects-of-technological-changes-on-education/ Fri, 26 Oct 2018 13:59:53 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36205 Imagine going back in time, before the onset of the internet, and having to write a seminar paper for one of your university courses. Sounds easy? Well, think again. Nowadays, we take most of our technology for granted, but back in the day, you’d have to go through the whole tedious process of searching the ...

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Imagine going back in time, before the onset of the internet, and having to write a seminar paper for one of your university courses. Sounds easy? Well, think again. Nowadays, we take most of our technology for granted, but back in the day, you’d have to go through the whole tedious process of searching the university libraries manually, writing stuff down on a piece of paper, and then typing it all over again. There were no digital libraries you could access online from the comforts of your home, there were no copy and paste features you could exploit, and there was no Microsoft Word to tell you how to spell the word ‘conscientiously’. Now, going back to the future, how exactly has technology changed our system of education thus far?

Knowledge became more accessible

Well, first of all, education has become a lot more accessible than it was just a few decadesago, thanks to the rapid growth of the internet. Today, students are no longer geographically bound to their universities and can access a plethora of online libraries and sources remotely. What’s more, there’s an increasing number of online teaching platforms such as Khan Academy, MOOCs, and even some legit universities have online degree programs.  Podcasts, webinars, and video conference calls are yet another thing which makes remote learning not just viable but a lot more fun. According to Statista, by 2022, the global e-learning market is projected to surpass a worth of 243 billion U.S. dollars, which means e-learning is here to stay.

 

Instant communication

 

Nowadays, communication is not just faster, it’s instant. As a result, students from all around the world can stay in contact with their tutors and colleagues even after school, through the use of e-mails and live messengers. This means that the days when you had to camp in front of your mentor’s office during office hours are a thing of the past. Some universities are even opting for the use of sophisticated chat-bots to aid students in the admissions process. However, while fully-fledged virtual peers are still out of the equation, group projects with real people have never been simpler. With the ability to rapidly share and download data from the cloud, multiple people can now work on the same project simultaneously.

Boosting efficiency and performance

The main deal with technology is that it allows us to focus on the more important aspects of learning, while it deals with the more repetitive elements of the process. For example, note-taking is such an arduous task in itself. You have to scribble down notes really fast and actually pay attention to what your mentor is saying at the same time. For this reason, some people prefer to record their lectures. However, manually transcribing them afterwards takes forever, as you’re constantly playing back that part you couldn’t really make out the first time, easily prolonging a one-hour lesson to two. Instead, what you should be doing is uploading that same recording to some fast online academic transcription services and letting the machines do all the hard work for you while you watch TV and hang out with your friends. For as the saying goes: work smarter, not harder.

Arrival of digital content

In the past, you had to sacrifice a huge chunk of your locker, and your bag, to carry the crazy amount of books you needed for every subject. Today, you just place them on your flash drive and stick them in your pocket. The digitalization of textbooks has made life so much easier, but e-books are only the beginning. In modern-day classrooms, various types of digital content are used to aid in the teaching process. This includes educational videos, interactive games, digital textbooks, and so on. Also, a good thing about digital content is that it’s extremely flexible and made readily available, meaning that tutors don’t have to rely solely on the same-old textbooks and strict schedules but can resort to improvisation to spark their pupils’ curiosity.

Artificial intelligence

With the advent of AI, we are slowly able to measure the individual progress of each student and find specific areas in which they require further assistance. In the near future, this AI and teacher collaboration will change the dynamic of the classroom, as the environment shifts more towards the virtual. For example, Carnegie Learning has created the Mika software which already provides personalized tutoring and real-time feedback for college freshman, while Netex Learning allows teachers to design their curriculums across different digital platforms and devices by customizing student material and so on. Despite this though, artificial intelligence is still in its infant stages. It might take a while before we see robots running around schools lecturing children.

To sum up, the modern classroom has already felt the effect of the internet, of cloud-based technologies, instant messaging, digital content, and AI experimentation. Now it’s up to the classroom of tomorrow to show what new and interesting inventions we’re going to utilize next.

~ Authored by Elaine Bennett

 

 

 

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Parking Software Solutions: What Is This Technology About? https://appedreview.com/blog/parking-software-solutions-what-is-this-technology-about/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:25:17 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36200 Over the last decade, the number of vehicles on the road has tremendously increased and is still on the rise. In fact, most American households own 2 or more cars because every member of the family needs a car to get around independently. Moreover, people seem to be getting increasingly impatient along with the advancement ...

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Over the last decade, the number of vehicles on the road has tremendously increased and is still on the rise. In fact, most American households own 2 or more cars because every member of the family needs a car to get around independently.

Moreover, people seem to be getting increasingly impatient along with the advancement oftechnology. Time is getting more and more important, and no one wants to waste a huge amount of time (and gas) just looking for a parking space to park their car. That’s why parking software solutions are now becoming a necessity in every establishment or event venue.

With parking software solutions, people can just take their car to the parking facility, get out of the car, and walk away. In about a minute, the car will be parked without having to drive it to the parking lot. How’s that for convenience?

What is this technology about?

If this is your first time to hear about parking software solutions, then the following can shed light.

1. It’s an easy way of maximizing parking spaces

Big buildings have the capacity to hold hundreds of people at the same time, and sometimes their parking space may not be enough to accommodate all their customer’s cars. This is one of the biggest problems in parking management. If your business’ parking space is not adequate, it is time to seek help from a parking software solutions company. They can create the best-fit parking design for your building so that all your employees’ and visitors’ cars are safely parked.

The solution is usually to go vertical. Vertical parking is just one of the many designs that can be developed by parking software solutions providers. If there’s no space on the ground, go up! This is usually done in open areas and can hold up to sixty vehicles in a space where a single level can only hold three. Cars are parked on top of another — they either rotate or are lifted up and down. Big buildings or larger facilities that have high-volume parking needs can also benefit from this since they have more vehicles to accommodate. Vertical parking can also be done inside a paid parking facility. Parking consultants provide the best recommendations on which design will work for any infrastructure. They will take care of the engineering, architecture, and technology involved in the design.

2. It offers parking payment solutions

Along with designing the best parking lot, a parking software solutions company can also take care of the payment system for paid parking services. Having a cashier at the entrance of a parking lot should be a thing of the past because there is already technology available where payment can be made using machines that are deployed in the parking facilities. This payment system can be created using software incorporated into any existing system of your company. It may even be available on mobile apps for added convenience to your customers. Automation in payments is safer than having actual attendants handling cash in the parking lot. Your parking employees can be productive in other ways, such as attending to customers’ needs and queries. 

3. It provides better safety and security

When large parking spaces are equipped with parking software, the infrastructure is usually filled with cameras and sensors to detect motion or monitor the activity in the area. This is to ensure that the cars are handled well and that no one is taking advantage of the driverless process. This is one way of protecting your business when a claim or complaint is received. You can always check your surveillance videos to see what actually happened. Plus, you are giving car owners that feeling of security and confidence that their beloved cars are in good hands whenever they are in your facility.

Moreover, in an automated parking facility, parking-related accidents are lessened and can even be completely eliminated. No more scratches on bumpers or pedestrian accidents. No more difficult reverse or parallel parking, and no more heated arguments among drivers. The automated system is perfectly efficient in parking cars without the involvement of drivers.

The Future in Parking Is Here

We are indeed entering the future right now. This technology was just a figment of our imagination back in the day and it was only seen in futuristic movies. Now, everything can be solved using modern technology and engineering, and it seems like there’s nothing impossible anymore — even when it comes to parking our cars. We no longer need to worry about where to park our cars and how to keep them safe while we are away doing important things. If you are a business owner, a parking software is your solution!

 

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How to Improve Your Marketing Efforts When Selling Your App https://appedreview.com/blog/how-to-improve-your-marketing-efforts-when-selling-your-app/ Fri, 05 Oct 2018 15:11:58 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36195 The app market right now is extremely competitive that standing out from the rest of the pack seems like an insurmountable hurdle. With millions of apps currently available in two of the leading app stores – namely, Google Play and Apple App Store – the app that you developed and released for widespread consumption stands ...

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The app market right now is extremely competitive that standing out from the rest of the pack seems like an insurmountable hurdle. With millions of apps currently available in two of the leading app stores – namely, Google Play and Apple App Store – the app that you developed and released for widespread consumption stands a very small chance of getting noticed by your target user base. It doesn’t mean though that you should pack up and find another job that doesn’t involve developing apps. Perhaps you just need to improve your marketing efforts when selling your app.

Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Know your app’s intended users.

When you’re new to app development, you might mistakenly think that every app you create has to reach the most possible number of potential users for it to be successful. However, in today’s marketing, there’s such a thing as overreaching, which can set you back financially before you will even sell a single download of your app.

So instead of aiming to reach everyone, you’ll want to identify who your app’s users should be even before you start developing it. Build a profile of your app’s typical user by gathering all relevant demographic data and conducting audience segmentation.

  1. Optimize your app for app store search rankings.

Your app might be the best one to come out in years until it gets stuck at the bottom of both Google Play and Apple App Store search rankings. Keep in mind that the average user doesn’t bother scrolling all the way down just to download an app from their preferred app store.

Thus, you’ll want to take search engine optimization into account when building your app. The name of your app should be unique and catchy enough. Your app’s description should be succinct as well and must indicate the problem that it aims to solve.

Not just in the development stage, but you should also apply SEO in the design process of your app. Provide screenshots of your app’s key features so that its intended users would have an idea of what to expect before downloading and installing it. Come up with a single iconic logo that should easily tell what your app is all about.

  1. Spread the word about your app on social media.

Nowadays, a lot of people spend most of their time online on social media, so you’ll want to leverage on its power. Identify first which social media platform your app’s intended users are using the most. For example, if most of your app’s intended users are on Facebook, set up a Facebook business page and post ads that are sure to get viral seconds after putting them up. Capitalize on the latest social media trends, such as memes, for more effective advertising of your app.

You’ve spent countless hours tinkering with your app until you got most of your bases covered. However, all those long hours would amount to nothing if you put out your app in the market and very few users download it. It might not be your app itself that’s the problem, though, but how you’re selling it to people. See, being an app developer doesn’t mean that you should only be writing code for and designing your app, especially if you don’t have anyone to sell it for you. Hence, when selling your app, give importance to marketing. Improve your marketing efforts by applying the above-listed tips, and you will just be surprised to see your

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Website Design Company Essentials To Building A Great App https://appedreview.com/blog/website-design-company-essentials-to-building-a-great-app/ Thu, 27 Sep 2018 03:09:47 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36184 If you want to take your company to the next level, you’ve got to go online. If you want to take that a step further, you can actually tap into the potential of your service and transform it into an application to make your clients’ lives easier. However, if you’ve got no app design or ...

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If you want to take your company to the next level, you’ve got to go online. If you want to take that a step further, you can actually tap into the potential of your service and transform it into an application to make your clients’ lives easier. However, if you’ve got no app design or programming experience, getting yourself a good application might just remain a dream. And if you do make use of website builders or a web design company to help you, it may not be the easiest thing to tell them exactly what you’re looking for. So how exactly should you build a great application? What exactly should you be aware of, and what should you share with your design company?

It may help to understand just why people clamor to have a great app in the first place, before actually proceeding with some essentials. For instance, did you know that it’s estimated that there were as many as 253.91 billion app downloads in 2017, which is a huge jump from 167.05 billion app downloads in 2015. Among the most popular in these applications, most were for social networking, downloaded by majorly young people aged 18 to 24. In fact, this demographic spends 90.6 hours almost every month in just smartphone applications, given it’s also the most popular medium for applications today. These numbers alone make the prospect of developing an application quite intriguing, especially when you think about the market you can potentially tap.

 

Application Essentials: What Should You Always Remember?

With the above taken into consideration, it’s important to remember that building yourself a great application isn’t always about just “translating a service” into a program. It has a lot to do with making sure you hire the right people, say the right website design company, to meet the particulars you’re looking for and to fulfill your user experience demands. As such, before you even consider hiring external people for assistance, here are integral design essentials you need to remember for a great application:

  • Get your basics right before everything else: While there are a lot of design tips and “tricks” out there, nothing beats the golden standard of actually getting your basics right. Before the insights and the data get followed through, your app won’t be able to do much if you don’t check with the basics first and foremost. Get these ones right before proceeding with anything else.
    • Make sure navigation and placement are direct and simple for consumers. Assess which modules need to be upfront or hidden. Use proper elements and signifiers for navigation, and make them simple and consistent.
    • Make sure you optimize your application for various screen sizes, especially across various kinds of OS. Try to make sure UI elements are consistent throughout your designs. You can start with small screens first.
    • Make sure you give active feedback to your users. Let them know what’s currently happening at any given point in time. These micro-interactions help keep your users informed and keep your app fun.
    • Make sure you don’t go overboard with your animation. Engage your users with animations, but remember they delay loading speed. Make your animations appealing, quick, and subtle so every second counts.
  • Get one task for one screen only, given space demand: Remember that devices have limited space to work with, and this is much more the case in terms of smartphones. When you make your application, always remember this caveat so that you can maximize opportunities given to you. Imagine the kind of stress you’ll have just thinking about how to communicate information to your audiences with competing tasks. Not to mention, having multiple actions at once can be an extreme buzzkill.
    • Make sure every important screen is focused on just one type of interaction for users. This at least helps users adapt easily to designs, and you can give more real value to your users.
    • Make sure you do your best to simplify the entirety of your processes by just making users focus on one call to action at any given point in time.
  • Remember the Rule of Thumb with your apps: When you design apps, always remember that the typical smartphone user can operate with one or two fingers – and these are both thumbs. A highly-distracted environment will cause a lot of users to engage with apps in just short spurts of visual attention, which means a lot of people do rely on their thumbs to get the job done.
    • Make sure you check if users can actually perform a certain number of tasks in your app with just one hand under a minute.
    • Make sure to design the flow of your application based on the “thumb zone.” This means negative elements or processes that can potentially harm the experience but are necessary (e.g., exit) are on the red zones or hard to reach areas so users don’t tap on them accidentally. The same also goes for the opposite – place frequently-used controls in easy-to-reach areas.
  • Get to use your signifiers and affordances with care: Affordances are extremely important in making sure apps are easy to use and intuitive. Affordances can help you understand just how technology and the human mind interacts. Meanwhile signifiers are there to hint that a certain affordance is there. Understand how the two interplay so that your app becomes more consistent.
    • Make sure you understand the different types of affordances. Visual affordances hint towards things users can do visually without needing any texts, such as raised buttons. Language affordances have clues such as “Go back.” Navigational affordances include menus and bars, while symbolic affordance hint towards symbols of commonly-used things such as email.
  • Consider that user interface matters a lot with design: When you design an application, make sure to remember that user interface is everything. Huge chunks of data playing with very limited space can be a buzzkill if you don’t know what you’re dealing with.
    • Make sure there’s clarify and consistency with the UI. Designs should be there to help users do their tasks quickly and easily. Not only that, but make sure users associate aspects of yourapp with patterns to meet their needs immediately.
    • Make sure there’s breathing space and familiarity. This means you should utilize familiar things to help users feel comfortable with your application, and breathing space such as white space and contrast is essential to make sure elements draw the users’ attention.

Conclusion: Build An Application WIth The User Experience In Mind

 With the above taken into account, it’s important to remember that building a great application isn’t always about how to make the most profit in the shortest amount of time. It’s important to consider that you can only really attain success with a service if people use it, and the case is the same with your app. If your application turns out to be burdensome to clients, no one would ever use it. Always keep this, and the above, in mind when it comes to creating a great application to come along with your business.

 

 

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Top 10 Benefits Of Having Geo-location Feature In Your Mobile Application https://appedreview.com/blog/top-10-benefits-of-having-geo-location-feature-in-your-mobile-application/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:21:55 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36178 Modern customers want everything at their fingertips and this fact has further enhanced the significance of location-based mobile applications for every business. Geo-location technology has paved the way for several innovative startup ideas and enterprises which would never have come into existence in the absence of this advanced feature. Geolocation has been identified as the ...

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Modern customers want everything at their fingertips and this fact has further enhanced the significance of location-based mobile applications for every business. Geo-location technology has paved the way for several innovative startup ideas and enterprises which would never have come into existence in the absence of this advanced feature.

Geolocation has been identified as the back bone for many businesses such as cab based apps like Uber and Ola. Entrepreneurs are taking help of an efficient app development company who can build an ideal location-based mobile application for their business so that to make the lives of the customers much more convenient.

Now, before going further, let’s explore the top ten advantages of having geo-location feature in your mobile apps.

1. Instant Taxi & Cab Booking Online

Customers who book a cab from a certain location to any destination, use the geo-location feature, with or without knowing. This feature tracks the current location of the customer and refer to it as the pickup location. Also, the destination spot is called drop-in location.

The fare generated for a particular ride is also based on the distance covered in accordance with the geo-location. This location tracking feature has made finding and booking taxis online much more simplified than earlier.

2. Seamless Ordering & Delivery Of Food Items

Today, most of the people use their mobile devices to place their food order online. There are numerous food delivery apps that have this geo-location feature which allows users to track the status of food and know how far it has reached. The delivery charges are calculated on the basis of the distance travelled.

Geo-location also help mobile users to find their nearest eating outlets and restaurants with just a single click. It has made it much easier for the users to place their food order online and know the exact location where it has reached.

3. Ease Of Tracking Products Brought via E-commerce Site

This feature is very important for the customers who want to track the exact location of the items they have purchased from e-commerce sites. They can know the details when their item gets shipped and when they would be receiving it.

In this scenario also, the delivery charges are calculated with the help of geo-location only. E-commerce sites having this feature are known to provide the customers with the best shopping experience by giving them a chance to be updated about the exact status of their purchased products.

4. Efficient Venue Recommendation & Navigation Tool

The geo-location feature helps people in finding their places of interest on the basis of the details on the most direct routes and other navigational information provided by the user. Google Maps, Maps for iOS, Waze and many other navigation based systems use this feature to filter and provide the users with the venues of their interest.

Geo-location also provides the users with the reviews of their chosen places of interest. Also, it is the best navigation tool that always tells the traveler the right path to choose while on the road.

5. Powerful Time Based Notifications

Once the person reaches his desired destination, this feature works with Global Positioning System (GPS) and send a push notification to the user stating that he has reached the spot. It is extremely helpful in the case when a person is unaware of the exact location he has to go.

6. Timely Weather Forecasts

The feature of geo-location is especially useful in updating users on the weather conditions by providing them with an instant weather forecast. Two of the most popular weather services providing apps are Yahoo Weather and Weather Underground.

7. Facilitates Smooth Sharing Of Location Details On Social Media Platforms

The geo-location feature enables the users to share their location details on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It allows businesses to enhance their brand awareness and be accessible to all their friends, contacts, and acquaintance.

8. Real-time Tracking Of Health, Fitness, & Sports Activities

All the health and fitness based applications can be easily integrated with the feature of geo-location and can be used to track sports activities and patterns such as cycling, swimming, and running.

For instance, the Nike+Running app uses GPS that helps users to track their runs and reach the desired fitness goals. This feature has made it possible for Nike+Running users to track where they are, how many miles they’ve covered, and even place all the details on the map so that the users can review it later in accordance with their convenience.

9. Provides The Users With An Exceptional Augmented Reality Experience

It’s not a surprising fact that geo-location has a great impact on augmented reality and gaming applications. Such apps use the device’s camera and with the help of GPS users’ location is identified along with contextual information.

Let’s understand it with the help of a gaming app named Pokémon Go. It is a geo-location based game and became extremely popular. Also, this game was downloaded by millions of people across the globe. This application further enhances the effectiveness of geo-location when a user becomes more localized.

10. Other On-Demand Services

There are many applications that use geo-location feature in order to provide the users with the on-demand services such as home delivery or domestic chore assistance. These applications act as a magic wand for people who wants desired services such as healthcare right at the door.

For instance, Netflix provides the users with the flexibility to watch the shows they like, whenever they desire and for how long they want. This application has transformed every user’s home into a personal cinema where he can watch what they like as and when they feel like.

Apart from letting businesses deliver benefits to their clients at the right time and place, geo-location feature also allows a brand to interact with their customers in a better and efficient manner. An app development company who is an expert in building apps with this feature often assure customers that their information is safe and secure. With such an immense popularity this feature is definitely here to stay for long.

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The Benefits of Project Management Software for Agencies and Educational Institutions https://appedreview.com/blog/the-benefits-of-project-management-software-for-agencies-and-educational-institutions/ Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:25:25 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36173 When you want to improve upon your work policies, operations, and systems, you’re likely going to look for methods that your company or group could easily adopt. Unfortunately, not all new trends and processes work for all companies and groups, especially if you’re an educational institution. The precarious nature of grades, attendance, lesson plans, and ...

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When you want to improve upon your work policies, operations, and systems, you’re likely going to look for methods that your company or group could easily adopt. Unfortunately, not all new trends and processes work for all companies and groups, especially if you’re an educational institution. The precarious nature of grades, attendance, lesson plans, and course materials can tend to be challenging to keep track of, but something like a project management software might be able to do the job for you. If you’re curious about how these systems can be beneficial for your needs, continue reading below.

Project Management: What Do Modern Trends Say

It’s important to understand that project management is more than just finding ways to “manage” your operations. It’s actually making sure systems are in place to ensure all your projects are properly accounted for across all steps. 34-percent of projects among companies actually have no baseline, and $122-million of $1-billion investments in the United States are actually wasted because there’s a lack in project performance. And while 97-percent of organizations do believe in the merits of project management to organizations, 80-percent of project management execs can’t exactly determine how their projects can align with their overall business strategy. In fact, capturing the proper costs and time against projects remain one of the biggest hurdles in project management. However, what if a software can do all the technical stuff for you?

Project Management Software: What It Can Do For Your Group

Based on the above, it might be important to understand that project management software may in fact behelpful when it comes to optimizing your experience as a group. Project management software for agencies such as educational institutions can introduce a lot of benefits for your work processes, which may include the following:

  • Remove physical burden: Having to check physical documents and keep track of manual records can be inconvenient, especially if you have to contain file after file of student reports in your cubicle. A project management software can have all of these in a handy software you can access at a push of a button. This makes studying and assessing student and faculty works much easier on your end.
  • Store everything on the cloud: The cloud is perhaps the future of storage, as being able to store everything in a server means you won’t have to worry about dogs eating homework, or you losing anything relevant. Everything that happens at school or in a certain project stays in a designated folder.
  • Efficient project collaboration: Did you ever have a hard time gathering materials and output from students, and had your work laptop cluttered with all sorts of folders containing revision after revision of documents? Project management software removes all that hassle by making sure everything is compiled under a “project,” where your students or fellow faculty members can just add or modify files. Things like documents, researches, and other works can be discussed seamlessly.
  • Highlight external and internal communications: Regardless if you use a project management software with your students or with your peers in the faculty, communicating tasks and other assignments can be easy when your project management software organizes all the “talking” for you. It can serve as a funnel for communicating concerns, tasks, and projects internally and externally to other important stakeholders as well.
  • Resource and document sharing: In speaking of communication, project management systems can do a great deal for your educational institution by making sure documents are shared across the board seamlessly and without hassle. Imagine being able to share comprehensive documents and resources across your students and faculty, while you get to manage who receives what – which is handy if you’re handling multiple classes.
  • Optimize your decision making and monitoring: Another undeniable benefit of project management software is its uncanny ability to help optimize work processes to the point where you can effectively monitor the performance of your student, or have the faculty monitor your progress across projects with ease. Details on various aspects of your projects and your documents can be seen seamlessly, which allows you to make adjustments in real time and make work processes smoother for both students and faculty members alike.

The Takeaway: Project Management Software Can Help Your Operations

When you want to elevate your operations, be it in educational institutions, companies, organizations, and agencies, it can be extremely helpful to rely on tools that are actually built to enhance the way you and your staff are able to do their duties. Project management software can actually do these tasks, and perhaps more, and transform your work experience into something that can improve your institution in vastly different ways. Based on the above, you can tap into the potential of project management software for your needs.

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Skoove.com https://appedreview.com/blog/skoove-com/ Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:53:58 +0000 https://appedreview.com/?p=36168 If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play piano or to perfect your already existing skills but you just can’t find the time for it, don’t worry, here’s the solution! Skoove is a platform that offers you hundreds of interactive online piano lessons you can take from the comfort of your home. All that ...

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Skoove

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play piano or to perfect your already existing skills but you just can’t find the time for it, don’t worry, here’s the solution! Skoove is a platform that offers you hundreds of interactive online piano lessons you can take from the comfort of your home. All that you need is an instrument (a piano or a keyboard), a computer (iPhone or iPad can also do the work), an internet connection, and, of course, a curious mind eager to master the skill. What is so special about their learning platform is that you can have a unique, personalized, one-to-one support and feedback from one of the teachers.

Skoove offers both theoretical and practical aspects of playing piano, so you’ll be able to read notes, build scales, play your favorite songs or even compose your own pieces! This interactive platform shows you which notes to play, teaches you the optimal techniques of doing it, but it also follows your rhythm and allows you to take your time and learn according to the pace that suits you best. Another thing that may have the stimulating effect on your learning process is the fact that you can choose which song you’ll practice on. The lessons are also divided into small pieces of theoretical information followed by the examples when you can apply them in practice.  The interface detects the keys you played via your speaker and gives you the instant feedback. You can take a particular lesson over and over again until you are certain that you’ve mastered it.

Skoove’s catalog of courses and songs is constantly growing, so you can choose your current level, you can start where you left off, or start all over again. It’s all up to you. The current selection of courses consists of:

  • the Beginner courses where you will learn the basics
  • the Intermediate Courses where you’ll gain new, more advanced skills
  • the Classic Piano course will help you broaden your knowledge and master the classics,
  • the Pop Piano course where you’ll need to improvise a bit
  • the Blues & Boogie Woogie course which will make you get creative with the famous tunes
  • the Chords & Scales that will make you a Chords and Scales expert,
  • the Keyboard for Producers course where you’ll feel how the professionals feel, and
  • the Christmas Course will finally give you the chance to master all of your favorite Christmas carols.

You can also choose between the “Standard” and “Premium” package. With the first one, you get free access to selected lessons from the courses. The Premium version grants you the access to all the lessons and the one-on-one support from the music teachers. The prices of the Premium version vary depending on whether you want a 1-month, 3-month, or 12-month subscription.

Skoove also comes in different languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. If you want to know more, you can visit the Skoove blog which has a lot of interesting and informative articles on pianos and how to play them. Another way to find out more is to follow Skoove on one of the following social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+). If you like to learn on the go and have Skoove always with you, there is a mobile app available at Apple

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