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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ideas risk being flashes in pans, failures, or just weird, as the technology that made them possible advances and grows outdated, good ideas (ideas that matter) have a tendency to transcend.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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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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iOS : Introduction to Constraints

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As we all know, Apple has a few different devices out, and they tend to all have different screen sizes and screen dimensions. It can sometimes be difficult to create compelling and consistent user interfaces across all these devices. But Constraints make creating interfaces that work across all iOS devices easier than ever!

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May the 4th Be With You.

It’s Star Wars Day, and the Force is strong in Downtown LA. Whether you drive a car, bike, Death Star, or ride the bus, check out how some of the surrounding parking lots have been reimagined to accommodate some of the Galaxy’s most preferred modes of transport.

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Parallel parking the Millennium Falcon is by no means an easy feat. Hence, why it’s given its own VIP spot.
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TWIG – a powerful template engine for the PHP programming language

Twig is a template engine developed by Fabien Potencier for the PHP programming language. It is an open source product under a BSD License. It’s a very useful tool for building the templates for some PHP frameworks such as Symfony, Codeigniter and Drupal 8. I found it very easy to use, fast and powerful especially when I work on the views files as I can include some variables and logic in the HTML files.

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Why the Cat Herding Ad Will Always Be My Favorite

If you’re like me, you’ve been clicking your browser’s “refresh” button at AdWeek’s Super Bowl Ad Tracker to get the latest on which brand’s are teasing or releasing their commercials before the big game on Sunday.

If there is a recipe for cooking up a great Super Bowl ad, it seems like it would consist of heaping servings of humorsocial media interactionPUPPIES, with a generous sprinkling of patriotism (narrated by a folk icon, or starring a gorgeous Paralympic athlete), all with a good grip on the ol’ American heartstrings.

But the most memorable ad spot comes from 2000. A commercial that has outlasted even the company it endorsed. It somehow is the perfect combo of silliness, Americana, and cuteness. Featuring a cast of cowboys wielding lint-rollers and lassos, your seven layer dip has nothing on the layers of this masterpiece.

Headlines 101: Homework

Headlines 101: Homework
For our second iteration of Headlines 101, we chose a German ad for the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Karmann. This was actually used as a copy test for our incoming junior writers, so I thought I’d give it a shot myself. Check out the original ad here. You can see my attempts at different headlines below the fold.
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Chango – Marketers Against Marketing

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If you need a quick Christmas gift for your favorite buzzword regurgitator, have we found the perfect fit for you. Fans of Cards Against Humanity who are also intimately familiar with the very real struggle of cross-platform integrated media-agnostic viral executions will love Marketers Against Marketing, Programmatic Advertising company Chango‘s promotional brain child.
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Headlines 101 – The First Class

Headlines 101
In between briefs, brainstorming, and development, it helps to keep your wits sharpened for whenever you have to crank out the lines. That’s why we’ve decided to start Headlines 101, a regular exercise where we take ads from out in the wild and switch up the copy. Whether the result is better or worse, we hope that something fun comes out of the experiment!

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This week, we’ve taken this recruitment ad for Emirates from marketing agency DV8 and had a go at some alternate lines. The results are below, and you click on any of them for a larger version.
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The Cute Culture in Products

Cute Culture
Growing up in the US while constantly being exposed to the East-Asia’s “culture of cute” was a clash of two opposite worlds. In America, businesses are more focused on making their products look “cool” or “slick” to sell. A well known example is Apple – their products are designed to be minimalist, straight-forward, and reflect “cool” for Western culture. Overseas in Eastern-Asia such as Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, many products focus on “cute” and “colorful” to appeal to the general public.
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Hands on with Destiny’s Companion App

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Destiny, Bungie‘s ambitious sci-fi shooter is a few weeks old. The monster release was not without its problems, but overall, the game appears to be a smash hit, bringing in over $325 million in sales in its first five days. One of Destiny’s largest features, if you’re inclined to call it that, is the extensive lore and extra options that are available online at Bungie.net and in its native apps for iOS and Android. While no means necessary for playing the game, the Destiny companion apps provide an extra layer of interactivity in the world of Destiny. In this post, we’ll take a look at the utility of Destiny’s companion app for both users and Bungie.
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