month archive

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Heifer International: Our September Charity of the Month

Heifer International was established in 1944 by Dan West, an Indiana farmer, dedicated to providing permanent freedom from hunger by giving families livestock and training so they would not have to depend on others for food. While volunteering as a relief worker during the Spanish Civil War, Dan realized the people needed "a cow, not a cup" since cows produce milk the families would not have to depend on... read more

Showtime Launches Second-Screen Companion App

Just in time for the season premieres of award-winning dramas Dexter and Homeland, Bottle Rocket Apps is proud to announce the release of Showtime Sync v2.0 for iPad. SHOSync has been completely redesigned as a second screen companion app, to be used in conjunction with Showtime's original series. The app uses audio recognition to listen, identify and serve enhanced content for specific Showtime episodes.... read more

Facebook Goes Native – Why Should You Care?

Last week, Mark Zuckerburg said Facebook's mobile strategy relied too much on HTML5. He told TechCrunch that it was "one of the biggest mistakes if not the biggest strategic mistakes we've ever made". On a related note, 6Wunderkinder Founder and CEO, Christian Reber, recently blogged about moving Wunderlist from Titanium (a cross-platform app building technology) to native. He mentions that using... read more

What Questions Should You Be Asking Your Potential App Developer?

Software development is a hard craft to tackle and mobile development is no different. Good developers are hard to find, and even harder to motivate and retain. But without good (preferably great) developers, every project has the capability of becoming a nightmare. Good developers know how to build good software in a logical and consistent manner and obsess over the small technical details. Without this... read more

Mona Foundation: Our September Charity of the Month

The Mona Foundation was founded in 1999 by a small group of people in Seattle committed to empowering communities to act as their own agents of change for their local social and economic development. Their fundamental belief is that “everyone, irrespective of race, religion, social classes, or economic systems deserves an education” and that “education is one of the main means of alleviating poverty... read more

Using Prototypes to Communicate Concepts Faster and More Awesomely

Prototyping is used as a quick and dirty way to flesh out an idea or test out an issue that you don't know the answer to. There are numerous different ways to use prototypes, ranging from stop motion animations using paper to flash animations to actual prototyping software.I first started with paper prototyping on a new project with my co-worker & UX Strategist, Alli Dryer. We wanted to find a good... read more

Why Bottle Rocket Apps Has Gone (Back To) “Lean”

Upon our launch in 2008, Bottle Rocket Apps pioneered a “low-fi to high-fi” approach to developing apps. We started with an app mission statement and explored various user experience concepts through pencil sketches. We then designed and built the app based on those sketches and constant discussions with the client as the app evolved. As we grew beyond just a handful of people, and added Rocketeers... read more