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Google Acquires Music Recommendation Service Songza

by Brad Merrill - on Jul 2nd 2014 - No Comments

Google has announced that it has bought Songza, a three-year-old startup that competes with Pandora in making customized playlists of recommended songs. The price was not disclosed, but according to the New York Times, a “person briefed on the deal” said that Google paid upwards of $39 million for Songza. Both companies have declined to […]

Never Wait In Line At A Restaurant Again With NoWait

by Brad Merrill - on Jun 13th 2014 - No Comments
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One of the biggest problems with casual dining is waiting for a table. On a good day, you’re crammed between a couple of strangers in a tiny waiting area for ten minutes; on a bad day, you’re standing outside of the restaurant in the rain for half an hour. It’s a problem we all face, […]

Add Strategy To Your Job Search With JobDash

by Brad Merrill - on May 30th 2014 - No Comments

When you’re looking to get hired, job search engines are a start, but for the founders of JobDash, they’re not enough. The Utah-based startup develops software to help job seekers and career services professionals achieve their employment goals. Behind JobDash are co-founders Dan Caffee (CEO) and Joel Cannon (CPO). Caffee is a serial entrepreneur with a […]

Why Quora Is My Favorite Social Media Service

by Brad Merrill - on May 27th 2014 - No Comments

I used to spend hours staring at Facebook and Twitter. I still spend a good amount of time on Twitter, but Facebook has become secondary. Most of what I post there is automated—check-ins from Swarm, photos from Instagram, etc. It’s still fun to browse on occasion, but I can only handle so many baby/cat photos before […]

Google Blocks Extensions Not In The Chrome Web Store For Windows Users

by Brad Merrill - on May 27th 2014 - No Comments

Google today began blocking local Chrome extensions to protect Windows users. This means that as of today, Chrome extensions can only be installed if they’re hosted by the Chrome Web Store. Further, extensions that were previously installed “may be automatically disabled and cannot be re-enabled or re-installed until they’re hosted in the Chrome Web Store,” […]

VoteRockIt: Ready-Made Apps For Political Campaigns

by Brad Merrill - on May 21st 2014 - 3 Comments
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Charlotte-based VoteRockIt is a mobile platform that creates apps for political campaigns, candidates, elected officials, causes, and nonprofits. Campaigns and candidates are the startup’s main focus right now, and the ultimate goal, I’m told, is to facilitate better communication between candidates and their electorate and constituents. Behind VoteRockIt is Matt Hudson, mentor for Arkansas’s ArkChallenge accelerator. He […]

Foursquare’s New Check-In App, Swarm, Is Now Available

by Brad Merrill - on May 15th 2014 - No Comments

Foursquare’s Swarm app is now available for iOS and Android, letting you find nearby friends and check in to bars restaurants, and other places. Foursquare announced Swarm two weeks ago as one half of its newly split personality—one app for finding friends and checking in, and another (launching this summer) for finding great places to […]

Bawte Integrates Product Inventory App With Amazon

by Brad Merrill - on May 14th 2014 - No Comments
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Bawte, the free mobile app that helps people keep track of the products they own and the paperwork that comes with them, has announced their new integration with Amazon. Users can now connect their Amazon accounts within the app, and all products purchased through Amazon will be automatically added to the user’s Bawte account, accessible […]

Report: Apple To Bring Split-Screen iPad Multitasking To iOS 8

by Brad Merrill - on May 13th 2014 - No Comments
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A new report from 9to5Mac claims that Apple will be building split-screen multitasking into iOS 8, the next major update for its mobile devices. The split-screen functionality will resemble similar features seen in recent Samsung tablets and the Microsoft Surface, the report says. This report comes from Mark Gurman, who has a strong track record in terms […]

Nearing Swarm’s Launch, Foursquare Freezes Mayors And Drops Ousting Feature

by Brad Merrill - on May 9th 2014 - No Comments
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Foursquare today shared more details about the service split of its existing app and its new Swarm app. The company also revealed Swarm for Android and iOS is coming “next week” (as opposed to the previous “coming weeks”). The biggest change is that the mayorship feature that made Foursquare competitive is being cut down to […]