Friday, February 12, 2016

How the Cloud is Powering New Innovations

It's official - cloud computing is the future way of life, whether it’s for pleasure or for business. Cloud computing has been in development for some time now, and has more than proved its potential in the tech industry. Soon cloud computing will be a part of every industry and will eventually transform the way we work and live. 

And while cloud computing is currently benefiting businesses the most, it’s only logical that the next step would be to integrate everything else with the cloud. Here’s a list of some of the latest technologies that will rely heavily on cloud, in order to function properly.

Cloud Gaming – Redefining the Way the World Plays

With the advent of cloud gaming, gamers are now playing game rendered on the cloud, instead of the high-end graphics card of PC. This allows gaming headsets to function as nothing more than thin clients, and also helps save a chunk of expenses. This shift of device complexity to centralized data servers will bring down the individual cost of virtual reality headsets, and potentially remove the need for an expensive PC upgrade. Cloud gaming will also have secondary benefits such as enhanced ergonomics and lower resource requirements.

A handful of companies have already explored the concept of cloud gaming. Sony, for example, has developed a cloud gaming service called PlayStation Now, which is said to work in tandem with its PlayStation VR design. But while the first-generation of cloud gaming devices hold lots of promise for future gamers, the introduction of a durable, standalone cloud gaming device will be required to accelerate the adoption of cloud-based gaming.

This will mean that consumers will finally be able to afford to game, without having to invest in a high-end desktop or laptop PC. This would open the doors of virtual gaming for any member of society. No wonders, game fanatics are vocal about their love for the cloud, the platform that’s redefining the face of gaming.

Virtual Reality

Anyone familiar with the concept of cloud with seamless device transition, virtual reality Operating System Embedded (OSE) or cloud-based multi-user interactions will understand the impact the cloud will have on virtual reality. A thorough understanding of cloud gaming will propel virtual reality into the next generation.

It hasn’t been easy; extracting the power of the cloud and making sure that all connected devices are synced to each other. But, the transition is complete and many of us even know about Virtual Reality from things like The Matrix. Companies are already in the development stage for a number of such technologies, and will soon be available as part of the VR operating system environment. And while implementing VR in the real world will take some time, video gamers will already know what to do with it.

As a new generation of gamers emerges, a multi-system virtual reality is not far from entering the mainstream. Cloud-based VR will unleash a level of virtual connectivity that was never previously experienced, all thanks to the cloud.


People were happy with Dial-up modems, impressed with broadband, and were in awe of Wi-Fi. So, now get ready for the next generation of high-speed connectivity, with Li-Fi. A 5G light connectivity features that flows along the spectrum of visible light, Li-Fi is not just a new level of speed, but the first glimpse into the world of light speed. The concept works on Light-emitting diode or LED bulbs that transfer data when they are turned on or off, at a speed so fast that the human eye can’t even see it.

The equipment required to handle such speeds is already under development, and the means to use it is already available in the form of the cloud. With will make it possible to provide internet connectivity at speeds of up to 100 Gbps, estimated to be over 2000 times faster that modern day broadband. The availability of massive amounts of LEDs will enable Wi-Fi connectivity in areas that were previously prohibited, including airplanes, hospitals and other secure locations.

Another major advantage of this lightning fast connectivity is zero electromagnetic interference (ZEI), a feature that will eliminate the risk of radiation exposure from wireless data transmission. With the help of the cloud, Li-Fi will also offer enhanced data protection, seeing that light cannot pass through walls. This would make it virtually impossible to hack in to a data system from the outside. And as radio and telecommunication frequencies get more congested, the demand for a faster and more efficient media of wireless communication means that Li-Fi has a built a bright future for itself, courtesy the cloud.

Cloud Office Solutions

Things like virtual reality and cloud gaming are what make the cloud fun to use, but the cloud also offers a number of professional benefits that have become the norm for doing business. Cloud office solutions are already in the market, allowing businesses to get an array of office services from a single provider who will install, integrate, manage and secure your business processes.

Cloud computing had proven its value to businesses a long time ago, but cloud office solutions have opened new doors for smaller businesses. Cloud-based office solutions allow SMEs to take advantage of cloud systems, without having to invest in expensive infrastructure, such as e-mail servers, and IT technicians. Even the current cloud office solutions offer on the go access and cost efficiencies over traditional software.

Cloud Analytics Services

Cloud analytics is a business service model that has some components of the data analytics process coming in directly through a private or public cloud. A major advantage of cloud analytics over traditional analytics is that they are available on a subscription model, which means you usually pay for what you use and how much you use.

Cloud-based analytics also gives businesses an effective alternative to predictive analytics, allowing them to cut costs on data that is more than just subjective. There are already a number of cloud analytics services that are being offered by cloud companies, including data social media analytics, and software-as-a-service business intelligence, commonly referred to as SaaS BI. The SaaS BI model is fully scalable, making it a great platform for start-ups to get affordable analytics data.

About the Author

Mauricio is the CEO of, a data and user feedback driven comparison engine for cloud apps and services. 

He enjoys writing and producing educational videos around the cloud to help people find the best cloud service for their needs.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

How to Create a Professional-Looking Video Guide via Screen Capture

Video guides are currently in the rage, and you’ve probably encountered a couple in the past. As opposed to articles or even illustrations, video allows you to show someone exactly how to do something – while at the same time telling them what to do via a voiceover narration.

If you’ve already been perusing some of the video guides out there, you may have noticed that there is a stark and noticeable difference between them. Some resemble amateur productions, with shaky and choppy video as well as stuttered narration. On the other hand, others look much more professionally produced – being smooth, seamless, and with flawless narration.

To create a professional-looking video guide, the first thing you need to do is prepare.

Writing a Script Can Make or Break a Video

A big part of the reason why professional-looking videos tend to be so smooth and seamless often boils down to the fact that they are carefully scripted.

For any video, the script that you write is your plan, and it will contain all the details of the video that you ultimately want to produce. In a nutshell – it is the vision of your video, put down on paper, and as such it should contain:

  • A breakdown of the scenes that make up the video.
  • Details of what elements each scene contains along with what they’re portraying or doing during that scene.
  • The voiceover narration that is to be read at various points of each scene that it coincides with.

Start by drafting a basic script, and then build on it. Be as thorough as possible, though at the same time bear in mind that although the script will be your overall guide you may very well have to adapt it later on.

Record Multiple Takes

Have you ever wondered why professional filmmakers often film multiple takes of a single scene? It’s simple really: Often a single take may not be perfect, so they film it until they have a take that is, or are able to edit together one that is from the multiple takes that they’ve filmed.

Seeing as you’re using screen capture to film your video guide, it should be no problem recording multiple takes. Keep going until you’re satisfied, but also be prepared to go back and re-record some scenes if you later find out that they aren’t up to scratch.

Putting it All Together and Adding Polish

After the recording is done and you have the raw material for your video guide, you will need to put it all together. Not only does this mean combining the scenes that you’ve recorded to form the video, but it also encompasses trimming unnecessary footage, and maybe even cutting and combining segments from different takes to get it looking just right.

During this stage you should also record and insert your voiceover.

Once that is all sorted, you should look to add the final touches to your video by adding a certain polish to it. In some cases this could be tweaking the quality or the look of the video by adjusting its color settings or applying filters, or it could be something more notable, like adding stylish transitions.

Every video is different and adding polish is often a question of taste, style, and approach.

Now that you know how to create a professional looking video guide via screen capture, all that you need is the software that will make it all possible. One of the best that has all the features you need is the Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac and you’ll find that knowing how to record screen on Mac with it is really intuitive, easy, and will feel completely natural.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SEMYOU Cloud SaaS - The Office of the Future is Right Here


SEMYOUCloud SaaS - All-in-one enterprise apps for your business.
Customer SegmentFor business of any size - small, medium and large - Communicate, Collaborate & Manage your office in the cloud. 
UISlick, Responsive. Admin module is not responsive.
UXOverall intuitive. Needs a slight improvement at a few places.
Technology StackMicrosoft
Business ModelFreemium SaaS. [Free 30 days Trial].
USPAll-in-one enterprise grade apps.
SupportQuick and meaningful
No. of Apps30+
TaglineThe cloud office of the future
LimitationsSee Details Section.

What is SEMYOU 

Last week I came across a suite of cloud services from SEMYOU. It offers a wide range of apps that a business requires to function smoothly on a daily basis. Gone are the days when you were required to manage & maintain a few dozens of IT applications in-house under an IT department which often became white elephant. We are already into an era of off-the-shelf services which can be configured easily by the end users based on their requirement.

All the SEMYOU services are cloud based SaaS which apparently mean that you get all the inherent benefits of a cloud computing service.

What are the Benefits of SEMYOU?

A few of the many benefits:

  1. Reduced Cost - CapEx Free, Pay as You Go.
  2. Less worries - No long-term contract.
  3. Increased Focus on Your Core Business.
  4. You get more than a dozen of apps to choose from for your business and all-in-one central location. 
  5. Increased Availability and Mobility.
  6. Your location doesn't matter. It's always available on your desktop, mobile and tablet.
  7. Increased Performance and Reliability.
  8. It is green.

Are there any Prerequisites to Use SEMYOU?

Internet connectivity, a browser and a few configurations like adding your basic records - users, projects, holiday list etc. and you're ready to go. No extra infrastructure/hardware is required as there's no installation hassle!

Getting Started 

  1. Signup for SemYou Cloud Office. [Credit card NOT required]
  2. Verify your email Id.
  3. The email Id used for the signup acts as an Admin.
  4. Log on to Admin module from the link received in your mail.
  5. Add users.
  6. As per your requirement, choose the right set of apps for a FREE trial from APP-STORE.
  7. Assign users to apps along with their appropriate privileges.
  8. Are the apps right-fit for your business requirement?
  9. If the answer to the above question is YES - go for an upgrade.

How Secure is the SEMYOU Cloud Office?

SemYou applies best in class industry practices to secure your privacy and data in the cloud. Apart from applying advance encryption standards & access controls, SemYou has implemented built-in security practices in core of every app to secure data at rest and data in motion.

SemYou's data center currently resides in Europe and operates under European Union Law.

What I Liked Most?

As far as I know there are very few services where you get more than 30 apps at one place!

Also, overall the UI/UX is intuitive and the trial run went smoothly without reading any of the documentation! But I think, a user who has no prior experience of using these kind of apps may require a little hand holding for a couple of hours before she understands the nitty-gritty of the apps.

Disclaimer - I am a full-time software developer and have also reviewed many apps in the past. My intuition may differ from an average user.

Available Apps - App Store

Glimpses of My Trial Run 

I was satisfied with my trial run results for SEMYOU apps. I tested the following apps:

  • sem.Drive
  • sem.AutoReminder
  • sem.WorldClock
  • sem.IssueTracker
  • sem.Kanban
  • sem.Mindmap

Here's a few of the screen shot for your reference. [Click the respective image for a larger view]










There are a few limitations I noticed while I was trying the cloud office. A few of the Administration Module's forms were not compatible with the latest Chrome, Firefox & IE. 

In sem.AutoReminder it is practically expected that reminders are also delivered via SMS apart from the current eMail delivery.

Looks like a few of the apps are still under construction, example semDB.

A few places require explicit alerts, information as it might help a new user.


Signup, pick your apps and go for a trial run. Recommended.

Writer's Note: "This post was sponsored but the views are unbiased and are correct to the best of my knowledge".

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cloud Management Technologies: Four Key Trends in 2015

The cloud market is changing. As adoption becomes mainstream, more and more providers are jumping on board to provide a range of services — once Amazon's bailiwick, Tech Target notes that the retail giant is now under challenge from players like Google, IBM and HP while new entrants such as Chinese giant Alibaba look to make their mark. 

All this cloud interest means there are a host of new management technologies in development; here are four key trends to watch this year:

Vertical SaaS

The Software as a Service (SaaS) market continues to grow, and according to Enterprise Irregulars global SaaS revenues are set to reach $106 billion by 2016. However, as discussed by Information Management, there's a shift happening: As-a-service tools are starting to go vertical. Through 2015, expect that all the familiar standards — CRM, ERP, analytics — will continue to see strong growth, but chances are that vendors will take a more focused approach to SaaS moving forward as a way to target specific verticals. These include finance, health care, law and even manufacturing; public and private clouds have matured enough that this kind of specialization is now possible. What's more, the price war between Google, Amazon and other vendors is helping to make these kind of focused deployments even more affordable for companies just starting their transition to the cloud.

Turnkey Migration

According to a recent Search Cloud Computing article, another key trend in cloud management is migration. At a basic level this includes app migration — tools and approaches developed to make moving legacy apps a simpler and more streamlined process. This also extends to migration as a whole; providers are now willing to invest in making cloud migration a “turnkey” process, eliminating the need for lengthy deployments and uncertain timelines. In many cases the success of this trend rests with specialized vendors, for example, hosted PBX providers, which have developed solutions to work across a variety of cloud deployments and legacy systems. The sophistication of cloud infrastructure now makes it possible to deliver solutions which combine easy migration and use.

Off-Site Innovation

Another key trend to expect this year? More off-site innovation. As noted by Forbes, the nature of research and development (R&D) is changing. Companies are no longer dependent on in-house IT professionals to innovate the apps and platforms from end to end; it's now possible to leverage work done by other IT shops to form the basis of new computing solutions. Through 2015, expect the speed and sophistication of this innovation to increase, allowing companies to devote more of their IT budget to refining mission-critical apps and developing niche feature sets rather than starting from scratch with each new software tool.

Security at Scale

The last key trend for 2015 lies with security. Always a hot-button topic around the cloud, Information Age suggests that it's now possible for cloud vendors to get ahead of the security discussion and provide consumers with a new level of confidence. Bottom line? Cloud providers have the scale of resources, depth of knowledge and breadth of skill to create best-in-class security solutions. As more vendors take a proactive approach to cloud security, expect to see this market diversify and innovate, prompting a shift in IT security thinking as a whole. In effect, the right management strategy here can turn the supposed liability of cloud security into an asset, since the scale of provider technology makes it possible to offer much more robust, end-to-end protection.

2015 should be a banner year for management technologies as vendors spend on innovation and companies commit IT budgets to the cloud. Four large trends are already on the horizon: Vertical SaaS, turnkey migration, off-site innovation and an evolved security landscape.
This is a Guest Post.

About the Author

Sheldon Smith is the current Senior Product Manager for XO Communications.  In addition to his experience heading up the Hosted PBX and Conferencing products divisions at XO, he also has over 10 years of Department and Process Management experience.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

4 Android Apps that Bring the Cricket Fever to your Smartphone

If there was ever one word that described the passion that drives Indians then that word is cricket. Be it T20, ODI, IPL or a 5 day test match, we cannot miss a single over. We glue ourselves to our TV screens and god forbid if we have to leave the house we need a constant radio commentary to keep us going.

Be it gully cricket or kids playing cricket in the local circuits, since a young age we develop an affinity to this game and we enjoy every format of this game.

Now in a world where we all own smartphones, we can bring the magic of cricket onto our phones so we never have to miss a game or miss details about our favourite team in the IPL or when India plays against other countries.

Download these apps and bring the magic of cricket to your smartphones:


This is the No.1 app on the Google Play store for cricket enthusiasts who cannot live without cricket. The app has complete information and lets you know all the details about ICC World Cup. IPL8, ICC World T20 as well as Champions League T20 along with other major cricket tournaments covered.

Now follow your favourite team and get to know about the venues, stadiums and photos from cricket matches along with a detailed view of the games’ statistics. You can change to a number of languages including Hindi, Kannada, Telugu and Bengali amongst a few others.

Now get all the live updates and match alerts along with player profiles and their rankings to never miss any information on cricket or your favourite player again. You can also share the enthusiasm amongst your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

If you’re a cricket enthusiast you can purchase cricket related accessories by redeeming exclusive AskmeBazaar Coupons given exclusively by CashKaro and bring home all the goods you need to be the cricket star of your locality. Here you can also avail sports product offers that is extremely affordable and fits your budget.

Star Sports Pepsi IPL

This is the official app for the Star Sports channel which brings to you live scores not only for cricket but also live football, tennis and badminton scores if you’re interested in following other sports as well.

You can catch all the drama unveiling at the IPL and find out which team won and which team got knocked down and support your favourite team and get live scorecard updates, ball by ball commentary, points table update and other important statistics related to the game.

You can now catch full replays in case you happen to miss your match as well as have features like video on demand and get highlights and live streaming of other sports all under one app. This app surely answers all your sports related prayers.

Cricket Companion

This is a great social app that lets you catch up with cricket scores and give you features like Live chat, social media rage and commentary amongst many more features to keep you busy. Share a live virtual stadium with your friends and laugh and cheer with other cricket fans as this app makes it fun to follow cricket.

You can share pictures and files with your friends and always know the latest with access to Facebook, Twitter from within the app itself. Share your emotions with all the other fans when your favourite team wins and even if it loses it doesn’t hurt to share the pain. You can even create a group of your favourite friends to chat with so you never miss out on important cricket gossip.

This app really brings together social media and cricket all together in one app which should keep you occupied and obsessed for hours.

Real Cricket 14

This game is for those who cannot live without cricket- if they’re not watching a match then they’re most probably playing one. Now bring the magic of a cricket tournament to your mobiles with this intensive game in which you can choose from amongst 16 nations and 8 master teams.

The controls are simple and will make you addicted to the game. The graphics too are commendable and the 2D motion shows you every movement in great detail.

This app is definitely one of the best apps to play virtual cricket but one which gives you real time fun.

With the internet advancement, we can get all the detailed news and updates about our favourite teams and players all thanks to these apps which make sure we never have to live a day without our favourite game being a part of it!

Guest Post by Neha Chaudhary