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Nokia’s first Android smartphone, the Nokia X which was launched last month is selling very well in India. It is already being listed as one of the best-selling and popular smartphones in all the leading online stores such as Flipkart and Snapdeal. Similar is the case with offline retail stores in the country. Priced at around INR 7,000 in India, the Nokia X runs a custom version of Android, usually referred to as ‘forked Android’ on top of entry-level hardware.

To remind you, the Nokia X is equipped with a 4 inch IPS LCD screen, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 3 MP camera and dual SIM card slots. Nokia X replaces all the Google services with Microsoft versions such as HERE Maps, Outlook, OneDrive and Bing Search. There is Nokia’s own Android app store but it only lists free applications and games. Other third-party app stores like 1Mobile Market, Yandex or…

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Editor’s note:  Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research, a technology, media and telecom advisory firm, and founder of Backerjack. He blogs at Techspressive. Each week, Backerjack shares three tech-related products seeking funding.


There’s nothing that grandparents love more than photos of their grandkids. Photo sharing these days is easy with the Internet and social media, but grandparents are notorious for having trouble using these new technologies. From a distance, sharing photos with older people can be difficult.

Famatic is a digital picture frame with an added touch screen bonus. People can share photos via wi-fi directly to the frame so that grandparents can enjoy a slideshow of new material right from their living room. The 8 GB device connects to Instagram, Facebook and e-mail as well so that people sharing on these platforms can easily upload their photos or videos to Famatic. The screen…

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Along with its many other benefits, regular workouts contribute to better moods and energy levels. As a result, I am constantly surprised to see how many fitness tracking apps and wearable devices lack a mood tracking feature.

My interest in this is personal. When I was teenager, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Since then, I’ve had recurrent episodes, including a couple that were severe enough for me to be hospitalized.

Over the last two decades, I’ve tried a wide range of treatment regimens. Some included therapy, others included medication, and most included a combination of both. My doctors rarely recommended regular workouts, however, even though there have been a multitude of studies showing its effectiveness for alleviating the symptoms of mood disorders, including depression and anxiety, since 1981.

Finally, about two years before my 30th birthday, one of my doctors told me that if he could, he would make…

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Editor’s note: Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling.

Imagine you’re a 17-year-old girl at a well-to-do high school in Los Angeles and you just discovered Snapchat. Until that moment, every time you thought about sending risqué photos to your romantic interest, you had to worry about images of your naked self ending up on the Internet. When you wanted to gossip with your peers about a crush or a friend or an enemy, you had to worry about your words falling into the wrong hands and being seen by the wrong eyes.

But suddenly, you’ve got this new thing called Snapchat, and you know that when you use it to sext-message your boyfriend or talk trash about your frenemy, your messages will self-destruct. You know that unlike Facebook or Tumblr or Instagram…

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