Posts on Dec 2016

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

 

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.

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.

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.