Microsoft Skype Inspired From Snapchat to Enormously Redesign Its Look and Feel

MS – Skype is a very famous instant messaging app that provides online text messages with video and audio calling facility. Recent news of San Francisco says that Skype is going to change with a superb looking UI and UX. This drastic change of the App focuses on many features that allow its users to grab photos and videos that are temporarily visible to their connections.

Yes, you are absolutely correct, Skype is making a copy of the record breaking Snapchat, but Sr. Vice President of Engineering and Product at Fuze announce that it depends on the likes and dislikes of Skype users. Skype is considered more on Texting aspect which is even better than the update till now. It is putting more emphasis on Messaging by neglecting the audio and video calling features.

Involving in a group chat? New group chat in Skype allows users to interact with each other and also make use of emojis and stickers to send messages on top of pleasing and more beautiful backgrounds. Modern Skype will provide a way to use animated images from Giphy.

The redesign of Skype includes:

  • Major features that simulate Snapchat’s stories
  • Reaching each other using emoji and stickers
  • Better multitasking features
  • More enhanced group messaging
  • Enabling a user to use animated images from Giphy

Skype is hoping that the fusion of these upcoming features will bring large amount of masses that will use the app everyday. Also, Skype will enable its users to watch videos and play games together as a part of multitasking. Skype is very famous but there are many competitors like FaceTime, Messenger and WhatApp, out of which Facebook Messenger has made a great impact in today’s date. Skype has already targeted Android platform and the next target would be iOS. The desktop users need to wait a little bit more.

Keeping an eye on the powerful makeover, it leaves us wondering that will Skype work on every platform with the ease of performance? While in contradiction will Skype lose its popularity from those people having less memory on their phones? This has left just as a question in reality!

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Microsoft build 2017. Is it authentically speaking about Best of both Worlds?

Build 2017, an annual conference event organized by Microsoft is just gone and it has disclosed a vast number of gears. Primarily this event had a focal point on Windows 10 refresh. Let’s have a quick glance over the event.

Fall Creator update of Windows 10

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update brings a new feature in the OS called “Timeline”, same as Facebook Timeline, which displays every activity of users and allows them to pick up already existing programs, while in Windows 10 it provides an outstanding approach of gathering where you left off.

Are you still missing Windows Movie Maker? Windows Story Remix App is an energetic alternative for old video making applications

Microsoft introduces a new Story Remix app that is nothing but an updated version of the Movie Maker which was missing since past few years. This universal app transforms photos and videos into various impressive effects.

Story Remix uses cloud technology to collect images and video from any of your devices. The main objective of doing this is to give access to the iOS, Android and Windows devices to get all the stuff in the one place. The app supports auto editing, 3D remix and much more.

Say welcome to iTunes in Windows Store

As disclosed by Microsoft, iTunes by Apple is coming to Windows Store with a full iPhone support to get the same client fascination. Despite the fact that this new form of iTunes will be accessible before the current year’s over, conveying iTunes on Windows Store prompts disposal of Google Chrome and Spotify.

Translate PowerPoint Slideshows in real time with PPT Translator plugin

At the Build 2017 developer conference held in Seattle, WA, Microsoft announced an energetic PowerPoint add-in that allows a user to present a slide in many languages. To be specific, this PowerPoint plugin is beneficial for the professionals for presenting their work to a multilingual audience. In turn, this causes a great conversation and concentration between the presenter and the listeners.

Chasing Clipboard that allows copying content from PC – to – Mobile

You will be pleased to hear from Microsoft about the new idea called Clipboard, a cloud-based app that lets you copy and paste any content from your PC and paste it to your Smartphone device. This Clipboard will also provide an easy approach to catching the content from your Smartphone and pasting it to the documents you are dealing with in your computer.

Cortana – A smarter approach of getting reminders about the tasks you are missing 

 Microsoft provided a closer look at the usage of Cortana. To be more precise this is for the cars and speakers. They showed how Cortana could bring up reminders and events while you’re driving. The brilliant Cortana can suggest the things when the user reaches to his / her destination place.

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Google I/O 2017 – Keynotes From Kaira Software’s Perspective

Google’s annual I/O 2017 event has just clicked the market a few days ago. It was not just an annual developer festival but, it is for the masses who earnestly engage with latest technology. In this event Google has revealed plenty of alluring points. So here are the 6 Strong Essences that you must read.

Get faster and more flowing notifications with Google’s upcoming OS – Android O (Beta)

Notification dots, Android O (Beta) style notification feature is a very powerful way of getting alerts that appear on the top of the App icons. This notification badge is connected with many channels (of notifications) in an App which inform the user about the pending notifications. You need to press and hold the App icon you want to see the notifications for and swipe to reject them.

Not to miss out Android Wear 2.0 Features

The software update of Android Wear 2.0 comes up with optimized design for watches and other devices having a round screen. Android Pay is now connected to a button for instant launch as it’s an easy way to pay with your phone in the store without opening any other App.

Google Lens – An App that every Smartphone should have

Google introduces a set of computing capabilities that recognizes eye vision (Camera)  and is capable of understanding what action you’re going to perform. For instance, you can now view the serial number of your keyboard with the use of Google Lens i.e. your Mobile Camera.

Having Low Memory Space in your phone? Android Go is a worthy solution!

Is your Smartphone getting slower with every download? Do you have to reset your phone every time when it becomes sluggish? Then, Android Go is like a blessing in disguise for you! It’s essentially a light version of Android O. It contains a Data Management tool to manage your phone and memory card very smoothly.

Use Google Assistant anywhere with the support of more Languages

It’s a great news for iPhone users that they will be able to use voice assistant on their device as a standalone App of Google Assistant. Google is giving opportunity to iPhone users to access Google Assistant on iOS. Google Assistant SDK enables users to use their iPhone(s) in furthermore languages like French and German.

Google Home – Enjoy the most efficient way of Wireless Technology

Google Home, a smart speaker is fully loaded with Google Assistant consisting “Proactive Assistance” along with Wireless Calling facility. This smart tabletop speaker allows the user to speak in any manner they want, to access online and offline services and Google Home will find the finest way to help.

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Why Software Testing is necessary

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.”

Introduction:

We all know that IT firms commit a substantial amount of Human and Machine resources for the development of various software products according to requirements specified by Clients. Software Testing is Obligatory because Every human being makes mistakes. Many of these mistakes are minor, but some of them are expensive or dangerous.

In the Digital era, we all have had an experience with software or Application that didn’t work as expected. Software that does not work can have a large impact on A Brand or Company.

Impacts:

  • Financial Loss – Financial loss covers losing users right through to Financial penalties for non-compliance to legal requirements
  • Waste of Time – This impacts more in our busy life, Because if transactions taking a long time to process and didn’t get the right outcome. Also, can include staff not being able to work due to a fault or failure
  • Damage to business reputation – If a company’s product or Application is unable to provide service to their customers due to software problems then the customers will lose confidence or faith from the organization and probably Swift their business elsewhere or will go for the other competitors either.
  • Injury or death – It might sound dramatic but some safety-critical systems or Robotic surgery could result in injuries or deaths if they don’t work properly.

The importance of software testing:

  • Software testing is necessary to specify bugs developed in SDLC’s Development Phase.
  • To prevents the user from facing the problems of usability and gain the confidence about the reliability of the software or application.
  • It’s really required to ensure, that an application shouldn’t drag into any defects because it can be very expensive in the future or in the later stages of the development.

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Software products passed and approved by Kaira Software Pvt. Ltd. has outperformed for years without any further bugs discovered.

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Importance of Unit Testing

“Every large system that works started as a small system that worked”

What is unit testing?

It is a crucial part of Software Testing Life Cycle to test and inspect the individual or stand alone testable code fragments, also called Units of an application for their enduring and immediate effects.

“Unit testing is the method of verifying the smallest piece of testable code against its requirement.” Unit tests are basically written and executed by software developers to make sure that code meets its design and requirements and behaves as expected.

The importance of Unit Test:

 Unit testing is used to prepare strong software units that help to keep code and eliminate the issues in code units. Unit testing is an integral part of the agile software development process.

Unit testing includes bugs in the implementation of programmer and missing parts or flaws of the specification for the unit. The cost of finding a bug before actual coding begins or when the code is first written is greatly lower than the cost of detecting, identifying, and correcting the bug in the later stage of Software development cycle.

Unit testing permits the developer to refactor code or upgrade system libraries at a later date and make sure the module still works correctly.

Advantages of Unit Testing:

  • Decrease error in fresh developed features or reduces bugs when changing the already existing functionality.
  • Reduces Testing cost as bugs are inspected in very early phase.
  • Improves design and allows better reusable of code.
  • Unit Tests, when integrated with build gives the quality of the build as well.
  • Debugging is easy. When a test fails, only the latest changes need to be debugged. 

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”

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Generic testcases for selenium 1 The extension methods

Selenium is a great tool to automate UI testing but the code it generates is difficult to read and definitely not easy to maintain. The conclusion was that it was just a good code sample. Moreover, there was a huge scope of not writing code for many of the routine checks like javascript validation of data entered by user and messages.

Most selenium test cases would constitute of filling up form fields , click a button and check for error messages or their absence. Since selenium depends on strings selectors for identifying and manipulating controls, the idea was to have selectors for all sorts of form fields and populate them with random values. This would constitute the laziest testing technique but effective for checking for 500 status code or page crashes caused by not handling empty fields, not checking for data types and lengths. Taking screenshots will help notice layout issues quickly as well.

But before we start, we need to add a couple of methods to make our life easier. Selenium has a ready method GetAllFields() for getting all form inputs but it skips the select and textarea for some reason.Moreover, it does not help us to get specific controls like checkboxes to manipulate.For example checkbox can be checked using Check() and Write() is used to add text to the textboxes. This complicates the code a bit more.
To make it easier and more natural to code, we added extension methods to get each type of control.

private static string[] GetControls(ISelenium selenium, string strXPathLocator){
int cntControl = Convert.ToInt32(selenium.GetXpathCount (strXPathLocator));
string[] strControls = new string[cntControl];

     if (cntControl > 0){
for (int i = 1; i <= cntControl; i++){
strControls[i – 1] = selenium.GetAttribute(strXPathLocator + “[“ + i + “]@id”);
}
}

      return strControls;

}

The above method uses selenium’s general method of getting elements using XPath. It takes an instance of selenium and the XPath expression as parameter. It is private so that public methods can pass the necessary expression and allowing the test case writer to forget about Xpath. It is also in line with the GetAllFields() method provided by selenium. Unfortunately, there is no other way to get the string array of control ids yet.

Next we add a method to get specific types of inputs/controls.

public static string[] GetAllCheckBoxes(this ISelenium selenium){

  return GetControls(selenium, “//input[@type=’checkbox’]”);           

}

The above method is specific for the checkboxes. There will be similar ones for radiobuttons, textarea and password fields. There are a few more extensions that were added for the sake of convenience. You can download SeleniumExtender.cs for all of them.

With these extensions, we are ready to go to the next step of actually writing our testcase. This is the subject of the next post.

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Using KO Validation Only If Effectively

Knockout is a JavaScript library that helps you to create rich, responsive display and editor user interfaces with a clean underlying data model. Any time you have sections of UI that update dynamically (e.g., changing depending on the user’s actions or when an external data source changes), KO can help you implement it more simply and maintainably.

It also has a validation library that has built-in methods for validating user input.

Let’s say you want to validate an observable only if a certain condition is satisfied.  We have an onlyIf property for that in ko.validation plugin.

    

 self.Observable1.extend({

        required: {

            message: “Value is required”,

            onlyIf: function () { return (self.Observable2() === false); }

        }

    });

Now, the condition may or may not depend on the same class’ property.  The key thing is it must be accessible from the extend method. Let’s assume we have the following ViewModel.

 

var ViewModel = function() {

    var self = this; 

    self.UserModel = {

        Email : ko.observable(),

        Password: ko.observable(),

        ChooseToRecieveMessages: ko.observable(),

        Phone: ko.observable()

    };

};

   

Now we want Phone to be required only if ChooseToRecieveMessages is set to true. We cannot extend Phone in the UserModel directly as the declaration of ViewModel is not yet complete. The browser will throw an undefined javascript error. If UserModel was a function definition, then it is a different thing, but in this case, it’s not.

So we implement our code as follows.

 

$(document).ready(function() {

    var vm = new ViewModel();

    vm.UserModel.Phone.extend({

       required: {

           message: “Phone is required”,

           onlyIf: function() {

               return (vm.UserModel.ChooseToRecieveMessages() == true);

           }

       }

    });

 

    ko.applyBindings(vm);

});

   

We extend the observable just before applying bindings.

This technique will ensure that our ViewModel is declared before we use its properties. It will also be very helpful if we have more than one ViewModel and onlyIf depends on properties from both ViewModels.

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Capture Webcame Images using Javascript + Flash For browsers

Here we are going to describe HOW we can use device cameras for taking picture using Java-scripts w/ flash. There are many third party library are available which can make this very easy. Examples a.) jQuery webcam plugin b.) JPEGCam etc.

We will use jQery webcam plugin here for capturing webcam images. Note: This plugin use flash so this examples works only with flash supporting device browser. For jQuery webcam plugin in use you have to first download webcam.js which you can get from here.

Configuration for jQuery webcam is very simple. You will have just add few line of code to make capturing enable on single click.

STEP 1:

<div id=”webcam”></div>     /*add html element on your page*/

You have done with html configuration.

STEP 2:  JavaScript Configuration

jQuery(“#webcam”).webcam({
width: 320,    /*width of your flash movie, you can adjust this as per your need*/
height: 240,   /*height of your flash movie, you can adjust this as per your need*/

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