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What is an experience you had at a gas station you'll never forget?

Driver fined £100 at BP for taking too long First it was retail parks, then came station car parks. Now drivers who fill their car up at garages, or use the car wash are being hit with £100 demands from private parking companies for staying too long. Both BP and Shell have been quietly signing up parking firms to install CCTV cameras at the entrances and exits to petrol stations, which are then used to enforce a maximum stay limit – which can be 30 minutes at a BP station and as little as 20 minutes at a Shell station. Fail to comply, and you’ll face £100 demands and the threat of debt collectors. The problem is that few drivers are aware of these maximum stays that have been appearing at forecourts all over the country. They particularly catch out those who, after filling up, go on to other services such as the cafes, shops, and especially, car washes. The restrictions have to be clearly signed at petrol stations, but drivers say they can be easily missed when negotiating busy sites or junctions – particularly after dark. Gareth Hughes, who lives in south London, is a BP customer who fell foul of this policy. He was recently sent a letter threatening the debt recovery agents after he failed to pay a £100 parking charge demand by MET Parking Services – a private company contracted by BP. His crime? He exceeded the 30 minute maximum permitted stay at the busy BP garage on Mitcham Road in Croydon, south London. “After I filled the car, I went in to pay. I decided while paying to also use the car wash, and having paid for that returned to the car. There were perhaps six cars in front of me waiting to use the wash. I certainly didn’t see any signs warning of the 30 minute limit,” he says It later emerged that his wife, the car’s registered keeper, had been sent a previous unopened letter from MET, which had demanded the charge, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days. He had been on the site for 47 minutes, it said. He says he paid the £100 fearing debt collectors might turn up at their house. Last year, media trainer and journalist Guy Clapperton had a similar experience at the same Croydon BP forecourt – receiving the same £100 demand. “When I arrived there was a bit of a queue for the petrol pump. There is a Marks & Spencer’s Simply Food shop on the premises, so I stopped to buy a few bits. There was quite a wait for the till. After I had vacuumed the car and waited to use the car wash I’d been on the site 42 minutes and was sent the same £100 demand.” After a long battle in which he contacted BP to point out it was penalising its customers for using its services, he was eventually refunded, but he says BP wasn’t interested in his plight. “How can it make sense to penalise people who spend £80 or more on your services. An allowance of 45 minutes would be far more reasonable,” he said. When Money visited the petrol station in Croydon this week, BP staff admitted that they receive lots of similar complaints, and that it had become a problem at the site. The cashier said he believed BP was installing cameras at all fuel stations over the country, but thought those using the car wash got extra time. They did it because people were just parking on the site,” he said. Warning sign at the back of customer car parking at the BP service station in Croydon. Photograph: Miles Brignall/The Guardian As drivers enter the busy Croydon forecourt, there is a sign warning of the 30 minute rule. But it could be easily missed, particularly if you are heading southbound. Two of the five drivers we approached at the time told us they were unaware of the restrictions, despite having driven past the sign seconds earlier. “It’s designed to catch out people who don’t know it’s going on. I mean £100 – it’s ridiculous,” said a local worker who had just parked his van. It is not the first time MET Parking Services has appeared in Money pages. A year ago i,t emerged it had divided up a car park, it managed near Stansted airport and was issuing tickets to diners who ate in the wrong restaurant. Victims of the policy said it caught out the unwary. A MET spokesman says of the BP garage: “The 30 minute maximum is clearly signposted throughout the site. We would encourage any motorist who believes they were issued with a charge notice incorrectly to appeal using our BPA audited appeals process. Motorists have the right to appeal to the independent appeals service, Popla, which is a free and easy to use service.” On behalf of Hughes, Guardian Money sent his case to MET’s lawyers 10 days ago. It has not refunded him and insists he must appeal in writing. BP, which operates over 1,200 fuel stations in the UK, said they were unable to respond to questions sent by Guardian Money. However, this is by no means just a BP issue. In July, Money featured the case of a London reader who received a £100 demand from Euro Car Parks after they exceeded a ,20 minute maximum stay at the Shell fuel station in Kilburn,. They had been stuck in a long queue to use the car wash. Their initial appeal against the charge was turned down by Euro Car Parks, although the charge was quashed at second appeal. This week the same parking firm sent Emma Ockendon a £100 demand after it said she had exceeded the maximum stay at the Shell garage on the outskirts of Bridgwater, Somerset. Like the others she had faced a long wait to use the on-site car wash, and was furious that she was sent a demand for spending money with Shell. Shell says the parking restrictions are introduced at sites with limited space to “make it fairer for everyone”. Customers staying longer to use a car wash should input their car details into the car wash or shop console to avoid receiving any fines, it said.

What's the pettiest thing you've done to get back at a nuisance neighbor?

Many years ago I bought a house with really nice people all around me. It was an old neighborhood where most of the houses had been renovated. My house was one of the few that hadn’t been renovated and I worked on it for 3 years. I loved my house and my neighborhood. The folks on the driveway side of my house lived on a corner with about 6 feet of space on either side of them and a tiny backyard that was large enough to have only a 2 car garage and a parking pad immediately in front of their garage. The guy was a junk collector. They couldn’t park in or use their garage because it was full of junk but he kept bringing more stuff home—non-working washing machines, lawn mowers, go carts—mostly something with a motor on it that he intended to fix and sell. He never fixed anything. In addition to a full-time job as a maintenance employee, he owned a laundromat and other rental property. The man didn’t have time, only an obsession and good intentions. Eventually, his junk started drifting onto my yard. I’d say something about his stuff in my yard and he’d be apologetic, promise to move it, usually would move it, but his pattern of behavior continued. I learned from other neighbors that this was common for him. My house had been rental property for years before I bought it and renovated, so he was used to renters next door. I got tired of it. One week when I knew he and his wife had just left for vacation I hired some guys and had everything that was on and near my property moved to a facility that took junk metal. He asked me about it after they returned home and I told him that anything on my property was mine to do with as I wished. He was not happy but it didn’t take long before he brought more junk home. The next time they were gone for a few days I cleaned out everything that had been sitting between their house and mine, about six feet wide of their property. The next time, I cleaned the crap out of their front yard. Back then exterior cameras would have been expensive and obvious so I wasn’t worried that they knew but couldn’t prove it was me. It was a lot of work and and a cost involved to get it moved but it was so worth it. Eventually, I noticed he stopped bringing junk home. While I never knew for sure as she spent no time outside, I think his wife was grateful. My actions may have been petty, but everyone in the neighborhood benefited from a cleaned up yard. I think he may have been a beneficiary, too. How stressful to continually create a to-do list that never got worked on, only added to. Edit: Part of my response to Dave. I should have spent more time in explaining that I’m a changed, truly good person who would never again do something so petty that included criminal behavior. Unfortunately, I kept my answer to the question including how I felt about my behavior AT THE TIME. “I admitted to being petty. Wasn’t that the question? My pettiness and criminal behavior came about because a neighbor dumped on my property but I never said it was the right thing to do. I did acknowledge that I wouldn’t have done it if I thought I’d be caught (a clear admission on my part that I was doing something wrong and was aware). I did say there was a benefit and not only to me. That was true, but I know that is not a defense for criminal behavior. Additionally, petty behavior, by its very definition, isn’t good or encouraged behavior. Would I do the same thing again? No. That was a long time ago. I reacted to frustration inappropriately. I’d handle it differently today, but that wouldn’t erase past behavior. I’d still remove everything on my property if the neighbor failed to do so. Then I would ask the city to enforce ordinances against dumping (even dumping on your own property can be illegal if it provides an environment for pests and rodents). If appealing to my neighbor or requesting enforcement of laws or city ordinances didn’t work, then I might even start a social media campaign to embarrass my neighbors into meeting expected social norms and abiding by ordinances and laws although I wouldn’t like doing even that now. It seems petty even if legal. If that didn’t work and assuming I had the funds to do so I’d install an 8 foot high fence all the way to the street. That kind of fence always looks terrible, too, but it would have made a statement about my neighbor’s yard and my view would have been much improved. It can often be hard maintaining one person’s rights when they are in opposition to another’s rights. Petty and/or criminal behavior, even in those circumstances, is not justifiable behavior, but it is a human response to what is perceived as “unfairness” in one’s life. I answered a Quora question as a flawed human being and I know I was not bragging nor expecting readers to jump up and cheer at my “petty” or “criminal” behavior or pat me on the back for it. I’m not stupid and I’m not proud of myself for how I handled the situation. I shared how I acted in one particular instance. “

What are small everyday problems that you have to deal with in your profession that could be fixed by a product?

Sure. I work in parking enforcement. The equipment has barely changed in twelve years. The body cameras have longer lasting batteries, the radios are still shit but can pin point our locations better than ever, the hand held computers can scan plates nowadays although it's still quicker to just scroll the list of residents and pay by phone customers for that road. The printers really have not changed in a decade. So… specifically issues I have… Someone calls out of a top floor window. I cannot tell where sound comes from, I'm deaf in my right ear. I'd like a gadget that literally displays on my glasses an arrow where the sound is coming from. I've spent a decade pretending to ignore people and carrying on doing the parking ticket. When someone is about to punch me I need either a panic button that gets the police there in under two minutes or at the very least is so loud I can scare the shit out of the attacker. Currently our panic button merely cuts every other radio from transmitting so we can dominate the airwaves reporting a problem. Fucking useless really. A hand held lie detector. 90% of the time I give people the benefit of the doubt and then if I see them again the next day or the day after I enforce vigorously with extreme prejudice. It would be nice to be able to say to them “I'm sorry but whilst I personally want to believe you, my lie detector senses you are being economical with the truth so please move the vehicle right now and I won't print the ticket out on this occasion. If you need to be here and cannot move then good luck appealing the ticket with evidence from my hand held polygraph which says you are lying.”

How many parking tickets have you gotten in your lifetime?

About six. Five of these were when Manchester parking enforcement were super zealous and clearly had a quota for their parking attendants. They were pressured so heavily that parking attendants would put tickets on buses dropping off passengers. Parking ticket slapped on bus 2 of those where when my bike had been involved in an accident and was in no way a vehicle any more. I appealed those and one of them was rescinded. 3 of those were being on the line of motorbike parking bay. This was in between two other motorbike bays yet I got a ticket. One was rescinded the other two stood. The final one was in a camera controlled car park. They had just changed over to a camera controlled car park. You had to ask at the tills for your car number plate to be put onto the system. If you didn’t you got a ticket. I didn’t know of the change over. I got a ticket. I appealed and got an email back 2 seconds later saying it was denied.

Will a parking warden issue a ticket to a visibly disabled driver who parks at a disabled lot but has no disabled parking label?

Under the European Blue badge scheme the instruction at least for England and Wales is usually for the enforcement officer to write the ticket but tell the driver it will be cancelled upon appeal once we have proof of their blue badge (they can email an appeal with a camera phone photo of their badge).

Now that recording devices (phones) are now universally common in the public, it is possible to replace parking enforcement officers by the public to save money?

The law has shifted the other way. From 2008 to 2012 Councils were each making millions from CCTV issued tickets and then enough motorists complained about unfairly issued automated tickets that they restricted use of CCTV to only a tiny number of contravention types. The general public much prefer an officer telling them a ticket is being issued than just getting one in the post. Certainly to increase compliance Councils need experienced officers to explain what the driver did wrong. It is a legal requirement to increase compliance. In the UK, any equipment used must be signed off on by the government as an approved device. Also each officer must have a shoulder number and the right qualification (City and Guilds or equivalent) If you randomly use a camera phone and email the council, a ticket cannot be processed as there is no proof the time and date stamp are correct and the individual camera phone cannot really be signed off in advance by the Government. Besides, regulation 9 and 10 together form a clear protocol for a ticket being printed on the spot and either placed on the vehicle or handed to driver or as a last resort the driver being told it is being posted. The general public on the whole would make far more mistakes than paid uniformed officers, so even if we made changes to the law to allow the public to issue postal tickets in plain clothes with their smart phones after a week of classroom training for example, what would happen is assaults would go up and more tickets would be appealed. This costs taxpayers money. The current system is very profitable. A Civil Enforcement Officer generates £300 of revenue a day but costs maybe £400 a week in wages and uniform.

In the US, if a cop tells me to stop filming, do I have to?

No, most courts and the Department of Justice have made clear that recording police is protected by the First Amendment. Glik v. Cunniffe, is a case in which the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a private citizen has the right to record video and audio of public officials in a public place, and that the arrest of the citizen for a wiretapping violation violated his First and Fourth Amendment rights. The case arose when Simon Glik, a private citizen, filmed Boston police officers making an arrest in a public park. When the officers observed that Glik was recording the arrest, they arrested him and he was subsequently charged with wiretapping, disturbing the peace, and aiding in the escape of a prisoner. Glik then sued the City of Boston and the arresting officers, claiming that they violated his constitutional rights. In a unanimous decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that the officers violated Glik's constitutional rights and that the officers were not entitled to qualified immunity. The Court ruled that the right to film public officials in public places was "clearly established," and that Glik's actions did not violate state law. However, the court also ruled that the right to film public officials was subject to reasonable limitations with respect to the time, place and manner in which the recording was conducted. After losing the appeal, Boston reached a settlement with Glik in which they agreed to pay him $170,000 in damages and attorney's fees. This was the first case in which a United States Circuit Court of Appeals explicitly ruled that private citizens have a right to film police officers in public spaces. The case drew media attention across the United States, and was also cited favorably by other United States Circuit Courts of Appeals that reached similar conclusions in other cases. Following the First Circuit's ruling, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction prohibiting the State of Illinois from enforcing its wiretapping law against citizens openly recording public officials in public places. Citing Glik, the Seventh Circuit stated that "applying the statute in the circumstances alleged here is likely unconstitutional.", In a case involving the Baltimore police the US Justice Department issued a letter warning police not to interfere with photographers., Guidance on the Right to Record Police Activity. A. Policies should affirmatively set forth the First Amendment right to record police activity. Policies should affirmatively set forth the contours of individuals’ First Amendment right to observe and record police officers engaged in the public discharge of their duties. Recording governmental officers engaged in public duties is a form of speech through which private individuals may gather and disseminate information of public concern, including the conduct of law enforcement officers While courts have only recently begun to refine the contours of the right to record police officers, the justification for this right is firmly rooted in long-standing First Amendment principles. The right to “gather information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting ‘the free discussion of governmental affairs. The application of this right to the conduct of law enforcement officers is critically important because officers are “granted substantial discretion that may be used to deprive individuals of their liberties.” B. Policies should describe the range of prohibited responses to individuals observing or recording the police. Because recording police officers in the public discharge of their duties is protected by the First Amendment, policies should prohibit interference with recording of police activities except in narrowly circumscribed situations. More particularly, policies should instruct officers that, except under limited circumstances, officers must not search or seize a camera or recording device without a warrant. In addition, policies should prohibit more subtle actions that may nonetheless infringe upon individuals’ First Amendment rights. Officers should be advised not to threaten, intimidate, or otherwise discourage an individual from recording police officer enforcement activities or intentionally block or obstruct cameras or recording devices. A person may record public police activity unless the person engages in actions that jeopardize the safety of the officer, the suspect, or others in the vicinity, violate the law, or incite others to violate the law. … However, an individual’s recording of police activity from a safe distance without any attendant action intended to obstruct the activity or threaten the safety of others does not amount to interference. F. Police departments should not place a higher burden on individuals to exercise their right to record police activity than they place on members of the press. The Supreme Court has established that “the press does not have a monopoly on either the First Amendment or the ability to enlighten.” Indeed, numerous courts have held that a private individual’s right to record is coextensive with that of the press. A private individual does not need “press credentials” to record police officers engaged in the public discharge of their duties In a resolution of the case the City of Baltimore and its police department agreed to pay $250,000 in April, 2014 to settle a claim of unlawful seizure and destruction of cell phone videos that belonged to a citizen who allegedly recorded police officers arresting and beating another person. As part of the settlement, the Baltimore Police Department agreed to adopt a comprehensive written policy intended to protect the rights of citizens to photograph and record police activity. Christopher Sharp was stopped by Baltimore police officers in 2010 for using his cell phone to record the arrest and beating of a female acquaintance at the Preakness horse race. According to Sharp, police seized his cell phone, and erased the recordings. As part of the settlement with Sharp, BPD agreed that locations where citizens are free to record police include parks, sidewalks, streets, “locations of public protest,” and any other location–public or private–where a person has a legal right to be present. There are many other cases in which police have settled civil rights suits for interfering with photographers…. Suffolk County, New York agreed in June 2014 to pay $200,000 to settle civil rights claims of a freelance news photographer who was unlawfully arrested in 2011 for recording police activity on a public street. Philip Datz, a freelancer for local TV news broadcasts, was shooting the scene of an arrest of a criminal suspect in Bohemia, New York when a county police sergeant repeatedly ordered him to “go away.” Datz asked where he should stand to continue taping, but the police sergeant said “no place” and threatened to jail Datz if he didn’t leave the scene. Photographer David Morse received a $162,500 settlement in 2012 from the University of California for his wrongful arrest by UC Berkeley police. The university police department agreed to increase officers' media rights training as part of the settlement. Morse was arrested in 2009 while covering a protest at the home of the University of California chancellor. Police charged Morse and several others with rioting, arson and vandalism. The town of Weare, New Hampshire, agreed in June, 2014 to pay $57,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a citizen who was arrested in 2010 after attempting to videotape a traffic stop. The settlement came after a federal appeals court in Boston affirmed the constitutional rights of citizens to record police during traffic stops, subject to some “reasonable” restrictions. , However the Supreme Court hasn’t expressly considered this question and not all circuits have agreed with ,Glik v. Cunniffe… By contrast, the Third Circuit does not recognize a First Amendment right to film the police in public. In Gilles v. Davis the Third Circuit suggested that videotaping or photographing the police in the performance of their duties on public property “may be a protected activity,” citing the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Smith. Subsequently, however, in Kelly v. Borough of Carlisle, a case that involved the filming of a traffic stop, the Third Circuit did not hold that filming police is protected speech. While the court allowed that a “general right to record matters of public concern” might exist, it concluded that the cases addressing that issue were “insufficiently analogous” to the facts in question to put officers on notice of any such right. It emphasized that no prior case law concerned the filming of a traffic stop and that the Supreme Court treats traffic stops as “inherently dangerous.”, And a judge in a recent much criticized case ruled that citizens are not protected by the constitution when they film police officers — unless they’re doing it for the purpose of criticizing police activity., , ,

In what situation would it make sense to prototype a video game idea as a board or card game, before doing any work on a computer?

When we were developing ,Scooby-Doo and the Mystery of the Fun Park Phantom,, we weren’t sure if our game design would appeal to kids. Our target market was kids 8–14. This was about 1998–1999. We were contracted by Southpeak Interactive to make a game based on Scooby-Doo, which they licensed for one video game. It was to be the first “official” Scooby-Doo PC game. Our game designer and the rest of the team came up with a design we thought was fun, but were unsure if kids would understand it. Our designer, Rick Raymer, understood that it could fairly easily be converted into a board game. We decided to mock up a board game version and bring in some kids who were the right age to play test it. Several of the employees had kids who were the right age, so we brought them in one day after school. The game wasn’t terribly complicated to understand, but we weren’t sure the kids would get it initially. So some of us acted as “coaches” for the players. If they were unsure of the rules, we’d help them out. In the actual video game, the game would enforce mechanics which wasn’t possible with a board game. I was the coach to the studio VP’s daughter. I have to hand it to the art department. Their mock-up was ,incredible,. It was a perfect board game mock-up of the computer game, complete with Shaggy, Fred, Velma, Daphne and Scooby “standee” playing pieces. Upon seeing it, the kids couldn’t wait to start playing it. It took maybe an hour for the first game and a little less for the second. The kids ,loved it,. We knew our design would work, and we sallied forth towards the finish line. This looks like a foreign language version of the game. I only ever played it in English. Looks like Daphne has Scooby helping her look for clues in this area of the fun park (,image credit) The game featured “dynamic lighting”, since the game is supposed to take place at night. We were afraid it might be too scary for young kids, so we provided a hotkey to turn it off (,image credit) I wish I had taken some photos of the board game, but this was the age before digital cameras. So, playtesting is a good reason to test a game as a board game first. Obviously, this isn’t appropriate for all video games.

How much does an app design cost?

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Creating prototypes is crucial for your app budget, as it’s much easier to implement changes to design within minutes than spend days or weeks on debugging the code. This, however, is not purely designer’s job. Prototyping involves people from different teams as building user experience requires diversity. Time: 100 hours. Kit: Adobe CC, Sketch, InVision, etc. Output: wireframes, app screens, working prototypes. End Design Product,. This is the final version of product design, polished look, and feel, ready to be sliced and handed off to developers. Our app design goes in conjunction with the brand identity or becomes the testing ground for the new approach whenever the company is looking for a change. The overall design cost is a combined entity of a bunch of small fractions which often times can’t be broken down into atomic parts. Logo design cost is included into the design of an app, as we pursue consistant and custom feel of the entire project. Time: 300+ hours Kit: Adobe CC, Sketch, InVision, Zeplin, Marvel, KeyShot, etc. Output: complete user stories and tasks, final cut of product design deliverables, including icons, logos, etc. App Cost Efficiency The complexity of an app’s infrastructure affects the design cost in the first place. The more menus, pages, graphics, and architectural patterns – the more expensive the app becomes, however, with the use of UI kits and style consistency, complex app becomes very cost efficient. Attributes affecting the app cost: Cross-platform implementation. There are two major mobile platforms – the gigantic Android and the iconic iOS. But what about the rest? If you want a full-on coverage and outreach, you have to take care of those as well. This requires peculiar application design patterns, as Windows Mobile is way different from an iOS app. Marketing support. It goes without saying that like any other business initiative, app launch does need a shoutout and a certain level of publicity to be noticed. This includes the design of an online support, a landing page or a standalone website. Those must be designed in accordance with the app itself. All of these attributes are important in their own way and combined, they contribute to the application success and brand credibility. Embed those into your app cost calculations early on and you’ll get a flexible, efficient and complete application design. App Design Costs Geographically In the early 2000s when first proprietary applications for rudimentary mobile platforms like Palm OS (now Garnet OS) and RIM Blackberry OS started to appear, design was a luxurious add-on to the functionality. Application development was concentrated mainly in the US, so the rates for first app designers were American, that however, had to change soon. How Much Do App Designers Make? Today the UI designer hourly rates vary in different parts of the world. And it’s clear that some places provide the cheapest design possible, but that rock bottom of price also means rock bottom in quality. So how much do good app designers make? It depends on the cost of app design itself and here is a map to illustrate it: The complexity of costs is defined by the smallest fractions of design work, like icon design price, buttons style, fonts used and so on. As for the prestige, design quality, specialists’ notoriety, and process refinement, this are the additional app cost boosters. The more companies represent good design, the higher the level of competition, and thus the prices. A compromise here would be in finding out which Eastern Europe and Russian companies are on top in their region and see what they are capable of. One of the fair and reputable sources is ,Clutch.co, and they’ve been providing ,rankings, based on customer feedback. Shakuro just featured in the top 3 of web and mobile developers in Russia which makes it one of the best in the region overall. How To Count Your App Cost? To see how much does it cost to create an app, let’s start with app scope. If your application is meant to be a faster and more of a snug way to reach your business service, this is a presence app. In terms of design, it has to be appealing and capable of being a habitual use. If you are dealing with a standalone app that might have the potential to become your main business servicer delivery media, this is a serious investment and it has to be designed responsibly. And the pinnacle of an app design would be a huge service with multithreading abilities, big data handling policy, legally set, and of viral properties. These are the main aspects affecting the cost of creating an app. App Cost Range Simple App,. This type of mobile app development cost starts at around $6 000 and might take about 100 hours to design. The ,Organize.me app, we build included paperwork digitization capabilities and usage of the camera to quickly scan a document and apply multiple functions to it. Medium Complexity App,. This is a project with design cost starting at around $10 000 and timestamp at around 200 hours., No Parking Enforcement, is an application designed to solve parking reserve problems for users in big cities, while also providing job opportunities. We worked extensively on the app’s usability and monetized accuracy. Complex Apps,. These are usually worth over $20 000 in design and count 400+ hours. At the same time, the main idea of a mobile app is in making it as accessible, fast, and user-friendly as possible. If the app is too heavy, it might be losing in terms of its reach. Our ,MyMovies app, has a complex navigation and filtering mechanisms with all the intricacies of a detailed database. Account synchronization, multiple media, and the ever growing scope of the app made it one of the most technical solutions we came up with so far. All the costs are approximate, as there are no two identical projects and with every app being unique, the costs may vary as well. Location still plays the biggest part in the price-building scheme. This is an easily available information, so it gives you a leverage when distributing the budget. Things get a little more complicated in terms of quality, as the most expensive does not necessarily mean the best. Trust your eyes and your fingers in that. Try out different apps from designers all over the world and you will have your own rankings. All the above concerns app design, but it can’t be organically separated from development. If you take design seriously, trust in the professionals’ vision, you will take yourself to another level in brand recognition and customer loyalty.

Why is it that the CCP has not been able to foster a positive image of mainland China the way the South Korean and Japanese governments have?

On the surface, this is because the Chinese Communist Party is an authoritarian dictatorship whose methods of governance run counter to current international (read: “Western”) norms. Rather than foster a positive image, many of the Party’s recent actions have actually resulted in a step backwards for the country’s image. Sabre rattling across the South China Sea, rampant industrial pollution, law enforcement that ranges from anarchic to severely repressive based on the authoritarian fiat of the Party, these are not things that produce positive feelings towards a government or, despite what many will say in public, its people. That being said, I think there is a flaw beneath the underlying premise of the question. Namely, the governments of South Korea and Japan are NOT the primary drivers for the positive images that others have of their respective countries. If you want a key detail, this is one I would like to address. First, back to China. This man Chinese President Xi Jinping while responsible for much of the bad press China has been accumulating lately, does not really have the capacity to generate a positive cultural image of mainland China. Tomorrow, President Xi Jinping could walk in front of the cameras, abandon all claims to the South China Sea, raise the value of the RMB, declare the independence of Tibet, Taiwan, perhaps even Hong Kong, ,maybe, announce free and fair elections within the year… and we would quickly witness the full weight and momentum of the Communist Party + millions of hardline Chinese nationalists swallow him up into the dustbin of history. He is not going to stop people from complaining about mainland Chinese kids pooping in the streets, or obnoxious tourists trampling and swamping foreign tourist hotspots. As for South Korea This woman South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her administration have little capacity to generate a positive cultural image of South Korea. ,They are in fact facing a lot of negative press (putting it lightly) back home. So if Park Geun-hye is not fostering a positive image of South Korea, who is? These girls are South Korean girl group Girl’s Generation And this guy, he helps out too Of course, it’s Psy K-pop has become a global juggernaut, generating billions of Won and billions of YouTube views. The occasional North Korean temper tantrum aside, South Korea was not really on anyone’s radar prior to the early-to-mid 2000s. Then the ,Korean Wave, started to take off, first in China and Japan and then thanks to Psy’s Gangnam Style, the rest of the world. K-pop has made South Korea look glamorous, sexy, fun, ,modern,. And the Korean Wave is not just K-pop. Because in spite of ,this South Korean protesters demanding Park Geun-hye’s resignation K-dramas like this South Korean Drama “Descendants of the Sun”, ,ironically also China’s highest rated drama in 2016 are telling millions of young people across Asia and beyond that South Koreans are romantic, sexy and fun. Wouldn’t you like to get to know them more? A lot more? Now about Japan This guy Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and his compatriots, well they’re pretty boring. Yes, they hold controversial opinions about Japan’s conduct during the Second World War that occasionally get nationalists in China and Japan riled up, but they’re not very interesting in and of themselves and they’re not what makes Japan an interesting place. So what is driving Japan’s good press if not their ruling class? This little fellow is Japanese soft diplomacy chooses you Pikachu! And so is this big fellow Your positive image is in another castle And definitely this guy here This is a Gundam Yeah, Japan is the land of weird and quirky subcultures, cute anime animals, giant robots, the video games that you grew up with, romantic cherry blossoms and noble samurai. This is a caricature of the true depth, complexity and richness of Japan’s history and present culture, sure, but it ,sells, cute and fuzzy, it sells cool and sleek, and it sells very effectively. So what’s the point? The point is, the things that drive the positive impressions we have of South Korea and Japan are not manufactured by their governments. K-pop, anime, sexy music videos and giant robots are the result of millions of creative minds exercising the ability to express themselves in a way that appeals to billions of people around the world and across cultural boundaries. What the governments of South Korea and Japan did right, and what the CCP has not, was to get out of the way of their creative class and allow the individuals on the ground to create those compelling songs, images and stories. And while it is true that both the ,South Korean government, and the ,Japanese government, are currently active in promoting these aspects of their cultures, they are not the ones who created these popular cultural icons, they can only at best, encourage them along. This is why while Shinzo Abe sets Chinese nationalists frothing in the streets Sora Aoi keeps them planted in their seats Back to China again So how does China improve its image in the world? Well, in many ways, China does not lack for selling points. This is an okay film And this is a Dragon Boat Festival In fact, even in the US, positive images of China’s history and culture have found avenues of popular, creative expression. Kung Fu Panda, Made in America But this expression must be creative and it must be unfettered by the Communist Party’s paternalistic censorship regime. So why hasn’t the CCP been able to foster a positive image of China? Because it’s getting in the way of the people who can.


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