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5 Tips to Find the Best Kids Educational Apps

We know that it is practically hard to achieve the right mix between entertainment and kids educational apps. It is needless to say that companies developing educational apps for kids have their own characteristic preferences and dislikes for the apps that they develop. So, it is necessary for a parent to understand what marks the best kids educational apps out from the rest and which ones would deliver the purpose well.

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Remember, there’s no greater harm you could do than putting your kids in front of a terrible app.

1. Plenty of Research

Almost all educational apps for kids available as a download comes with that bewitching tag “educational” glued into them. As a parent searching for the right kid’s app, you could instantly get bewildered when you land on an app store’s page. Well, you are not alone and there is no need to get panicked. Who would not get perplexed when you find hundreds of titles making even more claims to you?

Inorder to get out of this dilemma, parents could do a lot of research before taking their final decision. Go through a lot of app store reviews and check the rating of an app. There are even useful sites that rate popular apps or you could visit and get tips from field experts on how you could pick one that is right for your child.

2. Talk with your Child’s Teacher

Apart from online resources, there is another great resource from where you could learn what makes your kids interested and what makes them bored – your kid’s teacher. They are in a better position to know if an app you are confused about is truly educational or not. You can also get a list of recommended apps that will fit well with the curriculum and lessons that your kids learn at school.

3.Download and Test

The best thing you could do to check the worth of an app is by downloading and using it yourself; or better, give it to your kids and watch how they play with it. Even though you are not a 5 year old yourself and wouldn’t be able to accurately understand what appeals to a toddler, you can talk with them and understand if they are interested or not. There are several other benefits too in following this method.

You will be able to know if the app is trying to sell anything to your kid or whether the app gives ample security. But, this method is limited when it comes to testing apps that are d as everyone wouldn’t be willing to an app until they are convinced.

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4. Make Faults

Well, you are testing an app and that obviously means testing their behaviour while you are wrong too. It is important to check if the app makes your kid feel regretful when they make a mistake. This is dangerous and will even lead to an aversion for the subject as a whole.

The app shouldn’t make your kids feel freaked out when they fail to choose the right answers. Instead, it should incorporate mature ways of dealing with such situations by motivating them to try again. Including hints and praising them for partially correct answers are excellent ways of encouraging children.

5. Did Your Child have Fun?

You should honestly answer this question. Even though you just want to get your kids to learn things, they won’t be going hand in hand with the same idea as yours. A well designed app will only be effective when they have the right amount of fun. Otherwise, it will be just another crappy app.

Top 6 Mistakes to Avoid in Businesses Mobile App Development

Modern day businesses are swiftly adopting enterprise mobility to improve productivity, enhance customer engagement and for risk mitigation in their respective corporate workplaces. But good quality enterprise apps are scanty since the field is relatively new for mobile app development companies.

Here are the top mistakes found commonly in enterprise apps that could be fatal to efficient and effective app development success.

1. User interface issues

The enterprise app’s user interface has a direct impact on user engagement. Therefore, the user interface should be so designed that it would be easy for end users to operate them.

A. Complicating the UI: Don’t treat the UI like a junkyard, which could be littered with descriptions and controls. It will give rise to an overcomplicated user interface which will negatively impact the user experience. You should be careful while choosing the features and should think in advance about the ways of implementing them without creating visual complexity.

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B. Prioritizing: You should definitely be careful not to include all contents/controls on the main screen of your app. Instead, learn to prioritize. More important and relevant content/controls should be displayed on the main page and connected content/controls can be provided in the sub-pages/sub-menus.

C. Make it effortless: Maintaining the ease of use is something that is very important for a good end user experience. For e.g., an app that makes you click/tap multiple number of times for getting even the simplest task done like saving a work or sharing a file could test the user’s patience. It would also waste considerable amount of time in completing a single task.

D. Poor graphics and text: The graphics and text used in the app should have good clarity. Inconsistent text formats, using text and background colours that are too bright or too dull, text that runs off screen, images & text that overlaps etc. could ruin the user experience.

E. Localization mistakes: Localization mistakes are the result of insufficient proof reading. Culturization is also an important part of this step. So, local translators should be hired for this purpose.

2. Absence of a purpose

All apps should have a well defined purpose and should do well defined tasks, but it is particularly important for enterprise mobile apps. Business owners often get satisfied with apps that are mere copies of third party business apps. These apps won’t be efficacious for your particular business needs.

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Every business requires unique business apps based on its environment, processes, work culture, and other such factors. So it is better to hire your own mobile app development team for your specific business app.

3. Lack of metrics

How are you going to understand the performance of your app or a business process if you do not have a proper mechanism to evaluate the success or failure of the same? Inorder to recognize the usefulness of your app or determine the value of processes, there should be regular analysis and reporting in place.

4. Security threats

Business apps must possess an intact privacy and security policy. The app should be free from all the major security and cyber threat vulnerabilities. Apart from that, the app should not allow unauthorized access or leakage of private data to third parties.

5. Crashing

App crashing is a very common issue, but it cannot be neglected because this will affect the overall productivity of a business. Efforts should be made to figure out the real reason behind sustained app crashes during the testing phase of mobile app development. They can be primarily due to issues that are too apparent like bandwidth problems, bugs in the app, memory unavailability, device incompatibility etc. These problems could be avoided if adequate measures are taken.

6. Help Menu

A well written, easy to understand, error free, comprehensive, step-by-step help menu is inevitable for every business app.

Great! Now a Mobile App to Register Governance-Related Grievance

NEW DELHI: A mobile app “CPGRAMS” was introduced for the people to register governance-related grievances by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh.

“A Quick Response (QR) code has been provided on the portal which can be scanned on to the smart phone after which the grievance can be sent from the phone directly on to CPGRAMS”, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh said.

The app will be helpful for the people as almost everyone use mobile app as mobile phones are the easiest way of communication now-a-days.

“This is another step towards translating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘ART of Governance’ as spelt out by him, with A for Accountability, R – Responsibility and T- Transparency, forming the bedrock of the government,” the minister said.

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Through CPGRAMS, people are getting a platform for the redressal of their grievances.

Singh said the goal is that the administration should be citizen-centric, transparent and responsive. “More than six lakh public grievances have been settled since the NDA government assumed office,” he said.

“DARPG is also carrying out analysis of the grievances and a systematic response is being worked out on how best to address the grievances”, he said.

With this app, people can also track the grievance status.

Delhi Police to Introduce Three New Mobile Apps

Delhi police to introduce three more new mobile apps each for Economic Offences Wing (EOW), Special Police Unit for Women and Children (SPUWAC) and Vigilance wing.

“We have initiated the process and are currently in the process of developing and then carrying out the trial runs. The launch would take at least two to three months after which public access could be made possible,” said the Delhi Police officer.

The officer said that these apps are well structured so that detailed complaints would mostly come for actionable calls.

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“The app will alert the complainants and save them the effort of going to the police station and filing a complaint or to find out the mandate of the EOW. The cyber crime cases also come there and financial matters often have the scope of mediation with digital documentation would further facilitate,” said the officer.

For the others, too, it was in tune with Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi’s efforts reducing public inconvenience and better monitoring of performance, he added.

New apps will be added to the apps that are currently running including an integrated app called “Suraksha” and many more.

Find Your Dream Job with the Amazing Softbreaks Mobile App!

Everyone dreams of finding that dream job, but hardly ever finds it. There are so many places to look for jobs. Because of that, you either settle for the first opportunity or never even come across your dream job.

Well, no more.

TechnoAlliance has now launched an all new mobile app for its recruitment portal Softbreaks . It brings every available jobs listed on the internet in India to your fingertips. You need not jump from website to website looking for the ideal job opening. Jobs listed in all the popular websites are listed within the Softbreaks app. This allows you to not waste time skipping websites.

An App for Employers as well

“The Softbreaks app is more than handy for employers. It provides valuable data which helps employers understand the sort of competition they have while sourcing new profiles.” a company spokesperson added.

He went on to say “For example, an employer is looking for an Android developer. By looking at the various graphs in the Softbreaks app, He will be able understand how much demand is there for the position in the last 40 days in a particular location.  Furthermore, it can be seen how many openings were there for the position on each day of the current week. This can influence the whole hiring process, helping the employer to secure the best talent in the industry within their limitations”

User-friendly Interface

The app interface is easy to navigate, with a modern menu option.  Users are greeted by a simple search bar. Currently there are nine categories for which the jobs are sourced.

Available jobs are displayed in an easily scrollable list. Each job listing has a share button which makes it possible for job seekers to share over social media, chat apps, etc.

Android as well as iOS App

Softbreaks has an android app as well as an iOS app. Both are equally good functionality-wise. Do check them out

Softbreaks Mobile App Features

– Hassle-free job search

– Job alerts on mobile without sign-in

– Jobs sourced from top job websites

– Search for jobs under different industries (more would be added in coming updates) such as Mobile Application, Web Application, Digital Marketing, Enterprise Application, E-commerce Application, Testing, etc.

– Choose the location of your choice

– Source jobs according to your experience and location

– Get to know the most sought after group according to experience in years for each job

– Know the city which seeks the most number of candidates for each job

– Easy to use layout and interface including a simple menu that makes navigation simple

– See how many new jobs are added daily

– See the total number of active jobs

– Pie charts that tell you the percent of job openings for each position in relation to your particular industry

– Share jobs to your friends using the in-app sharing feature. Share on Facebook, twitter, Whatsapp, email, etc

We will continuously add new features to this job search app as they are developed. These incremental updates will happen to make your job searches easier and more relevant.

About Softbreaks: Softbreaks is an initiative by the TechnoAlliance group of companies to help out recruiters as well as job seekers.  It started in 2013 as a recruiter’s portal for TechnoAlliance’s internal recruitment requirements. But a new idea was formed and implemented for helping out recruiters and job seekers. The first phase of website changes have already happened while an even better interface is on its way. Softbreaks is now going mobile with the hope it can make job seeking and recruitment easier processes.

Western Railway to Introduce Paperless Unreserved Tickets

Union Minister for Railway Suresh Prabhu to launch a new platform ‘JUMBO Bonanza of UTS on mobile’ under ‘Digital India’ programme.

People using Windows or Android Smartphone can use the Unreserved Ticketing system (UTS) app.

Passenger should maintain a Railway Wallet (R-Wallet) to avail the facility.

“On Friday, Prabhu will inaugurate the mobile app for passengers of the Central Railway division of Mumbai. It has already been launched in the Western Railway division of Mumbai from Churchgate to Dahanu. With add-on facilities for commuters, the new paperless mobile ticketing application UTS (Unreserved Ticketing System) will enable them to even renew their monthly passes on their mobiles,” said a CR official.

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Passengers can book their tickets via mobile phone and t can print the tickets at ATVMs installed at the source stations.

“The ticket can be d using debit or credit or R-wallet. The R-wallet can be loaded from any UTS counter online,” said Chief Public Officer of the WR Sharat Chandrayan.

Google Introduces Online Programming Courses in India to Boost Application Developer Ecosystem!

Search engine giant Google, and online education company Udacity, has launched IT courses in India to tap millions of software developers scrambling for jobs.

“The programme is for bridging the gap in creating world-class applications by the Indian developer community. Indian developers made only 2% of the top 1,000 apps on Google Play.,” said Google India managing director Rajan Anandan.

The program costs Rs. 9,800 per month and takes an average of 6 to 9 months, with Udacity refunding 50 percent of the tuition fee after the completion of course.

“Our aim is to democratize education for everyone to help the people to get their dream job. We are happy to launch the Android Nanodegree course in India in partnership with Tata Trusts and Google,” said Sebastian Thrun, Udacity founder and Chief Executive.

In addition to this, three companies have offered 1,000 free scholarships, out of which, Tata Trusts will offer 500 scholarships to the developers of Nano Degree programme.

In India, a large number of engineering and IT specialists have left the country to reach the top in the US corporate world.

12 Trends That Are Affecting Mobile App Development

The increasing interest in smartphones is growing the mobile app developing industry day by day. This has highly increased the value of mobile app marketing as well.

Here are 12

  1. Rapid Mobile Development

Enterprises are struggling when it comes to managing mobile apps. With increasing consumer demands, businesses are keen on launching products as early as possible. Thus, this year will see a quick development of the app and not spending much time on the development of the same. In this method, Mobile app developers are always alert about customers’ demand and produce accordingly.

  1. Cloud-Driven

You will see cloud technology playing an excellent role in developing apps this season. People these days use multiple mobile devices and this has compelled developers to focus more on the ability to integrate as well as sync them in one.

  1. App Security

Last year saw many reports and rumors regarding hacking and leaks of information. Hackers are quite smart these days and they can easily pick up those security gaps which will let them get certain confidential information. Hence, mobile app developers should focus more on the security of the device as it is quite a serious issue these days.

  1. Beacon and Location-Based Wi-Fi Services

Thanks to Beacon technology, there is hardly any difference between online and offline service apps. Apple has been successful in integrating this feature in iOS. These days, users are making good use of the internet, which has compelled operators to increase the rates of data plans. In years to come, you can use Wi-Fi for a host of things, other than just internet. In the last month, a platform called Wi-Fi Max was launched to help customers to take help of all its services and content.

  1. Wearable Tech

You can now literally wear technology in your hands, mainly thanks to wearable watches. This year, wearable watches have been highly used by people to improve the productivity of their business. This can be due to the fact that mobile app developers are focusing more on developing such technologies rather than concentrating only on smart phones and tablets.

  1. M-commerce, Banking and Mobile Payments

As per the statistics, most of the transactions and sales are to be made online using smart phones. In coming years, you will see the advent of m-commerce and its extensive use. You will also see payments being done using mobiles instead of debit or credit cards. Apple Pay and Google Wallet would gain higher importance.

  1. Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet can now be connected to almost every device. Apps would adapt to this with new features. It will compel mobile app developers to go with improved services and experiences.

  1. Big Data and App Analytics

Decision makers will give more importance to app performance tracking. They will now concentrate more on big data and analytics in this year. Therefore, they will focus more on data collection methods which help them to reach their clients’ expectations.

  1. The Growth of Enterprise Apps

As per the predictions of IDC, about one-third of enterprises will stress on mobile application development so as to deploy apps across organizations. This will surely help B2B application exchanges.

  1. In- App Advertising and Purchasing

As per a recent study done by Juniper Research, in-app services on devices are going to help a lot and this will spread across all the mobile devices by 2016. There would be various new ad formats in the coming days.

  1. User Experience First

With the number of smart phones and tablets increasing manifold, app user experience is going to gain more importance over time. Stress will be put on analytics data to create excellent experiences. Hence, developers will have to keep user experience in mind during mobile app development.

  1. App Marketing

With each passing year, you can see apps evolving even more. Therefore, marketers will now focus a lot more on user engagement. App Store Optimization will gain high importance and you will get to learn a great deal from them.

With so many trends on the rise, all developers need to keep them in mind and change their development process accordingly. There would be new trends in the coming days. You need to stay on top of them to remain relevant.