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13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

Shopping: Is there an app for that?

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Ramneek Bhasin, VP & GM, Product and Mobile, TheFind.</i><p>Our fascination with the smartphone is in full swing. We now live in a world where more phones are activated daily than there are babies born, and they seem to be just as demanding. We check our phones every six …

Three Secrets Of The Only 5 Year Old iPhone Hit App

In March 2009, an iPhone app called “Doodle Jump” debuted and entered rapidly the Top 20 paid download chart. Apple's iPhone app platform was still in its infancy and nobody realized just how huge the content empire would be. One early app hit held on for half a decade of app industry turmoil. Five …

App Stores Have Gotten Incredibly Crowded, Here's How Developers Can Still Stand Out

For developers then, it's important to understand how one app gets noticed while another might languish in the app store swamp.<p>In a <b>recent report</b> from <b>BI Intelligence,</b> we take a deep dive into the various app stores' ecosystems to examine the current difficulty in navigating them, then analyze the …

iOS Development: You're Doing It Wrong

Agenda<p>I want to talk about iOS app architecture and Test Driven Development.<p>For the past couple of years I’ve been developing the feeling that …

iOS Programming

Smooth Fade Animations

When iOS 7 was first announced, Apple developers all over the world tried to compile their apps, and spent the next few months fixing whatever was …

iOS Programming

Is Your Business Plan Missing This Vital Ingredient?

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As many as half of startups are no longer in business just four short years later, according to some statistics. Most businesses are owned by entrepreneurs who are driven, passionate and ambitious. So, how is it possible that so …

Entrepreneurship

How Top-Selling Genius Keyboard SwiftKey Got So Smart

Launching an app is hard to do: SwiftKey mastered it on Android. Now cofounders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock head into iOS. Here are the lessons they’re bringing with them.<p>Using SwiftKey is like having a psychic best friend who is also a keyboard. With a debut on iOS, the Android-topping app is in …

Apps

Flappy Bird dev makes $50,000/day from the collective frustration of 50 million people

Let the games begin! Sorry, not those games, I am talking about the free to play indie smash hit, Flappy Bird, that is reportedly pulling in over $50,000 per day from in-app advertisements. Game developer Dong Nguyen of .GEARS Studios says that he chose the ad-supported, free to play app style …

Inside the murky world of knockoff smartphone apps and the ads that fuel them

There are two things any app developers can do to improve their chances of scoring a hit: Make a mobile game. And give it away free. But building an original game is a lot of work and the app store is cluttered with games. So there is a third thing the developer can do—”flip” an existing app. Buy …

Apps

Emojis, Exploding Coupons Could be Snapchat’s Future

The photo messaging service Snapchat has suddenly become the hottest app in the tech world. The two-year-old startup was offered a reported $3 …

Google Play now drives 25% more downloads than iOS app store, has 50% the revenue

Google Play is continuing its inexorable overtaking of the App Store, with downloads now 25 percent higher, and app revenue that is slowly overtaking Apple’s sales.<p>The reason is exactly the same one that impacts iOS market share: international markets.<p>“The increase in Google Play’s downloads was …

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 …

Crowdfunding Site Makes it Easier For Startups to Stand Out

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This story appears in the September 2013 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Ryan Feit and James Han wanted their crowdfunding site to be more than a listing service for startups in search of cash. So when the former investors …

Startups

Which Type of Crowdfunding Is Best for You?

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In her book,</i> Cash From the Crowd<i>, Sally Outlaw, founder and CEO of crowdfunding website Peerbackers, reveals the secrets of funding your business with help from colleagues, peers, family, friends and even perfect strangers</i> …

Crowd Funding

Why Apple Bought Cue (Hint: To Build You a Better iWatch)

Apple bought the Google Now-like app Cue this week. The reason has a lot to do with Apple’s strategy to out-Google Google in the coming war over wearable, and also the future of mobile.<p>Here’s why the Cue acquisition is really going to matter.<p>Cue was founded by CEO Daniel Gross and and co-founder …

Apple's Most Important Branding Lesson For Marketers

Of all-important branding lessons markers can learn from Apple, one stands out: branding begins on the demand side of the market.<p>In essence, consumers, their emerging needs, their wants and desires, their quest for a better life; and the binding constraints that determine their decision to buy the …

iOS Developer Discomfort

Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed some trends in the code that’s developed by some of the people I respect. People I look up to – people that I …

Google, Apple And Facebook Are At War Over 'Latent' Search — A Business That's About To Be Huge

But Google is facing a series of challenges that could upset that dominance. The challenge comes with a new type of search, called "latent," "abstract," or "conversational" search.<p>Until now, if you wanted to search for something on the web, you typed in keywords. Google has trained us all to type …

MongoDB proves it’s king of NoSQL databases with $150M in new funding

More evidence that MongoDB rules in online databases: the company just raised $150 million in new funding from an unnamed global financial services …

App Picks of the Week: Reaper, 60 Minutes, BillGuard and Gunner Z

This week's roundup of hot apps that we've found include some games, an information app based on one of the longest-running news programs on …

AppSeed Transforms Your Sketches Into App Prototypes

Author: Liz Stinson. Liz Stinson Design<p>Date of Publication: 09.30.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>AppSeed is an app that turns your sketches …

8 Questions to Refocus Your Vision and Achieve Success

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you started your business, you knew what you wanted to do. But over time, things can get a little cloudy.<p>"As businesses become more complex, ideas change and 'shiny objects' pop up to knock you off track," says Gino …

Entrepreneurship

How I Went From 0 to $50k on the App Store(s)

I've been meaning to write this post for awhile and I got the push I needed with this 10k Bootstrap Challenge on HN today. It reminded me of my start …

Jony Ive: The man behind Apple's magic curtain

The reclusive and prolific Jony Ive, the man behind the Apple iPod, meets with USA TODAY for a rare interview about Apple's once and future mission.<p>CUPERTINO, Calif. — The man who designed the iPod ponders the question with furrowed brow.<p>"That's a good one," says Jony Ive, when asked what he would …

If I Knew Then: Serial Entrepreneur Reveals Why Second Place Isn't Good Enough

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Sam Shank has a career path that's a little bit more eclectic than some in Silicon Valley. The co-founder of San Francisco-based HotelTonight, a mobile app that allows users to reserve rooms at the last minute, decided he didn't …

Entrepreneurship

The dribbblisation of design

There are divergent things happening in the product and interaction design community.<p>On one hand, we have some amazing pieces of writing from the …

UX Design

News curation startup Upworthy closes $8M round

Editorially curated content startup Upworthy has secured a new $8 million round of funding to help grow its service, the company announced today.<p>The round may seem large for what’s essentially a content/media startup, and indeed it is. But Upworthy has released plenty of traffic stats that show its …

25 Common Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

Do you have what it takes to get through hard times? Here are the traits that help home-based business owners thrive.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Regardless of your definition of success, there are, oddly enough, a great number of common characteristics that are …