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Famo.us Part II: Javascript Platform Breaks Down Barriers For Web 3.0 App Makers

The world of apps is changing quickly and this makes app making a very exciting but nerve wracking business to be in. Every week there are new libraries, frameworks and platforms to assess and learn. Along with the big native app platforms (iOS and Android) you might need to figure out how to build …

Sony releases ‘Background defocus’ camera app to Play Store

Joining the Android camera app fun, Sony has released its “Background defocus” app for Xperia phones on the Google Play Store. The app helps blur the background of an image and simulates greater focus on the subject to create a more professional looking photo. The update requires Android 4.2 or …

Future big data analysts will know everything you did today

Debates are raging about whether big data still holds the promise that was expected or whether it was just a big bust. The failure of the much-hyped Google Flu Trends to accurately predict peak flu levels since August 2011 has heightened the concerns.<p>In my mind, there is no doubt that data …

Readdle’s Calendar apps get new iPad UI, custom reminders on iPhone, & more

Readdle, the developer behind popular Calendar apps for iPhone and iPad, today updated both its free Calendars by Readdle and the $2.99 Calendars 5 with a number of notable new features.<p>First up, both apps get an updated iPad UI that includes a number of tweaks for improved navigation and layout. …

Visualize shared links, trends with BuzzSumo

What are the masses discussing on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks today, this week, or this month? BuzzSumo provides a simple dashboard to keep you informed.<p>If your job requires you to know which topics are the most discussed on social media or if you are simply a curious denizen of the …

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Codacy Helps Developers Stop Worrying About Code Style

Seedcamp-backed startup Qamine has today announced that it’s given itself the far catchier new name of Codacy and launched in private beta. It offers an automated code review tool for developers that continuously monitors code for problematic patterns, with the aim being to reduce the amount of …

Android vs. iOS Development: Fight!

The eternal startup question “Android or iOS first?” grows ever thornier, with news that Android’s market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do <i>developers! developers!</i> think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge.<p>And by …

Ovia Pregnancy Tracker for iOS promises personalized tracking for your pregnancy

Ovuline, a company that uses big data and machine learning to address women’s health issues, has launched its Ovia Pregnancy app for iOS devices, which it says is smarter than the average pregnancy tracker.<p>Ovia Pregnancy offers soon-to-be parents daily updates on their situation such as the baby’s …

Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math

If you’re studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a pretty good tool for cheating, but not necessarily for learning. Today, the Wolfram Alpha team is launching a new service for learners, the …

Visual.ly Expands Marketplace For Design Resources To Include Video, Motion Graphics And Presentations

In a business world increasingly ruled by computer algorithms, you might not guess that one of the biggest pain points for organizations large and small has nothing to do with computer code. It has to do with communication—particularly, visual communication of complex ideas.<p>There is a sellers’ …

Loop: The Future Of Mobile Payments Or A Temporary Fix?

Loop is a new mobile payments startup making some fairly big claims. The company says it has invented a technology that lets you pay with your phone at nearly any point-of-sale across the U.S., without requiring merchants to upgrade their hardware. Nor do you have to own a particular device, like …

Tablo BookMaker Takes The Complexity Out Of EBook Publishing

Getting a book published used to require something called “an agent” who talked to a “publishing house” who, in turn, hired a “printer” to make a “hardback” or “paperback” version of your words. Tablo.io is just another in the long line of startups aimed at relegating those things to the deep, dark …

Email Is The Godfather Of Native Ads, So TellApart Makes AdStack Its First Acquisition

It’s dark days for email marketing. Gmail’s new tabbed filters are hiding messages from brands. Email promotions have to be highly personalized in order for opens to equal clicks and conversions. TellApart wants to sell that personalization, so today the four-year-old, big-data, ad tech player …

BabyWatch Health Tracker Lets Expecting Mothers Share Their Babies’ Heartbeats

As evidenced by sonogram photos posted to Facebook and the apparent popularity of “ultrasound parties,” pregnancy is a time ripe for sharing. A new startup called BabyWatch is taking those moments digital with the launch of a hardware-software duo that allows mothers to record and send to friends …

I Love Digital, but Sometimes Paper is Just Better

On my last trip overseas I decided to print out my boarding pass. I know, there are lots of ways to board digitally. I can show my QR-Code boarding pass thingy and scan it myself at the counter. But the last two times I tried that it was just such a stressful and annoying experience I decided to go …

A Handy Guide to Deleting Digital Accounts

If you’ve ever tried deleting a bunch of your Web accounts, I probably don’t have to tell you that it’s a huge pain.<p>Some attempts require searching …

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Japan Gets Its First Mobile-Based Virtual Prepaid Card Service

Japan will get its first-ever mobile-based virtual prepaid card service offered by carrier NTT Docomo and Visa from tomorrow onward, the two companies announced today.<p>The docomo Kouza Visa Prepaid service works this way: users get a 16-digit card number linked to their account on Docomo’s electric …

Machine language: how Siri found its voice

GM Voices is nestled on a rolling, leafy road in Alpharetta, Georgia, an affluent suburb of Atlanta. A recording studio specializing in voice-over work, it produces narration for corporate training videos, voicemail system prompts, and the like — not exactly sexy stuff, but steady, and for the best …