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Happy Halloween From Bottle Rocket

Happy Halloween!!

Bottle Rocket hosted an employee Halloween party yesterday to get in the spooky spirit of the holiday. In true Bottle Rocket fashion, the Rocketeers came dressed to impress in a variety of different Halloween costumes. During the party, each Rocketeer cast their vote for the costumes that stood out among the rest – here are our categories and winners:

Overall First Place – Bill Townsley as Your Favorite Grandma 

Overall Second Place – Shelby Juilfs as Lightning 

Overall Third Place – Skyler Seamans as Big Tex on Fire

Most Funny Costume – Mallory Hill & Connor Hill as The Hill Twins

Best Do-It-Yourself – Rob Legg as Minecraft

Our very own Scott Maddux celebrated with us all the way from San Francisco as America's Most Wanted: Hillbilly Edition

Trick or Treat and Happy Halloween from Bottle Rocket!!!

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Captain Hope’s Kids: Our October Charity of The Month

Captain Hope's Kids was founded in North Texas by Steven Hammond, a former homeless teenager turned successful adult, with the unique mission to "meet the critical needs of homeless children."

A 2010 census of Dallas County’s homeless showed women and children made up 47% of the known population. On any given night in North Texas, more than 1,100 children fall asleep in homeless and domestic violence shelters. 66% of these children are under the age of nine, and 31% are infants and toddlers under the age of three years.

While providing things like baby food, clothing, hygiene products, school supplies and other items that meet the physical needs of children is a huge part of what this organization works toward, yet that is only one piece of the picture. Captain Hope’s Kids also provide a range of recreational activities such as sports, art activities, museum trips, and hope-in-a-box birthday boxes so that children have a chance to escape their circumstances for a moment and just be kids. 

Through Captain Hope’s Kids programs, events and partnerships, they aim to better the lives of every homeless child in North Texas, and eventually the rest of the United States. They are the only organization of their kind, which is why donations of goods, time and money are so important.

Jonathan Parham, one of our gaming developers, nominated Captain Hope’s Kids for this month’s charity because it is very important to him and his wife. “Having two little boys of our own, we know how important it is to a parent that their children have everything they need for their best chance at success.” Jonathan also shared that “with an impressive 87% of every dollar donated going directly to providing supplies to homeless children, I know that Bottle Rocket's Donation will make a big difference for many local children!”

To learn more about how you can help, visit www.captainhope.org.

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Thruster Releases VeggieTales Game with Big Idea Entertainment

VeggieTales fans can now enjoy the new VeggieTales: The League of Incredible Vegetables app for iPhone, iPod touch and Kindle Fire. The newly released app is based on Big Idea Entertainment’s superhero themed DVD, and features simple touch-based controls for children ages four and up.

Players can choose from their favorite VeggieTales characters – including Larry the Cucumber as LarryBoy!, Bob the Tomato as Thingamabob!, Mr. Lunt as S-Cape!, Petunia Rhubarb as Vogue!, Junior Asparagus as Ricochet!, and Archibald Asparagus as Alfred! – as they use their intuitive skills to navigate through 28 challenging levels.

Throughout the game, players will be able to put themselves in the movie and become the hero as they work to earn Courage Coins and unlock over 60 powers to save Bumblyburg!

The app is currently available on iTunes and Amazon Marketplace and will soon be released on Google Play as well. 

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Top Chef Judges’ Table App Wins Best Entertainment Integration for Mobile at the Mobile Excellence Awards

The Mobile Excellence Awards bestows the highest level of industry honor to best of breed companies who excel in mobile entertainment and technology. The awards represent all walks of the mobile ecosystem from start-ups, studios, content providers, entertainment, entities, sports, apps and handsets, brands and more.

The winners were selected by an esteemed panel of judges, who scored on strategic initiative, impact of technology used in the industry, creativity, ease of use and reach, and execution and proven success in the market. Bottle Rocket Apps is excited to announce Bravo’s Top Chef Judges’ Table took the top spot in The Best Entertainment Integration for Mobile category.

The Top Chef Judges' Table app gives fans and foodies the chance to rate meals and share their critiques across their social network. Users snap a photo of their food, and follow the TC Judges through the same criteria they use to evaluate dishes. With the app you can also find great plates near you

, check in and get restaurant info, discover the best and worst dishes near you as rated by other foodies, track your progress and see how you measure up with other judges, and in some cases, earn the chance to win fabulous foodie prizes
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For a complete list of winners visit the Mobile Excellence Awards, and to download our winning app visit iTunes or Google Play.

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Showtime Sync Wins First Place at The CTAM Sync-to-Screen Competition

Five cable networks with their pulse on second-screen TV viewers squared off in the "Sync to TV Competition" at the CTAM Summit today. Each of the contestants presented their app's content strategy, consumer interaction data and key takeaways. The winner was selected by session attendees, who scored the apps on functionality, user experience, creativity, scalability, business impact and consumer engagement. We are proud to announce that Showtime Sync took first place.

The Showtime Sync app automatically listens to determine if the viewer is watching an enhanced episode, then presents synchronized special features, trivia, polls, predictions and other features. Showtime Sync works on live, prerecorded, on-demand, online streaming or DVD video, as long as the sound is audible to the iPad. Viewers can also use the app to browse through existing bonus content any time.

To download the Showtime Sync app for your iPad visit the iTunes store. 

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Bottle Rocket App’s new 49,570 square-foot space, not only almost doubles the size of its current offices in Addison, it provides it with a more-conducive environment to a fast-paced tech company, founder Calvin Carter said.

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