Progressive Web Apps: The Future of Mobile

There’s no denying that mobile is here to stay. Whilst the desktop was once the king of online interaction, power has shifted to mobile. Whether we’re using mobile apps or the mobile web – the vast majority of our online minutes are now spent on smartphones.

Apps undoubtedly lead the way when it comes to the optimum mobile user experience. A testament to that is the fact that 90 percent of consumer’s mobile time is spent in apps. With all that being said, there is a fallback of mobile apps – and that’s friction. That’s the effort and time spent finding, downloading and installing an app.

So what if there was a way to combine the UX benefits of a mobile app, with the frictionless nature of the mobile web?

I’ve got some great news for you. There actually is. It’s called the Progressive Web App – and experts think it might just be the next big thing.

Progressive Web Apps are mobile websites which look, feel and perform like a mobile app, but you don’t need to download them from the App Stores. That means a few things. They don’t take up storage space – they don’t use as much data, and you only need to click a link to use them.

You can even save a PWA to your home page, and access it as if it were a regular app. Awesome.

The infographic below delves a little deeper into what the PWA is, looking at some case studies and features that can give you a little more info.

 

This infographic is powered by AppInstitute.

Mind Numbing YouTube Facts, Figures and Statistics 2017

Since YouTube.com domain was first registered more than a decade ago, it has become one of the most used video sharing platforms on the planet.

Former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steven Chen and Jawed Karim founded YouTube in 2005 and only a year later their platform was one of the world’s fastest growing websites, surpassing MySpace with more than 100 million video views in the July of the same year.

It wasn’t long before YouTube was purchased by Google on November 13. 2006 and since then the world’s most popular video sharing platform has grown continuously.

In 2017, more than 500 hours of video content are being uploaded to YouTube each minute, and over 1.5 billion active users utilize it to share their memories, music they love, business ideas or anything else they feel strongly about.

The following infographics will present some of the most interesting YouTube facts and statistics that will enable you to understand better one of the most popular websites ever created.

The Wood Carving Tools & Technique

Since the earliest times, wood decoration has been a prominent art. The tendency of human nature has always been to adorn every article of ordinary use. The Humanity, from its first times, cut drawings or designs in each article of wood that is susceptible of size. This can be seen in the work of various peoples who preserve this tradition: the Indians of North America carve their hooks or the mouthpieces of the pipes, just as the Polynesians carve their oars.

Its applications are varied, although its main function is the ornament. It is used both at the architectural level and for the beautification of everyday objects.

Like all crafts, it has an artistic component, in which the carver-craftsman overturns his creative talent to draw from a few tables a work of art, and another component, technical and mechanical, that must be taken into account for the raw material Respond to the efforts of the carver and achieve the desired result.

Wood carving is one of the first techniques to come to light for woodworking. This has been used since ancient times which has adopted various applications. Nowadays it is generally used as ornamentation, where various decorative figures and objects are created. A work in size is perfect when the user perfectly mixes the technique of carving with the art. From this mixture emerge some impressive figures that were extracted directly from the wood. However, in order to ensure the best finish of these figures, the person must have at his disposal all the tools that will be used in the process, such as gouges and mallet, which are of great importance in the technique of wood carving. The carving is an easy and practical technique, although it takes a long time the finish is generally perfect, however, the finish will depend on the drawing and the wood used, as this greatly influences the aesthetics and the ornamentation of creation.

The drawing is a very important point since through this the user can appreciate what he is going to carve and can modify it before applying it to the wood. As for the wood what must be taken from it is the heartwood, which are the layers of dead sapwood. This must be completely dry and can not have sapwood or knots, this way will be perfect to carry out the carving works. The wood of size is chosen according to its quality. This must be very dry to be able to carve it. The use of defective or imperfect woods is not recommended, whether with cracks, knots, scratches, etc. The most recommended woods are those that have the straight veins since the fibers do not cause many inconveniences because they are always worked in the same direction of the veins so that the fibers do not break. As for size, the best way to start with the work is by making use of the geometric size. This technique is very easy since no molding or casting is required, but some pressure is required on the part of the user. If the person chooses to size with blades, he must use special blades that can be used with one hand. To perform the carving with these tools you must make a grid and start with the flat knife with which the first cuts will be made. This knife grips tightly and is inserted into the wood vertically. Then you must take the notch knife and loosen a small triangle of wood. All the carving with these tools is done with these two blades.

Surely all fans of wood, DIY and crafts will enjoy reading it and putting it into practice.

Materials and Woodworking tools required:

  • Knives
  • A preferably hard brush to remove the chips from the
    size.
  • A rectangle of Linden wood (class of wood), with measures
    of 40 cm by 30 cm and a thickness of 4.5 cm. The direction of the fiber will be
    marked in pencil on the wood.

DVR Comparison: DISH Hopper vs DIRECTV Genie

When choosing a TV provider, the DVR a company offers can play a big part in your decision. For satellite TV customers, this means comparing the DISH Hopper 3 with the DIRECTV Genie. Both are whole home systems that allow you to record live TV, watch On Demand programming and access apps across multiple TVs. When you become a DISH or DIRECTV customer, you can upgrade your basic receiver to a whole home DVR for little to no cost, depending on the provider’s current promotion.

The most important feature of your DVR is the hard drive, which saves the TV and movies you want to record. The DIRECTV Genie includes a 1 TB hard drive, as compared to the Hopper 3’s 2 TB hard drive. This means that the DISH Hopper can hold roughly twice the recorded programming, about 500 hours of HD video.

Your DVR will also record multiple channels at the same time, which is great for busy families who all have different interests. DISH’s Hopper records as many as 16 channels at once, while the DIRECTV Genie lets you record 5.

DISH also includes Primetime Anytime, automatically recording ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX every night during primetime. This only takes 1 tuner, leaving 15 others available for recording other shows. The recordings aren’t stored on your Hopper’s hard drive either (unless you opt to save them for an extended period of time). If you’d rather take advantage of all 16 tuners during primetime, simply turn off Primetime Anytime!

For a complete comparison of these 2 DVRs, take a look at the Hopper vs Genie infographic below.

Image via PlanetDISH.com.

17 Most Common Errors in Students Writing

Spelling and punctuation can be tough to track. Students, in particular, often overlook these seemingly unimportant things in their writing. But, a poorly spelled word, a missing coma, or even faulty word placement can ruin the integrity of your written text.

More than that, ignoring wording damages the overall clarity and readability of the text. It makes the text more stressful for the reader – your professor – to read, which often has a negative effect on the grade you get in the end. This is why such wordiness, too, is also considered an error.

The ultimate goal of writing the paper is getting a good grade, and exercising one’s command of words can only be a secondary goal – if any. Therefore, it is better to sacrifice the “fancy” speech constructions for the sake of clarity and laconicism — especially, if you are not certain about the correct way to use one or another word.

But, of course, if you would like to boost your ‘fancy’ writing skills, read on! The infographics below will help you determine the most common student mistakes and teach you how to avoid them in the future.