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My Takeaways from MoSo 2015

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Virtual Reality

Holodeck “Things like the holodeck in Star Trek, we’re going to see that in our lifetime.”​

This was one of the things that stuck with me after attending a few sessions at MoSo 2015. The quote came from Rob Bryanton from Talking Dog Studios, in his session “Virtual Reality Demonstration”. It was pretty interesting to see some of the gear used to capture life in 360 video: creating fully spherical high resolution/high frame rate 360 video, such as a helmet mounted with 6 Go Pro cameras arranged in a cube. Participants at Rob’s talk also had the opportunity to try out some VR headsets that provided options to interact with the videos: the Google Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR.

It is a little mind blowing to think about how a video can be more than a single view or window into

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What to Expect at MoSo 2015

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zu’s Design Director, Zach Perkins, on CTV Morning today to discuss the speaker lineup at MoSo2015.

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zurgermania is Back!

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MoSo is celebrating its fifth year, and zu is back to host the zurgermania MoSo BBQ Party on Thursday, June 18, 5pm. Between a day of conference sessions and a night of shows on Broadway, make a pit stop at Cosmo Senior’s Centre (beside the Hose & Hydrant). We’ll have a burger bar with an array of wacky toppings and ice cold refreshments FREE for the first 125 MoSo passholders through the door. But it gets better: games, door prizes, networking -  and nothing is complete without an accompanying outdoor beer gardens featuring DJ Albert and DJ Larrington. See you there!

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Apps for Kids

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As part of our ongoing segment with CTV Morning, zu’s Albert Jame explores some kid-friendly apps that are both fun and educational.

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Developing Websites with Responsive Mobile-First in Mind

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With more than half of all website traffic in North America now originating from a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, the way people browse the Internet has evolved enormously in recent years. There’s also growth in the mobile-only user, who accesses the Web exclusively from a mobile device, illustrating the trend that tablets and phones are fast becoming the main personal computer for consumers everywhere. With these changing browsing habits, web designers, developers, and digital marketers absolutely must be able to accommodate mobile devices by offering an optimized user experience and responsive web design for the small screen.

Real World Developments

Recently, Google began indicating to users in their search results whether or not a site is mobile friendly. Then on

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Apple Event from the zuNut Gallery

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Apple’s most highly anticipated launch event in years saw the announcement of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6+ and Apple iWatch. We had the glitchy keynote playing at our office so here to comment are members of the zuNut gallery.

Cory Jacobsen - iOS Developer

For those that remember the iOS 7 launch, and how huge or a change it was, this will be a welcomed update. iOS 8 appears very polished out of the gate and builds on top of the iOS 7 mobile design that we’ve come to enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, there are several great app design enhancements, but most are subtle and make the user experience even better. My favourite feature so far is the QuickType keyboard for predictive typing. Also ApplePay for mobile devices was just announced today and will be something to keep our eyes on.

Zach

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Yomoji: Say It With Emojis

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In a few short weeks the world will be introduced to iOS 8, the mobile platform that Apple hopes will usher in the age of wearables. But for the web and mobile development community, iOS 8 has a different significance as Apple is introducing a new app development language: Swift. zu recently experimented with this mobile technology, developing an iOS application for the ‘yo’ crowd. With an Objective-C version now live, and a Swift version waiting for the launch of iOS 8, zu is proud to launch Yomoji, the app that lets you communicate with emojis.

To give you some insight into the app development process on Swift, here is a brief interview with the App’s lead mobile developer at zu, Marli Bells:

How did you like developing Yomoji on Swift?

Swift is a great language. It’s really

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