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October 22, 2015

Is The FDA Holding Back Innovation?

In today’s modern age, technology has been advancing global industries to a point where innovations are happening faster than ever before. With the interconnectivity and shared knowledge of the Internet, new tech inventions, and digital access to people around the world, we’re seeing a much faster growth rate when it comes to constant discoveries being made to help our lives become easier. The healthcare industry is no exception, and for good reason. No matter how much technological advancement occurs in society, a person’s health should remain the most valuable commodity, and these days people are looking for more valuable and cost-effective methods to monitor their [...]

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October 1, 2015

Weebly Launches Carbon, The First Mobile Platform For Building E-Commerce Stores

Website building platform Weebly today announced Carbon, the third major iteration of its service. This update is a “complete relaunch of the Weebly platform,” bringing with it a plethora of services to help entrepreneurs build and grow e-commerce stores from any device.

Carbon is reportedly the first platform that allows users to build and manage an online store using only a phone or tablet. Weebly’s new apps for iOS and Android offer an all-inclusive drag-and-drop experience that entrepreneurs can use to manage their businesses from anywhere—no desktop computer required.

Weebly has also launched a new App Center, which offers integrations from [...]

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September 11, 2015

TaxiTapp Helps Cab Companies Compete With Uber Using Free Mobile Apps

Over the last few years, services like Uber and Lyft have disrupted the transportation industry, leaving many traditional cab companies in the dust because they’ve failed to adapt to the mobile-centric world of 2015. But it’s not too late.

TaxiTapp is a mobile taxi booking platform that aims to improve the passenger experience and help cab companies better compete with Uber. It’s more important than ever for taxi drivers and fleets to have a mobile presence, and TaxiTapp provides just that.

When users open the TaxiTapp app, they can choose the cheapest, nearest, or highest rated taxi in the area and see an estimated fare before summoning a driver. [...]

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September 3, 2015

ChariPick Makes Charitable Giving Simple And Awesome

Chicago startup ChariPick is re-imagining the way charitable giving works. Its new app makes it super easy for people to donate to a curated selection of “small, interesting charities,” using a simple giving model that starts at just $1 a day. The goal is to help charities make a difference while giving donors the satisfaction of supporting causes they’re passionate about.

ChariPick was founded by Stephen Lee, who has 15 years’ experience at the intersection of technology and finance as a partner for a hedge fund, director for a technology division of a Fortune 500 company, and a strategy consultant for private equity and Fortune 500 firms. ChariPick is [...]

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September 2, 2015

Hooks Will Send You Alerts About Anything You Care About

Chicago startup Hooks has developed a comprehensive platform to help people stay updated on things they care about. You can use the app to get alerts about almost anything—news, weather, sports, stocks, tweets (by author or keyword), new movies, software vulnerabilities, and more.

Currently, the notifications you care about are driven by a ton of different apps and services. Hooks simplifies this by bringing all sorts of notifications into a single central location.

Behind Hooks are co-founders Oleg Kozynenko, José Luis Pérez, and Miguel Ángel Ortuño. Kozynenko and Pérez also co-founded B2B white label travel guide platform Guiomatic, and Ortuño is a lead iOS developer [...]

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July 30, 2015

Dining Discovery App Savoir Launches In Chicago

Last week, Savoir announced the launch of its free iOS app that helps foodies discover a curated selection of nearby restaurants. Now live with 600+ Chicagoland restaurants, the app offers each user a personalized set of recommendations, reviews, and promotions.

Savoir listings include Yelp ratings and up-to-date, complete menus. Beyond that, the service offers three exclusive perks to enhance users’ experience:

FitLens: food reviews from credentialed health and fitness professionals to help customers dine out while adhering to their diet and fitness goals. InnerCircle: reliable reviews from people you trust, like friends and family. Promos: special promotions from [...]
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June 25, 2015

iTunes U Now Allows Students To Submit Homework From Their Tablets

In an effort to help students and teachers work together digitally, Apple has launched some interesting new features for iTunes U.

With the updated and redesigned iTunes U, students can submit homework and other assignments directly from their mobile devices. The submitted work is timestamped, so teachers know exactly when it was submitted.

An integrated grade book will alert teachers when a student’s work is ready for grading, as well as which students may need a reminder.

A new chat function will continue the classroom discussion digitally and serve as a direct line of contact between teachers and students.

iTunes U also now allows teachers to [...]

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June 24, 2015

Facebook Messenger No Longer Requires A Facebook Account

Facebook Messenger no longer requires users to have a Facebook account. Starting today, users in the U.S., Canada, Venezuela, and Peru can sign up using only your full name and phone number.

Facebook still encourages users to sign up for a regular Facebook account to “take advantage of multi-device messaging across mobile devices, the web and tablets,” which suggests that signing up with a name and phone number won’t sync your conversations from device to device.

The company says the aim of this move is to reach more people. All of Messenger’s standard features—photos, videos, group chats, voice and video calling, and stickers—are [...]

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June 18, 2015

This App Helps Men Dress Well For Any Occasion

Mylo is a new app that helps men select the perfect outfit for any occasion. It pairs items from a wardrobe of 20 staple pieces, taking both the weather and the day’s activities into account.

After installing the app, you simply select your style and tell Mylo what clothing items you own, and it will tell you exactly what to wear each day—based on the weather and what you’re up to. If you’re missing any key items, you can purchase them from a curated selection within the app.

If you need an opinion on something, Mylo can connect you directly to a human stylist, who will make recommendations over a video call.

Mylo is in currently pre-launch [...]

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June 17, 2015

LawTrades Unveils Larry: 24/7 On-Demand Legal Help Via Text Message

NYC startup LawTrades has unveiled Larry, a just-crazy-enough-to-work service that provides users with legal help via text message. It’s an invisible app—half human, half robot—that answers legal questions 24 hours a day.

It’s a bit like having a lawyer in your pocket.

LawTrades, which we profiled last year, makes legal help more accessible to small businesses and consumers by offering a marketplace that connects clients with lawyers.

I spoke to Ashish Walia, COO of LawTrades, to see what this new service is all about.

Larry answers simple legal questions automatically

He explained that when someone subscribes to [...]

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