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App如何应用在教育行业

昔日学生需要阅读需带上一本本厚厚的参考书及教科书等。但自智能手机出现后,很多相关公司都渐渐针对学生群开发出不同类型的App。智能手机及App的出现改变了一切。至今,全球己有超过7.5亿个教育类App。带70%的13-17岁的青少年拥有智能手机。

至今,除了最普通的电子教科书外,还开发了一些App是教学短片及学校通告之用。
Khan Academy 是一个免费上载有关课程短片以供学生课余观看的App,并会针对每位用家所修读的课程提供相关短片以供选择。直到现时为止,已有5亿次观看率。

另外,Duolingo也是一个革命性出现的语言自学App,会根据用家的学习进度设针针对性的练习及测验等。 Duolingo提供6种不同语言以供学习,而每个月都有9百万个用家完成1500万年课程。

再者,App不只可以多提供一个渠道给学生学习,什至能给家长,学生及学校一个三方即时沟通的机会。以三方即时沟通为主的App中,Remind可算是佼佼者,能让学校及老师在不透露私人号码的情况下及学生与家长以Whatsapp的形式沟通。同时Remind都提供了一个广播功能,有助学校即时通知家长及学生学校的即时情况。当然除了Remind外,也能开发一个学校内部专用的通信App。

由现己推出的App中可以看到App在教育行业中已十分普遍并有很多不同用处。已不是家长所担心般会影响学生成绩。而App的出现还可以作教学辅助以提升学生对学习的兴趣等。

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APP 6大失败原因

APP开发者最怕完成APP后没有人下载。而今年GOOGLE发表了一段演讲指出APP失败的6大原因。

1. 不了解问题所在
86% 的app 都是开发者自己遇到的问题。
不少新APP都会在网上留下一些充满企图心的讯息,希望吸引浏览者留意该APP。但这只能了解市场上对该APP有兴趣与否。而app 到底能否解决真正需求、是否值得使用者留意,却是另一回事。

2. 询问朋友想法
询问亲朋戚友的想法会因立场不中立的关系,而提供的意见会有偏差。

3. 没有观察使用者行为
很多时候开发者为了了解使用者意见会邀请他们做问卷调查。但问卷却不能直接反映到使用者真实的行为表现,而当中因由却涉及许多原因。

4. 「最危险的假设」
所有APP在设计前都会预先做了很多假设。而对产品核心的假设可说是「最危险的假设」。假设错误的话便会影响到整个APP的结构。

5. 「工程师心态」
Minimum Viable Product(MVP)意思是用最短时间设计一个只有基本功能的APP,再观察受欢迎与否,而作出修改。但这不是制造成功APP的好方法。因这个APP不是一开始便针对使用者需求而设计。

6. 执行错误的计画
执行计划当然重要,但如是一个错效的计划。即是计划中包含上文所提及的问题。那么这个 APP的结果已能预猜到。

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手机App在饮食业的应用

美国的iFoodie是饮食业手机App应用的经典例子。

Shashank Bhatia 与 TechAhead合作,创造了一个非常简单的移动应用“iFoodie”。iFoodie能为餐厅製作电子餐单,并让客人透过它来点菜,请求侍应协助,结账等。

客人只需要使用iFoodie扫描餐厅内的QR码,餐厅的菜单便会自动下载到用户的手机上。iFoodie程序更能通用于任何协作餐厅,不用用户下载每家餐厅的手机应用,十分便利。

iFoodie利用了云端技术,可减少应用程序的等待时间,提高顾客的满意度,甚至能让顾客拥有个性化的电子餐单。

该应用程序使点单程序更方便有趣,餐厅也不需要额外投资任何硬件。只需QR码和客人的手机,便能为客人提供不一样的用餐感受。更甚者,能为餐厅节省人力资源。

iFoodie所提供的服务全都是最基本:点餐、找侍应帮忙、结账。但是却提供了不一样的用餐体验。比起传统,iFoodie让客人「自力更新」。

在香港,在繁忙时间用餐,我们总是要等很久才能开始点餐。宝贵的吃饭时间浪费了在「等待点餐」上,加上肚子已经很饿,迟迟未有饭吃,让人不耐烦之馀,也影响对餐厅观感。

iFoodie这类app十分适合香港繁忙的生活节奏,自动化的用餐程序能为香港人节省不少时间呢!而且香港智能手机非常普及,人人一机在手,要引入这类App也不是难事。

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香港书展推出电子书阅读平台

2014香港书展终于开幕了!今届书展推出了新App:全城来读电子书。此App是由香港书展与3香港合作推出的,专为iPad,iPhone及Android智能手机而设,免费提供由2012年香港书展的参展商出版的电子书,供使用者试阅,以鼓励市民阅读。
详情请浏览:http://hkbookfair.hktdc.com/tc/News_FairNewsPage.aspx?id=2341

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Yo App:你今天“YO”了吗?

一个「單蠢」的手机应用程式“YO”,居然神奇地迅速走红?!一个月,Yo就积累了2万用户。

Yo是一个简单到不能再简单的App,它只有一个功能:只能用来发「Yo」(哟),让别人知道「我要找你」或是「我想你了」。

Yo很蠢,但它不失为一个成功的App。它甚至吸引了120万美元的投资!而这身价百万的手机App居然只用了8小时便诞生,可见短时间也能造出好Apps呢。

这个应用程序简直就是应用程序 Market的奇葩,它用自身告诉我们:一个成功的手机应用可以是十分简单的,不需复杂的功能,简单、便利,切合需求即可。

最后,如果呦能让使用者使用自己的声音发出「Yo」,一定会令使用者疯狂吧!

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更多關於 Yo的誕生:http://www.hksilicon.com/kb/articles/511467/Yo

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App Review : SodaCard App

One of the hottest new apps on the Hong Kong market is the SodaCard app. SodaCard is a rewards company that works with different restaurants and establishments around Hong Kong that provides rewards to customers based on their visits to each place. All Soda cards and the app are complimentary and are designed to be used at affiliated establishments to provide loyalty rewards. The customer receives points per check in with the app which provides location based services for checking in. The rewards are different at each establishment and being able to cash out the rewards is different as well.

For instance, if the customers have checked in and received a certain amount of points, there are different rewards with each establishment and a different reward system. Notably, it is easy to understand that with the more points collected the bigger the reward. For instance, Hokkaido Dairy Farm, whom is a restaurant member of the SodaCard App, offers milk teas, lunch sets and snacks as their rewards. It is to be noted that the SodaCard app only requires customers to check in at the establishments and does not require purchases.

The SodaCard app has checkin points available near a point of sale where the customers are encouraged to take a physical card or use their phone app to take a picture. Both foreign and local establishments have decided to get this app and help contribute to their business as well as the entire Hong Kong F&B market. The Soda app has been developed to drive brand loyalty and awareness in the region and it seems to be a success so far.

The SodaCard team created a sleek and sexy Soda app that keeps the customer engaged and visually pleased. The app is easy to access and streamlined so there is no questioning when it comes navigation. The app is delivered in Chinese or English and the app design is flawless in either language.

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Disclaimer: The content of the above mobile app review are the opinions of the reviewers and is intended for informational, educational and discussion purposes only, and should not be used, interpred or relied upon as any form of recommendations. We does not endorse or accredit the mobile app. We make no representations or warranties with respect to the app for the company owned the app and the app developer developed the app.

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App Review : My Observatory – The Hong Kong Observatory App

MyObservatory App is one of the most well known and widely used apps in the Hong Kong Market today. The app provides timely weather information about what is going on Hong Kong. This hong kong based app sends through push notifications every time the government issues a different weather warning that might affect the outcome of your personal day.

The app was developed in Hong Kong by the government and was designed according to the layout of the current website. Although the design is a little outdated and not focused on ultimate user experience but it is functional and works on a multi-platforms and all different forms of phones. As design isn’t the main part of the HKO experience, the Hong Kong app has been made to deliver information timely and accurately.

The Hong Kong Observatory whom sends push through notifications is one of the most influential Hong Kong apps as the information it delivers is timely and important. The Hong Kong app design was made for more practical purposes as it was designed to be sent to an English and Chinese audience.

There is a big difference when it comes to design for the Chinese and English crowd. The Hong Kong app crowd seems to favor a more flashy and busy design for their audiences while the English speaking crowd seems to favor a simpler design. The Hong Kong app development seems to offer different designs for different languages which makes the app world a bit more interesting. How do the app development teams define what design for what language? It depends on the team and the market for the app. When it comes to government apps the easier translatable the better.

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App Review : The Entertainer

The Entertainer app is a new luxury app available around Asia and the Middle East. The app provides discounts and deals based on location and where you are looking for deals. In the land of hk apps development, The Entertainer is a timely addition with low cost discount companies like Groupon coming along. Although with The Entertainer, their rival may be Twangoo online, but we have yet to see them do any HK app development.

Within the Hong Kong community, it is widely known that luxury is a must in Hong Kong. When it comes to luxury brands and the local culture, everyone is always hunting for a deal. The Entertainer app provides deals on location bases, so when you are walking around a certain area or city, you are provided with all the deals for that area. Unlike Groupon, which is free, The Entertainer proves its luxury status by only taking customers who buy the physical book or the app. The price varies depending on what package you buy but starts at around $150 HKD or above.

The app developer who created The Entertainer app made sure to keep it light and adaptable to location, as it clearly updates every time you move location. If using the map while transporting across Hong Kong you can see the updates as you move. It’s a great distribution asset when thinking of HK app development. As the app trends become different, it’s important for developers to focus on new and improved aspects when it comes to customers viewing experiences. There are a lot of apps that may be useful but from a UX standpoint don’t hold up. Well planned and developed UX is crucial in app design, especially in Hong Kong where there are a plentiful amount of app developers around. A team that can specialize with a unique product and well designed UX, will be a winning team.

Another luxury of The Entertainer is that it is not only Hong Kong specific, the development team took into account the frequency of travel in Hong Kong. People here as among other large Asian cities, travel with ease and would definitely like the ability to reap benefits from the most frequented destinations such as : Dubai, Singapore, Johannesburg and London. One of the best deals, especially for travelers, is that The Entertainer offers 2 for 1 nights stay when it comes to hotels around the world. Obviously, prices and dates may vary but when thinking of traveling and using a discount app while still maintaining a sense of luxury, The Entertainer goes above and beyond

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Disclaimer: The content of the above mobile app review are the opinions of the reviewers and is intended for informational, educational and discussion purposes only, and should not be used, interpred or relied upon as any form of recommendations. We does not endorse or accredit the mobile app. We make no representations or warranties with respect to the app for the company owned the app and the app developer developed the app. 

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