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Developers unveil new mobile apps for shopping, restaurant reviews at DEMO Mobile

Zach Miners | April 18, 2013
Check-ins and color comprised two themes among several startups at the show

One other company unveiled an app that in many ways screams social: Beer Hunt, made by San Francisco-based Monkey Inferno.

The app, which is available now in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, lets users check in not the name of a business but rather the name of a beer whenever they start drinking, and as they log more drinks they earn rewards and can play various games with other users.

The app's standout (and most revealing) feature, though, is its "drink-o-graphic," which generates a rich profile of users based on their drinking activity, complete with an atlas showing which countries' beers they have imbibed, and what their last beer was.The app features plenty of whimsical expressions too such as "You drink a bathtub full of Guinness in the last month."

Companies building more serious mobile products for enterprise were also present at the show.

One,, wants to make it easier for businesses to learn about their customers by providing social logins to free Wi-Fi networks at participating locations.

Essentially the company exchanges free Wi-Fi access at brick-and-mortar locations with customers' social presence. The person signs into the network with his existing social networking account credentials such as through Facebook, and then the business gains access to certain types of demographic information about the customer such as gender and age, as well as aggregated data about social activity such as music listening habits.The only information provided to hosts is that which is explicitly authorized by users, the company said.

During's demonstration, the company faced questions from judges over how attractive Wi-Fi networks still are to users in the age of super-fast carrier cellular networks like 4G, but the company argued that users often want a way to get online that doesn't feed into their paid data plans.



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