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RED SIGNAL 2014 Year in Review

As December is about to become history and New Year is joining us in next week, we wanted to reflect on the achievements, milestones and moments that marked our year. Record growth, exceptional new and existing client initiatives, and our notoriously famous (the world loves when we party) in-house events made for a memorable 2014, and we can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store. Here’s an overview of key moments from the ‘soon to be past year’.

Bigger, Faster, Stronger

2014’s been a great year for us at RED SIGNAL. A lot of stuff happened through us. A lot of new faces joined us. A lot of ideas got realized through us. New technologies and new tools kept reaching us. More than 15 new hires joined our team, bringing us to a super nerd 50+ REDS. Contributing to these impressive figures was the addition of some great partnerships with global clients. We expanded our reach to 75 countries spread across 6 continents.

We lived every single day of this year.

As a direct result of our continued growth throughout the year, we successfully launched 21 new ecommerce sites, 14 enterprise web apps and 21 mobile apps. These comprised both B2B and direct-to-consumer solutions and apps across a range of industries, including some of the largest and most complex implementations we’ve worked on in our born days.

Our clients? They were thrilled to see our work. To give you an idea, here is what they are saying.

Btw, what were we like in 2013?

 

Oh, what’s not been included among our 2014 roster was the redesign of our own website, conceptualized and launched in-house on a responsive framework by our cross-functional delivery team. We’re especially proud of the ‘About Us’ section of the new site, reflecting a great sense of our personality and highlighting our commitment to developing relevant, timely solutions alongside and guided by our expertise.

RED SIGNAL website 2011

Giving Back

2014 made us 10 years old. Wasn’t it the time to give something back to the people living around us. On different occasions of the year, we donated more than 5,000,00 in charities, donations and community support programs. To encourage a more knowledge-oriented society, we launched 3 programs.

www.tuition.com.pk – A state of the art website to connect tutors and students from around the world and help them learn and earn.

www.bathak.com – An entertainment portal for latest news, views, articles, columns, videos and discussions.

www.careerizm.com – An all things HR related portal, bring tips, tricks, tutorials from the best brains of the HR world.
Happy holidays and best wishes for a successful 2015 from all of us at RED SIGNAL!

iBeacons & RED SIGNAL — We’re Pushing Boundaries further & faster

Often biggest changes in technologies come around from smallest beginnings. Just last summer in 2013, Apple announced iBeacon, a nerd-dragging feature allowing mobile apps (iOS and Android) to behave and respond in a location-awareness ecosystem – indoor mobile communication. Well, that’s the concept.

Imagine if your mobile app could sense the position of its users and then send them notifications, loyalty cards, discounted deals or any other thing right into their mobiles that otherwise your shopping assistant would only tell. Sounds Interesting?

Now that is something interesting. Let’s see what iBeacons really are and how they are going to change the way indoor mobile communications.

What is iBeacon, anyways?

‘iBeacon’ (or just ‘beacon’) is an indoor positioning system — say GPS, but inside offices, stores, universities etc. — that is engineered to be low cost and ultra-low power working with iOS 7 devices to provide directional, informational, and other services. Connected with Apple’s native Location Services like GPS, Wi-Fi mapping, and cell tower triangulation, iBeacons detect when you approach or leave, and estimate your proximity and deliver you the content accordingly. So, no misfires.

It can also be disabled in Settings: Privacy should you not want to make use of it.

At RED SIGNAL, We’re taking iBeacons a bit further, a bit faster:

Being at the sharp end of technology gives us unique opportunities to work on latest tools and technologies. It’s been quite some time now, since we have been working with iBeacons and experimenting their some amazing potentials in our real world. A moment of pause here, don’t forget to visit our complete range of mobile apps development solutions.

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‘To state the obvious, iBeacon is totally game changer. Using Bluetooth to send ads and push notifications between nearby devices really fascinates most of us’. says Irfan Danish (Principal Software Engineer @ RED SIGNAL)

We’re in the final phases of delivering world’s most fascinating and first enterprise grade multi-retailer platform that leverages beacons to their full potential, while allowing retailers to deliver a whole new range of directional, informational and promotional services according to their proximity to iBeacons device. What’s more is that our is the only enterprise-grade solution that lets retailors and brands to create, manage and then deliver the alerts, notifications, suggestions and recommendations to app users, whether they are in the store or are in neighborhood.

Similarly, we have introduced contextual messaging for EventBuizz (some of very popular Event Management apps available today), using ibeacons. It all takes EventBuizz to new realms of host/attendee interaction and engagement, while helping attendees pick up their badges faster and get more involved in the sessions they attend. One key feature of the app allowed for real-time audience interaction during sessions, where attendees can network with other attendees in that session, participate in a discussion forum, and answer live audience polls.

Other use cases could include allowing sponsors to show content as attendees approach their booth or match attendees based on profile to make networking more efficient.

How it Works ( Example in context of Point of Sale retail marketing):

Bluetooth? Turned On. iBeacon enabled mobile app? Downloaded. Location Services? Accepted. Push Notifications? Allowed.

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That’s it. This is what makes magic ‘real’. Now imagine, you have a retail store with iBeacons on different places. John heads towards the store with his smartphone in his hands or pockets. As soon as John comes into iBeacons’ proximity, his phone would start receiving signals from the beacons. Say, he is at the entrance, the beacon set in the window sends him a welcome message. John enters the store, starts roaming around. Every time he enters into a particular beacon’s range, he would get different message on his mobile screen, such as discounted prices, special promotions, time-limited coupons etc.

See, No Salesman! That’s just the start. The end is where you stop thinking.

 What Next? Here’s the Future.

 

iBeacon as you see it today is just the initial offering. The uses are endless, and we expect to see it combined with other applications that exist in the marketplace today. Combining iBeacon technology with point-of-sale will provide consumers with a shopping experience that is fast and easy and that fulfills both the consumer’s and retailer’s needs.

If you are looking for highly professional team of mobile developers, with some seriously hands on battling with mobile technologies, we need to talk. Not to toot our own horns, as a leading mobile apps development company, we are made of very high end technologists, Mobility consultants, iOS developers and Android Developers.

From EXPERTS – Some Best Practices to Hack eCommerce Growth

eCommerce – billion dollar industry today where 3 billion people are wired down to their toes and are always on the look to make purchases from their different gee-whiz gizmos, laptops and mobile phones. Yes, that’s what it is. Fancy that? Sure, every business mind likes this.

From the biggest urban brands (actually they already have gone high above the lane) of the world to countryside merchandiser, every 4th business mind finds himself attracted towards this industry. No surprise, if you too are one of those 4th business minds. Well, here is a thing (it’s bad). Not all ecommerce websites make money. Instead, some of them eat money. Reason……??? Let’s save them for an other day and talk about the right way to hatch an ecommerce business the right way, the safe way.

Isn’t it more like our job as Business Consultants to educate our clients and help them adopt and stay on top of the bargain. After all, we are a special species of ecommerce and we know what usually works and what always works. So here we go!

Note: There are hundreds to dozen hundreds tips, tricks and hacks. Following just happen to be on top of the list.

What’s Your eCommerce Strategy – Do You Even Have it

There is an old saying that goes as: Don’t dive into it without knowing its depth first. Believe it or not, 60 percent of ecommerce start-ups fail or fade in their 2nd or 3rd business year. Why? Because, leaders’ little to no understanding of digital ecosystem, poorly designed ecommerce stores, mis-marketing, wrong strategies for post-launch support. What else a business needs to fail! So, can you really avoid all this trouble and loss?

Yes, you can avoid it all, by creating a SOLID (seriously we mean it in caps) eCommerce Roadmap.

Yes, eCommerce roadmap is bible for you and other stakeholders toanswer all the in’s and out’s of your ecommerce business, allowing you to identify the open opportunities, the challenges lying around the business roads, the tools and technologies needed for system implementation, resources required to turn things into revenue , so on.

  • Ensure platform functionality meets the intended function. During platform selection, make sure individual functionality (e.g. Wishlists) meets the intended business or customer use. If not, customization will be required, which will likely add to project costs and timeline.
  • Build an ecommerce roadmap that spans a minimum of 18-24 months. Define critical platform needs for launch. Identify subsequent channel improvements to be implemented over post-launch project phases. This provides two crucial benefits: it enables incremental revenue increases from a quicker launch cycle to help defray the costs of subsequent phases and provides the flexibility to react to changing market needs or conditions.
  • Create a Change Management plan that addresses operational and organizational issues and considers internal and external stakeholders. The way things have always been done is not always the best way. Look for opportunities to improve and simplify business processes.

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The Hands and Minds Behind – Your Internal Team

After launch, what comes next?

The most powerful and the most expensive ecommerce software, powered by the best ecommerce company of the world wouldn’t help a hair if people operating it do not know their way pretty well around the platform. Even in its barest forms, the implementation of ecommerce platforms requires diligent execution from your executive team, marketing, merchandising, customer services, admin and IT departments.

There’s no room for noobs in this whole eCommerce bargain. eCommerce Professionals, however, can handle these problems fairly easily, and reduce the risks involved in your ecommerce projects.

See Things Through Bigger Lens – Be Future Ready

It’s frightening to see how quickly or blindly companies adopt the solutions and strategies that fix some problems while at the same time, opening the doors for newer ones. It’s something like a doctor who prescribes his patients to drink because they can’t digest – who knows what you would call it. What’s good in such cases is to stay open for customizations or even re-platforming if required – beware no company wants to migrate to another platform for fun. It’s a major move and is advised only in cases where saying Good Bye to the existing solution is the only way.

At RED SIGNAL, we never lose our sight from the bigger picture. Every time we work with our clients, we encourage them to address immediate issues by innovative technology hacks, and not at the loss of flexibility and predictability.

Give it Your Personal Time and Care – Some things Money Can’t Always Solve

Finally, stay patient. Only Hollywood can solve challenges overnight. In our ecommerce ecosystem, it takes time to solve things, get the business on the right footings and then keep it strong there. Engage your team members very actively, make them a single unit working in the same direction. And when you have done it, thank our experts for sharing their experience with you. Cheers

Bonus TIP

Online retail is in continuous flux – always changing. Merchandisers and retailers are realizing that it’s more viable business model and more profitable too. Meanwhile, users are getting technology-adaptive too. This is the present and this not going to change in times coming ahead. It’s not only the small/midsized brands and retailers who can’t afford big retail space, retail dinosaurs like Indigo/Chapters in Canada are also closing stores and moving into online ecosystem.

Perhaps, it’s your turn now. Pay very close attention to small details and avoid the mistakes that 90% others have and are making. In case of any help and assistance, you know where to find us. A phone call, a friendly message, an email you can reach us by any means you like.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Hits Markets Shelves Today – Challenger To Apple’s iPad

 

Samsung has dramatically risen up in 2012’s tech basket and has successfully challenged Apples’ monarchy throughout the world. Galaxy SIII has already been an aspiring success story among smartphones and today comes Galaxy Note 10.1 to move tectonic plates of tabs industry.

Without any further ado, let’s have a quick look into it first.

Features:

Following are some of specs worth noting.

  • As name tells, 10.1 inch LCD display
  • Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Samsung Exynos Processor
  • 5MP and 1.MP rear and front cameras respectively
  • Wi-Fi Centric
  • MSRP: $ 499 and $ 549 for 16 GB and 64 GB model respectively

Well, all of above features including camera and display screen, processor etc, aren’t the real party features of this latest Samsung Not, in fact not strong enough to challenge Apple’s ipad. Aesthetically, this tab provides average joy.

It’s strongest feature is its dramatic ‘Stylus’. This Stylus (S-Pen) provides amazing precision which is rather impossible to achieve with fingers.  Writing and drawing experience with iPad is rather terrible but Samsung Note exceptionally recognizes both handwritten English language and mathematical equations as well.

Samsung is quite confident to break into tabs industry deeper with its newest Galaxy Note and initial feedback of users also shows that it’s a ‘great tablet’, great enough to fill in the suit of iPad. Btw, ‘great tablet’ is also under Apple’s patent.

Android application development is currently beating iOS development and almost every new month is bearing more Android powered gadgets. So, how this latest Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 affects mobile application development is also another point of interest.

Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and Surface Challenging Apple — Would iPad Mini Be A Success…?

 

There are few technologies that just take a decade to saturate across all four winds. Smartphones have already done that and are now run almost parallel to total number of population across the world. The next generation’s gadget for getting penetration through the breadth and corner of the world would, undoubtedly, be ‘tablets’; commonly referred as tabs.

While keeping the business potentials of tablets in their minds, tech manufacturers are readily tugging at their sleeves. Microsoft, Google and Amazon have also now started offering competition to Apple; Apple, by its iPad, enjoys 60% market cap in tab industry.

Google’s Nexus 7, Microsoft’s Surface and Amazon’s Kindle Fire are currently getting ready to have Apple’s iPad toppled to the ground. On Friday, Google started shipping its Nexus 7 which is quite hot cake for consumers as it’s rather more inexpensive. Microsoft is making its Surface tablet to join in the heat. Amazon’s Kindle fire is a direct combatant against Apple’s iPad as it has larger screen.

A Die Hard Combat for Apple?

What would be Apple’s moves regarding all this brawling and beats? Apple isn’t going to bow down and cede to competitors so easily. Consumers do feel being attracted towards others as iPad is quite an expensive device as compared to its competitors.

Well, this is the problem and Apple is working hard to sort that out this very year. Currently Apple’s 9.7 inch iPad costs $500 but ‘anonymous’ Apple engineers have revealed that Apple’s new iPad would be significantly inexpensive and would have smaller display screen as well, i-e, 7.85 inch. Though Apple’s spokespersons have refused commenting over it yet this ipad is now widely being referred as ‘iPad mini’.

Recent Survey Predicting Apple’s iPad a big flop:

Analysts are forecasting 6 million sales of iPad mini this holiday season. But, a recent consumer survey offers totally different picture and predicts it as ‘Biggest Flop Ever’.

According to survey conducted by vouchercodepro.co.uk, 1012 UK’s tech fans were asked to share their thoughts over ‘ipad mini’. According to report, 42% of respondents said iPad to be Apple’s biggest mistake. Only 6% viewed it as a good move. 54% of participants showed their preference for Google’s Nexus 7 which comes only at $199.

Well, I personally don’t get impressed with such surveys as the results are based on strictly narrow sample out of a population. To me, Apple’s iPad mini would help it leveraging textbook business strategy. Smaller screen would obviously find traction among users who want different sizes of tablets in iPad family.

What do you think about iPad Mini? Would it be able to catch limelight?

Google’s Nexus Q – An Android Computer Designed To Live In Our Homes

 

Google’s I/O Conference 2012 has ended last week but the news rolled out during the stage maniac aren’t going to leave us at least for the next couple of months. Google has both been disparaged and praised for its new line of products but one thing is above board that Google now wishes not only to act as a universal gateway to world’s information but also is passionate to integrate deeper into human needs by fulfilling masses’ social needs.

After kicking off with Google+, Google has now come up with Nexus Q; a social streaming device that aims at making our lives more digital and more exciting. As of it its physical appearance, it’s a ball shaped sphere connected to Cloud for playing YouTube and Google Play. Often posed as ‘ball of awesomeness’ by several Google’s employees, what does Nexus Q bring with for the price tag of $299.

This ball is Android empowered accessory and any Android phone or tablet can control it via Bluetooth. While using you phones as remotes, Nexus Q can be connected to any Wi-Fi network, and thus, any videos and music can be played. The device corroborates only with Google-owned services; Google Play, Music, YouTube and Google TV as well.

Google’s execs have lately observed that listening to music is becoming an isolated experience and it’s time to make it social again. So, in efforts to make listening music social experience again, Nexus Q allows your friends and acquaintances to help you making an interesting music playlist.

The Nexus Q runs on its own OMAP4460 (dual ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs and SGX540 GPU), Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and features:

  • 1GB LPDDR RAM
  • 16GB NAND flash memory
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • and more!

Following chart compares devices that all are competing for living room social possession.

Though at this time, Nexus Q looks quite weird and expensive device, but it would be too early to fly off too quickly from it. Android application development has already put Android phones to brighter realms of user experience, it can be hoped that soon other android apps would also pop up in industry to make balling experience more rejuvenating and exciting.

Google I/O 2012 — Why Can Google Roll Out It’s Nexus 7 Tablet?

 

Google’s I/O 2012 is just 2 days away from us and on 27th June, we would finally see what social, web and mobile breakthroughs Google’s developers are going to turn into tomorrow’s businesses. So, in all that Google’s Annual developers’ conference, some people are kicking against last year’s promises such as Google’s Android @ Home or Google Android Driven Bulbs which never came into life.

Nevertheless, we’re going to talk over the ‘big thing’ of the 3 days conference at Moscone Center, San Francisco. It’s quite some time now since Android broke into the surface and frankly speaking, it’s for the 1st time that we are expecting some official news about Google’s Android device. You like that. Don’t you? So let’s find various shreds of logical grounds for the news.

Google & Asus on Nexus Tablet:

There are some great possibilities that Google may announce some solid news about Nexus tablet and perhaps no wonder if some of you may come out with genuine units in your hands as well. Nexus is being aired as Nexus 7 around the tech circles as it supposedly has 7 inch display screen. First news about such a devices got conception when Eric Shmidt breathed about it 6 months ago. Later in February, Android top Andy Rubin told that Google has hell of labors to do with tablet’s front.

Though the exact specs of the device are kept pretty unclear but we can still gear up our ideas about that. According to overwhelming rumors,

‘Nexus 7 would have quad-core CPU and would be priced in between $ 150-$200. Getting more specific, the processor would be of 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor along with Nvidia’s ULP GeGorce CPU. Besides, it would be Wi-Fi enabled with a front camera on 7 inches wide screen. Google Chrome would be preloaded’.

If Google brings out its tablet, would it meet royal success? And more interestingly, why would Google consume much effort on bringing its own Android Tablet?

Google has already gained much hold of mobile application development, yet there is much agreement among tech drivers that tablets would surely be the next generation devices. Currently Apple drives lion’s share of tablets market with its iPad. Though there are trains of other tablets on the road yet they are falling badly off. iPad app development is also proving much lucrative for developers. So, in order to earn future royal tech championship, Google must enter each area that offers potentials.

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Tablet — MSFT Unveils ‘Surface’ And Touts It As ‘Re-imaging Of Tablets’

Microsoft has finally spilled the beans and out comes the ‘mystery news’. MSFT, on Monday, has showed up its Windows 8 tablet; Surface.

Microsoft quoted this tablet as ‘re-imaging of tablets’ and it’s too early to take it by tail. The first impressions and feelings about tab are quite mixed but one thing is surely important that it would bring some more thrill in tab and ultrabook industry. Currently, Apple is leading the parade with its 3rd gen iPAD.

iPAD 3G vs Windows 8:

Microsoft’s ‘Surface’ is surely iPad’s challenger put on by MSFT but to which extent it would destabilize iPad’s monarchy, is still unpredictable. So let’s compare Surface and iPad in following table.

Comparison between Windows 8 Tab and iPad 3rd Gen

Well, pricing and availability of the device are still undisclosed but MSFT execs at the demo told that pricing would be competitive. Though the media gathering was much disciplined or rather bullet-proof, much of the questions still went unanswered in the demo. For example, apart from pricing and availability of the device, other things such as integration with XboX, 3G,4G, LTE versions, Battery life are not even touched.

iPad is currently enjoying lion’s share of tablet market and the reason behind that is its flexibility with 3rd party apps. Like iPhone app development in smartphones, iPad app development in tablets is most cherished aspect for the users. For MSFT, it’s compatibility with apps is also questionable right at the time.

Since MSFT has touted ‘Windows 8 Tablet, Surface’ as ideal tablet in tablet paradigm, we are watching this entry as quite exciting. Though at this time little information is available about the device, but as the time draws closer, we would have more and more details to analyze it further.

How are you watching this ‘MSFT’s Surface Tab’ and do you really think that it would replace existing ‘supers’ in the long run?

 

Apple Developers 2012 — New MacBook, iOS, Siri and Maps

 

Apple knows how to play marketing while keeping its trump cards close to its chest and no wonder few know anything until the cat comes out of the bag. Apple’s annual WWDC 2012 was held other day and lot of ground-breaking news were strewed for tech cosmos. If you’ve missed the conference, don’t panic. We’ve done some thorough reporting over it. So, here we have some bits from Apple’s worldwide developers’ conference.

First of all, it would be wise to describe the things that didn’t find any room on other night’s posse comitatus.

  • There were no news about Apple’s upcoming iPhone. Declaration of iPhone launch would find some other event.
  • No lights over Apple’s much anticipated TV device/HDTV
  • No catch up with iMac which was supposedly getting  Retina Display upgrade

No-No ends here. So let’s find what spouted from Apple expandables 2012.

MacBook Air

Games-mania would reach unprecedented levels of entertainment because Apple’s MacBook has got been empowered with 60% faster graphics efficiency, 3rd Gen latest Intel Core i5 amd i7 processors, and 8 GB memory.

MacBook Pro

Honestly speaking, MacBook pro was the icon of whole conference. The next gen MacBook Pro brings highest resolution of display among the whole industry’s laptop pack; 15-inch Retina display (2880 x 1800). Besides 2.6 GHZ quad core Intel i7 coupled with Turbo Boost, 8 GB memory, 768GB of storage, GeForce NIVIDIA graphics, 720p HD camera and 7 hours battery of web browsing increase awfulness of MacBook Pro. And all these features are stuffed only in 1.8 cm high and 2.02 Kg heavy device.

iOS and Siri

iphone and iPad developers can relish brand new iOS to venture apps. But let’s save it for some other dedicated article. Siri would get the due respect. Siri has reached new levels of maturity and now can be valued as real life voice assistant. Interestingly, it has learnt Canadian and would support location-centric inquiries. It’s being rolled out in 3rd Gen iPad.

Other big thing about the iOS 6 is Maps.

iOS Maps

Apple has finally confirmed that it has dumped Google maps once for all as it has come up with its own maps service. It means that from now on, we would have to live without ‘street view’ a feature that we have grown addicted to. But let’s know some other features gained in the bargain.

  • Maps are integrated with Yelp which makes discovering and contacting local businesses, breathe easy.
  • Real-time traffic updates; updates about traffic status, crowd congestion etc.
  • An elegant every-second navigation to get directions
  • Voice prompted task-accomplishment; Siri would respond to the queries
  • In-depth 3D graphics to make mapping experience more real and more exciting.

So, here were some bits of the most exciting news from Apple’s WWDC 2012. Now, we are waiting for the news about next generation iPhone’s launch and then we’d see how it affects whole mobile application development industry.

From Cars to SmartCars – Future Vehicles Will be Primarily Connected Like Modern SmartPhones

Lock, stock and barrel of the past has turned into modern smartphone, internet connection and vehicles. Today, let’s talk about the ‘how future vehicles would be influenced by digital technology’.

What if modern cars could also be used to broadcast messages, talk with friends, communicate with other vehicles, warn the intruders, avoid accidents, and (most importantly fly)? The last in the list above is related to aerodynamics and I won’t dig further into it, but the rest of the features are related with digital technology and artificial intelligence in particular. So lets stretch it over. But, before doing that, please fasten your seatbelts because the info-terrain below is wonderfully awesome.

There’s good news for early teen-agers that by the time they reach their 20’s, they would have the cars blazingly exceptional. Cars in future would be rather fully-fledged computer cars. Those cars would always be connected with everything around them and beyond them. They’d instruct/follow the drivers, communicate with other vehicles and pedestrians on the roads, and interact with traffic signals, access internet round the clock.

‘V-2-V’; vehicle to vehicle technology would allow cars to communicate with other vehicles and announce their direction and destination. With HMI; human machine interface they’d also auto-sense the route they’re on and would alert drivers about red-lights, school zones, and road jumps etc. It’s expected that this technology would considerably decrease the rate of accidents.

For computer-worms, with cloud technology and Wi-Fi or internet 3G access, playing any music, watching any sports live and updating your social media status would be breathe easy.

There’s a whole lot more information firing your inspirations, so watch the info-graphic below.