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Pitching App Ideas? AppGyver Delivers Mobile App Prototypes In Minutes, No Technical Know-How Needed

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Although there are a ton of DIY app builders out there, the majority of them are either designed for those with a little bit of coding know-how, or involve drag-and-drop components that are used to create a basic app or mobile website. A new startup called AppGyver (rhymes with MacGyver!) is different. It’s a mobile app prototyper, not an app builder, and it’s aimed at those who need to rapidly iterate on designs during the app-development process.

AppGyver was started a couple of years ago by entrepreneurs Marko Lehtimaki (CEO) and co-founder Henri Vahakainu, but it didn’t go into private beta testing until just this December. Instead, it was being used more as an internal tool for their previous business, which involved building mobile applications for clients.

“To pitch our ideas to brands, it would always take time for us and our designers to put together some things so that people on the other side could understand what we were trying to pitch,” explains Lehtimaki. “We felt that there was a need for something that demonstrates the actual feeling of what using the app will be like,” he says.

To some extent, AppGyver will compete with those other DIY app builders, as well as with other prototyping services like justinmind, but Lehtimaki notes that AppGyver is meant to be easier and quicker to use.

“It’s more for designers and product managers – those kinds of people,” he explains. “If you have your existing wireframes, mockups, or your Photoshop files, you can use AppGyver to immediately turn it into an interactive prototype. It literally takes minutes,” he tells me. The tool also allows for access to hardware-accelerated animations provided by the platform, as well as native navigation UI, which is another advantage over some competitors’ products.

During the eight-week private beta period, AppGyver had around 2,000 testers on its platform, including large and small agencies, as well as several startups.

“Startups love it, because they iterate so fast,” Lehtimaki says. “They want to meet with investors and the media, and demonstrate what they’ve come up with.”

Around 5 percent of the early testers have now converted to paid users, he adds, although the product still has a free version available. Pricing starts at $9 per month in premium tiers, or for $39 per month, there are additional options, like being able to chain actions or download projects as .zip files.

Based in San Francisco, and now a team of seven, AppGyver has around $600,000 in funding from private angel investors, friends, family and founder money. The company is currently raising a seed round, as it has plans to grow the company beyond just app prototyping.

“Prototyping is the first phase of the app development process – there are many other stages after that,” explains Lehtimaki. “Our vision is that we will provide tools for the whole lifecycle of app development.”



Facebook Holding Event Thursday March 7 To Show Off A “New Look For News Feed,” Could Be Mobile Redesign

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Facebook has just issued invitations to press, which promise a new look for News Feed, to be held March 7 at 10 AM PT. The announcement comes on the heels of news from January that Facebook was prepping a radical new look for its mobile news feed, according to a redesign witnessed by our own Josh Constine recently.

In January, Josh wrote about an employee-only redesign he’d seen on an iOS test build that evolved the look of the mobile news feed, including full-screen photo tiles and text overlaid on images. The new look is more in keeping with info streams in other mobile apps, Josh reported, like Google+ and Flipboard.

Facebook’s recent mobile focus has been on improving the backend aspects of its apps for iPhone and Android, and on adding features like free VoIP calling for users in the U.S. and Canada. Now that the underlying tech behind the apps have been greatly improved, bringing benefits for loading and launch times, as well as general performance, it makes sense that the company would turn its attentions to improving the Facebook app’s aesthetic elements.

The last time the Facebook mobile app got a significant visual upgrade was in May of 2012, when the company updated the news feed with a much more media-focused look. According to what Josh saw in January, the new design takes that even further. Below, you can see a mock-up of what we could be in for, albeit with much more spit and polish.

Another recent report suggests some changes to the way Facebook displays information are on the way. ReadWrite said yesterday that Facebook is testing a Timeline redesign, which is rolling out to New Zealand users first. The changes are described as “subtle,” but we could also see this shift detailed at an FB event, if there’s enough of a difference to merit a public explanation for FB users.

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Download 100 Free MP3 Music Albums from Flipkart Everyday!

Flipkart Mp3 music store Flyte is turning one and you can download 100 free mp3 music albums from Flipkart everyday till February 28, 2013 … no hidden catch there. Flipkart is offering amazing music deals every weekend, and this free music deal is awesome.

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There are some amazing Hindi music as well as English music tracks out there. Visit the Flyte birthday page to get direct links of the offered free music albums and download them. Note the deal works for India users only.

Flipkart got me in the habit of buying music of my favorite tracks, not only for cheap prices, but also in high quality mp3, allowing me to get original legal music. Its much better than to download free music from ad tracking and malware  infested sites, which provide low quality music with no music metadata or album artwork.

For me it is a one click operation as I simply need to click the download icon and the entire album gets stored in my mp3 library. While I can download my purchased music anytime, these albums once added to my mp3 library need to be downloaded by the deadline of 3rd March 2013. The downloaded songs will however remain in your mp3 library for life, while the undownloaded songs before the deadlines will be automatically removed.

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I just downloaded hundreds of music tracks for free aided by the Flyte music manger. What are you waiting for … this is the best deal ever from Flipkart, so rush now to download popular Bollywood Hindi music and popular English music right away.

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New Sony Playstation PS4 Games Trailers [Videos]

The new Sony Playstation 4 has been announced and watch the PS4 Game trailer videos which will challenge your gaming skills to the next level. Find embedded below the first look of the new PS4 games which will be available soon.

Play Killzone Shadow Fall, where the Helghast and the Vektans live in a futuristic city spearated by a vast wall

Play inFAMOUS: Second Son, a world where superhumans are hunted by the Department of Unified Protection. and Delsin Rowe discovers his new powers.

Play Driveclub, the next generation, socially connected racing game

Play Watch Dogs, control and hack everything around you in Chicago.

Play Knack to watch hime transform into a gigantic fighting machine.

Play The Witness and explore an abandoned island and solve puzzles

Destiny, another amazing PS4 game.

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Be First to Buy Google Glass Explorer Edition

You can be one of the first people buy Google Glass, and wear the special Google Glasses Explorer Edition. Google invites people to join the Glass Explorer program and be the first to get a chance to try the revolutionary Google glasses, which promise to change the way you see and interact with the world.

Google Glass Demo

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Labeled as one of the best inventions of 2012 by TIME, there are many amazing things you can do with Google glass – view time, snap pictures, record videos, share with friends, get directions, send messages with voice, ask questions and even translate! Watch the glass video below

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To become a Glass explorer and get a chance to be the first to buy Google glasses  – you need to share with them what you would do with Google Glasses, and follow them and share your thoughts on Twitter and Google+ within 50 words, upto 5 photos , or a 15 seconds video. Remember to label it with hashtag #ifihadglass – see what people are saying about it using this hashtag on Twitter and Google+. Its important that you are over 18 years. This offer is open to US residents only. The last date for participating is February 27th.

If you get chosen, you will be offered to buy Google Glasses for $1500 + tax and get invitation to attend special experience in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles. Its not cheap, but surely worth the experience… especially since it will change your world.

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Docracy Opens Up Document Genome Project To Let You Compare And Contrast Contracts And Patents

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Docracy, a TechCrunch Hackathon winner aimed at creating a database of open legal documents, has been relatively quiet over the past few months.

After taking a $225k investment from Reed Elsevier and Jeff Zwelling late last year, Docracy is now ready to unveil what it’s been working on for so long: The Document Genome project.

“Many lawyers and others use a standard template for documents, and then lift certain phrasing from other contracts to mix and match,” explained Docracy founder Matt Hall.

The new product will allow users to upload their lease agreement, M&A contract, etc. to the service and find the most similar contracts to compare and contrast the differences. Algorithms find the tiniest differences in phrasing and highlight those differences to make for easy comparing.

In essence, it’s a reliable way to ensure that you’re about to sign or submit a standard contract as opposed to something a bit less orthodox.

To start, the product will be used for patent applications and patents. Searcher.io will allow users to see if their patent is similar to anything else in the database, to ensure that someone else hasn’t already patented your idea and that you’re using the proper language and format.

“As it stands now,” explains Matt Hall, “finding similar documents is an entirely manual process.”

Currently, Docracy still has an open database product that lets you search for contracts. However, the higher-end Searcher product will eventually be rolled into Docracy’s database, letting people search for contracts and compare similar ones all from one place.