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How to Evaluate and Select the Right Mobile SDK

<i>Matthew D. Sarrel is a technology journalist, analyst and founder of Sarrel Group, a technical marketing consultancy based in New York City and San Francisco.</i><p>Anyone developing consumer software knows that we live in a mobile-first world. I see companies today that actually have a live app before …

BrightSky Labs Will Make It Easy To Share Videos From Your GoPro

People love their GoPros. In 2013 alone, the company sold nearly 4 million of its durable, portable video cameras. And those cameras have been used to capture millions upon millions of videos, including everything from drones to action sports.<p>There’s just one problem: Most people don’t have the …

Restaurant payments startup Swipely whips up a fresh $20M

Restaurants and bars are getting smarter about the way they deal with customers these days.<p>Providence, Rhode Island-based Swipely makes a cloud-based payments system that lets restaurants and bars crunch data to find their best customers, detect most popular menu items, launch rewards programs, and …

App Config: Configure Settings for Individual Android Apps

If you frequently find yourself tweaking your device settings to suit a specific app, then you might like App Config for Android.<p>Let’s say you prefer Netflix on full-brightness while streaming over WiFi only, but then you’re happy to read BBC News on a dimly-lit screen using mobile data, this is …

12 Books To Read Before Starting A Business

If you're already an entrepreneur or plan to start your own business soon, add these books to your reading list. Though many are not "official" business books, they can still help clarify what you need to do to get the to heart of problems, build better relationships and help push your business's …

Self-improvement

Appmethod: a New Platform for Creating “Truly Native” Apps

Embarcadero, the database and dev tools maker, has launched Appmethod today, a new single code base platform for creating native apps for different operating systems with minimal effort.<p>The company says that its platform provides a complete set of tools to help developers create apps “from tooling …

Tidy Organizes Your Smartphone Photos Into Albums With Just A Swipe

A new application called Tidy wants to help you better organize the photos you have stored on your smartphone, by grouping them into albums by time, distance, or even by “shapes,” meaning type of photo – panoramas, squares, screenshots, portrait or landscape, for example.<p>The app doesn’t do the …

7 New Orleans Startups Destined to Breakout in 2014

In case you missed it, Tech Cocktail is more region specific than ever.<p>Atlanta, Austin, Boise, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, …

Nine Steps to Building Trust Online & Offline for Your Small Business

T<b>he process of client acquisition is rarely a short, straight line.</b> Given the wide range of vendors and suppliers available, <b>a potential client can</b> …

Web Apps Raise The Ceiling Above HTML5 As Famo.us Recreates Facebook's Paper

UX design has been getting pretty slick in the world of iOS. Last week, Facebook released Paper (subtitled “Stories from Facebook”), perhaps the best newsfeed app I have seen. This native iOS app is built using a toolkit called Origami that the Facebook design team has developed on top of Apple’s …

The battle to displace Dropbox rages on

Advertisement<p>23 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration<p>Sometimes it seems like there are more vendors trying to upend Dropbox than there are customers …

Klout's Long, Bumpy Road to a $100 Million Acquisition | Inc.com

<i>Updated on March 27 to include news of Klout's acquisition.</i><p>On a Monday in February, Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez was touting his startup as a longterm company with plans to go public. "I think we're one of the few companies that can be a stand-alone, major business," he said. "We always have …

Startups

Kickstarter hacked, with data stolen for an unknown number of customers

Hackers breached Kickstarter's defenses and stole the information of an unspecified number of customers, the company disclosed today. The company learned of the breach on Wednesday from law enforcement officials, and quickly resolved the breach, Kickstarter said today. It did not disclose how the …

Website architecture: best practices for SEO

Christina Ageli is a SEO specialist working for travelplanet24.com, one of the top OTA in SE Europe, and tripsta.net international websites. Her …

How to Get Feedback for Your App Fast - Lean User Research

When talking to companies about developing new features or products, I’ve observed that there is concern about getting valid qualitative data and …

Test Drive the Flipboard Bookmarklet

MagMaker / February 5, 2014<p>A crack team of Flipboard designers and engineers recently gave Flipboard’s Flip It web bookmarklet a handsome makeover …

Tech Primer: What APIs Mean to Marketing

<b>By Wendy Breakstone</b><p>API stands for Application Program Interface. Think of an API as a bridge that connects two distinct web-based products or …

9 must-have Twitter tools for marketers

Whether you're using it for sharing content, responding to followers, keeping up to date with the news, or having fun, Twitter is an essential part …

So, why is Google Analytics the best thing ever?

So, the ladies and gentlemen at Giraffe have asked me why Google Analytics is the greatest thing to have been invented. But surely other things …

11 Ways To Create More Time To Think

It could be just a coincidence, but I don’t think so.<p>In the course of the last 10 days or so, I’ve had three in-depth conversations with businesspeople (two of them entrepreneurs) that I truly respect. The theme: Carving out more time to think.<p>All three people–two men and a woman–had been searching …

Crowdfunding Diplomacy: The Next Frontier for Government - Diplomatic Courier

A common mantra among entrepreneurs is that failure is good; the key is to fail fast and fail cheap. If you applied this mantra to diplomacy the …

Cloud Spending to Balloon to $235B by 2017

Companies like IBM (IBM) and Microsoft (MSFT) have already spent billions transitioning their services to the cloud, and a new report shows they have no intention of stopping anytime soon.<p>In fact, enterprise spending on the cloud is expected to triple over the next three years to an estimated …

Twitter’s Dick Costolo On What It Takes To Be A Good CEO

2013 was a very good year for Twitter, so it’s only fitting that Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo took home the award for CEO of the year at the 7th annual Crunchies Awards held this week in San Francisco.<p>Backstage at the show, TechCrunch co-editor Matthew Panzarino pulled Costolo aside for a quick …

10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Testing a Business Idea

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You've got a business idea you're jazzed about, but aren't sure if it's feasible. What you need to do is test the concept to see how it stands up to a series of rigorous questions.<p>"You are always testing," says Andre Marquis, Executive …

Small Business

HTML5 Is Making Strides Among Developers

<b>Mobile Development Trends for 2014</b><p>Mobile developers write for a number of different platforms, so assessing surveys of their desires and lists of …

How To Build A CLI Tool With Node.js And PhantomJS

In your package.json file, include the following settings:<p>"preferGlobal": "true"<br>• "bin": { "name-of-command": "path-to-script.js" }<p>Add #!/usr/bin/env …

FounderDating Launches An Easier Way To Find And Sign-Up Startup Advisors

FounderDating, a selective network where entrepreneurs can find co-founders, is adding a new way to pick up advisors. Advisors, who are usually paid with a small cut of equity, can bring lessons learned from years of in-the-field experience.<p>But Jessica Alter, FounderDating’s CEO, said that finding …