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Marketers, writers and thought leaders in tech write to gain the attention and respect of their specific audiences and ideal customers. But the challenge they face is a big one: to get that content in front of the right people -- and impress them.

The problem is, everyone is trying to write more useful and innovative content to drive their names up in the search engine results pages (SERPs). That’s because the bar for content quality has continued to rise, as more of us have realized that only the very best content reaches the top.

You could spend hours researching and writing a very fine post … only to have nobody read it. That’s why content distribution is so important -- because it doesn’t matter how good your content is if no one sees it.

With that in mind, here are five specialized content-distribution channels that can help get the right eyes on your content:

1. Zest: Share and discover only the best marketing content.

Zest is a Google Chrome extension that places suggested content -- curated specifically for marketers, by marketers -- on new tab pages. CMOs, VPs and marketing managers make up 92 percent of the Zest community.

Zest’s purpose is to help content marketers select the genuinely useful, innovative and actionable information they need to stay on top of their industry. If your target audience includes online marketers, this is where your content needs to be.

How it works: Zest’s “tribe” of active members recommends content they’ve found to be valuable; then, a group of super-user volunteers reviews it and decides if it’s a good or bad fit for the community. Good fits are sent to chief moderators to ensure they meet rigorous quality standards, after which they land on the feed.

While there’s no way to "pay to play," Zest does offer “Content Boost,” which gives extra exposure to approved, featured content, which can “boost” up to 10 times more clicks.

2. Quuu: Grow your social following and promote your content to influencers.

Quuu is designed to help businesses and individuals on social media grow their followings by posting content that’s been hand-curated by Quuu -- but it also helps content creators promote their content to influencers.

How it works: Influencers sign up with Quuu for content suggestions. When you, as a content provider, sign up with Quuu Promote, your content lands among those suggestions (assuming it’s relevant to the influencer’s audience and interests). Your content has to pass Quuu’s promotion guidelines and review process; but if it’s genuinely good (and not salesy), you won't be unrealistic in expecting hundreds of shares and mentions.

Content submissions are suggested only to social media influencers interested in those topics or industries, and shared only by those influencers who think it’s appropriate for their audiences.

Shopify’s Aaron Orendorff used Quuu Promote and reported to Product Hunt that during his first month, his Tweet impressions went up 169.4 percent; his mentions, 218 percent; his retweets and likes, 167 percent; and his link clicks, 467.5 percent.

3. Product Hunt: Share ebooks with product lovers, producers and investors

Product Hunt is a community of new product enthusiasts, makers, marketers and investors, where products can launch (or pre-launch) to a group of people ready to embrace them. Any type of product is fair game, though many are SaaS tools and apps. Product Hunt is also a great platform for sharing ebooks.

How it works: You first need to create a personal account and become a contributor (a four-step process); then, you’ll have access to post. From there, you need to write a landing page to attract users to your ebook. For that, you’ll need a link to your ebook page, a tagline, description and images.

Product Hunt encourages makers to start conversations, answer questions and engage with readers on the product pages. It’s a more personal type of interaction than you’ll have if you just post your ebook on your website.

4. List.ly: Curate lists of your best content and engage with other list makers.

List.ly is an interactive tool that allows you to create, curate and share lists, and also collaborate with other users. It’s no secret that readers love lists, and with List.ly, you can focus solely on engaging with, and distributing content to, your audience, through lists.

How it works: Users can build lists about any topic or type of content -- play lists, product lists and more. You can add multiple types of resources, including articles, videos and images. Once completed, the list may be shared and embedded on your website or blog to expand its reach.

Other users can contribute and suggest items to add to your list, or vote on or share individual items from it. This makes List.ly an extremely engaging, collaborative tool. In turn, marketers can share their content to others by suggesting it to relevant lists.

5. SimpleReach: Get better data and insights into your content distribution strategy.

This last tool isn’t a method for content distribution, but rather a way to track the performance of your content across websites, social channels and third-party publishers. It’s one hub that lets you measure engagement and conversions so you know what content and which channels deliver the highest returns.

SimpleReach also offers native ad programs and paid content distribution, which clients like The Atlantic and the New York Times use to expand their reach and readership.

Biologists have long understood the various parts within the cell. But how these parts interact with and respond to each other is largely unknown.

"We want to understand how cells make decisions, so we can control the decisions they make," said Northwestern University's Neda Bagheri. "A cell might decide to divide uncontrollably, which is the case with cancer. If we understand how cells make that decision, then we can design strategies to intervene."

To better understand the mysterious interactions that occur inside cells, Bagheri and her team have designed a new machine learning algorithm that can help connect the dots among the genes' interactions inside cellular networks. Called "Sliding Window Inference for Network Generation," or SWING, the algorithm uses time-series data to reveal the underlying structure of cellular networks.

Supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Northwestern's Biotechnology Training Program, the research was published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Justin Finkle and Jia Wu, graduate students in Bagheri's laboratory, served as co-first authors of the paper.

In biological experiments, researchers often perturb a subject by altering its function and then measure the subject's response. For example, researchers might apply a drug that targets a gene's expression level and then observe how the gene and downstream components react. But it is difficult for those researchers to know whether the change in genetic landscape was a direct effect of the drug or the effect of other activities taking place inside the cell.

"While many algorithms interrogate cue-signal responses," Finkle said, "we used time-series data more creatively to uncover the connections among different genes and put them in a causal order."

SWING puts together a more complete picture of the cause-and-effect interactions happening among genes by incorporating time delays and sliding windows. Rather than only looking at the individual perturbations and responses, SWING uses time-resolved, high-throughput data to integrate the time it takes for those responses to occur.

"Other algorithms make the assumption that cellular responses appear more-or-less uniformly in time," Wu said. "We incorporated a window that includes different temporal ranges, so it captures responses that have dynamic profiles or different delays in time."

"The dynamics are really important because it's not just if the cell responds to a certain input, but how," Bagheri added. "Is it slow? Is it fast? Is it a pulse-like or more dynamic? If I introduced a drug, for example, would the cell have an immediate response and then recover or become resistant to the drug? Understanding these dynamics can guide the design of new drugs."

After designing the algorithm, Bagheri's team validated it in the laboratory in both computer simulations and in vitro in E. coli and S. cerevisiae models. The algorithm is open source and now available online. And although it was initially designed to probe the interior, mysterious life of cells, the algorithm can be applied to many subjects that display activity over time.

"The framework is not specific to cell signaling or even to biological contexts," Bagheri said. "It can be used in very broad contexts, such as in economics or finance. We expect that it could have a great impact."

 

Saturday, 10 March 2018 01:36

OUR PICKS: TOP SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT BLOGS

At Apiumhub, we are driven by passion for technology. We are big fans of Agile methodologies and we all share the same thirst for learning and constant development. We regularly organize trainings and open spaces to share what we have learnt applying theory to practice, working on real software development projects. We believe that it is a must following new trends and innovations in the software world, therefore we prepared a list of our picks with top software development blogs in 2017. 

 

Top 30 software development blogs in 2017

 

1. Dzone

One of the best software development blogs is Dzone. Web, where you will find all necessary information about agile software development. Tutorials, guidelines, tools and software insights for beginners and experts. Hundreds of publications, over 1M members. Top topics: Agile, Big data, Cloud, Data base, Devops, Integraton, IOT, Java, Mobile, Performance, Security and many more.

 

2. Javacodegeeks 

Here you may actually learn Java online. You will find Android development tutorials, Java tutorials for beginners, Java books, Scala, Kotlin, Groovy and JRuby news, code examples and many more.

 

3. Github blog

Best place to find examples of clean code. Also, you will see DevOps tools and best software development practices.

 

4. Toptal blog

Place for in-depth development tutorials and new technology trends. Here you will find latest information about Back-end, Web front-end, Mobile, agile project management, etc.

 

5. Geeksforgeeks 

A computer science portal for geeks. It contains well written, well thought and well explained computer science and programming articles.

 

6. Thedailywtf

Offers daily posts of user-submitted examples of bad code and software design. Good place to find examples and explanation of curious perversions in Information Technology. Basically, it is “how not to” guide for developing software. They recount tales of disastrous development, from project management gone spectacularly bad to inexplicable coding choices.

 

7. Docker blog

As you could guess from the name, here you will find all useful information about Docker. Case studies, tutorials, examples, updates, news and many more. Everything you need to be convinced using docker, but using it right.

 

8. Atlassian blog

Awesome blog for Agile lovers. It has some practical tips and approaches for agile software development; testing, integration, etc. Here you may find announcements, journal entries, status reports, news, trends, tricks and tips and many more.

 

9. JSplayground

Here it is a bit easy to guess again. This blog is about JavaScript, about React. All necessary tips and advices you may get there to be sure your Javascript project is going in the right direction.

 

10. Scotch.io

Scotch is a web development blog discussing all programming topics. Most popular ones are: Javascript, Angular 2, Node.JS, Docker, PHP, etc.

 

11. Twitter engineering blog

In this blog engineers of Twitter share their case studies, their tips, their findings and pitfalls. This blog is based on real examples, real projects. Here you may really learn from one of the best engineer teams in the world and know which tools they use and which methodology they follow.

 

12. Scala blog

Again quite easy to guess that this blog is about Scala. Scala updates, Scala best practices, Scala tips and examples.

 

13. Apiumhub blog

This blog is about software development & software architecture. Here you will find useful information about: Agile, Backend, IOS, Android, DDD, TDDCI, SOLID, Unit testing, microservices, docker, natural language processing, Reactive, Javascript, PHP, Scala, Nodejs, Angularjs and many many more.

 

14. Vaughnvernon DDD blog

Here you will discover DDD tips by Vaughn Vernon. How to use Scala and Akka with Domain Driven Design and many other interesting things related to architecture and software craftsmanship.

 

15. Scruminc blog

This blog is about Scrum; best practices and tools. Here you will find success stories, tutorials, examples, statistics and other useful articles to improve team’s productivity and efficiency of the project.

 

16. Devhumor

Yes, this one is related to software humor. Memes, pictures, jokes, code and other stuff from real life that make you laugh.

 

17. Codinghorror

This blog you will love if you have a good sense of humor as it’s posts often include funny asides on the human aspects of coding. Also you will find articles discussing recent advances in the tech world.

 

18. Raywanderlich

This blog has tutorials for iOS and Android developers. Tips and best practices for swift and mac lovers. Unit testing, Unity, C#, Json and many more.

 

19. Objc


Here you will find books on advanced techniques and practices for iOS and OS X development. Most famous ones are: Functional Swift, swift talks series, advanced swift and Core Data.

 

20. Furbo

Here you will find a lot of articles about web development practices and tips. Also the author is following new technology trends and you may see some articles with his opinion about tech evolution and new software technologies.

 

21. Scala times

Once-weekly Scala news flash. All scala lovers should definitely follow it, because by doing it you will always know what is going on in the Scala world.

 

22. Martin Fowler blog: microservices

Here you will see articles about object-oriented programming. Microservices, refactoring, agile, continuous delivery and other important and currently hot topics you may find here.  

 

23. Funky JavaScript

Javascript related blog with React and Redux, Object Oriented vs Functional Programming topics. Insights and trends, opinions and examples can be easily found here.

 

24. RisingStack Engineering

Engineering blog for Node.js and JavaScript lovers. TDD, callback hell, clean coding and other buzz and important topics are discussed here.

 

25. Dave Sexton’s Blog

C# software development blog with topics relating to Microsoft’s .NET Framework, Sql Server, software architecture and more.

 

26. Panavtec

Android advanced topics written with personal experiences about coding. Other topics like Domain driven design, mobile architecture, TDD, MVP, Functional programming, continuous integration you will also find here.

 

27. Codecentric AG Blog 

Blog with interesting articles about Java, Performance Solutions, agile, software architecture, continuous delivery, cloud and many more.

 

28. Ocramius

Blog with software development thoughts about DDD, Akka, microservices, PHP, Junit, Docker, Android development and others.

 

29. AWS Developer Blog

Useful blog with articles about Java, .NET, PHP, Javascript, C++ and many more.

 

30. Carlosbuenosvinos

Last but not least, which I believe should definitely be in this list of top software development blogs is Carlosbuenosvinos. A blog with useful insights about PHP, DevOps, Extreme ProgrammingScrum, Domain Driven Design and other important software development topics.

 

I hope you find these software development blogs useful for you! If you know other ones that deserve to be in this list, please share them in the comments section below! Thank you! 

Famous article on Forbes by Louis Columbus said that “51% of enterprises intend to invest more in big data”. Visionary leaders know how important information/data will be in the digital age. It is primordial to approach and analyze every customer to then be able to predict what are the next user needs. Predicting what the consumers want before they even know it makes them quite excited and helps you provide an unforgettable service as well as build your brand name. Big Data analytics also contributes significantly to help companies when it comes to improving their business performance.

“Without Big Data, you are blind and deaf and in the middle of a freeway”1– Geoffrey Moore

 

Key statistics about Big Data that you shouldn’t ignore

 

  • 91 % of marketers believe that successful brands use customer data to decide marketing strategies
  • 49 % increase in revenue growth for companies that invested in analytics versus those that did not
  • 35 % of marketers say that data has improved their customer engagement through personalization
  • Retailers who leverage the full power of big data analytics could increase their operating margins by as much as 60%
  • 60% of the professionals asked feel that data is generating revenue within their organizations
  • 83% of the professionals say that data analysis makes existing services and products more profitable.  Asia is leading the way – where 63% said they are routinely generating value from data. In the US, the figure was 58%, and in Europe, 56%

 

Impressive statistics about 4 V’s of big data analytics

 

Volume, variety, velocity & veracity

 

  • 43 trillion gigabytes will be created by 2020, and will increase of 300 times from 2005
  • 6 billion people have cell phones. The world population is 7 billion
  • More than 4 billion hours of video are watched on Youtube each month
  • 400 million Tweets are sent per day by 200+ million monthly active users
  • Poor data quality costs the US economy around $3.1 trillion a year
  • Big data analytics grows to an annual rate of 40% in 2020

 

Big data analytics case studies

 

  • Walmart

 

As we all know it, Walmart is one of the best retailers in the world. With more than 245 million customers visiting 10,900 stores and its employee number that is actually more than some of the retailer’s customer numbers.

Walmart uses data which helps them to provide product recommendations to the users based on which products were bought before or which products were bought together. The chief information officer, Linda Dillman, examined sales data after Hurricane Charley to determine what would be needed following the forecasted Hurricane Frances. As well as the predictable increase in sales of flashlights and emergency equipment, the period saw an unexpected increase in demand for beer and strawberry pop-tarts. This data was used to inform stocking decisions, and led to strong sales. Strawberry pop-tarts sales increased by 7 times before a hurricane.

Walmart collected valuable information from each individual consumer, what was bought, where they live and what they are interested in to then predict the customer’s behavior.

 

 

Apple’s products make people happy, it’s a fact. Everyone is curious about their secrets, they want to know what are the processes behind all those excellent product designs. It is inevitable that they use Big Data analytics to analyse their user’s behaviors. Apple is interested in user experience, and they always think about how they can produce tech products that would provide the most logic and comfortable feeling to their users. Big Data analytics helps Apple with the “how, when & why” that they need to build products and determine what new features should be added.

 

 

When we are shopping online on eBay or on Amazon, you can almost always see some suggested products. For example, when I want to buy a dress, during the time i am purchasing it, I will get suggestions to buy a handbag, a scarf, some jewelry or even a pair of shoes that will help me be more satisfied of the outfit. It’s a sort of inspiration for me and who knows, i might buy more products from them.

In this case, they studied the customer’s behavior by researching data and by analyzing hobbies and habits of customers when they shopped at their stores in previous times. This enables to give a rational suggestion to a specific person, based on past attitudes.

 

 

Linkedin has more than 400 million members in over 200 countries and territories. There are 3 million company pages, 2 new members join Linkedin per second and there are more than 100 million unique monthly visitors. The total revenue advanced by 35% year-on-year to $861 M in the Q1 of 2016 Q1.

Big Data analytics is a key tool that helps Linkedin create great features on its platform. Let’s see how wise it is! Linkedin suggests us amazing points: people you may know, skill endorsements, jobs you may be interested in, news feed updates, who has viewed my linkedin profile, etc.

These features increase the value of the platform for the users, increasing therefore their satisfaction and interest. It has helped Linkedin build its success.

 

Interesting predictions about the future of Big Data by Bernard Marr

 

  • More companies will appoint a chief data officer
  • In addition, real-time streaming insights into data will be the hallmarks of data winners
  • Big data analytics will face huge challenges around privacy
  • “Autonomous agents and things” will continue to be a huge trend
  • The data-as-a-service business model is on the horizon
  • Algorithm markets will also emerge
  • Cognitive technology will be the new buzzword
  • “Fast data” and “actionable data” will replace big data
  • Businesses using data will see $430 billion in productivity benefits over their competition not using data by 2020

Oculus Rift users today found that their headsets were not working, and the problem appears to be a single expired certificate, as reported by Neowin. The certificate, which is part of the Oculus Runtime service, is being read as invalid, and the cause is likely a simple mistake like someone forgetting to push out a new file.

The file causing issues is called OculusAppFramework.dll and needs to be updated in order for the headsets and software to run as normal. The error message users are seeing as a result says, “Your Oculus software may be updating. Please wait a minute and try again. If the issue continues, contact Oculus support.”

Oculus Rift error message

In a tweet, the company acknowledged it was aware of the issue and said it is working to correct the problem. For now, it can be temporarily fixed by setting your computer’s date to earlier than March 7th. The whole issue isn’t a massive deal and can probably be fixed quickly once Oculus issues a software update, but it is annoying if you’re trying to use your headset today.

The cryptocurrency mining malware epidemic is getting out of hand: nearly 50,000 sites have been surreptitiously infected with crypto-jacking scripts, according to security researcher Troy Mursch from Bad Packets Report.

Relying on source-code search engine PublicWWW to scan the web for pages running crypto-jacking malware, Mursch was able to identify at least 48,953 affected websites. He adds that at least 7,368 of the compromised sites are powered by WordPress.

 

The researcher notes that Coinhive continues to be the most widespread crypto-jacking script out there, accounting for close to 40,000 infected websites – a stunning 81 percent of all recorded cases.

It is worth pointing out that Mursch was able to find at least 30,000 websites running Coinhive back in November last year.

 

 

For the rest, Bad Packets Report indicates the remaining 19 percent are spread between various Coinhive alternatives, like Crypto-Loot, CoinImp, Minr and deepMiner.

His research suggests there are 2,057 sites infected by Crypto-Loot, 4,119 by CoinImp, 692 sites by Minr, and 2,160 by deepMiner.

 

 

Back in February, security researchers discovered that a slew of legitimate websites – including government and public service agency portals – were quietly running crypto-jacking scripts.

The researcher has also published a document on PasteBin file detailing the 7,000 affected sites found since January 20 this year. “Some of these sites have already removed the crypto-jacking malware,” the PasteBin page reads. “However, many remain compromised. Browse at your own risk.”

Thursday, 29 December 2016 03:11

INT9 Solutions – How do we do?

INT9’S Virtual Boarding(ViBoard) is our proprietary product development framework developed with the client in mind. The framework is aimed at providing the highest level of service and satisfaction for the customers. Through ViBoard, we bring a step by step algorithmic approach in building the solution and deliver post-production support. We leverage ExpertModel(ExMod) to cross-engage the technologies across our applications.

Thursday, 29 December 2016 03:10

Cordova Development – Why ?

The development platform for different mobile platforms are different. Infact, we have several choices ranging from Android SDK, XCode, Eclipse, pods, nodes and so forth.

If you want to develop a mobile app for iOS, you should have a deep understanding of Objective C, cocoapods, iOS themes

If you want to develop a mobile app for BlackBerry or Android, you need to be a Java expert, Node.js whiz kid…

In short, if you want to develop mobile apps for different platforms, you need to know multitude of languages. This is one of the reasons that makes mobile app development complex.

Why cordova ?

– open source – write once run anywhere – runs on JS, HTML, AJAX, jQuery

Architecture Courtesy: https://cordova.apache.org/docs/en/latest/guide/overview/

INT9 solutions specializes in Android SDK, Xcode but predominantly on Cordova based development.

We are looking forward to keep this blog active…

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 03:09

Push Notifications

Push notifications help our customers to deliver custom message at various times during the day, month or year. We specialize in developing hybrid apps that offers push notifications, calendar updates and other native services without sacrificing the cross-platform features.

Read this article to understand the Cordova/.NET implementation of push notification

https://docs.microsoft.com/…/app-service-mobile-cordova-get…

Thursday, 29 December 2016 03:01

How to create a post in DOTCLEAR

How to post an article on dotclear blog posting system?

Dotclear is an open-source web publishing software published in 2003. The project’s purpose is to provide a user-friendly

tool allowing anyone to publish on the web, regardless of their technical skills.

The key features include: Easy publication, Fully customizable theme, User-friendly administration, Flexible

template system, Media management, Flexible comment system, Built-in antispam, Localization…

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