How To Use Google Search Like A Boss

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Google is everywhere, so much so that Google is now a word on Oxford Dictionary which means ‘to search something on the internet’. With that in mind and considering most of us use Google all the time, let’s take a look at some of the most interesting tips and tricks that can help you search the web like a Pro on Google.

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5 of the Microsoft’s Biggest Flops of All Time

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In recent months, Microsoft has enjoyed great success by building impressive hardware such as The Surface Tablets and it has also won a lot of praise with Windows 10, however, the Redmond giant has not always been as good in building products as it is today and over past few years, the company has failed miserably in making and marketing products. Let’s take a look at Microsoft’s biggest flops in recent years.


Microsoft Zune

When the Zune was  launched in 2006, it was supposed to give a head-on competition to the iPod. However, it could not match up to Apple’s music player and thus became one of the most disappointing products that Microsoft made. It did not live up to any expectation in terms of sales and popularity.

Windows Me

Windows ME desktop
Windows ME desktop

Often referred as Windows Mistake Edition, Windows ME was released as Microsoft’s major OS upgrade after the popular Windows 98 but did not live up to the expectation. Which is why it wan not supported for more than a year. ME failed because of being too buggy and unstable.

Microsoft Kin

Microsoft Kin
Microsoft Kin

It was launched as social networking phone and Microsoft had invested two years and nearly $1 billion in terms of engieering time and money.
Microsoft promised to provide a revolution for younger cell phone users with the launch of this Microsoft Kin, but it failed miserably. It couldn’t last more than 2 months. It went through bad criticism and poor sales. Users were not even able to upload a photo on Twitter with the phone and lack of a proper app store only made the problems worse.

Windows Vista

Windows Vista Desktop
Windows Vista Desktop

It was launched after Window XP. It got mix response from the users, but alongside, it got negative reviews in terms of security, privacy, performance and product activation. Vista was too resource hungry for computers at that time and most new featurees could only run on new PCs.

MSN Messenger

This messenger was launched after huge investment done by Microsoft as it was targeted internationally. But, it has also come as a failure. It could not be as popular as pre-release AOL’s AIM. However, it could prove itself as a great IM client for beginners.

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These Are The 5 Most Expensive Products Apple Has Ever Sold

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If there is one thing Apple is known for, other than its amazing products, it’s the fact that no matter what device Apple is selling it will be the costliest in the market. Recently, however, Apple is changing this image and launching products in the affordable price range. This might change things for Apple in a totally new direction of affordable gadgets. So it’s only fair to look back at some of the memorable products launched by Apple that was priced too high for the average buyer.

Apple LISA (1985) — Almost 650479 Indian Rupees ($9,995)

Aaron Sorkin’s 2015 biopic “Steve Jobs,” introduced many of us youngsters to the Apple LISA. Jobs who was played by Michael Fassbender spent most of the movie claiming that the computer wasn’t named after his daughter Lisa until he finally admitted that it was.What the movie failed to tell us was that the Apple Lisa was priced at $9,995. If we consider the inflation, then it would cost a whooping $24,000. The LISA was the first mouse-operated computer that had a graphical user interface system.

Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (1997) — Almost 488038 Indian Rupees ($7,499)

The twentieth anniversary Macintosh was released in March 1997. It may also be considered the ancestors of the present day iMac. It contained all of the computer in a slim body positioned behind the screen.

It cost $7,500 back then, at present it would have cost $11,200. However, in just a year it’s price was slashed to $1,995 to clear the stock and the Tim was discontinued after that.

Macintosh Portable (1989) — Almost 475087 Indian Rupees ($7,300)

It was in September 1989 that Apples first portable computer was unveiled. It may not have been portable in the truest sense as even though it wasn’t tied to a power socket all the time it weighed 16 lbs. The privilege of owning a portable computer came at the price of $7,300 — about $14,300 today.

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Apple LaserWriter (1985) — Almost 4,55,455 Indian Rupees ($6,995)

Apple LaserWriter had the ability to be shared over a dozen Macintosh computers. And this capability caused it to be priced at a stunning $6,995. It would have cost $16,000 in the present time.

It was one of the first laser printing devices in the market and brought in an era of desktop publishing.

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Apple Watch Edition (2015) — Almost 11,05,943 Indian Rupees ($17,000)

Apple Watches were introduced in 2015 with the baseline model priced at a very reasonable $349. However, this price didn’t satisfy the watch collectors for whom a watch wasn’t just a time telling device but a statement in itself. And Apple was happy to oblige.

A new version of the Apple Watch was introduced called ‘Edition.’ The price started at $10,000 for a watch with rose gold casing and went as high as $17,000 for one that came with an 18-karat yellow or rose gold case and clasps. Apple, however, understood soon that no one was interested in buying a watch for the price of a car.

By then the Apple Watch Series 2 had rolled around last September, and the Apple Watch Edition was being sold as a fitness device rather than a style piece and sold highest variant for $1,300.

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Reliance Jio Prime, Airtel, BSNL Vodafone or Idea: Who Has The Best Unlimited Data Offer For You?

After a couple of months after its launch, we can safely say that Reliance Jio has shaken up the telecom market. And none of the leading operators has been left unaffected. In an effort to gain their customer loyalty they are busy in coming up with plans to compete with Jio’s unlimited data, voice and SMS packs. 31st March was supposed to mark the end of the Jio unlimited offer. But now Jio has given its customers a surprise with its Jio Prime Membership Subscription.

To combat Jio’s Prime Membership which offers Unlimited data, voice call and text at Rs 10 per day, all the major service providers have come up with their own plans. With so many plans in the market, customers are bound to get confused. Here we have simplified it down for you.

Reliance Jio Prime subscription + Rs. 303 recharge pack

Those customers that subscribe to Jio Prime Membership will get 28 GB data at the prepaid recharge of Rs303 that will be valid for 28 days. Jio Prime Postpaid customers will get 30 GB data for a billing cycle of the same period. The subscription fee will be Rs 99 and the customers will get to use 1GB 4 G data per day and unlimited voice calls.

There will also be a Rs. 499 Jio Prime recharge pack, which will give 56GB data to prepaid users, with daily limit of 2GB. Postpaid customers will get 60GB of 4G data for the billing cycle, with the FUP set at 2GB per day.

Airtel Rs. 345 recharge pack

Airtel has come up with Rs 345 recharge pack that will give the customer 28 GB 4 G data for a validity of 28 days. The daily limit is 1 GB with 500 MB during the day and 500 MB at night. There will also be a Rs. 549 recharge pack, which will come with 1GB daily FUP, but no limits based on timings.

Both the packs will come with unlimited voice calls. However, calls beyond the 1,200 bundled minutes will be charged at 30p per minute (for local and STD calls). The daily limit on calls being 300 minutes. Also calling more than 100 unique users in a week will cause a charge of 30p per minute.

Airtel Surprise offer

Airtel will provide 30 GB free data for its postpaid customers from March 13 valid for three months. Under this plan, the postpaid customers will get 10 GB free data per month with no limit on daily usage. Go to the MyAirtel app, and the data will be credited soon after you claim the ‘Airtel Surprise.’ Users will have until March 31 to claim the free 30GB data.

Vodafone Rs. 346 recharge pack

Vodafone’s Rs 346 recharge will provide the customer with 28 GB high-speed data and unlimited voice calls. The daily consumption limit will be 1GB after which the customers will be charged. Vodafone announced “Vodafone customers are diverse as are their wants. To satisfy these diverse needs and wants, Vodafone offers various segmented propositions. This is one such segmented offering and the offer is valid only until 15 March.”

BSNL Rs. 339 recharge pack

This special tariff voucher by BSNL priced at Rs 339 will provide you with 2GB high-speed data daily for 28 days. It will include unlimited voice calls to BSNL and 25 minutes free calls to other networks daily. After this, the charge will be 25p per minute.

Idea Rs. 348 recharge pack

Idea is providing 500 MB data daily for a period of 28 days in its Rs348 recharge pack. To avail this offer, users will be required to have a 4G enabled smartphone. The pack is aimed at low-data consumers and is offered to users by Idea executives

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Parents Can Now Track (And Control) Kid’s Android Device Usage Thanks To Google

Google has recently launched a new Android App called Family Link. This new app will give parents better control on their child’s Android usage. This app will let the parents manage what their kids download from Google Play Store, how much time they spend on the app and also let them set a bedtime for their kids.

The Family link app basically helps a parent keep a control on their child’s browsing habits. The parent can simply create a Google account for their child and then monitor it via the Family Link app. Parents have the authority to approve or block what their kids download from the Google Play Store. The Family Link app will also remotely locks your kid’s device when it’s time to study or sleep giving the parents control on the Android device.

Presently the Family Link app is available only for US users on Android Nougat or higher, and that too by invitation. Additionally,  your child must be under 13 for you to enable the Family Link supervision. If you are located in the US and have a kid under 13, you can request an invite on the Family Link page.

A Google team that launched Uptime for the iOS has now launched Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger. It is basically a chat messenger app for Android and iOS. It highlighting feature being that it allows voice communication via microphone button. The message will disappear after the recipient hears it. Additionally, the voice message can also be transcribed if the recipient does not want to hear it out loud.

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Whatever You Do, Please Don’t Fall For This Genious Gmail Attack

Email phishing is not a new term, it has been around since almost email was in existence and now that common wisdom in people has increased about email attacks, hackers have started exploring other, smarter ways of luring people into their traps.

A twitter user Tom Scott shared a screenshot that reveals another new trick to get users into trouble.

Because Gmail is the most widely used email service and a lot of people access Gmail via their web browsers, the shady email appears like it has an attachment while it is just an embedded image that once clicked, takes users to a sign-in page that looks just like Google’s.

Just like Google’s page, the Sign-in page collects username and password, that once collected, can be used to do a lot of harm to targets.

While tech-savvy users may notice that the phishing page uses data URI with prefix “data:text/html” instead, there is a good chance that normal users will not notice it.

So, keep yourself safe folks and don’t click on attachments unless you were expecting it from the sender. Chrome 56.0.2924 tries to warn users by adding a “Not Secure” in the address line, but you will have to be safe yourself.

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Google, Yahoo, and Others Will Soon Ban Torrent Links in Search Results

Torrent sites have been around for a long time and have found a way to survive no matter what. If one is taken down another comes up to take its place. Google has been the biggest marketer of these sites, by informing people about them. Now with the increasing complaints against such torrent sites by the entertainment industry regarding online piracy, Google along with many other search engines, is now planning to ban all torrent sites.

To do away with the label of being a piracy promotor, Google entered into a discussing with other search companies and entertainment studios that were chaired by UK’s Intellectual Property Office, according to a report by Torrent Freak.
The meeting included other prominent search engines such as Yahoo and Bing, among many others. A decision was reached that they will deal with the appearance of the torrent sites in their search results. A draft amendment to the Digital Economy Bill committee will allow the government to impose a code of practice on search engines. But now, after a recent meeting, the various companies decided that such a step will not be needed.”Since the idea was last discussed in [parliament], Intellectual Property Office officials have chaired a further round-table meeting between search engines and representatives of the creative industries,” Baroness Buscombe said. “While there are still elements of detail to be settled, the group is now agreed on the key content of the code, and I expect an agreement to be reached very soon.”

“Since the idea was last discussed in [parliament], Intellectual Property Office officials have chaired a further round-table meeting between search engines and representatives of the creative industries,” Baroness Buscombe said. “While there are still elements of detail to be settled, the group is now agreed on the key content of the code and I expect an agreement to be reached very soon.”

The Torrent Freak reported that the agreement would come into affect on 1 June 2017. As of now, no details have been announced. And the companied involved have no comments about the steps they plan to take to curb piracy.

The agreement is most likely to be implemented in UK, and after that, it will be interesting to see if it will work all over the world with uniformity.

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How to Create a Mobile Banking App?

Fact: by 2019 mobile banking users will represent 32% of the global adult population.

The question is whether your institution is ready for the shift towards mobile banking?

So far we have noticed that the growth in mobile banking usage has exceeded most of the banks’ expectations. Only a few large national banks are offering great experience to their customers, while the rest are now doing the “catching up” and finally placing mobile banking application development on top of their agendas.

If you are among the latter, this guide is for you. Below are the tips to develop a secure, intuitive and anticipated mobile banking app for your customers.

Understand What Drives The Mobile Banking Usage In The First Place

To get an accurate project cost quote from mobile banking app developers, you’ll need to come up with a list of product specifications first. Or simply speaking – a list of features you’d want for your app. Of course, those features should be based on the actual user demands, rather than your educated guesses.

Forrester recently investigated some of the common behavioral patterns among the mobile banking apps users:

  • 87% of respondents use the app to check their bank account balances and 74% to review a recent bank transaction.
  • Users, who opted to receive account alerts log into their app two more days per month, compared to those who opted out.
  • Yet, 90% of consumers admit that they opted out of receiving notifications as most of them are rather useless.

According to another survey conducted by The Financial Brand, you should build a mobile banking app with the following user needs in mind:

In general, before developing a mobile banking app, you should take the time to survey your customer base and narrow down the list of the most requested features. Then rank them regarding priority if your app development budgets are tight.

Settle on The Optimal Mobile Platform

Do you want to develop a banking app for Android or iOS first? That’s the next question you’ll receive from the developers.

Let’s weigh in on the pros and cons of each platform:

  • Android’s smartphone market share has hit 2% in Q2 2016. In October 2016 Android has constituted 75.2$ of EU5 smartphone sales, while iOS has accounted for 21.2%.
  • Yet, Apple still has more supporters in some of the highest paying markets including Japan (51.7% of smartphone sales), The UK (44%) and the US (40.5%).

Device Atlas has created a great map illustrating, where each platform prevails:

Now, let’s take a look at how the cost to develop a mobile banking application varies depending on the platform:

  • To build an Android app, developers should write 40% more code and tend to spend 28% more time working on the project in general.
  • The timeline extends mainly due to larger device fragmentation (there are some 1,500+ different Android gadgets on the market right now) and additional product/testing and debugging.
  • The app development price may also be higher if you choose to support older Android OS (as users tend to forget to update their gadgets in a timely manner).

iOS app development services usually take less time, especially if you choose to design an iPhone or iPad only app. And most Apple fans tend to keep their gadgets updates to the latest OS, which again reduces the timeline and the costs.

Plan For The Advanced Security

The biggest consumer barriers to m-banking adoption are the security concerns. In fact, 55% of consumers surveyed by Gallup admitted that they avoid using mobile financial solutions as they have doubts about the safety features.

Custom mobile apps for banks should ooze security. However, you’ll also need to strike a balance between those advanced security measures and the product’s usability. Here are a few tips for that:

  • You can enable Touch ID authentication to reduce the friction of typing passwords. The feature is also available for new MacBook Pros.
  • Log-out users automatically after N-minutes of inactivity.
  • Ask users to provide the password only to assess certain functionality (e.g. make a payment), and allow no password access for N minutes to popular features like viewing account balance.
  • Urge users to update the app regularly.
  • Implement additional security measures and authorization if the user suddenly accesses the app from an unusual location (without prior informing the bank). For instance, send one-time text passwords instead of asking to type in the app pass.
  • Always inform them about the important transactions via text/emails.
  • Allow users to set limits on payment transfers through the app.
  • Clearly state where your official mobile banking app can be downloaded as there were already some 65000 of malicious banking apps reported around the web.
  • Do not allow using and installing your apps on rooted devices as that increases the security risks.

If you have the budgets, biometrical authentication is rapidly becoming a new trend in mobile banking app development.

This year TD Bank Group and MasterCard decided to partner with Nymi – an innovative authentication solution provider. Together, they have developed a pilot wearable device that would authenticate payment transactions using the user’s unique heartbeat rate. Their pilot transaction has proved to be successful.

Design a Minimalistic and Attractive UX

The best route to ensure high user adoption is to ensure that your app is easy-to-use. And that seems to be not-so-common with mobile banking apps.

For instance, making a mobile deposit is quite challenging with certain banks:

Here are a few ideas to create a stellar user experience within your app:

  • Test, test, test. Before you roll out a new update or a new feature test your product ruthlessly. A few negative comments on the App Store can alienate a large number of users.
  • Offer customization based on frequent transactions. Create hotkey access shortcuts and feature the most commonly used features prominently on the main screen.
  • Personalization is important. Let users opt-in and out of the notifications/content, they wish to receive.
  • Include rich interactions and account for common mobile gestures like pinch, swipe, and rotate movements.

What Are The Mobile Banking App Development Costs?

So, what should you expect to pay for a good-looking and well-functioning mobile banking app?

According to Exicon, 15 of the leading US banks have spent over $80 million on developing some 606 mobile banking apps. That is roughly $132.000 for one business app.

Of course, there are no two same projects and the development costs will vary depending on:

  • The platform
  • Requested features
  • The region you choose to outsource to/local developers’ salaries.

The development timeline, according to Finextra report, is usually between 6 and 12 month (45% of respondents). Yet, 28% of banks manage to deploy an app in less than six months, while 22% need over a year to build a comprehensive solution.

About Author

Slava Bushtruk is CEO+Founder of Alty, Inc. He’s been in software and app development for nearly a decade with over 75 successful projects under his belt, ranging from startups to enterprise clients. You can connect with him on LinkedIn or shoot a quick hi at [email protected]

How To Add More Options in Right Click Menu in Windows 10

Contextual menus can save a lot of time. In this post, we will discuss how you can Add More Options in Right Click Menu in Windows 10.

Having a convenient Right Click Menu anywhere is one of the joys of using Windows on PCs. These menus can save you the hassles of moving the mouse on the top of the Window to pick options and thus, can save a lot of your time. Application makers have the ability to add different commands on right-click menus in Windows to integrate their apps better. For example, Dropbox and Google Drive can add an entry to add a Send to Dropbox or Send to Google Drive option. In this post, we will discuss how you can Add More Options in Right-Click Menu in Windows 10.

Adding More Options in Right Click Menu

Since a few years in past, users have been able to edit right click entries using registry hacks, they are possible, but they are a hassle to manage if you are not a seasoned Windows user. Instead, you can use Right Click Enhancer, a free utility from rbsoft that lets you modify and add new entries on the right click menu of Windows 10.

Right Click Enhancer for Windows
Right Click Enhancer for Windows

RightClick Enhancer is a collection of some mini-programs that let you modify the contextual menu in Windows. Simply Download it, Install it and you will be good to go with the small application.

Among the eight available modules in the program, probably the most useful is the first one called Right Click Tweaker. After clicking on it, you will be able to add and remove entries on the right click menu.

Modifying Right Click Menu in Windows 10
Modifying Right Click Menu in Windows 10

In the list of options, you should pay close attention to some frequently used options such as Copy as path, Copy to and Move to. There is an option called Print File List that sends a list of all items in the folder to your printer.

Once you have made all the changes, simply close the window and exit the application. There is no need to save, log-off or restart unlike making registry edits.

I have used the application on two PCs and in both computer, most options ran fine, apart from installing the application once, you don’t have to keep it running in the background which is great.

There is a Professional version of Right Click Enhancer on the site too which costs almost $10. If you don’t need the ability to create submenus or other advanced features, you will probably be fine with the free version.

Do you know of any other way of adding Add More Options in Right-Click Menu in Windows 10? Share with us in the comments below.

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Flexible LCD Phone Displays Are Coming Sooner Than You Thought

Many smartphone makers have been trying to build flexible displays for recent years, some phones on the market sport a curved screen such as LG G Flex, Galaxy S7 Edge, BlackBerry Priv and the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, but none of them have a truly flexible display.

Well, it looks like one company has finally cracked the code for creating a flexible display.

Japan Display Inc. which is an Apple parts supplier, revealed that it has created a full active flex LCD screen. Instead of using glass as a substrate, the new displays use plastic which allows it to bend easily.

JDI says that ditching glass will mean that you will not have to worry about the broken screen if you dropped the phone accidentally. While the displays are not thin or flexible enough to be rolled up, they can be used in the curved mode just like Galaxy Edge.

The screen 5.5-inch size with the resolution of 1920×1080 and it has a contrast ratio of 1500:1. One more interesting thing about screen is its refresh rate, while ordinary displays on phones work on 60Hz of refresh rate only, JDI claims that its LCD displays will work on 15Hz too which could potentially help in saving battery life in applications that don’t change display too much (Ebook readers are a good example)

More interesting is that company today told Wall Street Journal that it would be able to mass produce these screens from next year and some smartphone makers have agreed to adopt them in the next few years.

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