How to Find the Perfect App Developer

If you want to build an app for your startup or business, you will first need to find a really good app developer who can deliver exactly what you need. Building an app is not like building a website, where you can simply use DIY website builders. Finding the right app developer could be a lengthy process. So, know the following things about choosing a good developer so you know what to do without wasting time:

Check Out Previous Work

If you have an app developer in mind, check out the previous work he or she has done before you call. You can go to the app marketplaces for iOS or Android and download the apps to make sure they are any good. If you are hiring from an app development firm, go to the company’s website and check out the portfolio. It should show the type of apps the company has developed. It will give you a good idea whether the app developer is actually a good fit to deliver your expectations for the app.

Call on References

As you would when hiring a regular employee, you must check out the references of an app developer. Most individuals and companies include these in the resume or portfolio. Don’t be impressed by seeing a famous name on the list. Call up the references and get a recommendation before you hire the developer. If you hear much positive feedback from multiple references, then the app developer must be doing something right.

Check Out Online Reviews and Directories

Some app developers are listed on online directories, and some are even rated online. Check out these ratings and read the reviews in addition to calling on references. Do not judge the app developer solely based on online reviews. They could be written by anyone. But do use these reviews in an comprehensive analysis before hiring an app developer.

Ask for Sample Work

Developing an app as a sample is not an easy task. But, if possible, ask the app developer to do a small task for you. This should indicate what working with the person would be like. So, once you have narrowed down your list, sample work could be the defining factor.

Make Sure the Developer with Familiar with the Platform You Want for Your App

The app developer should be very familiar with the type of device and platform you want the app to be on. App developers specialise on android, iOS or crossplatform software. If you want an app for both Android and iOS devices, you need to hire a crossplatform developer who use generic type of coding. On the other hand, if you want the app to be available on Apple Watch you will need a developer who is very familiar with iOS and watchOS platforms. Clarify this before you hire.

Ask about Development Stage Work

There are different ways app developers works. Some only design the user interface for the app to make it appealing to the masses. Other developers do the hard coding that makes the app possible. Some companies or individuals charge additionally for one stage of work. You should probably hire a developer who can give you a single quote for all work involved for the sale of convenience and getting things done on time.

Also, the developers should have the right resources to test the app before launching. Once all this criteria had been met, you will be able to hire the right developer for your company’s app.

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Why VPNs are Gaining Greater Significance in Canada

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Some countries are strict on who they disclose their web contents. If your IP address is in a geo-restricted bracket, you could be denied access to important content. You should never let your studies or research suffer because of these geo-restriction – and this is why the use of VPNs amongst UBC students is rising. Here we aim to offer some insight into why UBC students are increasing using VPN services.

Easy access to geo-restricted content online

This is one of the most important advantages of getting a VPN. VPN masks your original IP address so that nobody can detect where you are searching from. You need to easy access to all websites for your research, including those that are geo-restricted. VPNs ease your route to any content you want online, despite geographical limitations imposed on your IP.

Better security on public Wi-Fi hotspots

Every college student uses free internet offered by public Wi-Fi hotspots. But according to market reports, free internet zones are also the popular network hunting grounds for hackers. Not all public Wi-Fi hotspots practice high security. However, that doesn’t mean you should not access free internet. You just have to make things secured from your end through a VPN service. When you sign up for VPN, the service provider will build a safe tunnel between your browsing device and the internet. The VPN encrypts a user’s traffic so that nobody gets a hint about their internet activities.

Unblocks restricted sites

Many sites restrict Canadian users, for example the American Netflix site (not the Canadian one). Here is where a VPN comes in handy. VPNs hide your IP address, so you too can get access to any series or blockbusters on US Netflix right from your UBC dorm.

Guards your VoIP calls

Are you a frequent user of VoIP services such as Skype or Lync? Unfortunately, these services are often eavesdropped. Even worse – it doesn’t even take advanced hacking skills to do eavesdrop. But VPN takes care of all these issues by guarding your private VoIP calls from malicious hackers.

Promising Tech Startups That Crumpled Into Bankruptcy in 2016-17

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Nothing can be more upsetting than promising startups collapsing into bankruptcy. Often a lack of farsightedness from the founders leads to such fateful consequences. Exorbitant marketing campaigns, hasty expansions and sloppy fiscal structures are some of the main reasons behind startups getting bankrupt. As stated by a veteran Scottsdale Bankruptcy Attorney, failure to comply with set business and operational standards (ending in expensive lawsuits) is another big reason for company bankruptcy. Below is a list of 4 promising tech startups that collapsed into bankruptcy in recent times.

Powa Technologies

Powa’s failure last year was a huge blow to the UK tech commerce scene. It’s tragic how a promising unicorn that was destined to become a tech giants ended up succumbing to bankruptcy. Powa developed mobile payment apps & POS terminals. It boasted a valuation of $2.7 million just two months before going bankrupt. Unfortunately, the startup was unable to impress customers and failed to raise the capital needed to keep the firm running. There was possibly no other way out and Powa declared bankruptcy in February 2016.

PopExpert

Another major tech startup to file for bankruptcy in 2016 was PopExpert. The company was a EduTech startup that worked to connect people with music teachers, career guides and other educational pros. It was fast gaining traction in the market, raising a whopping $2 million+ in seed funding. However, according to PopExpert officials, it was the controversial regime of their CEO Ingrid Sanders that spelt doom for the company. After 11 months of struggle, PopExpert finally filed for bankruptcy in April 2016. Ironically, Sanders was acknowledged as one of the 13 most influential women in modern tech world that same year.

Jumio

Delaware-based Jumio was yet another prospective startup to file for bankruptcy in 2016. The company developed ID verification technology and had backing from Facebook Co-founder Eduardo Saverin. According to sources, Jumio had financial issues since 2013 due to poor management decisions that finally led to its voluntary declaration of bankruptcy. The company is now owned by its high-profile backer Saverin and the new entity is now known as “Jumio Acquisitions LLC.

Dart Music Inc.

Another tech startup to file for bankruptcy this year is Dart Music Inc. It was a Nashville-based music-tech endeavor that aimed to foster digital distribution of classical music. The concept took the music scene by storm, which helped the company raise $1.5 million seed funding in 2015. However, Dart Music suffered a serious decline in revenue and eventually filed bankruptcy in February 2017. The company’s lack of negotiating capacities with stake holders was another major reason behind its failure. The good news is that Dart Music still has many assets to liquidate.