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Save the Planet Game for ‘Independence Day’ Release

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In the office, our team just completed designing and building a throw-back, arcade-style video game for the release of Independence Day: Resurgence in June!

The game is a simplistic jet versus alien ships flying through the desert, city, and finally entering the mothership to drop the missile to save the whole planet — the retro 8-bit design and up/down/shoot functionality will bring you back to the good ol’ days of a pocket full of coins at the arcade (well, most likely if you’re 30 or older…)

We found a little write-up about our game on Mashable, announcing the new movie and game. (See the whole article here)

Try it for yourself– shoot up some aliens and destroy the mothership to save the planet here. :)

The Future of Television Presents: Ads of The Past

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Here are some vintage Apple TV ads, idk.

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A friendly reminder this Holiday Season from your friends at Apple TV.

GO BIG

Apple TV and you, and all your friends. Home is where it’s at.

 

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BLIZZCON 2015

Cheer up, citizen!

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The 9th edition of the annual video game convention held by Blizzard is coming up on November 6th and 7th.

As usual, the convention will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

This event is the opportunity for Blizzard Entertainment to promote their major franchises such as World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo and the new Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone.

Every year, the convention allows the company to present the upcoming content for its current games and discuss the future of those games. Blizzard also set up some Q&A sessions and panels during the event, and grants the attendees  the possibility to play and test some games of the company.

Attendees at the event are also presented a swag bag which is a bag containing a various Blizzard games-related items, such as collectible figurines or Blizzard in-game content.

If you are not able to come to the event but want to get informed about what’s going on during the event you can still purchase a Virtual Ticket of the event and watch it from anywhere (if you have an Internet connection obviously :D).

If you do so, you will also receive all the digital content of the swag bag.

Take a look at what’s inside the Digital Ticket’s swag bag for the BlizzCon 2015 !

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DogVacay and the anatomy of a Great Idea.


One great thing about working at O+O is the value and attention focused on the quality of ideas versus the quantity of them. It’s a cliche we take quite seriously, and quite often. In the Lab, if the workload allows, we’ll throw some ideas upon the board and take turns pitching why we think there should be an app that can read our minds like a mood ring, or why we want to build an app that lets you turn any inanimate object or landscape into an anthropomorphic playground using your mobile camera. Ideas tend to get more ridiculous immediately before and after Burning Man, as you can see.

I’m no expert on what makes a genius idea. I only know what works and what doesn’t. And I guess I don’t even know that much, all the time. That’s why we play and experiment with new technologies and app prototypes, and we discover that the strongest ideas come from places of actual human stories, which is what you’ll read in any beginner’s book to advertising, art, or engineering, you name it. Most of the time the ideas are so simple, you’ll wonder why it hadn’t been thought of sooner. Many times we’ll hit an obstacle in the user flow of life, and think to ourselves, “Dang. I wish there was a way to make this more efficient or at least more enjoyable.” And then of course the, “There’s an app for that!” campaign. 

Air BnB couldn’t have been been as successful before the development of social networking, in my opinion. Neither could Tinder, or Uber, obviously. Both of these ideas are genius in their simplicity, yet they’ve revolutionized the way we interact in the global community. They’ve shifted cultures. And the awesome thing about that is, new technology is being developed every day. In offices just like ours. 

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Bandflyr Launch Party!

Last night we celebrated the official launch of our app, Bandflyr at El Cid in Silver Lake! Read more to watch our demo video and download from the App Store.

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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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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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(ref. http://docs.aws.amazon.com/codedeploy/latest/userguide/welcome.html)

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Falling in Love with AI

ai_coverOver the weekend, there was buzz about a recent marketing stunt. Ex Machina, a sci-fi thriller about an experiment involving the first true A.I. named Ava, has a profile on Tinder. Users swipe to the right to connect with her and she responds.

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The Apple Watch: Would Steve Jobs Wear It?

I’m glad Wired said what we were all thinking: “Apple’s trying to put a second device on our body without giving us a clear sense of how it complements the first.”
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NO AD | An app that turns subway advertising space into a secret gallery.

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Advertisers have taken advantage of the MILLIONS of commuters using the New York subway system. From wall space to turnstiles, sponsors seem to know no limits to how they bombard you.
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Emotional Labor Email Extension

It is so hard to imagine a life with no text messaging or emails, where you could just get the point across without having to interrupt someone or be interrupted. But then, what are we really doing that is more important than talking to a real live person who is genuinely spending the same amount of energy and time to reach out to me? It’s so easy for this paranoia to segue into self-centered guilt.

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Super Bowl Trends

As Super Bowl weekend nears, a few of the big tech names have launched activities, commercials, and applications focusing on the big audience week.

Here’s a few…

Über (Los Angeles):

Uber and Animal Planet are teaming up with Wags and Walks dog rescue to deliver puppy playtime to offices in Los Angeles. (Pretty cute!)

Facebook:

Facebook Rolls Out Football-Only Feed Ahead of Super Bowl

Because we all know it’s all about the feed the feed the feed.

Google

Google trends is  on the hunt for the next Super Bowl Champion.

Hint: I don’t think Bostononians are gonna be happy with the  current trend.

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