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Must-Have Tools For Prototyping and Creating Mobile Apps

3°<p>Are you currently on the lookout for the best available resources to help you craft websites, web apps, and mobile apps? If you’re like most web …

For Two New Apps Called “Push” And “Drop,” The Push Notification Is The App

Two new applications, Drop and Push, want to save you from having to download multiple news apps or browse dozens of websites just to keep up with the topics that interest you. But what makes these two apps different, when compared with news aggregators or other mobile news readers (aka RSS …

The end of apps as we know them

The experience of our primary mobile screen being a bank of app icons that lead to independent destinations is dying. And that changes what we need …

How to Decide on Mobile Navigation

While every application and Web site has at least some form of navigation, everyone's is a bit different. So when all these services make their way …

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Square Analytics 'Level the Playing Field'

US payments platform Square has introduced s new analytics tool designed to give sellers “actionable data” to increase sales.<p>The aptly-titled Square Analytics is designed to “level the playing field” for small companies, it says, and delivers easy access to stats and analysis that were hitherto …

Wannabiz scores $2.2M to help you market your small business in just 5 minutes/day

Five minutes a day.<p>That’s the time Tel Aviv-based Wannabiz says is needed to utilize its social marketing app for small businesses. Today, the company is announcing it has scored an investment of $2.2 million and released an Android version.<p>The do-it-yourself app, billed as “a free marketing …

Raise.com’s New App Lets You Buy Discounted Gift Cards To Instantly Save While Shopping

Gift card marketplace Raise.com has just rolled out a new mobile application that lets you save at your favorite local stores by buying unused gift cards for less than their face value. In a matter of seconds, consumers can can find a discounted gift card, purchase it in the iPhone application, and …

Mobile App Usage Increases In 2014, As Mobile Web Surfing Declines

New data from app analytics provider Flurry released today states that native app usage on smartphones is continuing to grow at the expense of the mobile web. The company claims that users are now spending 2 hours and 42 minutes per day on mobile devices as of March 2014, up from 2 hours, 38 …

Burger King will let you use your iPhone to pay for your Whopper

Burger King will soon let customers pay through their iPhones in all of their U.S. locations. The program will begin in April, and roll out to all …

OpenTable Buys Ness For $17.3M To Beef Up Mobile And Restaurant Recommendations

Restaurant reservation platform OpenTable today reported quarterly earnings of $52.3 million and used the day to put out some other news: the company has acquired Ness Computing, makers of the personalized restaurant recommendations app Ness. It’s an all-cash transaction that OpenTable says is …

Path Opens Its API To 13 New Partners, Including PicStitch, Strava, WordPress, And Viddy

Path will now allow its users to share photos, videos, and more on its private social network, from a wide range of new API partners. Building on the success of its Nike+ partnership for sharing fitness data, Path is announcing 13 new apps that will hook into its network and get a “Share on Path” …

More money for wearables and health tech: Fitbit gets $43M

Quantified selfers, there’s money to be made from your love of data. Fitbit, the fitness gadget maker that collects data about your exercise activities, received $43 million in funding today, according to an SEC filing.<p>The quantified self movement is all about people wanting to get concrete …

San Francisco foodies steal the best restaurant reservations using coding skills

It should be easier than ever to book a reservation for date night thanks to websites like OpenTable and Urbanspoon. But in San Francisco, a number of food aficionados and coders have apparently used their technical skills to grab the best tables all for themselves. Diogo Mónica, who works as an …

Ten percent of Starbucks transactions in US come via mobile payments

Mobile payments has proven to be a very difficult nut to crack. Google, Isis, and others have failed to bring wallet-free payments to primetime, but one company has seen some success: Starbucks. The coffee chain says that wholly ten percent of its payments in the US are made using smartphones, …

The Mad Billionaire Behind GoPro: The World's Hottest Camera Company

Nick Woodman is 37 years old. His constantly tousled sepia hair and permanent, mischievous half-grin make him look 27. And he acts 17, as I learn 30,000 feet above the Rocky Mountains, after Woodman packed me, his wife, Jill, and a dozen of his favorite colleagues and buds into a chartered …

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Many people know that they can turn to Yelp’s mobile apps to look up a great nearby business while they’re on the go, but have you ever found …

27 new iOS 7 features Apple didn't talk about

Apple had a lot of ground to cover in its WWDC keynote, which might be why you might have missed some of iOS 7’s other new features hidden inside …

Native iOS development made simple

Build your app<p>Use an intuitive CMS interface to build and design your app. Menus, pages, functions, appearance...<p>Generate the code<p>One click on the …

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How Yelp Reviews Now Impact Your Discoverability by Customers

So, what happens to Passbook in iOS 7?

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>At WWDC 2012, Passbook was called a “key feature” of iOS 6. A year later, the Apple keynote went by without a single mention …

Six Tools to Market Your New Mobile App

<i>By Ilan Nass and Ludovic Houdré</i><p>So, you've finally done it. After months of labor, headaches, and beta tests you've finally managed to launch a mobile app for your business. You're in the App Store or Google Play store (maybe even both). You've got a gorgeous and functional app that you know users …

Yelp takes on Foursquare with new iOS discovery and recommendation features

As Foursquare continues to improve its location-based service with more focus on business listings, Yelp is pushing back at its rival with new mobile discovery features and design overhauls. As part of its new iOS app update, Yelp has revamped its Nearby tab to display relevant local businesses …

Twilio Raises A $70M Series D As They Consider An IPO

Twilio, the company whose APIs help developers easily add SMS, voice, and VoIP functionality to their applications, has closed a Series D round of $70M dollars.<p>The round was led by Redpoint Ventures and existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, and backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson. As part of …

The Zen of Entrepreneurship

<i>Rizwan Virk is an entrepreneur, author, investor, and film-maker. He was co founder of Gameview Studios, maker of the popular Tap Fish mobile game, which was downloaded over 30 million times, and was an angel investor in Tapjoy, Pocket Gems, Funzio, Telltale and Iddiction. The second edition of his</i> …

Google Launches Android Studio And New Features For Developer Console, Including Beta Releases And Staged Rollout

Today, during Google’s I/O developer conference, the company announced a group of tools for app developers, including a new developer suite called Android Studio. It’s an IDE based on IntelliJ.<p>This was a popular announcement, as the crowd “ooh’d” and “ahh’d” as screenshots were shown on stage.<p>This …

Loop’s iOS app collects customer feedback, before you rant on Yelp

Loop plans to reinvent the customer-experience survey with its launch today to help businesses get customer feedback in the moment.<p>Loop is an iOS app that presents customers with a quick survey about their experience at a business. Loop captures the responses then and there, and founder Rajit …

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Mobile Payments Startup ZooZ Debuts In-Ad Payments (Yes, “Ad” Not “App”)

Fresh off its $2 million in Series A funding, in-app mobile payments platform ZooZ is announcing a new product today: in-ad payments. Yes, that’s right, “ad” not “app.” The big idea here is to streamline the checkout process for consumers by addressing some of the challenges with e-commerce on …

CrowdOptic Raises Another $1M To Build Experiences Based On Where Your Phone Is Pointing

CrowdOptic, a startup with technology for identifying where people are pointing their smartphone cameras, has raised another $1 million in funding.<p>When I’ve spoken to the team in the past, they’ve emphasized the ways this could be used to create new types of social interactions — if people are …