Tuesday, 29 January 2013

3 Apps - Shopify, Xero and Vend Help Business Thrive

Taylor Stitch's Sales Triple After Implementing APPs

It's clear that the internet has revolutionised how we shop and discover new products. In this story from entrepreneur.com we learn about Michael Maher, Barrett Purdum and Mike Armenta's menswear shop "Taylor Stitch" and how business boomed.

This was in part thanks to a new strategy utilising Shopify to handle their e-commerce, Xero for bookkeeping duties and VendHQ to handle their store transactions. These apps cost around $200 per month but reaped almost immediate dividends:
".....Taylor Stitch's sales have tripled each year since launch and are expected to reach $1.5 million this year...."
If you operate an ecommerce store or online business, it may be worth having a closer look at the 3 apps listed above.

Thanks, Scott

Mobile Application Development Environments

A Rainy Day Brightened By An Interesting Read

Looking out of the window right now it's clear that the rain will be thwarting me from walking the dog this morning.

Thankfully there are some good articles to read, indeed a local Aberdeen company that I think highly of, Intellicore, have been cranking out some quality reports of late.

Here's a great one about understanding different development environments that is well worth a look if this topic is your cup of tea, here's a quote from the article:
".....When it comes to developer tools, Apple's Xcode is up there with some of the best. Xcode allows users to develop applications for both OSX and iOS and includes the instruments analysis tool, iOS simulator and the latest Mac OS X and iOS SDKs. The Xcode interface is incredibly easy to navigate and use and includes several helpful features....."
Frankly I thought they were all Windows fanboys up there at Intellicore, but reading the quote quickly above dispels that myth :)

Anyway back to my toast and coffee.

Best, Scott

Helpful Software an Aid to Visually Challenged Students?

Satvir Singh's Braille-Enabled Assistive Software

I stumbled across this interesting story from the Times of India this morning, highlighting the achievements of Satvir Singh, a student with visual disabilities. He was the first in India to use Braille-enabled software to take his exams in 2006, what's more he developed this himself!

Digging around I discovered that this software is called "Braille Face" and translates Braille into the Hindi language. At the moment not many others have been able to utilise this, however recently one of the exam boards in India has decided to allow students to also use assistive software to help them to take their exams. 

Hopefully like Satvir Singh they pass with flying colours! 

Cheers, Scott