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Testing the iPad at the North Pole

Happy holidays to all of our followers, clients and friends.

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Mobile Web Options: Backbone.js

I was speaking with some of our developers last night about a mobile web options like jQTouch, jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch. And then we started talking about Backbone.js. I first heard about Backbone last week from a prospective client who mentioned they use it with PhoneGap to create their apps. I guess I’m late to the table on this one, but in case you haven’t seen Backbone.js either, check out these great examples from their site:

ToDo List

Jérôme Gravel-Niquet has contributed a Todo List application that is bundled in the repository as Backbone example.



The DocumentCloud workspace is built on Backbone.js, with Documents, Projects,Notes, and Accounts all as Backbone models and collections.

LinkedIn Mobile

LinkedIn used Backbone.js to create its next-generation HTML5 mobile web app.


MetaLab used Backbone.js to create Flow, a task management app for teams.


AudioVroom is a free music streaming app that allows you to listen to your Facebook friends like radio stations.


Foursquare is a fun little startup that helps you meet up with friends, discover new places, and save money.


Do is a social productivity app that makes it easy to work on tasks, track projects, and take notes with your team.

Groupon Now!

Groupon Now! helps you find local deals that you can buy and use right now.

Basecamp Mobile

37Signals used Backbone.js to create Basecamp Mobile, the mobile version of their popular project management software.

Slavery Footprint

Slavery Footprint allows consumers to visualize how their consumption habits are connected to modern-day slavery and provides them with an opportunity
to have a deeper conversation with the companies that manufacture the goods they purchased.


Trajectory is an agile software planning tool used to discuss wireframes, record decisions made, relate user stories and bugs to discussions, and track your progress and plan the future.

SoundCloud Mobile

SoundCloud is the leading sound sharing platform on the internet.


When Pandora redesigned their site in HTML5, they chose Backbone.js to help manage the user interface and interactions.


CloudApp is simple file and link sharing for the Mac.


SeatGeek’s stadium ticket maps were originally developed with Prototype.js. Moving to Backbone.js and jQuery helped organize
a lot of the UI code, and the increased structure has made adding features a lot easier. SeatGeek is also in the process of building a mobile
interface that will be Backbone.js from top to bottom.

Talking Points Memo: Baroque

Baroque is the editor currently powering the homepage of Talking Points Memo. provides hosted IRC for teams.


Kicksend is a real-time file sharing platform that helps everyday people send and receive files of any size
with their friends and family.


410 Labs uses Backbone.js at to build a fast and responsive inbox, driven by the Router.

Battlefield Play4Free

Battlefield Play4Free is the latest free-to-play first person shooter from the same team that
created Battlefield Heroes. provides a space where photographers, artists and designers freely arrange their visual art on virtual walls.

Quote Roller

Coding Staff used Backbone.js to create Quote Roller, an application that helps to create, send, organize and track business proposals with ease.


Our fellow Knight Foundation News Challenge winners, MapBox, created an open-source map design studio with Backbone.js: TileMill. uses the HTML Geolocation API to discover tweets, YouTube videos, Instagram photos, Foursquare spots, and other happenings
posted by people close to you.


Blossom is a lightweight project management tool for lean teams.


Elliott Kember and Hector Simpson built Insta-great! – a fun way to explore popular photos and interact with Instagram on the web.

Decide helps people decide when to buy consumer electronics.


Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards.


BitTorrent used Backbone to completely rework an existing Win32 UI.


Fluxiom uses Backbone.js and HTML5 to deliver a seamless upload experience from the desktop to the cloud, including drag and drop, live previews, partial uploads, and one-click sharing.


Chop is a little app from ZURB that lets people slice up bad code and share their feedback to help put it back together.


Opzi used Backbone.js to create Blackcomb, a web-based platform for collaboration applications.


James Yu used Backbone.js to create QuietWrite, an app that gives writers a clean and quiet interface to concentrate on the text itself.


Cristi Balan and Irina Dumitrascu created Tzigla, a collaborative drawing application where artists make tiles that connect to each other to
create surreal drawings.

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