Qrank set to launch movie and sports channels, currently serving 200K users

Rodney Gibbs, CEO of Austin-based developer Ricochet Labs, today made some impressive revelations about the company’s highly addictive Qrank iPhone app.

The biggest news of Gibbs’ brief presentation, made at the InnoTech Austin conference, is that Qrank is set to launch partnerships with several sports and movie channels. Gibbs mentioned ESPN Sports as an example of a media partner. These partnerships will allow for various channels by topic. In the example of ESPN, a sports channel will let fans focus solely on sports trivia.

Ricochet is working to allow more playable rounds of trivia each day. Qrank currently limits users to one round of trivia per day.

Some other quick facts about Qrank, according to Gibbs:

  • about 200,000 Qrank users to date
  • 200,000 total downloads on iTunes
  • 70 percent comeback rate, the rate that measures how “sticky” the app is with users
  • 3 million games played
  • there are currently about 36,000 active live-game venues

Qrank is working on a system that will allow for the redemption for real-world prizes. The ultimate goal is to drive traffic to businesses.

In addition, Gibbs predicted an Android release for Qrank as early as this fall.

Five-year old boy sells drawings on Etsy to help pay for Leukemia treatment

Aidan's MonstersAidan’s Monsters is a storefront on the popular arts and crafts website Etsy. Aidan is selling drawings of monsters, clowns, and other drawings to help offset the costs of his medical treatment.

Hello! Thanks for visiting Aidan’s Monsters! Aidan is a 5 year old boy who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. He loves to draw and he loves monsters. Here is where we sell some of his original drawings as well as prints to raise money for his medical bills.

For more information on Aidan and his story visit AidforAidan.

If you have $12 laying around, and hopefully more, you’ll swing by Aiden’s store and buy some original art from this up and comer.

Easy HTML coding and blogging with Markdown

I’ve been experimenting with Markdown for a couple weeks. Markdown is a programming language for web writers that essentially allows you to write web copy while inserting html commands without cluttering your copy with XHTML/HTML markup.

I’ve been using Markdown on my iPad, where it’s extremely tedious to write copy and HTML/xhtml code together within documents. The Markdown app lets me write copy then use a much simpler language for formatting text with ordered and unordered lists, links, italics, and other common html tags.

This makes blogging on iPad much simpler. My current configuration is to write in Markdown. The app let’s me open the fully coded HTML output into an email, which from there i can send to Posterous, which syndicates to my WordPress blog. I can also copy the HTML markup directly into the WordPress app.


  • Compose HTML emails using Markdown syntax
  • Save drafts of your messages in progress
  • Preview your messages before posting them
  • Email raw markdown source to your Posterous blog or other service
  • Copy generated HTML to your clipboard
  • TextExpander touch support

Posterous gets a full feature iPhone app

Posterous, the service that lets you blog from your email client and syndicate your stuff to services like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, just released a pretty sweet iPhone app. Sure, Posterous has had its photo app in the iTunes Store for some time, but I found it a bit clunky.

The new Posterous app lets you post text, images, video and control geotagging and autoposting services directly from your iPhone.

Facebook now lets you download all your stuff, adds groups

All of your Facebook data and uploads are now portable, and can be downloaded in a single .zip file that contains your updates, photos, messages, etc. The service is rolling out over the next several days.

Look for social networks and services that offer the ability to import this .zip file and create a new profile based on your Facebook export.

Facebook today also announced Groups, which offers enhanced taxonomy of social connections:

The goal is to map all real-world groups in a way that’s all-inclusive and can be used in several different contexts. Facebook wants to be the place you go for group email, group chat, etc. You can sort people by family, activities, sports teams—pretty much whatever you want. And just like anyone can tag a photo, each group can be controlled by any of its members.

In terms of a design implications, Groups will live on the lefthand side of the page. You can send and receive email within the Group, even edit a document. It’s not clear if that collaboration can take place in real time.