Five Qualities of an Expert Programmer

It is a great challenge for business leaders to find talented, experienced and passionate programming staff for their company. You should find a person who is up-to-speed on the latest programming languages and the newest frameworks. Some people think that they become a professional programmer by taking a simple training of few years. Beyond knowing the programming skills, there are certain requirements that are necessary to become a great programmer.

Skilled Programmer

Here are some characteristics that must be present in a good and skilled programmer:

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iPhone 7 Released – Dual Lens Camera & Water Resistant

Apple has finally announced iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus yesterday. The design of new iPhone is very similar to iPhone 6 which had a rounded body. But there are many new features that have come with the new iPhone. Let’s move towards the exciting features now.

  • The new iPhone 7 is water resistant. So, your phone can get wet without any worries.
  • There are a couple of differences between the designs of iPhone 6 & iPhone 7. Apple has moved towards mirrored design from metal one. The new jet black color is darker than before.
  • The home button is also redesigned in iPhone 7.
  • The camera has been upgraded with a brighter f/1.8 lens and optical image stabilization. New image processing chip and quad-LED flash are also the part of camera. The front camera is upgraded to 7 megapixels with automatic image stabilization for better selfies and video recording.
  • The major update will come with iPhone 7 Plus, which is dual lens camera. You will be able to use 2x optical zoom and the image quality will not be lost. One lens is equivalent to 28mm for wide angle shots and the other is equivalent to 60mm. You can just tap the 1x or 2x button in the camera app to switch between the lens. This camera will also come with a feature in which the two lenses will be used simultaneously, in order to mimic a shallow depth of field, just like we do with DSLRs.
  • The display is 25% brighter with improved color management. The iPhone 7 is 750 x 1334 pixels, while the iPhone 7 Plus is 1080 x 1920.
  • As expected, there is no headphone jack with the new iPhone. A second speaker has replaced it which will create stereo sound. A set of EarPods will come with the iPhone which can be connected via Bluetooth.
  • Wireless headphones are also designed which are called AirPods. Apple developed a new wireless technology that handles both audio and the wireless connection to the phone or Apple Watch. They have sensors to detect when they are in your ears and “motion accelerometers” to activate Siri. Apple says the AirPods have five hours of battery life and come with a battery case that provides 24 hours of total use.
  • The new processor, A10, is 40 percent faster than A9.

iPhone 7 Launched

Although the pre-ordering has been started, the new iPhone 7 will be available from 16th of September. Another thing to mention here is that the lowest storage has been upgraded to 32GB from 16GB. The iPhone 7 starts with 32GB of storage for $649 and goes up to 256GB for $849. So, what do you think about the new features? Do share your comments.

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iPhone 7 Launch Event, Price and Rumors

Finally the day has become when iPhone 7 launch event is going to be held all over the world. Apple is trying its best to boost up the revenues which were fallen down after the release of iPhone 6 series. iPhone 7 is going to be released with a lot of new and amazing features and it is really hard to wait for the release.

Before the release of iPhone 7, let’s see at what time the launch event will be live in different parts of the world. For USA and UK users, the time of event is 10:00 pm and 6:00 pm respectively. In China, you can watch the event at 9:00 pm. Indian and Pakistani users will have to wait till 10:30 pm and 10:00 pm respectively. The time for Germany and France is 7:00 pm. For Gulf countries, stay tuned around 9:00 pm.

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Why You Shouldn’t Use WordPress Plugins for Email Marketing?

WordPress is a robust platform with built-in capability to send email notifications. However, it was not designed to send out email newsletters. There are plenty of WordPress plugins that allow you to send out newsletters without signing up for an email service provider. Using such a plugin to build your email list is a terrible idea.

First, your WordPress hosting provider would consider this as a misuse of its terms and service. These mail servers are often poorly configured, have strict limits, and cannot send all your emails at once.

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LinkedIn has Enabled the Hashtag Function (Again)

Yes, you read the title correctly. LinkedIn now supports the use of hashtags again. The word ‘again’ is written here because LinkedIn enabled this functionality back in 2013 too. But the user response was really poor and they had to roll it back.

There is one thing that you should know before telling everyone else about this news. This support is only for the mobile app of LinkedIn. The functionality is not available in the desktop version. This news was rolled out in the LinkedIn blog where they pointed out some other improvements too. Read the points here:

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Pro Tips on How to Start Your Blog

With so many blogs out there, it’s important to make sure you know how to start a blog that stands out from the crowd. Your blog needs to be attractive, creative, and clever. But more than that, your blog design needs to speak to your readers. It needs to tell them why you’re different, what you’re offering and why they should take the time to read on. Blogging is part of web development industry but you don’t need to have so many technical skills, in order to start your blog.

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Google Released New Android Version 7.0 “Nougat”

Google has finally released Android Nougat and we have the list of all the new features coming with this release. There are many exciting features including Split-Screen Mode, Android TV, Battery Doze, Direct Reply, Direct Boot, File Based Encryption etc. People related to android app development have already experienced some of these features with the help of developer preview. Let’s have a look at detailed features.

Productivity

  • The new feature of split-screen mode allows you to engage with two apps simultaneously. It means that you can watch a movie and text someone without switching the apps.
  • With picture-in-picture features, you can watch video on Android TV, while changing settings or browsing.
  • Double tap the Overview button and you can switch to the two most recently used applications.

Battery & Data

  • Put a limit to how much background apps use with Data Saver feature.
  • With Dozier (Doze), your android device will go to low power mode, even when your device is in your pocket and you are on the move.

Performance

  • With the help of JIT compiler, the runtime performance of the device is improved. It reduces the required storage space for apps and makes your device faster.
  • Nougat comes with VR mode, which will take you to the new level of entertainment.
  • With Vulkan API, there will be HP 3D graphics and eye catching effects.

System Usability

  • You can now rearrange the tiles of Quick Settings. Also, this bar has been redesigned.
  • The navigation menu in Settings is updated and now you can find the right settings easily.
  • You can see suggestions within Settings.
  • Tap “Clear all” in Overview section and all your apps will be closed instantly.
  • Add emergency information like name, allergies and blood type so that people can see these things in Emergency Mode while the screen is locked.
  • Set different wallpapers in lock screen and home screen.

Privacy & Security

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What’s New in WordPress 4.6?

WordPress 4.6 was released yesterday and it is one of the two major releases of this year. There are many new and exciting features and some bugs are fixed too. Let’s discuss what’s new in WordPress 4.6 and which features you will be able to enjoy after upgrading your website.

Note: Please backup your website before installing the new update.

Native System Fonts

Before this update, WordPress was using Open Sans font for its admin panel, which meant a third party project and compromise on the speed. Now, WordPress will use the font of your native system in the admin panel.

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Pros and Cons of Keyword Planner Tools

Internet marketing is ever growing sector, where you cannot keep yourself in comfort zone. It is the sector where you have to be proactive and need to engage yourself in innovation and constructive ideas. SMM, SEO and PPC are vital strategies in the world of digital marketing. SEO is the integral part of digital marketing and keyword research is the vital stage in any SEO campaign. Proper keyword research is the cornerstone of quality and professional SEO services. Reliable keyword research tool helps to make proper SEO strategy. Once was a time when there was a free keyword research tool from Google, but unfortunately this great tool is history now.

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Introduction to Microsoft Dynamics AX

Microsoft Dynamics AX, a part of the Microsoft Dynamics family, is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that allows the centralization of data across multiple countries and sites of an international enterprise. This enables decision makers to make informed choices especially because it gives the management of global organizations increased visibility.

Rapidly becoming a leader amongst ERP vendors, and gaining market shares over competitors such as SAP and Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics AX is the ideal ERP solution for retail, distribution, manufacturing, public sector and service industries. Dynamics AX also provides comprehensive capabilities for financial, human resources and operations management. Implementation of Dynamics AX is suitable for small, medium and large businesses.

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How to Improve Search Ranking of Your E-commerce Store?

Based on data, organic search traffic is clearly one of the largest referral sources for most websites. There are more than 100 billion searches each month on Google alone and that works out to an average 2.3 million searches per second.

A certain share of those searches can be traced back to consumers looking to make a purchase or seeking information to help them complete a purchase.

Search optimization is a deep ocean, but here are some core areas where you can take action right now to improve your organic search visibility and win over a greater share of those 100 billion-plus monthly searches.

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New App Categories in Google Play Store

With more than 1 billion active users in 190 countries around the world, Google Play continues to be an important distribution platform for you to build a global audience. To help you get your apps in front of more users, it’s important to make them more quickly and easily discoverable in Google Play. That’s why the developers rolled out major features, such as Search Ads, Indie Corner, store listing experiments, and more, over the past year.

To improve the overall search experience, they’re introducing new app categories and renaming a few existing ones, making them more comprehensive and relevant to what users are looking for today.

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App Replacement and How to Get Over it

Today, with over three million mobile apps available for consumers, app replacement – the deletion of an app due to alternative options – has become a major issue for developers looking to increase, let alone maintain, retention. In fact, according to Yahoo’s research, nearly 50% of Smartphone dominant users replace apps on a weekly basis.

Furthermore, most apps are deleted by the three-month mark if they’re not being used, and over 15% are cut in under a week, mainly due to a lack of interest. Remaining relevant and exciting to users in the face of boredom and new apps can make even the most unique apps obsolete.

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Can Your HTTPS Setup Cause SEO Issues?

Although Google has stated that sites using HTTPS will be given a minor rankings boost, many websites have experienced losses due to improper implementation. A lot of sites have migrated to HTTPS but have not done it correctly and may be losing out on the HTTPS ranking boost. Some have also created more problems on their sites by not migrating correctly.

HTTPS Post-migration Issues

One of the common issues we noticed after a site has migrated to HTTPS is that they do not set the HTTPS site version as the preferred one and still have the HTTP version floating around. Google back in December 2015 said in scenarios like this, they would index the HTTPS by default.

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The History of Yahoo and Its Final Deal

Verizon has agreed to buy Yahoo’s core operating business for roughly $4.83 billion cash, in a deal that ends uncertainty over the future of the struggling internet group. Here are key dates in the launch and evolution of Yahoo.

  • January 1994: In the early days on the internet, when no one knew what content was out there, Jerry Yang and David Filo, two graduate students at Stanford University, created a website called “Jerry and David’s guide to the world wide web”.
  • Spring 1994: Yang and Mr. Filo renamed their site Yahoo, standing for “Yet Another Hierarchically Organized Oracle”, because it is arranged in categories and subcategories.
  • Early 1995:com domain name was created, the company was incorporated and it raised funding from Sequoia Capital.
  • April 1996: Yahoo went public raising about $33.8m, with an opening share price of $13 and a valuation of $848m.
  • September 1998: Google was founded by Stanford PhD students Larry Page and Sergey Brin. A year later, fellow Stanford graduate Marissa Mayer joined Google as employee number 20.
  • December 1999: Yahoo’s stock price doubled in just a month, closing at an all-time high of $108 a share in January 2000.
  • Early 2000s: Yahoo’s web search was powered by Google.
  • Spring 2001: As Yahoo was hit by the dotcom bust, chief executive Tim Koogle, who had led the company since 1995, was replaced by Warner Brothers executive Terry Semel.
  • September 2001: Shares in Yahoo sank to an all-time low of $4.40.
  • Summer 2002: Semel tried to buy Google for about $3bn but is rebuffed. Google’s co-founders reportedly want $5bn.
  • 2003: Having bought up smaller search engines, Yahoo begins using their web crawling technology to power the web search function on Yahoo.com.
  • 2004: Google goes public, valuing the company at $27bn as the share price closes just above $100.
  • August 2005: Yang arranged for Yahoo to buy a 40 per cent stake in Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba for $1bn and took control of Yahoo China.
  • June 2007: Semel resigned, replaced by co-founder Mr. Yang.
  • February 2008: Months into his tenure, Mr. Yang is faced with an unsolicited offer from Microsoft to buy Yahoo for $44.6bn. He argued that the deal undervalues the company and Microsoft walks away in May.
  • January 2009: Carol Bartz, former chief executive of Autodesk, joins Yahoo as chief executive after Mr. Yang stepped down in November 2008.
  • September 2011: Ms Bartz left as revenues continued to fall and display advertising begun to suffer, sending an email to employees saying she was fired over the phone by Yahoo’s chairman.
  • October 2011: Activist investor Dan Loeb argued that Yahoo needed new leadership and a way of unlocking the value in its Asian assets, which were Alibaba and Yahoo Japan.
  • January 2012: Scott Thompson, president of eBay’s PayPal division, was appointed Yahoo chief executive, shaking up the company with leadership reorganization and thousands of redundancies.

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