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Erika Lust, Cape Town Experience, Our Open Source Projects, Insights and Tools – June 2016

     
By on June 8, 2016 - 4 Minutes

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At Mobile Jazz, we’re proud to have clients as diverse as our team. Recently, we’ve teamed up with Erika Lust, an award-winning director in adult cinema. Erika required a new website to showcase her movies which are challenging the industry, approaching from new and interesting angles, focusing on passion and intimacy.

We have developed several internal frameworks and tools, that feature flexible and scalable architectures. These allow us to quickly and effectively build new sites like this, drilling down the cost and development time.

EroticFilms (#nsfw) was an interesting project with some great technical challenges. Erika and her team were fantastic to work with and we’re looking forward to continuing working with them.

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Optimizing for Happiness in Cape Town

Every year at Mobile Jazz, we like to escape the cold winters of Barcelona and set up a company retreat for our team, their partners and friends to attend. Earlier this year, we rented a villa in Cape Town for two months to work remotely.

We’ve outlined the whole experience in this post, from choosing a location and setting up, though to our favorite restaurants and experiences.

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Introducing Three New Open Source Projects from Mobile Jazz

At Mobile Jazz, we’ve always respected and cared for open source projects and their principles, using them in our projects almost every day.

Open source libraries and frameworks are available for the community to use, modify and enhance. By using them, it enables us to build websites and applications quickly, effectively and securely.

Here, we’d like to introduce you to three of our own projects, MJApiClient, Motis and Colloc.

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Helping Wikipedia

At some point everyday, we end up on Wikipedia. With nearly 40,00,000 pages, you can find pretty much everything you’ll ever need there. Just incase you don’t know of it, Wikipedia is a free, online encyclopedia that anyone can edit or add too. It is hosted and supported by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organisation.

Fundraisers are often held to help support their projects and we always
donate. This year, Mobile Jazz once again offered to match any amount our team members gave voluntarily.

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200 Applications in a Month

Recently we’ve been searching for an iOS and Windows engineer to join the team. We posted an advert, explaining a little about Mobile Jazz, our team and philosophy, and we’re totally overwhelmed with the response. We received over 200 applications just in the last month, 10 times the size of our current team!

It’s going to take some time to process them all, but it looks like our family is getting bigger. We’re truly honored there are so many talented people out there who share our values and we’re excited to be able improve and widen our services.

Insights

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Google I/O 2016: What’s New?

Like every year, Google has held its annual I/O conference and, also like every year, Mobile Jazz was following it closely to stay on top of everything the Menlo Park giant had to reveal to its developers and fans around the world. Here’s a good summary of the highlights of the event.

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Create an App Icon That Stands out from the Crowd

At the last official count, the iOS App Store featured more than 1.5 million applications, while Android was tipping the scales at 1.6 million options for users. Today, the cumulative number of apps in the Google and Apple stores is well over 3.000.000. You could argue then that most critical factor to successfully launching a mobile app is designing an icon that stands out from the crowd.

Tools

Toggl

Toggl is a brilliantly simple time tracking tool, with beautiful billing reports, teams, groups and offline tracking.

Snapwire

Love photography or need a specific image? Snapwire has reinvented stock photography with real, natural images. Submit your requests, or create a library of your own photos to sell.

Headspace

This app is meditation made simple. Headspace is your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind.

TasteKid

TasteKid is a fantastic tool which recommends new music, tv shows and movies based on what you like.

Productive App

Productive is an app that allows you to build a routine into positive and effective habits.


One Final Thought

While there may be some things in this world that require specific skills, you can get pretty far in life with these 10 traits that everyone can have and that cost nothing.

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