Happy Thanksgiving from Path!

As a team, one of our favorite things about this holiday is getting a peek of all our teammates’ Thanksgiving traditions. Whether it be to roast a turkey with family, host a giant ‘friendsgiving’ or take a long weekend trip, Path allows us to share our unique celebrations even though we’re spread all around the country.

This year, we want to share a non-traditional Thanksgiving recipe meant for this holiday’s late risers - homemade orange rolls. This holiday tradition comes all the way from Ohio and from the lovely Ciardelli family. See, while the parents would wake up early to prepare the feast, the kids would take advantage of the holiday and sleep in until the meal began. But to not miss breakfast, homemade orange rolls became the yearly starter dish of their wonderful Thanksgiving meal.

Eat up! We hope that today your feed is full of friends, family & love. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for being part of the Path community.

Ciardelli Homemade Orange Rolls

Dough

1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1 Egg, lightly beaten
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in water. Then add the milk, shortening, sugar, salt, egg and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth for about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine filling ingredients and set them aside.

Filling
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons grated orange peel

Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a 15-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Spread half the reserved filling on each rectangle. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a long end. Cut each into 15 rolls. Place in two greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Glaze
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
4 teaspoons butter, softened
4 to 5 teaspoons whole milk

Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. In a small bowl, combine the confectioner’s sugar, butter and enough milk to achieve desired consistency; spread over warm rolls.

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Classics is Now Available in the Shop

Taking you back to that quarter vending machine at the roller rink. These are stickers like you first remember them. Check out our new Classics pack by Dark Igloo, now available in the Shop! 

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Robokid is Now Available in the Shop

Meet mad scientist kid, Gordon, and his pet robot, Spot. Their latest and greatest invention: an emo robo. Check out Jacob Souva’s sticker pack now available in the Shop!

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Wisteria & Ghost Now Available in the Shop

Celebrate Halloween by sharing our two new spooky packs with your friends.

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Our witch Wisteria makes sure to keep her magic powers out of sight of nosy neighbors. But hey, a little witchcraft around the house never hurt.

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And check out the Ghost gang! The Halloween season means spirits are high among this ghastly biker crew. Ever on the move, they give new meaning to ghost riding the whip.

Path’s Ray Ho on Wearables

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Over the past year, it seems everyone’s talking about and developing for wearables. Though most of them can be spotted on the faces and wrists of technophiles, in the coming years we believe wearables will become faster and more intuitive, pushing them into the mainstream market. Soon with a flick of your wrist or a blink, you’ll be able to capture moments, receive notifications and even control the temperature in your home.

Our own senior Android engineer Ray Ho has been working hard on making Path available on devices such as the Samsung GALAXY Gear. This week he attended Samsung’s Developers Conference as a panelist to discuss the future of wearables. Here are some of Ray’s thoughts on the space and why he’s excited to work on these projects…

How do you think will wearables transform the way people share?

Smartphones are ubiquitous nowadays. You want to capture a moment at a concert, on a road trip, on the go - you reach into your pocket and take a picture. Wearables will make that even easier - while you fiddle around for your phone, the moment might have already passed. But with Google Glass or GALAXY Gear that process will be much more seamless and faster.

There’s something very powerful about hands-free sharing. You can capture something while driving, or show a first-hand account of how to build something or cook a meal.

Why do you think that Path and wearables are such a great fit?

Path has always been about sharing very personal moments; it’s a place where you can be yourself. To me a Path feed is almost like a stream of consciousness, a place where there aren’t any boundaries and you don’t need to inhibit yourself like on other social networks.

Wearable hardware basically behaves in the same way. It’s always with you, so it’s perfect for capturing a first person account of an experience without having to interrupt the moment in order to share it. That’s why Path and wearables are a great fit - it just makes sharing moments that matter that much faster and more genuine.

One example - when our Android engineer Yiğit was in Turkey visiting his family he used Google Glass when he was playing with his niece. While lifting her up in the air, he captured a first person view of her laughs on Path. Needless to say, everyone reacted with dozens of hearts.

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Do you own wearables? Have you personally used Google Glass or Galaxy Gear?

I’ve used both Google Glass and the GALAXY Gear. The thing I noticed the most is that I stopped checking notifications on my phone as much as I used to. I’d see the notification come up on Glass or my wrist would vibrate with GALAXY Gear and I knew I had gotten a notification.

This was significant because notifications, especially on Path, are very valuable. Everyone at the office loves sharing a photo or a funny song and seeing how many people respond to it. Wearables reduce the friction of having to check your phone constantly.

What would you tell other apps that are thinking of partnering with wearables?

Wearables have great potential - and a lot of the companies that are looking to enter the wearables market are only working on the first version of these products. We’re in the early days.

Being early to market on these types of devices can also teach you a lot about what users want to see and experience with your app. You get great feedback, you see what users are liking and what they’d like to see.

What are exciting advances we can expect in the next generation of wearable devices?

My first hope is that they become much sleeker. Right now the hardware is impressive, but it should get to a point where it becomes almost invisible to the wearer. 

I also think that soon they’ll have more sensors that will give us insight into our health and our daily activities. Sensors that can monitor your heartbeats, your vitals, brain activity, sleep, maybe even track your BMI.

In the future these sensors could not only help us discover more about ourselves, but also allow us to better perceive our surroundings. For people who are disabled, this functionality could serve to augment their senses, make it easier to perceive the world around them and make once-difficult decisions much simpler.

I think there will also be more interoperability in the future. Regardless of what type of wearable you have, you’ll be able to use them over a wide variety of devices. Anything from your phone, your TV, your stereo - to controlling the lights or the temperature in your house. Interoperability will make wearables ubiquitous like leaving home with your wallet or purse.

Ray has been part of our Android team since September 2011. As a part of the team, he’s touched just about every part of the Android app, from building the backend to tweaking the clock hand animations. He’s also delivered Path on other well-known Android devices, such as Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Samsung GALAXY Gear.

Doug is Now Available in the Shop

Doug’s a party animal who never lets a day go to the dogs. Forget chasing cars, this dog joyrides behind the wheel of his convertible. Doug, by Shake-O , is now available in the Shop!

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Moments on Path: My Firsts

"I’m a closet photography nerd. I’ve always found that pictures serve as the best storytellers and life has so much hidden detail behind a lens. Thus, my Path moments mostly serve as a visual stroll - or rather, scroll - down memory lane.

I started using Path when I moved from Connecticut to California this past May for a theatre company’s summer stock season. I had barely traveled the East Coast, let alone the country, and I wanted an organized way to personally document my journey. Fresh out of college, I was about to embark on my first job in the real world, my first move, and my first time on the West Coast - some prime Kodak moments.  

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Some of the perks of this new job were the events I was invited to attend as a resident videographer. One of my absolute favorites was an event that featured our company’s performers at the Sonoma Raceway during an opening Indy Race. I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the racetrack and gained access to everything Indy related on what may have been the most beautiful day in California. I saw my first race, hung out with some drivers, and attended a beautiful home above all of wine country afterwards with our team for “afternoon sky-gazing”.

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My time in California was spent filming concerts in wine caves and watching the sunset behind outdoor venues while performers serenaded an audience. Words could hardly describe what I was experiencing, but a photo had the ability to capture glimpses of my once in a lifetime adventure, and share it with the people I was closest with back home - people who actually wanted to see it.

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 Even after returning to the East Coast in early September, I still use Path to document everything from memorable days at the office, to the start of apple picking season or any other monumental moment in everyday life. A picture really is worth a thousand words, and Path allows me to remember it all.” - Erin, Connecticut 

Fast Image Cache on GitHub

To the engineers in the crowd, we’ve open sourced a bit of code that we use heavily in Path and that you might find useful in your own projects.

Fast Image Cache is an Objective-C library that—you guessed it—caches images fast. Use it to cache like-sized images (e.g. profile pictures, photo thumbnails, etc.), persist them to disk, and display them without the overhead of opening files, decoding image formats, or even really copying memory. Images are mapped directly from file to screen. In Path, this allows us to display and scroll lots of images on screen more or less at 60FPS, even on older devices.

For code, documentation, and comparisons, check out the project’s GitHub page: http://github.com/path/FastImageCache

So, why open source? Well, because this library is awesome! Also because, like most small software companies, we rely heavily on the open source community. Giving back to a community we take so much from is the right thing to do. And very simply, as users of iOS software, we hope our little contribution will improve the experiences of other products we love.

Ollie the Octopus, Now Available in the Shop

Ever since Ollie’s moved on land, he’s been taking advantage of those extra extremities—buying out the store, blowing kisses to two girls at once, and sounding extra party horns. Ollie, by Petshopbox Studios, is now available in the Shop! 

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South Park! Now Available in the Shop

Cartman, Kenny and the rest have invaded the Path Shop—just in time for their 17th season! Follow the irreverent and hilarious misadventures of four foul-mouthed, troublemaking boys in small-town Colorado, on TV and on Path with South Park! Now available in the Shop. 

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Cloudy, by Sony Pictures - Now Available in the Shop

Feast your eyes on the foodimals: shrimpanzees, tacodiles, mosquitoast, meatbalrus, bananostrich, cantalope, wild scallions, watermelophants, and Barry the strawberry, from the new motion picture, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2! Cloudy, in all of its deliciousness, is now available for early access in the Shop for Premium users. 

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The Cloudy sticker pack will be made available in the Path Shop for all customers on Thursday, September 26th. 

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 by Sony Pictures Animation will premiere in theaters nationwide on Friday, September 27th. 

Moments on Path: Remembering Every Bite

"I have a slight food obsession. I spend my days perusing food blogs and flipping through food magazines in search of tasty new recipes and the next big up-and-coming food trend (Hello, Cronut!) to sink my teeth into. So, it’s no surprise that most of my Path moments revolve around food.  I use my Path like a personal catalogue for all of my gastronomical adventures. Whether I’m sharing a new crockpot curry recipe, a photo of my crazy family knees deep in crawfish shells in the backyard at our annual crawfish bake, or a check-in at one of my five billion favorite restaurants, I love being able to record it all in one place.

This past August I was lucky enough to take the trip of a lifetime to the island of Penang in Malaysia, known as the “food paradise” of Southeast Asia, where the mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures makes for some very exciting flavor combinations. The hottest restaurants in town are the roadside hawker stalls where you can enjoy an amazing feast for mere pocket change. Needless to say I documented every sumptuous bite on Path. My mouth still waters looking back at all of the photos; Char Kway Teow, Curry Mee, Assam Laksa, Lau Hua Peng and Vaidais (just to name a few). I just booked a flight to India this December, I can’t wait to document all of my adventures in curry on Path!” -Charlotte, Chicago

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Friday Finds

Summer has officially turned, and back to school season is upon us. While New Year’s is still months away, fall, bringing crisp air and new coats, always feels like the true time to make resolutions and start fresh. We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Mom allows her 4-year-old to finish her drawings, quirky masterpieces ensue

The ultimate way to blast off into sleep

Creativity according to icons 

This makes HDTV look old school

Not your grandma’s potato salad 

Beautifully illustrated untranslatable words from other cultures

The power of the meaningless

Magical flying nannies?

How to optimize those zzz’s

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(Illustration by Ella Frances Sanders, via Maptia)

NFL Players Inc. is Now Available in the Shop!

September means football and everything that goes with it. Tailgating, shouting at the TV, drafting fantasy squads, wearing your team colors. And we see pigskin fever on Path, too, when friends transform into fans. They suddenly band together to root as one, or turn on each other in a momentary burst of friendly rivalry.

To celebrate the beginning of the season, and to make it easier to express your fandom, we’re kicking off a new sticker pack in partnership with the NFL Players Inc. From Peyton Manning’s winning smile to JJ Watt’s salute, or from the flowing locks of Troy Polamalu to the triumphant belt buckling of Aaron Rodgers, you’ll recognize the signature moves of some of the best players in the game.  You’ll even find Colin Kaepernick Kaepernicking and Tim Tebow Tebowing in the pack.

Show your team pride with the help of the best players in football. It’s time for kickoff, so download the NFL Players Inc. sticker pack today.

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Willkommen, Deutsche Telekom!

Today, we’re honored to announce a global partnership with Deutsche Telekom, our biggest carrier partner to date. DT is at the forefront of bringing quality broadband internet, digital television, fixed and mobile telephony, and more to its customers, in Germany and worldwide.

We’re thrilled to bring Path to over 37 million mobile and 22 million fixed network DT customers in Germany, by now being preloaded on HTC G3, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and X Cover 2 devices sold there. With just a quick tap, DT customers will be on their way to capturing and sharing life with the people who matter most. We’re so excited to be able to easily and quickly become the personal network for so many families and friends.

“Deutsche Telekom is focusing on partnerships to drive forward innovations,” says Michael Hagspihl, Managing Director of Marketing at Telekom Deutschland GmbH. “Our aim is to make access to innovative services such as Path as simple as possible for our customers. This partnership shows how two companies are combining their strengths for their customers’ benefit.”

To commemorate our new partnership, DT is giving its German customers a free year of our just-announced Path Premium (a $14.99 value), with free and unlimited access to our sticker packs and camera filters. This announcement comes as the first step to our deepening relationship with Deutsche Telekom, and we can’t wait to see what’s next.

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Danke. And stay tuned!