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Lessons for Startups from the Success of WeChat in China

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When teenagers in China want to exchange contact information, they do so using WeChat accounts. By the end of 2014, the total number of users of the mobile text and voice messaging app by Chinese Internet giant, Tencent, will reach 500 million. What originated as a social platform for chatting and sharing content has become… Read more »


3 Monetization Strategies for Your iPhone Apps

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There are plenty of iPhone apps in the Apple store, but not all of them are successful. The reasons vary, but it’s often because developers try to simulate some brick-and-mortar experience in a digital format. If we look at the various app store statistics, we find that the Apple Store has more mobile apps. App store sales hit a… Read more »


Phone Sex Gets Literal with OhMiBod’s New Remote Vibrator App

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It all starts with tell me what you’re wearing right now, and next thing you know the phone conversation gets naughtier. Thanks to technology, your phone sex is about to get a lot more interactive. If you are in a long-distance relationship, looking to spice things up with your current partner, or even trying to change how you play solo,… Read more »




Health Tracking App Nudge Adds Android and Adequate Sleep to its Pudge-Busting Lineup

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The Los Angeles-based health startup Nudge understands that being healthy is much more than simply eating right. Good health requires a steady mix of nutrition, exercise, hydration, and adequate sleep. The team also understands that Android is the favored smartphone worldwide, and that’s why they launched a new Android version of their health tracker app… Read more »




Loyalty Rewards Company Belly Announces International Expansion into Canada

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It was announced this morning that loyalty rewards company Belly has expanded internationally, launching 50 locations in the Vancouver market. This is the company’s first move beyond the United States. Since its founding in 2011, the Chicago-based company has gained more than 3 million members, who have redeemed more than 1 million rewards through its loyalty rewards mobile app. Belly’s loyalty… Read more »


Pyne is the Tinder of Social Polling: Leveraging Simple User Interface Design in a Competitive Market

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Designing a product – any product, whether that’s the next architectural masterpiece or the next Uber/Pandora/AirBnB for #whateveryourface – requires that one understand that simplicity trumps complexity. When the intention is for people to actually interact with your app regularly and frequently, you have to ensure that it’s easy to understand and simple to use…. Read more »





App Development Company 10Pearls Buys Gemini Security Solutions

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This morning, it was officially announced that 10Pearls – a software app development company located in Herndon, VA – has acquired Gemini Security Solutions. The acquisition is largely motivated by the company’s recognition that data be kept secure throughout the design and development process than merely being a secondary component. As part of this acquisition, the… Read more »