Apple iPhone 5 users have been asked by Apple to update their OS before 3rd Nov or they will lose access to the internet. Apple said users who did not download iOS 10.3.4 by 3rd November would be locked out of features that rely on the correct time and date.

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This includes the App Store, email, web browsing and storage service iCloud and although it’s not the latest version of the Apple iOS, it is the most up-to-date available for the iPhone 5.

Users of older iPhones have also been advised to update their software in order to maintain GPS location services.

To find out more and to see other devices directly effected please visit the original source at the BBC.

Huawei has officially announced HarmonyOS, or Hongmeng if you live in China. It is the operating system it was rumored to be developing to replace Android amidst all the legal implications the company is currently facing. The company says the operating system, a microkernel-based distributed OS, can be used in everything from smartphones to smart speakers, wearables, and even in-vehicle systems to create a shared ecosystem, a bit like what Samsung are also working to acheive. The operating system will be released as an open-source platform worldwide to encourage adoption and hopefully we’ll be able to get our hands on this asap.

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There’s been a lot of speculation about Huawei’s in-house operating system ever since Google suspended the company’s Android license back in May, following the US government’s decision to put Huawei on the Entity List. Huawei has made no secret of the fact that it’s been working on its own OS, but the extent to which it would be able to act as a substitute for Android is unclear. Huawei plans to launch HarmonyOS on “smart screen products” later this year, before expanding it to work on other devices, like wearables, over the next three years.

To find out more about Huawei’s new OS, click here to read this article on the Verge

Harnessing technology to improve sustainability is increasingly becoming a top priority for businesses across all industries. A recent PwC study revealed that by using AI systems across their operations, global agriculture, transport, energy and water sectors could contribute to a 4% reduction of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

One industry that is emerging at the forefront of sustainability is the data centre industry. While driving energy efficiencies delivers benefits back to the business, it also has a positive impact on clients and of course, our environment. Any good data centre business knows that taking steps to reduce the environmental impact of their facility is essential, but how are the best ones already responding to this challenge?

You can read CloudTech’s full article on this here

Apps are the cornerstone of the iPhone – what really set it apart from Android back in the early days. But, saying that, the best iPhone apps are typically the best in class.

However, finding the greatest apps among the millions available isn’t easy, and so Tech Radar have done the hard work for you.

Tech Radar’s lists compile the very best the iPhone has to offer, whether using your iPhone for photos, video, drawing, music, office tasks, reading, maps, weather forecasts or keeping kids entertained.

This round-up compiles their favourites, from top-quality creative tools and video editors to the finest productivity kit and social networking clients. In addition to their ongoing list of the absolute best, every week they’re adding their picks for the latest and greatest new or updated apps, so check back often.

Even if you don’t have an iPhone right now, it’s worth reading up on what’s available if you’re considering investing in the iPhone XS or even one of the older models (if you need more info, check out Tech Radar’s list of the best iPhones) – but note that some of these titles will only work with models from iPhone 5S and later.

Click here to view the full article on Tech Radar.

What’s the best smartphone for mobile gaming… The specs war continues to rage, with RAM and processors being boosted every year. When it comes to gaming, the options have never been better. However, really all you need is one device, for now and the near future… the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge!

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is probably the most powerful smartphone available today. Packing the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, the Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of RAM, it will cope with the most strenuous games available as well as those that are yet to be released.

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Samsung’s 2016 flagship smartphone is, of course, very expensive, but it offers the best gaming experience available today. It’s also future-proof, as far as a smartphone can be, guaranteeing at least two years of top-level performance.

The screens curved edges make the most of its 5.5 inch display, giving a really interesting take on the possibility for the future of the edges on a smartphone. As usual for Samsung, the viewing quality is of the highest standard available on the market. However, there aren’t many mobile apps developed that make specific use of the edge feature which is why games work so well on the S7!

Aside from the amazing specs of this smartphone, the device is set up specifically to offer a truly impressive gaming experience. A Samsung-only software feature called the Game Launcher, acts as a gaming center, organising your games. It also employs a floating button arrangement called the Game Tool, which can be used to block notifications and record your gameplay from within any game.

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Not only that, but the S7 devices are the first smartphones to use the Vulkan API, which is looking set to be the future of mobile gaming.

Snapchat’s latest mobile app update now lets you put emojis on top of video snaps. So if you’d like to place, say, a “Smiley Face” emoji on top of your video, just record the clip (or choose from your existing vids!) and tap the emoji button at the top of the screen. After that, choose your emoji, drag it around the screen and place it where you’d like it to appear, and finally, resize it with the pinch-to-zoom gesture. You can choose static ones or emojis with subtle animations that can interact with onscreen objects. The update first arrived for Android users last week.

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Not a groundbreaking Snapchat change, of course, but these subtle iterations and additions are what make the app so addicting and fun to use. Think of it as similar to lenses, the Snapchat feature that lets alter you and friends’ faces with zany animations. The more ways you can edit and modify snaps, the more users will keep coming back to Snapchat to try new things.

Never used Snapchat? Click here to download and take a look!

Working closely with the NHS Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, our mobile applications and cloud statistical systems are enabling better training and feedback for doctors and patients.

We have recently been tasked with designing and developing a cross-platform mobile application for use on smartphones and tablets that will enable doctors, nurses, surgeons, practitioners, GP’s and other administrative staff to quickly and accurately log all activity undertaken. Additionally the software will also be the basis for feedback and reporting during training sessions within STH for students training for their specialities.

The applications will also allow doctors to anomalously take patients email in order to forward on feedback surveys so the STH as a whole can obtain a full breakdown of how their medical staff are performing through the eyes of their patients.

Ultimately, the overall aim for the project over the coming years is to help the NHS understand what areas need improvement in order to provide a better and more efficient service for trainee doctors and patients alike.

Our work with the Xcite Education team on a project entitled Zapp2Learn has earned its right for a 5* certification award from the Education App Store.

Zapp2Learn is a project that was developed by us here at Pipe & Piper and Xcite Education that teaches phonics by guiding children through an easy to use app. It uses images and speech related to all phonics taught in the UK’s national curriculum for key stage 1.

The app utilises QR codes and provides and exciting platform of interaction for children of all ages. It teaches phonics in a fun new way, bringing the mobile app and traditional paper-based learning together for the first time in education. Zapp2Learn teaches phonics by guiding the child through an easy to use app, which has images and speech related to all phonics taught in the UK’s national curriculum for key stage 1. The child interacts with the app in a fun new way, by scanning printed documents called Zapp Sheets, creating a fun, unique experience for the child.

The Zapp2Learn project is still in its early stages but Josh Thompson at the Education App Store has high hopes;

“Who ever said “print is dead”?! Zapp2Learn app has revived the printed medium through the clever use of QR codes. Learners are required to scan the correct letters’ QR code to fill in the gap and correctly spell the word represented in the accompanying image. While this doesn’t sound like an exciting concept – trust me it is!”

“Although the QR code features make this a distinctive phonics app due to its increase in learn engagement, the real value within this software comes from its progress reporting features. Teachers and parents can log into the website to view each individual users reports, an outstanding feature for teachers to track their individual students progression and where their students may need additional support (reports can be viewed online or downloaded in the form of excel spreadsheet enabling teachers to document work undertaken).”

“Although the admin section found within the Zapp2Learn website leaves a little to be desired from an experience perspective, it is a great feature for one main admin to be able to login and see how everyone is using the app specifically when it comes to setting work outside the classroom. “The dog ate my homework” will become an excuse of the past. The app does have a few kinks that need ironing out, but the value and level of engagement this app provides is second to none.”

We will continue to work with the Xcite Education team to improve the Zapp2Learn app further and hope that it really does help shape the future of learning.

The newest and now standard mobile phones or “smartphones” such as Apple’s iOS based iPhone or Samsung’s Google Android based Galaxy’s offer an array of amazing capabilities for the user. Primarily among these improvements, was the creation and development of mobile applications or simply; “apps”. We’re not talking about just a mobile version of a website here, but an entirely unique handheld interface that works on all smartphones and tablets.

 

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Smartphone apps are limitless in ability and application; they offer everything from useful tools right through to amazing interactive user experiences. That means from opening up a calculator, performing language translation, playing games to pass some time all the way to purchasing a product or service from a local business, Apps are one of the most effective marketing tools available today for businesses and organisations who want to off a “different experience”. Mobile is the fastest way to grow a business with 81% of businesses looking at creating a mobile application in the next 12 months.

Unlike a traditionally designed desktop website or mobile optimised website, apps are found on the marketplace for each major carrier such as the Play Store for the Android market or iTunes for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, among others. Smartphones are built much more similarly to your computer then any traditional or landline telephone. They are equipped with internal storage area and SD cards that make a nice home for your mobile app. Mobile apps are downloaded and placed into this storage for continuous, simple and easy access.

But, what does this mean for you? Well, mobile apps allow you to create an environment that stays with the user and allows you to communicate with that user at any time and in any way you can imagine so creating a mobile application and having app store presence is a must in today’s ever expanding markets.

 

How do I go mobile, and develop a beautiful mobile application?

Make sure you create a mobile application that serves at least one of three types of consumers;

  1. People who are looking for information
  2. People looking to make a purchase decision
  3. People who already have made a purchase

Doing this ensures your designed mobile app provides a value to your target market. Remember, think about YOUR customers. Just because it’s an app on a global marketplace doesn’t mean you must appeal to a global market! Make sure the  content for you mobile app is focused; if you work with local businesses in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, and Doncaster or even wider afield like Yorkshire for example, then make sure you target this audience. You don’t need to appeal to someone in the US or even in London!

 

Things to keep in mind when creating or developing a mobile application:

SEO/App Discovery for Mobile Markets – This is the process of getting found, and just like SEO for a website it can make or break your app concept.

Build for the long term, make it custom – Make sure your applications allows for long term upgrades and future OS upgrades, don’t be tempted to go down the ‘cheap and cheerful’ option as this will only be problematic.

Select your platform – Where does your app have the best chance of success? iOS, Android, Blackberry… what handsets do your target audience use? iPhone, Samsung, HTC etc.

Create a long term plan – Always a good idea, make sure you have development milestones in place. Move from one area to the next in sequence just like traveling; you can’t get from Rotherham to Barnsley or Leeds without traveling through Sheffield first!

Work with the best mobile application development company you can – We don’t like to blow our own trumpet but Pipe & Piper are one of the best mobile application development companies in Yorkshire, with multiple top mobile application and enterprise systems already designed and developed. However, make sure that whatever app development company you work with has the skills and ability to work with you long term. You want to work with a company that knows not only how to design and develop your app but and keep your business objective in mind at all your marketing stages.

 

Remember: Mobiles need to be simple and easy to use!

Opening and using the applications on your mobile device must be as simple as opening and using any program on your standard desktop computer at home or work. Using the application should only require the user to touch your icon and your app opens up immersive and ready to interact. Limited only by your or indeed our creativity, apps work by providing an exclusive channel to exchange information and communicate with your smartphone addicted customers.

Businesses are striving to reach not only their existing clients but new customers too! Offer a more engaging and content rich experience that if done right won’t make them think twice about your competitors.

If this article has inspired you or you would just like to know more then please get in touch, one of our friendly team will be more than happy to discuss you app ideas and concept in more detail.

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In today’s world it’s rare to find someone that doesn’t use a smartphone or tablet device, along with a multitude of apps to stay productive at work, one the road or at home. And there are now more than ever, so many mobile devices on the market including the popular iPhone and Samsung Galaxy handsets through to the Amazon Kindle and respective iPad.

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In all honesty, mobile devices have significantly shifted the online landscape we once knew. There was a time when mobile devices could only make calls and send SMS text messages. Now the world we live in revolves (to some degree) around the use of popular mobile platforms and other technologies. In 2014 over 70% of all internet access here in the UK will take place on a mobile device and for the first time ever, the last quarter of 2013 saw tablet computing outsell traditionally desktop PC’s. In fact, 28% of iPhone and Android users in the UK use social media apps; like Facebook and Twitter, before they even get out of bed in a morning!

The mobile and cloud computing markets are booming but still it is considered uncharted waters for many UK businesses looking to expand their brand awareness. What’s worse, many companies that are believed to be using mobile technology to expand their horizons across the mobile industry are in fact nothing more than a website that “kinda works” on mobile devices.

If you company or organisation is looking into a mobile strategy, then these few tips should help you get going are really understand what your customers’ needs from an engaging mobile experience. Initiation of a mobile strategy should always begin with thinking about the basics: who, what, why and how.

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Start by asking yourself the following questions;

Who are your customers and who are you trying to reach? Who will want to engage with your mobile content? What tasks and needs does your audience have? Why do your customers need information from you in a timely manner?  Why do you need to create content to be viewed both in standard web browsers and on mobile devices? How will your target audience access your mobile content (which type of handheld device)? How will they use your content in their daily lives? How will you make your mobile content engaging?

A solid mobile strategy will include several ways to connect with consumers via their mobile devices.

Text, Apps, mobile marketing campaigns, mobile coupons, QR codes and geo-location are all very different and provide assets that if used correctly will build you a nice mobile eco-system.