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Top five weirdest app crazes

Here’s a list of the most unusual extremes of the app universe. Have you tried them?

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It looks like Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is ready to spread his annoyingly simple yet insanely addictive wings again, this time with a new game called Swing Copters. To be released this week, Swing Copters is extremely similar to Flappy Bird, with a main character – a copter with a propelled helmet – that flies and dodges obstacles to gain points.

Flappy Bird has been the most discussed app of 2014 because it was downloaded more than 50 million times and then pulled off the market by the creator himself. In an unprecedented move, Vietnam-based Nguyen claimed the app had “ruined my simple life,” and took it off the online store in February. This only made users that much more hungry for Flappy Bird, and in March, approximately one third of new apps on Apple’s iOS store were clones of the infamous game.

To celebrate the most unusual extremes of the app universe, we’ve compiled this list of our favorite, weirdest app crazes.

Pimple Popper
Who knew so many people loved popping pimples? If the self-explanatory game Pimple Popper’s downloads on Apple and Google Play Stores are any indication, the answer is at least 10 million! Guess there are a lot of frustrated folks who are letting out their pimple popping desires through the safety of an application.

The app has tons of horrified reviews (shocking), but of course, one should take the game with a grain of salt. The description is simply hilarious: “our app is so full of ooey, gooey goodness … We always say – once you pop, you can’t stop!”

We just ask that you “stop” before getting to our faces, which of course, have no pimples whatsoever…

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Watching Cute Girl
Leave it to the Japanese to come up with this super creepy Watching Cute Girl, hinting at human contact app. The iPhone app is literally just a cute girl staring at you – and talking to you, and giving you a virtual hug from time to time. It’s meant to make you feel less lonely, though we imagine that this app would eventually create the opposite effect once you’ve realized you’re trying to create a relationship with your phone a la the movie Her.

Just remember that if you were on a desert island and could only bring your phone, this app would not last.

Angry Jew
Angry Jew has successfully straddled the fine line between awesome and offensive, unlike recent disasters such as Bomb Gaza. In this Android game developed by three Israelis, the Angry Jew is a Hassidic man that dodges aggressors in 19th century, pogroms-filled Russia. This humorous app claims it is the first “running-jumping-punching game that has distinct Jewish motifs.”

Even if your Jewish grandmother thinks you spend too much time on your smartphone and too little time caring about “your people,” she’ll be happy to see the enormous “Made by Jews” sticker on the Angry Jew app’s home screen.

I Am Rich
This story is old but too amazing not to include. In 2008, eight people were stupid enough to download the I Am Rich app from the Apple Store: for US$1,000 each. The app was literally just a status symbol, showing a red graphic diamond on their phones that showed, indeed, they were rich. Apple banned the app, but we have been laughing about it ever since.

Here’s a list of some other amazingly moronic status symbols that only the superrich would (and could) buy; a US$200K pigeon, a US$390K reward for getting good grades, and a US$11M watch.

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HangTime
Another oldie but goodie, HangTime is one of the dumbest apps ever made. It measures the amount of time your phone can “hang” in the air before coming back down. That’s right — the app encourages you to throw your phone in the air. As fun as it might be to throw a baby slightly into the air to get a little giggle (yes, we know you’ve done it), throwing your phone a bunch of times into the uncertain sky sounds like a recipe for disaster.

And what skills would you gain since your phone — or any other piece of equipped technology – can measure distances of time better than you? We’d prefer to keep our phones in tact…until they fizz out two years from now.

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“Oi! Remove your app from the store,” says Apple following takedown order from Yo

Oi app

An Australian startup last week launched Oi, a simple messaging app along the lines of Yo. But today the startup team got an email from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) saying that Yo wants the app taken down due to it being a “direct clone” that infringes on Yo’s copyright. “We think it’s a ridiculous accusation,” says Chhai Thach, a co-founder at the unfortunately-named Getyo, which makes business automation software.

He explains to Tech in Asia:

Although Oi is a nano social app, its design and features are more advanced than Yo and is purposely designed for B2B [business-to-business] to complement our Reception for iPad app.

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Oi (pictured below) has an open API so that it can be incorporated into other B2B apps as well. Thach continues, “While Yo clones were meant to make fun of Yo, we have been looking for a lightweight solution for our reception app to notify staff or co-workers when a visitor arrives to meet with them. Oi does this. When a visitor arrives and checks in, the staff would get an Oi from the reception app.”

Oi app

Other micro-messaging apps got the same threatening email today too, such as YOLO. The Oi app is still in the App Store right now. “We won’t be removing the app voluntary as we believe it’s a different app to Yo and our API is also different,” says Thach.

We’ve contacted the Yo team on this issue and will update when we hear back.

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A no frills Kickstarter campaign to teach iOS coding

Learning iOS programming just got easier with a Kickstarter-backed course by UK-based developer Rob Percival

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With mobile apps being some of the most successful businesses these days, its no surprise that people everywhere want to learn to code so they can turn their ideas into products that hopefully will make it to everybody’s smart phones.

This desire to learn to code has made a pretty surprising success out of a Kickstarter campaign for an online course to teach anyone to code for iOS8. The Developer Course, designed by U.K.-web and app developer and former math teacher Rob Percival, is looking to raise £2,000 by July 31, but with a week to go the campaign has already generated £17,230.

The campaign page doesn’t look like one of a successful funding. With no frills, no pictures, and a homemade video that just has Percival explaining his project with a computer, the Developer Course campaign page looks nothing like the Kickstarter campaigns we are used to that have models, tons of pictures and fancy videos to entice people to back a project. Instead, this campaign just says it straight as to what it is, and people have responded.

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How to create Instagram and Snapchat
The online course will teach anyone how to code and build real apps that already exist like Instagram and Snapchat through Swift and XCode.

Percival previously created a web design course, which is now featured on Udemy, where in three weeks almost 3,000 people signed up. In the course, users go through chapters and at the end of each one the user is given a task to create a website or app with the skills taught in the chapter. The new course Percival is creating will be based on the same idea.

The first chapter will cover downloading XCode and creating a basic app. The following chapters will each teach different aspects of apps, one will teach how to make a timer and one will teach about using audio. The last chapter will teach users how to create a clone of Instagram and Snapchat.

The course will cost $199, but backers of the campaign will get access to the course for £15. Because he reached his £16,000 stretch goal, all backers of £15 or more will get 95% off of Percival’s Web Developer app as well. If the campaign reaches £18,000, which it likely will at this pace, backers will get the web course for free.

So why didn’t Percival just create his new course and put it online like his web course? He said he launched his web course with no advance following or marketing plan. It did well, but Percival said he wants to get more people involved with this course and is looking for developers and others to make the course even better. Hiring developers requires funding.

Percival intends to get the course to backers by September, but if things don’t go well, he promised to refund the money of anyone who backed at least $25.

Often on crowdfunding campaigns we see graphics and movies that can distract potential backers from really understanding the product or its feasibility. Its nice to see one that doesn’t overpromise and still gets a lot of support.

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Apple And IBM Bury The Hatchet In The Collaboration Economy

By Topher Morrison, author of “Collaboration Economy: Eliminate the Competition by Creating Partnership Opportunities”

handshakeIf you need any further proof that the information age is dead and the collaboration age is now in full swing, bitter rivals Apple Inc., and IBM have announced that they are going to be collaborating to create approximately 100 business apps for the iPhone and iPad. The goal is to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate and government agencies. How can two companies, which have been bitter rivals actually make this work? The answer is through collaboration.

Collaboration is about taking the best of what you have, and paring it up with another company who excels in the parts where you are weak. Apple is the undisputed king of user-friendly interface, while IBM kills it with their ‘big data’ capabilities. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the partnership between Apple and IBM will bring together the best of Apple and the best of IBM.

Now let’s be clear; in this author’s humble opinion, Apple is still way better than IBM. I know because I own a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad, iPhone and a MacPro. But this kind of collaboration is what will make both tech giants become even better than they already are. Just like Elon Musk released the patents to his electric car technology, the moment a company no longer covets their proprietary information, and instead freely shares that information with the rest of the world, it forces the innovator of that information to take another giant leap toward improving on what they already do.

The information age made us lazy. We developed a new technology, protected the intellectual property, and then profited on the fact that nobody could duplicate what we did. But when we collaborate with our would-be competitors, it makes us step up our game and get even better.

The world is ready for this, too, as evidenced by Apple Inc. and IBM stock both rising 1.5% after the announcement that they would be working in collaboration.

Here’s a great question for you to consider in your business:  If a public that is almost as divided in brand loyalty as the two tech giants are, respond so favorable to their favorite company collaborating with their nemesis, what do you think the public would do in response to you teaming up with your competitors to deliver better products and services in your industry?

Athletes have known for several years what companies are just now starting to accept: When you train with your competition, you both see drastic improvements. In business, we need to realize that our competition has now become our greatest ally in the collaboration age.

In a joint statement from IBM’s CEO Ginni Rometty, and Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook, they said that the collaboration would help to redefine the way work gets done, address key industry challenges, and spark true mobile-led business change. In other words, it will make them both better companies.

The collaboration age is upon us. If you do not pay attention to this and continue to do business like you did in the information age, then you will go the way of the dinosaur, the dodo bird, and Blockbuster video.

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