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Tech Spotlight: Craft Check Beer App

What is Craft Check?

It’s an app. For your iPhone. Or I guess for your iPad if you’re the kind of person that uses a tablet to do things other people do with their phones.

It lets you know whether the beer you’re looking at is from an authentic craft brewery or just a mass-market imitation craft beer - either by scanning the barcode or by searching the brewery name.



Who made Craft Check?

Barrett was the one standing in the middle of BevMo wondering which of the beers he was looking at were fake craft breweries and which were real. He was also the one who put together the database and keeps it updated, so feel free to yell at him if he got something wrong.

Rudy said “we can solve that problem,” and handled the “listening to Barrett ramble on about bad ways to build it before suggesting we build it in a much better fashion” part, as well as the actual development.

The inimitable Kristin Myers Harvey handled our design and created our logo (and gratefully hasn’t yelled at us for messing up her beautiful designs and layout a bit in this first release - don’t worry Kristin, we’re fixing it!)



What’s “craft brewery” mean?

The Brewers Association has their official definition here, but the gist of it is that if the brewery is owned by a company that sponsors a stadium, intentionally misspells the word “light” or is the “official beer” of anything other than your evening, it’s probably not a craft brewery. Basically, smaller breweries more focused on brewing good beer than on corporate beverage domination.



Why do you only verify American breweries as craft breweries?

The truth is that in most of the rest of the world there isn’t an actual definition for craft brewery - it’s a completely subjective term. Some countries like Canada have several competing definitions (see this 2011 post from The Year of Beer) and most of UK and Europe doesn’t have any prevailing definition at all, as outlined in this post from the excellent BrewDog. So until there’s a larger consensus we feel kind of obligated to stick with what’s agreed-upon.

It’s a problem worth solving and something we’re taking seriously though. We’re looking into different ways to give our completely subjective thumbs-up to some breweries that we’d consider honorary craft breweries in our own eyes, but that don’t meet the existing definition because they’re not American breweries. So keep your eyes peeled for some ideas in the near future, we’re hoping to roll it out soon. Until then though, we’re sticking to what we know we can verify: breweries that officially meet the Brewers Association’s definition of “Craft Brewery.”

Aren’t there enough craft beer apps?

There are a lot of craft beer apps but none that specifically did what we wanted, which was let you pick up a beer, scan it, and immediately know whether or not you were holding a beer from a craft brewery. If you want to know what your friends are drinking, get ratings and opinions, or find out what breweries are nearby, there are better apps for that. If you want a simple yes or no (or the occasional maybe, in hopefully decreasingly common occurrences) then we’ve got you covered.

You screwed up/Why isn’t my favorite brewery listed/This is madness I tell you, madness!

Well…probably, yeah. We had to put together all the information by hand (if it was already easily available, we wouldn’t have had to make Craft Check in the first place!) so mistakes do happen. We’re a very imperfect three-person crew, and Barrett’s typing is occasionally so bad he once misspelled “fantastic” by starting it with a Q. With that said though, we’re committing to monthly updates to both fix mistakes and reflect changes in the marketplace. We want every update to get us closer to zero mistakes and missing breweries, so if you find any let us know and we’ll fix it.



But I really like [insert name of macrobrew here]! Why can’t I just drink what I want?

Look, far be it for us to tell you what to drink. Beer is incredibly personal and everyone’s tastes are different. Hell, we’d be lying if we told you we didn’t occasionally grab a Guinness or a Blue Moon. We’re not fundamentally opposed to macrobreweries and we don’t think they’re inherently evil. We do, however, prefer to support local businesses and think it’s more than a little dishonest for multinational corporate beverage conglomerates to trade on the passion and hard work of thousands of small craft breweries who can’t comprehend the idea of “compromise” (let alone “multibillion dollar marketing budgets”) while simultaneously making it harder for them to compete in a marketplace.

So by all means drink what you like, but since the big guys are going to so much effort to trick you into thinking you’re buying from small craft breweries, we’re going to keep doing our best to level the playing field.



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Tech Spotlight: Nuji Shopping App



Helping users to find clothing, accessories and home wares, Nuji has been a prominent fixture in the online shopping experience for years.



Discover over 500,000 beautiful items

Browse a growing number of products carefully curated by the Nuji community from across the web.
From female and men's apparel to original homeware and furniture, you will definitely be inspired.






Save items you like from any store

With Nuji, you can collect items you like at your favourite online stores in just one click. It
helps you keep track of all the great things you discover and may want to purchase later.




Follow all your favourite retailers

Get updates from retailers you like all in one place. There are already 30,000 stores from
all over the world, everything from the large popular ones to less well-known boutiques.




Be inspired by people like you

Follow people with similar taste or your friends and see what they're discovering.
It's an easy way to find items you like and save the ones you want to your profile.






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Tech Spotlight: Social fashion app crowdsources clothing ID and recommendations

ASAP54 is an app that taps both the crowd and fashion experts for clothing identification and personalized suggestions.

Finding out information about a stylish garment found in a photo or spotted on the street can sometimes be a pain, and while visual search — as used by apps like Snap Fashion — is getting better, it’s not always accurate. ASAP54 is an app that taps both the masses and fashion experts for clothing identification and personalized recommendations.

Read Full Article @ SpringWise

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Tech Spotlight: Cloak the Antisocial App

Spending time avoiding someone on social media has always been easier than avoiding them in real life. Not anymore -- thanks to a new app called Cloak.

An "antisocial network," Cloak rounds up users' Foursquare and Instagram geolocation data to help them avoid others that they'd rather not see. According to its App Store page, the company even describes it as an "incognito mode for real life" -- a nod to Google Chrome browser's hidden search function.

Continue Reading @ CBSNews

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Tech Spotlight: UP Coffee by Jawbone



Your coffee, your sleep. Science to help you live better.


UP Coffee is the simplest way to understand how caffeine affects your sleep.


Behind its delightful design, Jawbone’s world-class data scientists crunch numbers so you can learn about your body’s reaction to caffeine—without becoming jittery or disrupting your sleep.

Pair with UP by Jawbone to find out if afternoon pick-me-ups keep you awake at night, by how much, and what you can do to sleep more soundly. Don’t have an UP band? No problem. UP Coffee is for all.




See how your caffeine levels change throughout the day as you down espressos, energy drinks and even chocolate. UP Coffee knows when you’re WIRED and how long it will take you to become SLEEP READY.


Everyone metabolizes caffeine differently. UP Coffee helps you understand how your body breaks down every sip by tracing caffeine levels past and present to predict future. Know yourself. Live better.





Unlock a series of experiments that reveal how your body reacts to caffeine. Log for 3 days to see how you compare with other drinkers, for 7 days to reveal your Caffeine Persona. Knowledge is power, so get buzzed.




UP Coffee analyzes your caffeine consumption and your sleep patterns as tracked by UP. Discover relationships between how much and when you drink, your bedtime, sleep duration and nighttime awakenings.




A little experimentation goes a long way. UP Coffee guides you through personalized, data-driven behavior change. Multi-day experiments reveal small changes that can make big differences in how you live—day and night.





1 million cups of coffee,
1 million nights of sleep.

Join the world’s largest study on caffeine and sleep. Make science history.


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Tech Spotlight: Tickle App



Tickle is a new app that will help you get out of awkward situations. Using your phone's accelerometer, Tickle will generate a phantom phone call when you touch your phone in an awkward manner.


Tickle needs no UI. It's always on -- always ready to help you escape an awkward encounter. It's the simplest app you'll ever install.


Tickle can accurately sense awkward motions or gestures of your device. After a brief calibration, Tickle is ready to call you when prompted.


Over time, Tickle learns to predict when and around who, awkward situations are most likely to arise. It adjusts to fit your needs.


Premature Social Ejection

Tickle is a new app for iOS that uses your phone's accelerometer to detect subtle motions, and subsequently helps you graciously escape awkward moments by calling your phone.

Tickle was born at an awkward dinner -- you know the one, where someone decided to invite 24 people and it came time to pay the bill. Rather than take another trip to the bathroom, we invented an app that lets you realistically escape any and all awkward situations you encounter.

Tickle has no functional UI and is either ON or OFF. Once you download it, the app will always been "listening" for an awkward gesture or motion from you. Once you do this, Tickle will call your phone (using a name of your choosing) which gives you the perfect excuse to repair elsewhere. Faking the conversation is up to you.

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Tech Spotlight: 3nder is an App for Swingers



Safe. Simple. Awesome.

Share desires
Find what you are looking for by sharing your desires.

Find matches
You'll see and you will be seen only by people who match your desires.

Offline contact
We just help you to find each other. The rest is obvious.



Couple Friendly

A service that works for singles and couples(2+1 1+1+1). It's the easiest way to find someone with similar interest and desires. You can also easily hide yourself from friends and family so you can browse freely.

Make society more open about sexual desires.
It's about time to take the next step and make people comfortable about their sexual desires. We need to evolve our social acceptance.



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Tech Spotlight: Humin Contact App


Finally. A smart phone for your device.

Humin was designed to disappear into the systems you already know. You can easily call, text or send a Facebook message all in one place.


Never forget a name.

Search all of your contacts in the way you've come to know them. We've replaced the old alphabetical list with an engine that lets you search with terms like “met last week” or “lives in Austin”.


Meeting someone should be magical.

Each new meeting is rich with potential. Future co-founder? Spouse? Client?

We’ll help you remember all the context around the moment. And if we’re able to match their number to a real-life identity, we’ll “huminize” them for you, letting you see any close friends you might have in common.


We play your cards right.

Your relationships are dynamic, so Humin moves as you move. We’ll let you know who you’re meeting with next, help you connect with friends when you travel, and let you know when someone you know is visiting your city.






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App Review: Hinge Taps Social Networks to Find You Love

There is no shortage of dating sites out there at this point. While sites like Plenty of Fish or OKCupid insist on being able to navigate your bait through an ocean of options and hook it in on a promised match, other options have started to get more specific, banking on being able to better find you a catch in a stream. All of these services require you provide information about yourself and uses it to link you to someone with a similar set of data points. This is where things can fall flat because, well, people lie. Hinge believes it can find the true you not by asking you questions but by who you associate with – namely, your Facebook friends.

Read More @ DigitalTrends

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App Spotlight: Meditate on the Go with Buddhify


Stress, relentlessness and a sense that everything around is just too overwhelming. That’s how the video for Buddhify starts off to share why their app is so important—to keep balance and peace of mind. Meditation on the go to bring mindfulness, concentration and calm to your busy daily life is why the new application is worth giving a try.

Continue Reading @ New Startups

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