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Ubiquitous enterprise mobility lets the employees stay connected and use mobile devices on the move, wherever and whenever, for seamless transfer of massive sensitive data.  Large enterprises are collaborating toward a smarter and more connected world through the innovative use of mobile apps to deliver data, services, and, real-time tracking, and analytics for making informed decisions. Wherever mobility thrives, hackers are ready to target mobile apps and devices for malicious activities. 

It is reported that 90% of apps surveyed had at least 2 out of 10 apps had major security risks, according to the recent surveys. It is also reported that around 50% of organizations haven’t allocated any spending toward mobile app security. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly important that enterprises should seriously consider mobile app security to secure your app and protect your customer’s data and work together for enterprise mobility solutions to mitigate attacks,  emphasizing integration, and avoid long-term contracts. Here’s a look at ten strategies for enterprises to consider with mobile app security, and help protect their mobile assets from every angle.

1. Strong Authentication

Strong authentication and authorization through Open Authorization (OAuth), Two-factor Authentication (2FA) and Multifactor Authentication (MFA) provide an extra layer of security to the login process. One-click integration of advanced authentication, biometrics, and mobile identity solutions is used for fraud protection.

2. Data Encryption

Data encryption translates data into another form, or code, so that data stored locally is secure and only people with access to a secret key or password can read the encrypted data. Any payment related data we can encrypt and send to the server because leaky apps can release payment information without users knowing it. 

3. Secure App Code

There are a number of security vulnerabilities and risks that are built into the mobile applications source code in order to crash, compromise user data and activities or cause an unintended behavior to occur on the device.  In order to prevent an attack from hacking your own API, secure the app code with API encryption, test your source code, patch and update, and optimize usage.  

4. Secure Transaction

Data servers encrypt and decrypt the data with an encryption key and remove cache of data along with card information in the transaction.

5. Remote Wipe
 

Mobile users are increasingly vulnerable to hacker attacks to exploit user data.  Configure and update the mobile device remotely, over-the-air. Remote data wipe capabilities in the mobile app enable users to clear sensitive information from the local database of a device to ensure safety and security for lost or stolen devices.

6. API Security

Parameter attacks exploit the data sent into an API, including URL, query parameters, HTTP headers, and/or post content. Identify attacks that intercept legitimate transactions and exploit unsigned and/or unencrypted data being sent between the client and the server. Each API should require app-level authentication. The first step for any resilient API implementation is to sanitize all incoming data to confirm that it is valid and will not cause harm. Make SSL/TLS the rule for all APIs. Apply rigorous authentication and authorization using OAuth.

7. Network Connection

Provide additional security with a VPN (virtual private network), SSL (secure sockets layer), or TLS (transport layer security). Use federation that spreads resources out across servers, and separates key resources from users, with encryption measures.

8. App Testing

App testing is crucial to development and promotion. All types of apps, whether it’s native, hybrid, or web app, functionality and usability testing should be done to detect vulnerabilities in the code and ensure proactive security measure. Consult a network security specialist to conduct penetration testing and vulnerability assessments of your network to ensure the right data is protected in the right ways. Test apps for authentication, authorization, and session tracking. Perform app testing in a simulated environment with emulators.    

9. Device Access Control
 

Control and protect physical access to the device by a policy-defined password, keystroke pattern, biometric scan, hand geometry, facial location or recognition, iris scan, voice recognition, or signature based on the data collected from the sensors.

10. Mobile App Wrapping
 

App approval process isn’t easy either. App store is known for rejecting apps that are incomplete, slow to load, and contain major bugs that are difficult to fix. If apps aren’t monetized through In-App Purchases (IAP), there are possibilities of rejection of your app. Apps shouldn’t spam their users or be obvious copycats or clones of other apps. Also, apps have to comply with specific laws or regulations to make the approval process smooth.

Mobility is pervasive and increasingly hackers are lurking to steal sensitive information and compromise app security. With a solid mobile app solution and a mobile security strategy on hand to help you respond quickly to threats and bugs, your app will be a safer, more secure place for users.

Swift is a fantastic multi-platform programming language targeted for phones, desktops, servers, or anything else that runs code. The favorite app development language of Swift iOS developer brings a major update, and introduces a variety of features in Swift 4 that let us write simpler, safer code.

The new features introduced in Swift 4 include improved key paths for key-value coding, Encoding and decoding, Multi-line string literals, Strings are collections, improved dictionary functionality, One-sided ranges, and many other code enhancements.

1. Encoding and decoding

Swift is focused on bringing a codable protocol that lets you serialize and archive to and from any of the built-in data formats, and any formats.  Even better, you can choose how you want the data to be serialized: you can use JSON or classic property list.

2. Multi-line string literals

Swift 4 has addressed the problems in adding new lines and using double quotes in string with a new Multi line string literal syntax. This lets you add line breaks freely and use three double quote marks and press return key. Thereafter start writing strings with any variables, line breaks and double quotes as you want.

3. Key-value coding

One of the important feature of Objective-C is its ability to grab root object name and drill down any property name dynamically rather than referencing an object key with a simple string literal. These references, key paths, enforce a compile-time check that a type contains the required key, thereby eliminating a common type of runtime error. 

4. Dictionary enhancements

Swift 4 added a new robust functionality to Dictionary and Set. They are much more pleasant to use thanks to a few utility methods that have been added.

Swift 4 has a mapValues method on dictionaries to transform all values, and place them back into a dictionary using the original keys.

It’s now possible to access dictionaries and provide a default value when using the subscript syntax to avoid having to later unwrap an optional.

Finally, a new addition to Dictionary is a grouping initializer which allows you to create a new dictionary by grouping the sequences of an existing collection by whatever criteria you set.

5. Strings 

Just like it was in earlier Swift version, strings are collections again. This means you no longer need to write character-by-character to perform string manipulation. This change was introduced as part of a broad set of amendments called the String Manifesto.

6. One-sided ranges

Swift got influenced from Python to use one side range where missing side will automatically be treated as start or end of sequence. We need not worry about potential breakage as it is not relevant to the existing code.

Now that you have taken a look at best six new features in Swift 4, you're probably eager to start using them, to help keep your codebase fresh and clean. We might see many more improvements to make their way in Swift 4.

Realm data is compatible with Android mobile devices. It uses very little disk space, realm file perform better than SQLite or JSON. Here are the features of Realm database:

Features

  • Realm is light weight database designed for mobile devices.
  • Replacement for SQLITE in mobile devices
  • It is a kind of No-SQL database
  • Fully Object Oriented.
  • Mobile-first written in C++
  • Cross platform support

Given below are the advantages of Realm 

  • 10X faster than SQLite
  • Easy to use - no need of query knowledge
  • Auto casting as a particular type

Given below are some of the disadvantages of using Realm

  • Still under development. However, Android app developers can proceed with released stable versions
  • Concurrent issue not handled    
  • No null support
  • No auto increment IDs
  • No mapping support - no foreign key
  • Migration is difficult

Integrating data in Realm

  1. Configuration
  2. Initialization
  3. CRUD operations
  1. Configuration
    • Single Module support
      • add the following to your app build.gradle file
      • compile 'io.realm:realm-android:2.3.1’ in your dependency
    • Multiple module support
      • add the following to your Project build.gradle file
        classpath "io.realm:realm-gradle-plugin:2.3.1" in your dependency
      • add the following to your app build.gradle file
        apply plugin: 'realm-android'

    thats it RealM configured in your project.

  2. Initialization
    • Init the Realm in your Application class and its custom configuration
      public class MyApplication extends Application {
       
            @Override
            public void onCreate() {
       
            super.onCreate();
      
            Realm.init(this);
                      
            RealmConfiguration realmConfiguration = new                             
                               RealmConfiguration.Builder(this)
                              .name(Realm.DEFAULT_REALM_NAME)
                              .schemaVersion(0)
                              .deleteRealmIfMigrationNeeded()
                              .build();
           Realm.setDefaultConfiguration(realmConfiguration);
       
                  }
      }
    • If you want can add database encryption by using application keystore file.
  3. CRUD Operations.
    1. A class can act as a table - query is not needed.
      Class Dog extends RealmObject{
      
              @PrimaryKey
              String key = "abc";
                  or
              int key = 123;
      
              @Ignore
                  private int sessionId;
      
              }
      
      • All the fields inside the class act as a column.
      • The field with @PrimaryKey annotation act as primary key for the table.
      • The field with @Ignore annotation can not be considered as a column - this filed ignored and no column is created for the filed
    2. Creating Entry.
      1. prepare UNMANAGED entries - does not having default entry in the table.
        Dog dog = new Dog();
        dog.setName("Rex");
        dog.setAge(1);
        
      2. prepare MANAGED entries - can have its default entry in the table
        Dog dog = realm.createObject(Dog.class);;
        dog.setName("Rex");
        dog.setAge(1);
        
    3. inserting into db
      • Get a Realm instance for this thread
        Realm realm = Realm.getDefaultInstance();
        
      • Before doing any write operation we must call
        realm.beginTransaction();
        
      • Do your write operation after beginTransaction.
        // Persist unmanaged objects
        final Dog managedDog = realm.copyToRealm(dog);
        
        // Create managed objects directly
        Person person = realm.createObject(Person.class);
        person.getDogs().add(managedDog);
        
      • After your write operation commit your updates into corresponding table
        realm.commitTransaction();
        

Examples :

  • Write operation
    Dog dog = new Dog();
    dog.setName("Rex");
    dog.setAge(1);
    realm.beginTransaction();
    final Dog insertedRow = realm.copyToRealm(dog); 
    realm.commitTransaction();
    
  • Update operation
    dog.setName(“another name”);
    realm.beginTransaction();
    final Dog insertedRow = realm.copyToRealmOrUpdate(dog); 
    realm.commitTransaction();
    
  • Read Operation
    realm.where(Book.class).findAll();
    
  • Read Operation with conditions
    realm.where(Book.class).equalTo("id", id).findFirst();
    realm.where(Book.class)
                    .contains("author", "an")
                    .or()
                    .contains("title", "re")
                    .findAll();
    
  • Delete Operation
    // remove a single object
        Dog dog;
        dog.deleteFromRealm();
    
  • Truncate operation
    realm.beginTransaction();
    realm.clear(Book.class);
    realm.commitTransaction();
    

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People are stressed out, scared and seeking information during natural disasters. Disaster assistance teams are well prepared to ensure the safety of families. Rescue and recovery measures are just not enough to fight hurricane and tornadoes which cause extensive damages to the infrastructure. It’s hard for people all over the world to kick back and enjoy the summer without thinking about what might go wrong this year. If you have a widespread disaster such as earthquake, fire, accident, flood or other event that affects large number of people across several states as well as those that just damaged your home or caused financial hardship, mobile app is here to help.

Most of the densely populated cities all over the world have a high level of insurance exposure. These events resulted in the death of people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. The good news is cutting-edge mobile technology have not only made it easier for us to track and survive natural disasters, but salvage our property as well. Smartphone is not only a “lifesaver”, but the current crop of insurance-related apps can actually settle your claims as well. Insurance solutions can easily and quickly manage key claims processes and reduce claim costs significantly. Insurance app is designed to automate and digitize core claims processes in order to widen its reach and increase customer satisfaction.

An example of natural disaster happened in 2013 St. Jude Storm. The hurricane blasted Europe with wind speed of 120.8 mph (194.4 km/h) on 28th October, 2013. It devastated Britain, Germany, Netherlands, and Denmark resulting in several deaths and causing extensive damages to the infrastructure. These densely populated regions of Europe have a high level of insurance exposure. The insurance industry would have incurred costs of £370 million, according to a data from the Association of British Insurers.

A leading insurance claims management company based in Copenhagen turned to Anubavam to devise a mobile solution for natural disasters, which was certainly a challenge to the company. Anubavam identified the need to modernize its existing mobile app development process and create an app which could maximize the sharing of information among insurance assessors and craftsmen for processing claims. As a result, the insurance app was successfully used during the St.Jude storm to manage the insurance claim process. Using the in-built camera within the mobile app, all-in-all 100,000 photos were taken and 30,000 photos during cyclone were taken by assessors and craftsmen for processing claims from the scene of the incident to estimate lost or damaged items and attach it to the report. During the calamity, 2000 users downloaded the mobile app and got their insured claims settled easily. Now, the app has more than 5000 downloads. The key features of the app includes pencil-drawing sketch on photos, image editing tools, unique URL to web application and video editing. Mobile app solutions enables users to access content offline with the option to automatically sync your files when you have network connectivity. The insurance app is a perfect tool for handling major disasters with the simple and user-friendly claims management solution. Here are some of the important features of the insurance claim handling app:

FEATURES

  • Separate login for insurance handler and claimant
  • Login & edit details of the claim
  • View assignment of tasks 
  • Take pictures with camera and/or from archive in phone
  • View reports created by agents, craftsmen and other participants
  • View settlement overview
  • View participants on the claim
  • Send messages and call participants
  • Search claim address using Google Map
  • Offline storage
  • Video trimming while uploading the video of damaged property 

Once you’ve got your mobile app, you may actually be able to safeguard your home and property during emergency and non-emergency situations with the tools and instant alerts to keep you well prepared until the big one hits.

The future is already here and hope you do not miss out on it. There is a host of mobile technology developments happening and if your business is not keeping with the pulse, then you may miss out on a host of future-ready ideas that your competitor may action before you. So here’s another take on the what the future of mobile looks like for 2017 and beyond. There are plenty of articles already providing info on the statistics and numbers in mobile trends, but in this particular article we will focus on providing few real-life examples of how these technologies may be used in the near future. We hope that these ideas will tickle your brain cells too and help your churn out better ideas of your own! Happy thinking!

1. Hybrid Mobile Apps Development

This is a trend which has been around for sometime and is not entirely new. But this is something which many small business owners have to give serious thought to if they still haven’t gone in for a mobile app. Using a hybrid technology to develop apps can save them time and money and they can still deploy their app on multiple platforms. Also, the future trend is to have small businesses develop their own apps which will save them a ton of money. There are quite a few tools and utilities out there which support even non-technical users to get their mobile app solution up and running like AppMakr, jQueryMobile, PhoneGap, Appian, DropSource, etc.

2. Location- based Technologies

Apps like Uber are already making good use of location based GPS services. There is a plethora of opportunities still waiting to be tapped in this field. iBeacon technology is a value addition to make shopping experience better for a user in a brick and mortar environment. A beacon sensing app on the customer’s mobile would listen to the signals given out by beacons in a store which would enable sending customers highly contextual, hyper-local, meaningful messages and advertisements on their smartphones depending on their exact position in the store. Beacon technology uses BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) which provides a digital extension to the physical world.

3. Cloud-based Apps

Cloud based apps have been around now, but what is new is the great upsurge in the use of multiple devices connected to mobiles. The focus is to integrate and sync mobile apps to these multiple devices. Therefore, the cloud approach in the near future will have to enable technologies like IoT, AI, and wearables for multiple functionalities. It also opens up myriad opportunities in healthcare, education, security, automobiles and home technologies.

4. Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality

With wearables like Google Glass creating a never-before opportunity in the field of Augmented Reality, last year’s most popular (100 million+ downloads) app Pokémon Go was proof of how a well-designed AR app can make kids become more active. Also, the healthcare field is throwing up a wide area of possibilities for AR apps like apps for Medical Inspection, Ingestible Sensors, Hearables, Smart Glasses and Moodables. Moodables are devices which can read your brainwaves and send low intensity currents to it to elevate your mood. There is no doubt that they have the great possibility of becoming a man’s best friend some day in the near future!

5. Artificial Intelligence & Automation

The newly launched Amazon Go store is a fine example to show AI is paving the way for future mobile technologies. Very soon we can also find self-serving kiosks which will completely remove the human component. In addition to this Amazon, has also piloted and made its first successful drone delivery, which is expected to become commonplace soon. As Amazon is making of use of Deep learning algorithms, Computer Vision and Sensor Fusion technologies to make the ‘Just Walk Out’ technology a reality. This is just the tip of the iceberg and the number of possibilities are numerous. But there are other issues like security that are sure to crop up. As long as the automated drones are executing critical first aid and saving the lives of people, we may not have too much to worry about as of now!

6. Internet of Smart Things

With the advent of devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa (Echo) which are paving the way for Smart Home technologies, the day is not far off when all the devices of your home communicate with each other and obey your command. Already most of the new homes of the new homes in North America are being fitted with fixtures that are able to communicate with each other. The possibilities include manufacturers who develop these smart fixtures and others who develop the software needed to control these devices. 

7. Big Data & Analytics

The amount of data available on the various devices is growing day by day and the cloud makes it even more seamless. Making big data more human from 2017 is the top priority! The efforts should be focused on seeking more empathetic and qualitative bits of data and projecting it in a more visualized, accessible way to the end users. 

8. Wearable Tech

From your Nike shoe with in-built sensors to your Fitbit activity trackers to Google Glass, there is a whole gamut of wearables that have already made their foray into the Smart devices market. A lot of research is also already being done on them and the future definitely looks quite ‘gadgety’. Eventually all the eye candy will be left behind and what will stay are the only wearables which really enhance the quality of life be it in terms of inspiring people to become more active or helping people to improve their productivity. 

All these trends seem promising and we are eagerly looking forward to the new possibilities that are opening up. But on the other hand, synthetic food is also another area, which is fast gaining popularity with some American stores already stocking burgers made from ‘Soylent’. For now, would like to pass on this one!
 

Technology has progressed at an exponential rate and has dramatically transformed virtually every industry, including restaurant, travel, healthcare, retail, insurance, real estate and more. Today’s business environment is rapidly changing, not the gradual progress that we experience in the physical world. The new disruptive semantic technologies including cloud, mobile, and big data analytics has revolutionized business and brings innovation in remarkable ways.

1. Automate & Schedule Tasks

Don’t waste your precious time with time-consuming and repetitive tasks. With automated workflows, you go about planning, creating and tracking the progress of tasks, instead of cumbersome paperwork or sending emails.

2. Cloud Data Management

Cloud is a cost-effective, customizable, and scalable platform to manage data in real-time across web and mobile devices. Integrate your business processes across SaaS-based application and on-premises. Now every business can use it to share information and collaborate on projects to improve customer engagement and increase revenue.

3. Big Data Analytics

Big data provides a huge advantage to business. Organizations are gearing up for the data deluge and realigning their strategies to suit their needs. Riding on the high adoption of mobility, companies are harnessing the power of data through cloud-based applications for real-time decision-making.

4. Mobile Web Notification

Do you need to send out frequent emails or reminders to your team? Automatically schedule tasks at any interval you like and send out automated emails with attachments, SMS alerts and push notifications on mobile devices.

5. Digital & Social Experience

Digital and Social are high priorities for business. With the digital surge, businesses are looking for opportunities to improve efficiency, productivity and usability in the workplace.    Distribute content with your connected workforce through blogs, image gallery, webinars, podcasts, etc. right inside the digital content management system. Let your customers and employees interact with you and extend the conversation on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. to improve your visibility and promote your brand.

Everywhere you look, efficiency is automated and transformed leveraging the power of cloud, mobile, analytics and digital technologies. This is the essence of the new semantic economy. The fully automated age transforms the way we interact with each other, as the information content in products and services increase exponentially. To increase the productivity to the next level, Anubavam delivers engaging web and mobile experiences that drive business growth. Anubavam is an innovator and co-creator of innovative solutions using cutting-edge technological expertise in web development, CMS development, mobility, and cross platform development.
 

Apple iOS Swift has just released Swift 1.2 with the beta version of Xcode 6.3, which is aimed to deliver better experience to developers. The Swift 1.2 release update brings new features and significant improvements.

Apple unveiled the latest Swift programming language along with Xcode 6.0 at WWDC 2014. Swift is a modern script for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch used by Swift iOS developers to build iOS apps. The new Swift provides better interaction with Objective-C to compile to native code.

The latest Swift 1.2 compiler features incremental builds, high performance, enhanced build times, diagnostics and stability to optimize iOS Swift development.

Xcode 6.3 provides a tool which allows developers to seamlessly migrate to Swift 1.2.

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