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AskMore: Making Q&A Sessions at Events Less Boring


As a conference organizer, Justin Lynch admits to hating having to deal with Q&A sessions. Mainly, these sessions have a tendency to fall off track, ultimately leading to wasted time. Part of the issue behind this inefficiency, he thinks, is accessibility to the speaker – there are several factors that prevent the right questions from… Read more »

Top 10 Android Communication Apps


One of the primary uses for the smartphone is communications. At a base level, that means phone calls, web browsing, text messaging, and emailing. However, when you extend the thought of communications deeper, you see that it also applies to the way our devices communicate with each other: tethering, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. There are generalized… Read more »

Timbre: An App for Localized Live Music Discovery


Going to live concerts is a treasured pastime, pursued by One Direction-teens and Billy Joel-Gen X-ers alike; indeed, going to live music events is the raison d’être for some. But there’s a lot of music out there, and it’s easy to get into this habit of only attending shows for bands or musicians with which we’re familiar. Where’s… Read more »

8 Innovative Health Apps to Help You Lose Weight


In all of 2013, it is expected that Americans will spend approximately $2.4 billion on weight loss services. Although not as expensive as Alex Wildenstein’s $2.5 billion divorce settlement, it’s certainly nothing to scoff at. According to the Boston Medical Center, it’s estimated that 45 million Americans diet each year; yet, more than one-third of US adults and nearly… Read more »

The Quantified Soul: A Guide to the Best Habit and Mood Tracking Apps


Self-knowledge through numbers – the idea that self-quantification tools can help us understand more about ourselves, ultimately leading us to improve our daily functioning and quality of life. This concept of the “quantified self” was made popular by Wired editors Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly, just a few years back. Since then, we’ve seen an increase in technologies –… Read more »

Top 10 Android Exclusive Productivity Apps


The whole point of the mobile smartphone is to take computer-level power with you wherever you go. As a result, we expect to be able to do the same things on our phone that we could do on our computers. Productivity, then, becomes almost central to our daily lives. When it comes to productivity apps,… Read more »

Top 10 Android Entertainment Apps


Too long have the Android users of the world lived in the shadow of the iOS platform. It seems that developers love to go with iOS over Android more often than not, but when we chose to bring home our Galaxy Note II or HTC One, we knew deep down that the future belongs to the… Read more »

14-Year-Old Student Launches mPlanner to Help Students Stay Organized


When Emerson Walker, a 14-year-old Cincinnatian forgot his day planner one day, he looked at his iPad and wondered why there was no solution. While most kids would have stopped there, Emerson began building mPlanner, a mobile planner that works on smartphones and tablets. It automatically pulls in assignments and other events from schools’ web portals,… Read more »

Tim Hines of Business Traveler Social: Find a Technical Cofounder!


I’m an “idea man.” I’m really good at brainstorming remarkable, new thoughts into this world (a TV show about narwhal fairy princesses!). The problem, however, lies in the fact that I’m utterly inept when it comes to actually making these ideas a reality. Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, actually wrote a memoir bearing the same… Read more »

Jeff O’Hara and Edmodo: Build Tools That Support the Needs of Your Users


By the end of the following school year, all students in the United States must meet the “proficient” level or above on state standardized tests per the requirements under No Child Left Behind. You read that correctly: ALL students. One hundred percent of American students must pass their state standardized tests regardless of socioeconomic background, learning disability,… Read more »

1Mind Launches Today with the Support of MC Hammer


Derek and Darren Dodge, cofounders of About Last Night and sons of Google’s Don Dodge, today launched social discovery app 1Mind with the endorsement of MC Hammer. 1Mind helps you make new friends by matching you up based on interests and personality. “Now more than ever we need to come together and focus on what… Read more »

Social2Step and The Importance of Rewarding Employees


The success or failure of a company can sometimes come down to the culture of the company itself. Oftentimes, this culture is molded largely by how a company recognizes and rewards its employees. I once worked for a company that rewarded us with a day when we made ice cream in these soccer ball-like contraptions (that… Read more »

Treehouse Launches iPad App, Apple Prohibits Android Lessons


Today, Treehouse launched an iPad app so you can learn programming from the comfort of your tablet. Treehouse helps you learn Objective-C, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, and SQL with over 1,000 videos made by real teachers. Then, you can practice right inside the app with Treehouse code challenges. This model has already attracted 37,000… Read more »