Apple offers a look at new emoji coming to iPhone this fall



To celebrate World Emoji Day, Apple is previewing a selection of new emoji coming this fall, revealing the newest designs that bring even more diversity to the keyboard, alongside fun and exciting additions to popular categories of food, animals, activities and smiley faces.

In a major update to the Holding Hands emoji typically used to represent couples and relationships, users will now be able to select any combination of skin tone, in addition to gender, to personalize the people holding hands, opening up more than 75 possible combinations.



Want 61-megapixels? You’ll want a Sony A7R IV


Who said the megapixel race was over? Er, ok, so we probably did at some point. But it seems to be anything but, with Sony announcing its next-gen full-frame mirrorless, the A7R Mark IV, will feature a 61-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor.

Yep, sixty-one-million of those lil guys, ready to capture light information and create huge images. It seems to almost be a trend of 2019 for cameras to be pushing the numbers again – we’ve already seen the 102MP Fujifilm GFX100 medium format camera, for example.

But back to the Sony. The Alpha 7R IV comes with a host of top-end features to match with its ultra-high resolution. Principal to these is a 567 point focus system, which covers 74 per cent of the image area for precise focus throughout much of the frame. Sony’s autofocus has gone from good to unstoppable in recent years – the Sony A9 being the pinnacle example of this.

The A7R IV also features a 5.76m-dot OLED viewfinder, which is the highest resolution we’ve ever heard about for precise detail direct to the eye. It’s also possible to shoot movies through the viewfinder, which isn’t possible for DSLR systems, but is no issue here. And, for the first time, Sony’s Eye AF – which locks focus onto a subject’s eyes and tracks in real-time – is available for both movie and stills capture.

The movie aspect is another huge draw for the Alpha 7 series. The third-gen model was great. This fourth-gen solution offers “professional 4K movie recording functionality, including full pixel readout with no pixel binning in Super 35mm mode, S-Log3, and HDR workflow support”.

There’s also a 5-axis in-body stabilisation system to keep everything nice and steady, whatever you’re shooting. It’s speedy, too, with up to 10fps burst shooting.

Sounds like the ultimate marriage of stills and movie capture. We’ve not seen the camera in the flesh just yet, but when we get our hands on it we’ll dig deeper into what this full-framer is all about.

The Sony Alpha 7R IV will be available from August 2019, priced body-only at £3,500/€4,000.





Twitter is changing Twitter.com to be more like mobile app


 

 

In a blog post today, Twitter announced the rollout of a new version of the Twitter.com website that revamps the Web interface to bring it more in line with the design and functionality of the mobile client application. The redesign is focused on unifying Twitter’s code base across platforms and simplifying the deployment of new features.

Built on a new back end that allows for modular delivery of features and code, the new site unifies the mobile and desktop experience for Web users—while carrying over the customizations that are available to mobile app users.

Tabs and a side navigation bar now provide easy access to bookmarks, lists, and the user’s profile. The side navigation also allows for users to switch accounts more easily. And direct messages are now shown in the same way as in the mobile client—with all direct messages accessible from the same screen, navigable by conversation, rather than in a sub-window off the main page.

“Our goal was to create one codebase—one website—capable of delivering the best experience possible to each person,” Twitter software engineers Charlie Croom and Gregory Baker explained in a Twitter Engineering blog post. “We also felt it was the right moment to do something different: to set both our developers and our users up for Twitter’s future.”

From a back-end perspective, the new website only sends down the code components in use at any time to the Web client—so a phone user would not see the sidebar visible on the desktop site until they tried to access its functionality, reducing the code’s footprint on the device.

As a result of the modular approach, Croom and Baker said, “we can now cater each component (or piece of the site) to each specific user.” That includes tailoring the Web experience to reduce the amount of data required to deal with metered or slow Internet connections as well as deployment of code for user interface elements such as keyboard shortcuts.

“Keyboard shortcuts will rarely be helpful for a touch-screen mobile user,” Croom and Baker noted, “but for a tablet user with a keyboard, they could be just as handy as on a full-size desktop. So we enable these shortcuts whenever we detect a keyboard.”

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YouTuber reveals iPhone 11 models, claims few changes



 

Long-time YouTuber Marques Brownlee has dummy models of all three 2019 iPhones, reportedly made to be sent to the manufacturers of cases. He concludes that this year’s iPhones will be substantially the same as the 2018 models.

The rear cameras on dummy models of Apple's expected new iPhones

The rear cameras on dummy models of Apple’s expected new iPhones

Marques Brownlee, also known as MKBHD, has shown off dummy models of all the iPhones that Apple is expected to release later this year. The models were reportedly made to help the manufacturers of iPhone cases, and so should be the most certain evidence we have of the final physical dimensions.

The models appear to confirm the arrangement of the new camera, and also that Apple is staying with Lightning for its charging connector, rather than switching to USB-C as in the latest iPad Pro models.

Brownlee reports that the higher-end models, perhaps to be called iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max, will have the expected three rear cameras. He also shows that the cheaper model, possibly to be known as the iPhone 11R, will have two. That’s believed to be a regular camera, plus a telephoto one and, new to the range, a wide-angle lense.

This is an improvement on the current iPhone XR, which has a single camera, and Brownlee surmises that the two will be the regular camera and a wide-angle one.

The models were sent to Brownlee by Sonny Dickson, and look like finished iPhones. They can’t be switched on, though, they are nothing but models of the exterior, and this limits how much information can be gleaned from them.

While Brownlee discusses the screen and other specifications of the forthcoming iPhones, his information is a roundup of previous reports, rather than anything based on or confirmed by these models.

As well as the well-reported camera system, the higher-end new iPhones are expected to feature the ability to charge other devices. The range is thought to include one LCD iPhone and two OLED ones, and a recent render from a case manufacturer suggests a modification to the mute switch.

Both that render, and previously-spotted models believed to be made for case manufacturers, fit with the designs of the dummy units Brownlee has.

Apple is expected to reveal its new iPhones in September. Reports by Ming-Chi Kuo and others, suggest that the September 2020 iPhones will introduce 5G, and reduce the size of the notch needed for Face ID.





interface Powered Digital Assistant Increases Customer Acquisition by 5x for a Texas-Based Credit Union


SAN FRANCISCO, July 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Texas Dow Employees Credit Union (TDECU), a texas-based credit union with assets over $3 billion, implements interfaces’ AI-Powered Digital Assistant, helping drive the conversion rate to 42% with first-time bankers. Coaching and guiding end-users throughout the application process, Max (TDECU’s Digital Assistant ) is tailored to proactively assist all non-members to fill out their application forms. Max assisted non-members by answering queries, providing useful suggestions and helpful links resulting in a significantly higher conversion rate and driving greater revenue for the Texas-based credit union.

interface powered Digital Assistant increases customer acquisition by 5x for TDECU (PRNewsfoto/interface)

“interface’s state-of-the-art federated learning makes Max intelligent from day one and continues to learn through millions of similar workflows; both within TDECU and across other enterprises. Such collective intelligence empowers enterprises to build and provide the best customer experiences, quickly,” said Bruce Kim, Founder + CTO of interface.

According to Gartner, by 2021, more than 50% of the enterprises are expected to invest more annually on Digital Assistants as compared to traditional mobile application development.

Srinivas Njay, Founder & CEO of interface, said, “Digital Assistants are the new enterprise interface. Today’s enterprise digital channels like websites, mobile apps and offline channels such as call centers, retail outlets are all complex, they’re time-consuming and expensive. Digital Assistants not only address the shortcomings of these channels but also empowers any enterprise to leapfrog their current customer & employee experiences, while significantly improving business metrics.”

“We are working closely with Enterprise IT teams worldwide on their AI Transformation journeys. We are excited to see them push the possibilities on our platform. Max’s impact on TDECU’s topline is one of the many possibilities that broadens the horizon with the industry’s current understanding of Digital Assistant applications.”

“Leveraging the pre-built models on interfaces’ platform, we were able to set up an advanced Digital Assistant for TDECU in no time at all. We have pioneered the implementation of RPA systems as part of the digital transformation initiatives for many enterprises. With Digital Assistants, we see bigger possibilities and we’re excited to partner with interface and to support some of the progressive enterprises worldwide on the next phase of their journey – AI Transformation,” said Claudio Garcia, Director – Growth & Digital Transformation at Baker Tilly.

About interface

Currently engaged with several enterprises in the Americas, EuropeMiddle EastAfrica (EMEA), and Asia-Pacific region, interface’s Intelligent Virtual Assistants or IVAs make every digital channel of an enterprise intelligent. With rich IVAs, an enterprise can leapfrog customer & employee experience to voice-first natural language interface. For more information, check out interface.ai.

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Best camera deals Amazon Prime Day 2019: Canon, Sony, more


Looking for a great deal on a new camera? Amazon Prime Day is running until midnight on 16 July, with the online retailer slashing prices across its store – meaning you can snap up the a compact, mirrorless, DSLR or lens deal over the two-day sale period.

You can sign up for a free 30 day trial to Amazon Prime to take advantage of Prime Day deals. You can cancel anytime as there is no obligation to continue. Read more about the benefits here

Amazon Prime Day UK deals

DSLR:

• Pentax K-70 dual lens kit – save 30%, now £749.99: The real bargain aspect here is that it comes with two lenses: the 18-55mm kit lens, but also a 55-300mm (f/4-5.8), meaning there’s a lot of versatility in what you can capture straight out of the box. Catch the Pentax K-70 kit lens deal

Mirrorless:

• Panasonic GX9 with triple lens kit – save 34%, now £689.99: Perhaps the best Prime Day deal for cameras yet, this great Panasonic mirrorless system comes with three lenses: a 25mm prime, great for portraits; a 12-32mm standard zoom lens; plus a 35-100mm zoom, far better for catching those far-away subjects. Look at the GX9 with three lenses deal

• Fujifilm X-T100 mirrorless with 15-45mm lens – save 31%, now £429: The entry-level model to Fuji’s range opens the door to a very versatile system camera. Check out the Fuji X-T100 deal

• Panasonic Lumix G7 with 14-42mm lens – save 37%, now £398.99: Talk about affordable. If you’ve been keen to buy into a system camera then Panasonic is one of the most flexible, with all manner of autofocus modes and features that you won’t mind in other, similar price models. See the Panasonic G7 deal

• Panasonic Lumix G80 with 12-60mm lens – save 39%, now £489.99: The G80 was, when it came out, the most affordable way to acquire 4K capture from a compact system camera. That legacy still holds strong, especially when the asking price is under £500. It’s a great stills camera too. View the Panasonic G80 deal

• Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless camera body – save 57%, now £659: The first full-frame mirrorless camera from Sony is a few years older these days, but it’s a bargain way into the world of full-frame quality. Check out the Sony A7 deal

• Sony A6500 mirrorless camera body – save 37%, now £949: If you’re not interested in full-frame and want a portable, small-scale, yet super-fast interchangeable lens system then the A6500 is almost unrivalled. See the Sony A6500 deal here

Advanced compact:

• Panasonic Lumix LX100 – save 30%, now £348.99: The first camera of its type, Panasonic loaded this baby with the same Micro Four Thirds sensor that you’ll find in its G-series interchangeable lens cameras. That means it’s a little bulky, but image quality is unrivalled by most other compacts – especially at this price! View the Panasonic LX100 deal

• Sony RX100 Mark III compact camera – save 53%, now £379: The best accessible high-end compact camera series is the RX100. This third-gen model pairs a 1-inch sensor size with pop-up viewfinder. And with £100 off it’s a bargain pocketable compact if you’re looking for better-than-phone photos. See the Sony RX100 III deal

• Sony RX100 Mark IV compact camera – save 52%, now £479: The fourth-gen edition to this high-end compact adds a stacked sensor construction for even better quality compared to the MkIII, while the faster processing means 4K video and a 16fps burst mode to boot. Check out the Sony RX100 IV deal

• Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II compact camera – save 27%, now £399: The third-generation model has just been announced, so here’s a chance to grab the second-gen with a bargain £100 off. It’s got a 1-inch sensor and decent lens from such a compact package. The screen even faces forward for selfies. View the Canon G7X II deal

• Fujifilm XF10 fixed lens compact camera – save 29%, now £319: If you want a taste of Fujifilm’s image quality then the APS-C sensor size in this compact camera is the same as you’ll find in many of its mirrorless systems. Only, of course, at a cut of the price. View the Fuji XF10 deal

Superzoom:

• Sony RX10 superzoom camera – save 41%, now £489: Looking for something with a bit more reach? A superzoom will be the perfect suitor. This Sony is like an RX100 high-end compact but with a much longer lens, meaning it can shoot far-away subjects as if they’re closer. It’s not nearly as small, of course, but that’s all part of the package. View the Sony RX10 deal

Nikon Coolpix P1000 superzoom camera – save 19%, now £889: This is the big daddy of all superzoom cameras, thanks to its massive 24-3000mm equivalent zoom lens. It’s huge and will look like a telescope when extended, but if you’re into astrophotography it’ll do you just fine. See the Nikon P1000 deal

Compact:

• Panasonic Lumix TZ100 compact camera – save 37%, now £282.99: Our favourite ‘travel camera’ series ever, the TZ is top of the stack when it comes to delivering zoom from a small package. And with a considerable price cut, it’s a steal. Check out the Panasonic TZ100 deal

• Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II compact camera – save 36%, now £289: A smaller-scale 1-inch sensor compact compared to the G7 X (above), this pocketable compact is all about quality. And with £80 off, it’s hard to ignore. Check out the Canon G9X II deal

Action Cam:

• GoPro Hero6 action camera – save 34%, now £263.49: The latest action camera from the best-in-the-business, GoPro, the Hero 6 has offers 4K capture and a built-in touch display. Its small scale means it can go basically anywhere too. See the GoPro Hero6 deal

Amazon Prime Day USA deals

Mirrorless:

Fujifilm X-H1 mirrorless camera body – save 9%, now $1,179. Fuji’s top-end camera can shoot super-fast and delivers exceptional quality. The viewfinder is massive, too, which makes this mirrorless comparable to a DSLR in our view. It’s on offer body-only. View the Fuji X-H1 deal

Amazon Prime Day 2019 quick links

Below are quick links straight to deals pages for the top retailers, just in case you’re looking for something that we haven’t covered. 





Ajit Pai’s new gift to cable companies would kill local fees and rules


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaking at a press conference on October 1, 2018, in Washington DC.

Ajit Pai is continuing his multi-year battle against local broadband regulation with a plan that would stop cities and towns from using their authority over cable TV networks to regulate Internet access.

Chairman Pai’s proposal, scheduled for a vote at the Federal Communications Commission’s August 1 meeting, would also limit the fees that municipalities can charge cable companies. Cable industry lobbyists have urged the FCC to stop cities and towns from assessing fees on the revenue cable companies make from broadband.

If approved, Pai’s proposal would “Prohibit LFAs [local franchising authorities] from using their video franchising authority to regulate most non-cable services, including broadband Internet service, offered over cable systems by incumbent cable operators.” Pai’s proposal complains that “some states and localities are purporting to assert authority” to collect fees and impose requirements that aren’t explicitly allowed by Title VI, the cable-regulation section that Congress added to communications law with the Cable Act of 1984.

Pai’s proposal says:

These efforts appear to have followed the decision by the Supreme Court of Oregon in City of Eugene v. Comcast, which upheld a local franchising authority’s imposition of an additional 7% “telecommunications” license fee on the provision of broadband services over a franchised cable system with mixed-use facilities. To address this problem, we now expressly preempt any state or local requirement, whether or not imposed by a franchising authority, that would impose obligations on franchised cable operators beyond what Title VI allows.

Despite the Oregon Supreme Court ruling against Comcast, Pai’s plan says “the majority of courts… have interpreted section 622(b) to prohibit states and localities from charging fees that exceed those expressly permitted by Title VI.” Section 622 prevents local authorities from collecting more than 5 percent of a cable operator’s gross revenue in any 12-month period.

Pai’s proposal also declares that “in-kind” contributions required by local franchising authorities must count toward that 5 percent cap, “with limited exceptions, including an exemption for certain capital costs related to public, educational, and governmental access (PEG) channels.”

FCC lacks power to preempt, group says

But does the FCC have the power to preempt these local fees and requirements? Consumer-advocacy group Public Knowledge argues that the FCC can’t preempt local broadband regulations because the Pai-led FCC gave up its own authority over broadband. The FCC did that when it reclassified broadband as an information service as part of its repeal of net neutrality rules, Public Knowledge said.

“Having classified broadband as an information service, the Commission has determined that it is an unregulated service that it lacks regulatory authority over,” Public Knowledge wrote in a November 2018 filing that urged the FCC to drop the plan. The FCC cannot regulate or preempt local regulation of “any service that does not fall within its Title II jurisdiction over common carrier services or its Title I jurisdiction over matters ‘incidental’ to communication by wire,” the group said.

The FCC could “assert ancillary authority over broadband” using its power to regulate “services that fall within its general jurisdictional scope of ‘communications by wire or radio,'” Public Knowledge said. But the FCC has declined to assert such ancillary authority in this case, so it doesn’t have the power to preempt, the group argued.

Public Knowledge’s argument is the same one used by state attorneys general and other litigants against the FCC’s attempt to preempt state-level net neutrality rules. That matter is already being litigated at the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which could issue a ruling at any time. The outcome of that case could affect any future appeals of Pai’s new preemption plan.

In another preemption effort, Pai’s FCC last week voted to kill part of a San Francisco ordinance that promotes broadband competition in apartment buildings and other multi-tenant structures. Pai’s FCC also preempted about $2 billion worth of local fees charged to wireless carriers for placing equipment on public rights-of-way.

Decade-plus fight over fees

Cities and towns have been fighting FCC attempts to limit their authority over cable networks for more than a decade. Pai’s plan stems from a July 2017 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in a case over FCC orders that go all the way back to 2007.

The 2017 court ruling vacated previous FCC attempts to treat “in-kind” payments as “franchise fees” toward the 5 percent cap, and it vacated an FCC attempt to “bar local franchising authorities from regulating the provision of non-telecommunications services by incumbent cable providers.” The court remanded the case to the FCC, saying the commission must explain which in-kind contributions are franchise fees and provide a valid legal basis to preempt local regulation.

Pai’s new proposal justifies preemption by pointing to Cable Act language that says “[a] franchising authority may not regulate the services, facilities, and equipment provided by a cable operator except to the extent consistent with [Title VI of the Act].”

Pai has gone forward with the plan despite municipal opposition. The FCC proposals “violate the plain language of the statute which authorizes Local Franchise Authorities (LFAs) to both collect franchise fees and to impose franchise requirements on cable operators,” said an FCC filing by dozens of local governments including Anne Arundel County, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; the District of Columbia; Portland, Oregon; and Los Angeles, California.

The cable industry’s main lobby group, NCTA, urged the FCC to approve Pai’s plan, saying the commission should “rein in the harmful practices of state and local franchising authorities who ignore the clear limits in the Cable Act, to the ultimate detriment of consumers.” The group said that the financial impact of local fees “could fall entirely on cable operators, entirely on consumers, or on both groups.”



LG UltraFine 4K & 5K monitors from $269



 

The second half of Amazon’s 48-hour Prime Day savings event is now underway, and Amazon-owned Woot is kicking off the latter half of the sale with aggressive markdowns on LG UltraFine 4K and UltraFine 5K displays. Prices for these Apple-compatible monitors start at just $269, but you better act quick, as supplies may be limited.

LG 22″ Ultra Fine 4K LED Monitor for $269

LG 22″ HD 4K Ultra Fine LED Monitor 22MD4KA: $269.99 ($430 off) – Sold out
*Plus free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

Kicking off the Prime Day sale is LG’s 22-inch UltraFine 4K display. Priced at $269.99 (sold out) for factory reconditioned units, this deal represents a $430 instant discount off MSRP. Each display comes with a 90-day limited warranty, with Amazon Prime members qualifying for free shipping.

With a resolution of 4069 x 2304, the USB-C 4K monitor is compatible with Apple’s latest MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops, increasing your screen real estate without breaking the bank. This deal is valid during Prime Day only, while supplies last.

LG 27″ Ultra Fine 5K Display for $649

LG Ultra Fine 5K display Apple compatible


LG UltraFine 5K Display

LG 27″ 5K Ultra Fine IPS LED Monitor 27MD5KA-B: $649.99 ($650 off)
*Plus free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

Those looking for even more screen real estate can also snap up a special deal on LG’s larger 27-inch 5K display. Now on sale for $649.99, these factory reconditioned displays are $650 off MSRP. Like the Ultra Fine 4K monitor featured above, these units come with a 90-day limited warranty and are fulfilled by Amazon for added peace of mind. Amazon Prime members can also snap up free standard shipping, further adding to the savings.

Both LG monitor deals are valid today only (July 16) while supplies last.

Additional Apple Deals

AppleInsider and Apple authorized resellers are also running a handful of additional exclusive promotions this month on Apple hardware that will not only deliver the lowest prices on many of the items, but also throw in discounts on AppleCare, software and accessories. These deals are as follows:

See if there is a Mac, iPad, or Apple Watch deal that will save you $100s by checking out prices.appleinsider.com and deals.appleinsider.com.





How Companies Utilize No-Code, Low-Code Development


Nobody is at war with the idea of using code in information technology. After all, nothing in IT would work without all those billions of carefully crafted computer language lines. In fact, code and data together make up the lifeblood of all computing; one cannot live without the other. But code is tricky to write, and it has to be perfect to work optimally. To connect these important dots in a user-friendly manner, two ingenious technologies—no-code and low-code development—can become the answers for companies when they need to create, and subsequently iterate, software for the business.

Over time, developers have found ways to preconfigure and embed code snippets into applications so that people using the apps have everything set up for them in order to save time and effort. Because so much good software has already been written and doesn’t need to be reinvented each time it is installed, the idea of “no-code” or “low-code” application development—built upon the idea of reusing existing application components with instructions on how to fine-tune them—has become an important thing.

This is not new, but it certainly has been reborn in the last few years.

What is no-code and low-code development?

No- and low-code development signifies software that’s complicated under the hood yet has a user interface simple enough for line-of-business employees to modify and use. With low-code development, non-IT folks can build and customize standard business applications and make them directly relevant to the business they do every day—at their desks or on location somewhere else. Drop-down menus and wizards used in an intuitive fashion are the keys to low-code. Changes are made in real time, so that results can happen in real time.

Citizen development

No- and low-code is parallel to something we’ve been covering in eWEEK for a while: citizen development, in which non-IT personnel at companies are able to customize all or parts of a business application to make using it a better, more satisfying experience for everybody concerned. In fact, some companies are starting to offer free two- or three-week courses for their employees—as well as for job seekers considering a move into no- or low-code programming—that result in a certificate that can greatly improve their resumes. eWEEK will have more about those opportunities in subsequent articles.

Companies that are current leaders in this space include Appian, Appsheet, C3, Webalo, Dell Boomi, Jenkins, Pegasystems, Google, Progress, Quick Base, K2, Caspio, Turbo, BettyBlocks, Appery.io and several others.

Agile development

This all folds into the idea of agile development–constantly refreshing apps as often as necessary to keep them sharp and as effective as possible. Workers on the front lines—the ones who actually use these apps in their business every day—don’t have much time to reconfigure software, but they can make adjustments on the fly when necessary. To be sure, shortcuts are involved. Anything that will help an employee handle a process or solve a problem faster and more efficiently is desirable.

What Kinds of Applications Use No-Code and Low-Code?

You can build three kinds of applications on a no-code platform: back office (database), web and mobile applications. All applications are hosted and run in the cloud.

Back-office applications

These are designed to improve your organization’s internal operations. This application type uses a back office module only; it provides functionality to administer your business data for internal use.

With platforms like BettyBlocks and others, users can speed up development and take advantage of the steps that have already been taken care of. They can use the out-of-the-box and ready-made features, such as filter, search, export, import, logic (workflows) and others. The platforms make it easy to visually create grids, forms, and workflows without programming.

Portals and web applications

No-coders can actually build a customer-facing application with one of these platforms. A web application bridges the gap between the back and front office, when an application needs to be used publicly. The web application type uses both the back office and web module; the web module is used for a customized user interface and the back office module is used to administer data.

In this way, the web application enables users to create their own user interface (such as web pages) together with ready-made back office features. They can use their own HTML or our WYSIWYG page editor or insert a favorite JS framework to build with.

Mobile applications

Developers can make a mobile solution for use on the road. They can build a mobile application and fully customize the front end especially for mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, rather than large desktops. The application is web-based, and they have full access to all elements of the web browser. No software installation is needed.

Just as with web applications, they are completely free to create any mobile page they want in HTML, CSS and JavaScript development. They can distribute it like a regular web application or in the same way native applications are distributed. The mobile application always includes a back office module to administer data.

Use Cases: Eight Companies That Use No-Code Development for Employee Efficiency

It’s been documented here in eWEEK and in other publications that no-code software development has returned as a real trend since its beginnings in the early 2000s. According to Forrester, the low-code market is set to reach $15 billion by 2020. New-gen line-of-business workers–whether at small businesses or large enterprises–are going a step further, turning to completely no-code platforms to quickly build custom business applications and/or add features, increase productivity and improve their daily jobs, all with IT’s approval and governance.

Here we highlight eight organizations currently using  no-code development and why they’re doing it.

The Spur Group

The Spur Group, a fast-growing consulting firm helping enterprises such as Microsoft, VMware and Google achieve revenue acceleration, uses applications built with no-code to rapidly scale and streamline new employee onboarding. This has been crucial as the company has grown from two to 100 employees since its founding in 2004. No-code helped the company seamlessly manage the 20-25 steps associated with each new employee’s onboarding in just one click.

Interface Financial

SME financier Interface Financial supports its entire business on no-code applications, allowing the firm to scale without hiring additional IT staff, and expedite new product development and testing. While other companies rely on large groups of professional developers, Interface Financial has been more efficient — they use 17 no-code applications to manage the company’s loan processes, and quickly make decisions on new products.

Verité

Global non-profit Verité, which aims to eliminate human rights abuses in global supply chains, minimizes a host of internal processes including client expensing, down to a single click with no-code. This has made manager approvals for complicated expense reports much more efficient, saving the team one to two business days of work.

Sage Payroll Services

Over the past several years, Sage Payroll Services has acquired 17 different payroll companies. It uses no-code to effectively combine the companies into a single operation, and create a universal system of record. By doing so, the company can spend more valuable time communicating with customers — there has been a 90 percent decrease in the number of payrolls requiring manual editing since no-code applications were introduced.

Apex Imaging

Apex Imaging, a nationwide rebranding and reimaging contractor, uses no-code to eliminate spreadsheet duplication and confusion. With no-code applications, managers don’t have to sift through spreadsheets to determine when and where teams are working for projects at any given time — they get a holistic, all-in-one view through their no-code applications.

Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Information Services (IS) organization has used no-code during the past decade to develop a project management application (IS Project Portfolio). It acts as a singular resource to find and track progress on all projects taking place at the organization. This has significantly reduced errors associated with spreadsheets, and kept long-term projects running more efficiently.

Texas A&M

Texas A&M’s School of Public Health launched a no-code application built in two days to track scholastic engagement activities for more than 100 students. The result is better visibility into which students are doing outstanding work, allowing the school to more easily recognize them.

Government of the District of Columbia

The Government of D.C.’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) developed a no-code application called Stormwater Database to improve data quality for its storm water management programs, as well as the city’s participation in those programs. The DOEE can now better anticipate how these programs can restore the district’s water bodies, ultimately helping to improve water quality in the nation’s capital.

eWEEK has an extensive library of articles on no- and low-code development. Go here to view the list.



Sony RX100 IV camera just £479 this Amazon Prime Day


Every year Amazon Prime Day delivers some cracking deals if you’re looking for a new camera.

There’s a bunch of Sony cameras this year at bargain rates, with the company’s particularly popular RX100 MkIV available for £479. That’s less than over half the original list price of £1,000.

The thing that’s so compelling about the RX100 series is how small this camera is – quite remarkable, really, when considering the size of the 1-inch sensor tucked away inside.

The fourth-gen model was the first to bring 4K video capture to the series, while continuing with other staple features such as a fast 24-70mm lens and pop-up viewfinder that’s usually hidden within the body.

It’s taken a long time for other manufacturers to catch up – even Canon has only just introduced a similar camera with finder in the G5 X II – which is another reason why Sony has been so far ahead. 

This deal is likely to only be available for one or two days, so don’t delay if you want to save some cash on this great pocketable camera.