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charity:water - December 2010 Charity of the Month

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. The solutions they provide include hand-dug wells, drilled wells, rehabilitations, spring protections, rainwater catchments and BioSand filters. They use 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years.

It's easy for those of us in developed nations to forget that something as simple as clean water is not readily available to everyone in the world. You would think, in this day and age, that the billion people who don't have it would have access to clean water by now. 90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable.

In addition to sanitation, clean water also contributes to education, gender equality and poverty alleviation. The hours saved by not having to walk miles for water are put toward education. Women are often elected as officials of the Water Committee which is responsible for overseeing the functionality of the water point installed in a village. This empowerment helps restore equality to community members. Members of a village often use the water to grow small gardens to secure their own food supply and become more self-sufficient.

charity: water served its first one million people at the end of 2009 and they will not stop until every person has safe water to drink.

To learn more or get involved visit http://www.charitywater.org/whywater/

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Bottle Rocket Apps Releases Holiday Update for its Award-Winning “Doodle Bomb” Game for iPhone and iPod touch

To celebrate the holidays, Bottle Rocket Apps has developed new missions, characters and holiday theme for its popular iPhone and iPod touch game, “Doodle Bomb”. The new version, available to existing owners of the game as a free download from the iTunes App Store, adds a holiday theme as well as new missions to continue to challenge players.

Doodle Bomb is one of the most popular physics puzzle games on the iTunes App Store, with more than 1 million downloads since its release in early 2010. The game features physics driven bombs, strategically placed machines, and hilarious characters and sound effects. It’s easy to pick up and play, but difficult to master, requiring strategy, timing and precision. The game has been played more than 7 million times, and players have already completed more than 25 million missions, in less than a year.

This free holiday update gives Doodle Bomb fans 12 new challenging missions on which to earn “Bomb Badges,” plus a new present machine that acts as a springboard to send virtual bombs hurling into hard to reach places. The game’s cast of characters has received a holiday facelift as well: the enemy soldiers and bomb-bouncing rats have dressed up for the season with hats and antlers.

“We wanted to give our fans an update that didn’t just provide new mission content, but also gave them a reason to go back and explore the missions they have already played to see what has changed in the Doodle Bomb world for the Holidays,” said Bottle Rocket’s Matt Johnson, designer of the game. “Nothing gets people into the spirit like giant peppermints falling out of the sky and rats with antlers toting shotguns!”

Since its release at the beginning of the year, Doodle Bomb has garnered critical acclaim from industry review sites, including a MacWorld Editor’s Choice Award and being named as one of the five best doodle games of the year by Appolicious. The game consistently receives great customer reviews, and even celebrity interest: in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview with actor Neil Patrick Harris before hosting the 2010 Video Game Awards, he praised Doodle Bomb as a “great game,” saying that it was one of his favorites!

Bottle Rocket’s Doodle Bomb is available for both the iPhone and iPod touch and is compatible with the iPad. The new version of the game can be purchased on the iTunes App Store now for $0.99 (U.S.), or downloaded for free by existing users.

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Neil Patrick Harris Loves Bottle Rocket's Doodle Bomb

Actor and comedian Neil Patrick Harris is also a gamer.  He's hosting Spike TV's 2010 Video Game Awards tonight.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Harris was asked about some of his favorite iOS games.  Harris replied, "I’d have to say Angry Birds, though I’m way into Doodle Jump. Doodle Bomb, that’s a great game too."

Thanks for the shout-out, Neil!  And anytime you'd like to try one of Bottle Rocket's other games (maybe Wings Earth?), just let us know.

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