• Launching a taxi-hailing app in Tokyo: How Sony does it with S.Ride?

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      Uber, as we know, operates only in 650 cities and remains the best among all taxi apps. But have you ever imagined about other cities and their demand for taxi applications? If you did, you would have certainly come across a few regional apps like Ola, Didi Chuxing, Japan Taxi, etc. These apps are focused on fulfilling the demands of locals; and in that way, they have succeeded and generated revenue tremendously. If you search for the reason behind the success of these apps, it inevitably ends up in the kind of service it provides its customers. So, it all depends on how well you bestow your service (whether you focus regionally or globally).
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    • 9 Ways to Fuel Up the Mobile App Developer’s Efficiency

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      In general, the productivity of coding superheroes is measured by the number of lines of code and the quality of the code they write. It means, when the developer churns out the output compared to input, they are declared as productive. Presently, every company wants a productive programmer to accelerate time-to-market and enrich mobile app user’s experience that helps them stand ahead of the competitors.

      Alas! All the developers are not productive. Most of them, pull their hairs when the deadline is around the corner, when finding the source of bugs seems a hard nut to crack in, or when the client is complaining about the features not meeting the business needs. The reason behind for not performing to the peak efficiency is they work hard, but not smartly.

      The developer’s productivity can be augmented when they work prudently, make the most out of the time, and incorporate the best practices.
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    • Security of mobile OAuth 2.0

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        Popularity of mobile applications continues to grow. So does OAuth 2.0 protocol on mobile apps. It's not enough to implement standard as is to make OAuth 2.0 protocol secure there. One needs to consider the specifics of mobile applications and apply some additional security mechanisms.

        In this article, I want to share the concepts of mobile OAuth 2.0 attacks and security mechanisms used to prevent such issues. Described concepts are not new but there is a lack of the structured information on this topic. The main aim of the article is to fill this gap.
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      • How Moovit improved its app to help people with disabilities ride transit with confidence

          Alexandr Epaneshnikov, a 19-year-old Russian student who is legally blind, recently decided he wanted to be more independent by commuting on his own and relying less on his mom for rides to school. It meant taking a streetcar to a subway to his high school in Moscow, a 30-minute trip that Epaneshnikov assuredly navigates with a cane and Moovit, an urban mobility app optimized for screen readers.


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        • Grow Your Revenue Using In-app Purchases

            In 2019, things are going to shake up particularly with regards to in-app purchases and the best approach. In the event that you are eyeing to procure great income from these administrations, at that point you should look at the tips underneath.

            Introduce Timely Discounts

            Given the relentless challenge in the Mobile app world, it is significant that you venture up your game. One of the techniques that you can actualize is having constrained time offers. In doing this, you get the chance to publicity the item or administrations among versatile app clients. The time factor is likewise vital as you don't wish to overstretch the markdown offers.

            Besides, you have to bring on board mastery to enable you to think in transit forward with regards to the limits. Keep in mind, you should be strategic in request to gain more income and clients.

            Adventure into Partnerships

            It is anything but difficult to fly solo with regards to Mobile apps however you can't neglect the need accomplices. As you advance your items and administrations, it is significant that liaise with substances that can support your incomes.

            In any case, picking the best corporate to connect with is no stroll in the recreation center. You will be required to investigate how their items/administrations can enable you to manufacture your image. Under this, you may have joint effort between an application for wearable emergency clinic gadgets and social insurance association. The outcome will be an increase in the number of clients accessing the in-app purchases.

            Besides this, you may pick to package together at least two items under your image when pushing the in-app purchases.
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          • Top 5 mobile app development companies in the UK

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              According to Evans Data Corporation, there are 12 million developers in the world. About 350,000 of these software and mobile developers work and live in the UK including freelancers and IT employees.

              How do you choose the best one among all this variety? The obvious answer — get going with a professional IT company. This will increase your chances to work with true professionals.

              I’ve made my own research based on a variety of reliable resources like Google SERPs and user’s reviews, different independent media, including medium.com and aggregators, like businessofapps.com, Clutch, etc. and other independent sites. Based on the collected data, I’ve aggregated the total score for each of the 25 leaders, and here I represent a list of the winners: the top 5 software developers in the UK.
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            • Improve your mobile application using machine learning technology

              Today, even mobile application developing company has begun to consolidate ML related to other cutting edge technologies, for example, AI and predictive analysis. This is on the grounds that ML empowers mobile applications to learn, adjust, and improve after some time.

              It’s an incredible accomplishment when you consider the way that changes requested an express order from designers for gadgets to execute a particular activity. At the point when this was the standard, software engineers needed to estimate and record for each conceivable situation (and this was a fantastic test).

              Be that as it may, with ML in portable applications, we have removed the speculating game from the condition. It can likewise upgrade User Experience (UX) by understanding client conduct. So you can wager that ML in versatile won’t be restricted to voice associates and chatbots.
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            • AdBlock has stolen the banner, but banners are not teeth — they will be back

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            • Xamarin API Docs: Open Sourced and Available Now

                Today, we are happy to announce the release of all Xamarin API Documentation as Open Source! API documentation drives the IntelliSense experience while being one of the best ways to help developers achieve their goals.


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                Additionally, we have also moved the hosting of the following from their old Xamarin home to docs.microsoft.com:


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              • In-App Updates Flexible Flow: Speed Up the App Update Process on Android



                  With a variety of new tools and features announced at Android Dev Summit, special attention should be given to the In-App Updates (IAUs) API allowing developers to increase the speed of delivering features, bug-fixes and performance improvements to active users. Since this feature was finally released after Google I/O 2019, in this article I’ll deep dive on IAUs API, describe in details recommended user flows and provide with some code samples. Moreover, I'll share some experience of IAUs integration in the Pandao app, a marketplace platform for Chinese goods.
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                • How Many Developers Need to Create Service Like Airbnb

                     Back in 2007, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia shared a room in San Francisco and were unable to pay rent on time. As a way out, they decided to turn their living space into a simple bed-and-breakfast hotel to get some money from travelers. A year later, the venturers launched a website which evolved into the most famous peer-to-peer renting service called Airbnb.

                     Now, the company has 3,100 employees and generates insane revenues for its founders. The statistics say that Airbnb has 150 million registered users, 3 million hosts, and 4 million listed offers. The service covers 80,000 cities in 190 countries, and, interestingly, 50% of traffic comes from mobile applications.

                      These figures are so impressive that you may also want to create your own Airbnb clone and become successful. But slow down. This story is already written; do you really need to create a marketplace similar to Airbnb?
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                  • How to create a dark theme without breaking things: learning with the Yandex Mail team


                      My name is Vladimir, and I develop mobile front-end for Yandex Mail. Our apps have had a dark theme for a while, but it was incomplete: only the interface and plain emails were dark. Messages with custom formatting remained light and stood out against the dark interface, hurting our users’ eyes at night.


                      Today I'll tell you how we fixed this problem. You will learn about two simple techniques that didn't work for us and the method that finally did the trick — adaptive page recoloring. I'll also share some ideas about adapting images to a dark theme. To be fair, darkening pages with custom CSS is a rather peculiar task, but I believe some of you may find our experience helpful.

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                    • How to Develop A User-Friendly Application



                      Mobile apps are necessary for every business today. They are the tools that bridges the gap between consumers and business, makes it easier for clients to view the trends, and offers an easy chance to the consumers to know the business in person. Having so many advantages already, why it is important to keep app’s user-friendliness as one of the most important points?

                      There are a number of reasons for developing a user-friendly mobile application. The users today are more eager to have a superb experience while browsing through the application. And for the same reason the UI and the app UX holds prominence for every mobile app development company. No matter how successfully your app has been designed, it is important to offer a unique browsing experience to the users.
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                    • Top mobile app development companies

                        Looking for an app development company? I’ve searched for information about it and made this list. It might help to find an app development company to hire. The list contains basic information about each company included in it like company size, hourly rate, min. project size, etc. And I recently decided to upgrade the list to 100 app development companies.
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                      • Why it is imperative to Invest and Develop a branded Taxi app for your venture?

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                        Today’s taxi market is crowded with ride-sharing apps like Uber, Ola, and Lyft. They are giving serious competition for upcoming ventures. These on-demand apps have initiated the radical shift in the taxi industry enabling the smooth transition from conventional taxi hailing to booking a cab through an app. Customers are opting for hailing taxis through the app because of its reliability to get a taxi and ensuring a much better cab booking experience. Thus, the taxi market is ripe for the taking, and this is the right time for entrepreneurs to make use of the opportunity.

                        Statistics on the Taxi Industry

                        The traditional taxi industry is still stuck with inefficient phone call bookings, competitors and they stand to lose at least $20 million on an everyday basis just because customers couldn’t find a cab. Another statistics survey tells us that almost 80% of the commuter prefer Ola and Uber over regular taxis and that Uber has completed nearly 2 billion rides since its inception. The profits soared over $20 Billion in the process. What made Uber and Ola successful ventures is the sound business strategy they employed. So if you are going to establish your venture then understanding the market is imperative.
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                      • Particle systems: a Christmas story



                          Christmas has always been one of my favourite times of the year. For me, Christmas is a season that brings so much love, laughter, happiness, and other magical things into our lives.

                          I was born and raised in Spain, more specifically in Tenerife, a sunny subtropical island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean just off the African coast. I have to say that Christmas in Tenerife is very different to my the last two Christmases I’ve spent in London since joining Badoo.

                          One amazing plus of living in London is that I have got to see snow for the first time in my life, real snowflakes falling from the sky. Just incredible!

                          Talking of snowflakes, I have an interesting story to tell you about something that happened to me one day in the office the last Christmas.  It was right before I was heading home to Tenerife to spend a few days with my family.

                          It just so happened that last December I’d been assigned a very interesting ticket with the following description
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                        • How I discovered an easter egg in Android's security and didn't land a job at Google

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                          Google loves easter eggs. It loves them so much, in fact, that you could find them in virtually every product of theirs. The tradition of Android easter eggs began in the very earliest versions of the OS (I think everyone there knows what happens when you go into the general settings and tap the version number a few times).

                          But sometimes you can find an easter egg in the most unlikely of places. There’s even an urban legend that one day, a programmer Googled “mutex lock”, but instead of search results landed on foo.bar, solved all tasks and landed a job at Google.

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                          The same thing (except without the happy ending) happened to me. Hidden messages where there definitely couldn’t be any, reversing Java code and its native libraries, a secret VM, a Google interview — all of that is below.
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                        • Dependency Injection in Flutter

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                          We’re currently experimenting with Flutter while developing our side project for step challenges with colleagues. This side project should also be considered as a playground, where we can check if we can use Flutter in more serious projects. That’s why we want to use some approaches there that can look like an over-engineering for such a small project.


                          So one of the first questions was what can we use for dependency injection. A quick search in the internet revealed 2 libraries with positive reviews: get_it and kiwi. As get_it turned out to be a Service Locator (and I’m not a fan of this pattern), I was going to play with kiwi, which looked more promising, but then I’ve found another one library: inject.dart. It is heavily inspired by Dagger library, and as we use the latest one in our other Android projects, I’ve decided to dig into it.

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                        • Top 10 Mobile App Development Companies for Enterprise & Startups

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                            The mobile app developers are exceptionally intrigued by conveying 100% fulfillment outcome for the entrepreneurs. By having top 10 mobile app development companies, it is crucial for working with an effective outcome and does the worldwide system. In this way, get assistance from the professional mobile app developers and grow the business in like manner.

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                          • Real-time Chat Solutions vs Chat Platforms — Make Your Choice

                            It’s More Than You Imagine…

                            The possibility of acquiring more profit through a chat app solution is gaining popularity than adopting to monthly plans based chat platforms


                            With the rise of instant conversation among the users, it's not surprising that the global mobile messaging app is estimated to reach around 2.1 billion active users by 2020. When the communication lies as the significant action in nature, then in fact the underlying tool “messaging application” also acquires the same importance. Thus, every chat platforms like WhatsApp demand a great market value according to the features and functionalities listed. Most of the business professionals and enterprises are urged to rely on subscription-based plans to avail such messaging platform.
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