The State of Native vs. Web vs. Hybrid

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A technical question often arises at the beginning of every app: What is the best development approach – native apps, web apps or hybrid apps? The proliferation of mobile devices and platforms represents a game-changing technology shift on a number of levels. Companies must decide not only the best strategic use of mobile platforms, but also how to most efficiently implement them. There are three main types of modern apps: mobile Web apps, native apps and hybrid apps. Which is the best? We will take a look on them.

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Some of these emerging business apps have short lifetimes by design, such as event guidebooks, while others will persist for years. Some like augmented reality viewers, need constant real-time information and access to low-level handset capabilities such as geolocation, camera, and motion sensors. Others require little more than a mobile screen and the user’s finger. But there is one commonality: Every business wants IT to develop apps as quickly and cheaply as possible, and many want the apps IT creates to run on multiple device types — Android, iOS, and Windows at least.

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Mobile Web Sites

Mobile Web sites have the broadest audience of the three primary types of applications. Any smartphone can at least display content and let the user interact with a mobile page, although some do so better than others. Along with reach, another benefit is easy deployment. Just update in one location and all users automatically have access to the latest version of the site.

You can use all your current Web development skills to build a mobilized version of your Web site. That means using HTML, JavaScript, CSS and perhaps a few of your favorite frameworks. The knowledge required to mobilize apps isn’t limited to a certain platform or vendor.

Pros:

1. Existing expertise in web technologies can be used
2. Cheap development
3. Fast and frequent updates easily possible
4. Wide range of functions possible thanks to HTML 5

Cons:

1. Always runs in the browser environment
2. Often less convenient than a native app
3. Limited offline operation

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Native Apps

Native apps are, as the name suggests, “real” programs that run directly on a device at the operating system level. They therefore need to be installed on a smart phone or tablet. Installation requires some effort – the user has to visit an app store such as iTunes or Google Play (in the case of Android, the apps can also be downloaded and installed without a store); however, the installation can also be initiated by a company’s IT department. A native app is based on a binary code which, once started, interacts directly with the underlying mobile operating system, such as iOS or Android. All APIs that a mobile system and its hardware have to offer can therefore be accessed. This generally gives the developer more options and easier access to the integrated sensors such as gyroscope and positioning, and much more. Furthermore, the special features of a system can also be used more intensively.

Pros:

1. High responsiveness
2. Fast graphic rendering

Cons:

1.Run on one platform only

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Hybrid apps

These apps present a fusion of native and web apps. They are written in web programming languages with the use of native components of the mobile platform, which makes them rather flexible and grants access to the platform API. The code of such apps is transmitted into languages native for each platform. Apparently, the most popular hybrid app was the LinkedIn mobile client. They’ve shifted to native apps afterwards but not because the approach itself was wrong. The reason was strictly technical and rather prosaic: lack of good development tools. Recently, the hybrid approach has been considered to be the most reasonable. Thus, according to Gartner, by 2016 more than a half of all mobile apps will be hybrid.

Pros:

1. Cross-compatibility of Web technologies (HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript)
2. The use of native component to leverage device-specific features

Cons:

1. Doesn’t offer 100% support for device-specific features

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How to Clean Computer Keyboard Effectively

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Keyboards can become dirty after periods of extended use, especially if users commonly eat or smoke near the computer. Computer keyboard cleaning is an absolute necessity even if you don’t use your keyboard day in and day out. If a keyboard becomes dirty enough, its performance can be affected. Common problems include dead or stuck keys and repeated characters during typing. So it’s time for you to clean your computer keyboard.

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Importance of cleaning keyboard

Because the keyboard of your computer comes in contact with your fingers, oil and other substances from your fingertips very often collect on the keys, and can pile up if they are not cleaned. In addition, if you are the sort of person who eats while working at your laptop or PC, crumbs or droplets from what you are eating or drinking can very easily make their way to your device. And in some circumstances, your food or drink can fall onto or spill on your device if you aren’t careful. Lastly, if other people in your office or household share your computer, it can become a vector for transmission of diseases if you do not keep it sanitary.

To clean your computer keyboard, all you need is a few household items to give it a really deep cleaning, like tape, mascara brushes, and hair dryers. Also some alcohol and cloth are necessary.

Clean computer keyboard step by step

1. Disconnect

Before you go all crazy with the cleaning, be safe and disconnect your keyboard from the computer. If it’s one of those wireless keyboards then remove the batteries first; all good.

2. Shake It

Turn over your keyboard and give it a good shake; Getting all the loose dust and debris to fall on the desk; you’ll vacuum it up later.

3. Clean the Keys

a. Dip a cotton swab into some gentle isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and brush it in the area surrounding each key. You may need to use multiple swabs, depending on the amount of dirt. If you’re unsure of the alcohol’s strength, try it on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure that it doesn’t cause discoloration or remove the lettering on the keys.

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b. Dip a cloth or towelette into the isopropyl alcohol, and brush it along the tops of all the keys and surfaces, taking care to scrub heavily used areas (such as the Enter key and spacebar) to remove buildup. For particularly dirty spots, you can use a toothpick.

4. Rebuild the Keyboard

As soon as the keys are totally dry, pop they back into place. Each key should snap back on with a small amount of pressure. If you forget where each key goes, consult a keyboard map. Give everything one last wipes with a dry, lint-free cloth. If you’re using a wired desktop keyboard, plug it back in.

How often you do the cleaning will depend on your usage. But whatever your usage is like, you will have to make sure to make regular computer keyboard cleaning a habit.

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How to Activate Cortana in Windows 10 outside the US

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Cortana, Microsoft’s clever digital assistant, is one of the highlights in January’s new Windows 10 build. Cortana is available on Windows Phone 8.1, making the jump to PCs with Windows 10, where she assumes control of the operating system’s functions. She will want to access your personal info, like calendar appointments, contacts, and location, to help you check your calendar, call a friend, schedule a reminder, set an alarm, compare stocks, and more—pretty par for the course, especially if you’ve used Cortana on a Windows Phone. She can also search your hard drive, OneDrive, and business network for files that meet certain filters, like “Find me pictures from January.”

At this point, Cortana is designed for the United States only, although Cortana Search will work in all languages. For those who live outside of the United States, you may find that Cortana will not work for you. But you can enable her if you are willing to speak US English. Check out the method described below to get Cortana outside the US.

To get Cortana working outside the US do the following:

1. First you will have to change ‘Region and Language’ settings. For this go to desktop control panel and select Clock, Language, and Region from the right hand side

2. Click on Region and change the following:
a.In the Format tab, set format as English (United States)
b.Set Home Location in the Location tab as United States
c.Finally, in the Administrative tab, set Current System Local to English (United States)

3. Also, set English (United States) as your primary display language to make the aforementioned changes work fine

4. In case you have not installed it yet, head over to Add a Language and choose it from the list and then set as primary

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5. After you have made the changes, restart your PC. Once the system is up, you will find Cortana ready to assist you with information you are looking for

Also, you need to sign in using your Microsoft account. You can either use your keyboard or, microphone to interact with Cortana.

If you are a non-native speaker and not comfortable with pronunciation, you can change the settings accordingly. For this, go to Setting>> choose System>> Speech>> set Speech language as English (US)>> click the box saying Use speech pattern for non native speakers of this language.

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