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How Google Inbox shares 70% of its code across Android, iOS, and the Web | Ars Technica

Google's open source tools allow it to use Android code on iOS and the Web.<p>Launching a new app in the mobile age is hard. If you want to reach a wide …

How to go from $0 to $75,000/mo. without taking on an investor or hiring a single employee

In case you didn’t know, we (Talkroute) declined our acceptance into a well-known accelerator, and a lot of people thought we were stupid. Even after I published a ridiculously long blog post explaining why we said “no thanks,” the skeptics remained, well, skeptical.<p>But today, right here on …

This App Scans Your Proportions And Mails You A Custom-Fitted Shirt

A new app called MTailor plans to change that, however, by outsourcing the measurements to your smartphone's camera.<p>Here's how it works.<p>Shirts start at $69, but that's still cheaper than other custom shirts out there, which can cost $100 and up. Also, shipping is free.<p>First, you choose the type of …

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The 10 Best Strategy/RPGs You Can Purchase Now

The strategy/RPG has always been a niche genre, which is ironic since it's a hybrid of two popular genres in Japan. Great series like Fire Emblem, …

Forget Cover Letters - Write A Pain Letter, Instead!

If you haven’t been on a job search lately, consider yourself lucky. The job market is no picnic. Most large and medium-sized organizations use brutal and talent-repelling automated recruiting sites with keyword-sorting software that sucks all the human life out of your application or resume.<p>Cover …

Secrets Of A Frustration-Free Customer Service Experience

Are you driving your customers crazy with a clunky customer experience and antiquated approach to customer service? Here are three ways to combat this, ideas I suggest as a customer experience and customer service consultant to my clients when they sense growing frustration levels among their …

What The Top 1% Of Software Engineers Do That The Other 99% Do Not

<i>Answer by Michael O. Church, functional programmer and machine learning engineer, on Quora</i><p>My first inclination was to disclaim, “I’m not top 1%, maybe top <i>N</i>%” where N is some slightly higher integer, because false precision makes great humble-brags. In reality, I have a hard time identifying “top …

How to take your game to the top of the charts in different countries

Every mobile game company wants a regional hit to become an international success, but how do you actually get there?<p>I’ve had the good fortune to work with some of the top studios and publishers, and over the past 20 years, I have found that what works in one region is not the same as another. …

5 ways to increase advertising revenue from your game

<i>This sponsored post is an excerpt from the TapSense eBook, A Complete Guide to Mobile Game Ad Monetization. Download it here.</i><p>It’s one thing to get a game burning up in the app store charts. In fact, it’s huge. But monetizing that success is a whole other challenge.<p>Mobile advertising has some unique …

Corporate America, Your Future Engineers Aren’t Attending Career Fairs Anymore

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Vivek Ravisankar is the CEO and co-founder of Y Combinator graduate and TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield alum HackerRank, the platform that is used by programmers to hone their skills and by companies to recruit tech talent. To learn more about their upcoming national hackathon on</i> …

Here are the top 10 reasons Apple rejects apps

In the name of transparency, Apple has revealed the top reasons why it rejects apps from its App Store.<p>The most common reason Apple blocks apps isn’t censorship, as some folks might believe. About 14 percent of apps rejected during the seven-day period ending Aug. 28 were rejected because more …

The One User Virality Test Every Mobile App Should Run

<i>Ilya Pozin is a serial entrepreneur, writer, and investor. He is the founder of online video entertainment platform Pluto.TV, social greeting card company Open Me, and digital marketing agency Ciplex.</i><p>Is your app good enough to go viral? This was the question haunting founder Aaron Patzer when he …

How to Create Better App Icons, 6 Tips from Apple.

This is a guest post by Martin LeBlanc, the founder of IconFinder, a search engine for icons. You can follow him on twitter here<p>Shortly after the WWDC event in San Francisco in June, a plethora of iOS7 resources became available on the web. Throughout the hundreds of sessions, speakers and …

Enterprise Mobile Apps Pay The Most Yet Attract Few Developers

A recent survey by Vision Mobile found that just 16% of worldwide developers are building mobile apps for enterprises, despite this market being the most lucrative of all to serve. Their recent global study of 10,000 developers across over 130 nations is the basis of the free downloadable report, …

10 Luxury Islands That Are Surprisingly Affordable

We've never had such a good excuse to ditch the real world.<p>We always thought our living-on-an-island dreams would stay forever plunked on a Pinterest board, but now, there's reason to believe that actually living on a luxury island is totally possible.<p>The folks at Samujana Retreats and Residences …

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven't stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they've become a genre of their own.<p>It’s 10:44 am on a Tuesday, and I’m lounging at home in my pajamas, sipping chamomile tea. I am, at the same time, taking a class at Harvard. Professor …

Meet the 12-year-old boy who makes games instead of going to school

Sam Smith is a 12-year-old game developer. That’s rather young, sure, but that’s not even the strangest part.<p>Sam makes games instead of going to school.<p>Spacepants is Sam’s latest game, available for $1 on iOS and Android devices. It’s a brutally tough “endless runner” — like Jetpack Joyride or …

Realm: a Refreshing Mobile Database for iOS Developers

If you’re a mobile developer you’ve probably, at one point, had to work with databases to store your app data on a device. Surprisingly, your choice in databases is limited, with SQLite being the most commonly used. It’s surprising because despite the many new databases that have been created over …

9 ways a well-designed site will boost SEO and engagement

While web design is traditionally thought of as an artistic way to show off a brand’s image, its benefits are really much more far-reaching than that. A well-designed website can lend a helping hand to SEO efforts, increase conversion rates, and improve interaction and engagement with site …

The Beginner's Guide to Facebook Ads for Small Businesses

Rewind the clock a few years and you’d frequently hear people suggesting that Facebook is a great marketing channel because it was free to have a presence. If you built a good Facebook page for your business and attracted lots of fans, you’d have a valuable platform to talk to potential and …

21 of the Best B2B Growth Hacks

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth and co-founder of Twoodo, helping teams organize using simple #hashtags. This post originally appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>As you are all probably tired of hearing by now, growth hacking is not simply a series of tricks or tactics, but a mindset to do what it takes to …

The One Hire Every Startup Desperately Needs to Make

<i>Nick Marsh is the founder at Makeshift. This post originally appeared on Medium.</i><p>I want to introduce a new<br>concept — ‘talent hacking’. I define this as the creative application of technology and data to the problem of building new teams.<p>I’m trying to coin this phrase in part to highlight how we’ve …

Why the Mac App Store is Shangri-La for developers

The iOS App Store gold rush might be played out for all but the luckiest developers, but there’s another part of the Apple empire where coders can find breakout success: the Mac App Store.<p>“Compared to iOS, it’s definitely easier to have a hit in the Mac App Store,” says Andreas Hegenberg, the …

300M downloads and $600M in revenue say Google is the ‘loser’s choice’ in mobile games monetization

Smart game developers are choosing startup ad companies like Vungle and AdColony when monetizing their mobile games, according to a new survey by VentureBeat. At least, if they want to make significant amounts of money.<p>They are most certainly <i>not</i> picking Google.<p>176 game developers with 1,100 …

The keys to app store distribution that you need to know — but probably don’t

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Chris Hulls, the cofounder and CEO of Life360.</i><p>It’s one of the biggest questions most developers have when launching a new app: “If I build it, will they come”? Even if your product is amazing, if you don’t get an initial critical mass of users, you will fail. …

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Tapjoy unveils one-stop platform nGen for mobile app monetization

Tapjoy, a big ad-tech company for mobile apps, is announcing its nGen advertising and monetization platform as a single solution for mobile-app developers today.<p>The nGen platform is part of a growing trend of consolidation among the mobile middlemen who serve the business side for mobile-app and …

How To Make Unlimited Money In Bravely Default

Just like in real life, money makes things a lot easier in Bravely Default. Unlike in real life, we have a handy guide that lets you make as much of …

The 50 greatest animal photobombs of all time

COOPERSTOWN has the Baseball Hall of Fame. Springfield, its Basketball Hall of Fame. And the Internet has…this: the 50 greatest animal photobombs of …

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Basis fitness tracking band can now tell when you're running, walking, or biking

The Basis B1 fitness tracking band already had the ability to automatically detect when you were sleeping without the clunky button presses and mode shifts of its competitors, and now it can do the same with a variety of physical activities as well. A new update, dubber Body IQ, allows the device …