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Strava’s CEO is ‘keeping a close eye on’ potential acquisitions

“James Quarles, who took over as Strava’s CEO earlier this year after holding executive roles at Facebook and Instagram, told Business Insider that he is considering potential acquisitions in the next few years” writes Sam Shead for businessinsider.com. It’s become more popular with bike enthusiasts in recent months, who often share their Zwift rides to the Strava app.Fast-growing activity tracking app Strava is keeping an eye out for potential acquisitions, according to the company’s CEO. Strava is an app that has become wildly popular with fitness enthusiasts who wish to…

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Sources: SoftBank has been in talks to invest up to $300M in dog-walking app Wag, which raised $40M just eight months ago

“SoftBank has been in talks to invest as much as $300 million in the dog-walking app Wag, according to people familiar with the conversations” writes Dec Est for recode.net. One person said Wag had already received an investment offer from a top venture capital firm on the $100 million round before SoftBank came in. Source: recode.net Share This:

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How Birchbox boosted in-app sales by more than 211%

“Now Birchbox uses its app and push notifications to: Not surprisingly, Birchbox pulls out all the stops to segment mobile app users” writes unknown author for businessinsider.com. Birchbox engages customers with a personalized, proactive communications strategy that makes heavy use of its mobile app and push notifications.Birchbox uses both in-app messaging and push notifications in its onboarding stream.On days that Birchbox sends push notifications, the revenues of its mobile app more than triple.Birchbox’s mobile app, like those of many digital retailers, began as a way to replicate the company’s mobile…

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BlackBerry will kill its app store at the end of 2019, support BB10 for ‘at least two’ more years

“Now that the app store is going away at the end of 2019, there will be a lot of pressure on BlackBerry to end support for the operating system, as well” writes Emil Protalinski for venturebeat.com. The BlackBerry World app store is going away on December 31, 2019; the BlackBerry Travel site is shutting down in February 2018; and the Playbook video calling service will die in March 2018.Thurber wouldn’t definitively say there will be no more BlackBerry OS devices, nor would he commit to a future BlackBerry 10 phone.The…

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Dalai Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-iness…

“Now the Dalai Lama has launched a new iPhone app so devotees can keep track of his travels and teachings” reports yahoo.com. The technology giant has previously blocked iPhone applications related to the Dalai Lama and other exiles from its China store.The 82-year-old Buddhist monk announced the new app, which will allow users to watch live video of his teachings, to his 16.6 million Twitter followers on Thursday.The 14th Dalai Lama announced a new iPhone app which will allow devotees to watch live video of his teachings to his 16.6…

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Snap Inc announces new app to create augmented reality lenses for Snapchat

“Snapchat’s parent company Snap Inc has, on 14 December, announced a new app which will let you design AR lenses for Snapchat” reports firstpost.com. The Lens Studio app will offer templates and guidelines to get started on both 3D and 2D designs, reports The Verge.The app, called as Lens Studio, is available for Mac and Windows desktop computers.This is the first time that users will be able to create lenses for Snapchat and this is most certainly going to boost the user interaction in the Snapchat app which, according to The Verge, has 70…

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The Frightful Five: Fake Apps And Hubcaps

“Spiking interest in cryptocurrency drove the fake app to the number-three spot in the finance app category before it was removed” reports pymnts.com. The fake app was charging $4.99 per download and provided a different service from the legitimate, free version.Amazon, Apple and Google have been locked in a race to become the first company worth $1 trillion.A paid iOS app was removed from Apple’s App Store when the company discovered it had appropriated its name from the free app MyEtherWallet, which stores digital currencies. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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Snapchat Launches Mac App to Let Creatives Build Customized Augmented Reality Effects

“Snapchat today announced “Lens Studio,” an all-new application for Mac and Windows computers that lets creatives and developers create their own augmented reality effects” writes Day Ago On for macrumors.com. The app offers templates and guidelines to get started, and both 2D and 3D objects can be created.Although anyone can use Lens Studio, the company noted that it was built with tools aimed at those who “dabble” in 2D animation effects, as well as professional artists.With the Mac app users can create a fully realized Snapchat AR effect, similar to…

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