Microsoft wants to own the living room with the Xbox One

Today Microsoft announced their new console, the Xbox One. The demo relied on heavy integration with cable television, multi-tasking, mobile phones, kinect, and voice commands. A demo of the product introduced "Snap mode", a side-by-side multi-tasking type interface that allows the user to simultaneously watch television, play games, have a Skype call, use Internet Explorer, or even look at your…

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The console question noone is asking

Most of the people I encounter these days with a tech startup are focusing on the web or mobile. They either have an idea that they want to push out to the app store, or a web service which may or may not have a mobile companion. The tech world as the startup scene sees it is made up of…

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Making apps that spread

I hear tons of app ideas that seem like really great ideas, but lack one critical feature: virality. It's not just marketing speak, creating virality is something you should be responsible for if you are making an app without a huge budget. I've done a lot of research on users of my apps, of my client's apps, and listened to…

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Open sourced startups

When a software startup fails to turn a profit they're usually left with some newfound knowledge, maybe some debt, and a big chunk of unused code. Why should all that engineering work go to waste just because that particular business failed? Many startups recognize this and have made their software free and open source. I did some searching and came…

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Designing mobile apps for children

Mobile apps designed for children are becoming very popular as a result of the intuitive design of the iOS and Android touch screen operating systems. Never before has software been so accessible for pre schoolers, and elementary school students. However, there are some things that you should take careful consideration of when designing apps for this audience. I want to…

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Growing your audience by empowering users

What is it about apps like Instagram that result in such explosive growth? I think it is fair to say that most social networking apps and sites have grown organically. The apps receive word of mouth from users who enjoy using their software. So those with the most explosive growth must simply have the highest percentage of users who share…

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