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Microsoft .NET Now Supports XAMARIN!
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Xamarin is a software that needs no introduction. It is a name that has changed the face of cross-platform development today.Cross platform mobile developmental companies are well aware about Xamarin, its usage and benefits in app development. Still, for those who have just stepped into this developmental aspect, here’s a brief about this amazing software.Xamarin is a Microsoft-owned software that simplifies the development of mobile applications using cross platform mobile app development. It allows mobile app development companies to write native iOS, Android and Windows apps with a C#-shared codebase. By using Xamarin tools, mobile app developers can also share their native code across multiple platforms.Today, over 1 million app developers in more than 120 countries around the world use Xamarin's products to develop their mobile apps.And… what’s more!Earlier this month, Microsoft released support for .NET Standard Libraries for all Xamarin application, which means that this amazing software can now be used to work with .NET Standard Libraries too. While this includes developing and using local .NET Standard Libraries, this also includes adding .NET Standard Libraries from NuGet directly to the Xamarin apps. Moreover, it’s now convenient to share code across all .NET platforms, which also include the recently launched ASP.NET Core and .NET Core and platforms.Let us know about .Net libraries.What is .NET Standard Library?It is a “proper specification of .NET APIs intended to be available on all .NET runtimes”. It can be thought of as a simplified, but extended Portable Class Library.In other words, .NET Standard Library is single library with a standardized API for all the .NET Platforms, which includes .NET Core. Simply create just one .NET Standard Library and use it from any supporting .NET Standard Platform.According to Microsoft, .NET Standard Library enables the following:Defines a standard set of BCL APIs for various .NET platforms to process, irrespective of the workload.Allows developers to generate portable libraries that can be used across all .NET platforms, using this same set of APIs. Minimizes and avoids conditional compilation of shared source because of the .NET APIs, just for OS APIs.This new functionality can be used in the Xamarin Studio IDE and in Visual Studio 2015. However, the latter should possess Update 3 and is updated to include Xamarin 4.1.2.Benefits of Using Xamarin Cross DevelopmentUndoubtedly, Xamarin is worth paying attention. Here are reasons why cross platform app development companies prefer using Xamarin fo their OS and Android cross-platform app development.Fewer Learning – With Xamarin, developers just need not to learn, C#, and no other language. This is because one core set of classes in C# is effective on both the platforms. Limitless – Xamarin embraces the features of each platform it uses and doesn't try to force commonality unnecessarily. This combination of two different platforms offers an endless range of features for the developers to use from. Quicker reach to market – With Xamarin, developers can code application logic only once and share it across both the platforms. This in turn helps the developers to focus entirely on app building and shipping. This saves us a lot of their time resulting in faster app delivery to the market. Less bugs – Since Xamarin offers faster time to market and requires less code writing, chances of bugs are also fewer, because the less code you write, the fewer are the errors. Thus, to conclude, it can be said that Xamarin is gaining more attention with each passing day and with good reason. It is like a tool set that enables development in multiple platforms with least chance of work duplication.

Agile is about Flexibility

Website development has undergone many changes since its inception. From traditional development methodology to agile methodology, website development has become more effective and flexible.While earlier the website designing/development companies followed traditional methodology that revolved around the idea of creating a prototype of the end product and proceeding according to the designed visualized structure,agile development fulfills the demandof 21st century to have flexible and effective developmental methods. With agile, one can keep up with the unavoidable changes within today’s rapid development cycles.What makes Agile More Effective?Unlike the traditional waterfall method where the entire team worked on a monolithic code based on a prototype, the developmental approach allows small teams to react swiftly to constantly changing needs. Working on the changes persistently helps in high quality deliverance of the website in 50% less time. With Agile, it becomes convenient for small teams to design, code and render small chunks of thoroughly tested, working system in recurrent iterations.With each iteration, the system gets better until a final, desired system is delivered to the end-user. This helps in developing a system that fits-in the customer expectation.Hence, using agile,website development companies can create system of any size and type as well as deliver them much faster with more functionality, error-free code base than ever.With Agile, instead of working on the entire module for six to eighteen months and releasing it as a complete package, website development companiesuse small iterations of planning, coding, and testing to deliver a functional code in a one-to-four week development cycle.While the companies not only save a lot of their and customer’s time, it also helps to save a lot of their money. Beyond this, it leads to a significant increase in the productivity (up to 25% improvement in majority of the cases).The agile methodology saves teams from wasting their efforts and time in making changes as per the customer’s requirements and going back and start all over. Instead, Agileintegrates the requirements changes into the development cycle.And above all, there’s disciplined project management.Allocation of resources during the entire development cycle is bit complex. However, this is not a problem with agile as it promotes the use of engineering practices that constantly deliver high-quality system. Since, agile teams are small, allocation of resources gets simplified.  If any project requires more resources, number of teams is increased.Let’s discuss it in-depth. In agile, each team is responsible for a specific part of the system being developed. This allows each team to focus on their part, and constantly deliver on time and onbudget components to achieve the final system. If there arise a situation to alter the project scope, it becomes easy for the project manager to add or reassign teams. This is another benefit of using Agile.The Bottom LineHence, there is no doubt in saying that Agile is becoming more widespread. The realization that you have most of the require information at the end of the development cycle helps a lot in the mainstream software development methodology. Due to this, website development companies are realizing eventually that a change in the internal ideology can develop a more rapid and successful system. While many organizations still deploys the traditional waterfall methodology, agile – the challenger methodology is becoming more popular because of its more rapid delivery and increased involvement of the customer at each stage in the development cycle.All the above points prove that agile overcomes the drawbacks of the traditional Waterfall style of development allowing the on time, bug-free and on budget delivery of high quality system which keeps the customer happy.

What’s New in WordPress 4.6?
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Wordpress 4.6 is here! Upgrade now...Yes, you heard that right!Mid of August offered us the release of WordPress 4.6.  Indeed, a great news for the website design and development industry. It is being considered as the second major release of 2016.The release of this new version brings some exciting new improvements for the website developers and also fixes several bugs. The beta version is already out and people have started trying it.SO, let’s explore more to find out the new features in wordpress 4.6. Native System FontsSince beginning, WordPress has been using Open Sans font from Google Fonts project, as its default font. This helps in making the admin interface look similar on various platforms and devices. Unfortunately, this affected the speed and relying on a third party project.To improve these shortcomings, the native System font feature is incorporated in 4.6 that can be used for the admin area. With this, your WordPress will load faster and make you feel like your native device and platform. This updation will only be reflected in the user interface elements inside WordPress admin area and won’t affect content areas including post editor which makes use of your theme’s editor style sheet for fonts. Editor EnhancementsWordpress has been a powerful and efficient website design and development tool because it offers myriads of opportunities to develop a website. Also, every time it releases a new version, it offers amazing new features and brings improvements to the post editor.And this time, WordPress 4.6 brings in some cool new improvements to the edit screen.At times, users end up adding an improper URL or broken link in a post that goes live when you publish the post. This no more would be a problem in Wordpress 4.6. This is because 4.6 will now attempt to check for broken or improper links in the Visual Editor. If it finds a broken link, it will highlight it with red dots, displaying the link URL in red. Ehanced Look of the Import ScreenWith this new version, it is super easy to import content from platform like Blogger, Tumblr, etc. using the Importer plugins. You can find this plugin on Import Page under the Tools menu option. Further, the import screen is easy to find and more readable.It makes use of shiny updates for installing importer plugins in the backdrop. This ensures the end to unwanted pop-ups asking for installing importer plugin. Updates for Plugins & ThemesThe new Wordpress version ensures increased page loading speed. Previously, when you installed a plugin or theme, it showed you a progress screen. This is no more a feature in the new version. WordPress 4.6 makes it faster to install and update your WordPress themes and plugins without the need to leave the page. Better Auto-Save and RecoveryWordPress 4.6 comes with an enhanced disaster recovery mode for the auto-save feature in the post editor. Previously, when users disabled revisions, it affected restoring drafts from browser cache and autosave feature.This issue is now fixed and users will be able to easily restore posts from browser backups and autosave. Miscellaneous ImprovementsWordPress 4.6 also brings lots of new improvements for developers. Here are some of those under the hood improvements.Resource Hints - Resource hints is a new W3C specification, which allows browser to connect and prefetch resources to improve performance. Persistent Comment Cache - WordPress 4.6 allows comments to be cached as a persistent object type. This means comment cache is properly validated and updated when there are changes. WP_Post_Type Class - WordPress 4.6 introduces the new WP_Post_Type class. It changes $wp_post_types to an array of WP_Post_Type objects. This provides methods to handle post type supports, rewrite rules, meta boxes, hooks, and taxonomies. 

Simple yet Effective Tips to Improve your GPS Signal on your Mobile
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Navigation is an important part of our life; you need it no matter where you go. While we are not the successors of the great explorer Christopher Columbus, thanks to the technology and its constant advancement that it gave us smart phones and GPS (Global Positioning System) which allows us to explore new places conveniently and find directions anywhere, anytime without the fear of being lost.While the app world is flooded with myriads of navigation apps, not all GPS Sensors work well all the time. In addition, weak signal or internet connectivity may leave you lost.So, if you want to strengthen your GPS signal on your smartphone or tablet, here are some tips that may help. Tip 1: Turn on “High Accuracy” ModeIn order to receive the best signal strength, you need to switch on the High Accuracy Mode. While switching to this mode will cost you a little more battery consumption than normal, improved GPS signal would compensate this sacrifice.To enable this mode, follow a couple of simple steps:1.1: Go to the SETTINGS option in your smartphone. Tap LOCATION and turn it ON. 1.2: Check out the first category under Location option. You’ll find MODE. Tap it and set it to HIGH ACCURACY. This option in your smartphone helps you with better location estimation by using your GPS as well as your Wi-Fi/ mobile networks. Tip 2: Check Your AppsWhile technology offers immense benefits, it sometimes gets a little complex. Similar is the case with mobile platforms like Android. At times, multiple apps using common smatphone functionality like FourSquare, Navigation, GoogleMaps, etc. cause problems. Even third-party task killers can also cause interruptions in GPS tracking system which causes weak signal strength or inaccurate location tracking.If you experience similar kinds of issues while using your mobile’s GPS or any Navigational app, make sure to restart your phone. You can also stop all the background apps and refresh your GPS. This will also improve your GPS tracking system. Tip 3: Check your LocationYou need to have some predefined set of things for any app to work properly. Hence, for the GPS to work effectively in your smartphone, GPS needs a clear view of the sky. For this, you’ll be required to stand in an open area for satellites to communicate with your GPS correctly.If you’re using Google Maps, it helps you get a clear idea about the signal strength. But, if you aren’t using Google Maps, and are not sure about your exact location, you’ll see a light blue circle around your ‘current location’ marking. And if you find a grey dot, it is an indication that Google Maps is unable to track your current location. Tip 4: Use an external GPS receiverIf your smartphone GPS fails to work accurately and fails to guide you through, do not rely on it, especially when you’re at an unknown place.  Instead, buy an external receiver that can be connected with your smartphone easily through Bluetooth.Tip 5: Determine the actual cause behind your GPS issues - hardware or software-relatedBefore you make use of this tip, you should thank the app designing and development companies for their efforts that has made our lives easy. By using apps like GPS Essentials, you can detect the reason behind your poor GPS signal, whether it is a hardware or software issue.If you’re using GPS Essentials, go to the main menu. Select SATELLITES and see your phone getting connected to the satellites around the earth. If you are unable to find any satellites, this could be because of the improper working of your GPS hardware. However if  you are able to find any satellites, but your GPS is still out of order, then this is an indication to some software issue. As such, you can use other tips discussed above in this article.While these tips can help you boost your GPS Signal strength, there may be some variations in the options depending on your smart device. If you have your own way of improving GPS strength, feel free to share with us.

List of Mobile wallet apps that can save you from cash crunch
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India is today the second largest country across the globe to adopt digital mode of payment for day-to-day transactions. A majority of smartphones users have mobile app installed to enable e-wallets and use them for various purposes like mobile recharge, booking tickets and hotels, bill payment and online shopping. This is a clear indication that there is still a room for faster, secure, and reliable online payment methods. These amazing financial apps apps prove that there are alternative solutions available to help during this cash-less time. At ARKA, we offer organizations the facility to hire app developers to develop such mobile apps for the users to simplify their financial moves and routine jobs. 

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