iPhone app developer pays off parents' mortgage for Christmas

iPhone app developer pays off parents' mortgage for Christmas
This is what life is all about. You raise your kid, teach him right from wrong. You feed him, clothe him, and try to give him everything he asks for. You give him hope that he can grow up to achieve anything. And then, one Christmas morning, he presents you and your wife with a note saying that your house has been paid off.

If you can wipe those tears away from your eyes for a second, we can tell you that no, this is not a commercial for Bank of America. This is real life. The developer of iOS app Videoshop, Joe Riquelme, is the thoughtful offspring. 

Videoshop is a video editor for your iOS clips. You can add music to a video, edit some bits in fast or slow motion, add sound effects (like animal noises, farts, explosions, applause, and more), combine videos, trim them, type any subtitles, and share the finished product with friends.

More importantly for Joe, the success of the app allowed him to bestow onto his parents an amazing gift. You can view the tender moment as it happened by clicking on the video below.

source: joeytrombone via Mashable



1. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

That's nice....It really is....

2. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Good guy...

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

and he did it without the evil freemium model of pricing. Well done, sir !

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Android developer still struggling and earn less even get the most markets share, iPhone developer able to survive by just taking top one percenter

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Based on apps sales figures its true that iOS user are more willing to pay for an app. Android user are more tech savvy so we always have a habits of finding free alternative app or method to get by instead of just simply pay to get the nice app. An example would be trying to getting a better dialer for my Neptune Pine. Tried out a few and really like one of them but after trial period is $4.99 to purchase. So what would an iOS user do, just pay the $4.99 to get the nice app right. Me like most Android user would continue my search and end up with Google latest Kit Kat 4.4.3 dialer that some one rip off from the Nexus phone.

9. mrochester

Posts: 1043; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I think statistically Android users tend to be less tech savvy than iOS users. That's what the last poll into the state of play said I believe.

10. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Low end Androids mix in that statistic too, so the average Android user ends up being less tech savvy than iOS users, but then again, people with low end Androids, who use it as a dumb phone with no apps at all are mixed in either, more than the number that's mixed into the iOS userbase. Those who don't use apps, won't pay for them either.

12. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

And the fanboys ALWAYS brag about Android's misleading market share.

45. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

oh just shut up

25. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I hate how iPhone are treated as models and android add a only an os. The demographics of a note 4 versus iPhone 6 plus would be more specific, useful and interesting.

14. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You got a link for this study? http://lmgtfy.com/?q=android+users+smarter

5. BobLawblaw unregistered

Great to hear some good news for a change. That's real brilliant what he done. Hopefully the comments here will be good instead of descending into the usual apple v android wankoff..

6. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Too late; Hugo's been there already...

8. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not to worry, his phone isn't waterproof so eventually it's going to die from him constantly licking the screen.

11. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

What a contrast. The parents of Android app devs have to sell their houses to pay their children's debts in many cases. Beauty of Android: noone makes money.

17. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Where did you find that story? Links?

21. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He heard about it at his last Retards Anonymous meeting.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're ignorant and stupid and totally wrong.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great move man! For him to do that, shows how much he loves his parents, and how much love they showed him. Kudos bro. Pity this beautiful story/article turned into a flame war. Thanx Hugo, couldn't resist could you...

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

"The essence of balance is detachment. To embrace a cause, to grow fond or spiteful, is to lose one's balance, after which, no action can be trusted." Quote from one of my favourite game.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Tite quote

22. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It was a great story, and touching. I wish I could have done that for my parents.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hopefully you mean, cuz they payed it off before you could. If they're no longer here, then very sorry for your loss bro.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh, yeah. Guess I could've worded that clearer. They're both alive and kicking. They had me at 18, so they're younger than most parents of people my age. They paid their home off years ago, and have a lot of money put away. There's not much I can do for them financially. I make more now than my dad ever did, but he's got millions put away.

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's cool to hear bro. My dad paid theirs off too, but I'd love to be able to reimburse him.

15. jerk009

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 21, 2014

Realty makes a story

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Oh boy, here are the iOS user trying to put Android users down. First off most of these devs make both iOS and Android versions of the apps. They make their money from iOS so Android user tend to get the same app free. As far as who is smarter? Android users are smarter because we don't find Android phone hard to use. In fact they are equally as simple as iPhones. The only difference is for those who are tech savvy, Android provide more functions instead of locking them down. IOS user in general in my opinion are less tech savvy because they buy the device based on popularity, not capability. After all, how smart is a person who would pay more for a device that does less and has less? Example...Note 4 vs iPhone 6 Plus. The Note is bigger, yet smaller, has a better camera, bigger display, higher resolution, more ram, a useful cpu and gpu, a pen and so much more yet it costs less. Does everything the iPhone can and at least 100 things it cant out the box.

23. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Keep telling yourself that when you go into the offices of professionals and see most of them using iPhones. EVERY study I have ever read says iOS users are more educated and no amount of wishing on your part will change that.

31. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

could you perhaps link said studies? Because all I can find is mixed messages, and depending on which ones you believe and or read I can easily see this being biased. But yes, you cannot discount that cheap android phones are in the hands of a wider variety of people, you have to remember that if you compare ios vs android, ios only has like 20% of the market, where android has almost the entire rest part, why? because android covers a lot more different devices, So when you have a much larger diversity of devices vs fewer devices, the average can easily go way off, especially depending on how you count it. And given that both sides wants to look the best, there is probably a large amount of biased 'studies' around. Biggest question to me, is 'how' do you study who is smartest? because 'smart' has _VERY_ little to do with using a phone, there is a ton of stuff out there that doesn't require people to be smart phone or even computer smart. regardless of this, what this guy is doing is a beautiful thing.

34. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

more educated?? sure!!!... only kuz the dumb ass boss got tricked into buyin itoys for WHOLE company, and employees, who have to b college grads to work there anyway, are stuck using crappy idevices. WHO WANT SOME?!?!?! .......thats what i thought. now Sit down!!!

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