Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The success of your mobile app is not contingent, but is dependent in a number of factors. The most important factors is the user experience (UX). The user experience is the only difference between successful apps and the ones that fail badly.

In order to deliver the best user experiences to your users, it important for you to analyze user behavior patterns while they use your app. Unless you understand these psychological underpinnings, you won't be able to build a product that specifically caters to the needs of your customers and meets their expectations. To begin with, you can gather user data and build hypothetical user personas. Today's modern mobile app demand a lot more from mobile apps to keep their interest and urge them to come back.

Here are a few tips to help enhance your mobile app user experience:

Error free functionality

Perfecting your app before launch is the key. Many app developers fail to thoroughly test the app and regrettably end up launching a faulty product. Statistics show that 90% of the users stop using an app due to poor performance and 86% of the user actually deleted the app if it has a flawed functionality. If your app does not work initially, all other amazing UX features won't matter. The functionality of your app must help users accomplish their tasks without too much effort - which is the motivation for downloading your app in the first place! So, prioritize your core features and categorize the others as 'nice-to-have'.

Efficient On-boarding

The on boarding process is important when it comes to ensuring the success of your app. The point is, if the user has trouble with the first few screens of your app, they will likely drop off - with a little hesitation. Hence, providing users with an excellent on boarding experience is the foundation for attracting and retaining users. The aim is to show the value of your app to your customers by demonstrating how they can achieve what they want via your app - quickly and efficiently. If your app has a complex workflow, or hidden functionalities, it's important that you use progressive on boarding. This reduces the abandonment rates.


Usability includes the layout of information, design, content and all the other elements that enable users to accomplish their tasks within you app. The idea is to make elements that can be clicked, tapped or swiped - prominent. It's important that you remain consistent with gestures throughout the app to optimize its usability.

Reduce effort

You need to help users find their way quickly while they browse your app. Integrate search strategies within your app. Provide user with search options and filters to guide them.

Limit user input

User input such as user registration, credit card information while checkout or any other such information needs to be minimized. Entering too much information using the small screen space that is available could be frustrating and can totally mess up the user experience with your app.

Security and trustworthiness

Asking user too many - permissions while installing the app could be overwhelming. Studies show that privacy invading apps are easily deleted by the users. Make sure that you provide transparent permission policies with your app.

Finally, make sure that you design your UI for glance-ability. This means that a quick scan should provide the user with enough information to take a decision - to stay or to go!

Enhance Your Mobile App User Experience by Following These Tips

PHP is one of the programming languages which were developed with built-in web development capabilities. The new language features included in PHP 7 further makes it easier for programmers to enhance the speed of their web application significantly without deploying additional resources. They programmers can switch to the most recent version of the widely used server-side scripting language to improve the load speed of websites without putting extra time and effort. But the web application developers still need focus on the readability and reusability of the PHP code to maintain and update the web applications quickly in future.

12 Tips to Write Clean, Maintainable, and Reusable PHP Code

1) Take Advantage of Native Functions 
While writing PHP code, the programmers have option to accomplish the same objective by using either native functions or custom functions. But the developers must take advantage of the built-in functions provided by PHP to accomplish a variety of tasks without writing additional code or custom functions. The native functions will further help the developers to keep the application code clean and readable. They can easily gather information about the native functions and their usage by referring to the PHP user manual.

2) Compare Similar Functions 
The developers can use native functions to keep the PHP code readable and clean. But they must remember that the execution speed of individual PHP functions differs. Also, certain PHP functions consume additional resources than others. Hence, the developers must compare similar PHP functions, and choose the one that does not affect the performance of the web application negatively and consume additional resources. For instance, they must determine the length of a string by using isset() instead of strlen(). In addition to being faster than strlen(), isset() also remains valid regardless of the existence of variables.

3) Cache Most PHP Scripts 
The PHP programmers must remember that the script execution time differs from one web server to another. For instance, Apache web server serve a HTML page much faster than PHP scripts. Also, it needs to recompile the PHP script each time the page is requested for. The programmers can easily eliminate the script recompilation process by caching most scripts. They also have option to reduce the script compilation time significantly by using a variety of PHP caching tools. For instance, the programmers can use memcache to cache a large number of scripts efficiently, along with reducing database interactions.

4) Execute Conditional Code with Ternary Operators 
It is a common practice among PHP developers to execute conditional code with If/Else statements. But the developers have to writing additional code to execute conditional code through If/Else statements. They can easily avoid writing additional code by executing conditional code through ternary operator instead of If/Else statements. The ternary operator helps programmers to keep the code clean and clutter-free by writing conditional code in a single line.

5) Keep the Code Readable and Maintainable 
Often programmers find it daunting to understand and modify the code written by others. Hence, they need extra time to maintain and update the PHP applications efficiently. While writing PHP code, the programmers can easily make the application easy to maintain and update by describing the usage and significance of individual code snippets clearly. They can easily make the code readable by adding comments to each code snippet. The comments will make it easier for other developers to make changes to the existing code in future without putting extra time and effort.

6) Use JSON instead of XML 
While working with web services, the PHP programmers have option to use both XML and JSON. But they can always take advantage of the native PHP functions like json_encode( ) and json_decode( ) to work with web services in a faster and more efficient way. They still have option to work with XML form of data. The programmers can parse the XML data more efficiently by using regular expression instead of DOM manipulation.

7) Pass References instead of Value to Functions 
The experienced PHP programmers never declare new classes and methods only when they become essential. They also explore ways to reuse the classes and methods throughout the code. However, they also understand the fact that a function can be manipulated quickly by passing references instead of values. They can further avoid adding extra overheads by passing references to the function instead of values. However, they still need to ensure that the logic remains unaffected while passing reference to the functions.

8) Turn Error Reporting on in Development Mode 
The developers must identify and repair all errors or flaws in the PHP code during the development process. They also have to put additional time and effort to fix the coding errors and issues identified during testing process. The programmers simply set the error reporting to E_ALL to identify both minor and major errors in the PHP code during the development process. However, they must turn the error reporting option off when the application moves from development mode to production mode.

9) Replace Double Quotes with Single Quotes 
While writing PHP code, programmers have option to use either single quotes (') or double quotes ("). But the developers can easily enhance the performance of the PHP application by using single quotes instead of double quotes. The single code will increase the execution speed of loops drastically. Likewise, the single quote will further enable programmers to print longer lines of information more efficiently. However, the developers have to make changes to the PHP code while using single quotes instead of double quotes.

10) Avoid Using Wildcards in SQL Queries 
PHP programmers often use wildcards or * to keep the SQL queries compact and simple. But the use of wildcards may affect the performance of the web application directly if the database has a higher number of columns. The programmers must mention the required columns specifically in the SQL query to keep data secure and reduce resource consumption.

11) Avoid Executing Database Queries in Loop 
The PHP programmers can easily enhance the web application's performance by not executing database queries in loop. They also have a number of options to accomplish the same results without executing database queries in loop. For instance, the developers can use a robust WordPress plug-in like Query Monitor to view the database queries along with the rows affected by them. They can even use the debugging plug-in to identify the slow, duplicate, and erroneous database queries.

12) Never Trust User Input 
The smart PHP programmers keep the web application secure by never trusting the input submitted by users. They always check, filter and sanitize all user information to protect the application from varying security threats. They can further prevent users from submitting inappropriate or invalid data by using built-in functions like filter_var(). The function will check for appropriate values while receiving or processing user input.

PHP Tips and Tricks to Enhance Your Programming Skills

Friday, February 17, 2017

Nowadays, many professions are disappearing because of the technological developments. But there is a skill that is increasing in demand with the passage of time: coding. These days, businesses have been looking for programmers, software developers and website developers. You can easily land a high paying job if you know how to code. Here are 5 tips if you want to learn coding.

Know the Five Basic Concepts

You can choose from a variety of coding languages. However, you have to understand 5 fundamental concepts first of all: variables, control structures, data structures, syntax and tools. Once you have understood these concepts, you will have a strong base to build your coding career on.

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Choose a Language

You should choose the right language to learn. If you want to know how to find the right one, you should ask yourself, why do I want to learn coding? What do you want to do once you have learnt this skill? Do you want to build a website? Do you want to develop applications?

The rule of thumb is that you should master one language before heading for the next one. As a matter of fact, understanding one language properly will make it easier for you to understand the next.

Practice it

How did you learn to tie your shoes or ride your bike? Did someone tell you how to do it? No, you did it yourself. Yes, you should learn by coding not by reading. You should practice by writing the code yourself.

Know the Basics

When learning a coding language, it may be tempting to learn things quickly and move to the complicated stuff. However, don't make a haste when learning the basics. In order to get a real grip on coding, you should master the basics first. If you don't understand the basics, you may not be able to understand the advanced techniques.

If you are really into coding, mastering the basics won't be a boring task for you. It's just a matter of time before you have got the hang of it.

Code by Hand

Without any doubt, coding is done with technology and apps. However, experts suggest that you should learn to code by hand. As a matter of fact, this is what most experts believe in.

When you code without an app, you have no way of checking if the code is correct. Therefore, you are more careful and you know better what you are doing. Aside from this, when companies hire coding experts, they ask them to code by hand. So, if you want to land a good job, make sure you start the learning process by coding with your hands.

The takeaway

Coding is a valuable skill. While learning to code is not a piece of cake, you can do it provided you put in a good deal of time and effort. Hopefully, guides like this will help you learn the basics of programming. If you want to learn how to do it well, make sure you master the basics first.

5 Ways To Learn Coding

Thursday, February 9, 2017

In the early 19th century, people would call through to an operator, an actual human, and ask to speak to someone by name. Then, circa 1880, telephone numbers made their debut. They looked very different to what we have today, with short combinations of letters and numbers, rather twee by comparison.

Fast forward 140 odd years and forget operators or fixed-line numbers. Now everyone has a smartphone, most have a tablet, quite a few have an Apple Watch. Some have phones with multiple telephone numbers so they can segment work and personal calls from one device.

Telephone numbers have become key qualifiers. Because they’re so portable, they can be kept for life. They’ve become woven into a person’s identity. How often do you hear “I have a new number” anymore?

Nowadays phone numbers are also secure. A telephone number’s analog journey gives it the edge over an email or username, which exist online and are available to users and hackers alike. A mobile number, by contrast, is linked to a SIM card and follows some fairly stringent mobile ID protocols, including a heavy dose of encryption. This secure transmission outside of the internet network is a bit like traveling under Harry Potter’ invisibility cloak: communicating from one telephone number to another makes it more difficult for would-be hackers to track you.

For this reason, the telephone is a perfect authenticator. Organisations, particularly banks, now send automated codes to peoples’ phone, which customers must then enter online to prove they are who they say they are. It ensures you’re not a robot capable of wreaking havoc by enabling attackers to overtake shared key secrets, perform “man-in-the-middle” invasions and steal usernames and passwords. 

This is helping in the battle to combat cybercrime, which claims hundreds of millions of euros from European banks each year. It also wards against identity theft on social media. Take Facebook, for instance. Whenever a person logs on, servers look at a range of data: the network they’re logging on from, what browsers or devices a person typically uses, and the third-party apps connected to their account. If it picks up an anomaly, Facebook verifies a user’s identity by sending a code to the person’s phone using their phone number, a valuable line of defense.

An extra layer of protection

Naturally, one form of robust verification helps; two is ideal, as many security experts will attest to.  Which? Money  in the UK tested the online security of 11 major banks. It found that the best banks in the test used two different types of authentication at login.

These safeguards typically involve something that you know, such as a chosen password or PIN. But it can also involve a randomly generated code from a mobile phone app, for example. Of the banks Which? Money tested, only five used two-factor authentication. 

It’s like going out on a chilly day. The jumper you’re already wearing may not be sufficient.  Whereas, a jumper and a coat might be overkill, but it will definitely provide the necessary insulation. Two-fact authentication represents that extra layer. It’s doesn’t just hinge on your password or username, which can be inherently weak, but also what you have on. For instance, a code, generated to a phone, off the grid.

Your personal calling card

Telephone numbers also have a crucial role to play in defining a user’s profile. Company numbers are tied to company accounts. If someone tries to access company apps or commercially sensitive information from a different number, the information can be sandbagged. 

Given that more and more people are now using one device for multiple accounts (both business and personal), telecommunications companies have made it possible to provide different permissions for each persona. This is done while also building in enough flexibility to transfer a persona to a different device. 

If a phone is stolen, the device can be locked. But the number (and with it, the necessary permissions) can be transferred to a different device. It enables you enjoy the many pros of living in the digital era, without being saddled by the many cons including identity theft.  

The perennial telephone number

Telephone numbers have evolved over the years, but their principle objective–to contact people with a unique sequence of characters—is still important, in part because of the new role they play in identification.

We live in a world of bits and bytes. Being able to identify someone online without swinging open their bank accounts or personal information for anyone to plunder, or wrenching open their company files for anyone to steal, is worth its weight in gold. Tying authentication to a phone number, which exists offline and is far more difficult to hack, provides this due diligence. 

People tend to keep  the same number for decades, and for good reason. I have several usernames and passwords, many of which I forget, each with varying degrees of strength. But I only have one telephone number, which makes it a far more effective gatekeeper. 

Will telephone numbers remain relevant in an age of newer and newer technology? For the next few years at least, the answer is a resounding yes.

Source: IT Pro Portal

Technology may change, but contact numbers are forever

In 2016, we witnessed the explosion of global video across industries, with no signs of this growth slowing anytime soon. IBM estimates cloud-based video will be a $105 billion market opportunity by 2019. As video-streaming services have expanded and improved, cloud-based video has evolved into a necessary feature of any successful business for reaching internal and external audiences. 

As this expansion continues, a few key trends are likely to emerge in 2017. The foundation of each of these trends is data — not just tapping into it, but owning it, and diversifying the data sources used for business decisions. The players that unlock data about user behaviour on their platform and apply analytics to gain new, intelligent insights will thrive in the competitive market.     

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In the media and entertainment spheres, 2016 was the year content owners went direct to consumer. This coming year will be a race to enhance those services and improve the consumer experience to retain and grow audiences. In the enterprise space, 2017 will be the year that more businesses view themselves as content-providers and begin to adopt video as a core tool for communicating with employees, customers and business partners.   

As we enter this pivotal time in the video industry, the top cloud video trends to watch for 2017 include the following.   

Mergers will change the landscape of the streaming video industry: 

As the streaming video market becomes increasingly crowded, consolidation within the industry is inevitable. In 2017, we will see more mergers and acquisitions for OTT services as some content-providers combine and others fall out.   

Skinny bundles will get smarter: 

In 2016, skinny bundles were introduced to the television market. Next year, we’re sure to see their continued rise in popularity. Skinny bundles will be created using analytics that provide the right number of channels, the right combination of content, and the right price points for each individual consumer.

Artificial intelligence will play an integral role in the media & entertainment field: 

As more companies apply data and analytics to video and cognitive capabilities continue to grow, artificial intelligence will begin to play a role in media and entertainment. AI will be used to dramatically streamline editing processes and eventually produce an entire episode of television.  

Cognitive capabilities in the cloud will shape product development: 

Focus groups will expand to include the use of audience-gauging cognitive technology. As companies apply analytic and cognitive technologies to the cloud, they’ll be able to gauge customer reaction of livestreamed product announcements in real time. These companies will tap into this smart data to adjust their products before they even hit the market.       

Virtual reality will become real for the enterprise: 

In 2017, companies will utilise VR to take clients, employees, and business partners to places that would be difficult, if not impossible, without this technology. As these products permeate into the everyday lives of consumers, more mainstream business will explore these new opportunities to engage with and educate customers in more personal ways than ever before.   

As we head further into 2017, business leaders should prepare for these trends by examining their video strategy and determining whether they’re taking full advantage of data and analytics for all of their video needs. The cloud has opened new opportunities for content providers to reach viewers anywhere and anytime, through almost any device. To win over competitors, businesses will need to apply new technologies to the cloud to tap into the power of advanced data and analytics to gain actionable insights about video-viewing behaviour.  

Source: IT Pro Portal 

IBM plans a market chance of $ 105 billion in two years

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

City officials in Karachi, Pakistan, are preparing to implement biometric time and attendance tracking systems for city staff, reports Daily Times. The efforts are being undertaken by the Karachi Municipal Corporation and the Karachi Development Authority, with the former employing nearly 17,000 workers and the latter a little over 4,000.

The aim is to ensure punctuality and attendance, and to improve transparency and prevent fraud from government workers who are collecting salaries while failing to fulfill their duties. Daily Times reports that the KMC is aiming to have the biometric system installed in March of this year, and that the KDA will initiate an open tender procurement process. The specific modality of the system to be implemented has not been outlined.

It’s another example of the growing interest in biometric technology in the country and the region, with the Pakistani government having recently moved to link a major welfare program to biometric authentication, and a hospital in Peshawar having adopted biometric time and attendance tracking. Pakistan’s neighbor India, meanwhile, is experimenting with the world’s most ambitious national biometric ID program, which Pakistani authorities are likely watching closely.

Source: Daily Times

Karachi Gov’t Plan to Install Biometric Attendance Tracking

Thursday, February 2, 2017

If you rely on your PC to get most of your work done, then you understand how frustrating even the slightest computer issues can be. One of the best ways of ensuring that your computer performance is efficient and reliable is by at least learning to solve common problems. There are a number of Windows PC problems that can easily be solved getting you back into enjoyable performance and they include the following:

Slow computer - It is one of the commonest problems among Windows users. Before considering replacing your PC consider the reasons behind the slowdown. Some of the reasons behind it include corrupted registry, unnecessary programs, spyware and fragmented data. You can easily get your speeds back by removing programs you never use or shutting them down when you are done using them. You can also get Windows applications to clean registry and run disk defragmenter.

Computer freezes - Viruses are usually behind this issue. Malware infections are on the rise, leading to the freezes. Computer hardware can also lead to the problem. Be careful when clicking links you are not familiar with or suspicious looking links to prevent viruses. Install anti-spyware and antivirus and ensure it is always updated. It is also helpful to check hardware drivers for updated versions and uninstalling components recently installed if you suspect the problem is hardware related.

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Unexpected turn offs - If you keep experiencing unexpected computer, turn offs, you could have bad cable connections, inadequate power supply or defective battery. When your PC overheats, it is also likely to shut down so it can cool. Beat the problem by ensuring cables are connected properly and checking the fan regularly so you can dust and clean as appropriate. If you are using a laptop, you may want to check the battery; deterioration over time is inevitable and it may be time to have it replaced.

Web printing fails - You may be faced with a need to print documents from the web only to find that your computer won't print. It could be because the document you are trying to print is password protected hence making it not printable or it could be that you have turned on pop-up blocker. It would be a good idea to allow temporary pop-ups and you can also find legitimate programs to break codes in documents that are protected.

Strange noises - They could be vibration or buzzes. They usually are as a result of failed or failing hardware. Electrical component problems may cause whining noises whereas lack of ventilation can cause the buzzing noises. Consider cleaning the fan and filter off any dust and ensure the air inlets are free. In some cases, you may need to uninstall and reinstall sound drivers or replace sound card.

Problems getting online - Network misconfigurations, software and hardware router errors, incorrect IP address, service provider latency and firewall application can all be responsible for this. Check all elements that matter, including your network connection status so you can reboot the router where necessary or call your ISP.

How To Resolve Common Windows PC Problems To Improve Efficiency

The most obvious security issue with mobile phones is that they can easily be stolen, lost and misplaced exposing you to potential breach of security. Criminal control over your phone leaves you with little data control and there is never telling what could happen. The fact that people use mobile phones for serious things such as online banking and online transactions increases the risks. There is also a huge increase in mobile malware especially with downloads from third party apps and visits to insecure websites.

With so many risks staring right at you, you are better devising ways of improving the security of your mobile phone. Simple measures may be all you need to do to stay safe even when you lose your phone. The security measures can also save you from hacks and malware that can be frustrating in every sense. Here are some of the simplest ways you can use to secure personal data most important to you.

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1. Download app from trusted stores only. Take the time to check ratings and reviews as well as the privacy policy of the app you are interested in downloading. Remember that different apps demand access to different features. Apps with fewer demands are best; be comfortable with the accesses you grant the app.

2. Lock your phone. You can use patterns, passwords and pins to do this. If your phone has fingerprint detection then you should use it too to limit access to your data especially when you leave your phone unattended or it gets stolen.

3. Regularly update your apps and operating system. Updates are important because they could come with additional new features and tighter security. Do no ignore the update reminder but instead let your phone update as soon as possible.

4. Log out sites especially after making payments. Sites you use for payments are quite sensitive and you must ensure you logout after completing the transactions. You should also avoid conducting transactions when using public WIFI and saving passwords and usernames on your phone.

5. Find phone data backup. You can consider cloud service to automatically encrypt and back up data. Other options are connecting it to your PC so you can sync data to preserve videos, photos, files and apps. A Backup plan protects and restores your information when the need arises.

6 Consider the possibilities of remote wipe. It helps you wipe all data on your phone remotely once it is lost or stole so you are able to keep it off the wrong hands. It is a feature that can also help you identify phone location.

7. Download anti-malware for your phone. It will protect you from infections in case you download or open malicious attachments and apps.

8. Keep the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off when not using. When you leave them on you give thieves a simple way of connecting to your phone and accessing files without your knowledge. Ensure you turn off when you are finished.

Easy Ways Of Secure Important Information On Your Smartphone

Monday, January 30, 2017

Between the camera, fingerprint scanner, and microphone the vast majority of smartphones sold in the last three years have biometric capability. With the right apps, the phones can be used for several different types of biometric authentication and security.

That’s a good thing, because fingerprint scanners don’t work with gloves (nor particularly well with hand cream on your fingers). Facial recognition requires good light. Voice recognition can be foiled by background noise. And iris scans also require good light—and a willing customer.

As a result, banks and other implementers will have to think in terms of not just one biometric technique, or “modality,” but of “multi-modality.” That is, the ability to support multiple ways of identifying people on mobile phones and other digital devices.

That may or may not be music to bankers’ ears (probably not). But another reality is that password-based security clearly is not getting the job done. The former old standby is gradually being phased out for both consumer-facing and internal security situations.

Further, consumers being consumers, they want a choice of what type of biometric ID to use, and there are more choices than those listed above, including cardiac signature and ear shape. USAA is one financial institution that already offers its customers three biometric options: fingerprint, facial, and voice.

Three drivers of biometric use—plus one

Those were among the main points coming out of a panel discussion on Biometric Innovation at last Fall’s Money 20/20 Conference.

Panel moderator Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiometrics, cited an Acuity Market Intelligence report predicting that within three years, literally every mobile device will have built-in biometrics, and that in the same time span nearly seven billion transactions will be authorized by biometrics annually.

Ajay Bhalla, president of enterprise security at Mastercard, said three factors point to why the time for biometrics in fintech applications in particular has come:

1. The number of devices with biometric capability.

2. Consumer use of, and trust in, biometrics.

3. Growing awareness among consumers of the weakness of passwords.

Another factor is convenience. Although doing a facial scan may not seem convenient, Bhalla pointed out that in the Netherlands, a study found 92% of consumers find biometrics more convenient to use than passwords.

On the commercial side, convenience may prove to be an even bigger factor. Wells Fargo requires commercial customers to change their passwords every 90 days, according to Secil Watson, EVP, head of wholesale internet solutions at the bank.

Imagine, she said, if your are a company CFO and use multiple banks. “We need to retire passwords,” she said, adding, however, that the process will be incremental and will go beyond mobile phone use cases.

Banks should “right-align the method to the channel,” said Watson. Use eye-verification, for example, for business clients, she added.

Quicker authentication

Vincent Bouatou observed that regulations require banks to know who they’re dealing with, and that biometrics link a physical trait to a specific person. Bouatou is vice-president, Business Development, Biometric Technologies, Safran Identity & Security.

As noted above, USAA uses biometrics in its authentication process. Conor White, President of the Americas, Daon, an identity and mobile authentication company, said that if a USAA customer has already authenticated by using biometrics to log on, then the person can click to talk with a live rep who already knows him—no further identification is required.

“This takes about seven seconds versus the usual convoluted procedure,” White said.

Back-end implementation tougher

O’Neill asked panelists how they expect biometrics use to evolve beyond mobility.

Watson responded that she would like to see biometrics used in browser-based situations. She also said Wells is extending the customer use case to Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant. The technology is there, she noted, but how to make it more secure is the issue.

Phillip Dunkelberger, president and CEO of Nok Nok Labs, a developer of authentication technology, said the picture of biometrics’ future is “bright and rosy” in terms of convenience, but is much tougher in regard to back-end implementation.

“Biometrics isn’t Nirvana,” he said. “It’s a road. Choose carefully. You can lose data if you leave a side door open.”

Added Watson: “Biometrics is not infallible. It does not work 100% of the time.” She said banks need to test for “spoofing” and other threats that can impact biometric security.

Source: Banking Exchange

Biometric hopes hinge on “multi-modality”

Saturday, January 28, 2017

With so many terrorist attacks which have kept the safety of the people at stake, the question of the security of the people has become of a great concern. Whether it is your office, open place or any other private segments one does not feel completely safe.

So we need to enhance the innovative technology that gives us the best battle and can be utilised to stop all that concerns the safety of the citizens. We require better execution of the innovation and gadgets to battle against these sorts of fear based oppressor exercises and us as a whole realise that safety measure is much more superior to cure. So here we will discuss the biometric technology and the gadgets or devices which it can coordinate with to enhance the security of premises as well as of the people.

The working of the biometric industry is very simple yet very unique. This is the main reason why so many people are deciding to take up the security services for the betterment of the people and to ensure the efficient working and the establishment of a proper working environment as expected by all the employees.


It depends on the physiological and behavioural characteristic of the human body. We can utilise this framework as a verification of the specific identity of any person by his sensitive entrance. It stores these characteristics and when the other person tries to get through the framework then it filters its focal database. Further, the system checks whether it locates any appropriate matches amongst the stored ones or not. In the event that it discovers a similar characteristic, it will coordinate and will also permit to get to the framework. If the system fails to identify, a caution window will be displayed which shall be indicated by the predefined system of setting.

Along with the above-stated working, the biometric security is known to utilise all the registered characteristics of the individuals. It acts as a watch guard for all the employees of any firm or organisation. The system ensures a high level of security of the working employees.

There is a common query of security mostly prevailing in the open areas which have more of the public gatherings. By and large the issues related to personalization and security additionally happen in broad daylight divisions like inns, hotels, shopping centres and schools. So in these kinds of places and events, we can coordinate the biometric security and biometric gadgets.

The shortcomings of the currently prevailing technology and methods are some of the major drawbacks which cannot be avoided. Because of all this, the biometric technology is being hired which is not only covering all the shortcomings and drawbacks of the traditionally available security systems but is also ensuring a greater security space to all the members of an organisation.

Most houses and work environments are known to utilise biometric innovation to ensure the safety of the most valuable items. In the future which is believed to be highly technological and specialised, things like the biometric technology will only tend to stay.

Is biometric technology the key to a better future?

Now a days, we are living in an era of technology. Almost all of us use smartphones with different apps. There are some apps which can help you to earn money on one click. These apps are available free for both Android and iOS users. Let's have a look at those apps which will help you earn money.

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This is an app for both Android and iOS users. If you are a foodie, then make your each meal count with the help of this app. This app is linked with your Paytm account. You just have to upload a bill receipt of your meal. After you upload the bill, the app will pay you 5rs per uploaded bill and the amount will be credited to your Paytm account. Also for every upload you will be rewarded with loyalty points (Yumies), which can be used to play Yotto to win exciting prizes. There are Reserved/Live offers where you can find some specific hotels or restaurants in your area which offers you more yummies for limited time. The app also shows the nearby hotels with their distances from your place.

2. KEETTOO Keyboard

It is also a free app for Android users. With the help of this app, your keyboard is used as a platform for advertising different brands. After you install the app, push notifications will appear on your mobile screen to watch the advertisements. You will be rewarded with 1rs per advertisement you watch. The amount will be credited to either Paytm account or Mobikwik account.


This is a free app for Android and iOS. This app doesn't give you direct money. You will be rewarded by tickets when you chat or invite people from your contacts. You can use these tickets in weekly lucky draw. If you win you will get a notification. There is option to transfer your winning amount directly to your bank account. The winning amount can given to you in form amazon or flipkart gift vouchers.

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This is a free app for Android and iOS. This app turns your photos into real money. You need to sign up for free on Foap to use it. You have to upload your photos to 'Foap MarketPlace' to make them ready for sell. When photo is sold, the author will get 5$. Every mission is rewarded with a prize starting from 100$. The payments will be processed by PayPal.


These two are free apps for android. The money from these two apps can be used to recharge your prepaid mobile numbers. After signing up, you will be provided with a list of apps which you can download. When you will download apps from the list, points/balance is added to your account. Mcent will only give you list of apps. In 1 Paisa, you will be rewarded with points for watching videos. You will also be credited to points when you invite your friends.


It is a free Android app. After downloading this app, you will see advertisements on your lock screen. You will be rewarded with carats. 1000 carats equals to 1$. With the help of PayPal account, you can convert your carats into money on 15th of every month.


There are various online shopping sites available now. There are different wallets like Paytm, freecharge, Mobikwik which offer users cashback when you buy some stuffs online. There are different offers on different products and the cashback amount varies from product to product. The cashback is credited to your wallet and can be used for further transactions.

So what are you waiting for? Go to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, Download these apps and start making money...!

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There are several things you can try in order to help your spine as healthy as possible as well as reduce complications from your back condition.

Tips For Keeping Your Spine Healthy

Rest your spine while sleeping - Once you are lying down, all the structures in your spine that worked all day can finally relax and rejuvenate. It is very important for you to use pillows and mattress to let your spine rest in a comfortable and supported way. Your choice of pillow and mattress is often based on personal preference, your specific neck or back problem, or your preferred sleep positions.

Find time to exercise your core in order to strengthen your back muscles and abs - Your core muscles (abdominal and lower back muscles) must be strong and supple to support your spine. It must be capable of taking the pressure off your lower back. Be reminded that most of the core muscles are rarely used on a daily basis. Hence, they must be toned via targeted exercises. These exercises are very simple and can only be done in 20-30 minutes every day.

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Choose shoes that will support your spine - The kind of shoes you wear will have a huge impact in supporting your lower back. Good shoes will provide a supportive base that will help the body and spine remain in alignment. For instance, you need to make sure that the shoe will snugly fit the back of your heels. A good fit will prevent supination/pronation or too much rolling of the foot to the inside or outside.

Always practice good ergonomics whilst sitting - The discs in your lower spine are loaded thrice as much as when you are sitting as compared to when you are standing. Long periods of sitting will aggravate or create a painful back condition. If sitting at a desk, people usually slouch and lean forward. Doing this will stress your lumbar discs. It is indeed very important for you to choose the right office chair as well as practice good posture whilst seated. Most importantly, always avoid sitting for long periods by getting up to stretch and walk around every 20-30 minutes. For your spine to stay healthy, you need to move frequently. Movement will fuel the spine with healthy nutrients.

Reap the benefits of massage - A good massage helps boost endorphins in your bloodstream. Also, it can encourage blood flow that helps bring healing nutrients to the affected area and boost healing. Chiropractic treatments can also help.

How To Keep Your Spine Happy And Healthy

The new owner of the Motorola brand, Lenovo, has been quite good to the brand, keeping alive its three most popular phone models the Moto X, the Moto G and the Moto E and improving them with each iteration. However things in 2017 are very different from what they were 3 or 4 years ago, in the Android marketplace. When Motorola introduced the original Moto X, Moto E and Moto G, they were ground breaking devices that combined great features with aggressive pricing and an almost stock flavour of Android that allowed people to experience the Google operating system as it was originally meant to be used. Things in 2017 are very different.

Today, there are a slew of Chinese companies selling in huge markets like India, that are giving Lenovo and almost every other Android phone manufacturer a run for their money, with phones that have incredible specifications, very aggressive pricing and build quality and design that is every bit as good as the best in the business. So you have companies like OnePlus selling flagship devices for half the price of the competition from the likes of Samsung, Apple and even Google itself.

The Midrange Battle

When it comes to Lenovo and its Moto brand, this competition has been particularly harsh. Phones that cost half as much as the former midrange king, the Moto G, have better specs than it and much better, all metal unibodies with beautiful fit and finishing. To counter these attacks, Lenovo has finally launched a higher end variant of the Moto G, the Moto M. The Moto M has specs that are very similar to the Moto G but with one major difference. Moto M cases are made of a beautiful brushed aluminium, unlike the cheap plastic casings on all previous low to mid-end Moto branded phones. With the Moto M, the various variations of the Moto G, the Moto Z above it and the Moto E below it, Lenovo now covers almost every price point but the fact that the competition offers more compelling devices at almost every price point, means that Lenovo hasn't really solved the problem yet.

A couple of years ago, one of the main reasons to buy a Moto phone was the almost stock version of the Android operating system on it and the fact that you could buy accessories more easily than for lesser known brands. But in 2017, you can easily go online and find a designer or custom case for almost any relatively popular phone almost as easily as you can buy a Moto M custom case and it is the same with designer covers and other accessories that are model specific. So, it looks like Lenovo has its work cut out for it.

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