So, when does Amazon plan to launch in Australia?
Amazon plans to have its Australian website up and running by the end of 2018. We have confirmation it’s happening.
What about Amazon Prime Now?
Amazon has confirmed it will be launching its own Australian version of its premium Prime Now service, which provides faster shipping to members alongside other perks. Subscription applies
What is AmazonFresh?
Amazon Fresh specializes in grocery deliveries. same as the main Amazon website, but with an emphasis on fresh food and supermarket goods. Includes fruits, vegetables, packaged produce, cheeses, canned and frozen foods, pasta, household supplies and beauty products. Amazon has confirmed that the Fresh site will also be launching in Australia.
What about Amazon Go?
Amazon is in the process of developing Amazon Go in the US. This is a chain of physical checkout-free supermarkets that automatically bill shoppers on their smartphone via electronically tagged products when they exit the store.How Awesome!
Let’s give you some context.
Been working with Arduino units for the past 10 years, through that time worked with the Uno and the YUN as these are the more popular and easy to work with.
Would like to go in-depth into the progress I made, firstly started out with the led lights on and off, then I went onto an LCD screen, this all went well.
Decided that I would like something more challenging.
Went onto building a rover, first I ordered all the parts, which were expensive as they are imported from Italy.
As a student, working with equipment that is cheap and reliable is very important to progression through the hurdles of robotics.Arduino is extremely expensive.
After ordered the rover items I discovered that there is little to no information about any of the components.
Determined I started to research each and understand little by little from forums and since I was studying a computer science degree learn as I went along.
There were road blocks such as poor quality H Bridges, and so eventually I got a working prototype together after years of on and off attempts.
Then moving onto the shields for the Arduino, incorrect documentation and illogical instructions lead me to overpowering the voltage through the Arduino unit.
Thought at least I will reorder another and try again. The company had updated their hardware software to a nonworking version.
When questioned about this Arduino do not know what the problem was.
Then basically lost interest because they still do not have ay legitimate documentation.
Motor shields for a rover ONLY GO ONE DIRECTION, HOW DIM!
Very disappointed in the months of trying to get the correct unit and documentation I changed to buying the pcduino which is also rubbish.
The operating system is inferior and slow.
All in all, Arduino gave me massive problems and spent close to $3000 on unreliable units and a lot of hassle.
Decided to go to the competition.
Raspberry pi let’s go!
Bought it and discovered many useful tutorials and was amazed at the speed and ease it was to set up a web server.
Really love the Rasbpian interface and the speed is so much faster than the comparable pcduino.
Was so surprised I really enjoyed it and got more involved and started to rebuild my rover.
Wrote a new script and it worked like a dream.
Ordered my new H Bridges, and await hooking them up to the rover.
Total cost so far $100
My Ratings –
Raspberry pi 3 : 8/10
Google brought us our first look at a mind-blowing new feature coming to Android called Instant Apps in 2016.
Simply, instant Apps allow you to access a cloud-based version of the app on your Android phone without requiring you to install it from the Play-Store, neat hey.No more having apps eat your space. This will save users time and effort, and allow companies to let people demo what’s essentially a full version of their app before installing it.
We have some good news. Google is rolling out Instant Apps, finally, but only to a select number of users at the moment.
To find out if your Android device has access to Instant Apps, follow the instructions below. To get the process started, you’ll first need to enable Instant Apps on your Android device. This is as easy as turning on a switch in your phone’s settings menu.
How to enable Android Instant Apps on your Mobile
Let’s get started:
- Navigate to your phone’s Settings menu.
- Scroll down and tap Google under the Personal category.
- Under the Services category, select Instant Apps.
- Tap the toggle on the top-right of the screen.
- Read through the instructions card (and Play Terms of Service, if you really want to), then tap Yes, I’m in.
You’re now ready to search for and use Instant Apps.
The list of supported instant apps is pretty short: Wish, Viki, Buzzfeed and Periscope. We’ve only been able to make Wish work with Instant Apps so far. Since this appears to be a server-side rollout, you may be able to access the other three applications in the near future. Below you’ll find instructions on how to find and use Instant Apps.
Android only, How to use Instant Apps
- Google search for one of the supported applications listed above.
- Scroll down and select the app listing that includes the word Instant (as shown below).
- Tap Open app.
Once the Instant App loads up, you can use it just like you would with any other app that’s been downloaded via the Google Play Store. In Wish’s case, you can access your account, browse through products, and even order things without installing the app to your phone.
If you do want to download the Wish app, however, that process is pretty easy from here. Pull down your notification shade, then tap App info.If you want from here you can install the app, clear the app’s data, and even see which permissions it’s been granted.
Tapping the Install button will bring up a new card, allowing you to install the app right from that screen. If you’d rather view the Google Play Store listing, just tap the overflow menu button (three vertical dots), then tap View on Google Play.
There’s no doubt that Instant Apps will be a huge hit in the future; they have so much potential right now, especially for shopping applications like Wish.
Have you been able to use Android Instant Apps on your device yet? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
1. Automate your plugs, Belkin supply a plug that allows you to turn your electrical devices on/off from anywhere on the planet with the internet.
2. Alexa, Amazon’s answer to home automation with a similarity to Siri, is versatile and allows to extend your commands.
3. Smart Door Locks
4. Smart Bluetooth key finders
5. Bicycle Locks
6. Smart home switches (turns your home switch into proper Bluetooth controlled fittings)
7. Connected smart kitchen
8. Smart irrigation systems
9. Wifi lighting with color bulbs
10. Air conditioners that are controlled from our smart phone
There are loads more and it is very exciting to see where this technology goes in the future.
We offer quality software development to connect to robust hardware, if you are interested you can quickly email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Next challenge is vs the flying car.
Where to start
Where are you at now
So you have now just put your app on paper and you have decided it is exactly what the world needs right now.
You have a written list of the features that you want to have within the app and you have all the graphics.
The 10 Tips:
We will go inverse to go from not the best to the best.
10: You have decided that it is a good idea to use your credit card as a way to pay for the entire app.
This would incur interest costs and perhaps even max out your credit without going live or without advertising.
9. Selling appreciable items.
You could still be earning money from these items whilst your development stage.
Keeping within your monthly budget on development costs and keeping in mind post development costs.
7. Using the interest of a large sum of money.
This would enable you to build an app without even losing money.
6. Personal Loan
Loan from the bank could incur interest charges over time so it is important to get a timeline from the developers.
5. Borrowing money from friends
Could lead to conflict later and it is always best to keep friends.
4. Borrowing money from family and relatives
This would be one of the best ways as it will not incur interest and family usually quite forgiving.
3. Find a business partner at a business meetup.
Some people are looking to invest is superb ideas.
2. Approaching an investment company.
This approach for speed is probably the fastest.
1.A Kickstarter venture
Some of our clients have made Kickstarter projects and had big success.
You can check out www.kickstarter.com
Hope this helped all those diligent app entrepreneurs out there.
Today we discuss what it is that makes Casey’s vlog 6 million plus subscribers success and the trials and tribulations he has gone through.
Casey’ is a very motivated person that likes to smile and makes jokes with people. His personality is very positive and he even has a “do more” tattoo signifying his drive in life. Let’s see how he has made money and made mistakes.
Let’s start with Casey’s early history of his passion for making videos. He always had a passion for making videos and even if they were not paid, he records pretty much everything from cyclones to beach adventures. He does not have formal education in this field however he does have a burning ambition for making great content that people love.
So what actually happened is that he kept doing what he loved and eventually created his own view of what a great video should be and coupled with a logical timeline and super content this keeps people interested.
Why was Casey chosen for this review?
He is an entrepreneur for an app called Beme. The app is similar to Snapchat and incorporates sharing of small videos to friends and contacts. Beme has recently been sold to CNN for 25 million dollars, although the app is now shut down.
Check out Beme info here : https://techcrunch.com/2015/07/28/a-week-in-casey-neistats-new-app-beme-has-1-1m-videos-shared/
Why was it shut down?
The app was not performing very well, it was not generating the traffic it needed in order to make an impact that would allow the developers to continue.
Why was it not doing well?
The app was competing against Snapchat doing something too similar to differentiate and get the grasp it needed in order to succeed.
Snapchat’s revenue in 2016 was $404.5 million and had an increase of 600% from 2015($59 million).
For pretty much any company this would be a massive competitor to take on with tons of revisions of the snap chat app to make it what is is today.
How ever Casey still managed to sell Beme to CNN which means he has made a successful company and made a profit.
What could Casey have done differently?
There were quite a few pitfalls. The app was too similar to Snapchat, and secondly, he released iOS for almost a year before the android, Android has a massive market and took over iOS in 2015.Things not to do when making an app.
Casey still has his Youtube vlog and I suspect he will use the money has from the sale of Beme to put toward another company or toward his videos.
It is extremely important to make a business in a niche market that is well run. What Casey did a great job on was that he hired some of the best programmers he could afford to make the app and that is why he had the success he had. He had many brilliant minds driving his company forward and even tho his app was under constant pressure it pushed forward against all odds due to teamwork and intelligent thinking. You too can make a staggeringly successful business, just learn from others.
Casey’s youtube channel :
Reality,Here is the deal.
Many people make apps and they either lose interest or decide it is too hard.
At the end of the day, an app is a full business and as many entrepreneurs know that 90% of business fail within the first year.
Onto the good stuff that can get you smiling again.
There are many apps that do very well and these apps have behind the scenes of dedicated teams comprising of professionals that make the app work flawlessly functionally and graphically mind-blowing.
You are asking so how can I do this?
There are key factors that make this easier to accomplish.
Dedication like any business. Elon Musk refers to starting a company as “eating glass, whilst looking into the void” . His explanation goes something like this, you are eating glass because as the business owner at the end of the day you are left with the hardest decisions because your employees filter out the easier decisions and you are left with the rest. Whilst looking into the void is like looking into the unknown, in his video he says it could also mean looking into a terminal business venture but he is such a success and this shows you need to be brave to confront the unknown.
Every unknown situation has a way to either fix or find another way as many entrepreneurs have become massive successes in the past.
Moving into the app success for those who are waiting eagerly.
Success is a combination of high human usage and popularity.
It needs to be clean, clear, flawlessly functional, and absolutely beautiful.
What do I mean by these?
As in any business you can do it yourself or you can have a professional do it.
Let’s get this straight, everyone can see the difference between a professionals work and a person who has done it once. This is not to say that some people are exceptions and some people are completely unbelievable talented.
At the end of the day the professional’s work will take your business to where you want it faster than hindering progress with unskilled work.
You may pay $1000 for a basic iOS app from a professional lets say which seems quite unreasonable until you look deeper into the reason why it has been quoted like this.
Costs.Firstly, tools involved.
iOS developer account a year is $150 a year. Then photoshop and illustrator to cut images is around $500 a year.
10% of this is tax. Rounded up
Then the actual labor for let’s say if the app was done in 3 months.Expenses are 125 +37.5 +100= $262.5
Then the developer is only $245 a month which is very little to survive on.
This does not incorporate the $30000 the developer spend at university.
Then when you look at it like this the app seems more reasonable.
The point that is made that is the value for getting it written professionally far exceeds what you will get if you do it yourself.
Besides a developer would have at least 5 years experience after university and can get it done fast.
Then you would need a super graphics designer that lives and breathes graphics. You really want someone who is super talented because your want your app to stand out.
Then you need the graphics designer and the ios developer to be able to constantly collaborate throughout the process.
This value is exceptionally high and then you will need to get the app out market.
So then at the end of the day you have a business oriented app that needs people to use it.
Then you will need to have post app development because after the app has been turned over it will eventually need an upgrade due to either apple’s multiple updates or you want to change something.
Once you finally have a full app that looks awe giving and works like a dream you can move onto marketing. We will cover this in another post.
Today we will discuss 10 very important things not to do whilst having your app built.
- Do not put pressure the developer as this can lead to his/her non-co-operation or motivation lose etc.This can also cause errors later on due to being rushed.Just not a great idea.
- Your finances are aligned in order to pay for the app in progress and unexpected delays.
- Give wrong data/images to the developer.
- Do not let there be to much time when checking in with the developer
- Not providing adequate equipment/tools to the developer.
- Getting to complex, instead of simplifying situations down.
- Not having compassion for the developer as far as time and schedule go.
- Getting too many people involved instead of the right people.
- Getting friends to do the work, instead of professionals to do the work.
- Not doing your research about the company before starting the project as this can lead to dire consequences later on during the project.