Oombrella – The New Connected Umbrella in the Block

Oombrella

Well, let us begin with some common experiences that almost every one of us has been through. How many times you forgot to take your umbrella or just catch the umbrella when getting off the bus? Yes, we all forget umbrella when the rain stops and we also forget umbrella sometimes even though there is strong prediction of rain in the weather report.

Oombrella, the new digital umbrella has come up to take care of these silly forgetting that often make people wet from the sudden downpour. There are number of ways Oombrella will help you stay connected as well. After digital pants, backpack, smart watch (it’s pretty old already, nah?), it is the turn of our good old umbrella to go digital.

It is hip to use Oombrella, says the Kickstarter

While things are increasingly connected these days, a connected umbrella is not a surprise in that sense. Oombrella offers a digitally equipped parasol allowing alerts for rain or so to say, weather condition in its entirety. It also reminds you when you have left it behind or about to do so. Sounds impressive? Ok, it does not come cheap as far as the price tag in Kickstarter is concerned which is $75 (€64) presently. The French entrepreneur behind this connected umbrella Clement Guillot and many backers so far found impressive enough to grab worldwide attention. Many who laid their hands on the Oombrella for the first time found it really charming and thoroughly interesting. While connected tech will only grow allowing more gadgets and useful objects sharing information, Oombrella shows a way how daily life objects can be put into the digital context.

You are always updated for the upcoming rain

Oombrella

There would hardly be a person who did not wet in the rain just because he or she could not determine the chances of downpour. Thanks to Oombrella now we all can rightly predict and never need to be intimidated. Oombrella is already backed by a weather platform named Wezzoo that has more than 200,000 users on its fold. Oombrella and this weather app belong to the same company. This weather app is capable to give you warning for the upcoming rain about 15 minutes prior to it. Oombrella is nothing but the connected umbrella that will work in collaboration with this weather app on your smartphone. While until today the app used to send you warning messages about rain so that you can grab the umbrella before going out, with the new Oombrella it would be even easier.

We have already learned from the team behind Oombrella that it will send notification messages via a smartphone app. Moreover, it has been announced that those who buy an Oombrella will be allowed to access Wezzoo which will serve as the user community of the connected umbrella. This will also allow Wezzoo Members real time sharing of hyper-local weather information. This will have another implication for many users. If the community gets bigger in an area, users can get accurate and precise weather reporting and predictions.

It is your friend in all weather conditions

Besides giving you alert on rain or giving you alarm message on forgetting your umbrella, it does quite a few things. It is no less than a mini weather station that can accurately predict all weather conditions with sensors for temperature, pressure, humidity and light. These sensors can communicate with the connected smartphone app through Bluetooth LE allowing a wide variety of functions. Oombrella thanks to these sensors can collect all weather data on the move corresponding to temperature, pressure and light.

Moreover, it has an overhead screw allowing you to attach a GoPro lens for 360 degree photography. The new connected umbrella has been built robust to take care of very windy conditions. As per the company, the Kevlar made ribs of Oombrella can even withstand extremely harsh rainstorms, snowstorms and even hailstorms. Coming packed with a waterproof UV resistant canopy, ergonomic handle and ultra tough ribs, the umbrella can be the perfect accompany in harsh weather conditions.

Forgetting your Oombrella in the restaurant is practically impossible

Thanks to this connected umbrella you practically cannot leave behind in public places. The “forget me not” feature of Oombrella will ensure this by sending you notification when you leave the umbrella behind. With the in-built GPS tracker inside it readily realizes that the owner of the umbrella left it behind and sends push messages automatically so that you can come back and grab it. Moreover, as the umbrella remains connected through the robust Wezzoo community, the lost Oombrellas are easily found by tallying the last-seen data with the location data of the Wezzoo community. Besides GPS tracker the connected community of the app will prevent losing your umbrella wherever you are.

Style, material and price

Oombrella is offered in classic style with about 3.1 feet length and a curved handle. There is also a Portable version with 0.8 feet length and straight handle. The Oombrella capsule, the tiny digital device that is behind the connectedness of the umbrella can also be bought separately. So, it shows by installing the capsule in your regular umbrella you can practically convert it into a smart umbrella similar to Oombrella.

Oombrella material-wise offers solid things to worth the price. The Kevlar ribs ensure optimum wind resistance and there is tough yet fashionably shiny canopy. On top of the umbrella there is a camera screw to work as a pole for your GoPro lens or just as selfie pole. While weather resistant umbrellas in the market costs somewhere around $30 the price Oombrella seem to take the price for he connected capsule attached inside which can be bought separately for only €29. An early-bird price for the product is set at €59 ($66). Oombrella comes in three different designs, respectively as white, black and shiny. With solid specs, strength and robust connectivity features Oombrella seems to go a long way as the only properly connected umbrella on earth.

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Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing smartwatch app development and mobile app development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.

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SAP Fiori UX – Offer Exceptional User Experience and Woo more Customers

SAP Fiori UX

User experience (UX) has a major role to play in ensuring happy and delighted customers. With modernizations in technology and the advent of smartphones, there has been a paradigm shift in UX. Modern software and applications have the ability to evoke various emotions and attitudes in users, making the entire user experience interactive, along with other benefits such as ease-of-use and efficiency. A good UX ensures a positive relationship between a user and a company, its products and services. By meeting the exact needs of customers, companies can ensure an exemplary user experience, which in turn will lead to profits in the long run.

The SAP Fiori UI Pitfalls

German multinational company SAP, which has recently forayed into the application development market with the SAP Fiori architecture, enables users to make the most of top-notch applications on various devices like computers, smartphones and tablets. While SAP has been enjoying immense success with its enterprise systems like ERP and CRM, it has been drawing flak with the graphical user interface (GUI) that their apps offer. While the poor UI has not really affected the sales of their products, it has been a fundamental problem that SAP has been struggling with since a long time.

Enhancing the SAP Fiori User Experience

While the success of SAP products is obvious, there are many competitors who are offering equally good products that possess an exceptional UI. Through the SAP Fiori architecture, companies can build and offer a wide range of top-notch applications. And to make the entire SAP Fiori experience all the more gratifying, SAP is now shifting its focus on offering a remarkable user experience through the SAP Fiori UX. By personally interacting with customers and understanding their distinct needs, people at SAP have been able to build a UX that is not only easy-to-use but is also making customers happy. SAP Fiori UX is the new user experience being offered with SAP apps that incorporates new solutions, renews existing solutions and augments user experience.With fewer mouse clicks and less complex coding, the SAP Fiori UX is enabling users to complete tasks in a shorter time-frame, making them more efficient, productive and happy.

Ensuring Satisfied Customers

SAP Fiori UX is the new user experience being offered with SAP software across business lines, devices and deployment options. By applying modern design principles, SAP Fiori UX offers a completely reimagined user experience that is responsive, intuitive and personalized across devices and deployment options. When combined with the popular SAP HANA platform, SAP Fiori UX has the ability to deliver superior responsiveness in real-time. Using the SAP Business Suite applications, SAP Fiori UX provides role-based experiences for organization-wide engagement across the entire business line. Using SAP Fiori UX design guidelines, app developers can make the most of a host of relevant templates, patterns and controls and create exciting and endearing apps that offer gratifying user experiences.

Fruitful Interaction with SAP Apps

The SAP Fiori UX is built to radically transform the way users interact with popular SAP applications like ERP. It offers a completely new and improved user experience as it enables users to concentrate on tasks and activities that matter the most. Unlike previous UX, the SAP Fiori UX is not limited to one functional area, but instead spans across different functions and end-to-end processes. The SAP Fiori UX impacts the way app leaders and developers manage their SAP implementations, including team responsibilities, team structures and success metrics. By establishing a top-class internal design team within SAP, the company is trying to shift its focus to design-led software development which is at the core of every application today. SAP Fiori UX promises to offer a delightful user experience, irrespective of the form factor. The apps work equally well on desktops, tablets, and smartphones.

Customizable UI

In order to improve experiences that users have with SAP products, SAP allows app developers to modify SAP software GUI screens and align transactions with specific user roles. This enables users to view specific and relevant information that is required for them to perform their roles effectively and efficiently. Through Screen Personas, developers can personalize the screen for individual user roles to ensure people are more focused in their work and do not get distracted.

Steps Ahead

Apps with SAP Fiori UX possess functionality-based and task-based activities that have been derived from design-driven persona descriptions. Application leaders need to plan and ensure long-term management of SAP Fiori UX apps, and this can be achieved through implementation of persona management processes inside the enterprise IT organization. While modifying existing apps by introducing the SAP Fiori UX might be tempting for app developers, it should be avoided and more emphasis should be given on developing and creating new apps to ensure exceptional user experience.

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Moto 360 2nd Generation – Sleeker and Smarter Watch of this Generation

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The primary purpose of watches has always been to tell the time. Watches have now become smart since they now house little computers within them. They were used as a fashion statement too. The demand for smartwatches has not really caught up wind. That might change with the second generation Moto 360 which has looks and features that are just incredible to own.

With its boxy designs and gears, it looks tremendously attractive and expected to be quite handy in many ways. It does feel great to have a smaller device on your hand and without any hassle. The trends are on for wider smartwatches and hence the retro feel of the Moto 360 is something to root for.

The Colour Options and its External Attributes

Moto 360 2 Color

With the new Moto 360 2, one can pick from three bezel colors of silver, gold or black. One can even buy two types of straps – leather and steel. One can add multiple watch band colors since they are easy to strap.

  • It is super light and is not of extreme size.
  • Although the size is average for most, those with small wrists, might feel that the Moto 360’s size to be a deterrent.
  • In comparison though, Moto 360 2 offers special models for men of 46 mm and a 42 mm one that is gender neutral.

Motorola now sports a circular watch face and the “flat tyre” impression to make it trendier. Because of this dual design, it looks like the real watches.

Battery Performance, Display and Processor

The battery performance with a timeline of 1.5 days without using ambient display deserves a special bonus point. It is polished and flexible too for accommodating swipes and taps with multiple uses. Android Wear smartwatches like this model support Wi-Fi. One should switch off Bluetooth all day or else the smartwatch would not work for longer periods of time.

It also has a Gorilla Glass display and is IP67 certified which means it can survive in dust and water too. The company has given importance to its durability. Beneath the watch they have fitted a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad processor and 4 GB of storage space.

Android Wear in Moto 360

It runs on Android Wear OS which is compatible with iPhone too. Android Wear is genuinely useful to many buyers. As the fast paced world demands our responses in a trice, one can pick up or dismiss or even ignore a call with just a swipe on the wrist.

Tap on a widget to view last calls, missed calls, notifications, and feeds. It also shows us the weather so far and keeps a close check on how many steps we have taken, or how many pulses are beating to check on the heart rate. With the feature of “hangouts “in its improved version, sending messages now is too simple.

Some of the apps which are available for download are Moto Body that helps monitor heart rate, the number of steps walked and calories burned by oneself. With music apps, music is quite easy to download and played without use of a smartphone everywhere.

The Charging Process and Commands

The charging process of this smartwatch is impressive as it can be easily charged wirelessly with the help of a dock. You can select the color of the charging display in dock mode through the Moto Connect app. It is a rather cute piece of hardware and the visual signifying that the Moto 360 2 is charging looks futuristic.

Moto 360 2nd gen runs on a Snapdragon 400 where the dual microphones are quite attentive and ready to listen to basic commands.

The Final Verdict

Motorola has churned out a gem of the smartwatch and one can now say that the quality of the smartwatch display is getting to match Apple and Samsung screens which are nearly the best in the market. The backlit LCD is not easy to use for starters but the neat and tidy bundled accessory really lets users to build charging with the night slumber.

But one should ponder upon whether this updated device is really relevant as we are in 2016. Maybe this is the right smartwatch and might prove to be better every day. It has its best product till date and nothing has delivered in the modern age and its edge-to-edge look like the Moto has pulled up with more style to the smartwatch.

With a 320mAh battery in the smartwatch, about 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage space, Moto 360 2 is the second generation of a lesser priced version.

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Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing Android mobile app development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.

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LeTv 1s is a very impressive and powerful phone at a killer price point

When I first saw the ads on leading news papers on LeTV 1S for the price of RS10,999, the first look was impressive and premium, cost wow. The configuration – super impressive at the price point it was being offered. When I got my hands on the device, I must say its quite impressive . Here comes another OEM who has created another impressive device with a powerful chip set and hardware combined with the most popular Android platform. I think users of LETV will like the phone a lot.

LeTv Display

Here are the phone features :
– Dual Sim, 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi ( Micro and Nano Sims)
– Octa Core, 2.2 GHz Processor
– 3 GB RAM, 32 GB inbuilt
– 3000 mAH Battery
– 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 px display
– 13 MP Camera with flash
– Memory Card Not Supported
– Android, v5.1
– Fast fingerprint sensor
– Decent camera

Letv 1

This will definitely challenge the likes of Apple ( I am an apple user myself) , have been playing with many devices for a long time and I think LeTv has done a good job with the specs and the aggressive pricing.

First look at what the phone package consists of :
It consists of the
-LeTv device
-The charger
Documentation on how to use the device
– Pin to insert the sim.

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Have been using the phone for a while now and am enjoying it so far. I am a heavy user and have already installed close to 100+ apps on the device already , processing speed is good, the battery back up is fine. While I have heard the battery heats up, but I have not experienced it so far.

That MT6795 chipset is really a beast. In Antutu it scores over 51,000 points and in real life the processor just eats every task up in its stride. With 3GB RAM there is enough memory there for running multiple tasks. Display is big and touch is fast.

Camera quality is descent , it needs some more work for sure.

Will be using the phone for a few days more and will come back with a more detailed review. So far so good  and am impressed.

 

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Samsung Galaxy A9 – The Gigantic Phablet with 6-Inch Display and Massive Battery!

Samsung Galaxy A9

It is evident from the latest releases of smartphones that many flagship phones have stopped increasing the size of the smartphone at 5.5 inches. But here is one Samsung beast that manages to top that. Huge devices are trending as of now owing the advent of tablets and the crossover phablets everywhere. One should mention here that the smartphone market is actually veering the newest biggest device.

Enter Samsung’s new A series avatar. Samsung launched its latest smartphone in the Galaxy A series with the gigantic Galaxy A9 in China. The tech giant revealed one of the first 6-inch phablets that will sport a tremendous 4000 MaH battery to match its size. Galaxy A9 will feature support for Android 5.1.1 with powerful innards compared to any of the A-series phones.

The dual-SIM dual-standby phone sports a metal frame and a glass body design just like Galaxy Note 5. With its 6-inch full-HD Super Amoled display and a smart 2.5D curved glass, the phone features a pixel density of 367 ppi. The phone also sports a very thin 2.4-mm display bezel.

The Inside Out

  • The Galaxy A9 sports a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC which clocks 1.8GHz, along with Adreno 510.
  • Galaxy A9 also features a sizeable 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage that is scalable up to 128GB.
  • It does not have a hybrid dual-SIM slot.
  • On the camera front, it is loaded with a smart 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera which also includes LED flash, a powerful f/1.9 aperture, and an even rare optical image stabilisation (OIS). This allows the clickers to maintain a steady line of pictures.
  • The front facing cam has a 8-megapixel capability and even possesses varied modes such as wide selfie mode and self-portrait mode. The camera can be activated by double pressing the home button which also extends support to Samsung Pay. Now camera accessibility will not be a hassle in any way.

The Powerful Battery in a Slim Body

Samsung Galaxy A9

Samsung Galaxy A9 has a powerful 4000mAh battery that supports a technology for charging called the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. Galaxy A7 on the other hand features a 3300mAh battery. Samsung A9 also includes Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi under the hood. In spite of all running applications, Samsung A9 is making the best use of optimum silence to recreate the new tomorrow.

Following its predecessor, which is the 5.7-inch Galaxy A8, Samsung A9 is a slim and elegant smartphone, with specifications that even match the Galaxy S line of devices.

Not one phone can actually be the best in all manners. It is important to make a lasting impression with the phone in hand.

Rollout

Despite Samsung A9 launched in China exclusive, it is expected to go on floors in other countries in the near future. It is coming in close competition to Google Nexus 6P and even the trendy bestselling Apple iPhone 6S Plus. The choices might be limited but its own Galaxy Note 5 is going to be in loggerheads for the largest smartphone.

Most of the smartphones are now featuring 5 to 5.5-inch screens, Samsung is hence hoping to grab the share for bigger phablets for which there is a strong crowd for, like the Galaxy A9. The important improvements have hence driven the phone amidst the hoopla around Samsung Galaxy S6, which is in itself going great guns.

The enormous 4,000mAh battery is a huge plus for the smartphone since it would extend the phone’s battery life beyond the regular day that most smartphones can.

Round-up of Specifications

  • Octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, incredible 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of scalable storage up to 128GB.
  • 13-megapixel camera and a 8-megapixel selfie cam.
  • Runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
  • Fingerprint scanner and Samsung Pay support.
  • Glass and metal case that’s is 0.29 inches thin.

The phone will be available in varied colours including White, Gold, and Pink colours. The product is expected to be kept in shelves until and unless it can infuse some energy on a positive note.

Our Verdict

Samsung’s latest A series phone is a slight departure than the extremely sleek A8, since this model features a tremendous screen and a smart monstrous battery capacity to match its credentials.

The massive 6-inch screen with curved 2.5D edges featuring a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor is great even by S6 standards. The 0.3 inch-thick aluminum frame is its best attribute though the monstrous 4,000 mAh battery will drive the phone for more than a day.

All in, here is a decent phone from Samsung that will need big pockets for safekeeping especially within cargos instead of jeans. No details on pricing and availability has been conveyed until now.

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Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps. He is an iPhone Game Developer, with acute knowledge of Mobile App Design and User Experience Design. His vision is to become the best mobile development company, which can transform people’s idea into fully functional application at a very affordable price.

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Top 10 iPad Pro Features that Make it the best Tablet Ever!

iPad Pro

Apple’s new tablet – the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the biggest avatar of the revered iPad although the sale numbers have diminished year on year. Apple is expecting the new iPad Pro to actually push the tablet segment in the PC world with the introducing of some amazing features that many mobile workers and professionals will find useful.

Here are the top 10 iPad Pro Features that push the envelope in more ways than one:

#1. Biggest Screen Ever!

iPad Pro has an overly large display with 12.9″ screen. But while using it, one can assure anyone that it is highly recommended over the previous 9.7″ iPad and might in turn replace the Macbook in due course of time too.

#2. Amazing Resolution

Boasting of the most advanced display of all Apple products, iPad Pro packs a punch with its 12.9-inch Retina display that features a mind-boggling 2,732 x 2,048 pixels in display resolution and a modest 265 ppi pixel density. The Retina Macbooks might have more pixel density though.

#3. Multitasking Features

iPad Pro supports multitasking features similar to all other Apple devices that are run on iOS 9. But with the incredible screen, users have an advantage with the new Split View, and the beautiful Picture in Picture option. Also the Slide Over option gives users some room to work on with the space being optimized for productivity and multiple tasks to be done at a time.

#4. Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil

Apple’s new iPad stylus, Apple Pencil, is tremendously feature-rich and the best among all styluses. It is great for writing notes and even useful for sketching and drawing. The Notes app, Procreate, and other apps support the fantastic pressure- and orientation-sensitive stylus as it has perfected the analogies of handwriting and use of other tools. Although it is not battery-rich, it is good enough.

The Pencil is packed with sensors that can sense on the pressure being exerted and how hard one pushes it. It even detects the angle in which users press the tip to the screen which is aimed for the artists and the creatives. Pressing the Pencil hard will result in much deeper, darker lines on the iPad Pro while gentler presses will create lighter strokes. It is charged an extra $99, on the top of the pricey entry-level iPad Pro.

#5. The Right Stand/Case

Holding the 12.9″ tablet might be a hassle especially for extended periods of time. With Just Mobile’s Encore, working with the iPad Pro is a breeze. Urban Armor Gear’s Composite Case is one of the best stands/ cases to carry the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil together. The tablet experience gets much better with the pairing. One can even get a Logitech Create Keyboard especially if you are concerned with long-form typing on the device.

#6. Getting Updated Apps

With multiple updated iPad Pro apps ready, users will be in for a ride since the experience with several tailored apps with the resolution support, and other features is hugely welcome. Some apps provide support to certain functionalities like the split-screen functionality too. Various third party apps along with updates are available for the iPad Pro including the Reeder 3 and Tweetbot 4. One can expect Facebook and YouTube updates soon with the required tweaks.

#7. Bigger But Lighter

It is the biggest iPad to date, but it is incredibly lighter and thinner than even the first iPad in 2010. The display takes up 78 percent of the real estate and that is much more than what it was on the 9.7-inch iPad. But being just 6.9 mm thick as the newest iPhones, it is a lightweight, portable mobile tablet that is set to rule.

#8. Smart Keyboard Option

iPad Pro also includes a Smart Keyboard that is a foldable keyboard that can be connected to the iPad Pro via the Smart Connector, a new technology that is proposed by Apple. The keyboard is similar to Surface line keyboards but this does not include a Bluetooth connection. It is available for $169 extra other than the iPad Pro.

#9. Excellent Sound Quality

Most electronics makers are not keen on making outstanding speakers and hence most gadgets do not pay heed to sound. Apple is diligent in its design and hence it does not overlook the audio quality in any way. Apple has fitted four front-facing speakers in the iPad Pro for magnificent sound results. The speakers can balance the sound from both directional speakers especially when the orientation of the tablet shifts from landscape to portrait mode and vice versa.

#10. Powerful Inbuilt Hardware

The iPad Pro is not only big on its exterior but also in its interior. It includes Apple’s newest chip, the 64-bit A9X, which is powerful in delivering performance reminiscent of a desktop and capable of providing double power than the A8X chip which was supported by iPad Air 2. With 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB / 128 GB storage, iPad Pro will not be able to push the PCs out of the competition but the future still holds promise.

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Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing android mobile app development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.

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CES 2016 : What can One Expect to Witness During the Event

CES 2016

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is expected to be a hotspot for introducing new technologies in the realm of robotics, wearables, and even IoT.

Several technologists descend to CES in January to check out meaningful breakthrough tech innovations. The event is produced by the Consumer Technology Association, and 20,000 new products are expected to appear at the 2016 show. More than 3,600 exhibitors lined up at the preview event held in New York recently.

The robotics exhibit space will have 22 exhibitors, while automotive exhibits have increased by 25% for the next year, with 100 companies and nine automakers exhibiting their innovations.

Here are some products that will take the floor at CES 2016 as per the latest updates:

1) LifeSite

LifeSite provides secure storage for personal information through its Vault. The Web-based tool and app will help users to store sensitive data including financial records, legal documents, contacts and passwords. The data will be protected by permission-based sharing and document encryption. It also has secure storage solutions and options for the enterprise.

2) Quell

Quell, from NeuroMetrix, is a wearable band that can provide drug-free pain relief with the help of a new technology called wearable intensive nerve stimulation (WINS). Those suffering from Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Sciatica will find the gadget useful.

The band helps in stimulating sensory nerves that carry pulses to the brain, triggering a natural response blocking all pain signals within the body. Therapy sessions are also provided on an hourly basis. The band can be connected to the smartphone for tracking therapy sessions, its control features, sleep quality monitoring, and to store data on HealthCloud.

3) IonVR

IonVR is a terrific mobile virtual reality headset that depends on the smartphone for its display. The screen size should exceed 4.5 inches and should be based on the iOS or Android platform only.

It runs on MotionSync Technology that addresses virtual reality sickness with a seamless virtual reality experience. It includes a modular system to connect to the phone and the modules can be replaced when connecting to new devices.

The gadget also has gaming, entertainment, and live sports options as part of its applications showcase. There are enterprise apps for medical, PR, and real estate too.

4) Adidas SmartRun

Adidas revealed its SmartRun watch along with its Smart Ball gadget. The SmartRun retails for $300, which helps runners with real-time coaching through its miCoach training plans. It also has a continuous heart rate monitor, efficient GPS for recording the running speed and distance, complete workout review, wireless music player, and the like. It boasts of about eight hours of battery life in normal use and four hours of battery life with the continuous coaching and music in the background.

The Smart Ball on the other hand is a soccer ball that includes integrated sensors that tracks the speed, spin, the shot trajectory, and its exact strike point. This gadget will be helpful for soccer coaches and players in the long run.

5) Sengled

Sengled uses “smart” light bulbs for making a connected home.

Every Sengled bulb has varying functionality within it. The Snap light bulb includes wireless HD camera for outdoor monitoring with ability to transfer videos to the cloud. The Boost bulb provides WiFi along with LED light to add connectivity. The Voice bulb on the other hand responds to your voice, notes appointments and sets reminders. One can send alerts if it detects smoke or a crying baby.

6) Skulpt

Skulpt creates fitness devices for monitoring muscle health through a technology called Electrical Impedance Myography (EIM). It measures electrical current flow in diverse directions and assesses muscle condition along with overall body fat percentage. One can view body “heat map” through the tool’s mobile app.

7) Oree

Oree is making tech tools that look natural. They are not like the average tech tools as it builds keyboards, useful wireless chargers, smartphone cases for different phones, and trackpads made of natural materials. It also makes other tech products, made of wood and leather.

8) Caseta

Caseta is a smart home devices company that lets users to remote control their smart homes with mobile devices. Its remote controls can be mounted on a wall or placed on a tabletop for controlling light intensity. The Pico remote has a “favorite” button for recording and storing a favorite light setting. There are dimmable LEDs and other light bulbs available from the company too.

9) Klaxoon

Klaxoon provides a new means of communications for several and diverse groups of people, in the workplace especially. The cross-platform tool is compatible with different mobile platforms too. It helps in making group communications more interactive. One can boost engagement through activities such as surveys, challenges, quizzes, or live messaging. One can even launch a survey to determine the message of the content and the number of people who agree with it.

It can control group activity of about 40 participants. One can access group content remotely without connecting to the web. With Klaxoon Cloud, nearly 1,000 participants can connect at a time.

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Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing iPhone Mobile App Development Company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.

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Claymotion Ranks as Top 5 Mobile Ad Networks from India, basis survey

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Claymotion, a leading mobile advertising platform and now one of the fastest growing in India, has been ranked as one of the top five mobile ad networks in India, according to the latest ranking found within the world’s leading mobile app attribution platform, TUNE Marketing Console. Having climbed over 100 positions since its launch in 2012, Claymotion is the only startup to have been featured in the top five along with industry incumbents.

Commenting on the feat, Mr. Neel Juriasingani, Head of Business at Claymotion said, “The surge in rankings, as originated from TUNE data, is indeed a testament of our efforts toward offering the best mobile advertising experience to our customers in India and globally. Despite being a late entrant in a market with established players, we are thankful to our stakeholders for trusting us with their brands and giving us the opportunity to deliver on it. Going forward, our focus is to continue delivering value to our partners in India and the emerging world.”

According to reports, mobile advertising volume in India grew the fastest in the world—climbing a record 260% over 2 years since July 2013..“The lack of actual application on mobile’s promise of deep targeting was hindering its growth. That’s the primary motivation behind Claymotion—to deliver on this very promise,” added Neel.

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Fashion and Apparel company Iralzo marks its debut in Online Retail for the Indian market

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Fashion and Apparel company Iralzo is stepping into the e-commerce market with its exclusive designer collection ranging from scarves, dresses, jumpsuits, accessories and more for the chic and stylish women of today.

Iralzo comes from the house of IR Accessories that has been in the business of manufacturing and exporting apparel and accessories for over eight years now. The brand is now laying its foundation as a mainstream fashion brand to serve the customer better effortlessly with a wide range of clothing to make you feel like a fashionista. With the perfect blend of style and comfort, Iralzo showcases an optimum selection of apparels and accessories keeping in mind all of the latest trends in the world of fashion.

Speaking about the launch Mrs Ira Malhotra, Director, Iralzo said “Today’s consumer in India is highly evolved and is looking for high- class fashion at accessible prices. Been in the manufacturing and export business for long we understand the market and closely follow global trends. We planned to broaden our horizons by Iralzo as we received overwhelming response from the Indian customers and we are keen to set a new benchmark by reinforcing its presence in the market by offering high class fashion at pocket-friendly prices.  We believe that comfort is the key to look stylish and our each design resonates with our vision. To deliver remarkable experience to the customers, we have a motivated team of designers who understand the need of every style savvy person. Each design is bound to stand out in the market as it is made with sheer perfection while considering the comfort that every customer demands. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction with our designs that are flawlessly made”

Inspired by the international runways and the global street scene, the brand offers wide range of wearable fashion, hair accessories, garments, sarongs and scarves in a variety of colors. We innovate by combining the finest quality of fabric with the most unique designs to provide an unforgettable experience to the customers.

Iralzo is the brainchild of Mrs Ira Malhotra and Mr Rajesh Malhotra who have been a significant part of the industry for many years. The aim is to build Iralzo as a hotspot for all the recent trends in the fashion industry that every fashion savvy person craves for! The brand’s collection will be available on leading online fashion portals apart from www.iralzo.com

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Top 10 Tips to Avoid Mobile App Testing Mistakes

Top 10 Tips to Avoid Mobile App Testing Mistakes

If one studies multiple successful mobile apps and games, one can find that they are incredibly accessible with a navigation approach that is intuitive enough. For aligning a design and idea with established norms of different platforms, there is no substitute other than usability testing.

According to Localytics, nearly 20% of apps are never used after being used once. About 50% of the total downloaded apps are used more than five times on an average. The window for developers to impress users is shut pretty quickly. First impressions are important, especially to boost retention rates and get the edge over the huge competition of a million apps.

To extract actionable data from tests is highly pricey but here are some practical tips for successful mobile app testing:

#1. Create a Mock up

Starting with a user-centric design will always pay dividends and can save yourself a lot of time and money before the actual development begins. There’s no reason one can’t mock up a UI with simple screenshots and then design the same with an actual size smartphone. One can think about how potential users would expect to interact with the app and design the mock up likewise. The paper design can be changed too, easily.

#2. Examine How People Interact

With every usability test you conduct, for a functional app on a smartphone or just a prototype, one should provide minimal guidance so that you can detect genuine failure points. Recording what is on screen is not entirely important. Instead, one should observe people and their facial expressions and body language. Are they getting irritated or frustrated with the app or is it what they need. Close observation will always produce best insights.

#3. Test in the Real World

If you can conduct tests in real world in public then you might check on the usability of your app that cannot be replicated in a controlled environment. Conducting tests in real environments is a good idea to assess how intuitive the design really is. Testers from different demographics who will be using your app in real world conditions can deliver different insights than those who are living in relaxed atmosphere.

#4. Keep it Short and Simple

Every long test is complicated and the users will have a tough time to stay focused and interested in longer apps. If there are too many test parameters, they’re less representative of actual end users. This is important when surveys are held for reward or for free amongst the public on the usage of an app.

#5. Use of Varied Platforms and Devices

Try to let people use devices that they are comfortable with, wherever possible. Then the features of the device itself will not be a distraction and one can cover more variations and data. If the app is released on more than one platform, then make sure you get users for all such platforms too and check whether the app fulfils the differences in expectations especially in terms of navigation.

#6. Ask Right Questions

The right observation is the primary and the most essential source of data during usability tests. One should be careful on what to ask and always focus on getting actionable data. Let the users elaborate on their experience where possible, so that they can convey what they mean about using the app and you avoid misconstruing any answers.

#7. Assess and Act

Aggregate the data you collect and create a meaningful plan based on the results. Don’t let personal opinions and bias cloud the actions. Act on things that were mentioned by end users and do not give importance to particular testers only. Take your time and work on specific parts if it’s needed.

#8. Prepare App Functional Requirements List

Assuming that your test team detects app defects efficiently, it is important that one should plan based on functional requirements and different scenarios for the future. This process may sound tedious but is incredibly important.

#9. Create a Testing Team of Different Representatives

When creating a testing team, appoint professionals of different spheres with testing background. Involve representatives from other departments too so that they help in determining a solution for the problem through their field of expertise.

#10. Test Your App on Emulators and App GUI

All mobile application development platforms support different emulators and simulators for app testing on real devices. One can test app changes quickly and easily. Mobile users prefer using a GUI that is simple to operate. And if they are not clear on how your app functions, they will immediately uninstall the app too. So it is essential to have an app that boasts of a user-friendly interface.

Author Bio

Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing iOS app development services provider company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.

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