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How China's Mobile Ecosystem Is Different from the West

China is the world’s largest smartphone market, and with that comes a lot of interest in how mobile users behave. As one of the primary ways through which consumers access content, apps in particular are a key area of focus.<p>China’s app ecosystem is somewhat of a maze for people who aren’t familiar …

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are …

VCs Have Basically No Confidence in U.S. Government Doing Anything Useful

U.S. ranks below Taiwan and Brazil in VC's confidence in fed's ability to adopt investment-friendly policies, annual survey finds.<p>U.S.-based venture capitalists have a dimmer view of their government’s ability to encourage domestic investment than their peers in eleven other countries, according to …

Eight Twitterbots worth following

According to Twitter’s own figures, there are significantly more robots on the social media service than there are people in Australia: as many as 8.5% of the firm’s active users are either algorithms or people using apps to aggregate tweets automatically without any human intervention.<p>Many bots …

bethere: A new social network to help you have a great night out

If you’re on a night out with friends, keeping tabs of where everyone is and where they’re going can be difficult. That’s where bethere for iPhone comes in.<p>bethere is designed from the ground up to help you socialize with friends better. It lets you share where you’re going to be, and see where …

An App That Plugs Your Leaks To Save Cities Cash And Water

There’s plenty of room for innovation in the water preservation space. Recently, we’ve seen Dropcountr, an app that gives individuals alerts when …

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Already Backed With Millions, Startups Turn To Crowdfunding Platforms For The Marketing

It took more than a year for 23-year-old James Proud to finally talk about his new company in public. Typically reserved, the tech entrepreneur, who sold his first startup at 20, had spent the last 18 months building Hello Inc. in relative silence–no website, press releases or tweets.<p>Last month, …

5 Great Front-End Developer Tools You Must Try

<i>Arnaud Breton is a full-stack developer at mention with a specific focus on the front-end side and user experience. This post originally appeared on the mention blog.</i><p>Over the last few years, we’ve seen tremendous growth in an entirely new generation of Web applications. These apps have become much …

How Facebook orchestrates its network traffic to save energy

Facebook (s fb) on Friday detailed how it uses a custom-made load balancing controller to distribute network traffic across its servers and save the …

Lessons Learned On App Design For Fast-Growth Markets

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Alan Mamedi is the co-founder and CEO of Truecaller. He is based in Stockholm.</i><p>One of the typical mistakes developers make is thinking that because they’ve had success in one corner of the globe, they should be able to employ the same strategy to drive adoption elsewhere. The truth of …

“I Lied To You A Few Days Ago”: The Leak Messaging App And Anonymous Honesty

The tool for sending anonymous messages is gaining traction. But is it really the truth we’re after?<p>“I lied to you a few days ago. Telling you anonymously makes me feel better. Sorry.”<p>That was the message I received yesterday from someone through Leak, a tool for making anonymous confessions. It …

LinkedIn Redesigns Mobile Profiles to Put Relationships Into Context

LinkedIn's flagship app has gotten a major overhaul.<p>The company rolled out an update to its app Tuesday morning, unveiling completely redesigned user …

How much data can one smart home generate? About 1 GB a week.

In my connected home I’ve focused mostly on automation, but Stephen Sorkin, the chief strategy officer at Splunk has decided to go a much nerdier …

OKCupid: we experiment on users. Everyone does

Dating service OkCupid has cheerfully admitted to manipulating what it shows users, a month after Facebook faced a storm of protest when it revealed that it had conducted psychological experiments.<p>Christian Rudder, OkCupid’s co-founder and data scientist, posted three examples of experiments the …

UpWord Notes 2.0 features 'next-gen' swipe gestures and other enhancements

UpWord Notes, the popular “Mailbox for notes” app created by Unsplurge developer Lau Brothers, has just received another major update — apparently …

Why Relying on Digital Maps May Lead Us Mentally Astray

As we navigate our way through the world, sometimes we just need to stop and Instagram the flowers. Be sure when you do, the path is on your turn by turn navigation. You wouldn’t want to have to read any unnecessary road signs. Make sure you tweet about missing your exit to your house though, since …

Secret Is Becoming The Next Tinder

Secret, the hot anonymous app that reached a $100 million valuation in nine months, isn’t really growing.<p>At least, nothing indicates that it is. Its app store rankings fluctuate wildly and often don’t register in the top 1,500 overall — compared to its bigger, brasher rival Whisper, which is …

LinkedIn explores location updates that connect you with people nearby

LinkedIn is exploring location alerts reminiscent of Foursquare and Sonar, according to LinkedIn designers Mauroof Ahmed and Moses Ting.<p>These experiments follow a series of moves from LinkedIn designed to boost engagement, including the acquisition of Newsle, the launch of redesigned Web profiles, …

Redefining friction in a mobile-first world

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Jim Patterson, co-founder & CEO, Cotap</i>.<p>“Faster and easier” has long been the new-and-improved mantra of technology marketing. When reducing friction for users meant switching from a desktop computer to a laptop, the validity of that phrase wasn’t just obvious; it …

OptimizeMe life-logging app gets optimized with Jawbone UP integration and more

• Items can now be sorted in profile screen<br>• Automatic backup every 3 days if connected to Dropbox<br>• Backup reminder if not connected to Dropbox<br>• Icon colors …

How Two Ex-Googlers Turned A Crappy Messaging Service Into A $100 Million App

Secret, the popular anonymous-sharing app, raised $25 million. Here’s how it went from poorly designed messaging app to red-hot startup.<p>Before Secret was Secret, the anonymous sharing app burning up the iTunes charts, it was Whispr, an ephemeral messaging service that incidentally had the same name …

Messaging app Snapchat introduces location-specific geofilters

Insanely popular messaging app Snapchat has just unveiled location-specific geofilters in New York and Los Angeles. Here’s a quick video showing the …

Look at Reddit in a refreshing new perspective with Feedworthy

Feedworthy for reddit (Free) by Yap Studios is a brand new way to look at the best source for entertainment and social networking. If you can’t get …

Secret nabs $25M in funding, opens up collections of secrets to the web

Anonymous sharing app Secret has raised $25 million in Series B funding, the company announced Monday, bringing its total haul just shy of $35 …

This news reader wants you to follow content endorsed by 'thought leaders'

Can a news reader app curated by “thought leaders” catch on?<p>A new project on Kickstarter, called Newsworthy.io, hopes so.<p>“I’m suggesting a new relationship with content,” Newsworthy.io creator Mehran Granfar told us. It’s the difference between sharing content as many other apps do, he said, or …

US government says online storage isn't protected by the Fourth Amendment

A couple months ago, a New York judge ruled that US search warrants applied to digital information even if they were stored overseas. The decision came about as part of an effort to dig up a Microsoft user's account information stored on a server in Dublin, Ireland. Microsoft responded to the …

Apple Fires Back Against Chinese Media’s Security Warnings Over iOS Location Tracking

- Jul 14, 2014<p>Last week, the state-run Chinese media labeled the iPhone’s Location Services feature found in iOS 7 a “national security concern,” …

Music Streaming Service Grooveshark Now Accepts Bitcoin

Grooveshark, an online music streaming service for playing back individual tracks, artists or albums, is now accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment via Stripe. The payments firm announced that it would add support for Bitcoin only a few months ago.<p>This means you can now subscribe to Grooveshark’s …