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What the Heck is MeowChat and How Did It Just Raise $8M?

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Minus, Inc., the New York-based company responsible for creating the MeowChat app, has announced that it has raised $8 million from investors including Eniac Ventures, Social Starts, IDG-Accel, and SIG. That’s a pretty sizable amount of funding considering that MeowChat hasn’t been covered much in the press; however, it’s apparently doing extremely well, so we managed… Read more »


Riffsy Adds Custom Keyboard for Sharing Animated GIFs, Raises $3.5M

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My life was not complete until I was shown that iOS 8 offered a custom keyboard to install. Because emojis. Now I can send dancing girls through text just like my grandmother. Imagine my surprise when I found out that, besides Fleksy of course,  there are a plethora of third-party keyboards available, for free or… Read more »


Trick or Treat: Which Wine Goes with my Candy?

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If you’re staying in tonight for whatever reason: you don’t believe in Halloween, you don’t like celebrating, you are afraid of the dark, you have to work because this startup isn’t going to build itself… I’d like to still give you a little treat. Maybe you still have some candy stashed somewhere from the last time… Read more »



Neiman Marcus Teams Up with Slyce for Image Recognition Shopping App

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Neiman Marcus, the luxury fashion retailer, has just released its new app that incorporates image recognition shopping capabilities. The app was created in partnership with Slyce, the Canada-based startup that provides retailers with a visual recognition search platform. The retailer’s new app is available for download now on iOS for U.S. consumers. “Today, most online… Read more »


Wix.com Acquires OpenRest to Expand Online and Mobile Ordering to Restaurants

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The Cloud-based web development platform, Wix.com, has announced this morning that it has acquired OpenRest, a startup that gives restaurant owners the ability to easily create online ordering and mobile ordering solutions. The acquisition allows Wix to further expand into other industry verticals while expanding the range of its product offering. In August of this year, Wix… Read more »



How Mobile Technology Has Revolutionized Small Business

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Don’t look now, but mobile technology is leveling the playing field for American firms. Technologies and capabilities that were once reserved for the upper echelon of the Fortune 500 can now fit comfortably in the palm of almost anyone’s hand. Mobile technology, whether you believe it or not, has — and will undoubtedly continue to… Read more »


Challenge: Create an App to Make People Happy

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What are you doing to increase happiness in this world? What things make you happier? Are you using, building, or thinking of a product that could promote a stress-free, violence-free society? These are lofty goals, but progress is made in small bits. And in apps. The Art of Living Foundation, a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization… Read more »


The 5 Coolest Lifestyle Apps Ever

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Lifestyle apps never cease to be released that will make us all happier, healthier, more spoiled, more connected, and simply take  life to the next level. In today’s world there’s no shame in using technology to upgrade your quality of life, especially when a recent study suggests there’s a link between overall happiness and Internet connectivity. Check out the… Read more »


Last Day to Get Half-Off the SoundFocus iPhone Sound System Case

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The release of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus obviously made headlines everywhere for the many improvements to past models. The processing speed – faster, the phone – thinner, the screen resolution – higher, and yet the quality of the iPhone sound system has not gotten any better. In the end, it doesn’t really matter whether… Read more »


Chicago’s NuCurrent Raises $3.48M Series A for Wireless Charging Technology

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NuCurrent, the Chicago-based startup that has grown to become a leader in wireless charging antenna technology, announced this morning that it has raised $3.48 million in a Series A round of funding. “Wireless power is rapidly being engineered into a broader range of consumer and business products from hand-held electronics to furniture to medical devices,… Read more »