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If your Facebook feed has been taken over by Bitstrips, you’re not alone, as the Toronto-based social comic strip producer just announced their initial numbers, and they’re staggering, to say the least. In just over two months since the Bitstrips app launched on iOS and Android, there have been over 30 million avatars created, rocketing Bitstrips up the charts to the number one app spot in over 40 countries, and the number one entertainment app in over 90 countries.
In fact, there have been over a quarter of a million avatars created in the following cities alone: Mexico City, Chicago, Hong Kong, Lima, and London.
“It feels like we transformed the Internet into a comic strip,” says BA, aka Jacob Blackstock, Co-Founder, CEO & Creative Director of Bitstrips. “The numbers we’re releasing really blew us away. We expected it to grow, but the daily reality blew away our monthly projections.
“I think one of the reasons it’s really taken off is that comics are universally loved. Even if you’re not into comic books, you’re into the Sunday Funnies.” (more…)
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One of the most difficult aspects of buying a new piece of furniture is trying to envision how the new couch or table will look in your home or office. It’s one thing to take measurements and color samples, but it’s something else to actually see the item in the exact location you are hoping to place it.
This is where the innovative new app Adornably comes into play, as you can actually take a picture of your own space then view the furniture you hope to buy in a truly 3-D, photorealistic world, moving the object within the app and around the room to help personalize the home design experience in ways that I’ve never seen before. (more…)
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