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Happy Sunday from Software Expand! In this week’s edition of Feedback Loop, we talk about the future of Windows Phone, whether it makes sense to build media centers discuss the preferences for metal vs. plastic on smartphones. All that and more past the break the proof of concept can make.

Just because you can do something, should you? Samsung thinks so. Its second experimentally screened phone taps into its hardware R&D and production clout to offer something not many other companies.

WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM WINDOWS PHONE?

fotolia_73526765

And so, following the Galaxy Round, here’s the Galaxy Edge. If you take the basic shape and concept, it’s the spitting image of the curved-screen Youm prototype spied at CES a little less than two years ago US. Fortunately.

Now, though, it’s a for-real smartphone you can buy. I’ve been testing it out in Japan, where it launched instead of the Note 4, although both the Note 4 and the Note Edge will eventually be available.

Galaxy Note Edge is how much it resembles the Note 4

The ability to shrink the likes of Chrome and Google Maps to a popup window and layer it on top of other apps is also useful. Love to see something similar on the iPhone 6 Plus you just get the Note 4 anyway?

Despite the unusual, curved screen, it still packs all of the good things that made the Note 4 such a strong choice. But bragging rights aside, is there enough of an argument for a curved screen.

METAL VS. PLASTIC PHONE BODIES?

Galaxy Note 4 because the setup is identical here. Yes running on Android 4.4 KitKat.

Galaxy Note 4 because the setup is identical here. Yes running on Android 4.4 KitKat.

 

The exploration of space stands as one of humanity’s greatest achievements. While history has hailed the men and women who reached the cosmos, and those who helped them get there, much of the infrastructure that sent them skyward lies forgotten and dilapidated.

Galaxy Note 4 running Android 4.4 KitKat

And how does Apple’s biggest phone compare to the Note Edge? Well, both remain unwieldy to grip, and the Note Edge is wider. However, the edged screen nuzzles into my hand better and those software tweaks mentioned above give it the advantage. However, just like the stylus, there’s a while before you get the knack of all the little provisions Samsung’s made to ease users into this screen size.

Roland Miller has spent nearly half his life chronicling these landmarks before they are lost forever long been obsessed with space as a child, he dreamed of being an astronaut.

HARDWARE

Its curves are subjective and divisive; my friends and colleagues have offered up reactions ranging from outright bemusement to adoration. The screen looks great, with the punchy contrast and sharpness that’s been a Samsung flagship mainstay for years. We’ll get back to that edge, but it’s the headline part of a 5.6-inch Quad-HD+ display.

ONE-HANDED USE

Make this secondary menu transparent, allowing me to maintain all that screen space. The ability to shrink the likes of Chrome and Google Maps to a popup window and layer it on top of other apps is also useful I’d love to see something similar on the iPhone 6 Plus continues to clear away.

SOFTWARE

If you’re looking to learn more about the stylus uses, I’d advise a quick read of Brad’s Galaxy Note 4 review, because the setup is identical here. Yes, there are TouchWiz bits running on Android 4.4 KitKat.

fotolia_81764888

The Galaxy Note Edge grabs your attention. Its curves are subjective and divisive

 

But let’s focus on what’s different here: that edge. There are two display modes you can flit between: a slender, unassuming bar that can display a customized message and a more substantial column that attempts to offer extra functionality, notifications or context-dependent menus for certain apps, like the camera.

The front-facing camera is also a top-end sensor compared to the competition, 3.7 megapixels with an f/1.9 lens.

While I’m not a huge selfie taker, you’ll have to ask our Senior Selfie Editor, but I do take a whole lot of photos with my smartphone.

The same high-resolution 2,560 x 1,600 screen we're certain 1080p Plus

The same high-resolution 2,560 x 1,600 screen we’re certain 1080p Plus

When it’s expanded, the UI is a basic row of icons, which you can navigate with a little swipe. This may look a little unusual, but swishing through the various mini-screens is immensely satisfying.

And how does Apple’s biggest phone compare to the Note Edge? Well, both remain unwieldy to grip, and the Note Edge is wider. However, the edged screen nuzzles into my hand better and those software tweaks mentioned above give it the advantage.

However, just like the stylus, there’s a while before you get the knack of all the little provisions Samsung’s made to ease users into this screen size.

The screen is marginally smaller than the Note 4, despite the cranked-up pixel count. Like the Note 4, text pops a little more, and pictures you take with the 16MP camera are obviously better replicated on the Note Edge’s screen.

All told, it’s an excellent camera. The image stabilizing works well on all the neon lights that pepper Tokyo, while even people were neatly captured. There’s some noise, but it compares favorably against older Galaxy phones. Daylight meant effortless captures and some really nice shots, if I say so myself.

Well, both remain unwieldy to grip, and the Note Edge is wider. However, the edged screen nuzzles into my hand better and those software tweaks mentioned above give it the advantage.

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Develop Alone by Alex Gurkin: Worth Your Time?

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The book Develop Alone was published in 2022. The author of the book is Alex Gurkin, who has personal experience. The reader of the book is a developer, familiar with the technology, but unfamiliar with the process of launching projects. Personal impressions of the book are pleasant. The title of the book reflects the call to do software development work alone.

Book summary 

The book covers the pros and cons of working on an application development project alone or as part of a team. It is based on your personal preferences and the best solution for your particular project. The advantages of working on your own include less distractions, a more flexible work schedule and full control over your project. However, the disadvantages are isolation, having no one to collaborate with and there is no obligation.

The book provides an overview of various business models and marketing campaigns, and how to evaluate their effectiveness. In the software business, it is essential to focus on growth and profitability, and to understand the lifetime value of customers. To build a profitable software business, it is necessary to revamp the customer experience to incorporate data flow and service.

The Business Model Canvas is a tool that helps entrepreneurs and startups create a business model. It has 9 components, including revenue streams, customers segments, value propositions, cost structures, and key functions. 

The book focuses on the issues facing sales and marketing teams in the context of a SaaS business. International expansion, high acquisition costs, as well as lead generation are just a few of the most challenging aspects of this model. But by focusing on preparation as well as execution, these issues can be overcome. The book offers suggestions for reducing costs, increasing leads, and growing internationally.  

The book is about a single person acting as a mini-corporation, and delegating any task when they are ready. It is important to know what team members are working on, so that everyone is aware of the project’s progress. In order to have a successful business, it is important to have a team of dedicated employees. In order to keep your employees motivated, it is important to communicate with them and let them know that their work is important. It is also crucial to have a positive working environment where everyone feels supported.

The book provides an overview of the importance of documentation in software development projects. It is necessary to have documentation in place to verify the program’s quality and to help users understand how to use the program. The book gives a brief overview of the kinds of documentation that need to be developed for different purposes. 

“At the forefront of technology, people can see what’s missing – which is the best starting point for finding ideas for startups. To get more ideas, try looking for a niche that doesn’t exist yet. It could be a gap, unmet demand, tedious task, or broken industry.”, writes Alex Gurkin. 

The book starts by discussing the importance of net growth, churn rate, net expansion, and burn rate for software companies. It is important for start-ups to know and monitor these indicators to make informed strategic choices. In addition, the burn rate can be an important metric for investors who want to assess the quality of a startup’s capital. The emotional wellness is also covered in a separate chapter of the book.

My opinion

The author goes on to explain that even working alone should be done as a corporation. The message of the book’s title is justified by its content. The structure of the book is clear, sequential, consisting of 12 chapters. Each chapter can be read independently of the others, while still complementing and maintaining the relationship.

From practical examples are remembered several vivid facts of the author’s professional biography. There may not be enough information here for storytelling fans, but for pragmatic developers there are bulleted and numbered lists of facts. Useful tips on how to work more productively are also present in the book.

Develop Alone is a book that offers a clear structure, justified title, and up-to-date data. However, a disadvantage of the book is the lack of stories about the author’s projects. Another disadvantage for visualists is the lack of images. The book is available at various retailers, and Barnes and Noble has labeled it one of the best books for web developers.

The book provides helpful insights and can be recommended for reading alongside the best books on web development and startups.

Liam Cloutier,

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Soul App is a Rising Star in China’s Metaverse Ecosystem

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Metaverse is a concept with strong futuristic elements. Since Facebook changed its name to Meta, it appears that technology giants have found a new path. In China, various companies have joined the new battlefield of metaverse, including all-in-one tech giant Tencent, social networking platforms like Soul App game developers like FunPlus, etc. Industry insiders agree that Soul App is definitely a dark horse in China’s metaverse ecosystem.

Industry Insiders Recognize Soul App‘s Leading Role in Social Metaverse Industry.

For instance, iiMedia Research recently published the Report on User Behavior Analysis of China’s Metaverse Industry in 2021-2022 (Brief Version), which analyzed the Chinese metaverse industry growth in 2021 and provided an in-depth discussion of its future development trend. The report points out that Soul App takes the lead by building a social metaverse for the young generations.

Indeed, due to its multi-faceted exploration of the metaverse ecology, Soul App has been reported to be approaching the early stages of social metaverse. Earlier, Tsinghua University had published a report titled Research Report on the Development of the Metaverse in 2020-2021, which regarded Soul App as a key link in the metaverse’s ecological layout.

Later, in its metaverse report, Minsheng Securities stated that Soul App’s exploration of the experience level is very consistent with the metaverse’s prototype state. Tsinghua University’s Metaverse Development Report 2.0, published in January of this year, also stated that Soul App, a pioneer in social metaverse, is the social networking app closest to the definition of the metaverse.

Soul App Makes Efforts in Establishing the Social Metaverse.

When users sign up for an account at Soul App, they must complete a personality quiz that categorizes and carries them to different “planets” where other like-minded peers gather. As a result, young generations can easily start an interest-based chat. Meanwhile, all users can create a virtual identity by crafting a unique avatar. They can express themselves bravely without fear of revealing their true identities.

In other words, Soul App provides a social metaverse which allows users to make friends based on their personality charm rather than their appearance, social status, or other realistic factors. They can gain spiritual resonance and high-quality social relationships by exchanging interests and thoughts. Meanwhile, to optimize user experience, Soul App has taken a series of measures.

  1. Group Chat Party with Gamification

Soul App has launched features such as the group chat party to increase user interaction and bonding while also improving the gamified experience. This social networking platform accurately recommends chat rooms that may appeal to users based on their profiles, thanks to its powerful algorithm. Unlike Clubhouse, Soul App allows its users to visit the home pages of other users in the same party whenever they want: leave comments, start a private conversion, and so on. Friendships grow and blossom in this way.

  1. Self-developed NAWA Engine

To meet GenZ’s growing demand for metaverse, Soul App has just released its self-developed engine, NAWA Engine (hereinafter referred to as NAWA). It combines artificial intelligence, graphics, and image processing to enhance scene creation and gameplay design.

By refining the underlying algorithms, NAWA is able to improve the depiction of textures as well as the lighting. In addition to this, NAWA is able to complete rendering effects on standard mobile phones in a faster and of a higher quality manner.

The expression recognition system that NAWA uses is both robust and strong. It provides identification from multiple points, including the hair, eyes, nose, and lips… NAWA does not let even the smallest details go unnoticed.

NFTs and Creator Economy are Blooming on Soul App

The avatar-centric characteristic makes Soul App a cradle of avatar designers. The most recent information suggests that more than 80 official creators have contributed to the development of 23,000 avatars on Soul App. In other words, Soul App provides a platform for content creators, allowing them to turn their passion and interest into a realizable income and promoting the growth of the emerging creative economy.

At the same time, NFT can be a viable strategy for enterprises with high IP value to commercialize their IP, and Soul App is an outstanding platform for trading in virtual goods while being safeguarded by cutting-edge technology.

The first NFT collection of Game for Peace Zodiac cards was previously launched as a result of a collaboration between Soul App and Game for Peace, a popular smartphone game similar to PUBG. During the campaign, 30 million cards were distributed, and over 600 million people were exposed to the campaign as a whole. This advertising enticed millions of users to play Game for Peace.

The metaverse industry is still in its early stages of development. Soul App, as the creator and practitioner of the Chinese social metaverse, will continue to innovate product functions and services based on user needs in order to provide a more interactive and immersive social experience, as well as to investigate the ways in which the social metaverse can benefit mankind.

 

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Show HN: Full Stack Entrepreneur – A Full Stack Guide To Entrepreneurship

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Happy Sunday from Software Expand! In this week’s edition of Feedback Loop, we talk about the future of Windows Phone, whether it makes sense to build media centers discuss the preferences for metal vs. plastic on smartphones. All that and more past the break the proof of concept can make.

Just because you can do something, should you? Samsung thinks so. Its second experimentally screened phone taps into its hardware R&D and production clout to offer something not many other companies.

WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM WINDOWS PHONE?

fotolia_73526765

And so, following the Galaxy Round, here’s the Galaxy Edge. If you take the basic shape and concept, it’s the spitting image of the curved-screen Youm prototype spied at CES a little less than two years ago US. Fortunately.

Now, though, it’s a for-real smartphone you can buy. I’ve been testing it out in Japan, where it launched instead of the Note 4, although both the Note 4 and the Note Edge will eventually be available.

Galaxy Note Edge is how much it resembles the Note 4

The ability to shrink the likes of Chrome and Google Maps to a popup window and layer it on top of other apps is also useful. Love to see something similar on the iPhone 6 Plus you just get the Note 4 anyway?

Despite the unusual, curved screen, it still packs all of the good things that made the Note 4 such a strong choice. But bragging rights aside, is there enough of an argument for a curved screen.

METAL VS. PLASTIC PHONE BODIES?

Galaxy Note 4 because the setup is identical here. Yes running on Android 4.4 KitKat.

Galaxy Note 4 because the setup is identical here. Yes running on Android 4.4 KitKat.

 

The exploration of space stands as one of humanity’s greatest achievements. While history has hailed the men and women who reached the cosmos, and those who helped them get there, much of the infrastructure that sent them skyward lies forgotten and dilapidated.

Galaxy Note 4 running Android 4.4 KitKat

And how does Apple’s biggest phone compare to the Note Edge? Well, both remain unwieldy to grip, and the Note Edge is wider. However, the edged screen nuzzles into my hand better and those software tweaks mentioned above give it the advantage. However, just like the stylus, there’s a while before you get the knack of all the little provisions Samsung’s made to ease users into this screen size.

Roland Miller has spent nearly half his life chronicling these landmarks before they are lost forever long been obsessed with space as a child, he dreamed of being an astronaut.

HARDWARE

Its curves are subjective and divisive; my friends and colleagues have offered up reactions ranging from outright bemusement to adoration. The screen looks great, with the punchy contrast and sharpness that’s been a Samsung flagship mainstay for years. We’ll get back to that edge, but it’s the headline part of a 5.6-inch Quad-HD+ display.

ONE-HANDED USE

Make this secondary menu transparent, allowing me to maintain all that screen space. The ability to shrink the likes of Chrome and Google Maps to a popup window and layer it on top of other apps is also useful I’d love to see something similar on the iPhone 6 Plus continues to clear away.

SOFTWARE

If you’re looking to learn more about the stylus uses, I’d advise a quick read of Brad’s Galaxy Note 4 review, because the setup is identical here. Yes, there are TouchWiz bits running on Android 4.4 KitKat.

fotolia_81764888

The Galaxy Note Edge grabs your attention. Its curves are subjective and divisive

 

But let’s focus on what’s different here: that edge. There are two display modes you can flit between: a slender, unassuming bar that can display a customized message and a more substantial column that attempts to offer extra functionality, notifications or context-dependent menus for certain apps, like the camera.

The front-facing camera is also a top-end sensor compared to the competition, 3.7 megapixels with an f/1.9 lens.

While I’m not a huge selfie taker, you’ll have to ask our Senior Selfie Editor, but I do take a whole lot of photos with my smartphone.

The same high-resolution 2,560 x 1,600 screen we're certain 1080p Plus

The same high-resolution 2,560 x 1,600 screen we’re certain 1080p Plus

When it’s expanded, the UI is a basic row of icons, which you can navigate with a little swipe. This may look a little unusual, but swishing through the various mini-screens is immensely satisfying.

And how does Apple’s biggest phone compare to the Note Edge? Well, both remain unwieldy to grip, and the Note Edge is wider. However, the edged screen nuzzles into my hand better and those software tweaks mentioned above give it the advantage.

However, just like the stylus, there’s a while before you get the knack of all the little provisions Samsung’s made to ease users into this screen size.

The screen is marginally smaller than the Note 4, despite the cranked-up pixel count. Like the Note 4, text pops a little more, and pictures you take with the 16MP camera are obviously better replicated on the Note Edge’s screen.

All told, it’s an excellent camera. The image stabilizing works well on all the neon lights that pepper Tokyo, while even people were neatly captured. There’s some noise, but it compares favorably against older Galaxy phones. Daylight meant effortless captures and some really nice shots, if I say so myself.

Well, both remain unwieldy to grip, and the Note Edge is wider. However, the edged screen nuzzles into my hand better and those software tweaks mentioned above give it the advantage.

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