Canadian Entrepreneur Launches Pair, an App That Brings Long-Distance Couples Closer Together March 30, 2012 RICCentre By Knowlton Thomas Pair is a new iPhone app designed to harden the fragility of long-distance relationships. Co-launched by Oleg Kostour, a Canadian entrepreneur who moved to Silicon Valley to participate in Y-Combinator, Pair offers a slew of couple-oriented features such as “thumb-kissing.” Described as “the easiest way to stay in touch with the person you love,” Pair combines texting with what is essentially a two-person-only social network. You can both sketch and draw on one canvas, share to-do lists, and see your partner’s thumbprint in real-time as they touch the screen. It’s also a way to send photos, videos, and texts, share your location, and keep track of all the important dates (never forget their anniversary again!). The app is off to a promising start. It has a five-star rating in Apple’s App Store and received rave reviews in Mashableand TechCrunch. I tested it out, and it’s a lot of fun—even between friends, not just partners. The live sketch makes for guaranteed laughs with anyone, and the location pin sends your pal a zoomed-in map of precisely where you are, which could prove tremendously practical. And it’s all wrapped up in a sleek, simple interface. Pair is free to download but is iOS-only for now. Knowlton is the Associate Editor of Techvibes Media. He has vested interests in business and financial subject matter, as well as technology and environmental affairs. Reposted from Techvibes Media. The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.