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Ringtones...for your Bicycle?

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I've backed a few projects on Kickstarter, but they're usually boring things like stands and cables. The other day I saw the MYBELL and had to put my money down. The MYBELL is a bicycle horn for the smartphone age. Obviously it mounts to a bicycle handlebar, though I might try it out on my scooter. What makes the MYBELL unique is that you can customize the sound that it plays, just like a custom ringtone on your smartphone. In fact, it will accept MP3 files via the included (weatherized) USB port.



Make Mailings More Memorable with Mail Designer Pro and Mail Designer 2

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As an app developer, I'm always trying to find ways to make my apps more visible, and one way is to email existing customers, who have opted-in, about new apps. But plain old text emails don't stand out, and if you get too fancy, the emails might not display well on mobile devices. By definition, my mobile app customers have iPhones (or Android) and most users read their email on smartphones so proper formatting is important.



The Official Yo App Dictionary

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Yo. No really, just yo. 

Sometimes there are those apps that are so simple, so basic, so mind-blowingly elementary that they take off and rack up thousands of users, leaving you scratching your head and thinking, "Dear God, what have tweens done to this world?" Enter Yo (free), a new social networking app that became popular this week, racking up $1 million in angel funding and gathering over 50,000 users. 



Skype 5.0 for iPhone Released, with New Interface and Speed That's 5 Times Faster

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Skype for iPhone 5.0 (free) was released Wednesday, and according to the Skype website, it has a new look and much faster speed. New features include the ability to send messages to people who are offline. The redesign gives in an appearance smilar to that on Windows Phone and Android devices. The app has been rewritten from the ground up. Here's how Skype describes this new version:



FIRST CROSS-PLATFORM MMO AND VIRTUAL WORLD FOR TWEENS DELIVERS CONTINUOUS GAMEPLAY BETWEEN WEB AND MOBILE

FIRST CROSS-PLATFORM MMO AND VIRTUAL WORLD FOR TWEENS DELIVERS CONTINUOUS GAMEPLAY  BETWEEN WEB AND MOBILE

MONTREAL (Quebec) – Woozworld Inc. today announced that Woozworld, the largest virtual social network for tweens with over 25 million registered users, is now available as an app, making it accessible with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 7. This makes Woozworld the first social MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) community to offer a full cross-platform experience with continuous gameplay between desktop and mobile devices.


Foursquare Launches the Friend-Focused Swarm App

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The Foursquare team hinted at impending changes to their check-in app back in early May. The resulting app, called Swarm, provides a quick and easy way to check in with friends who are nearby.



Talenty, Founded By a 17-year-old, Provides the Chance to be Discovered

Talenty, Founded By a 17-year-old, Provides the Chance to be Discovered

Antwerp, Belgium - Talenty, the brainchild of 17-year-old Sacha Nasan, provides a potential launching pad for people with talents of all types

When 17-year-old Sacha Nasan realized international superstar Justin Bieber had been discovered as the result of a YouTube video, he took it as an opportunity to harness the power of social media to help people around the globe gain recognition and even discovery for their unique talents. Thus, Talenty was born.

Talenty, a mobile app now available for download in the Apple iTunes store, gives people the ability to showcase their talents, whatever they may be - from singing, to dancing and anything in between. Users create and share their own unique videos for the world to see.


App Provides the Chance to be Discovered

App Provides the Chance to be Discovered

Antwerp, Belgium - Talenty, the brainchild of 17-year-old Sacha Nasan, provides a potential launching pad for people with talents of all types

When 17-year-old Sacha Nasan realized international superstar Justin Bieber had been discovered as the result of a YouTube video, he took it as an opportunity to harness the power of social media to help people around the globe gain recognition and even discovery for their unique talents. Thus, Talenty was born.

Talenty, a mobile app now available for download in the Apple iTunes store, gives people the ability to showcase their talents, whatever they may be - from singing, to dancing and anything in between. Users create and share their own unique videos for the world to see.


New Free Facebook App Paper Now Available

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A new app from Facebook called Paper - stories from Facebook (free) is now available in the App Store. You can read more detail about this app and see a demo video in a previous post. The app offers the same sort of immersive experience as the popular Flipboard app, with an attractively designed presentation of your newsfeed. It also offers news on a wide range of your favorite topics taken from the news media.



Revel Builds Upon Tinder to Gamify Dating

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With the proliferation of mobile apps, there seems to be two growing trends—mobile dating and photo or video sharing.

In fact, a recent report by Pew Research Center shows that 7% of cell phone apps users (representing 3% of all adults) say that they have used a dating app on their cell phone. Two-thirds (66%) of online daters have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or app, and nearly a quarter (23%) of online daters say they have met a spouse or long term partner through these sites.



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