Neumob Wants To Increase Mobile App Speeds In Southeast Asia

shutterstock accelerate speed Millions of people in Southeast Asia are going online for the first time through their smartphones. The region’s “mobile-first” approach makes it especially attractive for e-commerce, social network, and gaming companies—when their apps work, that is. Unfortunately, users are often frustrated by slow connection speeds. Neumob, a service that decreases load times for… Read More

A Rant About Why Twitter’s Past Failures Make It Nearly Unfixable

Twitter_Down Twitter had a terrible, horrible, no good very bad earnings day, and unfortunately, the only thing that might save it is a time machine. The company announced that it saw zero growth in its total user count. Excluding SMS-only users, it actually declined from 307 million to 305 million users. That’s despite it launching and buying expensive TV commercials promoting Moments, which was… Read More

A Rant About Why Twitter’s Past Failures Make It Nearly Unfixable

Twitter_Down Twitter had a terrible, horrible, no good very bad earnings day, and unfortunately, the only thing that might save it is a time machine. The company announced that it saw zero growth in its total user count. Excluding SMS-only users, it actually declined from 307 million to 305 million users. That’s despite it launching and buying expensive TV commercials promoting Moments, which was… Read More

Twitter’s Monthly User Count Actually Shrunk If You Exclude SMS

Twitter It was bad enough that Twitter’s total user count is stuck at 320 million with zero growth this quarter. But if you don’t count “SMS Fast Followers”, or people that only use Twitter via text message and don’t see ads, its monthly user count went down from 307 million to 305 million monthly active users. Considering this earnings report was all about appeasing… Read More

Twitter’s User Growth Goes Nowhere As It Meets Revenue Expectations Of $710M

shutterstock_329646476 Twitter today reported its fourth-quarter earnings — one of the most important quarters of the company’s history — and basically fell flat on its face. Twitter’s monthly active user growth, on a quarterly basis, was flat, compared to a slight jump that what analysts were expecting. Last quarter, the company had 320 million monthly active users, and this quarter was… Read More

Feeling Loved Without Followers

twitter-robot-heart Here’s why Twitter’s new algorithmically sorted timeline announced today could solve its growth problem: For many people, especially new users, Twitter feels like yelling into a black hole. They just don’t have that many followers. Their tweets are met with dead air. It’s disheartening… Read More

Twitter Will Now Put Recommended (Not Recent) Tweets At the Top Of Your Timeline

twitter-balance If Twitter is going to fix its growth problem, it’s going to have to make some drastic moves — and, with an update today, that means even changing the timeline. Twitter today is unveiling a new Twitter timeline that shows tweets at the top that the service recommends, instead of the most recent tweets. They’re designed to be the best tweets that users may have missed based… Read More

Cizoo Drops The Beat So That You Can Send Music Messages To Your Friends

singer-690117_1280 Meet Cizoo, a new iOS app that is all about making it easier to create music. Learning to play an instrument can be hard, but anyone can sing and rap. Cizoo lets you record tidbits of songs on top of a looping music background. Read More

I joined an app that paired me with a stranger for life. Now to find them.

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I was determined not to die.

The premise of Rendezwho, a new app that matches users with a random person somewhere in the world, seemed like either a romantic comedy or a horror film in the making. My assignment was to figure out which.

The app, which launched Tuesday, was developed to inspire users to travel and be adventurous while making a friend, according to the founders.

When two users are matched, they are connected for life.

For a commitment-phobe like myself, this exclusivity was the first mental hurdle. But then I remembered that this was not a dating app, so I forged ahead. I felt like Paris Hilton, on a quest to find my new BFF. Read more…

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Break your bad habits with these clever gadgets and apps

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Do people change?

It’s a question usually reserved for those moments we contemplate reuniting with an ex or going back to work with a former boss. But around this time of year, when we realize our New Year’s resolutions are dead in the water just two months in, it’s a question many of us will turn on ourselves.

So, why is it so hard to change? The short answer is that any change requires breaking our habits and that really is incredibly difficult

Neuroscientists have identified that once a behavior becomes automatic, the decision-making part of your brain basically takes a nap. For the most part this is advantageous because you have mental activity to spare for other things. When you’re trying to break habits, however, it’s a major roadblock. It sends you into default mode, follow your established pattern and perpetuate your bad habit. Soon enough these habits are so deeply ingrained that you often don’t even see them. They become your blind spots and they’re stop you from reaching your goals. Read more…

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