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Posted by Renee Schmidt

The FamilyLeaf app is a new, intimate social network, allowing you to keep it all in the Family.  Setup family ‘branches’ and truly (and openly) share your life with those you trust and love the most. 

The 21st century has quickly become the century of social media and social networking. People of all ages are now constantly connected, from any and everywhere. Whether it’s using a computer, phone, iPad or tablet, even television, people use social media networks to share their lives with one another. But who are we really sharing with?

 
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Posted by Renee Schmidt

Calling friends is more fun than ever with Twiize, an app that lets you share photos, read updates, and check your friend’s recent activity while on a call.

There were times when people would write letters to friends and send them through snail mail. Then came the phone and people were able to call and have a chat. Eventually, texting made things even simpler and people began calling their friends more rarely. Ever since the Facebook era began, few people call their friends for updates. Phone calls have become outdated; the internet is a better way to connect and get information and updates on demand.

 
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Posted by Renee Schmidt

Buzzdoes rewards you for spreading the word about your favorite apps. Recommend an app, earn reward points and turn them into cash or get free apps!

We all love to share. With the internet becoming increasingly more social, most of us surf the internet based on recommendations from those in our social networks. For instance, you sign in to Facebook and your wall is abound with recommendations, both sponsored and viral. We then return the favor by sharing and ‘liking’ things ourselves. Word-of-mouth marketing has always been powerful and today, with a marketplace awash in advertising, there’s little authentic influence aside from the voice of someone you know or trust. That’s why the modern consumer is comfortable seeking and giving advice on everything from movies to restaurants to childcare to entertainment and information sources through social –it’s our primary way to source vendors. I know for myself, I just list who/what I’m looking for as a status update. Unfortunately, we don’t get any monetary benefit from all our hard work –that is, until now.

Introducing Buzzdoes, an app that rewards you when you recommend an app and spread the word about your favorite apps.

 
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Posted by Renee Schmidt

The Rounds Video Chat App, standalone for iPhone and Android, is finally here! Previously only available on Facebook, you can now download Rounds –for FREE!

Back in June we wrote about Rounds, formerly a Facebook-only phenomenon that had raised raised a total of $5.5 million in funding from industry leading investors, including Verizon Ventures, Rhodium, DFJ’s Tim Draper, and other private investors to become a Rounds standalone app. The capital was going to turn Rounds into a a standalone app; but no ETA had been announced. Today the company quietly launched the Rounds video chat app as a standalone app available on iPhone and Android –I couldn’t be any more excited!

 
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Posted by Renee Schmidt

The Moments app uses geo-location and push notifications to passively reconnect old photos with locations, helping you and those you care about to relive favorite memories.

We don’t remember days, months, or years. We remember moments. And for when we don’t, there’s now an app for that. Instead of posting, sharing, or checking-in; what if you were reminded? Moments is an app that reminds you of the memories that are most important to you. With the Moments App, when you pass by places that you have been to, Moments sends you a push notification. You can then relive and share your special moment with the friends and family who were with you at the time.

 
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Social shopping with Mallzee lets you select items from over 200 stores, create your own virtual store, discuss your favorite items with friends and even invite them to shop!

Do you ever feel frustrated by shopping –wishing you could find all of the items you desire, under one roof? You can if you shop online, but you’re still burdened with having to compare prices and move between different online stores before you eventually pick the products you want to buy.

Mallzee, a new internet based social shopping platform, is changing all of that. Mallzee creates a social shopping experience that’s a combination of a mall, hanging out with friends, having a personal shopper and getting the best deals on everything!

 
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Posted by Renee Schmidt

Technology in Israel: I spent a week in Israel meeting with leaders in tech. The result is a thoughtful view of a tiny country that few ever get to see.

If you’re wondering why I haven’t blogged in the last week or so, it’s because I was traveling (with a very tight schedule). Last week I had the pleasure and privilege of taking part in a delegation trip to Israel to meet with the country’s leaders in technology (startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investors, incubators and more). The invitation was extended by the Israeli Consulate of NY and Israel’s Foreign Trade Ministry. The attendees, in addition to myself, were a handful of fellow U.S. bloggers. The trip’s objective was to immerse the delegation into technology in Israel, a tech and startup scene that’s been dubbed the ‘Startup Nation,’ which is also the title of a best-selling book on the very subject.

 
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Posted by Renee Schmidt

Rank My Dentist uses crowdsourcing and sophisticated GeoIP technology to help you find a dentist in your area. 

Thanks to advancements in technology, people worldwide rely on the power of the Internet. From social networking and online shopping to business and research, today we are able to find nearly anything from the comfort of our own homes. In part, we can thank crowdsourcing and GeoIP technology for making this possible.

 
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Posted by Renee Schmidt

What is Facedeals, anyway? Facedeals is a face-recognition scanner and software that checks you in to stores and then, via Facebook, sends you a customized deal. Cool or creepy?

There is new advancement in face-recognition technology, causing ripples amongst critics and enthusiasts alike, and it will soon be in stores. Facedeals, which is a retail-focused consumer scanner, scans your face and then connects data from social networks. After scanning your face and recognizing you, it automatically checks you in to places, and then presents you with a customized deal based on your Facedeal profile (i.e. your ‘Like’ history, aggregated by where you shop, etc.).

 
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Posted by Renee Schmidt

SocialDot, a new app, lets you connect with people in your physical proximity. 

With social networks wrestling for the top position, there seems to be little space for smaller companies who are literally focusing on a feature of two from Facebook, Twitter, or other social network. However, for an app with something different, more importantly, something refreshingly new and useful, there’s always potential users. SocialDot, a new way of connecting and communicating, fits the recipe.

 
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