Nov 19

Ping Pong Tournament Champions

It’s been almost a month since we kicked off our Ping Pong Tournament. As the weeks passed by, many of us were eliminated to make way for those with unmatched ping pong skills. We were on the edge of our seats, watching to see who would be declared the Ping Pong Champion during the much-anticipated finals match yesterday. Out of the 24 initial contestants, we funneled it down to the final three. Give it up for your 2014 MobilityWare Ping Pong Tournament Champions!

First Place: Scott Hillier

Second Place: Doug Libby

Third Place: Jaxon Fang

20141119_133410From left to right: Jaxon Fang, Scott Hillier, and Doug Libby

Congratulations to our three finalists – with sweat and tears, they prevailed against the tough competition.

Wondering what’s up next in the MobilityWare office? Maybe a DOUBLES Ping Pong Tournament! Who knows?! Stay tuned, because you’ll be the first to find out!

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Nov 12

Sharing is Caring: MobilityWare Gives Back

4014605524_7a6887f266_o“Thanksgiving Dealies” by Martin Cathrae on Flickr is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 (license)

 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and people are already making plans about where to hold dinner, who’s cooking the turkey, and who’s bringing the pumpkin pie. It’s that time of the year when you feel the fuzziness of having a warm, pleasant time with family and friends the most, and realizing that not everybody is as lucky to have the same resources. We definitely know we can’t magically snap our fingers and fix this problem for everybody, but we’ll try our best!

We’ll be teaming up with our local “Second Harvest Food Bank” to spread the Thanksgiving cheer. This food bank serves charity organizations who feed more than 200,000 hungry people in Orange County. We’ll be racking up as much money and as many cans as possible before the November 25 deadline, just in time for Thanksgiving day.

 

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This area of the office is what we call “Donation Central.” In case any of us don’t have any cans at home, we have the option to buy a paper “can” for $2 as contribution. It was set up last Thursday evening, and the picture above is what we found on Friday morning. On Monday, our stash looked like this:

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And yesterday:

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Our goal is to reach at least 310 cans (hey, that number sounds vaguely familiar) by the deadline, but we’ll definitely surpass that number from the looks of it! Keep it up everyone! We’ll keep you updated with our progress.

 

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Give us some ideas in the comments below!

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Nov 5

Wine, Steak, and Good Vibes: Mobile UA Fellowship Dinner

Category: Events

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Everyone knows that Northern California has its massive pool of developers, but that doesn’t mean us Southern Californians should be left out! GDC Next was held on Monday, Nov. 3rd and Tuesday, Nov. 4th at the LA Convention Center, and brought the video game community together to cover topics that will help spring their games to success. It was the perfect bait to draw in all the mobile developers in one area…

 

…for the first-ever Southern California Mobile UA Fellowship dinner! Since our CEO Dave Yonamine is the chapter president of this fellowship for the whole SoCal region, he felt it was only appropriate that MobilityWare host this special dinner.

 

Dinner turnoutYou can’t tell me this dinner wasn’t crackin’!

Mondays are known for being treacherous and boring, but there’s no such thing in the mobile developer’s world. I mean, did you look at the picture above?! MobilityWare hosted it at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in L.A. Live this past Monday, just across the street from GDC Next…and the turnout was a success!

 

David Wei and Chris Kingsley sillyChris Kingsley, Co-Founder of Rebellion Games (left) and David Wei, Head of Business Development at SkyMobi (right). They’re obviously having a great time.

 

The dinner was exquisite, the room was lively, and guests chatted with old friends and made new acquaintances. Of course, this memorable night wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors. We’d like to give a shout out to the following companies for their generous contributions:

TUNE

SkyMobi

AdColony

IQzone

LoopMe

Singular

mNectar

We would also like to give special thanks to one of our own, Claudia Avitabile, for organizing the event. The dinner wouldn’t have been as awesome as it was without our sponsors and Ms. Avitabile. THANK YOU!

 

We’ll organize a dinner even bigger and better next year… or hopefully even sooner than that! Until next time.

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Nov 3

Costume Contest Winners

Last Friday, we held a costume contest to celebrate Halloween. There were three categories: Most Creative, Most Realistic, and Best Group. The good news? Most of us dressed up. The bad news? Take a look at last week’s blog post – how are we supposed to vote for one winner with all those awesome costumes!?

It was difficult, but we were able to make a decision.

Winner for Most Creative:

Kristina as Elsa from Frozen

Kristina Elsa

Picking the most realistic costume was even MORE difficult! We decided to declare it a three-way tie.

Winners for Most Realistic:

James as A Biker, aka James on the weekends

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Brian as Sherlock Holmes

Brian Sherlock

 

Danny (right) as Dave Yonamine (left), CEO of MobilityWare

Danny & Dave

Picking the best group wasn’t so tough…maybe it’s because there was only ONE group costume in the office!

Winner for Best Group:

Karlene, Erick, Jeanelle, and Jason as A Bunch of Grapes

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Sadly, it’s a whole year of waiting for Halloween again. At least we have Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year coming up to suppress the withdrawals! We can’t wait for the next round of creative costumes. Until next year!

 

Here’s a bonus picture of a grape desperately trying to work:

Erick working grape

 

 

What did you end up doing for Halloween? Let us know in the comments below!

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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!

 

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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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