What is a “Freemium” App?

A “freemium” app is a free download that rather than charging users a flat rate, uses in-app purchases to generate revenue.

There are usually a few tiers to an app. The first tier is always free. That’s what is referred to as “freemium”. You obtain the word “freemium” when you combine “free” and “premium”.

Mobile app developers Los Angeles—or any other city—offering freemium apps or services, bank on the idea that 1 or 2 percent of users will choose to pay for the full-featured app or service. More often than not, paying users cover the cost of freemium users. For any given app, power users pay for more functions or space.

The Pitfall

What if the app doesn’t attract 2 percent of users, who pay for the premium version? Or what if the charges aren’t enough to cover all costs? The owner of the app has two choices: get consumed in freemium flames, or charge everybody.

The Upside

As an iPhone app development company Los Angeles, you want your iPhone apps to generate at least some revenue. Here’s what you can do to realize success in your company: give the business enough time and more free users may just decide pay for your services.

Today, mobile app development Los Angeles has become more popular than ever. Companies looking to succeed in this industry need to know that a free app is downloaded more, compared to a paid app. Consequently, the number of in-app purchases exceed what a premium version could make.


Halcyon Innovation is a group of Android and iPhone app developers from Los Angeles. Halcyon makes applications for businesses around the globe.

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Top Android Tablets

There is an amazing number of new Android tablets paving their way in the market. With all these choices, consumers might be confounded when it comes to buying their new device. The list below depicts some of the best 8-inch Android tablets of this year.

Google Nexus 9
This is the first tablet that will be sold with Android 5.0 Lollipop straight out of the box. The 9 is the successor of the Nexus 7. It is known to be one of the toughest rivals to the iPad. This tablet is manufactured by HTC and its touchscreen comes in 8.9 inches. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The resolution is 1536 x 2048. The main factor that brings an edge to this tablet is the fact that it has been designed with particular consideration for the latest OS release.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S
The Galaxy Tab S comes in 2 versions, the 10.5 inches screen and the other one is 8.4 inches. The screen features the AMOLED technology and the tablet is quite lightweight and extremely slim. Features and performance are some of the key strengths of this tablet.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2
This tablet has an 8-inch LCD screen. The resolution is of 1920 x 1200 and the density is at 283 ppi. The Wi-Fi version is quite lightweight at around 419g. The tablet comes with a quad-core processor and clocks at 1.33 GHz. It comprises of a 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. This is a good affordable tablet.

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Effective Ways to Boost Your Radio Advertisement Strategy

Getting people to come into your business is a tough task on its own. Utilize data from your advertisements to see if they’re as effective as you want them to be.

What defines an effective media marketing strategy? Is it the reach of the advertisement or the capital invested? Maybe it’s the production and distribution rate. Advertising through the media, specifically radio, is one of the most efficient marketing tools that’s continuously used by brands creating awareness for themselves as well as selling their products and services to the public.

According to Steve Doctrow, of Rogers & Cowan, radio is indeed alive and performing quite well in the digital world.

The focal point of advertisers is the listener base. By understanding who’s actually listening to your advertisements, here are some basic strategies that you implement into your media marketing plan.

Create Surveys

Conducting surveys is essentially the most basic tool that you can use to determine the reach of your customer base. This can be done both online and in-store. If you’re selling a product, consider adding rewards or discounts as an incentive for them to complete your survey. Additionally you can also add the same incentive for customers that mention a special keyword or phrase that’s in your advertisement as well. This tends to give you a rough idea of the exposure that your advertisement is leading to and can aid you in “editing” the advertisement to whichever direction you want.

Sales Numbers

Another way that you can see if your investment has paid off is by looking your sales number from the time your radio advertisement has started to the present. See if there are significant jumps or trends that you can point out. Obviously, the higher the numbers, the more influential your advertisement has been.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

The Note Edge, very much like its predecessor, is a large thin phablet. The screen dimension is of 5.6 inch. Users will also be able to experience the Amoled Quad HD+ on this device. The highest HD resolution of its screen is 524 ppi. The size and weight do not differ much from the Note 4, only that the Note Edge is slightly longer, thinner and lighter by a few grams. Among the features of the Note Edge there are the heart sensor, fingerprint ID sensor and the popular S-Pen which can be slotted to the side.

Screen
The right side of the phablet’s screen curves around its side. This extension is not part of the main screen though. It constitutes of a second screen for other menus and alerts. The smaller screen has a resolution of 2560 x 160 px. The information featured on this screen can be customised.

Software & Processor
The Note Edge’s processor consists of a 2.7 GHz quad-core along with a 3GB RAM. For Operating System, quite surprisingly, rather than the most updated Android version, users will have the Android 4.4.4 KitKat. However, software upgrades might be on the way.

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge does not offer much of an improvement. The main noticeable feature on the Note Edge is the curved alert panels found on its side. This feature, apart from being aesthetically pleasing, is also genuinely useful. The phablet still does not bear waterproof features, which might be a let-down for the price.

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Could 3D Printing Disrupt the Froyo Business?

Imagine visiting your favorite ice cream shop, and because they have a promotional deal with Marvel you can order custom printed cups designed with your child’s favorite superheroes. Sound like a dream? 3-D printing might make that reality come sooner than you think. There are already retail operations set up to 3-D print everything. Materials are becoming cheaper too, so the days of a business like Baskin Robbins custom printing everything from spoons to cups might be coming soon.

3D Printing Advances

Frozen yogurt seems like an unlikely candidate for disruption, but we’re already experimenting with 3D printed foods. These foods are made of natural ingredients too, so startups are springing up frequently around the idea that customers will take a bite. Frozen Yogurt might be a good entry point. We are used to the familiar routine of soft serve at a buffet: ice cream cups stacked atop one another, a pull lever dispensing chocolate or vanilla.

Now imagine that concept with any flavor you want, all made of dairy-based ingredients as natural ice cream or frozen yogurt should be. That’s not too hard to swallow.

What’s Next

There aren’t any specific initiatives yet aimed at disrupting the ice, but MIT students have already created 3D printed ice cream. By hacking a 3D printer together with a Cuisinart ice cream maker, the trio of students managed to create a device that can serve ice cream on demand. For fun, it even prints shapes and adds texture.

Would you eat 3D printed froyo?


 

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Punch-Time Clocks Can Harm Your Company’s Finances

Written by: Allied Time

Read below to see how new-age technology has led to the exit of older time clock models.

The century-old punch-card time clocks are a staple system in many businesses today. Their simplicity and cost-efficiency has led to many business owners to employ these machines in their workplace. However, its minimalistic design has led to employees finding “loopholes” around the system in order to get paid slightly more.

One of the most frequently used methods that is still a problem today is the “buddy punching” scheme where an employee punches the card of another that is either late or absent. The end result is an unknown figure that’s being paid out to those that wholly do not deserve it. As a result, more companies opt to use the biometric time clock instead, which eliminates buddy punching.

There have been rising concern however, over the information that someone inputs through a fingerprint time clock. Despite its appearance, any information that’s logged in the system like a personal fingerprint won’t be used for any criminal background check or anything of the sort. Its sole purpose lies in tracking time and attendance. The fingerprint itself is just a numerical value that the computer recognizes and identifies through its algorithms.

Through the use of these systems, businesses and companies, especially ones with a high turnover rate, are experiencing much more success accurately tracking their employees’ time and attendance. Most time clocks also include the ability to compile reports that managers and payroll administrators can open up and look into on their computers. At each pay period’s end, a computerized report of each employee will be delivered to the administrator for further verification.

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