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Well, we certainly are pooped from this past weekend’s #CoronaHackathon festivities, but we must say it was totally worth it! The 37 apps (20 from the floor, 17 from virtual attendees worldwide) we saw made in less than 12 hours completely floored us. All in all, witnessing the day’s events proved to us yet again that we have the best developers (that’s you!) on the planet! Of course, this isn’t rec league soccer… So, let’s get to the winners!

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So, you think this week’s App of the Week would showcase a winner from this past weekend’s #CoronaHackathon, right? Unfortunately, no. Technically speaking, none of those apps have been built to the App Store or Android Market (yet!) — but I’ll still talk about them in a future blogpost. This week, you need to check out Magic Defenders. Much like last week’s winner, The Patriots, Magic Defenders is another game tasking you with defeating an escalating wall of forward-marching enemies. In this scenario, you’re a wizard protecting your village from an onslaught of invading Orcs. At first, it’s easy blasting to blast them with your magic attacks but, as their numbers increase, so must your quick-thinking as you group together different magical powers to better

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We’re a few hours deep into today’s Corona SDK Hackathon here, in the heart of San Francisco. You can follow the details as they unfold in real-time over on the #CoronaHackathon hashtag, or catch some of the visual highlights below, as I add them. Also, if you’re hacking away virtually, feel free to send me photos of you building your magnificent creations. I’ll post the best pics of our virtual hackathon participants up here, as well!

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Howdy all! We’re super excited about the imminent Corona Hackathon — and so apparently are you guys! A bunch of you have actually flown into town to participate! Some of you have reached out to help us with video streaming for the participants from all over the world. From all this outpouring of enthusiasm, we thought there really needs to be a place for you all to share your story — to tell us why Corona means so much to you. So we created a dedicated site http://iheartcoronasdk.com so you can do just that. [Update 1] All you have to do is create a video where you share you story, upload it to YouTube, and tag it with iheartcoronasdk and it will automatically show up. (And please no

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It is with great pleasure to announce that we have two new additions to the Ansca team! They are Danny Glover (a.k.a. @InfusedDreams) and Jayant Varma (a.k.a. @OZApps). Both have been avid Corona users and have contributed greatly in our forums, as I’m sure many of you have had the pleasure of seeing before. Danny has already been contributing in our forums, answering questions about programming, helping newbies understand Corona better, and also contributing to our code-share repository. Jayant will be leading the Corona Ambassador program as well as other developer outreach initiatives. Welcome Danny and Jayant! Carlos

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Check this out! For this Saturday’s #CoronaHackathon, we’ve also managed to track down where all of our virtual attendees willing be logging in from worldwide. Yes, it looks like this will be a global battle for Corona supremacy. If you see your locale highlighted on the map below, feel free to give a shout-out in the comments section to your fellow #CoronaHackathon competitors! Also, be sure to follow our #CoronaHackathon forum thread for the latest details on how things will work this weekend. And lastly, we still have a few extra tickets left for those of you who wanna jump on at the last minute! See you all this weekend!

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With this weekend’s first-ever Corona SDK hackathon coming up quick, we’ve decided to start a forum thread with running updates on how stuff is gonna go down. Click the screenshot below and check back often to see how we’ll be handling things like real-time updates, live-streaming, and how virtual attendees initially will “meet up.” We look forward to seeing you there!

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On the surface, you’d think the only use-case for a web popup within an app would be to display an embedded website without your user having to leave your app. While that’s true, with a little creativity there are plenty of other things web popups could be used for. If not, that’s fine too. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the various things you can do with web popups, as well as how you can integrate them into your app to do lots of cool things. As they say, the more tools you have in your toolbox, the easier it will be to find a solution to your problem in the future.

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Spain-based Karibu Games recently were tasked with developing a fun, branded children’s game for yogurt snack giant Dannon. Faced with a tight turnaround time and high expectations, Team Karibu turned to Corona SDK to knock their game out in two weeks’ time. Naturally, they succeeded in making a great-looking game that Dannon was quite pleased with. As you know by now, Corona users are no strangers to working with big-name brands! Karibu Games was founded exactly one year ago, on July 2010, as a result of a spinoff from another game dev studio which developed casual games for PC and Mac. I invested in that project but it didn’t work out — typical story of an entrepreneurial experiment that went bad. I then decided to

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We still have several months to go, but one thing is certain: we’ll remember 2011 as the year that major mobile platforms started going extinct. Six months ago, Nokia’s CEO announced that their entire Symbian software stack was a burning platform. RIP Symbian. Just last week, HP discontinued the Touchpad. The fate of WebOS is unclear, but judging by their forum traffic (18 folks online as I type this) the writing’s on the wall. When two of the largest companies in the world throw in the towel, you have to wonder who’s next. You would have thought that Symbian and WebOS were “too big to fail” given the companies that were backing them. But that’s the thing about platforms. Building one is really really tough.