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Five Challenges Getting Smartphone App Designed and Accepted for the Apple App Store

Apple provides the platform and tools needed to develop, test and submit an app to their app store. Getting an app approved to the Apple App Store is the Holy Grail for developers as it is highly lucrative.

However, developers have been grappling about Apple’s App Store approval process being controversial and inconsistent since its inception in 2008. Take for instance some apps are accepted then rejected for flimsy reasons, while others are directly rejected without any acceptable reason.

To shed light into this issue, below is some of the challenges developers’ face before getting approval to design and develop an app for App Store.

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Hot Trends: The Internet of Things

For several years the leading trends and hottest debates in the IT world have revolved around cloud computing and big data. However, recently the concept of Internet of Things has taken the crown. The concept of Internet of things, also referred to as machine-to-machine (M2M), entails equipping formerly mundane objects with sensors that automatically send data to IT systems for analysis. The objects can be anything from watches with health care monitors, thermostats in trains to smart meters in parking lots. The overall result may feature intercommunication and autonomous machine-to-machine data transfer, with huge potential to businesses and lifestyles.

Some of the main features about the concept of Internet of things include:

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Smartphone App Face-off: Apple vs. Android

Apple vs Android

Application markets are one of the first stops users make when outfitting a new smartphone. The markets play an important role in the success of the devices on which they run, and it is a factor in why the iOS and Android development platforms continue to dominate the market.

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Controversy Swarms Around Facebook Graph Search

Facebook Graph Search

In January, Facebook launched a new service: Graph Search. Initially only available to a limited number of users, Graph Search makes it possible to search Facebook for users who share a particular set of characteristics. For example, it would be possible to find people in a particular location who have “liked” a page on foreign cinema.

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Top 5 Open-Source PDF Viewers for Small Businesses

One of the best ways to distribute information over Internet or by email is the use of compressed PDF. This file is often more popular than saving in MS Word format (.doc or .docx) for e-books, marketing reports, and other digital assets such as e-textbooks and magazines.

“When you convert documents, forms, graphics, and web pages to PDF, they look just like they would if printed,” said Adobe. “But unlike printed documents, PDF files can contain clickable links and buttons, form fields, video, and audio — as well as logic to help automate routine business processes.”

PDF files make it easier to access and share information at zero cost. However, users need to use specific apps, before they can open this file type.

There are plenty of good applications, including open-source PDF viewers that are capable of reading PDF files.

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Why the New WordPress “WordFence” Plugin May be the Greatest Security Tool Out There!

Even though websites are crucial to businesses and a major source of income, many website or blog owners don’t give much thought to website security, especially when it comes to WordPress websites. In most cases WordPress is secure; still some hackers target WordPress because many fail to update the application or plugins. To prevent this from happening some users prefer to install a plugin called WordFence. The following are five features available through WordFence.

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Five Unanswered Questions Left Behind by the F.C.C’s case against Google

Following the ruling that Google was liable for damages for secretly intercepting and gathering public data from open Wi-Fi routers during its Street View project has literally opened a modern day Pandora box with numerous questions still remaining unanswered. FCC censured Google for eavesdropping on millions of unknowing people as the Street View cars drove past communities, whereas, Google claims that collection of Internet communication data including emails was regrettable but not illegal.

As part of Google’s Street View project, the surveillance cars were not only collecting photographs of every street but also information on local wireless networks with an aim of enhancing location-based searches. According to the engineer in charge of the project, the software tasked with data gathering was applied beyond the project scope as it also collected unencrypted data sent via PCs. To sum up, some of the legal and ethical questions that arose out of this case include the following;

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Five Ways to Backup a WordPress Website

how to backup WordPress

Your WordPress database has every post, every banner ad, comment and link you have ever made. This could be years worth of work and you want to keep it as safe as possible. Generally, WordPress is a very stable CMS system and has a lot of helpful resources for your data. Still, you want to keep backups in case you ever need to recover your data if something goes wrong. The following are five ways you can backup a WordPress website.

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Five Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

WordPress is one of the easiest and most flexible publishing environments that bloggers use for content sharing and setting up e-commerce sites for small businesses. One of the reasons why it is so popular is the prevalence of plugins for site customization, including SEO.

Here are five great plugins that help you move up the search engine rankings!

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Four Reasons Why Apple’s “Pinch to Zoom” Patent Has Been Rejected by the U.S. Patent Office

The U.S Patent and Trademark Office in a preliminary ruling invalidated U.S patent number 7,844, 915. The patent was Apple Inc.’s “Pinch to Zoom” patent that was one of the key pieces, out of six, of its intellectual property lawsuit against Samsung. The agency ruled out all claims in Apple’s patent on the primary basis that prior patents covered similar technological invention. In context, the trial is just a tip of the iceberg of the ongoing court battles between technological companies that have spewed courtrooms spanning across the globe. Of importance to note is that Apple has become an omnipresent player in these court battles; fighting both Google Inc. and Samsung.

Some of the reasons why Apple’s “pinch to zoom” patent was rejected include:

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