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iOS 7 SDK: Working with Background Fetch

iOS 7 SDK: Working with Background Fetch | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

This tutorial will teach you how to use Background Fetch, a multitasking API provided with the iOS 7 SDK. To do so, we'll create a simple list of delicious dishes that are automatically fetched in the background. Read on!

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Background Fetch is an awesome feature released with iOS 7. Today, we live in a social world, and most of our users have several social network apps on their mobile devices. However, every time the user opens each app, they typically must wait until the app updates to view more recent content. This can be painful if several apps and profiles are used. Now, with background fetch, all content can be automatically fetched and updated before the user loads the app.

The default Traffic application is a simple example of how Background Fetch works in action. If you check it every morning, let’s say at 8:20 AM, your iOS app must get that information at that time. Now, if the operating system knows you will access the app around 8:20 AM, it can fetch the data beforehand and have it ready when desired.

For a more comprehensive overview of the new multitasking features, be sure to read our introduction to this topic. The rest of this tutorial will be dedicated to a practical project that demonstrates how to implement Background Fetch.

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5 Ways to Grow Your Mobile App Startup | iamwire

5 Ways to Grow Your Mobile App Startup | iamwire | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it
How to grow your mobile app startup? Point #1 Innovations Always Capture Attention

Since evolution of smart phones, the mobile application market has boomed like never before. Mobile apps are no more limited to games or utilities. Nowadays shopping, banking transactions, education, fitness, entertainment, etc. everything is available through mobile apps, which is not only user friendly but also data saving. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The Ultimate Question of Programming, Refactoring, and Everything

The Ultimate Question of Programming, Refactoring, and Everything | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

In this article you will find 42 recommendations about coding in C++ that can help a programmer avoid a lot of errors, save time and effort.

The author is Andrey Karpov - technical director of "Program Verification Systems", a team of developers, working on PVS-Studio static code analyzer. Having checked a large number of open source projects, we have seen a large variety of ways to shoot yourself in the foot; there is definitely much to share with the readers. Every recommendation is given with a practical example, which proves the currentness of this question. These tips are intended for C/C++ programmers, but usually they are universal, and may be of interest for developers using other languages. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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January 2016 Free Resources for Designers and Developers

January 2016 Free Resources for Designers and Developers | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

A round of free resources for designers and developers. Inside you'll find cool stationery and photorealistic branding mockups, UX wireframing kits, vintage...

It’s a pleasure to present this month’s round-up of free resources for designers and developers!

Below you’ll find cool stationery and photorealistic branding mockups, UX wireframing kits, vintage poster designs, professional resume and business card templates, amazing articles to keep in mind while designing, an on-browser SQL online tool, an SPA engine, an automating tool for your desktop device, a collection of CSS-hover-effect snippets, grid systems, CMS web engines, amazing icons, an online SVG editing tool, unique fonts, web PSD templates, and stacks more things to revolutionize your designing and developing. Go ahead and take it all, it’s free!!




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Hacking Collective Anonymous Declares Total War On ISIS Following Paris Terror Attacks

Hacking Collective Anonymous Declares Total War On ISIS Following Paris Terror Attacks | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

The hacking group Anonymous on Sunday declared "total war" against the Islamic State, the terror organization that claimed responsibility for the attacks on Friday that killed 132 Parisians.

Anonymous also posted a video, confirming the message was in response to the events in Paris.

According to the same Twitter account, the group began taking down websites associated with ISIS this morning.

Anonymous also retweeted a link to the following message from the hacktivist group Binary Sec:

“We as a collective will bring an end to your reign of terror. We will no longer turn a blind eye to your cruel and inhumane acts of terrorism towards all other religions that are not Islam. We’ve watched you behead innocent people, kidnap and murder children, and then launch terrorist attacks in France. This will NOT BE TOLERATED ANY LONGER. We here at BinarySec live for the sole purpose of bringing down All ISIS Propaganda ONE website and/or person at a time. ISIS… Your Jihad is coming to an abrupt end . We here at BinarySec will be one of the driving forces to your end and that’s a promise. ISIS… The War Is On.” Read more: click image or title.




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With CodinGame, Learning To Code Becomes A Game

With CodinGame, Learning To Code Becomes A Game | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

French startup CodinGame just raised $1.6 million from Isai for its innovative code learning platform. As the name suggests, CodinGame is all about games — not game development, not gamification, just plain games.

The logic behind each exercise is tied to an actual game so that you get visual feedback and an actual reward when you solve an exercise.

“This is not just a gimmick as we have metrics to back our vision. If you mix games with learning, you get a very motivating experience,” co-founder and CEO Frédéric Desmoulins told me. “Playing and learning at the same time is a virtuous circle.”

For each exercise, you can pick a programming language among more than 20, such as Python, Ruby, Java, Scala and more. The company targets people who already know the basics when it comes to programming and also has tough challenges for expert developers. Read more: click image or title.



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This Is How You Design Your Mobile App for Maximum Growth

This Is How You Design Your Mobile App for Maximum Growth | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it
Primer CEO Kamo Asatryan has helped dozens of mobile apps achieve explosive growth. Here are his go-to tips.

Kamo Asatryan may very well be one of the best kept secrets in the startup ecosystem. He’s one of a small handful of people who have observed hundreds of mobile apps, thought deeply and scientifically about their mechanics, and determined what they could change to grow faster.

To demonstrate his particular brand of magic: Asatryan’s team recently worked with an app that required users to swipe through four screens explaining the product in-depth before they could sign up. Then the permissions screen literally begged them to let the app access their location data. 60% said no and went on to a dead-end experience.

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To turn things around, Asatryan tested a radically different approach: Assuming that users who installed the app already understood the need to provide their location data. This allowed them to axe out the long-winded welcome flow and make the permissions request the second screen. The text was changed to say that users needed to “Enable Location Permissions” (making it clear that it would be for their benefit), and they were literally not able to move on from the screen without saying yes. This sounds risky, but after the shift, 95% of users said yes and went on to a much better product experience. Read more: click image or title.


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9 UX Strategies to Prevent Cart Abandonment (Infographic)

9 UX Strategies to Prevent Cart Abandonment (Infographic) | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it
Trillions of dollars are lost to shopping cart abandonment each year. A fine-tuned, easily navigable user experience can change that.

According to Ripen eCommerce, $3.38 trillion will be forfeited in abandoned shopping carts globally in 2015. To put that in perspective, that’s about $463 for every person around the world.

So how can marketers cure their abandonment issues? While retargeting emails should be a no-brainer, a website that is user-friendly and easily navigable will make it harder for shoppers to leave in the first place.

Take a look at nine ways to improve your site’s user experience, all backed by statistics from sources in the infographic below. Read More: click image or title.



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Check out this great #infographic to improve your site's visitors shopping experience. The #checkout process is a top priority, isn't it?

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Solicit reviews via email, and make sure they’re easy to find on your site.

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Coding In The Cloud Era Demands A Structural Rethink To Bake In Security And Privacy | TechCrunch

Coding In The Cloud Era Demands A Structural Rethink To Bake In Security And Privacy | TechCrunch | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

Protecting privacy in an age of big data, cloud processing and increasingly interconnected digital services demands a structural shift in how software is developed.

That’s the view of academic Jean Yang, who holds a PhD from MIT and has been conducting research around data privacy for several years – including devising her own programming language, called Jeeves, which centralizes how privacy policies are handled in order to take the burden of correct enforcement off the shoulders of individual programmers.

“This helps programs be more secure because instead of trusting the programmer to write checks and filters and all those things correctly across the entire code, they just have to correctly attach the policy once — and this reduces the surface area that that programmer’s got to make mistakes,” she explains. Read more: click image or title.



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3 Major Challenges in Mobile Apps Development

3 Major Challenges in Mobile Apps Development | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

Mobiles or smartphones are increasingly becoming main devices for business use. The usage is prominently increasing and they are here to stay for a long-long time for sure. If we talk about enterprise level mobile usage, it is likely to grow above 40% by the dawn of 2018. Companies are spending hefty revenues on mobility services and are expected to do so until next few years. Read more: click on image or title.




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Phone Carriers Asked to Block Ads From Consumers' Data Charges

Phone Carriers Asked to Block Ads From Consumers' Data Charges | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

Mobile ad blocking company 'Shine' took out a full page ad in the financial times asking for wide adoption of zero rating of data used to load mobile ads

An ad-blocking company used a full-page ad in Monday's Financial Times to target yet another aspect of digital advertising that consumers might not appreciate: the impact of ad tech on their mobile-phone bills.

"Mobile ads consume 50% of the data mobile subscribers pay for," the ad says. "Advertisers make billions in mobile advertising. Consumers should not have to subsidize their business." Read more: click on image or title.




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HackerOne Connects Hackers With Companies, and Hopes for a Win-Win

HackerOne Connects Hackers With Companies, and Hopes for a Win-Win | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it
HackerOne’s co-founders are betting they can persuade the world’s hackers to spend their free time solving security’s problems, not causing them, and that businesses will pay them a bounty for their service.

In 2011, two Dutch hackers in their early 20s made a target list of 100 high-tech companies they would try to hack. Soon, they had found security vulnerabilities in Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and 95 other companies’ systems.

They called their list the Hack 100.

When they alerted executives of those companies, about a third ignored them. Another third thanked them, curtly, but never fixed the flaws, while the rest raced to solve their issues. Thankfully for the young hackers, no one called the police.

Now the duo, Michiel Prins and Jobert Abma, are among the four co-founders of a San Francisco tech start-up that aims to become a mediator between companies with cybersecurity issues and hackers like them who are looking to solve problems rather than cause them. They hope their outfit, called HackerOne, can persuade other hackers to responsibly report security flaws, rather than exploit them, and connect those “white hats” with companies willing to pay a bounty for their finds.

In the last year, the start-up has persuaded some of the biggest names in tech — including Yahoo, Square and Twitter — and companies you might never expect, like banks and oil companies, to work with their service. They have also convinced venture capitalists that, with billions more devices moving online and flaws inevitable in each, HackerOne has the potential to be very lucrative. HackerOne gets a 20 percent commission on top of each bounty paid through its service.

“Every company is going to do this,” said Bill Gurley, a partner at Benchmark, which invested $9 million in HackerOne. “To not try this is brain-dead.” Read more: click title or image.


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#Hackers working constructively may be the solution to many security issues. Bounties will be paid!

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Api.ai Makes It Easier To Add A Siri-Like Conversational UI To Your IoT App Or Device

Api.ai Makes It Easier To Add A Siri-Like Conversational UI To Your IoT App Or Device | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

Want to add a Siri-like “conversational interface” to your mobile app or device? Then api.ai, the Palo Alto-headquartered startup and Russian team behind Speaktoit Assistant, a Siri alternative for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, has had you covered for a while.

But now the company has refined its offering to make it a lot easier for developers in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) space, such as the smart home and wearables, to be able to use its technology to enhance their offerings.

Originally launched last September, api.ai effectively opened up the AI and natural language tech that powered Speaktoit so that developers could add conversational interfaces to their apps. And although 5,000 or so developers signed up to the platform, the feedback the api.ai team received informed them of two things.

Firstly there was a lot of interest shown, not just by mobile app developers, but also from the IoT space, namely the smart home, and wearables, such as smart watches — areas the company had always planned on targeting.

Secondly, for many developers the platform required too much work upfront; despite the huge amount of heavily lifting the company’s machine learning-based tech already does, developers were craving more out-of-the-box examples they could easily plug into.

As a result, the api.ai team have gone to work to make its conversational UI a lot more context-aware by adding what the startup calls “pre-defined domains”, including those for various IoT categories. This means the platform knows ahead of time what domain any defined entities and intent applies to.

So for example, if a developer wanted to add voice recognition to control a smart lighting system, api.ai would already know they are working within the smart home domain and is able to tap into its existing AI library related to that domain. Read on: click on image or title.





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This Gadget Lets You Text and Use Apps While Driving, Without Looking at Your Smartphone

This Gadget Lets You Text and Use Apps While Driving, Without Looking at Your Smartphone | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it
Fiddling with your smartphone and driving has been shown to be more dangerous than drunk driving. If you're going to do it, you might as well do it safer. That's the big idea behind RayGo.

Ding. You get a new notification on your phone. You want to check it. No, you need to, really badly, but you’re driving. Ah, screw it. You glance down, away from the road, and you check the darn thing anyway. It’s a potentially deadly decision millions of people make multiple times a day, one that Tel Aviv startup Project RAY aims to drive down with its new “eyes-free” RayGo device. Read more: click image or title.





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New #apps for all aspects of our lives. This one may actually save your life.

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Things to Consider While Building Secure Mobile Application

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Passwords no longer ensure user protection. Power your mobile app with high end security measures. Check out how to build next generation secured mobile applications.

Mobile apps – has any other trend dominated news headlines more than over a decade now? Thanks to unmatched Smartphone proliferation, mobile usage has grown radically than ever before. Today, it seems every company has its own mobile application. And why not! It is a powerful and cost-effective tool to attract, engage, and retain your customers.

A great thing about mobile applications is that they have filled our lives with ease and convenience. The worst thing is that the more these mobile applications become popular, the more they are prone to hacks. As applications become increasingly ingrained in personal and professional lives – using mobile devices to upload sensitive business information or perform financial transactions – our valuable information are at a higher risk of being misused and stolen.
Most apps expose sensitive user data such as identity, privacy, files, contacts, phone, location, or malware. They tend to store critical data like credit card numbers, banking and payment PIN numbers, online service passwords, etc. Unsafe access and sensitive data storage makes user information even more vulnerable to hacking and unscrupulous activities. No wonder, the onus, then, lies on you – to build high-end mobile apps that keep user data safe and secure, and inaccessible by hackers. And for this, it is vital to implement effective security measures across every stage of mobile app development.

Here are some valuable tips to build next generation secured mobile apps: Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Cyber #Security is becoming a huge priority. #Passwords won't do any longer. #App builders can contribute by implementing these measures.

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5 Mistakes in Mobile App Marketing That Need To Be Avoided - Social Media Week

5 Mistakes in Mobile App Marketing That Need To Be Avoided - Social Media Week | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

Today, applications (apps) are a very important part of our daily micro-moments such as: I want to go, I want to know, I want to buy, etc. In fact, users spend an average of 30 hours every month in these moments.

Apps are a very powerful and effective way for businesses to build strong and long lasting relationships with their customers and clients. However, a mobile app marketing strategy can complement a company’s offline experience such as in-store special offers. Apps can be a huge hit or a huge flop. When it comes to marketing your mobile app, any mistake can lead to disappointing results with over spending.

Before looking at the top five biggest mistakes in app marketing, let’s take a look at some statistics first:

  • Of 15,000 mobile users surveyed in 15 countries, roughly 72 percent of respondents said they were unhappy about sharing their personal information when using an app.
  • About 42 percent of mobile users expect a mobile app to be designed for their convenience.
  • Forty-five percent of app users say the user experience across devices is both frustrating and inconsistent. Read more: click image or title.



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Great insight. These tips are clear and logical. #Mobile #App marketing should be understood completely.

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6 Common Reasons Why Apple Rejects Your App

6 Common Reasons Why Apple Rejects Your App | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

In 2008, 32 apps per day were submitted to the iTunes app store. Now, the submission figures are 1,976 apps per day. Going through each app for approval process is a difficult job for iTunes Workers. To ease it, Apple has strict guidelines of some common and uncommon reasons to reject an app. Your app can be rejected due to anything from a common reason of misspelling to an uncommon reason like pornography.

For iOS app developers, approval process is the most traumatic part. Their weeks/months of app development struggle may fall into pieces just because of a single mistake. It’s better to save your app before it hits a rejection nightmare.

Avoid future conflicts. Keep the below given basic-app-rejection-reasons in mind while making an app. Read more: click image or title.


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These 6 reasons make a lot of sense. If you want your #app accepted in the #iTunes store, pay attention.

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The Tech Talent Shortage Is a Lie

The Tech Talent Shortage Is a Lie | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

Everybody knows hiring is difficult for tech companies.

The Huffington Post called the shortage “devastating,” and the Obama administration’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology predicted a shortfall of 1 million technical professionals by 2020. What’s more, 90 percent of executives report that they struggle to recruit and retain tech talent.

But as an engineer, founder and tech executive, I see a certain absurdity in this conversation — I’ve never thought talented people are particularly tough to find. Perhaps I don’t understand because I’m lucky and haven’t faced the same challenges as other tech CEOs, but I don’t think so. I think I, too, have lived those experiences.

In fact, I’ve come to believe the so-called “talent shortage” is a lie — the real shortage is of companies that are willing to invest in talented people. Read more: click image or title.




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Are #tech people hard to find? Is #talent available? This article straightens out the options and offers the solution.

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Google Invests $50 Million In “Made With Code” Program To Get Girls Excited About CS

Google Invests $50 Million In “Made With Code” Program To Get Girls Excited About CS | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

This week, Google launched a new initiative called Made With Code, aimed at getting young women excited about learning to code and close the gender gap in the tech industry. The idea behind it is to show young girls that the things they love, from apps on their smartphones to their favorite movies are made with code, and they can apply the skills they learn to their own individual passions.

Google is investing $50 million into the program over the next three years, and Made With Code has a host of partners to help foster the community including Chelsea Clinton, Mindy Kaling, MIT Media Lab, Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Inc., Girls Who Code, the National Center for Women and Information Technology, and TechCrunch as a media partner. Read more: click image or title.




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There is a huge lack of #coders in the #tech industry. Google is creating new avenues to get this gap filled. Women can code just as well as men. Time to catch up and make the money!

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How much money you can make at startups - Business Insider

How much money you can make at startups - Business Insider | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it
Coding school One Month has a tool called JobSignal that analyzes this job market to figure out which skills pay the best.

AngelList, the website where startups can meet angel investors, is also the place where tech workers can find jobs at hot startups.

Coding school One Month has a tool called JobSignal that analyzes this job market to figure out which skills pay the best.

Working at a startup comes with the promise of striking it rich one day from stock options. But until then, employees still need to be paid. It turns out, some of them are paid quite well.

In September, the AngelList job market reached a new milestone: the average developer salary passed $100,000. But that doesn't hold true for other types of tech jobs, like sales, marketing, or business jobs.

So here's a look at how much money you can make at startups as of September, based on analyzing 26,226 jobs and 6,750 skills from AngelList. The jobs are ranked from lowest to highest-paying and do not include stock options. Read more: click image or title.




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If you think you have a great profile with an outstanding resume, contact me through my Linkedin profile. We do promote the best profiles to our list of #startup opening. #Tech jobs only please.

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Create Ruby Gem by Example | Victor Areba

Create Ruby Gem by Example | Victor Areba | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

There is certainly few tutorials that have practical approach towards creating a Ruby gem. In this tutorial, I show you how to create ruby gem step by step using an example.There's no doubt the critical role ruby gems play in rails app development. Think of devise, active admin and the rest. Yet with all these, few developers get to create their own gems. Perhaps because of lack clear docs on practical approach. But at some point, an RoR developer maybe tasked with modifying a gem or creating one; at least once. Today, I walk you through creating a Ruby gem by example. We'll be creating an API wrapper around The TVDB. You can check out the gem thetvdb-ruby here


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We'll use Bundler, a popular tool for managing project dependencies. Let's get it installed.

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What US VCs Require to Invest in Non-US Companies - Notion Capital

What US VCs Require to Invest in Non-US Companies - Notion Capital | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

We are frequently asked by UK and other non-US companies what they need to do to attract US venture capital (VC) investment.  This post is the first of a four-part series addressing how a start-up can best prepare to pursue funding from US investors, starting with a discussion of the general requirements of US VCs considering non-US investments.

The discussion below relates only to early stage investment (Superseed/Series A or Series B).  This is because, increasingly,  US VCs are making very substantial later stage investments in successful non-US emerging companies without regard to many of the points discussed below or in our upcoming blogs.  Recent examples include TransferWise, Skyscanner, Songkick, Farfetch, WorldRemit, Azimo, SoundCloud and iZettle.

Early stage investments, however, are very different.

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#VC companies have their specific challenges, one is dealing with far away non US #startups. This article explains why.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, September 18, 2015 7:31 PM

Venture capitalists – especially in Silicon Valley – place a high value on proximity to their early stage investments.  The reason for this is that VCs bring to the table not just cash, but also their experience, advice and networks.  Consequently, we find US VCs are reluctant to make early stage investments in non-US companies without a founder in reasonable proximity to the VC’s location.   We have seen exceptions where the VC was willing to invest in a company on the condition that it uses the funds to establish US operations.  However, in our experience this is usually where the company already has contracts with, and revenues from, significant US customers and business partners so that its further US business potential is clear.  It is also possible for a US VC to team with a non-US VC.  In this scenario, the non-US VC leads a Superseed/Series A round (with participation from the US VC) for a company located near to the non-US VC.  The US VC is then in prime position to lead the next investment round when the company sets up in the US.  While we believe this kind of cross-border teaming will increase, at present it is not particularly common. Thus, for the most part, non-US companies seeking US investment are faced with pressure to establish US operations earlier than they might otherwise prefer.  This can be done cost-effectively, but it is still expensive relative to the operating budget of a typical early stage company.  There also needs to be a founder willing to relocate to the US, and the company will need to work out an approach to cross-border management.  For UK or continental European companies, this poses particular challenges if the most likely potential VC investors are on the West Coast – that is eight or nine time zones distant, with potential flight times of 11 hours or more.

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How to implement Parallax Scrolling Animation Effect in your iOS app | Learn: iOS application development tutorial

How to implement Parallax Scrolling Animation Effect in your iOS app | Learn: iOS application development tutorial | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

Hello friends, do you like the parallax scrolling animation in Facebook or WhatsApp ?

Do you want to implement that beautiful feature in your iOS app? Well there are some open source libraries available for this animation effect , which you can use in your iOS app. But if you are a passionate developer like me, then you will surely want to implement this feature yourself. And trust me this feature is not as difficult as you think. Its actually very easy. You can implement this feature with few lines of code and little tricky logic. In this tutorial I will show you, how to implement parallax scrolling animation in your iOS app, with UITableView. Read more, click image or title.




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When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China | Andreessen Horowitz

When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China | Andreessen Horowitz | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

This post is all about WeChat, but it’s also about more than just WeChat. While seemingly just a messaging app, WeChat is actually more of a portal, a platform, and even a mobile operating system depending on how you look at it.

Much has been written about WeChat in the context of messaging app trends, but few outside of China really understand how it works — and how it can pull off what for many companies (and countries) is still a far-off vision of a world managed entirely through our smartphones. Many of WeChat’s most interesting features — such as access to city services — are not even visible to users outside of China. So why should people outside of China even care about WeChat? The first and most obvious reason is that it points to where Facebook and other messaging apps could head. Second, WeChat indicates where the future of mobile commerce may lie. Third, WeChat shows what it’s like to be both a platform and a mobile portal (what Yahoo could have been).

Ultimately, however, WeChat should matter to all of us because it shows what’s possible when an entire country — which currently has a smartphone penetration of 62% (that’s almost 1/3 of its population) — “leapfrogs” over the PC era directly to mobile. WeChat was not a product that started as a website and then was adapted for mobile, it was (to paraphrase a certain movie) born into it, molded by it.

Most notable, however, for anyone in the tech business is WeChat’s average revenue per user or ARPU, which is estimated to be at least $7 USD — that’s 7X the ARPU of WhatsApp, the largest messaging platform in the world. How did WeChat do it? Read more: click image or title.



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Apple’s Tim Cook Delivers Blistering Speech On Encryption, Privacy

Apple’s Tim Cook Delivers Blistering Speech On Encryption, Privacy | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it

"I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information,” said Cook. “They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be.”

Cook went on to state, as he has before when talking about products like Apple Pay, that Apple ‘doesn’t want your data.’ 

“We don’t think you should ever have to trade it for a service you think is free but actually comes at a very high cost. This is especially true now that we’re storing data about our health, our finances and our homes on our devices,” Cook went on, getting even more explicit when talking about user privacy. Click title or image to read more.



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'Zenefits isn't a buzzword like Uber': Engineer loses tech start-up job after listing pros and cons on Quora - Firstpost

'Zenefits isn't a buzzword like Uber': Engineer loses tech start-up job after listing pros and cons on Quora - Firstpost | Mobile Development News! | Scoop.it
If you're going to ask the internet for adivce, be extremely careful. An engineer who was weighing job offers from San Francisco based startups Uber and Zenefits, penned down the pros and cons of each in a public post on Quora, the question-and-answer site, following which one of the offers was withdrawn.

To read the whole story and the reply of both companies, click on the title or image.



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