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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 Phone calls have become outdated; the internet is a better way to connect and get information and updates on demand.

Posted by Renee Schmidt

Gift suggestion takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect present. The Gift Professor algorithms and social psychology reinvents our approach to standard shopping.

A gift that’s as easy as a gift card but much more personal and unique. Sounds too good to be true?  If an app or website could promise you that, you’d make short work of that gift-buying list., a web- and app-based shopping tool, can help you experience Zen-like shopping satisfaction. OK, maybe not quite Zen-like, but it sure feels good to have a couple more people on your list checked off –all in one online stop!

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Facts About Google: What You Probably Don’t Know
Everyone knows Google. The largest empire on the web; having not only dominated the web market, they pretty much created it. Starting out as nothing more than an innovative algorithm to battle the lacking search engines of the early days of the mainstream Internet, Google quickly exploded. Their revenue jumped, and suddenly they were making improvements and churning out new projects like no tomorrow. If you believe the paranoid (and possibly correct) privacy advocates, it won’t be long before Google takes over the world. Or something like that.

Posted by Renee Schmidt

Apple Mac US
Apple has gradually moved production away from the US, enjoying the fruits of low cost of labor, primarily in China. However, work-related conditions in China has Apple reconsidering its original plan. Tim cook, the company’s Chief Executive, has stated that the company will be investing $100M to move Mac productions back home.

Apple has been leaving hints here and there in the past few months about a possible move out of China. Now that Cook has confirmed it, we’re pretty sure new Macs will be sold with ‘Assembled in USA’ stickers.

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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Spotify, amongst many other interesting startups to have popped up over the last decade, reinvented the music industry; giving us access to whatever track we want –whenever and wherever we want it.

It all started with Napster, which let students exchange music collections without having to carry tapes or CDs. In short order, Napster revolutionized the world of music. Anyone with the Napster app could download music through peer-to-peer technology without having to pay a thing. Labels got worried and lawsuits ensued; the result was a Supreme Court against the company in favor of record labels. Napster evolved, however, not everyone was pleased. In fact, many argued that the company was a great service for music, promoting national artists internationally and helping people share music with each other (after all, it was for the common good!). Although the technology caused problems for recording studios with declining CD sales, it continued to benefit ‘music’ in more ways than one.

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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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MediSafe, an app for medication, helps patients take their medicine on time, even alerting them about prescription refills. The app goes a step further to loop in the patient’s family and friends, to improve the patient’s overall health and wellness.

It’s fact that an American dies every 19 minutes because they missed their medication or took it incorrectly. That’s an alarming statistic!

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What if the real YOU could be recognized through an archetype? What if that archetype could help you to better understand why you’re attracted towards a particular person or why you want to buy from certain brands. Wouldn’t understanding yourself in that way improve your life dramatically? If you’re indecisive, wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could find out about products, services, publications, and music that’s perfectly suited to your personality type?

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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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