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Product Hunt, which lets users upvote new software products a la Reddit, is debuting an iOS app.
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If you like to keep close tabs on what Silicon Valley is up to, you probably know Product Hunt, the site that serves up a daily list of new software products and services, ranking them with Reddit-like upvotes.

Product Hunt now has a product of its own, an iOS app that brings an enhanced experience to iPhone users.

“People come to the site multiple times a day, but the mobile experience isn’t great right now,” says Ryan Hoover, Product Hunt founder. “We wanted to give people an easy way to browse what’s new when you’re on your way somewhere.”

The design of Product Hunt is pretty basic, but the app adds a few mobile conveniences. The “submit product” button is prominently in the top right of the main screen, you can easily switch to a view of the most recent submissions (as opposed to the most popular), and tapping on an entry brings up easy ways to share it.

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Product Hunt for iOS has an easy way to see items by popularity or how recently they were added.

Image: Mashable, Christina Ascani

There’s a tab for notifications, but Hoover says those won’t be active at launch. Although there’s no Android app, he says third parties in the Product Hunt community have been working on them ever since the site opened up its API earlier this month.

Product Hunt started last November as a mere email list and became a full-blown site after the Thanksgiving holiday. Since then it’s experienced healthy growth — a 70% increase in visitors every month since January, Hoover says. The products highlighted are feeling the boost, too: Hoover says sites at the top of the leaderboard have gotten spikes of up to 10,000 new visitors — impressive traffic for a budding startup.

Once the app is fully operational, Hoover says he has ambitions to take Product Hunt beyond just tech. However, he concedes the model won’t work for every traditional “vertical.”

“There needs to be an overlap without existing audience,” Hoover says. “If we started with fashion tomorrow, that would be difficult. We want to have product categories that people are passionate about. One example is video games. If you look at mobile gaming alone, there’s a need for a better way to curate those products.”

Product Hunt hasn’t quite had its “Secret” moment yet, but there’s no question it’s a go-to destination for the Silicon Valley startup crowd. Can the onetime side project become a full-blown destination? Getting into its readers’ pockets is probably a good first step.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2014/08/21/product-hunt-app/

Top-5-apps-your-kids-will-love-this-week-28a9f514e5Chris Crowell is a veteran kindergarten teacher and contributing editor to Children’s Technology Review, a web-based archive of articles and reviews on apps, technology toys and video games. Download a free issue of CTR here.

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YouTube App for Nintendo Wii

Nintendo Wii owners now have a new way to access YouTube on their gaming consoles. On its YouTube blog, the company announced Thursday that it’s releasing a YouTube app for Nintendo Wii. Designed specifically for that platform, it lets Wii users watch YouTube on the big screen.



Available first in the United States and to more countries “in the coming months,” the free app lets users sign into YouTube and conveniently watch their subscribed channels, as well a variety of categories of videos, trending videos and everything else on YouTube. It offers easier search as well, displaying instant results as you type:

YouTube App for Nintendo Wii

Using this new app is an improvement over the original method of accessing YouTube via the Nintendo Wii, which required a $5 purchase of an Internet channel on the Wii Shop Channel. Only after buying and downloading that Wii-friendly version of the Opera browser could YouTube could be accessed, as well as the rest of the Internet. In recent years, that software to access YouTube the Internet has been free.

YouTube App for Nintendo Wii

Now that YouTube has created this app for the Nintendo Wii, the streaming video service is ubiquitous among the major gaming consoles, joining previously released YouTube apps for PlayStation 3 and Xbox. In addition, YouTube announced that with this additional app released Thursday, YouTube is now available on a total of 400 million devices.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/11/15/youtube-app-wii/