BlackBerry Claims BBM Is Still Coming To Android And iPhone, But Has Given No Timeline

Posted September 30, 2013 & filed under Android, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News.

bbm-pauseAmid dire financial results and an oddly-timed smartphone launch, BlackBerry’s big BBM for iPhone and Android launch seemed lost in a murky grey purgatory with little chance of escape with each passing minute its release was held up. The app made it to some lucky New Zealand and Australian App Store users, but BlackBerry halted the rollout when a leaked Android .apk set its servers on fire. Today, it finally provided an update on the state of the balked launch – sort of. Continue reading

Android Remote Application Framework Provides True Multi-Screen Experiences For Mobile

Posted & filed under Android, Gadgets, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News.

Screen Shot 2013-09-30 at 10.49.05 AMAndroid doesn’t really have an AirPlay equivalent – its Miracast and Mirrorlink technologies are similar, but lack the kind of opportunity Apple’s tech provides to build second screen experiences that work independently of what’s being shown on the original. That’s why Solution57 created their Remote Application Framework (RAF for short), which goes even further, making displays attached to Android devices work more like displays attached to traditional desktop PCs. Continue reading

CardSpring Connect Lets Merchants “Switch On” Card-Linked Offers On Foursquare & Elsewhere With Just A Click

Posted September 25, 2013 & filed under Marketing, Mobile Apps Feeds, Startups.

cardspring_logoMany brick-and-mortar merchants in the real world just want customers, but don’t have the time to learn the nuances of the various performance marketing tools and other programs at their disposal today. They just want new customers, or they just want to increase traffic during the slower parts of the day, for example. A new service called CardSpring Connect, launching today, now helps with that. The platform offers a self-serve online dashboard that allows merchants to easily create campaigns, connect apps like Foursquare, Thanx, MOGL, OnStripe and others, then sit back and watch as the analytics update in real-time with each swipe of a customer’s card at checkout. Continue reading

Apple Froze App Store Rankings On Friday, And Odd Behavior Continues

Posted September 23, 2013 & filed under Marketing, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News.

Apple - iOS 7In the last three years, the only times Apple has ever frozen its App Store rankings has been over the holidays. So it’s interesting to note that the company actually froze rankings for a total of eight hours on Friday, and things still aren’t quite back to normal in terms of the store’s usual behavior and ranking results. The change to the App Store could possibly indicate either an intentional freeze on Apple’s part or even bandwidth concerns or other bugs and glitches. Continue reading

With 2.5M Downloads, Activity Tracking App Moves Launches Its Software Alternative To Fitness Wearables On Android

Posted & filed under Android, Mobile Apps Feeds, Mobile News.

Moves logoActivity trackers are all over the place, except maybe on the wrist of the vast majority of the public. Moves is an app that launched with the goal of putting that power on devices people already carry with a software-based activity tracker, and now it’s expanding its availability from iOS to Android. Continue reading

GIF Marketing Platform Cinegif Raises $500K In Angel Funding

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Cinegif_logoCinegif, an Austin-based startup that makes it easy for companies to use GIFs in their marketing campaigns, has raised $500,000 in funding from Texas angel investors including the Baylor Angel Network, the Houston Angel Network and its related Texas Halo Fund. The angel round will be used by Cinegif to accelerate sales and marketing for its cloud-based GIF marketing platform. Continue reading

Chirpify Drops Its “Hashtag Commerce” Consumer Marketplace To Focus On Big Brand Marketing And “Actiontags”

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Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 11.25.21 PMAccording to Chirpify founder Chris Teso, “hashtags are the new URL.” Though more than a few people at Twitter are no doubt nodding their head vigorously in agreement, everywhere you turn in the tech industry, someone is creating (or has a patent pending on) “the new, new version of X.” So does Teso’s declaration actually ring true? For starters, some context: Chirpify launched in early 2012 to do something about the fact that social commerce — in spite of its own dubbing as “the next big thing” — has failed to live up to the hype. Continue reading

With 1M Users Now On Board, Learnist Brings Its “Pinterest For Learning” To Android

Posted & filed under Android, Mobile Apps Feeds, Startups.

Screenshot_2013-08-06-17-01-32[3]When Grockit first emerged back in 2008, it had set its sights on building a full-service, social learning service that would give students a better way to study for standardized tests, among other things. One of the first startups to combine game-ification with personalized adaptive test prep programs, Grockit enabled students to study solo or in groups by connecting with live instructors or perusing its library of video content. Continue reading