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Microsoft is known to serve its users with two major Windows 10 updates each year. The first major update, which has been under testing under the codename ’19H1′ for months, has officially been named Windows 10 May 2023 update, which will start rolling out to all towards the end of May.

5 New Features in Windows 10 May 2023 Update

Note: The screenshots attached below have been captured on a PC running Windows 10 Home Insider Preview build number 18875.1000 with all of the significant features in the update in tow.

1. Light Theme

One of the biggest user-facing changes in Windows 10 May 2023 update has to be the newly introduced “Light” theme, which is exactly the opposite of what most of the users want. However, it seems there’s a decent number of light theme users out there, whom Microsoft is making happy with a cleaner and fluid interface.

I haven’t really used the light theme on my Windows 10 PC, but in the brief period for which I switched to it, made me realize that Microsoft has done a fairly decent job. It’s looking good with everything from the taskbar, start menu, Action Center, Settings and other UI elements turning to white – of course, with some translucency to it.

I still prefer the dark theme, to be honest, be it anything from my Windows 10 UI to all apps I have on my phone. If they have a dark mode, I flip the switch instantly.

2. Cortana & Search Separate

Windows 10 May 2023 Update sees Cortana and the Search experience part ways, which may be saddening for some. When you don’t have the small icons mode turned on, you will now see that the taskbar hosts the search box and Cortana icon separately. This means you can now simply tap on the search box and look around your Windows 10 PC with Microsoft’s voice assistant not meddling with your experience.

Microsoft hasn’t changed a whole lot in this department, except for splitting up the two features but I expect to see major changes here in the next update.

3. Windows Update Simplified

Your Windows 10 PC is going to make you aware that a new update is available, but it’s totally up to your discretion to choose to download and install it or not. The update will, however, be forced on you when the support for the version you’re running runs out in eighteen months. This is an important step towards simplifying Windows 10 updates & handing control back into the hands of the users.

4. Settings UI

Microsoft is slowly pulling features from the legacy control panel and adding them to the Settings. This includes the cursor & pointer options, cleaner sign-in option listings, and a number of new ease-of-access options, along with Fluent Design improvements in tow.

5. Sandbox

While Home users won’t get a taste of the new Sandbox feature in the Windows 10 May 2023 Update, this feature will be welcomed with open arms by Pro and Enterprise users. Sandbox is a feature for power users, as well as privacy enthusiasts who are cautious of what they download off the Internet.

SEE ALSO: Google I/O 2023: Here’s What We Expect

Windows 10 May 2023 Update brings in tow not many, but a handful of impressive new upgrades and refinements, that would better the experience for more than 800 million users. So, eager to try out these new features in the upcoming Windows 10 May 2023 Update? Let us know your opinions down below.

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The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Twitter

Twitter had a very interesting 2013. As the micro-blogging site continued to gain users, about 30 million or so active users within the last year, it has experienced its fair share of disappointments. Ever since the company went public on November 7, it hasn’t exactly overwhelmed the NYSE. In fact, some analysts have speculated that Twitter won’t even make a profit until 2024.

But that hasn’t completely rained on Twitter’s parade. During its eight years in existence, the site has gone from an internal messaging service to global phenomenon. Whether it’s to increase a brand’s engagement with consumers or break news from all over the world, Twitter has become one of the most visited websites in the world: according to Moz, Twitter is the 2nd most important site as of October 2013.

Despite its ups and downs, there’s no denying that Twitter has changed the world. So, it’s only fitting that you know as much about the 140-character site as possible. Here are the top 10 things that you should know about Twitter.

10. The First Tweet Ever Was…

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The very first Tweet was sent out on March 21, 2006 by co-founder Jack Dorsey. What was this historic first Tweet? It was simply: “just setting up my twttr.”

9. Twitter Rejected an Offer From Facebook

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Back in November 2008, Facebook tried to acquire Twitter for a cool $500 million. At the time,Twitter had about six million registered users. As of October 2013, active users for Twitter rose to 232 million and the the site could be worth anywhere between $11 billion to $30 billion, if you trust Twitter’s estimates.

8. The User With The Most Followers is…

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As of 2013, the user with the most followers on Twitter is Katy Perry with over 49 million followers. The singer is followed by Justin Bieber (48,149,721), Lady Gaga (41,024,713) and President Barack Obama (40,752,349).

The most followed brand is YouTube with just under 38 million. Instagram is second with around 30 million.

The user following the most accounts is @ArabicBest with 2,472,622.

The user with the most Tweets is @Yougakduan_00, a girl from Japan, who has sent out an outstanding 37,388,113 Tweets!

7. The Event With the Most Tweets Per Second Was…

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The most amount of tweets per second occurred on August 3, 2013 during a viewing of the 1986 animated film Castle in the Sky in Japan, with an astounding 143,199 tweets per second!

The most amount of tweets per minute occurred during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. During the infamous Miley Cyrus performance, the Twittersphere went crazy with 306,100 tweets per minute.

On average, there are around 500 million Tweets per day.

6. Twitter Almost Never Happened

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Twitter’s origins take place at Odeo. Odeo was a struggling podcasting company that launched in 2005 and was developed by Noah Glass and Evan Williams (Twitter’s other co-founder). Without a lack of investors and growth, board members had a “daylong brainstorming session”. It was during this session that New York University undergraduate Jack Dorsey came up with a SMS-style service to communicate with a small group.

5. The Importance of @,#, media, and RTs

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While Twitter didn’t create hashtags, retweets, or replies (that was accomplished by users and developers), they’ve become an integral part of the site. Hashtags, for example, have been found to increase engagement by 100% for journalists and 50% for news organizations. It has also been discovered that retweets and @mentions can increase followers. Finally, tweets with media (such as photos or video) can experience 3 to 4 times more engagement.

4. Larry

Yes. That now-iconic bird used as Twitter’s mascot has a name. And, it’s Larry. Many believe that Larry was named after Boston Celtic great Larry Bird. Why Larry Bird? Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is a Boston native.

3. Tweet Via Text Message

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Twitter was based off of the 160-character SMS messaging format used by mobile phones. And, during its early days, tweets were sent via text messages. Even with the mobile app, you can still tweet through text messaging. You can do this through the settings of your Twitter account. Here’s the directions from For Dummies.

2. US State Department Asks For Help

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Even the U.S. Government has realized the global impact that Twitter has. In June 2009, during protests in Iran during the presidential election, the US State Department asked Twitter to delay a planned system upgrade that would disrupt daytime service in Iran. The request was made directly to co-founder Jack Dorsey, and Twitter complied.

1. Twitter Around The World

According to stats from July 2013, the United States (22.9%), Japan (20.0%), and France (6.8%) make up half of the world’s Twitter traffic. These nations are followed by the United Kingdom (6%), Turkey (4.7% ), and Brazil (4.4%).

What was the most interesting thing you just learned about Twitter? Or, was it something that we forgot to include? If so, let us know!

Windows 10 April 2023 Update: The Best Hidden Features

Microsoft’s next Windows 10 upgrade, known as the April 2023 Update, improves Windows in numerous ways. But Microsoft has also added innumerable under-the-hood adjustments. That’s why this roundup exists: to underscore smaller additions you might miss, or explain subtle changes in how Windows 10 works.

Unlike previous lists we’ve compiled, some of these hidden features seem tentative, with more work clearly needed. Fortunately, Microsoft seems inclined to keep developing Windows 10, with no major replacement on the radar. (We’ll highlight the very best features as part of our review.)

As the disclaimer notes, you may have information associated with your Microsoft account stored within the cloud. You’ll have to visit Microsoft’s privacy dashboard to purge this information. 

App-by-app GPU management

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Even though a discrete GPU could power the image manipulation capabilities in the Windows 10 Photos app, my laptop’s integrated GPU can do it just fine.

Don’t worry, this isn’t another case of Windows intruding into your life. With most apps, letting Windows make the decision is perfectly reasonable (apps actually have the final say). But in the rare case where you’d prefer your integrated GPU to run a simpler game like Asphalt 8 to preserve your laptop’s battery life, this new control allows you to do that.

A better Game Bar

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Microsoft’s updated Game Bar adds new options.

Fonts in the Microsoft Store

Many of us have a few favored fonts, and that’s it. But for those who prefer a more varied typeface, Microsoft now allows you to download new fonts from the Microsoft Store. There’s only nine or so as of this writing, but Microsoft seems to be planning to add more, just as the company has added dozens of Themes to personalize your PC.

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Downloading fonts from the Microsoft Store app might seem a little odd, but it’s easier than tracking them down elsewhere.

Swift Pair: On-demand Bluetooth pairing

Within your own home, Swift Pair sounds great. But in a crowded airport lounge or a community workspace, Swift Pair seems rife for mischievous or outright malevolent exploitation. Regardless, you won’t be seeing much of it, as it’s enabled only for the Microsoft Surface Precision Mouse, at least for now.

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Don’t expect to see this feature much right now, but it’s possible it will show up more in the future as Microsoft adds support for more mice.

Go password-less within Windows 10 S

If you use a Windows 10 S machine, you’ll now have the option of completely eliminating passwords in favor of the Authenticator app for Android or iOS. Essentially, Microsoft’s sneaking a more secure two-factor authentication method into your PC.

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The Windows mobile authenticator app could take on a more prominent role within the coming months.

Somewhat better Settings for your PC’s audio

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The Audio Settings menu duplicates some of the taskbar controls, but does so in a way that consolidates most of Windows’ audio settings within Settings, rather than the Control Panel.

While the new Settings menu adds individual UWP app controls within the Audio settings, it conveniently leaves them in place on the taskbar, too. What’s new are  handy audio and mic level indicators that provide real-time feedback.

It’s extremely frustrating, though, that Windows still doesn’t offer a basic graphics equalizer—even though Microsoft added one to its Groove Music app, then killed off the Groove service that powered it, then routed users to Spotify. Does the Spotify app have a graphics equalizer yet? Of course not.

Autocorrect/autosuggest for hardware keyboard

Within this release, Windows 10’s Spring Creators Update tries to provide the same smartphone-like autocorrect and autosuggest functions for the hardware keyboard that it does for the software keyboard that pops up on Windows tablets. Neither, unfortunately, really delivers.

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The autosuggest feature for hardware keyboards within Redstone 4 is a weak first effort. Microsoft can and should do better.

Every smartphone’s keyboard already knows how to properly suggest words. When will Windows learn?

Improved eye tracking controls with Eye Control

For some people, eye tracker peripherals such as those made by Tobii remain their primary way of interacting with Windows. (Windows won’t track your eyes with your laptop’s built-in webcam.) For those who routinely use them, Microsoft has fine-tuned the shortcut menu in which users can interact with Eye Control, including a way to pause Eye Control to passively watch a video.

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This small control window provides handy shortcuts for eye trackers using Eye Control.

Better support for HDR displays

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Microsoft’s HDR calibration page allows you to favor details in darker or lighter scenes via a slider bar.

You also have more options when choosing to play back video. Within the FCU, you had the option to emphasize better battery life or better video when playing back video, including applying processing power. The latter option reduced battery life as it brightened the screen. Now, you have the option of leaving the screen brightness dialed down, while still applying more processing power to clean up the video.

Although I could see noticeable changes to the demonstration video on Microsoft’s page as I adjusted the settings, I wouldn’t say there was any measurable improvement. Part of that might have been because Windows mistakenly identified my test Surface Laptop as a device capable of rendering HDR video. The graphics properties of my adapter indicated that both the Laptop’s display, as well as an external HDR-capable monitor in our lab, were still being rendered in SDR mode. If HDR does take off, Windows will need to indicate more clearly to users what their visual options are. 

A larger MyPeople posse

Microsoft debuted MyPeople within the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, allowing you to include icons of up to three of your closest friends within the taskbar, and giving them the ability to send pop-up notifications that included emoji. Microsoft originally limited the number of MyPeople friends to three; ten is now the limit. You can now drag and drop the icons to rearrange them, too. Previously, Microsoft hid any overflow within a separate, default icon. Now the friends who don’t rate being included on your taskbar hide underneath the MyPeople icon itself.

Cortana changes, and not for the better

Cortana was supposed to have added a sort of meta-List, called Collections, with suggestions for recipes, websites, and more. But the only suggestions Cortana provided were on my to-do list, such as “homework” and “water plants.” C’mon.

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This is Cortana’s Lists. Graphics aside, this is a pretty sorry to-do app.

Meanwhile, one important aspect of Cortana, the “I’ve got more for you” box, has been actively demoted. This feature used to pop up a list of relevant news stories, stock prices, sports scores, and more within the Fall Creators Update. Microsoft supposedly planned to migrate it into the Notifications Center in the lower right-hand corner. If so, it never made it to my Insider builds.

Microsoft announced a preview app called Cortana Show Me in a late Insider build. Though it hasn’t yet downloaded to my machine, it sounds useful: like the “out of the box experience” that uses the friendly Cortana persona to help set up a new PC, Show Me walks you through a series of guides of common Windows tasks.

Windows for Workstations Ultimate Performance

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So close…and for Windows 10 users, so far.

Most gamers would love to see this option migrate down to Windows 10 Pro—or even a hypothetical Gaming Edition—but it hasn’t happened yet.

As with any Microsoft feature release, there are many more upgrades and changes than we’ve provided here. What are your favorites? Check out PCWorld’s Twitter feed or Facebook page and let us know. 

Updated on 12:21 PM with the addition of Windows 10 Version Next.

Why Should I Care About Windows Update

Do you get a pop-up every other week from Windows notification from Microsoft Windows Update? A lot of people will ignore these messages and others will even turn Windows Update off when in fact they should have paid a little more of attention.

Today I am going to explain what a Windows Update is and help you how to configure the settings to install them.

Definition: Windows Update is a piece of programming code that is released from time to time from Microsoft to fix problems or prevent them and add & improve functionalities of your overall system as part of their maintenance and support service.

Analogy: Software update is like renting a house (the house will represent Windows) with a broken door (the broken door will represent a feature inside Windows that is not working correctly). What you normally would do it’s to call your landlord (this is an automatic process in Windows that contact Microsoft about the problem) then the person responsible (here is where Microsoft will look and find an update for the problem) will come to your house and fix the broken door (the tools and components to repair the broken door will represent, in this case, a Windows Update) and depending of your settings, even if you don’t have any problems, your computer will contact Microsoft Windows Update service for updates to prevent problems or improve functionalities; etc. As far as I know, most of the times, Windows Updates will be available every second Tuesday of the month A.K.A “Patch Tuesday” or whenever an update is really important for your system.

Type of Windows Updates:

Critical updates: Fixes specific critical problems but not Security related.

Security updates: Fixes specific security vulnerability (security means all computer access related, most of the time is network access)

Service pack: It’s a set of copulatives updates (here also are included all before released Security Updates, Critical Updates and fixes), new updates, plus additional improvements and functionalities.

For more information on software updates descriptions refer to this support article from Microsoft Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

To know what the update is about, follow these steps: To change your Windows Updates settings, follow these steps:

-Should work in Windows Vista & Windows 7

What I would recommend is, if your computer is not ON all the time, to change “Install new updates:” settings to a time that you know your computer is ON  and you are not doing important work (this makes it easier for Windows to install updates), because you may need to restart your computer to finish installing the update(s).

Conclusion

Keeping your computer up to date is good and for Critical & Security updates, even more.

There always are going to be people trying to compromise your system or trying to get information from you for their own gain. Applying software updates not only will secure your computer but it will also fix problems that Windows might have, besides getting  improvements and maybe some additional features that are always welcome. This is why I would not recommend turning Windows Update off on your system.

Microsoft not only offers Windows updates but it also can supply you with other products updates that are non-Microsoft and also hardware drivers, but of course that the software vendor needs to register with Microsoft in other for you to get them through Microsoft Windows Update service. And don’t worry Microsoft Windows updates are Free!

Everything You Should Know About Nosql Databases

This article was published as a part of the Data Science Blogathon.

Introduction

By the end of this blog, you will have a good understanding of what NoSQL databases are, how they differ from traditional SQL databases, and how to determine if a NoSQL database is the right choice for your needs. You will have practical knowledge of best practices for using NoSQL databases and some tips for migrating from a SQL database to a NoSQL database.

So if you are an experienced developer or new to the world of databases, this blog is sure to provide valuable insights and information on NoSQL databases. Let’s get started!

What are NoSQL Databases?

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NoSQL databases, or “Not Only SQL” databases, do not use traditional SQL (Structured Query Language) for storing and manipulating data. They are designed to handle large amounts of data that is unstructured, semi-structured, or polymorphic in nature.

One way to think about NoSQL databases is to compare them to the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. Just like SpongeBob is not just a square, NoSQL databases are not just for SQL. They are flexible and can handle different data types, just like SpongeBob can adapt to different environments and situations.

NoSQL databases are mainly good for handling big data, real-time data processing, and cloud-based applications. They often use a distributed architecture, allowing them to scale horizontally across multiple servers or nodes. This makes them perfect for handling high levels of concurrency and data volume.

Data model: NoSQL databases often use a different data model than SQL databases. While SQL databases use a tabular data model with rows and columns, NoSQL databases can use different data models, like key-value, document, graph, or column family.

Schema: SQL databases usually have a fixed schema, meaning the form of the data must be defined upfront and cannot be changed easily. On the other hand, NoSQL databases can have a flexible or changing schema, allowing them to store and handle data without defining the structure beforehand.

Query language: SQL databases use the Structured Query Language (SQL) for querying and manipulating data. On the other hand, NoSQL databases may use different query languages or may not have a standardized query language.

Scalability: NoSQL databases are designed to scale horizontally across multiple servers or nodes, making them perfect for handling large amounts of data and high levels of concurrency. On the other hand, SQL databases usually scale vertically by adding more resources to a single server.

ACID transactions: SQL databases support ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) transactions, which ensure that database transactions are Atomic, Consistent, Isolated, and Durable. NoSQL databases may not support ACID transactions or may support a weaker form of transactions called the BASE (Basically Available, Soft state, Eventually consistent).

Some popular examples of NoSQL databases include MongoDB, Cassandra, and Redis.

Types of NoSQL Databases

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There are different types of NoSQL databases, each with its own unique features and characteristics:

Key-value stores: Key-value stores are an easy type of NoSQL database and are designed to store large amounts of data in a flat form. Each piece of data is a key-value pair, with the key as an identifier and the value being the data itself. An example of a key-value store is Redis.

Document databases: Document databases store data in the form of documents, which are self-contained units of data that contain both the data itself and metadata about the data. Document databases are often used for storing complex, hierarchical data structures. An example of a document database is MongoDB.

Column-family stores: Column-family stores are a type of NoSQL database that stores data in columns rather than rows. They are often used for storing large amounts of data with a high degree of structure. An example of a column-family store is Cassandra.

Graph databases: Graph databases store data in the form of nodes and edges, letting them represent complex relationships between data points. They are often used for analyzing and querying data with complex relationships. An example of a graph database is Neo4j.

Multimodel databases: Multimodel databases support multiple data models, allowing them to handle different data types and use cases. An example of a multimodel database is ArangoDB.

Advantages of NoSQL Databases

Advantages of NoSQL databases over traditional SQL databases:

Flexibility: NoSQL databases are designed to handle unstructured, semi-structured, or polymorphic data, making them more flexible than SQL databases. This allows them to store and handle data without defining the structure beforehand.

Scalability: NoSQL databases are designed to scale horizontally across multiple servers or nodes, making them perfect for handling large amounts of data and high levels of concurrency.

Performance: NoSQL databases are often faster than SQL databases when handling large amounts of data or high levels of concurrency. This is because they use a distributed architecture and often use a different data model than SQL databases.

Easy to use: NoSQL databases are often easier to use than SQL databases, especially for developers who are new to databases. They often have simple, easy-to-use APIs and do not need a deep understanding of SQL.

Cloud-friendly: NoSQL databases are perfect for cloud-based applications since they can easily scale and handle large amounts of data in a distributed environment.

Cost-effective: NoSQL databases are often more cost-effective than SQL databases, especially when handling large amounts of data. This is because they don’t need many hardware upgrades to handle more data; instead, they may grow horizontally across several servers or nodes.

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Limited querying and indexing: NoSQL databases may not support as powerful or as flexible querying and indexing capabilities as SQL databases. This can make it more difficult to perform certain types of queries or to search for specific data.

Limited ACID transactions: Some of these databases may not support ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability) transactions or may support a weaker form of transactions called the BASE (Basically Available, Soft state, Eventually consistent). This can make it more difficult to ensure the integrity and consistency of data in a NoSQL database.

Lack of standardization: NoSQL databases often have different data models, query languages, and APIs, which can make it more difficult to work with multiple NoSQL databases or to switch between them.

Limited vendor support: NoSQL databases may have limited vendor support compared to SQL DBs since smaller companies or open-source communities often develop them. This can make it more difficult to get help or support if you face issues with your NoSQL database.

Complexity: NoSQL databases can be more complex to set up and maintain than SQL databases, especially for developers who are new to databases. This can increase the learning curve and need more time and resources to get up and running with a NoSQL database.

Use Cases for NoSQL Databases

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NoSQL databases are perfect for different use cases, including:

Big data: NoSQL databases are perfect for handling large amounts of data since they can scale horizontally across multiple servers or nodes and handle high levels of concurrency.

Real-time data processing: They are often used for real-time data processing since they can handle high levels of concurrency and support low latency.

Cloud-based applications: NoSQL databases are perfect for cloud-based applications since they can easily scale and handle large amounts of data in a distributed environment.

Mobile applications: NoSQL databases are often used for mobile applications since they can support offline operations and handle high levels of concurrency.

Internet of Things (IoT): These databases are often used for IoT applications since they can handle large amounts of data from a large number of devices and handle high levels of concurrency.

Content management: NoSQL databases are often used for content management systems since they can handle large amounts of data and support flexible data models.

Social media: NoSQL databases are often used for social media applications since they can handle high levels of concurrency and support flexible data models.

E-commerce: They are often used for e-commerce applications since they can handle high levels of concurrency and support flexible data models.

Examples of NoSQL Databases

Here are some examples of popular NoSQL databases:

MongoDB: MongoDB is a document database that uses JSON-like documents to store data. It is perfect for storing complex, hierarchical data structures and is often used for content management systems and mobile applications.

Cassandra: Cassandra is a column-family store that is designed to handle large amounts of structured data. It is often used for real-time data processing and is perfect for handling high levels of concurrency.

Redis: Redis is a key-value store that is designed to handle large amounts of data with a high degree of structure. It is often used for real-time data processing and is perfect for handling high levels of concurrency.

Neo4j: Neo4j is a graph database that is designed to represent complex relationships between data points. It is often used for analyzing and querying data with complex relationships and is perfect for handling large amounts of data.

ArangoDB: ArangoDB is a multimodel database that supports multiple data models, including documents, graphs, and key-value pairs. It is often used for handling large amounts of data and is perfect for cloud-based applications.

How to Choose the Right NoSQL Database for Your Needs

There are a few important factors to consider when choosing the right NoSQL database for your needs:

Data model: Consider the type of data you will be storing and the types of queries you will need to perform. Different NoSQL databases use different data models, so choose one that fits your needs. For example, a document database like MongoDB may be a good choice if you need to store complex, hierarchical data structures.

Scalability: Consider how much data you expect to store and how much concurrency you expect to handle. NoSQL databases are designed to scale horizontally, so choose one that can handle your expected workload.

Performance: Consider the performance requirements of your application. These databases are often faster than SQL databases when handling large amounts of data or high levels of concurrency. However, be sure to use different benchmark databases to find the best performance for your needs.

Ease of use: Consider the level of experience your development team has with databases. Some NoSQL databases may be easier to use than others, especially for developers who are new to databases.

Vendor support: Consider the level of vendor support available for the NoSQL database you are considering. This can be especially important if you face issues with your database or need help setting it up.

Cost: Consider the costs associated with these database you are considering. Some NoSQL databases are open-source and free to use, while others may have licensing fees or other associated costs.

Best Practices for Using NoSQL Databases

Here are some best practices for using NoSQL databases:

Understand your data model: Make sure you understand the data model of your NoSQL database and how it differs from a traditional SQL database. This will help you design your data structures and write queries in a way that is optimized for the database.

Use the right data model for your needs: Choose the data model that best fits your needs. Different data models are better suited for different types of data and queries, so be sure to choose one that fits your needs.

Use indexing wisely: Indexing can improve the performance of your NoSQL database, but be sure to use it wisely. Over-indexing can lead to poor performance, so be sure to only index the data that you need to query frequently.

Use the right consistency model: NoSQL databases often have different consistency models, so choose one that fits your needs. For example, if you need strong consistency, you may want to choose a database that supports ACID transactions.

Test and benchmark: Be sure to test and benchmark your NoSQL database to ensure it is performing well and meeting your needs. This will help you identify any issues or bottlenecks and take corrective action.

Use a load balancer: If you are using a distributed NoSQL DB, consider using a load balancer to distribute traffic evenly across your nodes. This can help improve performance and reduce the risk of overloading a single node.

Monitor and maintain: Monitor your NoSQL database for performance and availability and perform regular maintenance to keep it running smoothly. This can help prevent issues and ensure that your database is always available when you need it.

Migrating From a SQL Database to a NoSQL Database

Migrating from a SQL database to a NoSQL database can be a complex process, but there are a few steps you can take to make it as smooth as possible:

Evaluate your needs: Before you begin the migration process, take the time to evaluate your needs and determine if a NoSQL database is the right choice for your application. Consider factors like the type of data you will be storing, the performance requirements of your application, and the level of experience your development team has with databases.

Choose the right NoSQL database: Once you have decided to migrate to a NoSQL database, take the time to research and compare different options to find the one that best fits your needs. Consider factors like the data model, scalability, performance, ease of use, vendor support, and cost.

Plan your migration: Carefully plan out your migration process to minimize disruption and ensure a smooth transition. This may involve creating a timeline, identifying any dependencies or challenges, and determining the order in which you will migrate different data sets or tables.

Test and benchmark: Be sure to test and benchmark your database to ensure it is performing well and meeting your needs. This will help you identify any issues or bottlenecks and take corrective action before going live.

Migrate your data: Once you are ready to migrate your data, you will need to export your data from your SQL database and import it into your NoSQL database. This may involve writing custom scripts or using tools provided by the NoSQL database vendor.

Update your application: Once your data has been migrated, you will need to update your application to use the NoSQL database. This may involve updating your database connection strings, changing your SQL queries to use the NoSQL database’s query language, and possibly making other changes to your application code.

Monitor and maintain: Once your migration is complete, be sure to monitor your NoSQL database for performance and availability, and perform regular maintenance to keep it running smoothly. This can help prevent issues and ensure that your database is always available when you need it.

Future of NoSQL Databases

The future of NoSQL databases looks bright since they continue to gain popularity and adoption in different industries. Here are a few trends that are plausible to shape the future of NoSQL databases:

Increased adoption: As more companies recognize the benefits of NoSQL databases, it is possible that we will see increased adoption of these databases across different industries.

Improved performance: As these databases continue to evolve, we may see performance improvements, particularly when it comes to handling large amounts of data and high levels of concurrency.

Enhanced security: As more sensitive data is stored in these databases, we may see an emphasis on improving security in these databases. This may include the development of new security features or the integration of existing security technologies.

Increased interoperability: Since the number of these databases continues to grow, we may see increased interoperability between different databases. This may involve developing standards or using tools that allow different databases to work together seamlessly.

Greater integration with other technologies: We may see increased integration between NoSQL databases and other technologies, like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT). This will allow companies to leverage the power of these technologies to gain insights and make better decisions.

Conclusion

NoSQL databases or “Not Only SQL” databases do not use traditional SQL (Structured Query Language) for storing and manipulating data. They are designed to handle large amounts of unstructured, semi-structured, or polymorphic data and are perfect for handling big data, real-time data processing, and cloud-based applications. It has databases, including key-value stores, document databases, column-family stores, graph databases, and multimodel databases.

Here are some main points to remember about NoSQL databases:

These databases are perfect for use cases, including big data, real-time data processing, cloud-based applications, mobile applications, the Internet of Things (IoT), content management, social media, and e-commerce.

Some popular NoSQL databases include MongoDB, Cassandra, Redis, Neo4j, and ArangoDB.

When choosing a NoSQL database, consider factors like the data model, scalability, performance, ease of use, vendor support, and cost.

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There are a plethora of applications available on the App Store, and almost all of them are really good at doing what they do. However, with around 2 million applications on the App Store, looking for the ones that are good, and new, is not that easy. Don’t sweat it, though. We have scoured through the internet, and found out the 10 great apps for iPhone that you probably don’t know about, and you probably should. So read on, to find out the latest and greatest iOS apps that have been added to the App Store, and what they can do for you.

1. Roger: Group Voice Messenger

Roger: Group Voice Messenger is an app that is pretty much like the Snapchat for audio. Users can create groups of other users (from their contacts, or from user handles), and send voice messages to them. If the receiver is online, the message is played automatically (a setting that can be turned off, by the way), and otherwise the receiver gets a notification. The sent messages automatically disappear after a while, which makes the experience a lot like Snapchat.

The app also supports playing back received messages even when the user goes offline, and the interface of the app is quite easy to understand, albeit not very clean or minimal. Overall, the app is pretty well rounded, and is a must try if you have many friends with whom you would like to exchange voice messages. The app also has features such as saving voice notes to Dropbox, and a feature that can automatically tell others when you’re leaving a place. All of this can be found inside the settings for the app, which, by the way, is completely free.

2. Mimo

The lessons are very well planned, and are sure to make learning how to code easy for everyone who gives the app the time of day. Another really exciting course that will soon be added to the app is “Machine Learning”, and personally, I’m very excited to see how the developers break down a topic that complex into easy to swallow bites, so that anyone can understand the concepts of Machine Learning. The app is definitely a must try for anyone even remotely interested in learning how to code, and looking for a good place to start.

Install (Free)

3. Morning Mail

The app also includes a complete mailbox inside it, and can display emails by specific mailboxes or even a combined view of all the mailboxes that the user has connected with the app. The interface of the app is very clean, minimal and looks very fresh, and this new take on email definitely feels very fresh and attractive.

Install (Free with in-app purchases)

4. Dials Calendar

Dials Calendar is another app that offers a completely fresh look at something that users have been doing the same way for a long time. The app is focused on scheduling events, and it does this by placing event markers around the face of a 12 hour clock on the screen, notifying which event will start when. The events can be easily shifted to new times by dragging their markers to the new time position on the clock face, and the functionality of the app is good.

There is definitely a learning curve with the app, due to the way it handles scheduling and displaying events, but overall, the app definitely looks good, and offering a fresh look to an age old task is not really a bad idea – at least not with this app.

Install (Free)

5. MuseCam

MuseCam is an app that is not so much a camera, as it is a supercharged editing workhouse. The app has features that can easily rival those offered by Adobe’s Lightroom on the iPhone. It has a lot of really great features to completely transform the way an image looks on your phone. The app has the basic features such as adjusting the contrast, exposure and all the obvious editing features. But, apart from that, MuseCam also offers tone editing features in the form of graphs that can be individually modified for RGB colours and it also supports hue and saturation edits for independent colours in the photo, which makes it very powerful (too powerful, in fact, for a person like me). The app also comes with some preloaded filters that you can directly apply on your images, and you can create your own custom filters as well.

6. TaoMix 2

TaoMix 2 is an app that allows users to listen to immersive soundscapes that can be edited by the user, with the changes audible in real time. The user can also create completely new soundscapes from scratch by using the set of sounds provided inside the app. There are a couple of more sound packs that can be bought from within the app, so that users can create even more complex and varied forms of soundscapes. The soundscapes can be set to evolve over time as well.

Overall, the app is definitely an amazing way to relax, or even to focus on important work without any distractions. Used with headphones, the app provides a very immersive feeling, and completely cuts the user off from the outside world. I would definitely recommend the app to everyone who likes ambient sounds to relax or focus on tasks.

Install (Free, with In-app purchases)

7. Tinycards

Install (Free)

8. Bobby

Bobby is another really useful app. The app allows users to add their subscriptions to the app, and the app automatically shows the cumulative cost per month for all of their subscriptions, ensuring that users don’t run out of money for the subscription payments that they need to make. The app is a great way for users to keep a track of their subscriptions and fixed costs. The app supports a lot of pre defined subscriptions including Apple Music, Adobe Creative Cloud and a lot more. Users can set reminders and alarms for their subscriptions, so they don’t end up paying late fees for missed subscription payments. The app also supports a wide number of currencies.

Install (Free, with In-app purchases)

9. NOIZ

NOIZ is an app that allows users to create music. The difference between NOIZ and other music creation apps is the way NOIZ works. It doesn’t have any particular loops or sounds that users need to drag and drop on to a timeline – that’s boring. NOIZ takes a whole new look at how music can be created. Users can choose from a list of songs that the app supports, and NOIZ breaks it down into a number of symbols, as well as the verse, pre-chorus, and chorus that users can tap on whenever they want to play the song in the way they want to play it.

Users can also edit the loops in the song, to make more complex and cool sounding music. The app is a lot of fun, and can get addictive, so make sure you don’t try it out when you’re supposed to be working, as it will definitely eat through a lot of your time.

10. Walter

Walter is a compass. Sounds boring, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not any compass; it doesn’t point users North. Instead, Walter uses the user’s location and figures out what there is to do around them, and places markers around a dial that the user can follow to get to places. The app breaks down points of interest in the form of places to eat, drink, see etc. The dial is split into concentric circles that denote the time it will take the user to get to the particular point of interest. Walter is definitely a cool way to get to cool places in a relatively new city, and since it is powered by Triposo, there are definitely going to be a lot of places that Walter can recognize and point users to. Walter is a must try if you like exploring new places.

Install (Free)

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