Oct 31

Halloween Fashion at MoBOOlityWare!

Let’s take a trip down memory lane with a history lesson: Halloween was originally based on the Celtic holiday called Samhain, which marked the transition between the harvest season and wintertime…and created a bridge between the living and the dead. Individuals created bonfires and wore scary costumes and masks in hopes of appeasing the spirits. Jump forward to 2014, and Halloween evolves into a day when parents allow their children to go to strangers’ homes for candy, and people can wear anything without humiliation. We’ve got mountains of candy here at the office, but not a dull costume in sight!

 

Eh, why not…you can take a look!

kristina elsaElsa from Frozen

 You see those popular Elsa “Ice Queen” costumes? Let it go, because this isn’t your typical Elsa dress – Kristina chose the pre-ice queen version and created it all by herself!

Scott ScotScott the Scotsman

It’s one-shot Scott the Scot! Now say that five times fast.

 

Melissa FionaFiona from Adventure Time

Adventure time, come on grab your friends, because Fiona and Cake have arrived. This “Cake the cake” idea is GENIUS!

 

Brian SherlockSherlock Holmes

We’ve got lots of unsolved mysteries around here, and we know just the man to turn to. By the way, where’s Watson?

 

Claudia EveEve

Eve, don’t listen to that serpent on your shoulders!

 

Alex Dr JonesIndiana Jones

Dr. Jones is ready to go on an archaeological adventure with his trusty whip! We bet he’s nervous to have Eve’s serpent hanging around so close by…

 

grape bunch6A bunch of grapes

Hey! What’s the banana doing here? This isn’t Fruit of the Loom!

 

You’ve got a sneak peek at some of our awesome costume ideas, but what’s Halloween at MoBOOlityWare without a costume contest?! Keep on the lookout for the blog post next week to find out the winners of our contest!

 

What or who are YOU dressed up as for Halloween?

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Oct 29

MobilityWare Ping Pong Tournament

Competition is alive in the offices of MobilityWare. Spectators flock to the game room, where two players are facing each other with paddles in their hands. The room is silent, and the air is filled with tense anticipation. One of the players serves the ball – and marks the official beginning of MobilityWare’s Ping Pong Tournament!

 

Ping Pong Tournament Collage
Can they survive the tough competition? Who is the company’s ultimate Ping Pong master? Tune in to find out who will claim the first place spot!

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Oct 27

Solitaire Update: Awesome New Goodies

Category: solitaire,Updates

Hey Solitaire fans! If you didn’t think Solitaire could get better, think again! We have a major new treat to top off your classic Solitaire experience. Of course, we couldn’t resist giving our players a little eye candy as well. Several pages in Solitaire have a polished new look to accompany our latest feature, like Game Center:

Game CenterPretty!

Now, let’s talk about what you’re really here for: the new feature in your favorite Solitaire app – which is also the most downloaded Solitaire game in the App store – is none other than…

••• DAILY CHALLENGES! •••

Daily Challenge 10:27Here’s a peek at the Daily Challenge for today. *jumps for joy*

That’s right folks, this new feature is the antidote to cure your competitive Solitaire impulses. Let us break it down for you: Daily Challenges gives you a special new deal every day. Once you solve the deal, you will receive a shiny crown on your Daily Challenge calendar to display your achievement. If you solve the challenge on the same day it is released, you will receive a special JEWELED crown! On top of that, you can receive monthly trophies by playing and solving the challenges. Start collecting these crowns because the more days you solve per month, the better your trophies will be!

 

While you still have the option of Random and Winning Deals, the new Daily Challenge feature is the true test of your skill. With Random and Winning Deals, you can always skip the deal if you’re stuck. But with Daily Challenges, you can run to the future deals…but you can’t hide from the fact that you still haven’t solved that one deal this month. Daily Challenges will always have a winning solution, which means all of your excuses just flew out the window.

Daily Challenge calendarYou’re not seriously going to be the person who leaves one empty spot in your Daily Challenge Calendar, are you?

Good luck, and have fun. Are you brave enough to take the challenge? Then step right up, and play your first Daily Challenge by updating Solitaire here!

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Oct 24

In case you missed it: Apple Pay

Category: Apple,News

Apple Pay logo

We know what’s going through your head.

“When does it come out?”

“What do I need?”

“How does it work?”

“Where can I use it?”

Whoa whoa WHOA! Let’s tackle your questions one step at a time.

 

When it came out: Apple Pay was released this past Monday, October 20. As you would expect, countless media outlets and people have tested and tried it out since then. The results were…not too bad.

 

What you need: Obviously, Apple Pay is *exclusively* available to iPhone and iPad only (let’s give a moment of silence to all the loyal Android users out there). However, not every Apple device is compatible with it either! Here’s what you’ll need for a smooth Apple Pay experience:

  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for stores and inside app purchases; iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 for inside app purchases only
  • Touch ID, which is your fingerprint stored in the Apple device
  • A credit/debit card from participating banks: American Express, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Chase to name a few. Passbook will store this information.
  • iOS 8.1
  • An iCloud account
  • Live in the U.S. (for now)

How it works:

  1. Open up Passbook. Passbook is an app that stores things like tickets, boarding passes, coupons, and credit cards. Hopefully you’ve already set up your payment cards!
  2. Look for these symbols at the register:

Apple Pay icons
Hold your thumb to Touch ID while placing your iPhone on the terminal with those symbols above. The terminal should beep, which means your Apple Pay purchase worked!

See that? It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

 

Where you can use it: There’s a bunch of popular retail stores that have already jumped on the Apple Pay bandwagon. Here’s a few of the biggest ones you should recognize: Chevron, McDonalds, Walgreens, Macy’s, Whole Foods, and Apple Store (WOW, what are the chances?). You can get the whole list here.

 

If you have everything in the checklist we mentioned above, then what’s stopping you? You get to be the only cool person in the store with the latest gadget. Go out into the world and show off your Apple Pay! Afterwards, tell us all about your experience in the comments below.

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Oct 22

Gambler’s Superstitions – Part 2

Category: Casino

fiddy“Fifty $50 Dollar Bill 7337×3107” by thefixer on Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (license)

We’re back to rekindle your paranoia in the casinos! Here are even MORE popular superstitions that gamblers have claimed to inflate their bank accounts: 

 

Rituals: We don’t mean anything evil or cult-like, but some players believe in a “routine” to ensure good luck. Just like you might brush your teeth every night, some gamblers will take the same route to a hotel every day, or soak their coins in cold water before inserting in the slot machines.

Lady Luck: Some men believe that a beautiful woman can bring them good luck on the craps table if she blows on his dice, or even roll the dice for him. This might be a reference to Fortuna, the Roman Goddess of Luck…or just a good excuse to talk to a pretty woman!

$50 Bills: Some gamblers believe a $50 bill will bring them bad luck that casinos won’t even pass them out! Legend says mobsters stuffed $50 bills in the pockets of their victims that they buried in the desert. In our opinion, a $50 bill is better luck than a $1 bill, but you can’t change the way people think sometimes.

 

We’re hoping this post doesn’t make you even more superstitious. Try one out in our Blackjack app, maybe it’ll make a difference…

Feel free to disclose your strongest gambling superstition in the comments below!

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Oct 20

Gambler’s Superstitions – Part 1

Category: Casino

7175331883_80d3ebae45_z“A Little Luck” by JD Hancock on Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (license)

Why do gamblers have their superstitions? Does it really work? Maybe it gives the player an illusion of control, or the confidence to bet high stakes against the house. On the other hand, it also feels good to blame your loss on something else rather than blame yourself! Here are some of the most popular superstitions in the gambler’s world:

 

Clothing: Whip out your lucky socks and undies if you want to win big at the casino! Several gamblers believed in the mystic powers of your clothes to attract the best hand. Take Steve Dannenmann for example. He won second place in the World Series of Poker’s Tournament of Champions in 2005 by wearing the same shirt and visor for seven days! Don’t worry, he probably washed it at least once.

 

Lucky Charms: Some gamblers carry around a special item that they believe can bring them good luck. It can be the cliché rabbit’s foot or a mysterious talisman…or a mechanical mouse with blinking eyes. Professional poker player Kun Dollison racks up huge wins with this mechanical mouse, and sometimes even allows it to wander around the table!

 

Numbers: Can you guess the gambler’s lucky number? We wrote all about it here! However, there are also numbers that gamblers try to avoid like the plague…like poor number 13. Some people believe it’s because the 13th man to sit at the Last Supper was Judas, who eventually betrayed Jesus, or that there used to be 13 steps leading up to the gallows. But no matter how hard we try, we can’t really find anything bad about a baker’s dozen.

 

Do you believe or practice any of these superstitions? If your answer is no, then you’re probably in denial (just kidding!), but chances are you’ll believe one of the superstitions coming up in the next part of this post. See you next time!

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Oct 17

Inside the Gamer’s Studio — Matthew Palmer

Time for another episode of Inside the Gamer’s Studio! Join us as we interview one of our Team Leads, Matthew Palmer, to learn more about his background, interests, and GUILTY PLEASURES.

 

 

Here’s a few highlights from the interview:

 

Interviewer: What university did you attend?
Matthew: I went to the University of California, Irvine — local school, ZOT ZOT!


Interviewer
: What fictional world would you want to live in, and who would you be?

Matthew: I’m a huge Potter fan, so I definitely want to live in the world of Harry Potter.


Interviewer
: What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?

Matthew: ….

 

You’re gonna have to watch the interview to find out his answer!

 

If you have any ideas for questions we could ask in our future videos, go ahead and post them in the comments below. Yours just might end up in one of them!

 

What was your favorite part of Matthew’s interview??

 

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Oct 15

Morgan Freeman Loves Solitaire Too!

Morgan FreemanPhoto by David Sifry is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (license)

Morgan Freeman, the beloved actor with the unmistakable voice from such memorable films as The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, and most recently the new hit film Lucy, loves Solitaire. At 77 years old, he has aged gracefully thanks to a daily round of Solitaire, or at least that’s what he attributes his sprightly and youthful nature to. When asked by stern.de how he’s able to keep so young, Freeman responded with a laugh “Sex, a lot of sex. I’m joking of course – a bit. I’m obsessed with solitaire. I play almost every day. I get up every morning, make a coffee and sit at the computer. If no one interrupts me, I’ll play for the whole day.” I guess when people say “Celebrities—they’re just like us!” in this case it’s true!

Who knows, maybe next time you try to play multiplayer on our Solitaire app, you just might be playing against Mr. Freeman…time to squeeze in a game here!

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Oct 13

News Flash: MobilityWare Pays a Visit to the Trojans

Category: Career Fair,News

USC campus

 

Don’t you just love the fall season? Leaves turn red and orange, families are carving pumpkins, and everyone is snuggling around the fireplace with a hot cup of cider. Oh, and it’s recruiting season.

We cruised over to sunny USC to find some top-notch talent to join the MobilityWare team, and the university definitely didn’t disappoint. Robert Jackson, VP of Product Development, and Jacob Klint, Software Engineer both raved about the beauty of the campus.

 

“I’ve been to the campus many times, my wife is an alum. It’s a beautiful campus! I forget how beautiful all the red brick is!” gushes Jackson.

“The USC campus was very classical and looked like something out of a movie,” states Klint.

 

USC REPRESENT! MobilityWare also has our share of USC talent. Our creative director, Jaxon Fang, is a USC alumnus, and he recollects his experiences as an undergraduate at the career fair.

“It brought back memories of wearing a suit every day during my senior year at the Marshall School of Business while I was interviewing with multiple companies. A lot of the candidates from yesterday’s event were also dressed professionally. I could relate to some of the folks who had to wear a full suit and tie on such a hot day as yesterday. Fight on!” Fang reminisces.

 

The team got down to business. The MobilityWare booth was stationed between two powerhouse studios, Disney and Blizzard, and was surrounded by other studios like Zynga, Riot Games, and Kabam. The campus was buzzing with eager students, wandering through different company booths looking for the perfect fit. We were there too, looking to hire some new talent — especially Software Engineer interns — to have a blast working on some of our new games!

 

MW Booth Jacob betterCan you spot your favorite game on the table?

In case you didn’t get the hint, WE ARE HIRING! There are several positions open (not all positions are for Software Engineering Interns!), so check out our careers page here if you’re looking forward to a fun and entertaining work environment.

 

If you’re located in the Southern California area, keep a lookout for the MobilityWare booth popping up in your next career fair. Drop by and say hello, because we’re looking forward to having some fun and intelligent people join the MobilityWare family!

 

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Oct 10

Another World in graBLOX!

Category: grablox,Updates

Try to contain your excitement graBLOX fans, because we just released a new update this morning in your favorite mind-bending puzzle game – and NO, it’s not just boring ol’ bug fixes. We present to you: WORLD 12!

 

world012 grabloxBehold: This will be your life for the next few days.

 

Just like World 10, your fellow graBLOX players designed this new world by using the Level Builder feature in the game (if you don’t know how to use the Level Builder, we have a tutorial here). World 12 is where the newest member of the graBLOX family, Pushy, makes his debut in player-customized levels. We had a ton of submissions from our fans, but we had to slim it down to 25 new challenging levels. Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of levels:

 

12-6 grablox       12-22 grablox

 

Those look tough! Think you have what it takes to complete World 12? Play the game HERE, and let’s see what you’ve got.

 

Did your customized level make it into World 12? Let us know which level you created in the comments below!

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