Software development is a simple affair, really. You identify a problem, and you write a software application that solves it. If you are lucky, you will be the first to solve the problem in this way. But even if others get there ahead of you, the opportunity remains for you to take ground, if the problem is big enough. And so it is with the problem of debt, and why debt management software may be ground worth taking for the innovative developer.
The juggernaut of online betting shows no signs of slowing, with the market volume forecast to hit $56.05 billion by the year 2018, more than doubling since 2009. This is undoubtedly thanks in large part to a shift in technology, with more and more people accessing online betting platforms via their smartphone and tablet devices. In fact, by 2018, it is estimated that mobile betting will exceed $100 billion in wagers placed.
If asked which technology had owned up to its promise to simplify the lives of its users, few people would point to the cell phone. With the relentless barrage of emails, texts, account balance alerts, and voicemail messages, the cell phone seems to have given us more to do rather than less. Even mobile payment processing has become a confusing mesh of technologies that do not always get along well with others. For once, wouldn't it be nice if your cell phone offered a way to actually saved you time?
Analysts at PR Newswire forecast 36.5% growth in the indoor navigation market over the next few years, turning this currently niche market into a multi-million dollar industry. This means that now is an ideal time to consider getting into the market, and a safe time to reinvest in updating, maintaining, or diversifying any currently employed indoor positioning system.
Benjamin Franklin said, "Out of adversity comes opportunity." We may not know what prompted Franklin to make this observation, but, if he were alive today, he might very well be speaking of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is reshaping the way we interact with the modern world. But there's another trend that's gaining traction just as quickly: contactless payments. As the name implies, contactless payments are a way for customers and merchants to make transactions with little to no physical interaction. Rather than having to slide a credit card into a point of sale (POS) terminal, the customer can simply bring their card (or other device) within a certain range of the terminal to process the transaction. Contactless payments are faster and offer a higher level of convenience than traditional card or cash-based payment systems.
With the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple has added a new dimension of interactivity to smartphones. 3D Touch is a pressure detection system that adds an extra layer of input to users and mobile app developers. By measuring varying amounts of force applied by the user's fingers, Apple has made it possible to design apps with intuitive multi-layered interfaces. This opens up the potential for games and apps that support full three-dimensional interfaces without the user having to lift a finger.
Hot off the heels of "the Cloud" is the tech world's next big buzzword: the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things promises to transform the way we live by connecting sensors, appliances, and other electronics to each other through local networks and the Internet at large. It's a way for individuals, businesses, and governments to automatically and seamlessly share and collect data on an unprecedented scale. For gaming operators, it's an opportunity to engage with players through a promising and highly-rewarding channel.
Financial services have undergone a huge shift in a relatively short time. Driven by the growth of the World Wide Web and high-speed computing, banks have been forced into leveraging modern software and the Internet to manage highly sensitive data between customers, investors, and employees. While almost all modern banks have implemented some form of back-end application, many of these systems are old or outdated, leaving the bank and its stakeholders vulnerable to data theft or fraud.