The Cast of Star Wars on Tinder.

Ladies and gents, droids and Wookiees, start your engines. Your online dating game is about to get galactic.

 

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OMG, It’s 2015 and iPosture is NOT CUTE.

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Before I was a copywriter, I worked as an office manager for a production company. When we would hire new people, I often got sucked into the role of “interviewer” because of how unassuming and/or intimidating I was or wasn’t. I really looked forward to it, not because it put me in a position of power, but because I could pretend to make notes on the applicant’s resume while really all I was doing was tally-marking every time they used the word, “like.” Do you realize how much more attractive, intelligent, and cool you would appear to be if you could eliminate this word from your vocabulary? Like, seriously. Now I’m going to talk about what you look like when you hold your iPhone.

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One Millennial’s Apology: “I’m Sorry We Suck”

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As of the last few years, the term “millennial” has been used a lot, and usually with a negative connotation. As a 23 year old millennial or Generation Y, I constantly hear complaints about my generation.

Though I am part of the Millennial age group, I feel a good amount of disconnect from majority of the stereotypes based off the “studies” being done. I find it strange that a fairly wide age and cultural demographic (18-34 year olds) is generalized into one category with a lot of stereotypes that don’t always ring true. People come from different cultural backgrounds, upbringings, wealth, and consist of varying ages, and one may not relate well with others. Nonetheless, I have heard many generalizations of how messed up we millennials are.

So, I decided to be narcissistic for a day and made a small list of my favorite millennial stereotypes below.

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LET’S ROGO!

Straight from the O+O Lab, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our app, ROGO! 

Have you ever had a burning question, but lacked the right language to express it? Without getting too “meta” on you this Tuesday morning, how do you ask a person what something is, if you don’t know what the thing is?  These are the kinds of things that keep the O+O team up at night. And because we are all a part of this epic mission to make the world a better interactive and connected experience, we built a platform for users to express and resolve their curiosity. The more we can encourage curiosity and wonderment, the more we can exercise our imaginations. Trust us when we say, imagination is where it’s at.

ROGO! lets you snap a photo of anything you’re curious about, and upload it to a whole network of other users who can give you answers in real time. Ask and answer visual questions instantly, and earn rewards for it. So whether you’re dropping knowledge, saving the day, or just don’t know–ROGO! is your go-to app for all the answers you need when you’re at a loss for words. Download here! 

 

Comic Con 2015 Photos

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Most of yesterday was spent recovering and recapping the weekend’s Comic Con shenanigans. Those of who didn’t get to attend are left to just upload these photos. Can’t you just feel the FOMO?

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TUTORIAL TUESDAY: Setting Up a Canvas With Dragging and Boundaries in Swift

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! This week for our tutorial, we welcome our developer Matthieu to the blog. He’s going to walk us through setting up a canvas in Swift with dragging and boundaries.

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Startup Hall of Fame: O+O Edition

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It’s been the Age of Unicorns for a hot minute now, with some of our everyday go-to services coming from the minds of creative unicorns that saw an opportunity to fulfill a need, and deliver immediately. They’re disrupting conventional industries as we once knew them, riding the momentum of new technology, smartphones, and users like me who wouldn’t be able to hail a cab if their life depended on it. They have us meeting strangers off the Internet and getting into cars them and sleeping in their treehouses all over the world. When I asked around the office, some of my coworkers were unaware that a lot of their favorite apps, companies, and services began as a startup.  It wasn’t really a shocker that old faithfuls like free instant messagingUber, Air BnB, Waze, and Tinder made the top ranks. Whereas technological big ideas risk being flashes in pans, failures, or just weird, as the technology that made them possible advances and grows outdated, good ideas (ideas that matter) have a tendency to transcend.

The bottom line: Disruption is in, distraction is out. The survey has spoken and it’s safe to say we no longer want to be glued to our smartphones. The apps we use the most have some common top qualities and goals: Efficiency, User Control, and Community. Their endgame is to get us to the present real life moment as efficiently as possible, even if we are just endlessly swiping right (left?) to find that perfect someone to experience that aforementioned moment with. They’re putting the user in control; letting us “rate” our meal, our driver, our host. The best ideas are disrupting old ways of doing things, making life better, taking the hiccups out of everyday inconveniences, and connecting us easier and faster.

After all, there’s always US in USER.

Below is a list of our favorite startups of all time. Give us a tweet if you think we’ve missed some gold ones.

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The Wizard of Oz Wardrobe for Minimalists

Did you get tickets to The Wizard of Oz at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for this Saturday? Good for you. What better way to experience this cinematic masterpiece than on a picnic blanket surrounded by hundreds of friends, and in the company of a ton of dead movie stars? If you’ve never done a Cinespia movie screening, you need to add that to your LA bucket list, pronto. Read more for some tips on picnicking and dressing the part.

 

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Selfie Nation

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Over the centuries, the self-portrait has lived in the world as a clear portrayal of self-expression. From Frida Kahlo, who painted endless portraits of herself, to Chuck Close, who used photography of his visage, to now Kim Kardashian, who has published a rather large photo book of only Selfies— people have created their own narratives and sense-of-self through this form of visual representation. Even cave men drew pictures on their walls of themselves in action, expressing their daily life.

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Amazon Web Service CodeDeploy with Github

We’re always on the lookout for ways we can improve our development and deployment processes. Most projects we undertake make use of Amazon AWS vast infrastructure. The ever popular AWS has grown leaps and bounds since its introduction to the startup world. Controlling startup cost is essential and AWS is a great asset to have in that regard.

Today we’ll take a peak at the CodeDeploy feature within the web service and how to integrate your app deployed on AWS with Github.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.

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No, the hard hats aren’t just a fashion accessory. We can’t give too much away, but there is a pretty exciting project in the works. Here are some photos from the site.

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Design Inspiration : Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Jean-Michel Basquiat is arguably one of the most influential artists of the Neo-Expressionist art movement of the 1970s and 1980s, and certainly one of the most significant artists of his generation. Known for his loose and rough graphic style of painting, Basquiat went from an obscure New York City graffiti artist to art superstar almost overnight. He’s a personal favorite of mine and the following is a brief overview of his life and career.

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