Banjo Releases iPad And Android Tablet App, Focuses On Content Consumption And The Second Screen

banjo1Banjo, the location-based social network for sharing images and content tied to specific real-world locales, today unveiled its new native iPad and Android apps. This marks the first time Banjo has made the leap to tablets, and I spoke with Banjo CEO Damien Patton about why the time was right to bring Banjo to the bigger screen: It’s mostly about riding the second screen wave, Patton says, and tapping into the idea of a lean-back consumption model of material gathered via the smartphone app.

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Backed By Skype Co-founder Janus Friis, Futureful Launches On The iPad For Smarter Web Surfing

Screen shot 2013-01-23 at 7.47.40 AMIf you’re a fan of content discovery veteran, StumbleUpon, or haven’t quite been sold by its new look, then you just might have some love for a new startup out of Helsinki, Finland, called Futureful. A product of Finland’s largest, seed-stage startup accelerator, Startup Sauna, Futureful has spent the last three years quietly building a predictive discovery engine that co-founder Marko Anderson says describes as “part toy, part tool” and seeks to provide users with a personal filter for the Web’s multifarious content.

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TumblPad: Tumblr Finally Releases Its Native iPad App, Sporting Enhanced Navigation & Markdown Support

Screen shot 2012-12-19 at 7.10.40 PMNow that Tumblr’s blackouts are behind it, the company is back to focusing on its product, particularly its mobile one. Days after adding support for Android tablets, the company has announced that it updated its iOS app, adding compatibility for both the iPad and iPad mini.

Tumblr’s mobile channel is growing and, by the way, has recently helped to propel the blogging platform to more than 20 billion monthly pageviews. The company last updated its iOS app in November to improve user experience, speed, and engagement on the iPhone by making the app “native” — i.e. integrating it more deeply into the iOS experience.

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SPOKEnPHOTO Album Arrives On The iPad, Letting You Share Voice With Pictures And Organize Those Memories

AlbumToronto-based SPOKEnPHOTO launched with a simple concept in mind: to help families and loved ones separated by geography stay connected via not only shared images, but also voice recordings attached to those pictures to help better tell a story. The startup launched an iPhone app in June, but co-founder Lynne McEachern told me the iPad app, which launches today, was always in the cards, but the company wanted to get the basic product and backend right before jumping to the bigger screen.

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