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Walk to End Alzheimers: Our August 2011 Charity of the Month

Established in 1979, The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research.  The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer's disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer's research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level.  We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.

Committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure, the Alzheimer's Association vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease.  Through our partnerships and funded projects, we have been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years.

Bottle Rocket Apps has selected the Alzheimer's Association and its "Walk to End Alheimer's 2011" as our featured charity for August, and Bill Townsley , an Art Director and UI Designer, shares why:

"This charity and walk mean a lot to my family.  My wife, Amy's, grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years back and we have watched her gradually decrease in health physically and mentally.  In addition to Amy and most of her family, I am taking part in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Friday, September 9th.  This walk will help support the education and hope to find a cause of a disease that is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.  I am grateful that my employer, Bottle Rocket Apps, has chosen to support me, my family, and especially Amy's grandmother in this donation page."

In 1979, Jerome H. Stone and representatives from several family support groups met with the National Institute on Aging to explore the value of a national, independent, nonprofit organization to complement federal efforts surrounding Alzheimer's disease. That meeting resulted in the April 10, 1980, formation of the Alzheimer's Association with Mr. Stone as founding president.

Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through our national office and more than 75 local chapters. As the largest donor-supported, voluntary health organization for Alzheimer’s, the Association is a catalyst for advancements in Alzheimer's research and care

 

 

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Discover the Perfect Dish with Bravo's TOP CHEF "Judges Table"App for iPhone and Android, developed by Bottle Rocket Apps

Foodies and Top Chef fans everywhere can now rejoice as everyone can become a judge using our iPhone and Android app.  Rate dishes just like a Top Chef would, and learn about other best and worst rated dishes near you.  Gain new judging achievements as you refine your judging skills.

Rate your plate while in a restaurant, learn how to rate like a Top Chef judge, and discover dishes in your area that other Top Chef judges deem delicious.

Available in Apple's iTunes store and Google's Android Market, look for this FREE app icon and download it today.  WE think you will find the Top Chef app a great combination of the best features of Food Spotting and Foodgawker.com with the interactivity of the Top Chef show from Bravo TV Networks.  Whether purely for dish discovery or as an informal "who has the best taste" competition among friends, use the Top Chef app to enjoy world-class cookery wherever you are. 

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What's in Your Backpack? Our Top 10 Back-to-School Apps

Yep, that time of year is almost here yet again...  "Back-to-School" time is when parents and students alike are shopping like mad for all the necessary supplies.  We know it's not easy to get out of the pool and back into class, but hopefully, our list of apps will help make the transition a little easier.

  • Evernote (iOS, Android) for note-taking, record keeping and information sharing.
  • Bento (iPad) to organize contacts, track projects, plan events, and manage things in a personal database.
  • Tam & Tao in Numberland (iPhone, iPad) to see how to write a number, hear its name and count objects to reinforce the learning.
  • Dropbox (iPhone, iPad) for a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere.
  • Grammar Up HD (iPad) to improve grammar through a multiple choice quiz system for English which provides over 1800 questions across 20 grammar categories.
  • Penultimate (iPad) for those that prefer to take notes by hand.
  • MathBoard (iPad) for teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems for elementary school kids.
  • Star Walk (iPad) enables you to point your iPad at the sky and see what stars, constellations, and satellites you are looking at in real-time.

And, of course, two of our own:

  • The Civil War Today (iPad) as a supplement to history class.
  • D2U (iPhone, iPad) for dictation using a world-class voice recorder.

Now, you're ready... Hurry 'cause the bus is almost here!

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Dallas TechFest 2011, Calvin Carter speaks

"What You Need to Know to Build the Best Apps in the World"In his session, Calvin Carter, founder and president of Bottle Rocket Apps, covered the major decisions and most common pitfalls encountered when developing high-performance mobile applications.  Topics included:
  • Native app development vs. web apps and HTML 5
  • The pitfalls of write once, publish many platforms.
  • Platforms that matter
  • The number one fail point of mobile apps
  • The importance of a multi-disciplinary approach
  • 7 best practices Bottle Rocket learned the hard way

Download Calvin's complete PRESENTATION

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Thruster Games Update: Doodle Bomb and Annoying Orange, Kitchen Carnage

Doodle Bomb

Blast your way through 77 mind-bending physics puzzles as you guide your hero to the ultimate goal of "Bomb Master". Interact with unique physics driven machines and characters who will help (or hurt) your attempt to infiltrate the enemy base using as few bombs as possible.

LATEST STATS:  35 million missions completed to date.  Over 165 years spent in app to date.

 

Annoying Orange: Kitchen Carnage

He’s cute.  He’s Annoying.  He’s an Orange!  To some, he’s the king of comedy, the prince of puns, the earl of irritation!  And to others, he’s just a royal pain in the butt. Call him what you like, just don’t call him an apple! He hates that!

LATEST STATS:  Over 8 million games completed in first 4 months.  Over 50 years spent in app in first 4 months.

Here at Bottle Rocket, we're proud to be helping you spend your years with the most awesome apps!

 

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