Spark DJ App Adds A Professional Spin To Mixes

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By Jackie Renzetti, Star Tribune

James Jones had the problem that every college student wants: too many paid gigs.  While studying engineering and economics at the University of Notre Dame, he DJed three to four parties each weekend, and picked up opening slots for big-name acts like Big Sean. But he started stretching himself too thin, so he built a program that mixed music and took requests. He offered it to customers at a discounted price.”

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Minnesota Startup Dispatch Is Making A Run At The Courier Industry

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Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 7.57.22 AMIt was National Doughnut Day on June 2nd, 2016.

Andrew Leone, then CFO for Johnstone Supply in Bloomington, decided to order some treats for the staff.

Leone also had another thought: he should surprise his wife, at home and pregnant at the time — what a perfect plan he had.

So he jumped online and went through one of the state’s largest courier services, placing his order and receiving an email confirmation. Thirty minutes later, the doughnut delivery showed up to his office.  He sat there waiting for a delighted call from home, popping some holes as an appetizer while surveying the landscape of options before him.

After an hour had passed with no word from his wife, he really started getting nervous. Was it the maple bar?

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[UPDATED] NUU Mobile Raises $50k Kickstarter For 4G LTE Global Wi-Fi Device

fTFKbUt8Nuu Mobile, a lesser known Rochester maker of unlocked Android devices, has taken to Kickstarter for a $50k crowdfunding campaign to launch the Konnect i1:

Updated 4/12/17- The company received $51,217 from 81 backers.

“The NUU Konnect i1 provides worldwide 4G LTE service at an affordable flat rate of USD $10/day for unlimited data. The award winning eSIM technology found in the Konnect i1 allows for up to 5 connected devices.

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Minneapolis’ Grass Fed Cattle Co. Rolls Out Cow Pooling App

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Constant_Contact_300x300By Andre Eggert, Twin Cities Business

“Who’s up for splitting a cow? Yes, we do mean splitting a cow. If you have wellness-conscious carnivores in your circle of friends, you just might see this question popping up in your social media feeds along with another phrase: the Cow Pool. Launched late last fall by the Minneapolis-based Grass Fed Cattle Co., the Cow Pool is a web app that helps groups of friends and family organize purchasing grass-fed beef—by the cow.”

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St. Paul Police Officer Developing App For Autism In The Field

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By Maury Glover, FOX9

“ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – When police come across people with autism or emotional disabilities, it can be tough to know what they are dealing with. But a St. Paul officer is developing an app to make sure officers get the information they need, so an encounter doesn’t go wrong.

Every day, steady streams of people make their way through the St. Paul skyway system, but if one of them was having an episode because of autism or mental illness – how would police know until it was too late? These St. Paul police officers may have the answer in the palm of their hand.”

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Rapid42 Creates Apple Watch App That’s Actually Useful

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screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-11-45-55-amBoutique product development agency Rapid42 has released an iOS app for the Apple Watch called Dahdis that’s brilliantly simple and useful.

Designed to provide value for parents with small childen age 1+, Dahdis helps kids learn their basic numbers, letters and colors using the most basic interface imaginable.

It works by flashing one of the above and changing the screen when tapped, in practice, after being recited.

Invented by consummate tech creator Joseph Rueter, the idea came from first hand experience interacting with his two children who always wanted to play with his smart watch.

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Massage On Demand App Service Zeel Expands Into Minneapolis

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“NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2016 — Zeel, the first company to bring in home massage to your doorstep in as little as an hour, today announces the continued expansion of Massage On Demand into two more cities – San Antonio, Texas and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Residents and visitors in these cities can now schedule and enjoy a five-star, spa-quality in home massage from Zeel in the privacy and convenience of their home, hotel, workplace, or event.”

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Gophers Football Launches VR App To Up Their Game

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“FusionSports, a leading digital marketing agency that creates virtual reality (VR) experiences for sports brands, and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football program (led by Head Coach Tracy Claeys) have partnered to create cinematic VR content to enhance their recruiting efforts. The content will be featured in a custom mobile application launching this fall) custom designed for the football program.

VR has been consistently touted as the next medium for storytelling in multiple industries, but its many uses for sports are crystal clear. Sports are highly dynamic and action-packed, with a multitude of elements that make VR a natural method for effectively capturing on- and off-field experiences to foster a whole new level of engagement.”

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