first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Loopt, makers of a popular mobile social networking application of the same name, is introducing a new iPhone application today called Loopt Mix. Where their original app focuses on connecting you with your friends while you’re out and about, Loopt Mix is more about introducing you to “the people you wish you knew.” In other words, “people” like that attractive person giving you eye from the other end of the bar. The new application is actually a spin-off of Loopt’s “Mix” feature, which lets you browse the Loopt profiles of those around you within its original mobile social networking application. Now Mix is its very own app – a change that could attract a whole new user base looking to do a little more than just basic “networking.” Although the company is not specifically marketing Mix as a dating application, it’s clearly designed for mobile singles because – let’s face it – who else would want to browse the photos and profiles of nearby folks and strike up IM-based conversations with those who look interesting? If that’s not about dating, then it’s just borderline creepy. While Loopt Mix is not the first iPhone-based dating application – others like DatingDNA and Skout have beaten them to the punch – the company may have a leg up on their competition already, thanks to brand recognition alone. That’s because Loopt was featured in one of the many iPhone TV commercials last year as a great way to stay in touch with friends. Given widespread exposure like that, Loopt is already well known beyond the early adopter set. Loopt Mix FeaturesLike its competitors, Loopt Mix lets you tap into the iPhone’s location-based features to see which other Loopt Mix members are nearby. You can browse their profiles, view and post photos and status messages, and start chat sessions – all of which is par for the course with mobile dating apps these days. In fact, there’s nothing all that revolutionary about Mix’s feature set, except perhaps for its ability to send you real-time push notifications – something that a few other social networking apps, Facebook included, have yet to adopt. In Loopt Mix, the push notifications work with the app’s built-in chat functionality, so you’re notified when and if someone responds to you, without you having to sit there looking uncool while constantly reloading the page or staring at a blank chat window. It’s also worth mentioning that you don’t have to be out on the town to take advantage of Loopt Mix. Since it simply locates people near you, you could use this anywhere – even in your own home – to find and connect to other interesting people. However, should you ever want to go offline, you and the other person would have to make arrangements to meet somewhere… just as you would on a “real” dating website like Match.com or eHarmony. The only difference with Loopt Mix is that, unlike traditional dating sites, the app is completely free. That, too, could help Mix grow – especially in this tough economy, where finding love for a fee is a luxury many can no longer afford. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

first_imgMounting a blistering attack on the Congress-JMM-RJD alliance in Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday alleged that its “self-seeking” past governments were driven by the “lust for power”, and exploited the mineral-rich State’s resources while neglecting the people. He also accused the previous Congress governments at the Centre of procrastinating resolution of the Kashmir issue and the Ayodhya dispute. “This election is a contest between those who serve and those who loot. The Congress has problems, we have the solutions. They have accusations, we have the report of the work we have done. They have empty promises, we have the proof of development,” Mr. Modi said at a rally in Daltonganj.Social justiceMr. Modi asserted the BJP was committed to the five principles of social justice — stability, good governance, prosperity, respect for all and security. Maoism flourished under the non-BJP governments due to political instability, he said. “Governments were made through the back door. There were alliances of self-seekers who were driven by the lust for power (satta bhog) and exploited the resources of the State. They had their eyes on the riches found beneath the surface of the earth and cared little for those living on the earth. How would it then have been possible to give electricity, roads and water to people? Set up industries?” he said.‘Free from Naxalism’At another rally in Gumla, Mr. Modi said when people would vote for the ‘lotus’ (BJP’s poll symbol) once again, “I believe the backbone of Naxalism will break completely.” Raising the issue of forest rights of tribals, he said, “The BJP is committed to protecting your right to Jal, Jungle, Jameen (water, forest and land).”last_img read more

first_imgSri Lanka on Wednesday postponed council elections near three ICC cricket World Cup 2011 venues as it seeks to put on a flawless show as co-hosts of the prestigious event.The Colombo Municipal Council will not go to the polls as scheduled in March while four other councils in the central and southern provinces will also be delayed to avoid clashing with the tournament.”There will be no elections in these areas while World Cup matches will be played,” an information department official said.Sri Lanka will host 12 matches in Colombo, Kandy and Hambantota. India and Bangladesh are the other hosts of the World Cup, which starts on February 19.The polls will be the first set of nationwide local elections since the crushing of Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009.New dates of the delayed polls have not been announced.last_img read more

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Fowler pulled his tee shot on 18 left, landing in the tall grass between the church pew bunkers. He hacked the ball out short of the green and got up-and-down for the long-awaited victory.“I think he’s going to get more out of something like that, showing resilience and coming back like that, as opposed to going out there and winning by four or five,” said Justin Thomas, who finished third, three behind Fowler after a 72.Maybe in the future. Right after the round, Fowler was wiped out after the emotional roller coaster.“I never want to go through anything like that again,” he said. “That was not fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Leading by four to start the day, he was up five shots stepping onto the tee on No. 11. The lead was one after a bizarre sequence of events at the long par 4.With rain picking up, Fowler hit his approach shot right of the green and his chip skipped past the flag into the water, incurring a two-shot penalty. He dropped next to a bunker and, as he stood on the green surveying his next shot, his ball rolled back into the water without being touched.PGA Tour rules official Slugger White determined Fowler’s ball was in play after the drop, so he was assessed a one-shot penalty. Fowler got up-and-down from there, knocking in a 17-foot putt for triple-bogey 7 — his seventh double bogey or worse when playing with a 54-hole lead.“That was a big kind of turnaround,” Fowler said. “At worst I make bogey with a semi-decent chip and I’m still very much in control of the tournament. But with everything that happened there, that was a (four-) shot swing pretty quickly. It sucks, but it’s just kind of put that behind me.”Grace made a 50-foot birdie putt just ahead on the par-3 12th and they were tied at 15 under when Fowler couldn’t get up-and-down from the bunker on the same hole. Grace went up one with a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 13.Fowler refused to cave.He reached the par-5 15th in two from 239 yards out and his two-putt birdie pulled him into a tie for the lead. Grace then pulled his tee shot into the water at the short par-4 17th, hit his third shot into the bunker after a penalty and took a bogey, giving Fowler a one-shot lead.Fowler drove the green on the 336-yard 17th and two-putted for birdie to stretch his lead to two shots.The drama didn’t end there.Grace got up-and-down for par from short right of the 18th green, finishing at 15 under after a 2-under 69. Fowler had another over-par round with a 54-hole lead — he’s 7 for 7 there — but birdied two of his final four holes to win from the third-round lead for the second time, with the 2017 Honda Classic the other.Fowler also had a double bogey on the par-4 fifth hole, becoming the first PGA Tour player to win with a double bogey and triple bogey or worse since 1983.“He really dug down and pulled it off,” Grace said.Fowler has experienced his share of heartbreak at the Phoenix Open. He had the 54-hole lead last year and shot a 2-over 73 to finish six shots behind Gary Woodlandr. In 2016, Fowler blew a two-shot lead with two holes to go before losing in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama, twice hitting it into the water on the drivable par-4 17th.None of it compared to what happened to him Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Mighty Sports hurdles toughest test yet, stays unbeaten in Dubai tilt Unable to catch a break, Fowler took it upon himself to create his own.Fowler shook off a bizarre triple bogey on No. 11 with clutch shots down the stretch, finally winning the tournament Sunday that had twice eluded him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I didn’t think it would be easy, but the way I was playing this week, I thought it would have been easier,” Fowler said. “It was kind of grind it out. I had a couple of tough breaks and had to deal with the punches — a couple big ones — but it feels good now.”After a pair of 64s and a 65, Fowler shot 3-over 74 in the final round on a soggy Sunday at TPC Scottsdale, highest by a winner in tournament history. He finished at 17-under 267 to beat Branden Grace by two shots for his fifth PGA Tour title. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Rickie Fowler holds the champion’s trophy after the final round of the Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Standing above a greenside bunker at TPC Scottsdale’s difficult par-4 11th hole, Rickie Fowler turned just in time to see his ball, one he had just placed after penalty, trickle into the water.Fowler had already seen his share of bad luck at the Phoenix Open. Now balls were rolling into hazards on their own.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more