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Web Apps Still Have their Place Despite Mobile Growth

Mobile apps, as you are already aware, have changed the landscape of enterprise application development. According to Apperian’s 2014 Executive Enterprise Mobility report, good progress has been made. The survey revealed that more than 70 percent of executives plan to equip more than 1,000 users with mobile apps in the next 2 years. 1/3 of survey respondents plan to equip more than 5,000 users with mobile apps.web apps still have its relevance

However, web apps aren’t being shut down by this growth in enterprise mobility and application development. While mobile apps have been called the ‘future’ when it comes to enterprise application use, web apps still have a role to play as the web has matured into a fully-featured application platform over the years – it simply can’t be neglected.

What are web apps?

Web apps imply standard-based technologies like CSS3 and HTML5. They can work in any platform with a modern web browser, without re-programming or special translations. A web app, when launched, can be accessed from Windows, iOS, Mac, Android as well as any other platform.

The web is no longer limited to the days of scrolling marquee. Web apps now stand toe to toe with the aesthetic capabilities of native apps. For the technical lot, they query the content server and generate web documents to serve the users. A standard document is used to generate the app to enable support by all web browsers.

Web apps will perform their function irrespective of the browser and OS running at the user’s end. They can be quickly deployed anywhere almost without any installation requirements, again at the user’s end.

The increasing adoption of extranets and intranets in the enterprise sector have made web applications an important aspect in any corporation’s communication infrastructure.

Creating web apps for your enterprise

You have two options: outsource the entire development process to an application developer or build a web app yourself. For enterprises who want to keep the development process in-house, these two tips should greatly help:

  • Avoid complexity in the development process

The more complex the development process grows, the harder it is to make modifications and adapt to the user’s preferences. The answer? The development process should be split into different parts when it starts getting too complex.

To adapt and change quickly, the IT department needs to be certain that any changes will not damage what’s already working. This problem can be minimized through impact analysis tools: any change in database that breaks the app logic needs to be obvious.

  • Automate testing

Tricentis states that test automation is more than just useful for web app environments: in practical terms, it is the only way to guarantee efficiency across different web browsers users have access to. Combining automation with virtualization technology can be used to mimic the behavior of different browsers to provide the efficiency you require.

Also, testing and moving a web app into production needs to be as quick as possible. To be agile and keep up with user demands, testing and deployment to the production needs to be frequent, or delays may stack up in the development cycle. Productivity can suffer it if takes two days to test new versions before they are allowed in the production phase.

Ultimately, mobile will take over the enterprise sector, but desktop access will remain a necessity and will hold the case for web apps in the future.

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How to Boost Your Entertainment with Interesting Online Games


Nowadays, you’re unlikely to see anybody without a smartphone and all the accoutrements that go with it. People are plugged in no matter where they go, and that has prompted online gaming companies to tap into this rich pool of mobile users. Gone are the days where people would only access their favorite games via their PCs or workstations. Enter a new era: Smartphones, tablets and phablets reign supreme. Mobile games are nothing new, but getting the right game installed could sound a little bit diffudiff than it seems.

Boost your entertainment with mobile online games

If you’re lucky enough to be at least 21, and physically present in the state of New Jersey, you can easily download all kind of gaming app and play a wide range of games direct on your mobile gaming device. Most of the time, the gaming platform is 100% free to download and install, and within moments you’ll be playing like a star. The action is so realistic that you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re playing it in real live!

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5 Tips for Using Able2Extract for Complete PDF Management

Though we’ve been witnessing a fast rise in the number of tech-savvy individuals, thanks to the Internet, it’s interesting how many Internet users actually look for the simplest tech solutions online. People are the most interested in basic things and simple tools that can really help them speed up their daily work activities.

Able2Extract Pro

For example, many people want to learn how to print an Excel spreadsheet, how to format their book manuscript in Word, or how to convert their document to PDF for safe and easy sharing of information. Knowing how to properly handle document management software can make a big impact on our work productivity.

When it comes to increasing productivity, most enterprises and business professionals today have some kind of a PDF conversion tool in their toolbox to help them manage PDFs on a daily basis. Comprehensive PDF tools are a better choice for businesses than single-feature converters that crowd the web. If we manage to find a full-featured PDF converter that is at the same time very easy to use, we’ve accomplished our goal.

The new version of Investintech’s Able2Extract is a great solution that fits this description. It is simple to use, reliable and includes PDF management features that are needed in every business environment. And the main thing that users want to know when evaluating similar tools is: how to convert PDFs to and from editable file.

Convert PDF to 15 different file formats

With Able2Extract 9 users can convert PDFs to MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, OpenOffice (Writer, Impress, Calc), AutoCAD (DWG, DXF), Images (JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIFF) and HTML. Here’s an example of a PDF to PowerPoint conversion:

To open a PDF for conversion, click Open:Able2Extract for Complete PDF Management

Click Select All to convert the whole PDF. If you only want to convert one slide, or even one sentence, click Select Area and use your mouse to select the part for conversion.Able2Extract for Complete PDF Management

Click on PowerPoint on the toolbar and save your editable PowerPoint presentation to your folder.Able2Extract for Complete PDF Management

The tool also offers customization options for conversions that could be more complex, such as PDF to Excel or PDF to AutoCAD. This is a very helpful feature that lets users customize their documents according to their preference prior to conversion, only in a few additional steps.

Create PDF from any printable file

The latest release of Able2Extract includes the option of creating and securing PDFs. Users can create PDFs from any printable file format, either from the document application itself using the virtual print driver (Able2Extract 9), or from A2E application:

Click on the Create icon:Able2Extract for Complete PDF Management

Choose a document to convert to PDF from your folders. The conversion will automatically start and quickly finalize. It can’t get any simpler than that.

Secure PDF with passwords

  • To secure a PDF with Able2Extract, follow these steps:
  • Open or create a PDF file using commands that we showed in the previous tutorials.
  • Click on View, and then choose PDF Creation Options…Able2Extract for Complete PDF Management
  • Choose Security, click on the Secure PDF box and input passwords for the owner and user of the PDF.Able2Extract for Complete PDF Management

Now secure your document by checking file permission options. Every option that you uncheck (such as copying, printing, modifying PDF, etc.) will be denied to users who open your document.

Edit PDF pages and document information

Able2Extract includes certain editing capabilities that can be quite handy.

Go to Edit tab and click on Pages:Able2Extract for Complete PDF Management

As you see, you can delete, move, resize, scale or rotate each PDF page in your document. Also, you can go to Edit ? Viewer Preferences and select how you want people to view your document:Able2Extract for Complete PDF Management

Batch convert documents and save time

Finally, for users who are really chasing after deadlines, batch conversion can be a life saver. Users can open as many PDF documents as they want and batch convert them to their chosen format all at once.

Click on Batch conversion:Able2Extract for Complete PDF Management

Add files you want to convert, and also remove ones that you decide not to include.Able2Extract for Complete PDF Management

Select the output folder and output format. You can choose between MS Office, OpenOffice and Text formats.

To test all these options and Able2Extract performance, download a free trial version of the tool and convert as many files as you want for seven days.

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Mobile App

How to Protect Your Mobile Devices

Most of us are aware that we need to get some sort of virus protection or internet security for our computers. Even Mac users are now aware that they need some sort of protection, because Macs are becoming more vulnerable to attack, and there are now several antivirus for Mac options available.Protect your mobile phone

We are also aware that we need to take certain security precautions when our business and personal computers are at stake.

What we often don’t think about are the other devices that we use to connect to the internet – our smartphones and tablets. Most of us have some kind of web-enabled mobile device, and yet 34 percent of us don’t do anything to protect these devices, and only a small number of people do the bare minimum, which is assigning a four-digit lock screen code.

The thing is there are several reasons why our mobile devices need just as much protection from the internet, maybe even more than our Macs or PCs.

Why You Should Protect Your Mobile Devices

We do everything on our devices.

We don’t just use them to check Facebook or text our friends, we also use them for banking, and to make purchases.  We have accounts at places like Google, Amazon, and iTunes that store our financial information so that we can purchase apps, and music, and movies quickly and easily. Not only that, but most of these sites log us in automatically when we go there on our mobile devices. We keep all of our contacts on our mobile devices and our calendars with important dates like birthdays – those same important dates that many of us use for passwords and login information. Some of us even store our password information directly on the phone. That much easily accessible information needs to be protected.

We carry our devices everywhere.

We put them in our purses and in our pockets, we carry them in our glove compartments, and we have a tendency to just leave them lying around. Go out to dinner and the phone is just sitting on the table. Go to work and it’s on the desk. Go to the gym and it’s in the locker or, worse, out on the exercise floor serving double duty as a music player. Something that spends so much time getting schlepped from point “A” to who knows where has a high potential for getting lost or stolen. If that device isn’t secured when it goes walkabout, then anyone who gets their hands on it will get their hands on your stuff.

We download a lot of software.

When smartphones first came, there were those who wondered why they were even necessary. Did someone really need to be able to buy movie tickets while standing in line at the grocery? And the answer was yes. Today, not only are there apps for that, there are apps for anything you can imagine, and many of them are free. Many of them are also malicious or, at the very least, annoying, and can cause security threats including:

  • Collecting and sending information from your device to third parties;
  • Sending SMS messages to premium rate numbers;
  • Subscribing your phone to premium services;
  • Recording your phone conversations;
  • Taking control of the phone; and
  • Downloading other malicious apps onto the phone to create a perfect storm of app carnage.

Telemarketers and scammers are targeting cell phones the way they used to target land lines.

There’s a growing trend of scammers sending spam messages through SMS, or of intentionally creating missed calls.

The scam messages are often from people pretending to send messages to the wrong address. If you reply to the message the reply is routed to a premium rate service and you could be charged for the text. Another variation is the advertisement or lottery announcement to get you to reply to or call a premium rate number.

With the missed number, the scammer calls and lets the phone ring just long enough for it to register as a call, then hangs up before you can answer. If you call the number back, you could end up calling a premium rate number and getting charged. Another variation is the voice mail message reporting lottery winnings or something similar.

How Mobile Security Apps Work

Mobile security apps serve multiple purposes.

  • They have standard virus and malicious software protection, which is crucial when you’re surfing website and downloading apps. They also can detect if an installed app it’s a security threat and alert you that certain applications or accessing private data, your wireless card, and any other data that’s on your device.
  • They can help you detect or locate your device if it’s misplaced or stolen. A lot of them use location services or GPS services on your device to tell you where it is at that moment. So if you accidentally leave your device at a restaurant or if somebody takes your device the app can tell you where it is.
  • They can help you remotely shutdown the device, or remotely wipe all the data from the device, so that if it is lost or stolen, and someone tries to access it you data, they won’t get anything.
  • They can also automatically backup your data onto a secure server, so that if you do have wipe you data, you can restore it to your old device or to a new device fairly easily.

Securing Your Device

First, you should set a lock screen password with at least six digits. A four-digit code is good, but it’s also easier to crack. That lock screen code is the first line of defense against someone accessing your information, especially in situations where you might not realize that your device has been tampered with – such as someone picking it up from your desk when you’re not looking.

Second, avoid leaving your device lying around. It’s better to be that guy who takes his phone with him to the bathroom, than that guy who just had his phone stolen from him by a blind date. If you take your device to the gym, lock it up or secure it to your body somehow, so that you’re not likely to leave it lying around.

Third, install mobile security software onto your device. You can buy an individual mobile security app from a reputable company, like Trend Micro, McAffee, or Norton, or you can purchase one as part of a PC or Mac security package, so that all of your devices are protected by the same software.

Conclusion

Having mobile devices presents unique challenges in the modern digital age. However Internet security software has advanced to the point that it can rise to those challenges and keep your mobile devices as secure and protected as your Home computer.

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Mr DIY series to debuts on TechAtLast in January (EXTENDED)

Update!

The date for this series has been shifted to last Monday of this month due to unavailability of the person who will handle the show.

All caps raised up to the newly introduced TechAtLast Tech Guide – MR DIY!

You asked for the TechAtLast “MR DIY” live digital issues fixation session; an audio and video screencast sessions, that will reveal what went wrong, where it went wrong, proof that it did went wrong, how it happened, and how to fix them along with a step-by-step write up to complement the process.

Glory be to God, today we are debuting MR DIY, or simply put “Mr. Do It Yourself”. Your host is your very own, Olawale Daniel, and he’ll be supported by Tomiwa Awoyera in the technical department (one of our intern). Not only that, we will be launching our official TechAtLast media podcast channel towards the end of December, 2014.

That means, starting from January, you’ll be airing us live via the new and first ever TechAtLast media podcast channel; we’ll be featuring experts interviews, news, reports, and major fixes to common tech glitches (with reverence to resources from our Mr. DIY series), along with complementary weekend review of what’s going on all across Africa and the rest of the world in the digital world.

The podcast session is going to be rendered in three different digital format; video, audio and text. We want to make it more compelling, informative, and user-friendly (with ease of access to every readers). It is because you’re in our mind when the idea was conceived, and we will make sure that you will be the cornerstone of its success story. This is why we present different format for your enjoyment.

The first episode will start first week of January and subsequent ones will follow after, airing every Monday of the week. This is part of TechAtLast transitioning into a world-class technology contents service provider, offering fixes to all your tech trouble and challenges with our in-house editorial team ready to help, every Monday of the week.

Stay subscribed to be the first to know when we release the first edition of “Mr DIY”!

BREAKDOWN OF EACH SHOWS


Mr. DIY (Mr. Do It Yourself)

Mr. DIY is a user or reader-defined two-ways information dissemination program. All our users are encouraged to submit particular questions that they needed an answer to through our submission page (more information about this soon). Our technical team will manually select questions to be treated by our anchor every week. All answers will be published every Monday through our official Youtube channel (more on that soon) and embedded here on TechAtLast with links.

Our focal points are: Videos Tutorials, Tips and Tricks, How Tos, Fixes, major fixes to common tech glitches and everything-technical.

Update! Click here to submit your questions.

TechAtLast Media Podcast

On this video, audio and text podcast, we’ll be featuring interviews from expert in the tech ecosystem, trending news, custom reports and analysis coupled with futuristic inventions, hangout and news.

Our focal points are: technological inventions, discoveries, futuristic design and concepts, events, analysis, and interviews etc.

Podcast Host: Your host will be Olukunle Moses, the editor-in-chief for TechAtLast News portal, and he will be supported by host of other TechAtLast members to be announced any moment soon.

NB: We have great plans in the pipeline to introduce two new powerful features to TechAtLast, but they are still in the ideation stage. We’ll keep you posted as they unfold.

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7 Challenges Faced By International Construction Companies

Construction has never been an easy business. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that every construction project is a feat of human ingenuity and skill. It takes an extraordinary level of skill to coordinate different teams to plan, design, finance, and bring a large scale project to completion. Coordinating and executing the logistics is difficult when done locally, regionally, or nationally, but it becomes far more difficult when done internationally.

Usually, international construction is based in developing nations because there is less demand for construction work between developed countries. Construction companies have to contend with a less mature consumer base, a less well-regulated environment, and a bewildering assortment of economic environments. While low growth countries can be very difficult to work in because of a distressing lack of infrastructure, even high growth developing countries, like Brazil, for example, have large areas of their economy that remain under-developed and difficult to penetrate.

7 Challenges International Construction Company Can Encounter

International building company
What are the likely challenges an international construction company will face in its bid to work on foreign lands? Here are 7 challenges an international construction company often face and ways to resolve them.

Here are 7 challenges an international construction company often faces:

Linguistic and cultural barrier

Differences in language and culture make it difficult for teams to work in harmony. However, the use of international construction software makes it much easier for multicultural teams to understand the changing details of a project because they are able to share an application with a multilingual interface.

Linguistic and cultural barrier
Linguistic and cultural barrier tops the list of limitations faced by international construction company workers. Inability to communicate effectively in one tongue could dampen the positive spirit amongst workers.

Bureaucratic hurdles

While bureaucratic hurdles exist in all countries, developed and developing alike, which makes it difficult for international construction companies to operate is that they have little familiarity with the bureaucracy of other countries. Some of these hurdles make no sense. Using Brazil as an example again, it takes about 469 days for a company to get their construction permits.

International Construction Company Bureaucratic hurdles
International construction company bureaucratic hurdles are one of the major challenges that limit project execution and causes delays in completion. Work permit alone could cost a lot in brand image repair.

Corruption

Again, corruption exists in all countries, and it is rare to find a country, where corruption has been defeated. Iceland is one of those rare examples. Corruption has almost come to a standstill thereafter the government got rid of all the financial institutions that were steadily undermining economic growth and working against the interests of the people. However, in countries where there is a dictatorship, corruption flourishes openly. In most democratic countries, corruption also exists, but it is done with much more caution for there are more filters against it.

Corruption in construction companies
Corruption alone contributes largely to the disservice of international construction companies. Politicians are greedy, selfish and can prevent growth to take place if they aren’t well-settled. It is insane, huge hurdle you must crosscheck before you sign the final papers.

Finances

It’s always difficult to arrange finances when the currency is not on par with other nations. Usually, in situations where there is not much of a middle class, but a wide disparity between the rich and the poor, the country’s stock and commodity markets are stuck in a rut. All this makes it much more difficult to arrange investments or to win over investor’s confidence when trying to raise funds.

Infrastructure

In countries with a short developmental history, like countries that have thrown off the colonial yoke, plundered by different regimes, or torn asunder by wars, infrastructure is often insufficient to make construction projects easy.Infrastructure at a construction site

Technology

Countries that have poor infrastructure are also less likely to have much in the way of technology. In developed countries, competing multibillion-dollar telecommunication companies are getting bigger. They have all heavily invested in laying down fiber optic cables, building towers to beam Wi-Fi signals, or even sending satellites into the earth’s atmosphere.

Outsiders

Often international construction companies are viewed less favorably than local companies. Local companies know the construction landscape, understand the consumer base, and have figured out how to work within the confines of their regulatory structures. While they may lack the equipment or knowledge of an international company, they have the inside edge on knowing how to navigate within their country’s political and socio-economic systems.

International construction company worker
It is often believed, especially in underdeveloped countries, that foreign companies are coming to take jobs off their indigenous companies. Hence, the hostile environment for international construction companies trying to establish in such region. There have been cases of kidnapping of foreign workers, killings such as the case of recent Xenophobia on foreigners in South Africa and many others.

Often international construction companies must choose to partner with local companies if they hope their projects move forward.

Conclusion

In order for an international construction company to excel beyond borders, some of the above-outlined hurdles need to be properly cross-checked and worked out. Failure to factor in some of these into consideration could result in loss of valuable time and resources.