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Pocket Gamer Announces Pocket Gamer Connects 2014 in Helsinki, Calls for Entries

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 8th, 2014

Pocket Gamer has announced its second Pocket Gamer Connects Global Mobile Games Conference, which will be held June 16 -17 in Helsinki, Finland.

The event, which is highlighted by "A Very Big Indie Pitch," packs in networking opportunities with two content tracks: East meets West global publishing stage and the Indie Rock Stars game creation stage. There will also be world class speakers, interactive workshops, an exhibition area, and a Pocket gamer Party amongst other events and displays.

Host company Steel Media's chief, Chris James, is clearly excited. "Pocket Gamer has spent 8 years doing everything in its power to help the mobile games industry grow and to help the amazing people inside it to achieve the respect and success they deserve," he says. "PGC2014 is the next natural step in that journey and I think it’s going to be the best thing we’ve ever done.”

Interested persons and parties may register now at the conference website; prices start at $75 for students.

If you are interested in speaking at PG Connects, please contact [email protected].

Atmospheir Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DIGITAL BUSINESS CARD
A business card for the 21st century, Atmospheir makes it simple and convenient to share a plethora of important information while networking.
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One.vu Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on December 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT FOR TWEETERS
One.vu combines Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn feeds with breaking news; delivering a social networking experience that's too light on features to be genuinely useful.
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Slim Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lee Hamlet on August 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EFFICIENT NETWORKING
Slim is an intuitive, customisable app that makes sure users get more of what they want from their social networking experience.
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LovePowerup Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lee Hamlet on June 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: THE POWER OF LOVE
If people would give love to each other in real life like they can in LovePowerup – irrespective of color or creed – then the world would be a much better place.
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Spottlife Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lee Hamlet on May 24th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CATEGORIZE YOUR SOCIAL LIFE
Spottlife is a new way to view and interact with the world's most popular social networks.
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CanWeNetwork: Creating Business Relationships Through Geo-Spatial Awareness

Posted by Jennifer Allen on September 26th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Foursquare is a great app for messing around with and letting friends know where you are and what's going on. That geo-spatial technology could be used for much more useful means, however. How about as a business networking tool for when you're at a conference or simply flying out from LAX and want to hook up with some like minded business people? That might sound a little like a form of dating app but networking is extremely important in all walks of business. Recently released app, CanWeNetwork, hopes to take out much of the stress of meeting up with folks.

The app works using a LinkedIn login to ensure that its users can find like minded people around them, whether they happen to be. Users can then introduce themselves through the app before physically meeting up. Using some quite impressive matching algorithms, the app finds matches according to skills, experience, interests, education, location and personality.

It's clever stuff and having used it, I can confidently say that it found some appropriate matches for me. I can only imagine how much more useful it would become in a large public arena. Besides being able to see where the person is located at the current time, it's very simple to connect via LinkedIn through the app.

We checked in with company evangelist James Sinclair to learn more about CanWeNetwork and plans going forward.

148apps: What was the inspiration behind making the app?
James Sinclair: The inspiration behind this technology is that there are so many people that cross our paths every day that could be so relevant, so helpful, that we are just a second – or a chance opportunity – away from meeting. Our founders are road warriors and hardcore data scientists who looked at this as a problem to solve. They believe the evolution that this market - of business intelligence between people - was a great opportunity to solve a real world problem in an underserved marketplace. It’s also an incredible journey of learning why people get on or why people work well together. This has been a big evolution of ideas, a few pivots, some hurdles and all the time building an engine first, a platform first as we identify the verticals and marketplaces for which it is viable.

148apps: How long did the matchmaking algorithm take to work out?
James Sinclair: We spent nearly a year building our recommendation engine. It's at the heart of everything we do so it had to be amazing. Whilst a majority of users only care about the answer of "good" or "bad" match, and technically we could have shipped earlier with a less accurate or less complex engine, we are not trying to be a social network; we are trying to be a utility/tool and that requires delivering the right answer out the gate. We are a decision science company not an app company, and the real answer is we have not worked it out, it never stops, machine learning constantly trying to better itself, learn from the data, understand the reasoning and deliver strong results to our users. Usage drives intelligence.

148apps: Are there any plans to introduce other social network integration such as Facebook or Twitter?
James Sinclair: For us, we are thrilled to be part of the LinkedIn ecosystem. It is the largest, most robust and most intelligent business network on the planet and therefore makes it the first step on this journey for us. It is currently only one of the many data sets we pull, it just happens to be the only public one. We are actively looking at other networks, cross network integration and so forth, but we are very happy with the results we are currently getting that we are not racing to add more.

CanWeNetwork is available now for free. Why not let us know how you get on with finding appropriate matches?

Icebird Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Perrin Stewart on April 29th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SEXY TWITTER CLIENT
Thought you'd seen all the Twitter clients on the iTunes Store? Think again. Take Icebird for a spin and you might be resigning your current Twitter client to the trash bin.
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Tweet N'Go Pro

By Christine Morris on October 5th, 2009
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT YET
Tweet N'Go Pro is desperately trying to be a new twitter client for folks who are light users of the service. Although it has some really great features, it just doesn't stand up to the big boys - yet.
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