Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Quality-Assessment Items in Technology


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The world is constantly striving for standardized tests in order to compare the quality of similar people or businesses. Software designers utilize numerous testing techniques to debug their programs. There are no definitive statistics to measure if software is performing at its maximum capabilities. Instead, an agency has their own set of standards to meet their customer’s needs. 

The good of quality-assessment items

One of the strengths of standardized testing is that all of the information is available to the user end. This allows them to become familiar with all of the material and make their own conclusions. There is also a sense of accountability because both parties know the standards that are used. So, if an application or software does not work, there is a clear-cut way to discover what is not operating appropriately. But what if these standards do not always measure the full quality of something?

Subjective vs. Objective

The problem with using a homogeneous set of standards is they do not always properly measure the quality of software. For instance, when an agency is grading a program, in many occasions there are subjective elements to their guidelines that can disguise how well software’s performs. For example, a programmer could consider their application easy to use, while a normal consumer could think it is impossible to operate. So, the performance grades are only as good as the organization that supplies them. If the clients do not trust the agency’s analysis, the score does not matter. This is true of many industries that utilize quality-assessment items to review their products.

In the tech world

When software designers create a new product, quality assessment checks are vital in fully developing the software. A business can fail without the analysis because their product will not be able to perform correctly. As a consumer’s needs change so do the quality-assessment items. The process is never ending in order to make sure the excellence never falters. There are various types of tests that companies use such as web application testing, mobile app testing, B2B and B2C portal testing, and business process automation. These tests have different techniques that are implemented in order to correctly debug the specific program or application.


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Different quality-assessment item techniques

In the world of technology, there are various ways to test software and web applications in order to confirm it will work properly. However, there is no one set of guidelines to software evaluation. Based on the customer’s needs, there are different ways to evaluate software such as script and usability testing. An engineer utilizes script testing, when they want to identify if their software is functioning correctly. When a company employs usability testing, they are attempting to see if a person who has never seen an interface before can accomplish a certain task. This allows developers who are intimate with a certain program to hear fresh perspective about their product.

Analysis

Consumers want to make informed decisions and rely on an agency’s standards to help make their choices. Many businesses outsource their software development, meaning they rely on a third-party to create a program or application at a high level. Some industries that utilize these developers include banks, entertainment and media companies, and e-commerce companies. Many technology firms have different sets of standards for their products. However, there are common sets of principles for a high-quality assessment item. The item must have clear targets, be able to function properly, run on its expected operating systems, and meet the client’s goals. If a method can meet the basic requirements of a quality-assessment item and is tested and proven to work, then it can have a positive effect on a business.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

What’s next in the post-app world?

If someone wants to look up the weather or book a flight, they open an app on their phone. Mobile applications are supposed to make people’s lives easier. However, a person only uses five apps 80% of the time. With the decreasing use of apps and the advancement of virtual assistants, many experts claim that we are about to be living in a post-app world.

Messaging Apps



The app store is full of messaging applications. Each one has a slightly different interface and retains a distinctive user group. The problem some experts’ raise about messaging apps is that there are too many, which can make it harder to contact certain people because everyone is on various applications. Although, what some experts ignore when they critique apps is they forget a cellular phone can receive text messages and phone calls. This type of seamless integration has been around before the Apple Store and the simplicity of it is going to fuel the post-app world.

What’s next in the post-app world?



Apple went all in on apps, whether it was with the Apple TV, the IPhone, or IPad apps are extremely prevalent on the company’s assorted platforms. They also have invested seriously in Siri, an intelligent assistant that can help a user throughout their day. Siri will soon be on all of Apple’s devices marking a shift in the tech giant’s app heavy strategy. Even Google has tried to combat the application revolution by creating it’s own artificial intelligence assistant named Google assistant, which is integrated with all of Google’s products.


The virtual assistant



With the invention of smart watches and devices that have AI and machine learning capabilities, apps are going to become less prevalent. An Apple Watch is small, so fumbling on the screen with your fingers is time consuming and frustrating. Comparatively, the ease of asking a virtual assistant to look up the weather instead of accessing an app makes much more sense. Also, as screens become less prevalent, the typical single purpose apps located in the Apple or Android Stores will become less needed because a virtual assistant will have the ability to do everything.

People should come first



Smart devices like Google Home or Amazon’s Echo showcase artificial intelligence’s competency. Both companies want to seamlessly blend their products into a person’s life. For instance, the Amazon Echo (Alexa) is moving business from screens to the virtual assistant. There are studies that show consumers have an emotional connection to when key performance indicators are presented by the friendly voice of Alexa.


Problem Solving



The post-app world will only become a phenomenon once consumers can completely trust their virtual assistant. Google’s search engine is used because it is a trusted central location of information but once there is confidence in virtual assistants, there will be no need for people to visit Google. Instead, Siri, Alexa, or Google assistant will access the information it’s user wants and display it in an easy and convenient fashion.

Conclusion



Countless technological advancements have been made with human convenience in mind. The post-app world is the next step in making everyone lives’ less complicated. However, people also want to enjoy the same features they are used to having. Devices must maintain a high quality if the walls between apps and devices are going to be successfully taken down. People just want results and they do not care how they get them. Buzz words and fancy developer conferences will not drive the average person into wanting to change how they interact with their devices. Instead, the new technology must make the transition into people’s day-to-day activities as seamless as it is supposed to make their lives.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Facebook’s AI Initiative to Make the World a Connected Place


These days, companies are turning towards all technology advancements such as Artificial Intelligence or Virtual Reality to make new inventions and establish a strong hold in the tech world. Facebook is on the top of the list of such companies. Recently, the company announced its decision to connect mankind through the medium of internet.

Facebook has used all the possible means to make the internet accessible to maximum number of people either through the use of drones or satellites. But, now it is all set to take a more substantial step in this direction. Instead of relying on the old data about the density of population in different countries, Facebook is launching the concept of its own detailed maps that will be able to fetch data more precisely than any other medium.

Facebook’s Detailed Maps
Facebook’s connectivity lab has collaborated with the Center for International Earth Sciences Information Network at Columbia University to develop a global map that can tell the exact figures of the human density on different places. It will also help to determine the best ways to make internet accessible to those who are still offline.

Artificially intelligent technologies are able to identify patterns and images, and Facebook is using its own expertise to clearly distinguish between man-made structures and natural properties. The analysis is going to be so accurate that Facebook’s resolution is going to beat all predictions and provide the closest estimate, only of 500 meters. Facebook will be able to closely analyze the situations in which people are living, and also to understand which medium will be the best to make internet accessible to people that still need a connectivity medium such as internet.

Different mediums of making internet accessible include tower connection, drones, traditional wired medium or wireless.

As of now, the company has generated maps for 20 countries including Nigeria, South Africa, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, India, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Uganda, Turkey, and Tanzania that cover 21.6 million square kilometers across different countries.

Other Advantages of Facebook’s Global Map
The uses of Facebook’s global maps are not only confined to the analysis that needs to be done by the company, instead these global maps will serve many other requirements as well. Some of its other advantages are given below:

1.These detailed global maps will be very helpful in extracting the accurate information about a certain place for accelerating socio-economic research and growth.
2.This data is going to be very helpful for observing the ruction in natural properties such as rivers to notify about any natural disaster in advance.
3.Better satellite imagery will be available with the new improved detailed maps.
4.This map’s preview will help governments to invest in a more qualitative manner than before in the fields such as infrastructure, healthcare, and education.
5.It will help different departments to react in a better way during emergency situations.

In a press release Facebook said that “This data will give us a greater understanding of how populations are dispersed, so governments and others can prioritize investments in infrastructure, from transportation to healthcare and education. It can also help rapid-response times during emergencies and other disasters and inform our understanding of the ecological impact of growth.”

Other Fields in Which Facebook is Utilizing AI
Artificial Intelligence is not a new field for Facebook. Apart from global maps, the company is also involved in doing many other projects as well that are based on AI. An introduction of some of them is given here:
Facebook’s Internet Drones - Facebook internet drones are produced by the company to bring internet access to all the people on earth who don’t have it.
Teaching machines to see and understand – It is a Facebook initiative to make the lives of people easier.

This is not all. There are many other fields as well in which Facebook is keen to show its expertise in Artificial Intelligence such as natural language processing, security and privacy etc.

Conclusion
Artificial Intelligence has grown up to many folds in recent years & is making some breathtaking innovations regularly to help mankind move a step further. What this technology is holding for the future is an interesting thing to see, but the pace with which it is growing seems unstoppable. This recent achievement of Facebook will help in making the lives of people better. Those who are deprived of basic facilities will get their access on the global data and thus help the respective government to serve them better. So, though the company is making detailed global maps for its own good, for spreading Facebook’s access to maximum number of people, but it will benefit mankind in many other ways as well. We all are excited to see the future progress of this project, so you just stay tuned with us and we will bring you all the updates.



Wednesday, 27 April 2016

New Smartphone Apps to Help Fight Natural Disasters & Giving the Right Directions

In our previous blog post we have talked about the endless scope in the smartphone app market which is likely to grow leaps and bounds in future as well. Once again, smartphone apps have got a new addition in their utility pool. This time, it is related to the natural disasters.

Researchers at university of California have created a new android phone app named ‘My Shake’ with an objective to detect the earthquake. 

MyShake


MyShake is an intelligent application that is able to distinguish between earthquake vibrations and normal vibrations. It uses sensors that are already present in a smartphone such as accelerometer. As soon as the app encounters any suspected movement, it immediately sends a small packet of data to Seismological laboratory including GPS details, amplitude and time of the vibrations. The app then keeps on recording another five minutes of data.

The laboratory analyzes the data of 60% nearby devices to confirm that an earthquake actually occurred in an area.

The app is developed with an idea to use the smartphone sensors in a smart way. However, there is some work that still needs to be done to make the app more usable, e.g., the app is capable to identify an earthquake, but there is need to make it proactive in which it will be able to predict the future occurrence of earthquake in advance.

This smartphone app is also not able to identify the earthquake with a magnitude lesser or equal to five.

Google My Map


Google’s My Map got a complete makeover with some surprising new features to increase the utility and accuracy of maps. It is the major update that happened in app from 2014 with addition of new exciting features.

Some of the new addition in Google My Map are as follows:
1.Users can see a street view look of the places.
2.They can view the photos and videos added by other users.
3.Users can search for a particular address and give custom names to places.
4.My map lets users choose from standard, satellite or terrain based maps.
5.It also allows users to create a customized map for the relatives coming to your area to visit. 
6.Description of places can be added to let them have an idea about what to except while making a visit there.

New version of My Maps can be easily downloaded from Google Play Store from where it is available to everyone.

These applications are the two most recent inventions in smartphone app market which are designed by keeping a special focus on users’ benefits. We are committed to keep you updated regarding all the latest happenings of the tech world, so stay tuned with us for more in the future as well.

Friday, 1 April 2016

How a Smart Watch can Change the Way of Using Smartphone?

With the introduction of Apple’s first iPhone, the battle of creating smart devices had started. Today there are plenty of smart devices that allow us to do things in a smarter, quicker and easier way. This battle among different brands has not stopped yet, however the scope of smart devices is increasing constantly from smartphones to smart watches. Nowadays, different electronic device manufacturing companies are competing for creating cutting-edge smart watches.

Smart watches are not just normal time pieces, but they can do a lot more than that. All the leading smartphone manufacturing companies such as Apple, Motorola, Samsung and Sony have introduced their  smart watches. Now, as the time is passing, competition is getting tougher and tougher between these companies, they all are trying to create better smart watches than the rivals. And, users are benefiting a lot due to this competition, because they are getting a better product every time. 

Why you must have a smart watch?
Those days are gone, when people used to check their smartphones for miss calls, notifications and messages. This is an era of smart watches, in which maximum operations of smartphones can be performed by smart watches. Now, there is no more hassle of taking out smartphones from the pocket, instead one can check all the important emails, notifications, and answer calls on his wrist.


Smart watches are developed to increase convenience in people’s lives. Many people have suffered with terrible road accidents just because they were using smartphone while driving. There are also some cases in which people have lost their jobs because of excess usage of phone during work time. These incidents may seem like excuses to buy a smart watch, but the truth is that the increasing usage of smartphones sometimes makes the situation troublesome.

Smart watches provide quick and easy access to all the main functions of smartphones. You can check messages, notifications and also use social networking apps on the watch. Thus, it lets you drive with peace, work with precision and you also won’t miss any notification.

Buying guide for first time buyers:
The electronic market has experienced an incredible boost in the sales of smart watches. From last few years the smart watch market is showing some exciting trends for  the manufacturers and retailers. They have become successful in grabbing the much needed attention of buyers. By looking at the market trends, many new companies are also trying their hands on smart watches with a commitment to provide feature-rich smart watches in affordable prices.

But, before investing your money in any smart watch, you are required to understand a few important things that are listed below:
• The watch should be compatible with your Smartphone and  offer good range of Bluetooth connectivity. 
• Is the manufacturing company giving any guarantee of long-lasting battery life? If yes, then go for it. 
• Get a smart watch that supports health promoting apps. In other words, watch must have a heart rate sensor, and support for other health related apps as well. 
• If the watch is having a good design with a fine collection of apps, it is just perfect for your wrist and requirements. 
• You can also buy standalone smart watches, if you want to wear a cutting-edge device on your wrist that is consist of best technology and made to provide better health and connectivity to the users.

Smartwatches of different brands offer different features, but they all are equipped with some basic standard features. You can choose the best for yourself by comparing the price and features of different smart watches.