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Latest PHP trends in 2017

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In the PHP world, the release of PHP 7 is a major accomplishment.  The language now has a substantial increase in performance with an optimized memory usage. This improved nature results in making PHP more suitable for Internet of Things solutions too.

Why PHP?

  • Faster and leaner PHP 7: PHP 7 looks familiar for developers, but it is targeted at high performance. A growth in PHP 7 adoption rate is forecasted by experts. Almost a double gain in performance of the applications using PHP 7, a decrease of 50% in consumption of RAM during request processing and numerous error fixing techniques are amongst the few reasons for such assumption. Most major popular frameworks are ready for PHP 7, backed by most popular CMS like WordPress, Magento and Symphony.
  • PHP for the Internet of Things: Analysts claim the connected devices to reach the mark of 6.5 billion by the starting of 2017. This makes PHP and IOT go hand in hand. Thanks to icicle, one can write asynchronous code using synchronous coding techniques in PHP. It means that now the PHP code is able to run several tasks by using the same script. Methods of asynchronous programming provide better data exchange between connected gadgets. Some hardware platforms such as Arduino already support PHP, and you can control Arduino board with your PHP-based script. There is also a possibility to build a PHP application that uses GPS data gathered from an IOT device. Like the GPS sensor on your Android phone can send its location to the Bluemix cloud, and the PHP application is able to publish this data on your website.
  • Market forecast and further trends: By 2025 half of American enterprises are expected to run more than 10 applications. PHP is still holds the lead position in the development of tech startups. With PHP, one can quickly build a viable application in a short-term period to see which way a project should move forward.

Latest Framework trends in PHP

Numerous PHP frameworks are available in PHP development, each PHP framework has advantages and disadvantages. The core programming development is very complex and time consuming, frameworks help in developing an application faster. They help you to organize your code better and also in application maintenance.

PHP Trends for User Interface

  • Responsive Web Design: Accessing the web services like Facebook, twitter, e-mails and even for purchasing something the use of mobile and tablets is a common thing lately. In order to provide user satisfaction and gain profit, these service providers must ensure that more interactive platforms are made available on mobiles and tablets.
  • Flash: Flash will continue to create 3D interaction on websites look eye catching, these could be banners- ads ,Facebook modules or games, Flash is still the best tool available for a QOS providers.
  • Online Presentation: Online websites focusing on the presentation work has led them to captivate the user as soon as he enters the website. The use infographs can be another way to save the extra surfing time.
  • Special Effects: The users will experience special effects on websites, like with Parallax scrolling the images and banners are placed in a specific way and scrolled down slowly, to give a 3D experience.
  • Fixed Header Bar:  Not only a fixed header makes it easier to access the services offered but it also helps brand promotion. The brand name can be placed on the header to attract users, thereby enabling superior brand promotion.

PHP will remain the most popular Server-Side Programming language of this new, advanced era. If you would like to extend the discussion on PHP trends, please leave a comment below!

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2016 – A big leap for Mantra Labs

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When this year started Mantra Labs was adjusting to the new world view of technology. We were embracing IOT, AI and cloud along with our core strengths in Mobile and Web technologies.

It is a pleasure to look back and reflect on what we have achieved in this year.

  • Started Mantra.AI to solve business problems through the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques.
  • Initiated Mantra IOT labs to start creating working prototypes for some cool ideas on home automation
  • Started an office in USA to drive our business in the North American market.
  • We added multiple client to our portfolio in AI, enterprise and consumer internet including industry leading health insurance provider.
  • We are now accredited partners for
  • Strategic partnerships with
    • Toshiba for IOT in USA
    • WD Creative for Analytics in  USA
    • CP Moksha for Financial Technology in UK
    • Finocracy for Financial Technology in Middle East
  • We prominently focused in following media events
    • JS framework Meetups
    • Hackathon based on IBM Watson
    • Partnered for Startup Master Class.

While the year was great we aim to achieve even more in 2017.

The areas to look for would be:

  • The products incubated by us.
    • SellfashAutomating Supplier-Reseller Chain. 350+ Suppliers already onboard.
    • TouchkinAl healthcare startup – raised seed funding
  • IOT products for home automation

For more information http://www.mantralabsglobal.com

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Marketing, Telecom, Healthcare, IT services, FinTech, supply chain management : Which one is bullish on data science?

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Leap of faith has been coming from almost all sectors. Marketing, e-Commerce, Telecom, Healthcare, IT services,FinTech, Blockchain and supply chain management are apparently more strong than others at present as these sectors have huge customer base and have many competitors. They have been trying anything and everything to delight and retain customers, to maximize revenue by data-driven upsell and cross-sell strategies, to understand trends & patterns and to make the best possible strategies . Every business entity is eventually going to adopt big data analytics to survive and prosper in the market.

Almost everyone is optimistic on big data analytics/ data science. Return on investment on data science is very high and perhaps, that is why every business entity and sub-entity want to leverage big data analytics – a combination of data science and big data technologies. Everyone wants to streamline business, minimise the wastage & cost ,maximise the revenue, profit and customer delight in the competitive world. This can happen only when we start automating the process and promote data-driven decision making process.

If you want to know what customers are talking about your product/service/event, please use this API Social Media Sentiment Tracker

If you want to know how healthcare is using data science, please use this API 

If you want to know how Telecom is using data science/network visualization, please use this API

If you want to know how supply chain management is utilizing data science, please use this article

If you want to know how Blockchain/Bitcoin is utilizing data science, please use this API

If you want to know more about the perspective of a data scientist , please use this article

 

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iOS 10.2 updates and features

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Apple released the iOS 10 earlier this year and since then there has been two major updates to it, dubbed as iOS 10.1 and 10.2. With iOS 10.2 Apple has managed to bring forward a host of new features which are much welcomed. As iOS 10.2 is an incremental update to iOS 10 there are not humongous amount of changes, still there are a lot to talk about.

  • New Video App: With the launch of the new MacBook Pro, Apple’s new Video app now works on both iOS and Apple TV. It’s a new way of discovering content across iTunes and other streaming apps. It’s US only for now, and it lacks support for Netflix. The dull Videos app which comes bundled with iOS, looks and operates much better now. 
  • Music Player: Apple’s decision to hide the Shuffle and Repeat buttons below the fold and not providing any kind of visual cue that there’s any content down below, was met with universal outrage. Apple’s solution to this isn’t to actually redesign the screen. But instead they’ve added a splash screen that a user will see the first time they open the Now Playing screen. This tells them they can swipe up to view the Shuffle button and Up Next queue.
  • Camera Updates: Apple has added an option that lets you save your camera settings.  It lets you always jump straight into ’square’ photo mode, stick with the same filter or keep Live Photos turned off, depending on your preferences.
  • New In-Built Wallpapers: Three new attractive wallpapers have been added in iOS 10.2 release. They’re designed to bring the best out of the wider color gamut displays on the iPhone 7.
  • New Emojis: Several new emojis like a clown, croissant, shark, owl, butterfly and an avocado are also added in iOS 10.2 release. On the other hand numerous old emoji have also been redesigned to look more modern, with loads more profession-based emoji now available in both male and female, too.

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  • TV & Videos widget: Similar to the Netflix widget, the new Videos widget shows you the Series or Movie you’re watching, and with a tap you can jump straight back into it without opening up the app.
  • Single Sign-on: Sign Sign-On lets cable subscribers log into all the channel apps using only one login. Once you do this on your iPhone or iPad, the content from all available apps will be displayed in the TV app.
  • A new SOS feature: This will call emergency services when the power button on the iPhone is pressed 5 times. This is however a voluntary feature and can be turned off from settings.
  • Quick Response: With iOS 10.2, when you’re tying a response to a message in quick response, and you choose to open the app, the text you’ve already written will no longer be lost.
  • Home Button Changes: In the “Press and Hold Home Button to Speak” section you can switch from Siri to plain old Voice Control or just turn the feature off altogether.
  • Siri: If you turn off Siri, the next time you press and hold the Home button, you’ll get a new splash screen giving you information about Siri and giving you options to turn it back on again.
  • Bug Fixes & Others: Several Bug fixes that were identified in the iOS 10.1 release have now been fixed. Like when you turn off the “Show Contact Photos” option from the “Messages” section “Settings” app, all contact photos will actually disappear now. Previously, iOS 10 still showed contact photos in conversation, that’s no longer the case. There is also a new celebration effect in iMessages and you can also give star ratings in the Music app with iOS 10.2.
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Make sure your Apps are ready for Android 7.1.1

 

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Developing with Android 7.1.1 Nougat Final Release

Android 7.1.1 an update to Android Nougat along with the Android 7.1.1 source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is now officially released, so that device makers can get their hands on the latest version of Android. With Android 7.1.1 officially on its way to users, it’s a good time to make sure your apps are ready.

Android 7.1.1 is an incremental release that builds on the features already available on newly released Pixel and Pixel XL devices, it adds a handful of new features for consumers as well as optimizations and bug fixes on top of the base Android 7.1 platform (API level 25). If you haven’t explored the developer features, you’ll want to take a look at app shortcuts, round icon resources, and image keyboard support, among others, you can see the full list of developer features here.

For details on API Level 25, check out the API diffs and the API reference. You can find an overview of all of the Android Nougat developer resources here, including details on the core Android 7.0 Nougat behavior changes and developer features.

Are your Apps Ready? Make Sure.

Take this opportunity to test your apps for compatibility and optimize them to look their best on Android 7.1.1, such as by providing round icons and adding app shortcuts to begin with.

It is beneficial compiling your app with and ideally targeting, API 25. An update to the platform and build tools in Android Studio, as well as the API Level 25 emulator system images is in play. The latest version of the support library (25.0.1) is also available for you to add image keyboard supportbottom navigation, and other features for devices running API Level 25 or earlier.

Downloadable factory and OTA images are also being provided on the Nexus Images page to help developers do a final testing on Pixel and Nexus devices. To help scale this testing, make sure to take advantage of Firebase Test Lab for Android and run the tests in the cloud at no charge through the end of December. After the final testing, publish the apps to alpha, beta, or production channels in the Google Play Developer Console. As mentioned back in August, Google has moved Android Nougat into a regular maintenance cycle and have already started work on refinements and bug fixes for the next incremental update.

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Traditional Selling vs Social Selling

Traditional selling techniques like calling and advertising have been with us for a long time. While it still holds a solid place in its field, new age technique of social selling is emerging quickly. Social Selling is both an inbound and outbound way to contact and communicate with sales prospects. It allows you to do more sales in a single day than you’d likely complete in a much longer period using a standard phone or advertisements. While media has always been a part of traditional selling, the cost to make individual advertisements is very huge when compared to selling on social networks, for all we know nearly everyone who knows the “What not” of internet is connected on various social websites now days. Social Selling is like cold calling, except the calls are warm and welcome, making it a more promising way of selling.

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Evident benefits Social Selling offers over Traditional Selling methods

  • When your prospect is on a social platform, they are inviting conversation. They are there to interact, to learn from others and to engage in conversations and mutually beneficial information sharing.
  •  As long as you consistently present by providing helpful content that answer questions, they’ll continue to welcome your engagement.
  • They may even look forward to that engagement. When is the last time you actually wished a sales person would call you? Social Selling helps you hear the voice of the sales prospect.
  • No one likes being interrupted by an unplanned phone call or watching/reading commercials.
  • Every social media platform provides some level of platform conversation search capability.
  • By leveraging those platform search engines, you can cast a long, wide antenna that helps you painlessly prospect for business each and every day by simply listening for prospective customer problems. While traditional selling is all about trying to close a transaction.

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Social Selling is also equipped with new-age application like Sellfash which not only empowers the sellers and retailers but helps in maintaining a balance between what you need and what you don’t. It automates the supplier – reseller chain for social selling. You can showcase your products, manage payments, inventory and supplier-reseller groups. It saves you from the hassle of numerous bank transfers and queries related to stock and price. Social selling is like creating B2B sales seduction with the goal of drawing the prospect closer to you so that you can convince them that you or your solution is the most desirable option available to them.

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Do you want to be an effective Social Seller? Learn how.

Have you ever thought what it is like to be a Social-Seller? In the new age world where internet has not only deeply affected our day to day lives but has managed to become a part of it, selling products online via social selling is something that is more popular than ever. It gives you an advantage in various ways, to name a few you have a larger customer base, no need for a physical shop and with current demonetization in India it helps the aspiring sellers to offer various e-payment options.

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Sellfash is a revolution when it comes to being a professional Social-Seller. It not only empowers the sellers and retailers but helps in maintaining a balance between what you need and what you don’t. It automates the supplier – reseller chain for social selling. So now you don’t have to go through incidents of lost database, that happens even on networks like WhatsApp.

  • You can showcase your products, manage payments, inventory and supplier-reseller groups with SellFash. It saves you from the hassle of numerous bank transfers and queries related to stock and price.
  • The App offers various features to help you manage your online shop in just a few taps on your Smartphone’s. As a user you can create your own dedicated web shop in a few minutes and sell your own products as well as the products you are reselling.
  • It has built-in options to create your shop and personalize it, by choosing a cover, a name and displaying the products you offer in a much cleaner, yet more appealing way.
  • The app also helps you in making online payment through Credit cards, Debit cards and Internet Banking making it easier for you to confirm orders in a much secure way.
  • It also hosts a Supplier – Reseller network to ease the pain of sending regular broadcasts to all your resellers and answering their queries.
  • It is also equipped with options to directly share your products to various social networks like Facebook and Whatsapp.

With these handy options the sellers get additional benefit like hassle free Stock Management, Supply regulation and Payment Distribution.

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FinTech: How AI is transforming the financial industry

Finance has always been the core of any business being done, it caters as platform on which other sectors work upon. With years and years of research towards achieving maximum efficiency in this sector, new age technologies like AI, Machine Leaning and Data Science are now taken into account. This has resulted in birth of an advance AI based system that adapts and learns, from its surrounding.

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ForwardLane is driving a new wave of financial innovation through leveraging advances in cognitive computing and data analytics.

ForwardLane brings personalized high net worth investment intelligence to numerous investors around the globe. This is done, by mimicking and accelerating the human investment process using artificial intelligence and combining it with professional risk analytics. It is a B2B platform used by private banks, wealth managers, digital banks and insurance companies.The team behind ForwardLane is comprised of wealth management specialists with a combined experience of over 175 years. It is backed by a team of highly qualified and experienced engineers that execute the core technologies deployed in serving the customers. The company is supercharging the financial advisor and bringing superior financial advice to mass affluent clients.

The Platform offers vast range of functions such as:

•Dynamic, state-of-the-art cognitive synthesis engine.

•Knowledge base preloaded with 55,000 financial questions and 8,000+ terms.

•Trained with 4.7 million additional questions.

•Contextualized responses based on prior conversations.

•Captures client interactions, history and recommendations for compliance.

•Integrates with multiple CRM Platforms.

SaaS cloud-based delivery, or bespoke/containerized deployment solutions.

In order for such a complex and highly intelligent system to work as planned, ForwardLane rely on data processing, this is achieved thorough extracting relevant information from clusters of data the platform collects. Mantra Labs is using Data Science by providing a dedicated team of problem solvers that assist ForwardLane’s innovative finance management goals. This enables efficient Data processing and timely deployment of resources that the platform truly depends upon.

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Distances don’t matter anymore. Learn how?

Caring for our beloved ones has always been a priority, and in the world with new possibilities we can now say, there is a smarter way to do it. Think of it as a window into the lives of your loved ones, so that you can always look after them even when you are not physically there. Touchkin is an App based on the factor that we all care for the well being of our loved ones.

It implements various characteristics of AI and combines it with your Smartphone’s. The App uses various sensors built within your Smartphone’s to detect changes in daily activities that may indicate upcoming health issues. Touchkin has AI assistants like StayClose and Wysa which perform different role working towards the welfare of health related problems any individual might be facing.

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StayClose is based on Touchkin’s predictive care engine, which uses machine learning to detect patterns of phone sensor data it then analyses this data to create a picture of you and your loved one’s wellbeing. This way you can see when your loved one’s last left home, when they were active or spoke to someone. The App finds such patterns and alerts you if it notices sudden changes which may require you to visit them or maybe take them to a doctor if an illness may be the reason. Another feature it offers is that you can send a ride to anyone in your contacts with a pair of taps, in case you can’t make it.

Catering the needs of such a brilliant idea in the space of Family Healthcare is a rather laborious task. For the whole system to work efficiently the support and infrastructure has to be perfect and Mantra Labs plays a key role here. They have Incubated Touchkin and are dedicating various resources to help the App serve its consumers better. Mantra labs have been providing support in all areas from processing the information database collected via various sensors to applying the core technology like the AI based healthcare engine that drives Touchkin. It directly influences how well the App adapts to your individual needs and helps you stay closer to the most important people in your lives.

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Are you drowned in data? Use AI to Make sense of it

A brilliant idea is where it all starts from. Consider a dedicated news advisor delivering relevant information based on your personal reading habits, without you having to sort it. This does sound fascinating and luckily it’s already here, in the Hotify Avatar. What Hotify is – It’s an Intelligent Information Discovery Engine designed to cater the needs of each individual content consumer.

Hotify’s goals are clear, delivering high quality information to its users based on their personal reading habits and requirements. It serves the purpose well, by being one step ahead of the competition using the principles or AI and Machine Learning. What does this help with?  You may ask, it addresses the problems faced by users due to the large amount of information floating on the Internet.  The platform learns, calibrates and then delivers you the content you need, all possible via Machine learning & A.I based development.

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“Machine Learning is the core of Hotify. All our theories, algorithms translate into Machine Learning based algorithms to deliver personalized content to our users. Right from a simple probability model of what users would love to read in general, to a complicated graph based deduction of what the users would like to read next or now, is all driven using Machine learning as a tool. It is very similar to a giving a dedicated news assistant for every user as we evolve the product”   

– Ankur Dinesh Garg(Founder, Hotify)

The process of gathering efficiently sorted information where the user doesn’t have to make the effort of choosing which publication or topic to follow, and by eliminating manual curation it cuts down the delay between relevant news getting out and reaching the user, this is done by Data Science.

Hotify is partnering with MantraLabs to solve the data science problem and make sense of the huge stacks of data. This is being done by processing the collected data through AI Engine to learn the preferences for user and providing relevant content. The more you use the system the smarter it becomes in providing relevant news items.

Read more about MantraLabs at http://www.mantralabsglobal.com

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