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Archive for February 2012

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Our February Charity of the Month

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D.

Jordan Sindelar, a developer for our Thruster team, “originally chose JDRF because of their history helping with juveniles”. However, through his research he realized that JDRF no longer solely focuses its research on juveniles. A staggering 85% of those in the US with T1D are adults. JDRF now focuses on all ages and all stages of the disease. Their volunteers can be found in over 100 chapters, branches, and affiliates worldwide.

Check out their website to learn more - http://www.jdrf.org

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24 Hours, 70 Passionate Rocketeers and 7 Trillion Neurons (give or take a few)

Last week Bottle Rocket launched its first-ever "Rocket Science" event. For 24 hours rocketeers brainstormed, penciled, prototyped and then presented their way into Bottle Rocket history.

The purpose of the event was to give Bottle Rocket team members a chance to work on anything that inspires them, expands their skills and pursues mastery of their craft.

Sure, the office was littered with pencil sketches, nerf darts, empty Monster Energy cans, sleeping developers, wrappers from a 3am taco run and glow sticks from the 10 minute rave just before sunrise, but the results were well worth it!

At the end of the 24 hours we came away with over two dozen ideas from clever improvements to our process to exciting app opportunities and even forward thinking experiences users would love.

While we celebrated both the Magnificent Success and Brilliant Failure we will be supporting several ideas that we're confident will improve the experience users, employees and clients have with Bottle Rocket Apps.

An event like Rocket Science is just one of the ways Bottle Rocket remains a leader in the industry. We are driven by our desire to grow as a team, develop as professionals, increase productivity and sharpen our skills.

“Rocket Science” was inspired by Atlassian’s FedEx Day. You can learn more about the concept here: http://www.atlassian.com/fedex-day

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Thruster, a division of Bottle Rocket Apps, Scores 2 for 2 in App Store "What's Hot"Promotion

Having just one app at a time recognized by the leading app store in the world is an honor. Having two at the same time is an epic event! Today Apple released this week's "What's Hot" list of games on the App Store. Both Annoying Orange Kitchen Carnage and Freddie W's Flower Warfare are listed among other great apps like Assassin's Creed and Doodle Jump.

Since its release last year, the only official game for the worldwide sensation Annoying Orange (soon to be a Cartoon Network series too) has amassed more than 13M game sessions. Thruster also sends out congratulations to Annoying Orange creator Dane Boedigheimer, who recently celebrated his 1billionth YouTube view. Great work Dane!

Visual FX superstar Freddie Wong joined the ranks of Thruster's game portfolio with the psychedelic runner Flower Warfare: The Game. Inspired by the popular YouTube video of the same name, Flower Warfare has amassed more than 11M views. Since last month the game has amassed over 1.2M game plays which include 6.5M enemy kills, 7M boxes of cereal consumed and more than 4 years of time spent wreaking havoc on Rico and his men in game!

Annoying Orange: Kitchen Carnage is available for both iOS (download for iPhone; download for iPad) and Android (download for Android).

Flower Warfare: The Game is available for iOS and coming soon for Android!

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Food Network’s In the Kitchen – iPad App of the Week!

Apple has selected another Bottle Rocket developed app as the “iPad App of the Week”! Food Network’s In the Kitchen app has been racing up the Top Paid iPad App charts since the update released at the end of January. In the Kitchen has ranked as high as #5 in the last week and now has the title of iPad App of the Week.

This is quite an honor for both Food Network and Bottle Rocket since only 75 iPad apps have been crowned iPad App of the Week since Apple began this recognition in 2010. This is Bottle Rocket’s forth app to be selected as App of the Week. Food Network’s In the Kitchen app joins PBS, SPIN Play and The Civil War Today apps in this elite group.

Congratulations to the Food Network team!

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Bottle Rocket, NPR, BET and SPIN Magazine Walk Away with 5 Best App Ever Awards and Honorable Mentions

Bottle Rocket Apps is proud to announce NPR, BET and SPIN Magazine have been selected by 148 Apps’ Best App Ever Awards as having some of the best iOS and Android apps on the market.

The Best App Ever Awards are a true representation of how much users like an app – not just the best-selling apps on the market. Users must nominate an app, wait for the finalists to be announced and then vote for their favorite among the finalists in each category.

This year Bottle Rocket, and three of our valued clients, walked away with the following awards and honorable mentions:

  • 1st Place… Best Big Brand App - BET 106 & Park from BET Networks
  • 3rd Place… Best Music Info App - BET 106 & Park from BET Networks
  • Honorable Mention… Best News App (iOS) - NPR News from NPR
  • Honorable Mention… Best Music Info App (iOS) - NPR Music from NPR
  • Honorable Mention… Best Magazine App (iOS) - SPIN Play from SPIN Media LLC

This marks the third consecutive year that apps designed and built by Bottle Rocket Apps have won the annual contest. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year a record year for Bottle Rocket and our clients!

Some interesting stats from this years contest include:

  • 1,565,833 total votes cast
  • 1.1 million unique voters
  • 1,692 unique apps in the awards
  • 53.9% of the votes were for iOS apps
  • 46.1% of the votes for Android apps

For a full list of the winners, check out the site: http://www.bestappever.com

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