Mobile Apps and Their Impact on Our Future

It’s unbelievable, yet true that currently 2.1 billion people worldwide own a smartphone and use it about over 200 times a day, engaging with different kinds of apps. It’s amazing how mobile apps have captured every aspect of our lives.

Accelerated mobile web pages (AMP ) is changing the web app landscape

Google started the AMP project almost a year back. Recently Google also announced that there will be a separate search index for mobile web. This completely changes the mobile web trends – especially from an SEO perspective. Google Amp supported web apps will load much faster on mobile devices and reduce bounce rates in large numbers. It will also benefit publishers with increased ad visibility and more visitors.

The AR and VR magic

Augmented reality and virtual reality apps are going to be the new trend in the mobile apps world. Mobile apps developers for Android and iPhones have already been working on virtual reality apps that server the entertainment industry. PokemonGo is a standing example of the success of such apps. Although it’s not expected that VR will catch on so soon, AR is already making it big in the mobile apps world.

Artificial intelligence is real

There is going to be a significant increase in the investment in the artificial intelligence in the near future. Through the use of advanced analytics, cognitive interfaces into complex systems, and machine learning techs, AI will be able to provide access to powerful insights in to the businesses that has never been available before.

Cloud driven mobile apps

Cloud driven technologies are influencing how the mobile applications are developed and used. Cloud computing today has strongly routed itself in the world of mobile apps. It makes mobile apps more accessible from anywhere and anytime – without placing a lot of load on the phone memory or space because these apps directly fetch their inputs from the cloud.

Enterprise apps and micro apps

The prime goal of enterprise mobile application is to help you restructure and streamline your business processes. A micro app on the other hand is targeted to suffice only a specific role. These both kinds of apps are crucial for the success of businesses in today’s world.

Security apps

Security is of utmost concern in this highly connected world. According to a study by Gartner, almost 75% of the apps do not even pass the basic security tests. This includes a number of features such as login methods, access to external storage etc. It can be easy for hackers to exploit this, if security is not given a proper thought during the development phases itself.

Mobile commerce

As more and more shoppers move from web to mobile, the commerce trends are shifting from the web to the mobile domain. Even mobile payments are making things quite easy for customers.

Other happenings in the mobile domain are the rise of the wearable devices and IoT. Mobile apps development for Android and iPhones is seeing a transformation from traditional – basic apps, to apps that can do a lot more!

10 Awesome Facts About The Honey Badger

Honey Badgers are among the most amazing animals in the world. Let’s try to get to know them better.

Fact 1: They are also known as the “Ratel.”

The name “Ratel” has probably been taken from the Afrikaans language which is native to Namibia and South Africa. It also may have been derived from the rattling sound that they make when they are frightened. It’s quite interesting to know that the Infantry Fighting Vehicle of the South African Defense Force was named “Ratel”. Its scientific name is Mellivora capensis, which means “honey eater of the cape.” The “cape” refers to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa where they were first described.

Fact 2: They live in Africa and the Middle East.

If you want to see honey badgers, you may want to visit these places: Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park in South Africa, Tsavo National Park in Kenya and the Etosha National Park in Namibia. They are also known to raid refuse bins in certain campsites such as the Mana Pools National Park and Hwange National park in Zimbabwe.

Fact 3: They are the world’s most fearless animal.

According to the Guinness Book of records (2002), the honey badger is the “world’s most fearless animal.” They may look cute and adorable-but don’t be deceived. They’re rather tough, so don’t mess with these guys. You will know why as we go on.

Fact 4: Honey badgers kill and eat snakes.

Yes, you heard it right! Honey Badgers can attack snakes-even the most vicious and venomous ones. They can devour an entire five feet-long snake in just 15 minutes. They kill snakes by grabbing them behind the head. Other creatures that fall prey to this fierce animal include termites, earthworms, hares, tortoises, and even crocodiles that are about a meter in length.

Fact 5: They are solitary creatures.

Honey badgers live in solitude. There are reports, though, of honey badgers coming together in a place where food is abundant. They are said to have no permanent shelter. After digging a hole and staying there for about a day or two, they travel again and look for another place to stay.

Fact 6: They are nocturnal during summer and diurnal during the winter.

In areas where human activity is frequent, however, honey badgers are mainly nocturnal.

Fact 7: They have very thick and rubbery skin.

Their toughness and looseness of their skin make them resistant to bites from other animals. They are also able to twist around, allowing them to turn and bite predators.

Fact 8: They don’t have visible ears.

This fact is pretty obvious, as their ears appear to be quite hidden.

Fact 9: They have been known to live for 24-26 years.

There is not much information regarding the lifespan of honey eating badgers. However, there are sources saying that they can live up to 24-26 years in captivity. In the wild, they may have a shorter lifespan, probably 7-8 years.

Fact 10: Honey Badgers release scent from their anal glands.

There are suggestions that honey loving badgers release scent from their anal glands to “fumigate” the bees driving them away from the hive.

Honey Badgers may not sound as sweet and good-natured as how the name implies, but they are still one of the most unique animals that you can find.

How to Utilize Your Freedom of Living and Lifestyle

Feeling like you don’t belong takes a few minutes to dissipate and the rewards are amazing. Think about how it is to see the world with a fresh pair of eyes. Is there anything you want to change about your current circumstance? Start here. Just like in a board game. Roll the dice. Take a few steps and day after day the goal becomes clearer and new goals are added. International living is similar to raising a baby, a puppy, a new job. It is the miracle of life and breathing to learn, to celebrate cultural differences, to be pissed that things have altered, to be in sunshine. Allow for all of it.

People are people. We eat food, we drink liquids, we go to the bank, we wash our clothes, we go to parties, we have children, we grow old. And then we speak a different language, noises are made that are offensive, intelligence is learned or natural, truancy is accepted or not, church is a ritual unquestioned. International living will expose everything. That is why we do it. Yes, the real estate is colonial, steeped in history and human drama, yes, the sun shines almost 365 days a year, and yes, we have freedom because we do not own the country and the country does not own us. We have Freedom from the repression of our rooted paradigms, freedom from the obligations of doing it the ‘right’ way.

With global expansion and awareness, with the unifying force of the internet, we can explore international living to the ends of the earth. Embrace this. Do the work to look at real estate, the infrastructure, the banking, the laws, the demographics. The people will be a ‘boots on the ground’ experience. Living inside a culture will make richer and open-minded humans. Judgment will be in a box in the closet and ‘allowing and letting go’ will be your best friends.

When countries and nations are formed there is inevitably a commitment. The same will hold true when you build your own existence in a new land. Adventure is a gift in life. In every person there exists a writer! Take the time, the breath of fresh air to write it down. The world is an international marketplace. I found my words in Mineral de Pozos. My children are forming theirs.

Passion will guide you. If you are drawn and lit up by the house, the place, the weather, the quality of life, the pace, the new friends that you will make, then international living will be for you. Attract good people to help you make the transition… there is a huge amount of ‘pay it forward’ in this process and many leaders before you to assist. Just ask.

4 Amazing Health Benefits of Going to the Spa

Spas aren’t just a thing of extravagance. They are a place where you can go and unwind after a long, stressful week at work. If you have never been to a spa before, there is no time like the present to do so. Just check out some of the amazing health benefits that come from heading out to the spa today.

Eliminate stress.

Everyone needs some time to get away from the stress of the world and relax. A nice therapeutic massage can help you do just that. Surround yourself in a nice sauna and enjoy an hour-long massage from one of the trained professionals. Your stress will be gone, as well as your aches and pains.

Give your health a boost.

When you get a massage from a trained professional, they will be able to let you know which areas are too tense. Once you know what muscles you are overworking, you can begin focusing on what you can do to keep your muscles relaxed and live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, many massage therapists can provide you with a few suggestions on your eating habits and lifestyle.

Unwind mentally.

Whether you think you need a trip to the local spa or not, everyone deserves some downtime to pamper themselves and enjoy not having to worry about anything else. Trips to the spa will stimulate you physically and mentally. In fact, you might even notice that your self-esteem is higher when you leave the spa. Foot scrubs are great for invigorating your senses. Pedicures and manicures are ideal for giving your psyche a boost.

Eliminate toxins from your body.

Eliminate excess fluid and toxins from your body with the help of detoxification. A good detox will help you feel great and eliminate any excess water retention and bloating. You can also check into colon cleansing or juice fasting while at the spa.

With each procedure offering so many benefits, it makes sense why so many people head out to the spa and enjoy taking in everything that they have to offer. Make an appointment today to revitalize your body and rejuvenate your senses. You will feel wonderful and you deserve it. So go ahead and treat yourself with a great anti aging facial or a relaxing massage that will rejuvenate your body and mind to keep dealing with everyday issues, such as work, family and career.

Be Good To yourself.