Apples and Androids

Reading Habits Indicate Android Users Are Fun, iPhone Users Are Lifehacking Megalomanics

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In the war between iOS and Android, there are a few things we know: iPhone users are big spenders, live in more affluent neighborhoods and are vastly outnumbered by their Android counterparts. But now, we also intimate knowledge of their reading habits, which shows us more about their personalities than anything we’ve seen so far.

Oyster, the Netflix for books, released a study of their readers this morning, comparing the reading habits of iOS users with the Android users that have signed up since their recent Android release and redesign. Oyster told Betabeat that they pulled from their entire user database for the study. Read More

Apps Like Tinder

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

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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

Life is Tweet

WWDC Was a Snore, But the Live Tweeters Really Turned it Out

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The Internet stood still today in hopes that Apple’s WWDC ’14 would give them the first glimpse of the near future in tech. They were, for the most part, sorely disappointed.

There were no new devices, no cool gadgets, no hotly anticipated iWatch, no new iPhone, no line of sick Macbooks. Sure, they finally debuted Healthbook — renamed “Healthkit” — but we’ve known about that for months. Otherwise, they showed off an iOS upgrade, some cosmetic changes to OSX, and a new programming language called “Swift” that’s sending the code community into a frenzy. Read More

startup rundown

Startup News: Apply For An Apartment With Lovely And Toms Launches Feel-Good Store

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Find your apartment finder Scrolling through disgusting and/or terrifying Craigslist apartment ads has become an unfortunate initiation ritual for NYC newcomers. But just in case you’re maybe, sort of, kinda getting tired of completely re-imagined neighborhood lines and surprise walkups, real estate site Lovely just added a direct-to-landlord application feature this week. Like job application Read More

Programs for Programmers

Take The Flatiron School’s New Course And Become an iOS Expert

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A year and ten days ago, to be exact, Manhattan’s Flatiron School was founded—its mission to turn programming noobs into poachable techies by the end of one intensive, semester-long Ruby course.

Now, the school is expanding its offerings with the launch of a new ten-week iOS program that promises to make you a master of mobile development (in other words: apps. Lots of apps.) Read More

SIRI-OUS

Siri Finally Learns to Pronounce Your Name in iOS 7

Siri's ancient predecessor, Galatea. (Photo: Shafe.co.uk)

The latest iteration of iPhone servant Siri may be eschewing Google in favor of Bing, but she’s also taking steps to finally learn how to say Sheik Fartington, or whatever it is you force her to call you.

Channeling Eliza Doolittle, Siri will now ask her master, “Which pronunciation should I use?” according to 9to5Mac. Phone-owners can then direct her to stop dropping h’s like a Cockney plebe — “It’s Henry Higgins, dummy.” Read More