Startup news round-up: April 20, 2012

Mobile sex, well at least exchanging sexually suggestive messages on our smartphones, is a favourite past time it seems. It’s called sexting.

Text dirty to me

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and CosmoGirl recently reported that 59 per cent of young adults and 39 per cent of teens send or post sexually suggestive messages and photos.

These types of messages and other sensitive mobile conversations have a huge potential for causing embarrassment to the sender. Mobile app company, Quimby  helps user keep control in the hands of those sending sensitive information on their smartphone.
Quimby acts on a self-destruct timer, erasing content after a set period of time. It also blocks saving, downloading, and forwarding of messages you send. Plus, your email and name are never associated with your account, nor does your username show up on the same screen as what you send.

By Knowlton ThomasTechvibes

Polishing the wheel

When Arnold Leung started the Vancouver-based Appnovation Technologies in 2007 at the lean age of 21, to create websites and mobile applications for other organizations on eof his largest challenges was to differentiate his company from other firms in th every crowded space.
Leung realized he didn’t need to “reinvent the wheel”. He just needed to reshape it for a smoother, faster ride, Leung told Jeff Kroeker, in an interview with the Globe and Mail.
Instead of creating websites and mobile applications from scratch, like many of his competitors, Leung customize existing open-source software used to develop websites. He used existing enterprise open-source software, he was able to create customized Web, mobile and intranet solutions at an accelerated rate.
This method of customization allowed Leung to turn around projects much faster, create nurturing alliances with other businesses and grow his company a 45-employee operation, with revenues of $4.2-million in 2011.

By Jeff Kroeker – Globe and Mail

Human tone for computer voice

Computer generated voices we hear from many gadgets can be sometimes unsettling. Very often they have “computerized” quality that reminds one of HAL in 2011: A Space Odyssey.

Calgary-based Splice Software Inc., is one of the companies trying to change all that. “We humanize the digital experience by splicing together linguistically optimized human voice audio,” said Splice founder Tara Kelly.
This, she said enables users to have real-time, relevant and personalized interactions with their customers, on inbound and out bound phone interactions, and email and SMS. The company has an engine that personalizes phone systems. Splice is now working with several call centres across the globe.

From Startup Calgary

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