Love in the Time of Algorithms

How Can Free Apps Earn Revenue Without Selling User Data? Provide Paid Features Users Actually Want

(Screengrab: Apple Store)

Popularity makes a number of free apps seems successful, but no mater how many downloads they’ve seen, the companies behind them are struggling to generate revenue. With tech giants facing backfire for selling user data, it’s the last thing the little guys want to do to put money in their pockets.

Reently, 3nder came face to face with this dilema. Since the app is facilitating threesomes and linking to users’ Facebooks (just like Tinder), users of the iOS app (and soon the Apple Watch app, too) are especially concerned about privacy. So instead of giving up their data, 3nder listened to their users and figured out a way to turn their wants — not their worst Big Data fears — into money. Read More

XXX in Tech

New X-Rated Hookup App Is Basically Naked Tinder

"Baby you look so good at 11 a.m. on this fine Tuesday." (File)

When you’re on Tinder just looking to score a one night stand, sorting through all the saps in search of true love (or at least a first date) can be a royal pain. How is anyone supposed to get straight to it when everyone’s being ambiguous, trying to chat and whatnot?

Tinder’s X-rated brother, the adult-oriented hookup app Mixxxer, launched last week to help combat this problem and help users find nearby hookups without the hassle. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

Matchmaking App Lets You Set Your Friends Up on Online Blind Dates and Watch It All Unfold

Except through an app. (Photo via www.onlinedating.org)

Friends can be terrible matchmakers, and blind dates are notorious for going horribly, horribly wrong. But if you’re willing to give it all another chance, you can now do it from the comfort of your iPhone.

A new app called Hitch can add a little mystery to your mobile dating life by letting your friends set you up on virtual blind dates. Finally, you can look for love without the superficial swipes. Read More

Apps Like Tinder

Tinder for News: Swipe Right to Discard a Story, Swipe Left to Share on Social Media

Left, right, left, left. (Image via Buffer)

Tinder may be the night, but this swiping app is for your morning coffee.

Buffer, a platform for sharing content and managing social media accounts, released a new app that adopts a Tinder-like approach to make it easy to find and share interesting news items.

The iOS app, Daily, displays headlines from various news outlets one at a time and allows users to read the story then swipe left to pass or right to share on social media. Read More