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ABOUT THE MOVIE 300

300 is a pretty sweet movie about abs, bromance and shit. But do you know what’s even sweeter? Except for watching a beautiful sunrise hand in hand with that special someone, of course. You’re about to find out.

300 is a 2006 American epic fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Both are fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae within the Persian Wars. The film was directed by Zack Snyder, while Miller served as executive producer and consultant. It was filmed mostly with a super-abs-deluxe key technique, to help replicate the imagery of the original comic book.

The plot revolves around King Leonidas, who leads 300 super cute Spartans into battle against the Persian “god-tranny” Xerxes and his invading army of super many soldiers. As the battle rages, Incest Queen from Game of Thrones attempts to rally support in Sparta for her husband.

Despite their minuscule number, the Spartans fearlessly fight their way through thousands upon thousands of Persian soldiers. Once the few remaining men reach Xerxes, Leonidas manages to land a scratch on the god-tranny himself, and in doing so, expose his mortality. Then the Spartans live happily ever after. Just kidding. They all die. But their sacrifice paves the way for a united Greece to pick up arms and eventually win the war.

Pretty neat story, huh? Impressive how all that could be achieved with only 300 men. Now, multiply that by a thousand and then some. That’s how many we are now. Can you imagine the majestic stories that will be told about us?

CHANGES TO APP STORE PUBLISHING

The time has come to close off our App Store account. From now on, just as for Android, all new iOS apps will be published to your own ditto. Scary? We know. But it’s not all bad news, as fame, fortune and rich new wisdom lies within reach for those who venture on by themselves.

So, last year we opened up for the long-awaited feature of publishing to your own accounts. When implementing this for Google Play we also got rid of the option to publish through us. For App Store, we went about doing things a bit differently, rolling out support for your Developer account while retaining the option to use ours throughout the year. Well, 2k17 is here, you know. Time’s up. From now on, AppSpotr apps published to either platform go through your own account.

To publish to App Store, you’ll need an iTunes Connect Developer account enrolled to the iOS Developer Program. If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on how to get it here

Those of you who already have iOS apps live on the AppSpotr account, don’t worry. You’ll get some time to migrate your creations before they go poof. Just make sure it happens before February 9th, or face complete and utter unpublication at the hands of the Appocalypse. That’s really the worst that could happen.

We understand this might all seem a bit overwhelming at first, but us hosting thousands of apps was never a viable long-term solution. We all knew that. And honestly, there are plenty of perks to having your app on your personal account. You get access to ever so useful analytics, you can put a price tag on your app and, of course, as for every self-respecting artist, your masterpiece will be signed with your name.

Now whaddya say, time to go conquer those charts?

 

NEW FEATURE: E-COMMERCE

Guess what. We’ve finally caught a leprechaun! And we’ll rent it to you jolly cheap! Yup, it’s all true. Because everything hiding endless riches qualifies as a leprechaun, right? Even the most cutting edge native e-commerce functionality ever bestowed upon appkind.

Remember we promised you guys that 2k17 would start off with something big? Well, that was an understatement. What we’re about to serve you is nothing short of the biggest update in AppSpotr history. Broes and broettes, brace yourselves for our new love child, E-Commerce! Inspired name, we know. But don’t let it fool you. This baby is the ultimate shopifier, an entire system built around native webshop functionality for your app.

Add your supposedly million-dollar jewellery, pickup artistry books, dirty laundry or whatever else it is you’re selling. Choose your layout, tinker a bit with the finer details and you’re good to go. Once your shop is online, business will be smoother than ever thanks to integrated payment options, automated customer emails and other game-changing features.

E-Commerce can be activated through the main menu or from the Marketplace for $20 a month. Your subscription doesn’t start until you’ve published the app, so go ahead and try it out.

Expect a more thorough rundown of how E-Commerce works before long. Until then, here’s a little sample:

 

E-COMMERCE FEATURES:

  • Add an unlimited number of products
  • Add product categories for filtering
  • Choose between list, grid and feed layout
  • Customize VAT rate, shipping cost, translations and other settings
  • Receive payments straight through the app
  • Set up automated emails for your buyers

A RECAP OF 2K16

Another year draws to an end. And not just any year, but the most appic one in AppSpotr history. So far. Here’s a summary of stuff that went down (and up – mostly up) in the last twelve months.

2k16 is the year AppSpotr went public and had our stocks oversubscribed sixteen times in the process. Shoutouts to everyone wanting to be a part of AppSpotr. You’re all awesome, but unfortunately we just couldn’t take everyone in. The one-thousand-something peeps who managed to get their hands on shares are welcome as owners of the world’s best app builder. And, as a little bonus, of stocks that went up 50% over their first mere month on the market.

Our userbase grew. A lot. 2k16 is the year that AppSpotr gained 253,817 new users. Together you guys started 177,604 new projects built on 1,175,538 pages. Many fantastic creations first saw the light of day and gave a glimpse of what is possible on our platform.

2k16 is the year when we produced 33 brilliant blog posts. Oh, make that 31. The other two were mediocre and kind of shitty respectively. We talked AppSpotr, obviously. But we also talked Star Wars and Pokémon Go. We even managed to make a completely unrelated App of the Month post be all about Game of Thrones. Because, why not? We felt like it. Unfortunately we didn’t get to use those Pac-Man like Canadian faces from South Park in a blog post or newsletter. Definitely maybe next year.

Here at the headquarters, 2k16 is the year when 13 new people joined our team and office dog Douglas gained seven years while losing five teeth. Canine guy’s getting old, really old. Most importantly, together we caught 126,210 pokémon. Or rather would’ve if the rest of the crew were as devoted to the #winstinct cause as yours truly.

2k16 meant the biggest upgrade to our platform so far. Four new modules were released. We introduced Templates to make things a whole lot more convenient. And we finally rolled out publishing to your own account on both Google Play and App Store. Support for ads was implemented to increase your cash money dollar flow. And speaking of $$$, our platform took its first steps into e-commerce with a magic PayPal button.

Yeah, no doubt 2k16 has been fine as hell. But enough about the past already. A new year is coming up, and we’re going to bust our asses off to make it an even greater one. With the release of our two flashiest modules just around the corner, 2k17 is in for one hell of a start. Then we’ll just keep going from there.

That’s it for now. Time to pour the champagne and wrap up this year. Appy New Year from all of us at AppSpotr!

 

 

 

POPULAR, HUNGOVER AND FINALLY TRADABLE

Some posts ago our CEO took the opportunity to tell you his entire life story while smoothtalking you guys into buying shares for our upcoming stock listing. Remember? He finished his essay (that chapter of it, anyway) promising plenty of opportunities to brag about AppSpotr in the future. Apparently, the future is here already. And so are our stocks.

When asking for a shy 2-ish million bucks, obviously we were expecting to break that number by quite a decent margin. We believe in ourselves. And we know you do too. But nothing could have prepared us for the unspeakable success that followed.

The demand for AppSpotr shares has been huge, to say the least. O n e – t h o u s a n d – s i x – h u n d r e d – p e r c e n t huge. Seriously, that’s not too damn far from the Swedish record. We’re not sure exactly how this happened, but it probably doesn’t hurt that we have a kick-ass product. And that we’re totally amazing all around. Not to mention humble.

But enough about our landslide victory. Now we’re just so damn excited for the opportunities this brings. Finally we can roll up our sleeves and start working on a portal where third-party developers – that means you – can help us expand our platform by building and selling their own modules on our Marketplace. First things first, though. We’ll start off by giving you our two biggest module releases ever. Keep an eye out for number one in the coming weeks.

As of yesterday, our stocks are live on Swedish AktieTorget and eligible for trading. And yes, we’re adequately hungover from last night’s party. A gigantic brofist to all you who have supported us, used our tool and bought our shares. We’d be nothing without you guys.

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