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Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features

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It’s not every day I’m impressed by a smartwatch. Plenty of Android Wear and Pebble devices have come and gone and aside from a brief “Huh” I haven’t really let any of them capture my attention. Olio is different.

The brainchild of former Apple and HP product designer Steven Jacobs, he wanted a watch that was rugged, usable, and easy to read. While he was aware of the competition, he used his hardware chops to put together something truly unique: a smartwatch design to combat immediate obsolescence.

Here’s what’s up: Olio has made a smartwatch with the same care and concern as the manufacturer of a mechanical watch. Gone are the cheap materials and chintzy bands and the attention to detail – from the beautifully polished bracelet to the unique interface – speaks more to a universality that is missing in Android Wear and an attention to detail missing in…

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I just submitted my app to store. What do I do now?

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Most of the developers feel so happy after submitting their app to Stores and say its time for a party. It is time to grab few beers and relax after all the hard work team did in developing, conceptualising and ideating that app and it even passed strict guidelines provided by Apple App store. Phew!

After 2 days, a developer comes to me and asks, we did a small press release, asked few blog platforms to blog about our new app and we have 2k downloads for our new app. Great! What’s next? Post release process is one of the main question that I come across ( e.g. http://linkd.in/1HfEzPO ). I will try to answer this question in this post-

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  1. Approach few blogging companies or personal bloggers, the keywords you are targeting will have few articles on search engine. You can approach those companies/personal bloggers and ask them to write an article/press release about your app. For inspiration look at- http://noodlecake.com/ssg2/
  2. app review guidelines

  3. If you are releasing app for all platforms make sure that your follow app review guidelines for each platform, especially for iOS as Apple ensures that apps you submit are reliable, perform as expected, and are free of offensive material.
  4. mobile app analytics, infographics

  5. Make sure you track analytics from day 1. There are different tools available to track performance, basic and most important but ignored-crash analytics. If your app crashes even once, probability that user will open app again is really low. You also loose on review here. There are a lot of tools to choose from. Depends on kind of app. If you are developing a game you will track where did your character die & for information display app you will need a heatmap so that you can focus on blue areas. I have used http://www.flurry.com/, http://www.google.com/analytics/mobile/ & https://count.ly/. https://www.appsee.com/ is bit unique and different. It gives you session playback and it identifies UI bugs automatically. Willing to try this in my next project.
  6. Make sure you respond to all reviews from day 1 via support email or review comments on store. Even if it is bad.
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Apple Has Hundreds Working On An Electric Car Design, Says WSJ

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Apple is working on a car, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Mac maker kicked off a top-secret project to develop an electric car with a minivan aesthetic, per the WSJ’s sources, after CEO Tim Cook approved the project nearly a year ago. It includes “hundreds” of staffers and is led by Ford Motor vet and Apple VP Steve Zadesky. The project involves research into battery tech, robotics and metal production, according to the paper.

The report comes hot on the heels of a Financial Times story confirming Apple R&D efforts around car tech, and goes further than either that report or an earlier one from Business Insider wherein an Apple employee reportedly confirmed some kind of car-focused project. As I wrote earlier, it makes perfect logical sense that Apple would focus some effort on this area, given the direction in which the tech industry in general…

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When I started writing online I never expected that I will get such good response from people all around the world. First of all thanks to amazing audience, followers and people who visited my blog once and never came back. We have been talking about hardcore technical topics like developing and installing iphone apps without a mac , skeumorphic design patterns, github basics to my personal experiences about living professionally in india, company cultures to heart touching sensitive topics about female infanticide, rapes and a lot more.

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Jay-Z Gets Into Music Streaming With $56M Bid For Aspiro, Owner Of WiMP And Tidal

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Dr. Dre might not be the only rapper in the music streaming business for long. That’s because Jay-Z is making a move to buy Aspiro, a Swedish company that operates the WiMP Music service and Tidal, as it is known some markets, according to local media reports.

Project Panther, which is owned by Jay-Z’s S. Carter Enterprises, has bid 464 million Krona (that’s around $56 million) to buy the NASDAQ Stockholm-floated company outright, according to a press release. A deal is subject to shareholder agreement but, with Aspiro’s board of directors unanimously recommending that the offer is accepted, its completion seems imminent.

WiMP is available in a handful of European markets — Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland and Sweden — while Tidal offers a “higher fidelity” service, which boasts a superior quality of sound than to the likes of Spotify, Rdio and Deezer’s services. Available in the UK and the U.S. since October 2014, Tidal is priced…

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Twitter Is In Talks With India’s ZipDial

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

We have heard that Twitter is making another acquisition, with international growth and mobile marketing in mind. Sources tell us that Twitter is in negotiations to buy ZipDial, a startup founded in India that has honed in on a mobile use case that is unique to its home market and others like it. People who call numbers but hang up before the call is answered, using the action as a simple alert that doesn’t cost any money. That alert, in turn, becomes the basis for a number of other, commercial actions, and analytics to track everything.

The information we’ve been hearing pegs a deal between the companies at different stages. A few sources tell us that it has already closed, is in the region of $30 million – $40 million, and could be announced as soon as this week.

Another source close to the company says that there have been two companies looking at ZipDial, including Twitter (with the other…

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Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use Instant Hotspot

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Now that iOS 8.1 is out, with iOS 8.1 running on your iPhone, you can use your iPhone as a Instant Hotspot for your Mac (running Yosemite) and for your iPad or iPod Touch (also running iOS 8.1). This is one of the features of Continuity, which further integrates and connects your Mac and iOS devices. Continuity also includes Handoff, iPhone Cellular Calls, SMS Relay, and AirDrop.

When you are in an area with your Mac, iPad or iPod Touch that does not have Wi-Fi, they can connect to your phone’s personal hotspot when your iPhone is nearby. Now you do not even have to set up a personal hotspot on your iPhone and enter in the Wi-Fi Password for your personal hotspot. When you join the Wi-Fi network on your Mac, iPad or iPod Touch, the name of your phone will be listed automatically. All you…

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