Andy Rubin (creator of Android) will speak at #CodeCon tonight, and some other updates

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Thanks to the Cheekd app, Bluetooth can now help you meet ♡ the love of your life ♡

Sept. 20, 2016

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Q: So for a person who downloads Cheekd, what can they expect?

A: In this age of tech we’re in, it’s rare for people to say “hello” to one another. You don’t really see singles picking each other up at bars anymore, which pretty much used to be the only way people were able to meet in New York City. People don’t speak on the subway, at the gym or in cafes. Everyone is constantly looking down at their phones to connect with people in the digital world even though there’s a real world right in front of us.

Walking down a New York City sidewalk is sometimes like playing dodge ball, and I feel people are missing opportunities because they’re not paying attention or simply looking up. The love of your life could be sitting right next to you, but you’ll never know if you’re too busy looking for Pokemon. If someone uses Cheekd and they’re staring down at his or her phone and the potential love of their life is behind them, there’ll be an immediate notification that another single is nearby. The app makes connections even if there’s no WiFi or cell signal, because it operates with a Bluetooth/ Beacon technology which works in a plane, a train… everywhere.

Q: If the Cheekd app gets misused, is there a way to block people? 

A: Yes. As a matter of fact, Apple’s App Store won’t even approve an app unless you provide your users with that option. On our first submission to Apple, we overlooked it and got rejected. After we fixed that, we resubmitted and got approved.

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Q: I love how you think outside the box. Have you always been creative?

A: My creativity has definitely been fruitful in building Cheekd. I’ve always been really creative. I was trained as an architect and before that I considered myself an artist and now I’m in the world of apps! I’ve always been kind of quirky, doing things in different ways, and I think it’s come in handy because I can get crafty when I need to tell the world what I’m up to, and on a shoestring budget. The way I’ve been able to get press coverage for example – I’ve been covered in publications every entrepreneur would dream of being in. I’ve been in Forbes multiple times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine and countless others. And none of this was through a PR company – these results are from my creatively telling a story, reaching out to journalists and doing kooky things to get people’s attention. With limited money to market, creativity is one of the easiest ways to get under a journalist’s nose.

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Q: Is Cheekd on Android yet?

A: Not yet, but we’ll get there. We released a new version of Cheekd on August 10th and we’re just ironing some stuff out before we roll onto the other platforms.

Q: Can Cheekd users filter what notifications they get? How complex are the filters?

A: Yes, you set whether you’re looking for males, females or both, then you set your preferred age range, and you’re ready to go. We like simplicity in the filters because once you start filtering too much, it might be difficult to start making connections with people. Our app quickly lets you get active in meeting new people in real life with just a few preferences.

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If you can’t have a perfect life, what about perfect clothes?

This guest article was written by Maricela Potoc

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OUTFIT SWIPE shopping appshort wide break utilityYou might have a demanding job, kids and a house to take care of, and a body you can’t ignore. So for most of us, lengthy shopping sessions aren’t realistic — but if you could change that, you so would!

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LinkedIn’s Android app: There’s room for improvement

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Reviewing the LinkedIn Android app: Let’s just say there’s room for improvement

I find it a little faster than the web version of LinkedIn. The areas where LinkedIn could improve this app are:

1. The ability to share OUT your profile via email. The sideways “v” symbol for sharing out on Android doesn’t work for profiles. Strangely, it lets you share your profile with an existing LinkedIn user. I don’t really see how that would come in handy or who would do that. In a way, it seems like you’re telling the other person that you think they need help with tapping on a touchscreen! But even more absurd is the text that’s pre-populated in that interface. It says something like “Check out my LinkedIn profile!” #eyeroll Who speaks or writes that way? Nobody that I know.

2. The quick buttons for connecting. At the moment, these buttons don’t tell you if a generic invite will be sent. Tap one by accident and you’ll send a generic invite, even if you didn’t mean to. Most of the buttons behave this way at the moment. I’m unaware of any plans LinkedIn has to change this, or to make the buttons give you a choice. The latter idea would be the smart thing to do. LinkedIn, are you listening?

I need to talk about the fairly new LinkedIn Pulse Android app for a minute. Long story short, I had to uninstall it. Just too many notifications! Everytime someone that you’re following publishes to LinkedIn Pulse, you get a notification. The built-in reader is functional, but not that different from the Feedly Android app in terms of looks. There’s no great benefit to it, other than the fact that articles on Pulse are grouped into one section.

I guess I can mention the Slideshare Android app, since it’s part of the LinkedIn ecosystem. It’s convenient, but on some phones, it crashes. When it comes to LinkedIn’s app UX improvement plans, I’m unsure whether or not their Android app is high on the priority list. I’m guessing no – at least that’s what it seems like. At least it’s fast with fast WiFi.

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SeeMe turns your images into one-of-a-kind all-over-printed t-shirts

SeeMe, a global community of more than 1 million members, released a new mobile app in early June that takes content sharing one step further by turning social images into social products in mere seconds. Users are not only able to capture and share images, but also turn those images into one-of-a-kind all-over-printed t-shirts, that are immediately printed and shipped to their home. The mobile app is free and available at Apple’s App store now.

“Imagine being on a road trip and seeing a gorgeous field of sunflowers… the perfect photo. What if you could do more than just share that image online? What if you could turn it into something you can wear or gift to a friend?” says SeeMe founder William Etundi Jr. “SeeMe is bringing creativity back to the real world.”

Equipped with an Instagram-like newsfeed, a discovery function, and a socially connected profile, the app is designed to bring anyone’s images from the digital world into the real world. The app, which is free to download, is available for the iPhone.
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Here is how the app works:
(1) Capture and post an image
(2) Swipe your or someone else’s image left and choose a product (e.g., t-shirt or postcard)
(3) Make it truly one-of-a-kind by customizing the image layout on the product
(4) Click “Buy” and your product is printed and shipped

Each one-of-a-kind printed t-shirt is $32. The image creator gets $6 of the purchase. Postcards cost $3 with the creator earning $1. Buyers are invited to pledge additional funds, up to $10, to the creator during checkout. SeeMe takes care of the everything else from printing to shipping and customer service.

Tonight, in celebration of the app and in the spirit of bringing online images offline, SeeMe revived its “Art Takes Times Square” event for the third year. SeeMe users were able to create images for two prominent Times Square LED billboards. I took a quick pic here.

SeeMe started in a Brooklyn loft as a scrappy art project created by founder William Etundi Jr. Since then SeeMe has evolved into an international business involving hundreds of thousands of creators and millions of viewers. Before SeeMe, Etundi was a renegade party producer whom the New York Times called “an impresario of the underground.”

New to SeeMe is former Kickstarter Operations Lead, Jared Cohen, who joined as SeeMe’s Chief Operating Officer. Applying his keen experience scaling creative businesses, Cohen hopes that SeeMe can “inspire real world experiences around creativity.”

Visit See.Me for more information.