Need hot fashions on the fly? We’ve got a solution for you! Karmaloop.com, a Boston-based web retailer, launches an app for the iPhone that allows men and women to browse, share and purchase from over 500 of world’s most popular streetwear brands on the fly. Karmaloop’s app complements its already popular website, which receives over 4.5 million unique visits a month. Highly sought-out Karmaloop houses brands like Vans, WeSC, Converse, Cheap Monday, Puma and Adidas, just to name a few.
Xtreme Labs stepped in to help Karmaloop re-launch the app to bring it to a whole new level of shopping awesomeness.
This app is an example of the ultimate ecommerce solution for retail businesses as they face a changing industry. Customers are searching for new ways to shop at their convenience. The new trend for retailers is to bring the shopping experience to the consumer, rather than have the consumer physically present in the store or surf to the website. Mobile solutions, like Karmaloop’s app, make it possible for business to create new ways to interact with and reach consumers. The store is in the palm of the consumer’s hand.
So what’s hot about this app?
- The High Resolution Images – Zoom in to get up close and personal with items you’re browsing. Or use the apps unique gallery carousel to see items modeled from multiple angles
- Exclusive Deals and Gift Codes – These sweet deals are only available through the app
- Sharing Functions – Show off new purchases to friends with seamless Twitter, Facebook or email sharing
- Streamline Check-Outs – Process your order on the fly through the app to get your purchased goods faster
Next time you have a hankering to shop, simply pull out your iPhone and in a few short taps you’ll be browsing the latest streetwear fashions on the awesome new Karmaloop app!
Every morning at 9:30, Bob Marley reminds all of us at Xtreme Labs that we need to “Get up, Stand up”. We all congregate on the 5th floor to discuss hot news in the technology industry, interesting facts or stories, as well as any announcements that need to be made. This way, all Xtremers are up-to-date on the latest information from the industry.
Last week at Xtreme Labs we discussed the rise and struggle of Facebook’s IPO since it went public last Friday, closing on its first day at a price of $38.
- Since going public, Facebook’s stock has been on a decline, its lowest point dipping just below $31. Currently, Facebook is facing scrutiny from the public, as well as facing lawsuits from shareholders.
- In April of this year, there were half a billion mobile Facebook users (more than 2x the number of iPhones ever sold). Also, with the addition of the App Store that was released on the website this week, mobile users will be even more engaged.
Kodak Patent Declared Invalid
We also were buzzing about the Kodak patent, “Method for Live View Display and Digital Camera Using Same”, that was declared invalid by a judge in the Eastman Kodak Co. vs Apple/RIM lawsuit on Tuesday.
- This meant that Apple and RIM both did not commit patent infringement, and resulted in the The U.S International Trade Commission ruling against Kodak.
- Since January of this year, Kodak has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Google Tablet Rumours
On Thursday we discussed the rumours surrounding the 7-inch Google tablet.
- The tablet is being co-developed by Asus, and according to rumours the plan is to initially ship about 600,000 units.
- Specs are currently not being reported, however the tablet is expected to sell for about $200 and is likely to be released in July.
- Apple has sold approximately 55 million tablets since the first iPad came out in 2010. Will the Google tablet be able to make a mark in the competitive tablet market?
Yahoo launches Axis
Yahoo’s new browser Axis has been launched as of last Thursday for Apple’s iPads and iPhones and also as a plug-in for web browsers.
- This came at an ideal time, as Yahoo hasn’t necessarily received the best press in the past week, due to Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson stepping down due to a false claim on his resume.
- The visually rich search software allows users to continue their Internet experience from other devices, customize a homepage, and use just one address bar for searching and typing a website address.
- Right now Axis is only available in the U.S but should be out to most other markets by the end of 2012.
Facebook Camera Mobile App
Facebook launched their “Facebook Camera” mobile app, which had many people coincidentally bringing up the $1Billion dollar Facebook acquisition of Instagram.
- The Facebook Camera app allows users to shoot photos from their mobile devices, apply Instagram-like filters, and share with their friends.
- Users are also able to share single or sets of photos, as well as view their friends photos as a news feed.
- TechCrunch has outlined what they think are some features of the app that are better than Instagram, and others that don’t measure up.
Google Transparency Report Now Includes Copyright Requests
Finally, we discovered the Google Transparency Report will now be making public the number of requests that copyright owners and organizations send to Google requesting for infringed content to be removed; the domains that are being targeted are available online.
- Two years ago the Transparency Report project was launched to make public traffic to Google services around the world as well as a map detailing where Google gets requests for content removal.
- Since then, Google has been adding to the information that they are allowing all visitors to see. Google Transparency displays how many times governments around the world have asked Google to censor online content, as well as the number of requests made for data on users by governments.
- Before the most recent “Copyright” addition, the Google Transparency report added a section for information on their traffic patterns.
- Just last month, there were about 1.2 million copyright infringing pages that were deleted.
- The corporation that has made the maximum number of content removal requests from last month was Microsoft, targeting over 2 million URLs, and last month Marketly LLC was the top reporting organization.
- Google “[hopes] these steps toward greater transparency will help inform ongoing discussions about the appropriate scope and authority of content regulation online”.
- Now that there has been such a push for access to information online, as well as removal of unauthorized sharing websites, perhaps it is no coincidence that connected TV, and the use of such programs like Netflix is becoming more popular.
That’s what was hot last week at stand up. Stay tuned next week for another Stand up Round up blog post!
A recent survey completed by Greystripe, a mobile advertising network, found that smartphone and iPad owners rely heavily on their devices for movie-related information. Half of smartphone and 44 per cent of iPad users decide which films to see based on movie ads. When it comes to m-commerce, 15 per cent of smartphone users and 13 per cent of iPad users have purchased movie tickets on their mobile device.
With these findings, it’s no wonder Canada’s largest film exhibitor company, Cineplex, turned to Xtreme Labs to develop its mobile strategy. The Cineplex app was created in HTML5 and can be used across all major platforms including iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android.
Not only can users purchase tickets right from inside the app, it also has excellent functionality. It features
• a Cineplex and non-Cineplex brand theatre locator;
• a SCENE Points Balance tracker, complete with a barcode that allows users to scan and collect points from their phone; and
• connects movie goers to Facebook making their movie experience social.
The creation of the app has helped Cineplex leverage its online presence and develop an integrative social-mobile strategy. The app uses Facebook’s Open Graph, which is responsible for enabling the experience of using the app to become social. Open Graph allows third party websites and pages that people have ‘liked’ throughout the web to be included on Facebook’s site as an extension of its social graph. Users can instantly update friends by using Facebook actions found inside the app. Users can let friends know what movie their seeing with the “I’m Going” button, which posts a movie title with a theatre location; they can share movie information via the “Tell Friends” button and “Like” different movies.
Cineplex has experienced a surge of engagement online as a result of the creation of this fantastic application. Having successfully found a comprehensive way to search for movie information, the Cineplex app makes going to the movies even more social.
We all weren’t hard-wired to be investors on Bay Street, which is why the Globe and Mail teamed up with Xtreme Labs to bring you the Globe and Mail’s ever-popular Investor section right to your mobile phone.
With the Globe and Mail Investor
app you can now receive up-to-the minute market data from some of the world’s largest stock exchanges, including the TSX, DOW, Nasdaq, and the S&P 500. Keep an eye on your own investments using the ‘My Watchlist’ feature, which allows you to add stocks from your own portfolio for your reference at any time.
Also available in the app is the ‘Latest News’ section that allows you to
stay on top of news stories that may influence your potential investment decisions. Current affairs around the world affect stock and bond prices – so by giving you relavant content to analyze The Globe and Mail Investor app will help you to understand what affects prices. Use this curated news stream to find even the smallest piece of information that could affect your portfolio.
Investing in gold with one of your buddies? Be sure to send them the latest market statistics and news stories using the integrated Facebook and Twitter social media features.
Because we built the app we may be a little bias in thinking it’s the best application out there, but we aren’t the only ones who think so. Globe Investor app was selected by Apple as the top application in the “Best of 2011- Finance” category. We want to congratulate everyone at the Globe and Mail, and everyone who worked on the application at Xtreme Labs. For a full list of winners check out the Apple’s 2011 App Rewind in iTunes.
Click here to download Globe and Mail Investor app:
If only I had a paid a little more attention to any of the Facebook is growing more quickly than the Universe is expanding articles of late, I might have caught a bug in my app before I received multiple one star ratings.
That said, live and learn and be sure to create the uid column in your users table as a bigint.
t.integer :uid, :limit => 8
I will never know how many countless Facebookers with excessively large uids tried to play my game in vain, only to watch as MySQL mercilessly truncated their unique identifier to the eighth Mersenne prime.