Sleepful-a social networking site for insomaniacs

An expert from Loughborough University in Britain has developed a social network platform called ‘Sleepful’ to help insomniacs access online a promising ‘talking therapy.’ Called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), the therapy is based on evidence that falling asleep is strongly influenced by two psychological processes — learning and thinking.
Good sleepers learn to feel sleepier as a result of going to bed, and find little difficulty in ‘winding down’ their thoughts before going to sleep.
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People with insomnia, on the other hand, learn to feel more alert in bed, and often describe their minds as ‘racing.’
“CBT-I is a ‘talking therapy’ which offers a range of effective strategies to increase sleepiness in bed, control pre-sleep thoughts and worries, deal practically with periods of night-time wakefulness and appropriately manage fatigue during the day,” said Kevin Morgan, director of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit (CSRU) at Loughborough.

Treatments involve adjusting sleep habits, learning techniques to reduce worries and increase relaxation at night, general education about ‘sleep hygiene’, and self-monitoring using daily sleep diaries. “Unlike drugs, CBT-I addresses the root causes of insomnia — safely and lastingly,” he added.

The website contains a structured eight-step treatment programme of CBT for insomnia, a mobile phone ‘app’ which records sleep patterns, a section on frequently asked questions (FAQs) and, crucially, an online social network where people with insomnia can talk to fellow sufferers.

 

Hindi-The perfect choice for social advertisers in India

Coca-Cola posted its first tweet in Hindi last fortnight when the International Premier Tennis League was being held in New Delhi, and it got it 350 retweets compared to just 10-15 retweets of most of its English tweets.

Nobody’s surprised. There’s a substantial increase in use of Indian languages on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and several large and small advertisers including PepsiCo, Bharti Airtel, suiting brand OCM and winery Sula Vineyards say use of regional languages in social media campaigns give them much higher resonance than the same thing in English.

According to social media agencies, brands’ Facebook posts using Indian languages such as Hindi, Tamil and Marathi get almost 150% more response than similar English posts, thanks to increasing penetration of internet into smaller towns and cities.

“Language is surely helping a better engagement,” said Anusha Shetty, CEO at Autumn Worldwide, a Bangalore-based advertising agency specializing in social media. “This approach will start playing an important role in the next two years as internet penetration increases and more people from tier-III and -IV (cities) join the social space,” she said.

“We are seeing the birth of this approach now.” Shetty said sprinkling languages such as Hindi, Malayalam or Tamil boosts engagement from consumers by 160% to 220%. For a recent Luminous ad, the video content on Facebook was in Hindi, which got replies in ‘Hinglish’, leading to ‘massive engagement’. PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew recently had a campaign in the south with one Tamil word in it, while Orient Electric had a campaign with Chennai Super Kings with Hindi words. All these campaigns received good response on the social media.

Aneesh Madani, head of sports partnerships at Twitter India, said there has been 300% increase in tweets in Hindi in 2014 alone. “Given that Twitter now renders in all Indian languages…we will see an upward trend in vernacular conversations,” he said. “Brands and partners are starting to explore the vernacular and the opportunity to stand out while connecting to users is ripe,” Madani said. “Expect more during the ICC Cricket World Cup as well as the Indian Premier League.”

Coca-Cola’s recent experiment on a refreshment-based post in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Kannada got over 150% response compared to the same post published in English.

Top 15 mobile apps of 2014

The Google Play app store has exploded in recent years, with a proliferation of apps that can cater to your every need. The problem is: there are just too many of them.

Even with Editor’s Picks, Featured and Best Selling, Top Paid and Top Free categories there to help you out with your downloading decision it’s still a difficult task finding the best apps around.

And that’s why we made this list. Like you we want the best apps for our Android phones. The apps that are going to revolutionise functionality or, at the very least, offer something so great that it becomes one of the must-have apps that has to be downloaded whenever you get a new handset.

The following apps are a mixture of paid and free ones and have been chosen by our Android experts. So, even if you do dip into actual cash for one of these apps, you are safe in the knowledge that it is a worthwhile purchase.

1. BBC Weather

BBC Weather

Free from the BBC, which arrived late to the weather app party in 2013 and delivered a completely stonking, triple-A meteorological experience. A variety of stylish widgets, long-range forecasts, location-aware settings and support for multiple locations make finding out how much it’s raining everywhere a joy.

Kabee, Easyjet and Barclays

2. Kabbee

Winning fans all over London is this, with the Kabbee app aggregating local minicab firms and attempting to match your late night drunken ferry needs to the cheapest available nearby operator. The idea is to create competition among operators, with the result being some substantial savings over the usual black cab rates.

3. Easyjet

This isn’t just some corporate effort full of cross-selling and adverts, it really works. You can book your flight through the simple interface, pay, check-in, then have the app generate a QR code boarding pass to wave at the ticket desk. Paper is entirely eliminated, therefore dealing with printers is entirely eliminated, making life substantially better. Just don’t run out of battery power on the big day, else you’re stuffed. If EasyJet doesn’t fly to your destination then Kayak is a great alternative for global globe trotters.

4. Barclays Mobile Banking

The first wave of mobile banking apps were rubbish, mostly composed of skins that pointed you to some terrible mobile web site. But not in 2014. Go through the fuss of verifying yourself with this one and the Barclays app is extremely useful, listing and managing all your accounts, and even able to function as a replacement for the physical PINsentry card reader that’s required to access the full desktop banking site.

Sky NOW TV, BT Wi-Fi and Barclays

5. Sky NOW TV

Sky’s ramped up its Android app selection in spectacular fashion over the last year or two, with all manner of streaming, on-demand and specialist services available. Sky NOW TV is the best and most useful of the bunch, letting users buy access to its sports channels on a PAYG basis. Dead handy for cherry-picking the occasional big event without needing a full subscription.

6. BT Wi-Fi

If you’re a BT Internet user, this is a must install. Feed the app your BT account master password (this will be the one you thought up on a whim eight years ago and won’t be able to remember), and it’ll automatically log you in whenever you’re in range of a BT hotspot. Given that there are trillions of them in the UK, it means automated access to properly useful Wi-Fi connections when out and about, avoiding the spam £6-an-hour merchants.

7. Vine

The movie-making sensation took a little while to appear on Android, then took a while for the numerous bugs to disappear – but now it’s all good. It’s a simple recording/stop-motion/animation tool, letting you shoot live video on your phone and share it via social networks. The app is also the best way of browsing Vines from others, as the categories and pages mean you can leaf through it like telly, favouriting users.

8. Dropbox

Dropbox

Pretty much essential for anyone juggling a work PC, home PC, laptop, tablet, phone and internet fridge, Dropbox‘s key power lies in letting you access any files anywhere. It can also automatically upload photos taken on your phone to your account, meaning that, after a bit of uploading and downloading, all your shots are *right there* on your desktop without any tedious cable connecting.

Speedtest, eBay and Feedly

9. Speedtest

Get angry about how slow your internet is. Get smug about how fast your internet is. Spy on the network speeds of your friends and neighbours. If one of your frequent conversations with your mates is how fast your internet currently is, you need this. You can do unlimited broadband up/down speed tests on any boring weekday evening.

10. eBay

The app itself isn’t what you’d call attractive, but it lets you browse, watch items and buy stuff, integrating a Paypal sign-in for quick getting of things. Better still, now Android phones all have immense cameras on them, it’s a doddle to sell items straight through the app – take a photo, upload it, have most of the listing data pre-filled for you. The app is better as a selling tool than the desktop site, in fact.

11. Feedly

If you felt a bit lost and disconnected from the News Borg when Google shut down its Reader RSS aggregator, Feedly will help. It’s a more glamorous and swishy-slidy way of getting data from RSS feeds, with numerous ways of displaying site snippets and navigating through your unread pile of possibly interesting things.

12. BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

Took some time for the BBC to gradually power this up to full parity with the iOS release, but it’s just about there now for the vast majority of popular Android models. A piecemeal approach to introducing offline download support has annoyed some users, but it remains a superb way of using your phone as a modern portable telly for the bedroom, as long as your broadband’s up to the task.

Carbon, Tweedle and WhatsApp

13. Carbon

The official Twitter app is a rather weird, ever-changing affair, that often introduces more annoyances and quirks with each new redesign. So best avoid it and enjoy the thrills of third-party tweet app Carbon, which, with its recent 2.0 update, enhanced an already posh experience with new gesture input, more hardcore shortcuts and a handy widget.

14. Tweedle

Or, if Carbon’s hardcore skills are a bit too much to handle, try Tweedle. It’s a vastly simpler Twitter app that covers the basics. You get three columns for the timeline, your mentions and direct messages, plus it’s super-fast to load with only the occasional advert on the image preview pages to tell you that the developer wouldn’t mind getting paid a bit for his work.

15. WhatsApp

The instant messaging behemoth is an essential Android install, especially if you can convince the people you message most frequently to use it too. The concept is simple – it takes over text messaging on your mobile, routing messages through any Wi-Fi connection instead. Which means no more SMS allowances, no size restrictions, plus images are sent at a decent resolution.
 

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Lenovo Vibe-X is a paisa vasool phone

Lenovo will have plenty to offer, come 2015 but they shouldn’t be overly worried about their current state and 2014 has been equally fruitful for the China-based brand. The next generation Vibe X and Z products have been designed and marketed, keeping in mind the current market structure, where value-for-money has touched new heights.

While the Vibe Z2 Pro comes forth as an excellent mid-range device with ‘flagship’ quality hardware for under Rs 32,000, Vibe X2 is a decent phone option for under Rs 20,000. Octa-core processor, big size RAM, full-HD display and high end cameras are some of it’s specialties but is that all you need f Continue reading Lenovo Vibe-X is a paisa vasool phone

Samsung to launch Tizen in January 15′

With 3.2 mp rear camera, tizen plans to rule Indian market

In the era of  5/8/ 13 mp camera -the smart phone giant has decided to launch a 3.2 mp camera in much awaited  Tizen phone series, which has  tizen operating system. These phone is expected to hit the markets in January 2015, but after a pause on anxiousness, it seems the company is not very keen to make it a big hit. The price of this phone is expected somewhere around 4500 to 6000/-, but in this price the second market leader Micromax is providing superb phones with good camera results and extraordinary battery backups.

There were expectations that it would launch this month, however according to The Korea Economic Daily it’s now been pushed back to January. A Samsung official is quoted as confirming that the handset will launch on January 18, 2015 in India.We had hoped to see a high-end Tizen smartphone, dubbed the Samsung Z, appear this summer. Samsung had a change of heart though, scrapping the handset launch and saying it wanted to stockpile apps before unleashing Tizen on the world.

The imminent Samsung Z1 is a much more modest affair, said to be sporting a 4-inch WVGA display and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. There’s also a dual-SIM card slot, a 3.2-megapixel rear camera, and 3G connectivity, according to early reports.
Z1 leaksMore fuel for the Tizen fire comes from a tweet and a blog posting that purport to show the Tizen-powered Z1 in the (metal) flesh. It looks stylish enough, even if there’s not much power under the hood.

With a sub-$100 price tag and a limited launch in India, Tizen is being positioned as more of an Android One competitor than something that’s going to challenge iOS and the mainstream version of Android. It may eventually reach the US and UK, but there are no indications of that happening right now.

Still, it will be interesting to finally get a look at Tizen on a smartphone (as opposed to a smartwatch) and find out what it’s capable of. Let’s hope the launch doesn’t get pushed back any further, and that the Z1 doesn’t meet the same fate as the Z.

Triotech receives funding from BlueHill Asset Management

Gurgaon-based mCommerce and mobile application/solution company, Triotech Solutions Pvt. Ltd., has received their first round of funding of USD 3 Million (approximately 19 crore) from Singapore-based venture capital firm, BlueHill Asset Management Pte. Ltd.  This fund will be used for expanding the number of Post offices providing ‘Mobile Money Transfer Service’ across the country through its subsidiary ‘Maverick Mobile’.

At present, 15000 post offices across the country have the facility of Mobile Money Transfer Service, which operates on specially designed Point of Service (PoS) for the Post office.Triotech Solutions through its subsidiary is engaged with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Department of Post (DoP) to digitize their Money Remittance Business..

“We are working towards creating multiple use cases on the same platform for ease of the end consumer, which would increase the footprint of this solution”.  The initial fund will be used for enhancing this solution wherein point to multipoint Mobile Money transfers will be done. Also the number of post offices to be covered will be increased from 15000 to 40000. The use cases would help the Banks/Microfinance companies to use the same Remittance platform for wide distribution of money to the far-flung areas (below INR 10,000) instantly”, said Mr. Munish Dhingra, Co-Founder & Chief Sales Officer, Triotech Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

“We see Triotech Solutions in the right space of growth especially with huge potential in the mWallet , Mobile Banking and Remittance space in India,” said Mr. Vicknesh R Pillay, Managing Director of BlueHill Asset Management Pte. Ltd.

Recently, Triotech , in Association with Amdocs, has also signed an agreement with BSNL for rolling out the mobile financial platform and services for State Bank of India for mWallet project .This platform and solution will enable customers of any mobile operator to get a mobile walle

Founded in 2009, Triotech Solutions Pvt Ltd is a leading company in the area of the Value Added Services., Mobile Commerce Service Delivery and Software Solution Development and has demonstrated a strong presence in all these areas in the Indian Sub Continent. Company has its core strength based on Solution, Service and Innovation and drives its success on Customer satisfaction.

If you find this news is useful, you may visit  http://www.triotech.co.in

Firefox add-on called the Firefox Tools Adaptor that connects the Firefox Developer Tools

Developing across multiple browsers and devices is the main issue developers have when building applications. Wouldn’t it be great to debug your app across desktop, Android and iOS with one tool? We believe the Web is powerful enough to offer a Mobile Web development solution that meets these needs!

Enter an experimental Firefox add-on called the Firefox Tools Adaptor that connects the Firefox Developer Tools to other major browser engines. This add-on is taking the awesome tools we’ve built to debug Firefox OS and Firefox on Android to the other major mobile browsers starting with Chrome on Android and Safari on iOS. So far these tools include our Inspector, Debugger and Console.

Nothing can replace on-device testing. But developer tools on devices have been cumbersome and vendor-specific. Cross-platform development involved learning and switching between all the different browsers developer tools.

This add-on allows you to use your desktop environment to work on several small screen devices without using up precious screen space. You simply use the device and find out what is going wrong on your computer – regardless of platform and browser engine on the device.

How the Add-on Works

Now Try it Out

This project is still in the early stages, but we put together a preview for developers who are curious or want to contribute. All it takes is the latest copy of Firefox Nightly and the add-on. Follow the Firefox Tools Adapter instructions to get started.

This preview works with Chrome 37 on Android, currently available as Chrome Beta, and Safari on iOS. Some parts work pretty well, some parts need some work. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

So What’s Under the Hood?

This add-on is a new implementation of the Firefox Developer Tools Protocol. Rather than interfacing directly with content, it speaks to the remote debugging protocol surfaced by Chrome and iOS. This implementation is hosted inside the Firefox process, and used internally by the Firefox Developer Tools.

When Will It Be Ready?

What we’re showing today is an early preview release. We’ll be actively developing it in the coming months, directed in large part by your feedback. We’ll keep you posted on new updates when they happen!

How to Contribute

The GitHub project page has instructions for getting involved with the code. Your feedback is also helpful: Talk to us on Twitter at @FirefoxDevTools, GitHub issues or UserVoice.

Indian mid-market software firms leverage SaaS to offer disruptive advantages to customers

Bangalore; Microsoft Ventures and iSPIRT Foundation today launched a report titled “Indian Mid-market SaaS companies: Forging a new path to disruption”. The report, which was launched under Microsoft Venture’s Think Next initiative, takes a close look at Indian software product companies targeting the mid-sized enterprise market and the competitive advantages that sets them above their Western counterparts. It looks specifically at how these companies are adapting their Software as a Service (SaaS) offering to meet the unique requirements of medium sized business.

The report establishes mid-market SaaS companies as a unique category within the software products industry. It highlights how the three pillars of their business strategy are setting them apart from those targeting larger enterprises, including overseas competitors. The three key pillars outlined in the report are:

· Digital immersion – this is used to quickly identify customer problems and develop use-cases. It enables the rapid development of Minimum Viable Products (MVP).

· Desk selling and marketing – this level of sales engagement brings down the cost of customer acquisition. It also provides companies with an increased base of potential customers in a shorter period of time.

· Cloud-based customer engagement – using digital trails on the Cloud to capture customer behavior and interactions with the product in real-time helps these companies quickly adapt to changing customer needs and sharpen the product development roadmap.

The report is part of the iSPIRT Product Industry Insights (PII) series, and is co-authored by representatives from both Microsoft Ventures as well as the iSPIRT Foundation. It is a compilation of learnings from a Think Next panel discussion held in May 2014.

Announcing the report, Ravi Narayan, Director, Microsoft Ventures in India, said: “This report is a refreshing perspective on the startup ecosystem, and showcases how Indian software developers are adapting to the unique requirements of the local market to deliver value to their customers. It highlights the unique product development cycle being adopted by these companies and also provides some guidance on how these companies should be evaluated.”

Speaking about the report and the collaboration with Microsoft Ventures, Sanjay Shah, MD, Invensys Skelta and iSpirt Fellow, said; “With the launch of this report, we are looking to further understand the dynamics of the mid-market SaaS companies as a unique category within software product companies in India. We will continue to foster talks and take this discussion forward, and our next step would be to delve deeper into the three pillars of their business strategies.”

On the sidelines of the report launch, Dev Khare, Principal, Lightspeed Ventures India said, “Indian software products have now hit world-class standards in terms of design, usability and ease-of-adoption in areas such as CRM, HCM, marketing automation, business intelligence and developer tools. The Internet has flattened the world in terms of the competitive playing field – strategies outlined in this report are contributing greatly to giving Indian software product companies an advantage in India and globally.”

Kwik Kopy & Josh Software streamline collateral printing with robust cloud-based solution

 

Kwik Kopy, an Australian company dealing in communication products and collaterals for businesses, has partnered with Josh Software, a leading Indian expert in building web based application using Ruby on Rails framework, to upgrade and build a dynamic portal featuring a system that will streamline a system for ordering and customizing business communications collaterals. This platform offers a dynamic online user interface enabling users to create their business cards and other printing collaterals by using pre-approved designs in their account along with a desired size of the print and quantity of the copies.

 

After creating and feeding all the required data on the portal, the system will generate a quote for the client based on pre-defined costs by the administrator. Once the quote is approved by the user the quote gets converted to order. Having worked on various clients across industries on delivering online solutions, Kwik Kopy looked for developers who can raise and revamp the system on coldfusion in less time but failed to get adequate assistance. Josh Software readily took the challenge of upgrading this platform entirely from its older system. Not only was Josh Software able to deliver a significantly advance system but it also did so in a relatively short duration of 6 months. They have not only revamped the portal and upgraded it from its older version but also kept the system updated with the latest version Ruby on Rails, currently v4.1 with Ruby 2.1. The solution provides the portal with outstanding flexibility, robustness and scalability.

 

Speaking on their working with the Josh Software team, Manan Daftari, Product Manager, Kwik Kopy, said, “It was imperative that we upgrade to a system with a cutting edge user interface to reflect the core advantage of our business model. In addition, for this to be a long term solution, we needed it to be flexible, scalable and robust to handle increasing demand in the future. Josh Software delivered exactly this and much more through their Ruby on Rails expertise.”

 

Gautam Rege, Founder and Managing Director, Josh Software added, “It was a great experience working with Kwik Kopy. Their team was very supportive throughout which has made it possible for Josh Software to build a long term solution. At the same time a challenging task for our team was to deliver the solution in less time and we are really glad that our team of developers at Josh Software was able to deliver as expected.”

 

The solution provided by Josh Software also enabled Kwik Kopy to integrate new features like QR codes for business cards. The newly upgraded system has also integrated a payment gateway, bulk upload, advanced search and order statistics features. The application built using Ruby on Rails lets Kwik Kopy track the number of orders in a weekly, monthly or annual manner, as also understand the most ordered and popular products. This has significantly improved the portal in terms of performance where it can handle huge amount of data in the form of designs for printing which are uploaded on the portal. This new solution not only helps in the smooth operations of their printing and publishing business but also make it hassle free and less time consuming.