THE STAR - Mar 15 - Dating app Alike has replaced images and written bios with short video prompts. The app is made for second-generation and third-culture Asians. Torontonian Hanmin Yang is the founder of Alike. "Our goal is to celebrate the Asian experience," he explains. "Our core message to the Asian community is 'love yourself'." Alike entered beta testing in Dec 2020 and had 700 downloads across North America in the first week. He's aiming to release the full app in June 2021. Heartcade is another new made-in-Toronto dating app, which soft-launched on March 6 after six months of beta testing. The app combines anonymous messaging - identities and images hidden - with a 1980s video game-themed interface. After 48 hours of anonymous messaging, users can choose who to match with and to reveal their identities.