Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What’s your iPhone app design checklist?

Whenever you are designing an iPhone app, you are mostly looking at how the functionality works. We are always looking towards making things credible from the point of view of development – adding features, optimizing menus, integrating resources. In this whole process of attending more on the functional aspect of the app, we tend to miss the most important part that is the UI. Even when we test the application, we are mostly looking towards how the things play on it rather than how it feels to see those things playing.

Here are some of the most helpful points that would quickly help you know if your iPhone app design is good or not. No matter how big or small the app you are working on is, this eight-point checklist would help you get through quite positively:
1. No broken links in the front or back-end: 
Make sure you don’t have any broken links or it will cause a really devastating experience for users and make you app suffer a big rejection. The links should be properly maintained to serve your user with a confident and smooth interface.

2. No long load times: 
The most basic and important one! Consider doing everything with the app design that reduces the load time. Take some time to slice it properly. Avoid heavy images and sluggish transitions that could affect the smoothness and lightness of UI.
3. Authorized by Apple: 
In order to gain the user credibility make sure your iPhone app design is authorized by Apple. Also, ensure that you are able to meet all the requirements while you accessorize and integrate your app with different third party resources.

4. Managing UI for optimum resource utilization: 
There are many services and processes that run in the background that affect the app’s working across the interface. Resource utilization in the UI will have all the bearing on this and affect the overall resource accommodation and utilization. 

5. Word "beta" removed from the application: 
If you really want to look attentive and updated, make sure you don’t have “beta” written anywhere. Check it properly on the app screens and the documents before the final launch.

6. Follow interface guidelines: 
Just be sure that your app interface follows Apple Human Interface Guidelines. This will directly allow you to have a good control over the functional properties and establish a better responsive mechanism with the system – even in the long run.

7. Make it look different: 
Think from the user’s point of view. Never mess up with the uniqueness of app as hundreds of similar apps that are being uploaded on the App store daily. It has to have the personality of its own and should be exclusive with the way it offers value to its users.

8. Copyrights and Trademark:
This has serious legal implications. Only use purchased images for which you get a license so that you don’t breach a copyright. Also, make sure you are not using any trade name or business identity used by any other company or person in the design to avoid possible trade complications. 

Sumit Garg is Project Manager and Technical Writer at MobilePhoneApps4U, A leading Offshore Mobile Application Development Company offering custom software development and mobile app solutions across the world.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coolmuster Android Data recovery - How to Recover Data, SMS, and Contacts from Android Phone

Accidentally erase your valuable data by ROM flashing, factory resetting, deleting, rooting or others? Of course you can always turn to experts. But it may be very costly. Contacts loss happens unexpectedly. And many Android users are eager to recover our deleted contacts, because sometimes we do not do a backup. What do we do? When you meet the situations above, don't panic. It is definitely sure that you can restore Samsung Galaxy data by using Samsung Galaxy Restore your lost data. It is a professional data restore program that is able to restore deleted, lost contacts, messages, videos, photos, songs and other files from Samsung Galaxy and any other smart phones. Samsung Galaxy Restore for Mac is also available for Mac users. Actually, with a Google account, you can do Samsung mobile phone contacts recovery since it allows you to sync your contacts to server. But most of you may not have a Google account or you haven't backed up your contacts with it. If you are in this case, read on to find the solution to recover contacts from Samsung phone.

When you scan in the Android phone forum, you may find that many users complain that they sometimes delete Contacts from their Android phones by mistake if they use some unfamiliar functions. Lost or deleted data files are not really gone until something new is written over them. Indeed there are two ways that I will share with you. One is to use Android Data Recovery and the other is to use Coolmuster Android Data Recovery which is the ideal recovery helper for you in this situation. It helps to extract and scan out all deleted files without any quality loss, to recover sms, or contacts from Android, read this article: How to retrieve lost contacts on Android phone. In addition, you are allowed to preview all the details before you decide to retrieve them back. So, act quickly. Use this effective recovery program to get back your lost files from Android internal memory and SD card right now.

What’s Coolmuster Android Recovery can do for you?
  1. Recover 5 file types including contacts, photos, text messages, etc.
  2. Support Android 1.5 ~ 4.4 system
  3. Works for all Android device, including new Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One and Nexus 10. Optionally preview any wanted data before recovery
  4. Freely transfer & backup Android data to PC.

As you can see, Coolmuster Android Data Recovery program can restore text messages on Samsung galaxy, including Android 4.0, Android 4.3, etc. The situation above is not the only one they can be applied to. More cases, caused by rooting failure, ROM flashing failure, deletion and other unknown reasons , have all being taken into consideration by the designers.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Product Review - 321Soft Data Recovery for Mac

Have you accidentally deleted an important file and don’t know how to get it back. Sit relax and read on this tutorial on how to restore any precious files that has been accidentally deleted or formatted from USB, memory card, internal or external hard drive, CD/DVD, different portable devices and other similar storage devices.

321Soft Data Recovery for Mac is a powerful utility that helps user easily restore their trashed or formatted hard drive data in just a matter of time. It has dedicated recovery options to undelete files from USB, hard disk drive, Optical media, multimedia/mobile device and RAID configured drives.
How to recover your important files and folders?
Once the file has been lost from the problem storage media, it could be difficult to restore or recover it if you keep using the drive for some time. Weather it has been deleted from the internal storage device or any external media, you’ll need to ensure that no further copy/move operation has been performed since the time when data loss situation strikes. The software offers pretty simple and easy to use wizard based recovery steps so you could recover your data exactly in the form it was before deletion.

Supported File System and Storage media type:

HFS, HFS+, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, Ext2/Ext3 file system, latest packet writing such as ISO9660.

321Soft Data Recovery for Mac includes powerful RAID constructor to rebuild or reconstruct damaged/corrupt RAID arrays. Later, it helps you to recover data from Mac computer RAID configurations such as RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 2, RAID 5 and RAID 6.

The software equipped disk cloning/imaging utility to create a complete disk image or clone copy which you can use to perform recovery at any convenient time. Make sure the created image or cloned copy is stored at secure place that is free from virus/Trojan attacks.

At last, the software solely works on wizard based interface to let computer illiterate users recover their lost or deleted data like pros. Incredibly easy and WYSIWYG based navigations makes it clear to achieve maximum possible recovery in shortest possible time frame. You’ve the capability to slim the search results by defining parameters of desired deleted files you’re looking for, such as their file types, file size or date and time you thing when the file was deleted.
321Soft Data Recovery for Mac is equipped with latest technologies and modified search engines to hunt for deleted, lost or formatted files from Mac OS X or higher. Software supports all the modern storage media such as RAID system or flash based storage devices. File preview before recovery works great with all type of multimedia and document files. Last but not least, you’ve one stop solution for all your data recovery needs for your Mac computer within the budget that anyone could afford.

Recommended utility for Mac OS X user to handle even worst situations of data loss. It also ensures maximum data security by using cloning/imaging features of this software. Manufactures set the price tag for this software is of $99.95 USD for a single user license.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mobile Phones Evolution: From Traditional to Modern Phones

Martin Cooper, one of the leaders in very initial cellular technology development once stated, “When you park your car and leave, you can’t use your mobile, but you can take your portable with you”. He along with his team at Motorola was working to produce a wireless portable mobile phone and he successfully did this.

September 21, 1983, was the day when Motorola made a significant addition to human history. They introduced the very first commercially available handheld portable device in the form Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. They spent a fortune approximately about $ 100 million and 10 years of extensive experimentation before they were able to achieve this landmark. Yes, it was big, heavy, and very expensive costing around $10,000 if calculated in today’s currency. But it was the most wanted and wished product at that point.

This innovative portable technology changed the world of communication and opened new horizons for folks interested in portable communication technologies. Whole world witnessed the great potential which this product had and it was the time when other companies jumped in and a race started to win more market share started. This race fired the evolutionary process in mobile technology and the living witnessed one of the most rapid evolutions in human history. I found an interesting video in which StealthLuck showed this gradual yet fast paced evolution. As of now, in 2014, we all know that cellular companies are putting in their best to come with some new features and incorporation of other interesting products into the cell phones. The beauty is that we have found smart phones our best friends as an outcome of this race. 

Interestingly, it appears that this evolution will continue to bring great products. And we will continue to enjoy these amazing products.      

Friday, August 15, 2014

SQL Server Database Backup and Monitoring Tool - SQLBak

Backups are the backbone of any business to run smoothly and analyze progress. The same thing applies to database backups and it is also crucial to manage it efficiently such as maintaining latest database backups, restoring them after data loss and monitoring it regularly etc.

SQLBak (http://sqlbak.com/) is an amazing utility that can successfully address all your needs and ensures you the presence of latest database backups and accessible over web.

Manufacturer claims that the software delivers the following features:
  • Scheduled backup for your running SQL database in organization or work station.  You can schedule SQL backup to any convenient time to be performed on daily basis. Moreover, you can set your Email to receive success or failure confirmation message.
  • Allows you to restore backups from portable devices such as smartphones or tablets using the browser.
  • Enables user to save backup copy to various cloud hosting websites such as Dropbox, FTP, Google Drive, Amazon S3 , OneDrive and Azure Blob Storage (Available on or after September 2014).

    SQLBak-Set Destination
  • Beside this, you can also choose your local folders to stored SQL Backups, such as internal hard drive of your computer. Moreover, you can click on ‘Advanced folder settings’ to send full, differential, transaction or folder backups.

  • You can also monitor the SQL server performance and track the job progress immediately as well as fix problems as soon as it happens. 

How it Works
Working with SQLBak is relatively simple and takes minimum possible time. Download the setup file provided from manufacturer and install it any latest running SQL Server computer. Meanwhile, you’ll need to register a new account to get your personalized and very own dashboard to manage, schedule or maintain SQL server backup copy. Take note of a generated serial key generated during the signup process. 


You’ll need it to activate the program and match the source and destination of SQL backup copy.

Click on ‘Connect’ after entering the serial key. The activation process will begin right after.


If the connection was successful, you’ll receive a confirmation dialog box and window the one given below:

Further steps need to be performed on the online dashboard. You can use it set source computer where SQL backup copy was stored. However, make sure you’ve any or all the required parameters such as ‘SQL Server Name’ as well as authentication method, either Windows or SQL server authentication. 

SQLBak-Enter parameters

Conclusion: 10 Out of 10 (Recommended)
SQLBak is the most powerful and advanced utility to take backups in real time and secure proof it by storing on cloud hosting websites that has relatively slim chances of getting your files lost or accidentally removed. Moreover, it also offers compression technology to lower the size of backup copy and get maximum storage capacity against the cloud hosting website or local storage drive. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Product Review - Mac Backup Guru from MacDaddy

Backup applications are significantly more important than any other tools these days. It helps Mac users to restore data after accidental deletion or formatting of important files and documents from the hard drive or similar storage device.
Mac Backup Guru from MacDaddy is a popular utility for Mac (10.7 or higher) users and helps create reliable backup disk which you can trust on. Main features of this software are described below:

Mac Daddy
Cloning is a process of making exact copy of source disk to the destination disk, by copying all your data sector by sector. Use this tool to simply copy the entire contents of the source disk to destination disk which should be of same or higher capacity. Keep in mind that the software won't delete any data stored on the destination drive and the files already stored there will be intact. 

P.S. The Finder doesn't make reliable clone of your Mac volume or imortant files and folders. This software is much more capable and more efficient than the Finder and performs accurate clone that is durable and ensure that not a single file will be missed. 

Initially, cloning procedure may takes time longer time than expected depending on the size of the source drive. However, subsequent cloning will be smoother and much faster by using synchronization feature of this software. Instead of cloning the source disk from scratch, it'll only copy files to the destination disk that were changed recently since the last cloning operation was performed. It'll help Mac users to always have the latest backup with all your recently update files added already. Drive syncing usually takes 2 facts into consideration while updating the subsequent backup copy:

1. It'll update files or folders, if there size is different on the source drive and destination drive.
2. It'll update files or folders, it there modification date is different on the source drive and the destination drive.

In both the cases mentioned above, software can easily track changes and ensure that file has been changed as well as needs to be updated on the destination disk.


Mac Backup Guru MacDaddy

Mac Backup Guru offers intuitive interface and wizard based steps to make process easier for beginners as well as for advanced users. Download and install this software from manufacture website (macdaddy.io). On the home screen of this software, you’ll find ‘source’ and ‘destination’ folder icon located at left and right corner subsequently. Moreover, 'Backup and Incremental snapshot' button is located at the middle of both the icon, just below the directional arrow that points towards the ‘destination’ icon.  To begin creating backups/cloning, just click on the button and Backup Guru will perform its task right after.

The Verdict - 10 Star out of 10

Mac Backup Guru is relatively simple as compare to any other backup or cloning utility. It is as easy to operate as manufacturer claims and makes your mac data backup process simpler than ever. It costs you around $39 USD which can be easily justified by the nature and level of result  it delivers.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Five Best Duplicate File Finders for Windows and Mac

Duplicate files sound harmless but they can make your computer a mess. They accumulate on your HDD or SSD without you knowing about it and start wasting a lot of valuable space. Worse still, duplicates make it hard for you to tell which file is the original and which is the duplicate after a while. This is why deleting duplicate files is a must. 

remove duplicate files

A good duplicate finder is something that you've got to have installed on your computer. It will help you free up valuable disk space, make your PC or Mac faster, and make it easy to manage your files. Here are five best duplicate file finders available today.

If you are looking for an easy to use, accurate and advanced duplicate finder, Easy Duplicate Finder is for you. This program works on both PCs and Macs and is the easiest to use duplicate finder out there. It has a very intuitive three-step scanning process: all you have to do is add folders to scan, click on the Scan button and then click on Remove All Duplicates. That's how easy it is! And if you're an experienced user, you can take advantage of the program's advanced scanning algorithms and file sorting features. Easy Duplicate Finder offers file comparison by content, preview for all types of files, file groups, iTunes and iPhoto integration, duplicate email management and more. In short, this program is really worth having.

If you are into photography and have a lot of image files on your PC or Mac, then you should give Duplicate Photo Cleaner a try. This special program not only finds duplicate images that are 100% identical, but also detects similar images. This is possible because it compares color changes on the RGB level or in grayscale (you can choose the algorithm you want to use). The user controls the similarity threshold and can set it to anything between 50% and 100%. Duplicate Photo Cleaner supports all popular image formats including JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, and even RAW on Windows computers. Plus it has iPhoto integration, which is very handy for Mac users.

If you are on a Windows PC, then I bet you've at least heard of CCleaner, a very popular free PC cleanup utility. CCleaner has lots of cool features and a duplicate finder is one of them. True, their duplicate finder is pretty basic, but it's great for quickly searching for duplicates by name, date and size. This works really well for checking your PC for identical documents saved to several different folders by mistake.

Auslogics is a well-known name in the PC speedup industry and its free duplicate finder is another popular choice. Even though it has a somewhat basic design, Auslogics Duplicate File Finder has a lot of useful features such as file preview and comparison by file content. It's also very easy to use and lightweight on system resources. Auslogics Duplicate File Finder is for Windows only.

VisiPics is a free open source image similarity finder for Windows and Linux users. Even though it looks very bland, it has good functionality and can detect similar photos and images. It's pretty accurate too and doesn't often display false results. In any case, there is a preview feature that you can use to check the duplicates.

These file duplicate finders will help you manage files on your PC or Mac to redeem valuable disk space the easy way. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Should You Eliminate Landline After Implementing VoIP?

This is true that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is gaining advantage over Public switched Telephone Networks (PSTN). With VoIP the cost of communication with others have reduced a lot and most people are now in the dilemma that whether they main landline or submit it once they have successfully implemented VoIP.

It’s very true that VoIP has lots of advantages over PSTN, the primary being cost effective. However, just eliminating it would not be a good option for the following reasons:

Requires Power
For your router, ATA or other VoIP equipment you need power to run. Hence, just think of the situation what has happened to New York this year. No electric supply, and thus you would be totally out of connection with the neighborhood too! In any natural disaster when there is short of electric power, your VoIP cannot support you, yes your PSTN can.

Dependency on Bandwidth
VoIP is also known as Internet telephony, and internet is all about good bandwidth. Generally VoIP works better with broadband and not with dial up connection. Thus when there are any problems related to your broadband your VoIP goes down so does your communication system. Problems that you may face with broadband are

  • Connection down, as VoIP is totally depended upon your broadband, once the connection goes down, all your telephones would stop working. And this is simply annoying when you are using at home. If it’s your business connection then you are just out!
  • Shared connection, especially when you are using your internet in the office environment there are numbers of work that you do with it. Hence, VoIP gets only a share of the total bandwidth and you have to be happy with that only. Other way when you would be using VoIP better to minimize the usage of internet over other applications.
  • Poor connection may lead various problems as if the quality of the connection is not good then you may even start hating the technology, blaming all for suggesting a worst system. 
Voice Quality
VoIP depends on various factors to provide their services like the service provided by provider, hardware used, the bandwidth of the connection and the destination of the call. Hence, if all these factors are performing in your favor then you can expect a good quality of voice over the VoIP. Generally it is found that sound at VoIP is not that clear like that of PSTN. You may hear some echo or delay in transmission of the sound.

So if the broadband connection is good enough you can expect a good voice quality over the VoIP.

Emergency calls or E911
As there is no obligation by the VoIP providers to provide 911 emergency services many of them do not provide it. Hence in case of emergency you have to depend on landline only for making the emergency calls. When called from PSTN lines emergency services can track easily from where the call is made. This is always not possible in case of VoIP as it works in IP addresses which may be from other sources too.

Data security is the most vital issue with VoIP especially when different viruses and malwares are so prominent. One has to be careful about phishing, service theft and call tampering while using VoIP.

Thus, this is true that with VoIP your calls can be made very fast and you can make even international calls at cheaper arte, but there are certain problems too which are associated with it. Hence, keep a PSTN just like you keep an emergency light at your home to manage any emergency situation.
Michelle is a freelance writer and blogger. She covers a wide range of topics including technology, health, travel and much more. Here she has explained about the importance of VOIP systems in this techno savvy world.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How to Use Tech to Make Your Business More Flexible and Lightweight

Technology has transformed business in a million different ways, but perhaps one of the most notable changes is the way it has become so much lighter. We can now outsource our services, communicate from great distances and store files on the cloud: all of which allows companies to operate from a more diverse range of locations, to move around more freely and easily, and to work with fewer supplies and smaller teams.

Building your business this way will help to reduce your overheads and increase your resilience, while at the same time making you more efficient and adaptable to meet the requirements of your customers and clients. But how do you go about making the very most of technology in order to achieve flexibility and adaptability? Read on and we'll look at some of the things you can do to make your business truly lightweight by leaning on the latest technology.

Device: The Surface Pro 3
The ideal devices to use in a lightweight business would be those that are physically small and light while still having the full power of larger machines. They should be adaptable to be used in a range of situations and they should sport long battery lives.


The ideal choice then would be the brand new Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft. This is a 'slate' computer that houses the power of a full desktop Windows PC in the light body of a thin 12'' tablet. The specs go all the way up to i7 processor with 256GB storage space and 8GB of RAM, while the battery life gets up to around 9 hours. The Type Cover keyboard attachment allows you to turn it into an incredibly light ultrabook (with adjustable viewing angles thanks to the friction-based kickstand) while the digitizer pen is ideal for taking notes while standing up at a trade show or meeting. You can work anywhere with this set up, allowing any location to become your office. They're also much smaller and lighter for your office relocation when it happens.

File Storage: Cloud Services and Portable Scanners

Another way to ensure you have fewer heavy items to use is to cut down on papers and documents and make the move to a truly paperless office. One of the best ways to do that meanwhile is to use a portable scanner which can scan multiple pages, front and back, by taking them in through a paper feed. The best of these come with built in software that will use OCR (optical character recognition) to turn your pages into searchable word documents and that will upload all your files to a cloud storage service like Evernote or DropBox. Now your files will always be accessible from any machine and you'll never need to carry piles of papers with you moving office.

Outsourcing: Virtual Assistants
With this setup your staff will now have light machines that can access all the relevant data from anywhere in the world. But you will still have a lot of staff which will create its own challenges.

If you want to keep your business small then, you should consider outsourcing some of your work to other online services. Virtual assistants are businesses that will complete any task you need completing that can be completed through phone and e-mail and that doesn't require particular specialist skills. Virtual assistants will handle administrative tasks, proof reading, web editing, research, customer support and more while you sleep allowing you to keep your team smaller and still provide excellent support and achieve impressive output.

Communication: Auto Responders and Skype

For communication you can also use auto-responders and mailing lists in order to reduce the number of similar e-mails you're sending to clients and business partners thus freeing yourself up even more time. Skype meanwhile can be used along with a high-quality web cam in order to provide video conferencing so that you don't have to attend meetings halfway around the world. Use time clock software and you won't even need to be in the same room as your staff. You'll all be able to work from anywhere, at any time and with minimal distractions.

The author of this article, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for AMJ Campbell. She has a very dynamic personality and she enjoys trying new things. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.

Friday, May 09, 2014

How to convert PDF files to Word - Aiseesoft PDF to Word Converter Giveaway

PDFs are a convenient and easily accessible document, but they can't be edited with most software. In this case, Aiseesoft PDF to Word Converter can help you convert PDF files to Word document, which can be edited easily with many different programs. With the OCR technology, this PDF to Word Converter could even convert scanned image-based PDF file. Besides, this program helps you perfectly preserves the original text, images, graphics, layout and formatting in the output Word document.

How to convert PDF files to Word:
  1. Download and install Aiseesoft PDF to Word Converter.
  2. Open the program.
  3. Click "Add File(s)". This will allow you to look through your files to find the PDF file that you'd like to convert to a Word Doc.
  4. Select "Page Range". Click "All" to convert every page in the PDF file into a Word document. If you don't want to convert every page, just type the page numbers or page range you'd like to convert.
  5. Click the "Convert" button to start the converting process. Once it’s finished, you can click "Open" to find the Word file in output folder.

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