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The new bad boy of user feedback tools is easily @Audobox:

The new bad boy of user feedback tools is easily @Audobox: | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Whether you're a developer or have developers on your team, Audobox is changing the game for app feedback, making the process more efficient and fast.
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MacroSolve Files Patent Infringement Suits Against Eleven Companies

MacroSolve Files Patent Infringement Suits Against Eleven Companies | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

MacroSolve, Inc. (otcqb:MCVE) ("MacroSolve" or the "Company"), a leading provider of mobile technology intellectual property and app venture mentorship, announces it has filed additional patent infringement suits against:


-- Comcast Corporation -- Home Box Office, Inc. -- Discover Financial Services, Inc. -- Carlson Hotels, Inc. -- Dropbox, Inc. -- Wyndham Hotel Group -- MediaFire -- Meetup, Inc. -- Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. -- Box, Inc. -- Five Guys Enterprises

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Illinois home sales and prices continue upward climb in August; Statewide sales rise 17.3 percent, median prices rise 13.6 percent

Illinois home sales and prices continue upward climb in August; Statewide sales rise 17.3 percent, median prices rise 13.6 percent | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in August 2013 totaled 15,814 homes sold, up from 13,485 in August 2012. August marks one year of continuous annual sales and price gains.

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Realtors to Regulator: Don’t Lower the Loan Limits

Realtors to Regulator: Don’t Lower the Loan Limits | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A top housing trade group said Tuesday that the federal regulator for mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac doesn’t have the authority to lower the maximum loan amounts that the firms are able to purchase.
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Fed shocks market, decides not to taper

Fed shocks market, decides not to taper | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Federal Open Market Committee decided Wednesday to keep purchasing additional agency mortgage-backed securities at its current pace to keep the nascent housing recovery going.
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Before & After iOS 7: How Your Favorite Apps Are Changing

Before & After iOS 7: How Your Favorite Apps Are Changing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Flat. With one word Apple didn’t just change its look on mobile, but mandated an industry-wide face-lift. For iOS 7′s launch later today, chrome, navigation buttons, and textured title bars are getting replaced with more content, gesture-controlled navigation, and single-colored panels. 

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7 Of History's Weirdest, Most Awesome Productivity Tips

7 Of History's Weirdest, Most Awesome Productivity Tips | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

As Amanda Green writes on Mental Floss--drawing from Mason Curry's Daily Rituals: How Artists Work--some of history's most creative people had the most peculiar workflows. Like how:

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Google Acquires Bump, The Simple File Sharing App

Google Acquires Bump, The Simple File Sharing App | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Google has acquired Bump, the application that lets users touch devices to share files and information and one of the top 25 best-selling iPhone apps of all time. Bump and Flock, the collaborative photo sharing service it founded last year, will continue to maintain their services but the company said users should stay tuned for future updates.

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Is There Life After Email? Yes, And It's Amazing

Is There Life After Email? Yes, And It's Amazing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

While all employees had email accounts and were free to use them, they rarely did. I didn't either: 95% of the email I received while employed there was from people at other companies. How, you may ask, can any modern organization function without email, much less one as successful as WordPress.com? I'll explain everything you need to know.

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New HUD rule could make more eligible for mortgages

New HUD rule could make more eligible for mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The Department of Housing and Urban Development last month changed its rule requiring a three-year waiting period for people who have lost a home due to foreclosure or bankruptcy, opening the door for them to buy another home in only one year as long as they have fixed whatever financial problem caused them to lose the previous home.

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Google Waves Goodbye To MySQL In Favor Of MariaDB

Google Waves Goodbye To MySQL In Favor Of MariaDB | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In physics, the law of conservation of energy holds that energy can neither be created or destroyed, it can only be transferred from one form to another. In business terms, this natural law can also apply: do a company wrong and someday that company may come back to bite you on the butt later.

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Latest CoStar CCRSI Analysis: Commercial Real Estate Prices Maintain Positive Momentum in July

Latest CoStar CCRSI Analysis: Commercial Real Estate Prices Maintain Positive Momentum in July | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

This month's CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Indices (CCRSI) provide the market's first look at July 2013 commercial real estate pricing. Based on 1,005 repeat sales in July 2013 and more than 125,000 repeat sales since 1996, the CCRSI offers the broadest measure of commercial real estate repeat sales activity.

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An innovative real estate business model, or threat to the MLS?

An innovative real estate business model, or threat to the MLS? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“Paper brokerages” — companies that join multiple listing services in order to access and display MLS listing data online, but don’t provide brokerage services to consumers — could be the next big thing in online real estate. But only if the traditional brokers who control the nation’s MLSs continue to tolerate them.

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NAR-August Existing-Home Sales Rise, Limited Inventory Continues to Push Prices

NAR-August Existing-Home Sales Rise, Limited Inventory Continues to Push Prices | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 1.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million in August from 5.39 million in July, and are 13.2 percent higher than the 4.84 million-unit level in August 2012.

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Google May Stop Using Cookies

Google May Stop Using Cookies | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

“We believe that technological enhancements can improve users’ security while ensuring the Web remains economically viable,” a Google spokesperson told the Journal. “We and others have a number of concepts in this area, but they’re all very early stages.”

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'Zombie' property ruling could hurt Evanston

'Zombie' property ruling could hurt Evanston | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A recent federal court decision may undermine Evanston’s ability to keep vacant properties maintained. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin said the City of Chicago cannot enforce its vacant buildings ordinance against mortgage lenders if the loans are backed by the federally-superivied entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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These so called Zombie properties are a problem nationwide, we have plenty of them here in DFW. 

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What iPhone, iPad owners need to know about iOS 7

What iPhone, iPad owners need to know about iOS 7 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The system, iOS 7, will come installed on the new iPhone 5S and 5C models that go on sale Friday. Owners of some older Apple devices also can download it to replace their current systems. But should they?

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Cook County home prices continue recovery

Cook County home prices continue recovery | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Single-family-home prices rose strongly in Chicago and suburban Cook County during the year's second quarter, according to a local home price index, validating the sentiment that a housing recovery has taken hold in the Chicago area.
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Zillow Hosts Conversation About Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Reform With Sens. Bob Corker and Mark R. Warner

Zillow Hosts Conversation About Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Reform With Sens. Bob Corker and Mark R. Warner | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow® Chief Economist Stan Humphries earlier this week hosted a conversation and Q&A session on the proposed reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Mark R. Warner, D-Va., co-sponsors of Senate Bill 1217, the Housing Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013. 

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@properties Targets Northwest Expansion; Hires Lisa Cokefair as Vice President of Brokerage Services in Libertyville Market

@properties Targets Northwest Expansion; Hires Lisa Cokefair as Vice President of Brokerage Services in Libertyville Market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Chicago real estate firm @properties announced that it has hired veteran real estate manager and broker Lisa Cokefair, 46, as vice president of brokerage services. Cokefair will be a key figure in the firm’s continuing expansion in Chicago’s northern suburbs, drawing upon her experience in the Libertyville market, where @properties will open an office later this year

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Microsoft Initiates Massive $40 Billion Share Buyback Program

Microsoft Initiates Massive $40 Billion Share Buyback Program | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Shortly before market opening, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced a new massive buyback program as well as a dividend increase. The new buyback program comes after the expiration of a previous $40 billion program that is set to expire on September 2013.

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Translate This: Google's Quest to End the Language Barrier

Translate This: Google's Quest to End the Language Barrier | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Can the language barrier be breached? Google certainly thinks so: Under the leadership of a computer scientist from Germany, the company is making progress toward a universal translation tool. But competition is looming from Microsoft and Facebook.
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At $72B, Bill Gates is richest American for 20th straight year

At $72B, Bill Gates is richest American for 20th straight year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
And as usual, Forbes' latest list of the wealthiest 400 Americans includes a tech industry who's who, from Ellison to Zuckerberg to Musk. Read this article by Zack Whittaker on CNET News.
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Why iOS 7 forced developers to redesign their apps for experienced smartphone users

Why iOS 7 forced developers to redesign their apps for experienced smartphone users | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Prior to iOS 7, Apple’s design guidelines assumed that smartphone users were new to touchscreen user interfaces. That assumption was discarded with iOS 7, and developers had to shift their thinking, but several were excited to be free of those restraints.

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Keller Williams claims North America agent count throne

Keller Williams claims North America agent count throne | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Keller Williams Realty, the 30-year-old Austin, Texas-based franchisor, claims to have more agents affiliated with its brand in the U.S. and Canada than any other real estate franchise — thanks in part to a net gain of 12,000 agents over the last year.

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