A New Version of CoboCards’ iPhone App Now Available

Ali - July 27th, 2013No Comments »

IMPORTANT: PLEASE DELETE OLD VERSION FIRST BEFORE INSTALLING NEW VERSION!

DON’T FORGET TO SYNC LEARN LEVELS BEFORE!

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Secure Payments on CoboCars Thanks to Certification

Ali - January 21st, 2013No Comments »

Dear users,

today CoboCards got a certification for secure payments on CoboCards.com.

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The certification is called PCI-DSS and means Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. It ensures that payments with Visa or Mastercard are secure. Once a year this certification has to be renewed so Acertigo (the instution doing the assessment) knows that we fulfil security requirements.

Some of the points to get the certification is for example: No hacker attacks to our payment process or no saving of customer credit card data.

We always try to make CoboCards more secure than it is. This certification is a proof for it.

Flashcard App Raises $9 Million

Ali - January 5th, 2013No Comments »

Good news for the US Start-Up StudyBlue. They just raised $9 million accordting to this article. Now StudyBlue has $14.8 million in total funding. These are incredible investments compared to Europe.

After winning the start2grow Award in 2009 we also tried to collect venture capital. But in Europe it’s not that easy as in the United States. Especially if you build up a company in the field of e-learning. We had a proof of concept, a business modell that already generated revenues, the confirmation of the jury. However, in Germany is known for high-tech machines. So you compete with these start-ups while pitching your idea.

Very quickly we understood that trying to raise venture captial is time consuming and worthless. One person was honest enough to tell us that e-learning projects were not sexy enough to fund. From that day on we never applied for anything. Bootstrapping was our strategy and I have to admit, it was the right decision for us.

Adventages & Disadvantages of VC money

No doubt, there are a lot of advantages in raising VC money. Finally you can attack all the ideas you had in mind, recruit people to do that and increase the value of your start-up. Most probably StudyBlue will reach the amount of users Quizlet can proudly present now. Market share will change on the US market where we are not doing any marketing anymore. Our core countries are Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Raising money has also disadvantages. You are not free in your decisions anymore. Noone gives you money without restrichtions. Most VC’s place managers in your management department. Some people report that their daily business is now writing reports for funders. This ist not really fun and the entrepreneurship I desire.

Furthermore, VC’s usually don’t give you all the money after communicating it. First you get – let’s say 100k. If you can reach goals with this money fine. If not you have to give answers to a lot of questions (why were goals not reached etc.).

Difference between USA and Germany

As far as I understood for the article above StudyBlue does not earn any money at the moment. They assume that students are willing to share content. Maybe this is the case in the US, but our experience the opposite. People don’t share content. Perhaps due to different copyright regulations in Europe.

StudyBlue aims to implement the freemium model like we did in 2010. If it should be based on the content people share and others buy…hmm I have my doubts. But ok, funding companies know more details than I do.

In Europe noone would fund a start-up not having a proof of revenues. As I’ve written before. We already were earning money and nevertheless it was not attractive enough to fund us. Especially in Germany a seed finance round can bring you 500k.

Conclusion

I’m pretty sure the guys from StudyBlue will do the best out of the money and change some major things in e-learning. Of course, I would like to see a similar funding for CoboCards, cause CoboCards is the best flashcard app in Europe :)

 

 

 

The CoboCards Song

Ali - November 20th, 2012No Comments »

CoboCards Logo Grafitti Style

Ali - October 23rd, 2012No Comments »

Finally! New iPhone Flashcard App Is Alive!

Ali - May 24th, 2012No Comments »

After having published our Android Flashcard App we proudly present our new iPhone Flashcards App (Version 1.0.3)

The best anticipated news: as of now, our iPhone Flashcard App is for FREE!

IMPROTANT: Please uninstall current version first before installing new version!

Screenshot App

And now details of the features that are provided in this version.

General Features of the Flashcard App:

Changing Font Size

Upon your request in the wishlist, you can now enlarge the font size of the cards using: Menu →  Settings.

Auto-Sync the iPhone Flashcard App with the Server

The automatic sync in the end of a learning session at an existing internet connection is another request that has been implemented in this version. As a result, the learning levels and other changes (formatting, new Flashcards… etc.) will be synced.

Creating an Account

Registering in the iPhone Flashcard App is now easy-peasy. Your password is sent to your valid email address. Please log out and log in again with your password to insure correct synchronisation.

Change Answer/Question

You can now decide if you want to see the question or the answer first.

Activating the Full Functionality

Upgradding to Pro is now also possible directly within the Flashcard App. Renewing your membership as well.

Design Adjustments

We have improved the look a little bit. Hope you like it.
Unlimited Functionality of the Flashcard App (Paid Version):

Displaying/ Creating Folders

As of now, and upon your request, folders will appear in the iPhone Flashcard App.

Creating Flashcard Sets

Another new and requested feature is the ability to create flashcard sets. Now available for Pro users.

Creating/ Deleting Cards

This feature was also on the wishlist, so we have implemented it. Now you can create lists and tables with a click.

Editing/ Formatting Cards

This was the most difficult feature to implement; but we did it. LaTeX formulas cannot be edited on mobile devices.  Uploading a picture is also not possible.

Searching for Cards

Requested by Markus on the wishlist, this feature is now introduced to our iPhone  Flashcard App users. You can now enter text, tap the magnifying glass and select from the search results. You can then navigate (browse) through the flashcard set as well.

Leitner-Algorithm

As requested, we have also introduced learning by following our e-coach’s guidelines. This option can be activated for each flashcard set.

Screenshot App

Just give it a try and tell us your opinion!

CoboCards Android Flashcard App Rocks!

Ali - April 26th, 2012No Comments »

Great news for our Android Flashcard App users, and for those who are thinking of using it soon.

The best anticipated news: as of now, our Android Flashcard App is FREE!

IMPORTANT: If you have installed CoboCards v1 manually, please uninstall first and delete folder “com.cobocards” from your SD-card. Then install CoboCards v2 from Play Store.

And now to the details of the features that are provided in this version.

General Features of the Flashcard App:

Changing Font Size

Upon your request in the wishlist, you can now enlarge the font size of the cards using: Menu →  Settings.

Auto-Sync the Android Flashcard App with the Server

The automatic sync in the end of a learning session at an existing internet connection is another request that has been implemented in this version. As a result, the learning levels and other changes (formatting, new Flashcards… etc.) will be synced.

Creating an Account

Registering in the Android Flashcard App is now easy-peasy. Your password is sent to your valid email address. And although you can –as usual- be directly in the App, you’ll have to login at least once in order to be able to use all functions.

Landscape Format

It is now possible to learn in landscape format as well. The rotation can be adjusted under: “Settings”.

Activating the Complete Functions

This feature is now also possible directly on the Flashcard App. Renewing your membership is possible as well.

Design Adjustments

We have improved the look of the design a little bit. The buttons have been particularly moved from the Menu to the Action Bar.

Unlimited Functionality of the Flashcard App:

Displaying/ Creating Folders

CoboCards Android Flashcard App FolderAs of now, and upon your request, the folders will appear in the Android Flashcard App. If a flashcard set that is located in a folder is being downloaded, then the flashcard set will be downloaded together with this folder at the same time. In addition, you can now create folders directly on your Smartphone. Please note, that when you remove a folder (by pressing on the folder and holding for a while) then the folder will be removed from the Smartphone. The permanent deletion must be done online.

Creating Flashcard Sets

Another new and requested feature is the ability to create flashcard sets. Again, if you press and hold for a while the flashcard sets will be removed, but won’t be permanently deleted.

Creating/ Deleting Cards

This feature was also on the wishlist of our users, so we have implemented it. Now you can create lists and tables with a click. The card will be deleted in the deleting process.

Editing/ Formatting Cards

CoboCards Android Flashcard App Formatting CardsThis may be the most difficult feature to be implement on the wishlist; but we still did it. LaTeX formulas cannot be edited on mobile devices.  Uploading a picture is also not possible, and therefore difficult to implement. Otherwise the familiar formatting options are available.

Searching for Cards

Requested by Markus on the wishlist, this feature is now introduced to our Android Flashcard App users. You can now enter text, tap the magnifying glass and select from the search results. You can then navigate (browse) through the flashcard set as well.

Leitner- Algorithm

As requested, we have also introduced learning by following our e-coach’s guidelines. This option can be activated for each flashcard set. You can then see the cards that are to be revised for that day in ‘Home’. Tapping this number will direct you –without detours- to the inquiry of the cards.

Our Beta testers liked the new Android version a lot. We hope that the rest of our users will be pleased with it as well. Please send us your feedback and tell your friends about it!

Display/create folder
Remove folders by pressing the folder for 2 seconds. Please be aware that folder is just removed. Deletion has to be done online.

Create flashcards sets
See above for removing/deleting flashcard sets.

Create/delete flsshcards
Deletion will delete flashcard.

Search for flashcards

Leitner algorithm
Activate algorithm for each set and you will see the amount of flashcards directly in “Home”.

Edit/format flashcards
Latex code cannot be edited. Please do this online.

Beta tester liked the new version and the new features. We hope all others will do the same.

Write About CoboCards, Get 6 Months Pro For Free!

Ali - March 17th, 2012No Comments »

If you write an article about CoboCards, you get 6 months Pro for free.

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Requirements

  1. The article has at least 250 words
  2. 1 image
  3. 2 links to CoboCards.
  4. Text written by yourself

To write about what?

About our Webapp, our Smartphone Apps, the Flashcard Pool or any other CoboCards related topic.

Sources

You can use the Presse Area (where you can find logos, images and screenshots), our videos (if you like to embed them) or posts from our blog.

Linking

Choose 2 of these:

  • Flashcard(s) App–> http://www.cobocards.com
  • Laarn flashcards online–> http://www.cobocards.com
  • Android/ iPhone Flashcard App –> http://www.cobocards.com/smartphone
  • Flashcard Pool –> http://www.cobocards.com/pool

How to get free months?

Just send the URL of the article via your e-mail address used on CoboCards and you’ll get them after a quick review.  Pro membership will not be renewed automatically!

This offer ends end of April 2012.

Questions? Mail us: info@cobocards.com

And read this: What happens after Pro expiration?

Exporting/Importing Flashcards in CoboCards

Ali - March 7th, 2012No Comments »

As you already know we don’t prevent you from exporting your flashcards to have a backup on your computers. But how is this feature being used?

We provide to export formats: XML and CSV. 73% of all exports were made to generate a XML-file. Pro User export 50-60% more than Free User. They use CoboCards more intensively and have more flashcards to export.

If we look at import statistics almost 67% import a CSV-file. CSV is recommandable for plain text flashcards, where for flashcards containing images, tables or formula XML should be used.

Whatever format you use to backup flashcards, don’t forget that we are doing a backup of the whole system every day. In the last 4 years we never had an incident with lost content.

Hopefully this will not change in future!

Mysterious QR-Code

Ali - March 2nd, 2012No Comments »

Scan, open and see what it contains… :)

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