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February brings us Robinson Crusoe Day on the firstday of the month. The Vietnam War ended in February 1973. The first President of the United States, George Washington was born this month in 1732, and the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809. Each year on February 22nd, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD). International Polar Bear Day falls on the 27th of the month. And, in the words of American journalist Hunter S. Thompson, “February is always a bad month for TV sports. Football is gone, basketball is plodding along in the annual midseason doldrums, and baseball is not even mentioned.”
While the PC is still the most popular gaming device for many online gamers, smartphones and tablets are quickly catching up. Rackspace Startup Program startup Double Stallion Games is an independent game studio based in Montreal, Canada, that focuses on mobile games. The company’s mission is to bring arcade-style games to mobile devices the right way with HD cartoon graphics and great touch controls.
Encouraging your children to play sports is one way to help them learn skills that can be vital to success later in their life, especially teamwork, which is essential both on and off the field.
Curious what craft brews your friends are drinking or where they’re hanging out? Untappd lets you socially share and explore the world of beer with friends. You can comment on and toast your friend’s beer selections, and receive beer recommendations based on what you and your friends have tried. You’ll have no reason to not try something new. As an additional encouragement, Untappd allows you to earn a number of cool badges for completing a variety of different criteria.
It’s no secret that Rackspace loves startups! And the Rackspace Startup Program is committed to helping entrepreneurs drive the next generation of businesses by providing cloud products, services and coaching through select university entrepreneurial programs, accelerators, investors and others who share our passion for startups. We enjoy working hand in hand with our key partners in the startup community and helping them grow their startup companies year after year.
January brings us a brand new 2014. Benjamin Franklin was born this month in 1706. The drinking straw was patented in 1888. Make Your Dreams Come True Day fall on the 8th. Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Pacific Ocean in January 1935, and first flight of the supersonic Concorde happened in 1976. The United Nations General Assembly first met in London in January of 1946. And, in the words of Suze Orman, “No one’s ever achieved financial fitness with a January resolution that’s abandoned by February.”
Information overload is a harsh reality of the online world – plentiful search results are great, but they often offer little context. ZEEF, an Amsterdam-based startup, however, believes that using human expertise as a filter while leveraging crowdsourcing and knowledge is the ultimate solution and an effective way to bubble the best results to the top.
Sean Hamawi is co-founder and director of Plutora, Inc., an Australia-based SaaS provider that enables companies to manage their enterprise IT pipeline, enterprise IT releases and IT environments with an Enterprise Release Management & Planning, Test Environment Management and Deployment Plan application. The solution is a robust on-demand Enterprise IT Release Management software built from the ground up to help organizations deliver effective and efficient releases while driving real value back to your business through improved efficiency via roadmap features.
Iexpress.Me is a design platform for people who like to be creative but are not graphic designers. It gives users the ability to make their online life more personal through unique posts, messages, pins and eCards designed on Iexpress.Me’s platform.
December brings us International Day of Persons with Disabilities on the third day of the month -  the theme of 2013 is “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.” Inventor Eli Whitney and composer Ludwig van Beethoven were both born this month in the 1760s. The first day of winter falls on December 21. Texas became the 28th state in the United States in December 1845. And in the words of William Shakespeare, “When we shall hear the rain and wind beat dark December, how in this our pinching cave shall we discourse the freezing hours away?”
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