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Path + Ghostbusters: Stickers

This week, we are delighted to bring you a Path Stickers partnership with one of our favorite movies: Ghostbusters.

Henrique Athayde is back, this time with a pack that will throw you back a few decades. Peter, Raymond, Egon and Winston, equipped with proton-packs and the Ecto-1, are a match for any ghost on the loose. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters.

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Path for Windows Phone 8

At Path, we’ve been mobile-first and mobile-only since day one. We believe that mobile is the future of computing. Initially, we set out to build Path for the iOS, eventually expanding to both the iPhone and the iPad. As the Android ecosystem has grown, we’ve brought Path to many different forms of Android including Amazon Kindle Fire, Google Glass, and Samsung Galaxy Gear. Today, we are happy to announce Path is now available on Windows Phone 8.

Windows Phone 8 has been our most requested platform. We’re excited to welcome Windows Phone 8 users into our community of 23 million strong, so they too can add to the billions of moments that have already been shared on Path. Path for Windows Phone will be available today in the Windows Phone Store, thanks to our collaboration with a joint team from Nokia and Microsoft.

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“Today marks an exciting moment for the Windows Phone community as Path releases an early glimpse of their public beta app. Although there is more ahead, we look forward to Path providing continued updates and delivering a best-in-class Path app experience for Nokia and Windows Phone devices.” - Bryan Biniak, VP & GM of Developer Relations.

Path for Windows Phone 8 includes many of our core features, and will highlight Windows Phone-specific features such as Live Tiles. You can share photo, video, thought, location and sleep moments. You can post your moments to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare; and choose whether you want to share a moment privately or just to your Inner Circle. Future versions of the app will include media moments (movies, books & music), Path Messaging, and the Path Shop.

We’re particularly excited to see Path on the Nokia Lumia 1020, with its innovative 41 megapixel camera and 50 premium Nokia filters.

Thanks to all the Windows Phone 8 users who have been waiting patiently - welcome to the Path community! You can download the Path for Windows Phone today to start sharing with your closest friends and family.

Enjoy!

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Starting 2014 On A Positive Note

2013 was a great year for Path in pursuit of our vision of bringing people closer together by building a better place to connect, share, and discover. Here are some of our favorite highlights from the year.

We had the opportunity to bring you great new features with Messaging, Stickers, Shop, Search, Inner Circle, Private Sharing, and Premium.

We launched partnerships to bring Path to more people globally with Twitter, Sprint, Nokia, Amazon, Sony, Samsung, and Deutsche Telekom.

We brought you Path Stickers from some of the world’s most beloved brands such as Peanuts, Adventure Time!, South Park, Breaking Bad, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, NFL Players, Inc., and Fruit Ninja.

We also brought you Stickers from some of our favorite artists such as Susan Kare, Hugh MacLeod, and held a global Sticker creation contest in partnership with Threadless which attracted over 230 submissions from users around the world.

We expanded the Path API and worked with the developer community to connect some of your favorite apps to Path including Wordpress, Over, PicFrame, Strava, and The Bible just to name a few. Many more integrations with your favorite apps are on the way for 2014.

We looked to the future of connecting and sharing and brought you exclusive integrations with Google Glass and the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Wearables continue to be a trend for 2014, and we are excited to deliver even more innovation here throughout the year.

Our community has grown to more than 23 million users all over the world who engage with Path more than 1.2 billion times per month.

Today we are happy to announce a new round of investment that will help us continue to build our vision. This will be our Series C and totals $25 million. This round includes contributions from Bakrie Global GroupKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Index Ventures, Greylock PartnersInsight Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, and First Round Capital.

This investment enables us to continue to focus on the pursuit of our vision. The capital will be used to directly fuel the growth of our daily community, to continue to develop our revenue strategy, and to pursue breakthrough innovation. We will continue to focus our efforts on attracting a world class team inspired to build this vision together.

We’re deeply grateful for the support of everyone in our community, more so than we can say in words. We hope you had a wonderful holiday with family, and in pursuit of your favorite interests. We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2014.

Happy New Year from Team Path!

- Dave Morin, Co-Founder & CEO

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Stickers: New Years by Zuza Miśko

Zuza Miśko's new pack is here just in time to ring in the New Year. Celebrate the holiday season and count down to 2014 with the Bonnet family. Available in the Path Shop today.

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A Very Merry Christmas

Thanks to all of you who shared your special Path Christmas photos with us! We heard from users all over the world, and nothing makes us happier than knowing that Path is helping people capture and share great memories with their friends, family and loved ones.

Merry Christmas and Happy Pathing! 

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Path + Peanuts: Christmas Stickers

Get in the spirit of the holidays by sharing some of your favorite Peanuts characters with your friends. During the season that can get you down, we just want to say: Merry Christmas Charlie Brown. Now available in the Path Shop.

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Path + Halfbrick: Fruit Ninja Stickers

Fruit Ninja Stickers by Halfbrick Studios, now available to all in the Path Shop. Make sensei proud. Happy slicing.

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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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Stickers: Classics

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 Path Shop.

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Stickers: Robokid

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 Path Shop.

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Stickers: Wisteria & Ghost

Celebrate Halloween by sharing our two new spooky sticker packs with your friends. Now available in the Path Shop.

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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. Available now in the Path Shop.

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.

Stickers: Doug

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 Path Shop.

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Path Stories: 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 

Open Source: Fast Image Cache

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.