How to speed up your Magento website

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Apps, Computer Innovations

Every person has had to deal with a slow website at one point in their user experience. Whether they are visiting a website for research purposes or they are visiting an online store and want to purchase something, the speed of the website will determine if they will return in the future or if they will search for a different provider. On the other hand, if you are an online store owner, you want to make sure that your website loads as fast as possible in order to offer your potential customers an excellent user experience and determine them to return to your website the next time they need a product that you have. Considering that Magento is one of the largest ecommerce platforms available at this moment, many online store owners who use it are aware of the difficulties they can have and are looking for ways to overcome this technical difficulty. The best way to make their Magento website work faster is to start deferring the loading of JavaScript. Of course, the Magento defer JavaScript implementation service is just a part of the entire optimization process, which can be offered by many specialized providers.

What many people fail to understand is why their pages take so long to load. This is because most of the sales pages use Java Script code before they load. This process significantly slows down loading and makes users have a very poor experience with the websites they are visiting. However, online store administrators need to understand that the speed of their websites can be considerably improved through Magento defer JavaScript implementation. This process will allow the pages of your website to load before the JavaScript code begins to be processed and thus offer your users a much faster speed and overall better experience when they visit your website. This implementation will not alter your pages or cause any type of bugs. On the contrary, it will make everything on your page load considerably faster. When you combine this with a modern and sleek web design, you will make your website more popular than ever, because people like to spend time (and even money) on websites that are easy to navigate, offer simple access to data and searches, and provide reliable services. Thus, besides investing in Magento, you can also hire a web design firm for an original and appealing concept. When it comes to finding a good web design firm Los Angeles is a good place to start, because it is like a hub for the industry, attracting the best professionals in the world.

There are many optimization providers who include this feature among their services. All you have to do is research their services and see if it is included in one of their service packs. Any online store owner should opt for Magento speed optimization if they use this e-commerce platform to host their business. These services include many features which will make your website function as fast as possible and allow your customers to truly enjoy the time spent browsing through your pages. The prices can differ from one provider to another, so always ask around and do a little research before you decide. You will be surprised to see the affordable prices that are on the market for this type of service, so take advantage of it, as it would be a shame to lose customers because of something that can be easily fixed. Magento defer JavaScript implementation is a very useful upgrade any online store owner should opt for. You will definitely not be disappointed by the final result.

Memory Cleaner & Speed Booster

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Apps

If you are having trouble with your Android, no need to worry anymore, now there is an app for that, as well! If your Android seems to run slower than usually, you should give this app a try! The name of the application is TapToFix.it and it is, as you may have already guessed a memory cleaner and speed booster for Androids. Zapped-it.net has also covered this subject pretty well.

In time, your Android suffers a lot of changes: some applications are installed while other old applications are deleted. Although these changes may seem unimportant and do not make you worried about the performance and speed of your Android smartphone. You may not even be aware of all the apps and other services that are running in the background. These apps and services are just “eating” your memory, slowing down your phone and draining the life of your battery too fast. Applications previously installed always leave old and useless files on your Android.

These “cache” files might help that application to start a little faster, but you should know that it also takes valuable storage space on your smartphone. In addition, there are increasingly more spyware and malware files that not only target your Android and make it vulnerable and spy on you each time you use your phone, but they also slow it even more. We believe you have enough private information you want to keep them from acquiring. Thus, choosing to install a memory cleaner and speed booster on your phone, can only bring you advantages. There are a lot of applications like this and you can find many tech reviews sites that will give you enough information in order for you to make the best choice.

Therefore, TapToFix.it app was designed so that you can rely on it to be the best memory cleaner and speed booster you have ever tried. The size of the app is 1.2MB and the current version 1.0.8 requires Android: 2.2 or later. With just one tap on the application you can clean your Android, boost its performance, scan your apps for viruses, malware and unwanted apps, and extend the battery life of your phone. For each action you want to perform on your device you just need to tap on it once, for example: if you want to clean your memory just tap on “clean memory”, if you want to boost the battery life of your device just tap “boost battery”, etc.

This memory cleaner and speed booster application cleans cache and junk files, works as a task manager, battery saver, deletes search and browser history, offers  cloud backup, and  works as a remote phone finder and offers theft protection.

Tips to Install Skype Offline

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Skype is one of the most well known chatting software. It allows users from all over the world to text, chat, make video calls and even share files with each other, free of charge. This software was originally created for the computer but now it is also available on mobile phones. Whats sets this software apart from similar programs is the fact that it has a superior voice and video quality and the connection is also highly secure. Skype offline, also known as the Standalone Installer is another version of this program which is easier to instal. If you are unfamiliar with this process, check out the following lines in order to learn how to install Skype offline.

What’s the difference between the original Skype version and the Standalone Installer?

Those of you who have used Skype before are probably familiar with the installation program which is very simple. You go on the official Skype website and you click the download button. When doing this, you automatically receive the online version which is more problematic. After downloading the online version, when you click the install icon on your computer, the program starts downloading again instead of proceeding to the installation process. Well, this is a problem that you will never encounter if you install Skype offline.

How to install Skype offline

Downloading Skype Standalone installer is quite easy and it can be with the help of the official website. In fact, the offline Skype installer is merely the newest version of a Skype installer. Once you download it, you locate the setup icon, click it and the installation process will take care of the rest. When the installation is 100% complete, you can start chatting with whomever you know who has a Skype account.

Advantages of using Skype Standalone Installer

The Skype offline downloading version has the same benefits as the online version. You can make video or audio calls all over the world for free, as long as the people whom you are chatting with are also using Skype. You can also call people who are not using Skype and pay very small fees. The software also allows you to connect to various social networks, send instant messages, forward calls to your phone and use the voice mail options. As you can see, if you install Skype offline, you will get all the benefits that this software has to offer without having to deal with the annoying installation process of the online version.

Taxikick App Review

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Apps, Computer Innovations

Are you tired of opportunistic, arrogant, and rude taxi drivers? Taxi drivers who want to charge you more for the fare, who are disrespectful and/or even worse? You no longer need to accept this. Taxikick App is a great application that allows you to submit your opinion, your report on the taxi driver that you consider to have caused you any type of trouble.

It is a very easy to use app and a very useful one, as well. The app is free of charge and you can find it online. The app was developed by Pencil Rocket, which is a tech organization with its office in Manila. It is composed of developers and web-designers. It is said to be released as a mobile app that works on devices with iOS and Android; however, in the meanwhile, for now, there are commuters that take you directly to the site, which is optimized for mobile users, as well.

They said the feedback for the great Taxikick App has been mostly positive. In addition, most users request improvements to be made to it. Thus, it seems that Taxikick App gathered quite a lot of fans. And we do not need to wonder why. An app like this is great for detecting all those bad taxi drivers.

So, we have tried the app for those of you who did not get the chance to try it, and we have to tell you, we highly recommend it! We could not be more satisfied with it. Here are the instructions on how to use Taxikick App, even though, as we mentioned above, it is very easy to use. It works on a simple principle: you just go to the site www.taxikick.com, then you enter the plate number of the taxi that did not please you in some way, you select the type of violation from the drop-down menu. After that, you describe your situation, as detailed as you want your complaint to be, so if you want people to know exactly your story and exactly how bad the driver is, you can offer them as much information as you want. The final step you need to do is to press “Kick this taxi!” and you are done. The application then emails the details on the offending taxi driver to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). As we could notice, most complaints are regarding overcharging and rude behavior.

Review for Bubbly App

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Apps

Bubbly is a social app, a voice service and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The Bubbly app is optimized for iPhone 5 and it requires iOS 6.0 or later. Its users can record their voice by dialing a short code and speaking, as well as listen to popular posts. The subscribers of the application will receive a text with a short code represented by a number for dialing into Bubbly’s servers in order to play back the voice message. Bubbly was released for the first time in April 2012, for smartphone  users with iOS and Android platforms.

The Bubbly app was developed by the Singapore-based association that was previously known as Bubble Motion and which was established in the year 2005. The company later changed its name to Bubbly. Bubbly received funding from an angel investor of $5 million in March 2004.

In 2010, the total number of subscribers on Bubbly exceeded 2 million and 3 years later in February 2013, Bubbly exceeded 25 million users and in July, it announced to have a user base of over  30 million people. Bubbly app permits users to create their own voice blog in 90 seconds and to subscribe to various celebrities who also own Bubbly accounts, obviously. The latest update of bubbly app on iOS and Android platform allows users to employ effects, filters that allow users to modify and enhance their voices and they can also add background music to their voice posts. They may also add a photograph and even text to a maximum of 140 characters . We are certain that this platform will soon draw the attention of a lot of big companies who will want to be visible on all possible markets. It is important for a business to keep in touch with such trends in order to always be ahead of the competition. In order to do so, one should subscribe to a tech website. Our favorite one so far is http://www.hcmdigital.net. On this website, you will find a lot of useful information about the latest gadgets and software but also about popular apps. Bubbly App is but one of the many apps that are fun for social victims but can also be profitable for businesses.

The latest update (version 3.5 released on December 9th , 2013, the size of it is 27.7 MB) of Bubbly app for iOS and Android enables users to apply voice filters, effects, and background music to their voice posts. Users may also add photograph and text up to 140 characters to each other, and share their post on other social networking services, for example they can share it on Facebook and Twitter.

Bubbly app is commonly called by many of its users the “Twitter for voice” and is the most popular app to share audio messages to your friends. So, if you want to keep in touch with your friends and be abreast of the trend you should give it a try, you have nothing to lose. We gave it a try and we liked it, that is why we recommend it to you, too. Anyone can use it and it’s great fun, and you may even have the surprise to discover there was a little artist inside you.

Review for StartsWith App

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Apps, Gadgets

StartsWith app is the latest universal app compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad created by New Horizon Media. It is a word-building game that keeps your interest along the way! Its updated version, StartsWith 1.4, was released on August the 26th 2013.

This application runs on iOS 5.0 or later, being optimized for iPhone 5. StartsWith app actually starts with the story of how the library of Alexandria has burnt. Consequently, thousands of books, manuscripts and scrolls have been lost. It is known that the Royal Library of Alexandria, or Ancient Library of Alexandria was one of the largest and most complex libraries of the ancient world. It was located (obviously) in Alexandria, Egypt.

So, what is your role in the game? Well, if you are ready to feel a bit like Indiana Jones, only a little nerdier and less adventurous, you should go on Apple’s website and download the app, because it is definitely something you would enjoy! You will help save the words in the dictionary of English language, one of the books that suffered damage during the fire. Thus, your task is to complete the dictionary by guessing the words missing. You are provided with the meaning of the word, its dictionary definition and for the second clue, as you may have expected from the name of the game, you are offered the first letter of the word that needs to be guessed.

To be honest, the StartsWith app gave us a bit of a headache. So children, do not try this at home, or anywhere you can bring this game with you, or… try it, but at your own risk! Leaving the jokes aside, this game is really not for children who have just started to learn the English language. It is (or can be) quite difficult even for adults who possess average English language skills, even when played at the Easy level. This fact may limit the public, though the actual targeted public will definitely enjoy all the little traps and intricacies that may arise while playing it.

Although if it gets a little hard even for those who do possess the required language skills, you can use hints for every clue. These will offer you the next letter of the word you are trying to guess. However, do not get too comfortable with these hints because your score will be reduced at the end, when the word is guessed. Sounds are played will typing to help you know if you are on the right track or not. The more points you gain, the more levels you will be able to play. First level of the StartsWith app is Zameen (Earth) and the hardest level that you will play to is Aacharya (Teacher or Master). Apart from the name of the levels and the background music, which we find quite confusing and uncanny for a game that is in English and about the English dictionary, thus overall centered around the English language and because of the setting of the game, too (Alexandria, Egypt). However, its developers have Indian connections, so that must be the answer to our surprise.

To conclude with, the game is very fun and ideal for people who want to improve their vocabulary. StartsWith app is available for free in a Lite variant, or for the price of $0.99 in a full version. Our recommendation is to but the full game as it features 30,000 words and four levels while the free version has fewer words and it begins to repeat them very quickly. If you’re interested in finding similar apps, check out http://www.journalofnetworks.org, and you will get all the reviews you need to stay in touch with mobile innovations that make our lives easier and a lot funner.

Movie Tarot App Review

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Apps, Computer Innovations

Going to the movies is one pleasant activity of spending your free time. However, we sometimes find ourselves regretting going to the cinema, or renting/buying that DVD. One reason for feeling that way is because we always enter a cinema with great expectations. Of course, it is mainly our fault, our opinion based on the movie trailer we viewed. Some people are just better at detecting bad movies from good ones just by seeing the movie trailer. Most of the times the movie is so bad that it just makes you walk out of the cinema even after watching half of it. We walk out of there, with a bitter taste in our mouth and a loud though in our head “If only I had known!” But those days are gone, now there is an app for this, as well. The Movie Tarot app allows you to enter the movie hall with valuable knowledge about the movie you are going to watch.

Movie Tarot app does exactly what its name states: just as tarot cards, it foresees how the movie fares at the box office and foresees its performance in the theaters. An app for knowing in advance whether a movie is worth watching or not is useful enough, but knowing this even before the release of the movie is already too… magical, too good to be true. But it is true, it is actually as downloadable as it gets.

Movie Tarot app came out in March 2013 and it hit over 2,000 downloads within 5 days of its launch, making it a must-have among movie lovers. The application is available for android and collects and selects data regarding movies from different sources such as: forums, blogs, reviews on  the internet, Facebook and Twitter feeds, videos and other sites. The data is then analyzed and compiled in order to provide a valid and logical result. The company underlying Movie Tarot is named  “RIAFY” and was founded by 6 engineering students.

The application gives a tarot card to every forthcoming movie that is about to be released. The original feature called “Happiness Quotient” points the percentage of people who have watched the movie and are truly happy with it. Obviously, the higher the Happiness Quotient, the better the movie is and the better your chances are of enjoying it. The application uses among other qualifications, the word “Sleeper” which is a term used when a for movie even if it has failed to get a good opening, it still runs with success for a long time. Movie Tarot app takes only a few moments to download and does not even occupy a lot of space on your phone, just 819KB.

Grocery Gadget App Review

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Apps

When planning those big holiday meals, staying organized at the supermarket is key. Flixoft’s Grocery Gadget app is a definite must-have! We have tested many grocery gadget applications, but the one that caught our eye is the Grocery Gadget Shopping List. This shopping management system will help your family save money and time at home and, most important, at the grocery store.

It is much easier to use your phone than to take out a notebook and a pen and write down items or write them off the list, after you have bought them. Moreover, when checking items you have bought on your physical list, on your paper list that is, your items will still be there, written on the list, although they are marked or checked in some way. This can be quite frustrating, as you see the item over and over, when verifying your list to see what you need to buy next. With the Grocery Gadget app, when you check the purchased items, they become hidden and you cannot see them anymore on your virtual shopping list, thus offering you a clear view of the items left to buy.

You can log in your item using the Grocery Gadget app’s bar code or type them in your phone or in the app’s web portal. Your data automatically syncs with every mobile device in your household, therefore making it easier for your spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend to know what you have already bought and thus saving you precious time searching an item that may have already been purchased by someone else in your family.

At the store, the Grocery Gadget app pays attention; it learns your item order as you check them off your list, saving you time on your next trip. Grocery Gadget app also helps you save money! You can search for e-coupons offers that match your shopping list. You can even prevent your loved ones from buying the wrong item at the store, just by taking a photo so they can see exactly what you had in mind when making the list. Grocery Gadget app features a real time data backup and you can import data from other applications.

Grocery Gadget App is available in two downloadable versions: the Lite version which is free and the Full version which costs $3.99. Grocery Gadget app was updated on July 16th 2013 to version 4.2.3.1 for iOS 5.0 or later. This app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and is available in: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Russian. There are As we see it, it is a must-have app, especially now, with the holidays knocking on our doors, when we actually need more time seek various time-saving options.