NearMinder, the world's first app for contact & place reminders is live!

NearMinder

After a few months of design and development and several hundred cups of coffee, we’re proud to announce the official launch of NearMinder, a unique mobile app designed and built by Okoone for one of its global clients.

What is NearMinder?

NearMinder is the world’s first and only app that allows users to create and receive reminders (read notifications) based on their proximity to contacts and places. The initial idea originally came from the fact that people often forget to do important things when visiting places and meeting other people, or simply because they are unaware these places and people were around, which is what NearMinder is primarily addressing.

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Airvisual's new app version with node now on the App Stores!

Airvisual app and node

Okoone and Airvisual just released this week the latest version of Airvisual, the globally acclaimed air quality monitoring app. In addition to a more eye-candy interface, a revamped widget, better coverage and other substancial improvements, this new version offers the ability for users to connect, manage and display the data of their Airvisual node, a smart device providing real-time indoor air quality monitoring data (AQI index, CO2, humidity, temperature).

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Meet us at CommunicAsia 2016 in Singapore!

Okoone is happy to attend CommunicAsia 2016 from May 31 to June 2 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

CommunicAsia Exhibition is among the largest platforms organised for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry in the Asia-Pacific region. CommunicAsia Exhibition draws global industry brands to showcase key and emerging technologies.

Feel free to reach out and meet us there!

AirVisual's iPhone app officially hits the App Store!

AirVisual iPhone app by OkooneHurray! We're proud to announce that the new AirVisual's iPhone app has officially been launched to the world. AirVisual air quality platform is a data-driven online community seeking to grow global awareness by providing community members access to historical, real-time and forecast air quality data.

AirVisual is the only app that delivers historical, real-time, and forecast air pollution, key pollutants and weather data for more than 4,000 cities in 15+ countries around the world. 

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Grandstream Networks' new identity and website launched!

Grandstream Networks' new corporate website (Okoone)We are pleased to announce the launch of Grandstream Networks’ new visual identity and corporate website. For those who don't know yet, Grandstream Networks is one of the world's largest manufacturer of IP voice & video, video surveillance as well as Gateways & ATAs. Grandstream serves the SMB and consumer markets with open standard SIP-based products. Grandstream Networks is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and employs more than 500 people worldwide in Plano, Texas, Los Angeles, California, Casablanca, Morocco, Valencia, Venezuela and Shenzhen, China.

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How does the new Drupal 8 help businesses?

Drupal8As discussed recently in one of our previous blog posts, Content Management Systems (CMS) are a major technology in the web development landscape. In this segment, Drupal is - by far - the most flexible CMS available today: it is Open Source, runs some of the biggest and most important sites on the web and has a huge community of developers who support thousands of contributed modules that extend its capabilities.

Drupal is considered to be a CMS with framework-esque tendencies (also called a Content Management Framework - CMF), meaning that its flexibility is close to that of Web Application Frameworks (WAFs such as Ruby on Rails, Django…). From complex corporate websites, integrated web and eCommerce platforms, to client / manager back offices involving complex workflows, Drupal is sure to match the requirements of a wide variety of web projects.

Now, Drupal is currently undergoing a major revolution. After 4 years of intensive development, a new version - Drupal 8 - is almost here to replace the current (and slightly aging) version, Drupal 7.

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Today's web development technologies explained (briefly)

web technologies explainedAlright, this might be another I’ve-already-seen-that-somewhere-on-the-web kind of article, but as we like to do things our own way here at Okoone, we felt like giving a brief, yet up-to-date, overview of some of the most important web technologies out there, cover some of their use cases, and help our readers get a good understanding of today’s web technology landscape.

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Native, web or hybrid mobile apps, which technology to choose?

This question can give a feeling of déjà-vu. Indeed, the debate has been going on for a long time now in the mobile development community and the question has been addressed many times by bloggers and developers around the world. A simple Google query will unearth plenty of different answers.

However, this question is still meaningful not only because many companies remain unclear in their choice, but also because answers to the question have substantially changed over the past few years. Web and hybrid app technologies have grown and their range of applications has enlarged with them. On top of that, new tools and development frameworks have recently emerged, offering an even more intricate mix of technologies and a greater amount of flexibility. An example of these are Mobile Application Development Platforms (MADPs) that can generate largely native apps from a single original codebase and do not have to be written in web languages (contrary to hybrid apps).

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Let’s Encrypt delivering free SSL/TLS certificates by Q2 2015

This could possibly be a game changer, or even a big disruption in the internet security space. Let's Encrypt a certificate authority backed by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) is announcing the delivery of free SSL/TLS certificates by Q2 2015 (update: September 2015).

Free certificates will be a great way for small businesses or projects to get the precious HTTPS prefix in their site URL without having to spend their not less precious money. But it could be also a great opportunity for bigger organizations and projects as well depending on the traction the service will get. We saw somewhere that Google ranks have been systematically affected by the addition to a website of an SSL certificate for a while now, which makes this initiative even more necessary.

We are undeniably excited to be among the first ones to provide our customers with free SSL certificates. 

Stay tuned, we'll let you know more as we get some updates.