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Terrific Tech Trends on Our Radar

On Episode 63 of The Edge of Innovation, we’re talking with entrepreneur Greg Arnette, about some of the latest tech trends and gadgets that are on our radar.

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How to Use Text Messages to Retain Web and App Users

What if I told you there was one message you could send right now that your users were almost guaranteed to read? What if I also told you this message could help you retain users? You’d say spill it already. Fine. The good news is, it isn’t anything mystical, expensive, or elaborate. All it is, is a text message. No seriously, text messages. These 160 character messages are retention powerhouses. I mean, what other message can you send to your users that has a 98% open rate and a 19% CTR. It’s time to start using text messages to retain your users. But how? Many SaaS companies are scared to use text messages, with good reason. We’ve all received our share of annoying, random …

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The Ultra-Simple App That Lets Anyone Encrypt Anything

Original illustration: Getty Encryption is hard. When NSA leaker Edward Snowden wanted to communicate with journalist Glenn Greenwald via encrypted email, Greenwald couldn’t figure out the venerable crypto program PGP even after Snowden made a 12-minute tutorial video. Nadim Kobeissi wants to bulldoze that steep learning curve. At the HOPE hacker conference in New York later this month he’ll release a beta version of an all-purpose file encryption program called miniLock, a free and open-source browser plugin designed to let even Luddites encrypt and decrypt files with practically uncrackable cryptographic protection in seconds. “The tagline is that this is file encryption that does more with less,” says Kobeissi, a 23-year old coder, activist and security consultant. “It’s super simple…

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The Ultra-Simple App That Lets Anyone Encrypt Anything

The Science of Happy Design

So much of the news about technology tells us that websites, mobile apps, and social media are bad for us. Supposedly, technology makes us anxious, our smartphones take us out of the present moment, and social media ensnares us in a dopamine loop. A Google search of “happiness and technology” pulls up hundreds of articles about how technology is making us miserable. Can that be true? What if instead, the design of a favorite website or a trusted mobile app might make us happy—and influence our long-term actions? Happy, But Not an Accident As someone who attempts to make experiences with technology better, it makes me sad to think that my work might be making people unhappy. There has been some research to show …

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New iOS App ‘Shutter’ Gives You Unlimited Cloud Photo Storage Completely Free

embedded content Last year we featured StreamNation: a cloud storage solution built with photographers in mind. Well, a few days ago, StreamNation released a new cloud storage tool to the photography world that builds upon their existing services. Called Shutter, it’s a new iOS app that will woo you away from your stock camera app by offering automated and unlimited storage of your media (plus a bunch of other useful sharing features)… for free! Coming in with plenty of knowledge on how to build and maintain a private cloud infrastructure, the stStreamNation team has taken almost every detail into consideration in building Shutter. Initially created with the idea of only allowing up to 5GB of media to be stored within the app, StreamNation recanted the limit …

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New iOS App ‘Shutter’ Gives You Unlimited Cloud Photo Storage Completely Free

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