OwnerListens wants to improve online suggestions.
By Kurt Wagner, reporter
FORTUNE -- OwnerListens co-founder Oren Dobronsky simply wanted feedback. After opening his restaurant Oren's Hummus Shop in Palo Alto in 2011, he spent months asking customers for their thoughts on his new establishment with little success. The customers were either too shy, or the feedback he got on websites like Yelp (YELP) wasn't specific enough. As a business owner, he needed MOREJul 19, 2013 4:26 PM ET
Founder Nataly Kogan has good reason to spread cheer.
By Kurt Wagner, reporter
FORTUNE -- Nataly Kogan understands the pursuit of happiness -- in her younger years, she lived for it. As a Jewish refugee from Soviet Russia, Kogan escaped her native country at the age of 13 with a handful of suitcases and $600 in cash for her entire family of four. Jumping between refugee camps across Europe, Kogan finally MOREJul 19, 2013 4:09 PM ET
Stockholm-based Wrapp is locking up more funding and moving headquarters to San Francisco.
By Kurt Wagner, reporter
FORTUNE -- Stockholm-based Wrapp, the company known for giving away gifts, is on the receiving end of a present from Sand Hill Road this morning -- $15 million in funding. Wrapp, whose app enables users to send free and paid gift cards to friends or family using a smartphone or Facebook, today announced a Series MOREJun 13, 2013 7:30 AM ET
The mobile dating game that lets you rate people by their looks is trying to shift into a tool for business networking.
By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter
FORTUNE -- Nope. Nope. Nope. YES. Nope …
That might be your thought process while using Tinder, a mobile app that offers up photos of people to judge with a "yes" or a "nope" -- depending on their attractiveness. The iPhone app, which debuted in October, connects MOREJun 6, 2013 12:02 PM ET
A company called Placed is applying some of the methods used online to the real world.
FORTUNE -- Foot traffic at bookstores rose by 27% in the first quarter of this year, according to a report issued this week by Placed, a Seattle-based company that aims to bring Internet-like marketing analytics to the offline world.
That seems like a surprising number. It's hard to know for sure how accurate it is, or MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - May 24, 2013 12:07 PM ET
Only 31 minutes is spent surfing the Web. Apps take up the rest of that time.
FORTUNE -- The iPhone was barely a year old and Apple (AAPL) had not yet launched the App Store when Flurry Analytics began measuring mobile usage and helping developers sell ads.
Today Flurry measures the activity of more than 1 billion active mobile iOS and Android devices a month, and to celebrate its fifth anniversary Wednesday MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 3, 2013 7:28 PM ET
With Paper, a handful of ex-Microsoft employees are proving the iPad is more than just a consumption device, one digital brush stroke at a time.
FORTUNE -- If you thought the iPad was still purely a consumption device, take a few minutes to doodle around with Paper by FiftyThree.
Since co-founders Georg Petschnigg, Andrew S. Allen, Julian Walker, and Jonathan Harris launched the company nearly a year ago, its drawing app MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 27, 2013 6:58 AM ET
Apple's iPad is a revolutionary device, yes. But Japan has embraced it in unusual ways.
By Michael Fitzpatrick
FORTUNE -- Best-man Toshiyuki hands out two iPads at a Japanese wedding reception. He's something of an early adopter while some of the older guests are unfamiliar with touch screens, despite their country's tech-savvy reputation. But the tablet's intuitive quality wins them over as they begin happily perusing a slide show of images MOREMar 25, 2013 5:00 AM ET
You likely haven't heard of one of the most ambitious startups to emerge this year. ToyTalk wants to revolutionize talking toys.
FORTUNE -- Talking toys are a dime a dozen. But intelligent talking toys? Not so much. The amount of computer code and processing power needed to pick up on the nuance of human conversation -- even one with a child -- is vast. More importantly, being entertaining requires different skill sets MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 22, 2013 6:51 AM ET
A generation of popular apps is being defined by how brief their use cases are.
FORTUNE -- New apps are pushing the boundaries of brevity. Not Angry Birds-esque, which could eat up five minutes of time, but far less. The question is, if mobile apps increasingly are all about "snacking" -- using them in even shorter bursts -- just how brief can their functionality get?
I first encountered this trend last Thanksgiving, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 8, 2013 11:56 AM ET
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