Moovit for iPhone v3.3 is out

April 14th, 2014 No comments

A new version of Moovit for iPhone was released yesterday (v3.3). In this version we built the “My Moovit” section which is the foundation of all social & gamification aspects of the app. This section shows users his rank and score. It also allows the users to connect with Facebook, invite friends, see them on the map and check how you rank in the leaderboards compared to them.

We also added the option to “Spread the love” with your WhatsApp friends (if you are an iOS developer and looking for a way to add this functionality to your app, here are the instructions)

Check it out on the iTunes App Store.

Excel for Mac Tip – Where’s the Scroll Lock?

July 14th, 2013 1 comment

Most of the time I use Google Docs and rarely I use Excel for Mac. So I don’t get to learn, practice and memorize  the different keyboard shortcuts of it. And that has a price.

Here’s an example of one small keyboard command that can drive you nuts if you don’t know how to fix it. Accidentally I hit some key which made the cursor keys scroll the displayed cells up/down/left/right, instead of moving from cell to cell. If it was a PC I’d hit Scroll Lock, but there is no such key on the Mac.

Sounds familiar? Well, if you have an external Apple keyboard, then the F14 button is the Mac’s Scroll Lock. Hit it and your frustration should be over.

If you don’t have an external keyboard, then you can download & install a virtual one. Then hit F14.

 

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Joining Moovit

July 3rd, 2013 No comments

After three years of entrepreneurship, founding of two companies (Hitpad & Pixplit) and getting my products in the hands of over one million users, the time has come to move on.

I’ve joined Moovit as VP of Product to help the world’s public transportation users have a better service. In case you have not heard of it yet, Moovit, is a real-time public transit app, powered by the crowd (many call it “The Waze of Public Transportation”). You can get it for free for iPhone and Android. If you are a user, then I’d love to get your thoughts and feedback.

After getting Hitpad featured on the AppStore in over 80 countries and Pixplit featured in over 150 countries, now I am focused to reach even bigger milestones.

Exciting times.

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Pixplit 2.0

June 1st, 2013 No comments

We released a new and major update to Pixplit. Version 2.0 has two key features:

  1. Messaging – users can send private splits to each other using a real-time chat/IM experience
  2. Complete your own split – a user can complete his own splits without having to wait for other members to participate in a split the user has started

You can read more about it on our blog. The new version is available for free for iPhone and Android.

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Dropbox vs Copy.com: A Detailed Product Review

May 17th, 2013 18 comments

Copy is a new cloud backup service that is at start looks like a Dropbox clone but once you compare its offering you come to realize it is actually better in many ways. It was recently launched by Barracuda Networks, a large provider of security, data protection and backup solutions and is starting to spread among geeks and early adopters.

The idea of both services is the same – once you install their app for PC or Mac, you get a folder on your computer that is always synced to the cloud. Any folder or file that you move into that folder gets automatically synced to the cloud. This allows you to backup files, sync files between computers (your personal & home computer for example), between your computer & smartphone and also share files with others which is extremely useful when working as a team and having a need to constantly share files with each other without the hassle of emailing files as attachment.

Dropbox has been around for a while, it has millions of users and has created a fantastic service that I have been using for several years. So how can Copy succeed in such a competitive space? The answer is very simple – Copy is giving away plenty of free storage space for new signups – 15GB (vs. 2GB you get in Dropbox). In addition, for anyone that you refer to the service, both of you will earn an extra 5 GBs for completed referrals and there is no limit to the number of people you can refer.

Interested? Click this link to signup & get 20GB free space – 15GB plus 5GB since I will be your referrer.

After you are done signing up, make sure to:

  1. Verify your email address
  2. Download and install the Copy app (for PC/Mac)

Only after completing these two steps you will get the 5GB bonus.

By the way, you can also signup as a regular user without a referrer and not get any bonus.

Although the services are very similar, there are still some pros and cons for Copy compared to Dropbox.

Pros:
- Free account size: 15GB vs. 2GB in the case of Dropbox. Initially Copy started with 5GB but as soon as Google announced that Google Drive free space will be 15GB, Copy rushed to match it.
- Referral program: Copy gives 5GB for both you and the friend you refer with no limit. Dropbox however, gives 500MB to you but nothing to your friend and it limits the bonus amount to 16GB (32 friends).
- Fair Storage for all – instead of counting data in shared folders against all members’ individual storage quotas so everyone pays for the same data over and over, Copy allows users to “split the bill” and control which files count against their storage capacity.
- Sharing a folder over the internet is more secured. In dropbox, when you share a link, you have no control if the link is being emailed to someone else. With copy, you can enter a specific user’s Copy username (an email address) and that would restrict access to the shared folder.
- Beautiful web interface that is much easier for viewing files on the web
- For mobile designers Copy is better for viewing a screenshot on an iPad. The image quality is better since Copy does not compress it like Dropbox and it also displays the screenshot in full view (without the iPad’s status bar)
- Quicker sharing – you can share a link to a file from the app rather than being redirected to the website and sharing from there like Dropbox does
- Caching – Copy allows caching of whole folders on mobile devices
- Copy allows easy access to old versions of a file straight from a file’s contextual menu

Cons:

- According to Garrett Reil (comment below), the upload speed seems to be slower compared to Dropbox

- There is no live preview of video files in the web interface

- Copy for Mac is available only for OS 10.7+ (credit: Disqus user JBonatto)

Bottom line – Copy has done a fantastic job in launching a well designed, feature reach product that supports all platforms (Win, Mac, Linux) and Smartphones (iOS, Android). To us, the users, the competition is a good thing as it will drive both Copy and Dropbox to improve overtime. As for Copy, I’ve been using it for several months and have not experienced any glitches or outages. Highly recommended!

Click here to signup for free and get your 20GB free space.

2012 Best Songs – Alex Clare : Too Close

December 24th, 2012 No comments
Beyond being a magical song, the personal story of Alex who became Chabadsit adds another dimension to it.

Originally posted on Life Mashup 2.0
 

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My interview with Orange at LeWeb about Pixplit

December 12th, 2012 No comments

Last week at LeWeb12 Paris, I was interviewed by Celine Louis, the editor of the official Orange blog, about Pixplit. You can find the full article here and the video interview below.


interview of Jay Meydad CEO of Pixplit by orangecorporate

Smells Like Eleanor Rigby (Beatles + Nirvana)

December 12th, 2012 No comments

When two giants mashup.

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Help Pixplit get nominated for a Crunchie

November 22nd, 2012 No comments

I would like to ask for your help and it won’t take more than 1 minute.

We are trying to get my startup, Pixplit, nominated for a Crunchies ’12 Award. Simply follow each one of these 5 links and once the page loads click on the “Nominate” button:

 Voting is open till December 6th & it is possible to vote for us every day. A lot of exciting things are coming up soon for Pixplit. We hope to add a Crunchie to that list and with your help it will be possible.

Thank You!

Pixplit & Tel Aviv’s Open Startup Festival

November 11th, 2012 No comments

This coming Thursday afternoon & Friday morning (Nov 15-16), Pixplit will be participate, along with about 50 other startups, in Tel Aviv’s open startup festival.

Our cozy office will be open to visitors and we will provide a peek into the life of a young startup who’s just launched its product, won 1st place at the StartTWS conference and is on the journey to hit a gazillion more milestones.

We are at 15 Rotschiled Bldv, Tel Aviv (map).

For exact hours please see #22 on this list

Be our guests.

Tel Aviv Open Startup

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