Confessions of an Angry Bird Addict; What Makes a Game Addicting?

Confessions of an Angry Bird Addict; What Makes a Game Addicting?

Hello, my name is Meredith and I am addicted to Angry Birds. A few weeks ago, my colleagues Nate and Sarah introduced me to a new game app for my Droid X, which I can’t decide whether or not to thank them for (at least it was free on the Droid, unlike the iPhone!). Since downloading Angry Birds, hours upon hours of my limited free time has been lost to this addicting game. But now that I’m just a few slingshots away from the last level, I can’t help but be proud! Read more

I Spy – Smartphone App Privacy Invasion

I Spy – Smartphone App Privacy Invasion

I recently came across this video on the WSJ’s News Hub “What They Know” series and was slightly horrified.

In this feature, Julia Angwin, WSJ.com Senior Technology Editor, explains to Simon Constable, Dow Jones Newswires columnist, how smartphone apps gather and broadcast data about users. However, unlike clearing the cookies on your computer, with a smartphone, the data is embedded so there’s pretty much nothing you can do about it. I suppose smartphone users could refrain from downloading apps altogether, but, let’s face it, that’s never going to happen. Read more

Designer Knock-Offs, There’s An App For That?

Designer Knock-Offs, There’s An App For That?

On a recent business trip to the Big Apple, I found myself with some spare time to kill before my train ride home. Not wanting to leave the city with empty shopping bags, I decided to head to where the streets are paved in Prada; Canal Street.

Knowing full well that the fashion industry loses about $9.2 billion a year from the sale of designer knock-offs, thanks to an episode on America’s Next Top Model, I still needed to see the famous street for myself… even if I wasn’t going to buy anything.

After seeing tons of photos and hearing the stories of how the sidewalks are filled with suitcases overflowing with Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi, I was surprised to see none of this. Instead, those selling the fake products would approach interested buyers with nothing more than an iPhone. Simply scrolling through images on the touch screen let the sellers showcase their entire collection without having the fake goods on them.

It always amuses me to see technology being used in new ways and places you’d never expect. I had no idea there was a designer knock-off app! 😉

Peekaboo Mobile, bringing great deals straight to your phone

Peekaboo Mobile, bringing great deals straight to your phone

Undoubtedly one of this year’s top catch phrases has to be, “there’s an app for that.”  So, should it really come as a surprise that with the deal craze going on through sites like Groupon, Qponus, and BuyWithMe, there would be an app for that too?

Peekaboo Mobile is a new app delivers all the best deals straight to your phone.  With this app, you can receive mobile coupons for nearby businesses and even redeem the coupons directly from your phone, so there’s no printing necessary (you’re welcome, Mother Nature).  Peekaboo Mobile also lets users search and find savings based on their location through the map view, which pin points deals in their immediate vicinity using the GPS on their phone.  Users can also post deals or discounts they’ve found to bring even more deals to the community.

In a recent conversation I had with Ben Dolgoff, COO and co-founder of Byte Ventures and co-creator of Peekaboo Mobile, he commented that he and his co-creator, Michael Fruzzetti came up with the idea of Peekaboo when they realized there was no easy way to locate deals that were directly around your current location.  “You always had to do a lot of research if you wanted to find the best deals in your area,” said Dolgoff.  “We wanted to create a network where all you had to do was launch a mobile app and instantly exclusive deals were revealed directly right around you.”

Peekaboo Mobile has started to partner with local small to mid-sized businesses in and around the Boston area, varying from restaurants and hair salons to gyms and other retail stores.  Though initially launched in Boston, Peekaboo Mobile has some presence in Rhode Island and along Cape Cod up to Provincetown.

“The app is great because it is useful to anyone who wants to save money,” Dolgoff added.  “Our current users are mainly tech savvy and have an iPhone.  We have initially seen the most use from college students and young professionals.

“We plan on growing the main core of Peekaboo and then eventually expanding into branded versions for businesses where they will be able to use Peekaboo as a central communication hub for all of their customers.”

The Peekaboo Mobile app is currently available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, though Dolgoff said they have plans to develop the app for both Blackberry and Android platforms within the coming months.

So if you’re still clipping coupons from newspapers or printing them online, you may want get on the app craze and check out Peekaboo Mobile for great deals in the area.  Peekaboo Mobile is also on Twitter.  Check them out @PeekabooMobile.