Edition 29 - Progressive Web Apps are THE next big thing in Tech World!

What if you are told that now a web developer can easily build mobile apps? All you need to know is some HTML, CSS and JavaScript and we are good to go! No need to go through the pain of learning native languages like Java or Objective-C and Swift. It would be even more awesome to publish our apps without having to go through the rules and restrictions placed by Play Store and App Store! If you are a Mobile App Developer, you might have experienced the troubles of following the norms of App Store. The App store also has some very strict rules about when you can update your app or what that update can contain .

Modern consumers have evolved to anticipate instant gratification. Whether we’re scrolling through our social media feeds, shopping online, or checking the news, we assume that what we’re looking at is immediate and relevant. And when something no longer meets our present needs, we’re on to the next thing. Until recently, the standard marketing practice was to recommend products using pre-configured rules gleaned from user data and demographics. While this method was cutting-edge 10 years ago, advances in cloud infrastructure, machine learning, and data processing have far surpassed what was possible in the past.

Design Thinking is on a roll. In March 2016 search volume on Google on “Design Thinking” overtook search volume on “Prince2”. For years Prince2 was one of the dominant ways to think about, structure and run projects. It is a very strict, scientific way to look at projects. The general idea is that if you follow all the steps, you are doing everything right and your project will deliver. There are more methods like this, but it’s a prime example of the deterministic, scientific approach that dominated projects for years. Now the tables are turning. There is a growing need for a new way of thinking, doing and organizing projects. And Design Thinking is pointing us in the direction of the new way. 

Smart contracts can be termed as the most utilized application of blockchain technology in the current times. The concept of smart contracts was introduced by Nick Szabo, a legal scholar, and cryptographer in the year 1994. He came to a conclusion that any decentralized ledger can be used as self-executable contracts which, later on, were termed as Smart Contracts. These digital contracts could be converted into codes and allowed to be run on a blockchain. Though the idea of smart contracts came into existence long back, the current world that we live in works on paper-based contracts.

Email certainly isn’t perfect, but if you create reliable systems and take control of your inbox, it can actually enhance your productivity. Texts and instant messaging products like Slack are great. Collaboration tools such as Basecamp, Asana, and Trello can also be incredibly helpful. Yet, there are situations when email still works best, like asking a question that requires more thoughtful consideration. Or, sharing an idea without scheduling a time-draining meeting. Managing your inbox can seem like a mundane task; a nagging burden of digital life. But even if the professional benefits aren’t compelling, weak email boundaries can actually compromise your health.

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