Over the years many apps came and went, but these apps has stood the test of time on my iPhone, some have been longer than others. I thought I would share them with you. I will save you time from the usual social network apps like Facebook and Twitter, so I won’t be including them in this post. I will also save you the long descriptions about the apps, descriptions you can find them in iTunes. Here we go:
Not many people know that Google provides a way for your spouse or close relative to access your Gmail or Google Drive (or any Google service for that matter) after you pass on. It’s called Inactive Account Manager.
The rule is simple, after you activate the service, if you didn’t login to your Gmail for a particular time period (you can select the inactivity period from anywhere 3 months to 18 months), it will inform the person specified and share your Google Account access with them.
Say, your inactive period is set to 6 months, after 4 months (2 months before the expiry), Google will send you a reminder SMS and email informing you that Inactive Account Manager will be activated in 2 months time. After which if you still do not login to your Gmail within the next 2 months, it will proceed to provide access to your Gmail to those people who you have specified. Below is the details of this service. Continue reading
My Rating: 10/10 The Qur’an (Oxford World’s Classics)
– The Quran has been translated to English numerous times, and there are many great translations (eg; Yusuf Ali, Muhammad Asad, Ali Unal etc). However, this translation from Oxford is a unique one, in the sense that it uses modern language unlike the others which tend to use Shakespearean type of ancient words. With those translations, readers oftentimes have difficulty in grasping the full meaning of the verses.
M.A.S. Abdel Haleem (translator) has done a great job – it flows very smoothly and reads very easily. Highy recommended.
Lately, there has been a huge spike in interest in private blockchains, particularly from banks and financial institutions. Some of them are already working on their own private blockchains to improve the efficiency of their services. Improving the efficiency of their services is one thing, but to equate the private blockchain to the Bitcoin’s Blockchain is something totally different.
Private blockchains are no different than relational databases, which are centralized. They are like an Intranets to Corporations. While Bitcoin’s Blockchain is like the Internet i.e the World Wide Web.
Private blockchains are centralized. An organization that owns it, can, if they want, alter any transaction at their will. There is absolutely nothing stopping them from doing it. So, private blockchains shouldn’t be seen as transparent, tamper-proof systems.
On the other hand, Bitcoin’s blockchain – The Blockchain – is unique and different precisely because it’s not centralized. It’s not owned by a particular organization. Decentralized nature of The Blockchain is the main value proposition and its competitive advantage over its counterparts – private blockchains. The Blockchain is analogous to a public ledger that is transparent and tamper-proof, and it contains all the transactions that ever happened on its network. Continue reading
Movement Watches (MVMT) – ($95 – $140)
Successfully crowdfunded at Indiegogo, MVMT (movement) watches aim to provide high quality watches at affordable prices. Prices range from $95 to $140. Watches are based on a Japanese Miyota Precision Quartz Movement.
Space Pen – #400 Chrome Bullet ($25)
Perfect to carry around in your pockets. When open it’s a full sized, evenly balanced proper pen. But its specialty is not in its size. It’s in its ability to write in all circumstances and almost all surfaces. It’s the original pen that was taken onboard Apollo 7.
Its cartridge is pressurized with nitrogen so that it doesn’t rely on gravity to make it work. It’s dependable in freezing cold and desert heat. It can also write underwater and upside down. The ink flows when you want it to, and doesn’t flow the rest of the time.
- Part 1 – Startups vs Corporations, and what happens in between
- Part 2 – Product Development in Startups vs Corporations (this post)
- Part 3 – Launching New Startups (New Products) in Corporations
In my previous post I had discussed about how startups start small and evolve into bigger companies and this process of growth brings many challenges with it. In this post, I want to discuss about how Product Development differs between Corporations and Startups.
We all know, how compact the organizational structure of a startup is. And this compactness has many advantages and benefits. As you can see from the picture below, Startups usually consist of couple of teams only, they are usually Dev Team (which normally includes Designers, Testers and UX Professionals), Sales & Marketing usually bundled together and Support Team. I’m not going to discuss the advantages of a small team that has full focus on a particular idea/product. Rather, I will be discussing more on the disadvantages of a big corporation trying to launch a new “startup” within itself.
Corporations can be huge. They could be divided into several Groups (eg; IT), each Group will have multiple Divisions (eg; Digital Technology) in them, and each Division will have multiple Departments (eg; Product Development) in them, and each Dept will have multiple Units (eg; Software Development) in them and some Units might have different Teams (eg; Product Based Teams) in them.
Twitter-Payment has a great service called “Pay with a Tweet” and “Pay with Facebook Wall Post“. If you have a freebie on your site for download, I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t use this kind of service. Since it’s going to drive free traffic to your site from Twitter and Facebook.
Basically, what it does is, it will hide the download link behind their service and only allow the user to download the file after they have either tweeted or posted on their Facebook timeline. It’s has a very simple and straightforward implementation. Continue reading
With old typewriters, if two adjacent letters were pressed in quick succession, there was a very good chance that the lever arms which stamp the ink on the page would jam. As such, they developed a keyboard (the QWERTY) that spread out the most used letters to prevent such jamming.
When computer keyboards were first becoming a thing, they kept the layout because it was what all the typists were familiar with.
AZERTY was pretty much the same thing, but just for other countries (and was in fact modeled off the QWERTY layout).
You can never be sure..
Josue of Engagebit.com has asked 55 experts the following question: “If you could measure social media success with only 3 metrics, which 3 would you choose?”
The result is a resounding consensus on the importance of Engagement, followed by Traffic and lastly Conversion. Engagement refers to the level of activity (i.e the comments, likes, retweets, shares etc.) that goes on on the social sites, websites or blogs of that particular brand, product or a campaign. Traffic is obvious, the more traffic the site receives the more awareness and revenue it’s going to generate. And lastly, for most product campaigns, it’s all about the bottom line – revenue. So obviously driving conversions will be the key, be it user registrations or sales.