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YC-Backed Taplytics Lets You Run A/B Tests On iOS Without Waiting For App Store Updates

Y Combinator-backed Taplytics is launching its A/B testing platform for iOS applications today, which allows app makers the ability to test different experiences and quickly push out minor fixes, like visual bugs or typos, without having to wait on the App Store’s slower release cycle.<p>The company …

Fitness Trackers Are Useless Without Real-Time, Personalized Analysis

No one has arms long enough to wear all of the activity-tracking wristbands currently on sale or awaiting release. These devices count your steps, …

How to Write a To-Do List That Won't Hurt Your Productivity

<i>This post originally appeared on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I remember trying out my first hour-by-hour schedule to help me get things done when I was 10. Wasn’t really my thing. I’ve since retired the hourly schedule, but I still rely on a daily to-list.<p>“75% of European digital ecosystem is present at …

Lessons Learned in Diagnostics | Inc.com

• Part 1: Issues in the therapeutics drug discovery pipeline<br>• Part 2: Medical devices and digital health<br>• Part 3: described what we’re going to do about it<br>• Part 4: This will save us years--customer discovery in medical devices<br>• Part 5: Value proposition and customer segments in life sciences<br>• Part 6: …

How to Create a Great Startup Blog and Stand Out from Competition

Blogging is like the modern day welcome mat, showing passers-by that someone is home and will probably answer the doorbell if you ring it.<p>For startups, this is particularly important as you strive to establish your voice and brand point of view. Beside giving your startup a platform, having a blog …

The Future of API Design: The Orchestration Layer

<i>Daniel Jacobson (Twitter | LinkedIn), is currently director of engineering for the Netflix API. Prior to Netflix, Daniel ran application development for NPR where, among other things, he created the NPR API. He is also the co-author of APIs: A Strategy Guide.</i><p>The digital world is expanding at an …

5 predictions on the future of databases (from a guy who knows databases)

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / semisatch<p>Michael Stonebraker is a lightning rod in the database world. He knows his stuff, having …

The internet of everything–annihilating time and space

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: ESA/NASA/Hubble<p>Which modern technology “enables us to send communications…with the quickness of thought, and to …

Sensing the future of retail

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: MJTH<p>The promise of the internet of things (or IoT) is extensive. Sensors are creating previously unimaginable benefits …

5 Ways to Improve Your Website's Conversion Rate

<i>This post was originally published on Design Instruct.</i><p>Creating sites destined for success is tough. It requires a lot of planning, testing, and data analysis. So I asked a person who’s a veteran in the subject — Paras Chopra, the founder of Visual Website Optimizer — for his tips on how to improve …

Consumers pay up to 67% more for products on Google Shopping

You could be paying substantially more for products if you are searching through Google Shopping.<p>Consumer Watchdog issued a report today that said Google’s “search monopoly” allows the company to charge higher prices on its shopping search engine. The organization’s tests found that consumers would …

Consolidate this: Quantified self edition

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>My friend, Kevin Kelly, coined the term quantified self in October of 2007 with this blog post. In the in six years since, …

Why apps need communication features

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>http://stratechery.com/2013/socialcommunication-map/<p>Ben Thompson maps out the symbiotic relationship between Social & …

What We Need in a Next-Gen Social Network

<i>Jonathan Saragossi is the founder of IM Creator, a free website builder, and AppSite, a tool for promoting mobile applications. Jonathan is also a UX and marketing consultant for major startups including Any.Do and Playscape.</i><p>It’s time to move on. The feeling is becoming more and more significant …

Compass Lets Startups Check their Growth Against Rivals

While startup CEOs measure key metrics to keep tabs on how well their business is doing, it can be hard for them to know exactly what counts as a good figure or a bad figure. How are they faring against their peers? Compass is a new tool that aims to answer that question.<p>Compass comes from the team …

This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

Cision

Database<p>Find and connect with the right influencers for your audience.<p>Distribution<p>Impact customer behavior by gaining earned media visibility with …

How to Use Your Network to Launch Your Next Idea Faster

<i>Jake Nickell is</i> <i>Threadless</i><i>‘s young and fearless entrepreneurial leader. Currently, he’s focused on running the worldwide, hugely successful business that Threadless has become.</i><p>By nature, entrepreneurs are innovators. We’re always looking for new opportunity.<p>But actually building something from zero …

How To Manage Customer Support When Your App Goes Viral

<i>Abinash Tripathy is the CEO of Helpshift, a mobile help desk that powers customer service for hundreds of mobile applications.</i><p>Mobile apps and games are known for their unprecedented customer growth and scale, unlike anything seen in traditional retail or Web commerce. Tiny, unknown apps can …

Will The Future of UI Design Turn Us All Into Cyborgs?

<i>Alex M. Chong and Jacky Li are product designers at Pivotal Labs. This post was originally published on Xtreme Labs’ blog, which was acquired by Pivotal Labs in October 2013.</i><p>For an adult with no prior exposure or experience, learning how to use a desktop computer can be a confusing challenge.<p>The …

Technology Wants You As Its Slave

<i>Toby Daniels is the founder and Executive Director of Social Media Week and CEO of New York-based Crowdcentric. This post is part of The Future of Now series which will explore the societal implications of our technology obsession.</i><p>We all judge them. Out at dinner, the couple not interacting with …

Is the Clock Ticking for the Sharing Economy?

The clock could be ticking for businesses like Airbnb, Wimdu, 9Flats and HouseTrip as new regulations gradually being introduced in some cities around the world begin to threaten their core business – but the problem is bigger than that.<p>While stories like Airbnb’s future in New York being …

A Guide to Working With Investors Across Asia

<i>Thomas Clayton is the CEO of Bubbly, a social media startup backed by Sequoia Capital, SingTel Innov8, and JAFCO.</i><p>Entrepreneurs with businesses in Asia know that fundraising here can be a daunting task. The ways of doing business across the Pacific are very different than in Silicon Valley, and the …

Here's Why 'The Internet Of Things' Will Be Huge, And Drive Tremendous Value For People And Businesses

Estimates for Internet of Things or IoT market value are massive, since by definition the IoT will be a diffuse layer of devices, sensors, and computing power that overlays entire consumer, business-to-business, and government industries. The IoT will account for an increasingly huge number of …

How to Know If You're Working (and Living) With Purpose | Inc.com

<i>"If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life." --Abraham Maslow</i><p>Living with purpose is one of the most self-actualized activities we can participate in. Unfortunately, it eludes many of us. I get asked many …

Happiness

5 Reasons Why Most People Never Discover Their Purpose | Inc.com

<i>"The deepest form of despair is to choose to be another than himself."</i> Soren Kierkegaard<p>After my last post on How to Know if You're Working (and Living) with Purpose, I had the opportunity to hear from a handful of readers about their fear that the path they've chosen isn't the right one.<p>We are …