@Pistachio Launches OneForty, Twitter’s App Store: 140 Beta Invites

first_imgOne of the things we like best is the site’s Yelp-like structure for user-generated content. People tend to get passionate about the apps they love – or hate – and oneforty provides many mechanisms for indicating these sentiments, including a five-star rating system and a more detailed commenting system for text reviews. From each app’s page, users can click a button to get that app or tweet about it. Screenshots appear in a lightbox. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Users can suggest new apps to add to the ever-growing catalog. And in addition to providing user-generated data, the site also gathers media reviews of applications.Of course, one of the first questions about any third-party Twitter app – let alone a third party app directory – is how the startup will make money. “We want to deliver a great experience for people trying to get value out of Twitter, but yes, we have plans for direct and indirect revenues,” the oneforty team wrote to us.“In particular, we believe developers deserve a fair marketplace to sustain their innovations. Too many great Twitter apps have gone defunct because while all the users were having fun, the developer couldn’t even maintain server costs… In a nutshell, just like other app stores, oneforty is paid a percentage of the transaction price for the items sold by our marketplace.”With the glut of free apps in the Twitter third-party universe, one wonders exactly how much these transactions will add up to. Such ponderings lead us to hope oneforty has a few more revenue streams up its sleeve.Nevertheless, as people who spend a lot of time testing, using, and writing about Twitter apps, we welcome this community-driven system for classifying and qualifying third-party tools. In fact, we think our friends at Twitter might do well to take a close look at how this offering complements their own. Users can also indicate which apps they themselves use; browsing like-minded users’ collections could be a great tool for finding new apps. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups jolie odellcenter_img After months of breathless anticipation, the waiting world can now catch a glimpse of oneforty, a collection and curation of the Twitter third-party app universe from consultant and Twitter for Dummies author Laura Fitton (@Pistachio).From TwitPic to HootSuite and everything in between, oneforty is a 1,300-apps-and-growing marketplace that includes descriptions, screenshots, links, reviews, live Twitter commentary, tags and more. Read on for details and, if you’re one of the lucky 140 first readers, a beta invite.In our last update on Fitton’s new venture, we told readers that the app store idea had received funding just 15 days into its Boston TechStars stint. Although Fitton and her team had been working on the project before entering the startup accelerator program, the funding was nevertheless exciting news and signaled the significance of things to come.Now, we’ve learned the full scope of oneforty’s schema: “We provide a business platform for more than 20,000 developers to market their innovations. We make sense of the chaotic ecosystem with categories, tags, and ‘essentials’ to introduce new users to apps. We help developers grow their userbase and get their work found,” they shared with us in an email yesterday.The site’s ratings, reviews, screenshots, and toolkits endeavor to help users sift through the myriad applications to reveal only the best-rated, most useful products. Oneforty also highlights the most popular apps and a few of the “best apps” in nine categories: desktop, mobile, business, networking, entertainment, monitoring, media sharing, link tools, and a “random” category that comprises “arbitrary, silly, or just extremely miscellaneous” applications. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting You made it to the end! Here’s your beta invite. If the link doesn’t work, that means you’re reader #141. Sorry! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

HipLogic Brings Real-Time Apps to Windows Mobile and Symbian Phones

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez HipLogic is a new real-time, web-based platform intended as an alternative user interface for some mobile phones. Launching today, this free download currently delivers applications like Facebook, news, and Twitter to both Windows Mobile and Symbian devices with plans to offer an Android version of their software sometime in the future. Although both Microsoft and Nokia have their own mobile application stores, Hiplogic claims to provide a better, “more iPhone-like” experience than what’s currently available. Mobile phone owners can download the HipLogic software from the company’s website or by visiting the mobile site from their phone’s web browser, m.hiplogic.com. The software works on Windows Mobile 6.0-6.5 platforms and Symbian S60 3rd and 5th editions, the software that powers a large number of Nokia handsets. Once installed, HipLogic users can access the included free applications like Facebook, Twitter, CBS News and Sports, Entertainment Tonight, Disney, and WeatherBug as well as other various apps for monitoring news, finance information, and RSS feeds. As expected, the Facebook and Twitter applications allow for status updates, however they don’t appear to be as robust as the applications found in either the Windows Mobile or Nokia Ovi stores. Take the Facebook application, for example. The Windows Mobile version integrates with the phone’s camera for uploading of photos and videos. Nokia’s app does the same. HipLogic’s version, on the other hand, appears much more basic. HipLogic, Before & AfterIn addition to the included applications, there’s also a HipLogic app store where even more applications are found, both free and paid. The software also works as an alternative web browser of sorts as users can pull up a search box with a click and perform Google searches without ever having to launch the phone’s browser. Another App Store?Given that some of the platforms HipLogic aims to support already offer their own application stores – and both Nokia and Windows Mobile allow background applications, too – it’s somewhat confusing as to what problem HipLogic is trying to solve here. While it’s true that HipLogic’s software is designed to provide real-time notifications, those notifications will only appear when the alternative HipLogic UI is running. On the plus side, however, HipLogic does provide one single access point for all your apps. When you launch HipLogic, you can get to everything that’s been downloaded and when it’s closed, you return to your phone’s regular UI. And if the software, a JavaScript virtual machine platform, can be installed on more low-end “feature phones” in the future, it could indeed bring an iPhone-like app store to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to mobile applications. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

In the news today April 2

first_imgThree stories in the news for Monday, April 2———MINISTER SAYS OTTAWA HAS FULFILLED CHILD WELFARE ORDERSCanada’s Indigenous services minister says Ottawa has fully complied with the orders of a 2016 ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which said the federal government discriminates against Indigenous children. Jane Philpott says the government is now working with the tribunal to confirm that all of its orders have been fulfilled. But Cindy Blackstock, the First Nations children’s advocate who filed the complaint, contends the matter is far from settled.———FUTURE OF 5G DEPENDS ON GETTING SPECTRUMCanada’s push toward fifth-generation wireless technology promises network upgrades that could enable everything from powering complex new technologies to closing the digital divide. But before Canadians see any of the technology’s promises in action, the federal government must decide how it will allocate the necessary spectrum in a new auction round. For 5G technology to work as Canada’s carriers hope, they’ll need huge blocks of spectrum — the radio frequencies that carry signals to receivers embedded in smartphones, sensors and other connected devices.———PARLIAMENT POET TALKS EGO, EMOTION IN WRITINGGeorgette LeBlanc looks around the parliamentary library in the Centre Block and admits she was in high school the last time she visited the building. The Quebec poet will be spending a lot more time in the library over the next two years during her term as parliamentary poet laureate. The position isn’t exactly what LeBlanc envisioned herself doing back in her high school days. But now she wants to make sure Canadians learn more about the little-heralded position that Parliament created 17 years ago.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Provincial court criminal trial continues in Vancouver over the MV Marathassa bunker fuel spill in Vancouver’s English Bay in April 2015.— Federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi and B.C.’s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena make an announcement in Vancouver.———last_img read more

Why Women Dont Cycle

For every three men hopping on a bike, just one woman does the same, according to an analysis by BuzzFeed’s Jeremy Singer-Vine, who collected data from the three largest bike-share programs in the United States — New York, Chicago and Boston — and mapped the gender balance in each. Although slightly more women check out a bike on weekends, overall, they still make up only 24.7 percent of riders.This gender gap isn’t unique to bike-share programs or these three cities. The most recent National Household Travel Survey shows that 24 percent of bike trips in 2009 were made by women. The national data also shows that women are slightly less likely to cycle now than they were in 2001; researchers found “the prevalence of any cycling declined significantly for children (by 1.5 percent) and women (by 0.3 percent).” That needn’t be the case: In Germany, 49 percent of cyclists are women. In the Netherlands, that number is 55 percent.Readers were quick to offer explanations for the lack of female cyclers: In fact, most theories fell into one of two categories: fashion or fear.But what’s the evidence for each?For her master’s thesis in urban planning at the University of Washington, Anne Broache examined which influenced women’s decisions about cycling. In 2012, she surveyed 365 women in Seattle — where 28 percent of bike commuters are female, according to the city’s Department of Transportation — about fashion and road safety. One-third of the nondaily riders and one-fifth of daily riders reported general concerns about “grooming issues, bringing spare clothes, helmet hair, and arriving at destinations red-faced and sweaty.” But safety was “by far the leading concern for all riders” — 79 percent of the women cited “distracted driving” as the biggest barrier to them cycling.Although it didn’t ask about fashion, the 2010 Women’s Cycling Survey asked a lot more women about their cycling choices; it, too, found the No. 1 concern was “distracted driving,” which was cited by 73 percent of the 11,453 women questioned.But there’s more to personal safety than the risk of traffic accidents. As @anildash suggests (and Helen Pidd’s personal account on The Guardian’s Bike Blog illustrates), female cyclists might fear sexual assault and harassment. The Women’s Cycling Survey found that 13 percent of women said “stranger attacks” were a concern.And just as fear is a complex issue, so, too, is fashion. Lifestyle barriers affect women’s decision-making around cycling in ways more challenging than footwear or hem length. When the Bikes Belong Coalition surveyed almost 2,000 U.S. adults, they found that women were twice as likely as men to report an “inability to carry children or other passengers” as a factor that discouraged them from cycling. Convenient transport is important for moms, because they spend 3.7 minutes more per day than dads ferrying kids around.Finally, one more reason women aren’t getting on bikes can’t be captured by the fear or fashion explanations; like most lifestyle choices, cycling decisions are affected by wealth. And women earn less than men. As Clarissa Ersoz at the Bicycle Paper explains, “Even a reasonably priced bike is a significant up-front expense for disadvantaged households.” A 2001 report, “The Socioeconomics of Urban Travel,” found that households earning less than $20,000 were no more likely to use bicycles as a mode of transport than those earning $75,000 – $99,999.When it comes to the why of America’s cycling gender gap, the data suggests that fashion really isn’t front of mind for most women. Instead, road safety and practical lifestyle issues are the biggest obstacles to female riders. That makes it all the more disappointing that the recent bike-share data shows that rental systems have been unable to address those concerns.CORRECTION (June 18, 3:59 p.m.): An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that, according to “The Socioeconomics of Urban Travel,” 13.5 percent of households earning less than $20,000 used a bicycle as a mode of transport. The table in the report actually shows that 13.5 percent of all people who use a bicycle as a mode of transport live in households earning less than $20,000. read more

Serena Williams Gets Widespread Support After She Reveals Daughter

Serena Williams is back on the court at Wimbledon, but there’s a big milestone her daughter just had that caused the first-time mom to sob.“She took her first steps… I was training and missed it. I cried,” Williams tweeted Saturday, July 7 of Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.The post was a simple one but it drew lots of responses from fans, including other moms who were in the same boat at the 23-time Grand Slam winner.“It doesn’t count until mommy sees it. Nothing counts until mommy sees it.”“She is practicing so you can see the real ones. ❤,” fellow celebrity mom Chrissy Teigen tweeted.“You didn’t miss it, mommy. You facilitated it. Your child still lives right there. Make those happy tears & I mean it.”“Ah, Serena. I’m with you there. I’m in Russia at a World Cup. I watched mine take her first steps on a video 😓. She’ll be proud of you when she grows up (I have to keep telling myself).”“I missed a bunch of firsts while I was at work. I hear ya, mama. It’s not easy. But our girls see us out there grinding + living our dreams and that’s got to mean something. Good luck in London — my daughter and I are both rooting for you! ❤”“I took my 1st child all the way to Israel on a trade mission. During a meeting, I heard cheering out in the waiting area … Yup, staff and husband and assorted strangers saw her 1st steps. It all turns out okay. #workingmomsrock.”This isn’t the first time Williams has been candid about tearful mommy moments. When it came time to start shedding the baby weight, Williams realized she was having a difficult time despite working out and following a vegan-only diet.“I feel like everyone says, ‘You’re so thin when you breastfeed,’” she told reporters at a Sunday press conference. “What I’ve learned through the experience — everybody is different, every person is different, every physical body is different. For my body, it didn’t work, no matter how much I worked out, no matter how much I did, it didn’t work for me.”So, Williams sat down, spoke to Olympia and got emotional.“I literally sat Olympia in my arms, I talked to her, we prayed about it,” she said. “I told her, ‘Look, I’m going to stop. Mommy has to do this.’ I cried a little bit, not as much as I thought I was. She was fine.” read more

SELECTMEN NEWS 5 Things That Happened At Last Weeks Meeting

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHOA! Apartment Complex, 7 Retail Stores & Bank Proposed At Woburn St. & Lowell St. IntersectionIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 10 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Government” WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things that happened at last week’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting:#1) NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS: Selectmen authorized a regulatory agreement for three affordable units at Spruce Farm, the new 55-and-over development built on Andover Street. The units will be deed restricted and affordable in perpetuity. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development will monitor the affordable units.#2) SNOW FORT FEST: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Library Director Tina Stewart for the library to use the Swain Green for a “Snow Fort Fest” program on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, from 2pm to 3:30pm.#3) TRAININGS FOR TOWN BOARDS & COMMITTEES: Wilmington’s new Town Counsel – KP Law – offers the town two free trainings annually per its contract. The town has selected 3-hour trainings on the Open Meeting Law and the Public Records Law. Members of town boards and committees, as well as any town staff members who work with them, will be invited to each training once dates and times are set.#4) PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST: Wilmington resident Rob Fasulo made a formal public records request to the Town Clerk’s Office regarding the standstill agreement for the Olin site and Executive Session minutes surrounding it. Hull said the Town would respond to the request by the deadline. He did note, however, that the Executive Session minutes will not be provided until Selectmen approve them to be released.#5) WILMINGTON GROUP HOMES MAY GET UPGRADES: Vinfen Corporation owns at least two group homes in Wilmington — 6 Fairmeadow Road and 55 Houghton Road.  The company is seeking approval to issue debt through the MassDevelopment to acquire property, renovate existing property, purchase technology hardware and software, pay for soft costs for new projects and make improvements to their various properties, including those in Wilmington. Wilmington was offered the opportunity to provide input at a public hearing, but did not find out about the hearing until after the fact.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Heres what associates Peshmerga forces with India

first_imgIn what is telling about the universality of Indian spiritual techniques in mind training, 400 members of the Peshmerga forces, who took on the ISIS in Iraq, underwent The Art of Living programme. In the programme, they were trained in deep breathing techniques like Sudarshan Kriya (a powerful rhythmic breathing technique cognized by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, practised by over 450 million people world over), pranayamas and Yoga along with other life tools to handle the mind, enhance clarity, calmness, and alertness.”We got permission from Brigadier Ramadan Shily to enter the Peshmerga platoon to train them in the Happiness Program,” said Mawahib Shaibani, Country Director of International Association for Human Values, sister concern of The Art of Living, Iraq, who has received her training in trauma and stress relief workshops and rehabilitation at the Art of Living International Center in Bengaluru.”They reported amazing experiences of feeling peace even though they are in the midst of a conflict zone. They felt happy and well rested by the end of the training. Some of them want to become trainers now, to be able to share this transformative knowledge,” Mawahib said. The 400 Peshmerga forces personnel being trained, secure the border area in Suhaila between Syria, Turkey and Northern Iraq (Kurdistan).This is not the first time the Bengaluru-based NGO has had rehabilitative engagement in the region. The organization has been working actively with the genocide facing the Yezidi community. In 2014, Sri Sri was one of the very few global leaders to draw attention to the Yezidi genocide and send help, rescuing and rehabilitating almost 2,500 Yezidi women captured by ISIS.The Art of Living previously facilitated a Community Leadership Training Program (CLTP) and Life Skills and Resilience-Building program was taught to 500 community members, reaching women and girls who were survivors of violence, raising their awareness of local resources.In Iraq, 50,000 people have undergone life skills and trauma relief programs facilitated by the organisation. Over 6,000 Iraqi women have been provided with vocational training. More than 200 peace ambassadors have been trained to provide trauma relief to those affected.More than 1,50,000 war survivors, including child soldiers in Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, the Balkans, and Afghanistan, have benefited from trauma relief programmes.last_img read more

Why Zynga Burst OMGPOPs Balloon

first_imgAugust 8, 2013 After acquiring mobile-game developer OMGPOP last year for $200 million, Zynga is now pulling the plug.”Our goal at Zynga is to give players the opportunity to play the most fun and social games on mobile and the web,” the company stated in a Monday blog post. “With this goal in mind, we have decided to close OMGPOP.com to make way for new and exciting gaming opportunities.”So for the approximate 30,000 users that have wasted countless hours playing OMGPOP games Cupcake Corner, Gem Rush, Pool World Champ and Snoops games, they will have to find another time-sucking app.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Mobile App DeveloperWhile Zynga does plan to hold onto OMGPOP’s most popular game Draw Something and its offspring Draw Something 2 and Draw My Thing, only time will tell how long they’ll last. The monthly active users, or MAU, from OMGPOP’s blockbuster Draw Something has seen a 89.7 percent drop in users from April 21, 2012 to August 7, 2013, according to a graph provided to Young Entrepreneur by application analytics company AppData. 2 min read It’s hard to blame Zynga for trying to move forward with a leaner model – especially as other games also saw similar drops in users. But, why not sell OMGPOP back to its original owners?Various OMGPOP employees reportedly approached Zynga in the hopes of buying back any assets including: the site, games and intellectual property. Many team members even offered to work for free if the buy-back occurred. Zynga flat out said no, citing the hassle of legal work and time. The company laid off OMGPOP employees instead.Related: The New Cool Kids: Teenage-App DevelopersNow cast as the big bad wolf that stomped out the dreams of a startup, Zynga faces a two potential headwinds: one) possible pushback from customers who actually liked the games Zynga is shutting down and two) future acquisition targets may not look too kindly on a buyout offer from Zynga in the future.Still, from a business perspective, it would seem that Zynga did what it had to do. If the game-maker returned OMGPOP to its original owners, it might have ended up with a new competitor. Yet with all of OMG’s former workers now unemployed, maybe they still will?Think Zynga was wrong or right for shuttering OMGPOP? Let us know with a comment. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more