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Sourcebits Launches An Overhauled Chocolate Chip-UI, A Cross-Platform Mobile Framework With iOS 7 UI Support

Aiming to lessen cross-platform mobile development woes, Chocolate Chip-UI, an open source mobile framework incubated at Sourcebits, is being released today after being re-written from the ground up to support iOS 7, along with Android (Jelly Bean) and Windows Phone 8. This makes it the first …

Apple’s App Store Rankings Algorithm Changed To Consider Ratings, And Possibly Engagement

Apple may be testing changes to its iTunes App Store ranking algorithms, which see it taking into account app ratings and other new factors in the App Store Top Chart rankings. Whether or not the changes are more experimental in nature or indicative of a larger overhaul of how apps are ranked in …

A very mild defense of in-app purchases

OK, I guess I’ll be the one.<p>I come not to praise in-app purchases but to not bury them.<p>Really, I hate the in-app purchase racket. I hate how it’s …

Judge tosses Netflix investor case over streaming profits (this time for good)

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Rubberball / Corbis<p>Netflix(s nflx) is flying high these days with a flurry of new content deals and a soaring share …

The Harsh Reality For Mobile Developers Trying To Hit The Top Of App Store Charts

You just spent months building an app with the hopes that it would be a boon for your business or usher your way into the lucrative world of top end app publishers. You have Candy Crush dreams and Evernote aspirations.<p>After you publish your app, nobody downloads it. Those that do download it aren’t …

From Abject Poverty To CEO Of A World-Class Startup

<b>@johngreathouse</b> Don Charlton’s heroic journey began with him growing up on government assistance and culminated in his founding <b>The Resumator</b>, one of America’s fastest growing startups. Don’s perseverance and chronically positive attitude is inspiring.<p>The Resumator’s intuitive recruiting and …

App Discovery: Why Can't Anyone Figure This Out Yet?

Good news! Now that both Google and Apple have passed 50 billion app downloads (each of course) we can all sit back and relax. The system is working, the world is downloading, the developers are making money, and the users are happy.<p><i>Au contraire, mon frère.</i><p>With each one of these giants approaching …

Birchbox Says Its Subscription Model Is Working, With 25% Of Revenues Coming From E-Commerce Store

Birchbox, a pioneer in the field of subscription e-commerce, said that its model of letting men and women sample personal care products and then up-selling them to buying the full products in an e-commerce store is working.<p>While reaching 400,000 monthly subscribers, the startup helped inspire a …

We’re on the cusp of deep learning for the masses. You can thank Google later

Advertisement<p>22 Comments<p>Credit: Google's new deep learning architectures<p>Google (s goog) silently did something revolutionary on Thursday. It open …

If school isn’t teaching your kid to code, this program will (for a fee)

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>If you want your child to have an early start on becoming the next Zuckerberg or Gates, it’s pretty clear that (for now, at …

If you want to make money from apps, forget about the app store

Considering the number of free apps that clutter the world’s many app stores and the pittance paid by mobile advertising networks to app developers, it was only natural that app makers would find other ways to make money from creating mobile software. A recent report by VisionMobile, a London-based …

Apps

Why AngelList will become the Android of venture capital

<i>Gaurav Jain is a Principal at Founder Collective and previously was a Product Manager for Android. He or his firm are not investors in AngelList. Follow him on twitter @gjain.</i><p>Just as Google’s Android operating system has disrupted mobile rivals, I think AngelList will do the same to most incumbent …

17 Startup Founders on How to Become Insanely Successful

Here's what it takes to launch a business, from those who have been there before.

Startups

Social website platform RebelMouse gets $10.25 million in Series A funding

RebelMouse, the company that describes itself as “your social front page”, has landed more than $10 million in fresh funding in a series A round led by Oak Investment Partners, SoftBank, Sterling Investment Partners and Michael Lazerow.<p>Paul Berry, founder and CEO of RebelMouse announced the deal on …

Authy Makes Using Two-Factor Authentication Easier By Connecting Your Phone And Mac Over Bluetooth

Authy, the Y Combinator-backed security startup that aims to make two-factor authentication as secure and easy to use as possible, launched a new product today that makes using it quite a bit easier. Authy now lets you connect your phone and Mac (Windows coming later) over Bluetooth to get your …

Floobits Debuts Remote Pair Programming Tool Where You Can Collaborate In Your Favorite Native Editor

Y Combinator-backed Floobits, a new startup allowing two people to write software at the same time on the same codebase — known as pair programming — is officially launching today to help better connect remote developers and distributed teams. What makes this company’s implementation interesting, …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

With new API, Dropbox disrupted a startup engaged in real-time data syncing

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Jordan Novet<p>The two founders of NimbusBase, Alex Volodarsky and Ray Wang, watched in shock as Dropbox CEO Drew Houston …

Apigee Launches Purchase-To-Payment API Platform

Apigee has a new platform for customers to manage API-driven business efforts that extends from purchase-to-payment of digital assets. The service is meant for organizations, such as telecommunications providers, that sell services delivered through an API.<p>Apigee has designed the platform so a …

How Blippex handles the data behind its time-driven search engine

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Search for something on Blippex, a recently launched search engine, and the results you’ll find might be quite different from …

IBM high-fives Netflix open-source tools

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Netflix(s nflx), aside from delivering streaming video to consumers, also wants to provide open-source software — Netflix OSS — …

Freemium Is Irresistable, Even For Successful Game Companies

The freemium debate continues to rage on. Some say it’s the future of how business will be run, while others say it’s synonymous with casual games (read: not for hardcore gamers). Now the tide appears to be changing for the latter group, spurred by the success of companies like Supercell (Clash of …

A brief history of app pricing, and why most apps are free

We had a look at some of the app purchasing habits and statistics regarding the Google Play Store and Apple’s Appstore the other day, so to continuing in that vein, Flurry Analytics has done a little more digging into just why mobile apps are priced so low, often to the point of being free.<p>For this …

Apps

Why it's Hard for VCs to Say ‘No’

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Andrej Kiska is an associate at Prague-based Credo Ventures. Prior to Credo, Andrej worked at an early growth fund Benson Oak, the first backer of AVG Technologies</i><p>“VCs are arrogant. VCs are cowards. They speak about how they love to help entrepreneurs build successful companies, yet …

Forrester: $2.1 Trillion Will Go Into IT Spend In 2013; Apps And The U.S. Lead The Charge

Forrester Research has now released its annual look at the state of IT spend globally, and the analysts project that there will be $2.06 trillion invested across software, hardware, and IT services by enterprises and governments in 2013. Within that, U.S. will be the biggest-spending country by a …

9 Pieces of Data E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Should Collect

There’s no question that the future of e-commerce is in personalization. But you can’t improve your customers’ online shopping experience (or retain existing customers) without understanding what it is they want in the first place — which means you need to be understanding, and then acting, on …

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …

Rating The Venture Capitalists

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Zach Noorani is a former VC and recent graduate of MIT Sloan. Follow him on Twitter @znoorani.</i><p>For a profession full of business strategy experts, it’s impressive how rarely and narrowly the venture capital industry is subjected to conventional competitive analysis. Ask yourself: who …

Top 10 Marketing Books of All Time | Inc.com

In previous posts, I've identified the best motivational books of all time and the best sales books of all time. Today, I've selected 10 books about marketing that I believe should be in every business library.<p>Some of these books explain how technology has changed the strategy and tactics of …

Marketing

13 Refreshing and Fruity Sangria Recipes

What’s one of the best ways to celebrate summer? If you ask us, it’s with a glass of sangria in hand. First introduced to the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, the punch has been around for centuries. And with all that history (you can read more about it here), come hundreds of …