Canadian Entrepreneur Launches Pair, an App That Brings Long-Distance Couples Closer Together

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 "thumbkissing."

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 Mashable and 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.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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