Maxim  Churilov

Maxim Churilov

Chief Operating Officer at MindK

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Everybody who wants to build a mobile app faces a dilemma. You can either hire native iOS/Android developers or go for a cross-platform solution.The latter used to be slow, have fewer features and offer subpar user experience.  But now you can build React Native apps that combine the cross-platform flexibility with native performance and look.Its ‘learn once, write anywhere’ paradigm allows developers to create React Native apps for web, iOS, Android, Windows, and VR using the same basic framework. Facebook, Airbnb, Instagram, Discord, and many others have already used the tech to create awesome apps.While React Native has many opponents, there are 4 situations in which React Native (RN) is your best bet.
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Choosing the perfect payment system for your web application can be a nightmare. While mobile apps can get away with in-app purchases (for a monstrous 30% AppStore cut), web applications need a payment gateway to accept money from their users.And this is where things get complicated.50% of online shoppers will abandon their carts if your app doesn’t have their favorite payment method. But there are more than 70 payment systems out there! Each has different terms (read the fine print!), fees, and features.That’s why I’ve already outlined 13 questions you should ask while looking for a payment system. And today I’ll compare three popular gateways (PayPal, Stripe and Braintree) to make the choice even easier.
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Payment processing services are the gateways to revenue for the majority of web and mobile applications. But when you’re new to online payments, the sheer amount of options seem paralyzing.Wikipedia lists over 70 payment gateways, each having different terms, fees, and features.Some handle a hundred transactions per month while others process the same amount each hour. Some of them have transparent pricing, some of them are full of “hidden fees”.Let’s be real: there are a lot of pitfalls you can easily fall into if you’ve never dealt with payment gateways.To make your life easier, I’ve made a list of 13 simple questions that will help you avoid them and make a better informed decision.
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Single page applications (SPAs) are becoming more and more popular. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, GitHub, and numerous Google’s services are all built using the SPA tech. Yet multi page applications (MPAs) make up the majority of websites on the Internet. But are the days of MPAs over?In this article, I’m going to set aside all the hype that surrounds the tech and evaluate it objectively. I’ll list the advantages and drawbacks of the SPA approach as well as suggest when to use it...Read more...
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According to Localytics, more than 60% of customers disappear within the first month after trying out a new app. Only 20% will make it to the end of a three-month period. But is there really nothing you can do about this “engagement toll”?The top apps demonstrate up to 3 times higher engagement. Clearly, there’s some secret way to win the users’ hearts.Let’s reveal it!
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Imagine waking up on a warm spring morning and discovering that €20 million has disappeared from your company’s account. This can happen if your application doesn’t comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).If you want to avoid the sanctions, you’ll have to adjust your application to satisfy GDPR requirements.Below are the steps you can take to make your software solution GDPR-proof, and turn the new law into a business opportunity.Are you liable to GDPR?GDPR is the latest EU regulation meant to tighten control over the way companies handle the personal data of its citizens. From the moment it comes into effect on May 25, 2018, noncompliant businesses will face heavy fines and penalties.Further reading: everything you need to know about GDPR and how to prepare your company for the new age of privacy.Still have doubts on whether your solution is subject to the new european data protection regulation? Check out the following criteria:Do EU citizens use your solution?Is there a subscribe function on your website?Do you have any comments sections?Can users log in to your website with third-party apps?If you answered yes at least to one question, congratulations, you are a definite candidate to the GDPR. So better start getting ready.Right now!
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Single page applications (SPA) are all the rage now. Facebook and Gmail are just a few well-known examples. Everybody familiar with search engine optimization would tell you, SPAs are an SEO nightmare. But you shouldn’t discard the tech as useless. Here is why.Single page applications are lightning-fast, easy to deploy and provide the butter-smooth user experience. SPAs achieve this by dynamically updating website content without reloading the whole page. Just like in a desktop or native app.There are a few ways to combine the exceptional speed and user experience of SPA with the discoverability of regular web applications. A number of our projects at MindK follow these ways. Today we’ll share them with you.Read more: https://www.mindk.com/blog/optimizing-single-page-applications
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The speed at which AI tech is advancing today, traditional GUI may soon become a relic of the past. The future, it seems, will belong to conversational UI (CUI) and what powers CUI is the conversation itself.In this three-part series, I’ve set out to uncover the main principles behind the CUI.Part 1: the top 8 questions to ask yourself before creating a conversational UI.Part 2 is about designing a chat bot for Facebook Messenger.Now I’ll reveal the secret to writing engaging chatbot dialogue. So dust off your typewriter, brew a bucket of jet-black coffee and put on a writer’s hat.Read more...
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While the superintelligent AI remains a thing of the future, chatbots and voice assistants can cheer you up and remind you to exercise. Today is the day you’ll learn how to actually design an engaging conversational UI.Together with the tremendous reach of messengers like Facebook and Telegram, conversational UI (CUI) allow businesses to talk to billions of customers in their natural habitat. For instance, MindK reaches out to web-development newbies via WannaBe.Guru chatbot.Read more...
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In May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will introduce fines for companies of up to €20m or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is higher. It will alter the way companies from all over the world handle personal data of customers who are EU citizens.Despite the evident necessity to embark on preparation as soon as possible, according to YouGov Survey only 29% of UK businesses have started preparing for GDPR. Almost 38% of business owners claimed that they were not conscious of GDPR particulars and over 71% were ignorant of the amount of fines they may face from the slightest noncompliance.The deadline for compliance is May 25, 2018. So it is high time to find out what GDPR requirements are, what changes it is going to bring about and how you can get ready.
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Meet Kotlin, the rising star of Android development. AWS, Uber, Pinterest, Netflix, and Coursera have already incorporated Kotlin into their projects, as did many others.Kotlin for Android was a bit slow to pick up but with the full support from Google has made it to the top of countless “top languages to learn next” lists.But is it really the future of Android development and or just another overhyped tech?What is Kotlin and why should you care?Kotlin is a general-purpose statically-typed programming language for Java Virtual Machine (JVM). The language is compiled in Java 6/8 bytecode, but can also be compiled into JavaScript and into native code.
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The way writers and movie directors can create memorable and lovable characters, the AI wizards can construct any personality for your business and make interacting with it a genuinely enjoyable experience.In this two-part series, you’ll learn how to design a conversational UI and craft a unique voice for your brand. I understand the desire to jump right into design process. But first, ask yourself these eight essential questions, to make the process less daunting and get more efficient results.What is a Conversational UI?Conversational UI (CUI) is an interface that lets you interact with various applications in the most natural way possible, by talking to them.
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“Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.” – Frank Herbert, Dune.Artificial Intelligence has for centuries fascinated our minds. The idea of devising machines capable of thinking and acting like humans had appeared in Greek mythology and works of science fiction writers from Asimov to Philip K. Dick.Now the interest in AI is once again at its peak.Every day marketers assault us with the promises of revolutionary AI-infused commodities ranging from bookkeeping software to electric toothbrushes capable of reading your mind.But what if this whole AI business is just another fad?Read more: https://www.mindk.com/blog/how-artificial-intelligence-and-machine-learning-will-change-your-business
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It’s hard to grow a business nowadays, isn’t it? There was a time when you could just create a simple website and customers would pour in like there’s no tomorrow. But times have changed.A polished native app is almost a requirement for a successful digital business now. But making separate apps for iOS and Android can be pretty expensive (and don’t forget about a Web application for your desktop users).But what if I told you there is an alternative? It’s cheaper, has wider reach, and keeps the users engaged on par with the best native apps...
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Creating an app can be a lot of work.Feel free to jump to one of these methods if you are interested in a specific one:Don’t forget to reach out to your iOS development company to implement them right away.This means in this battle, ASO is seven times more effective than SEO regarding mobile apps.Since the June 2017 the limit was reduced to puny 30 characters.The people searching for a Pokemon game will never download your e-commerce app even if it somehow reaches the top 10 results (and those who did download would be furious enough to leave a negative review which isn’t worth the trouble).Read more: https://www.mindk.com/blog/how-your-ios-development-company-can-increase-app-store-visibility/
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It’s hard to grow a business nowadays, isn’t it?There was a time when you could just create a simple website and customers would pour in like there’s no tomorrow.But times have changed.A polished native app is almost a requirement for a successful digital business now.But making separate apps for iOS and Android can be pretty expensive (and don’t forget about a Web application for your desktop users).But what if I told you there is an alternative?It’s cheaper, has wider reach, and keeps the users engaged on par with the best native apps.Sounds too good to be true?Let’s find out.Read more...
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The right development partner can add value in more ways than just development, which will help you maximize revenues for your app business. Today we’ll simplify your quest for mobile app developers. Stats say that US consumers spend over 5 hours using their mobile devices, 92% of this time is spent in various apps. At the same time, the average number of apps used per user stays the same. And a quarter of them is abandoned after a single use. This means users are fed up with poorly made apps that offer little value.
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As promised we are starting a new series devoted to MindK Tech Battles, a monthly meetup for IT professionals organized by our R team.What the fuss is all aboutFor a long time, Native apps (written in platform-specific languages and using the proprietary tools) were considered the gold standard when it comes to mobile development.In theory, React Native apps should combine the best of two words with the support of rich native features, signature UI, great performance and the ability to reuse both code and web-development skills to make the development faster (and also cheaper for the clients).Development process under the magnifying glassReact Native is based on the ReactJS library. 
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Creating an app can be a lot of work.Feel free to jump to one of these methods if you are interested in a specific one:Don’t forget to reach out to your iOS development company to implement them right away.This means in this battle, ASO is seven times more effective than SEO regarding mobile apps.Since the June 2017 the limit was reduced to puny 30 characters.The people searching for a Pokemon game will never download your e-commerce app even if it somehow reaches the top 10 results (and those who did download would be furious enough to leave a negative review which isn’t worth the trouble).Read more... 
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Instant messaging apps have changed the way we communicate using our smartphones.It’s only natural that people try to replicate their success.But why do so many messengers fail and end up in oblivion?What is it you need to know so your app doesn’t join them?Services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, LINE, Viber and others gave SMS services providers and mobile phone operators a run for their money.Moreover, in 2015 messengers’ combined user base trumped the number of people using the social media.According to On Device Research average users have between 2.3 (USA) and 3 (China) messenger apps installed on their smartphones.This figure combined with an accelerated growth of the user base is good news for entrepreneurs looking to challenge the market giants.So, as you can see, there is definitely a place left for entrepreneurs dreaming of introducing the next big thing into the market of instant messengers.
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