Drones Take Over Zappos HQ

Each January the Las Vegas Strip is host to CES, a closed-door tradeshow that allows major companies and industry professionals worldwide, including software developers, advertisers and the Hollywood elite, to converge, preview and talk about the latest tech products not yet available to the public.

This year, once again, the topic of conversation revolved around drones. Drones offer spectacular visuals for filmmakers and hobbyists alike, creating a unique perspective for viewers who are glued to the ground.

With this thought in mind, Zappos recently invited Xtreme Drone Circuit (XDC), a league dedicated to the adrenaline-fueled sport of First-Person View drone racing, to take over its company headquarters in an obstacle course event. 

Spectators were able to watch drone pilots from all over the country compete for the winning title and over $10,000 in cash prizes. The three-day event featured a tough, three-dimensional obstacle course that tested each pilot’s skill level and their drone’s ability to maneuver through challenges at high speed.

Instead of just reading about it, see how the event unfolded below.



First-person view drone racing

In first-person view drone racing, the racers see what their drones see.

Posted by The Verge on Saturday, January 16, 2016



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Mobile-Ready Pants

Is it a phone? A tablet? A phablet?


We know you're having a tough time taking your phone/tablet/phablet in and
out of your pant pocket. We've seen it all, missed phone calls, broken
screens, poor blood circulation (here's to you skinny jean wearers), and
worse, phantom vibration syndrome.

While we can't agree on what to call it, we can all agree on needing
bigger pockets. We are so happy to introduce Zappos Mobile-Ready Pants, just in
time for the iPhone 6!

Follow the Zappos Mobile Team @zappos_mobile 

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Goodbye Passwords and Hello TouchID!

Apple’s Touch ID technology has been around for a little while. Okay...well over a year. We were busy inventing the Mobile Ready Pants (http://goo.gl/D0ZHNY), but now we have some news to share.
The good news (drumroll please) is that we are super excited and delighted to make Touch ID available to our amazing customers!

Our March 2nd update of the Zappos iOS app adds the option to log in with Touch ID. We are doing our best to make the Zappos mobile shopping experience even more convenient. There are those like us who have a list of passwords and dread keeping track of them, we totally get you. Passwords can be a hassle and that's where Touch ID comes in, with a single touch you are logged in and ready to check out!

Apple does a great job of making this Touch ID integration simple. Our iOS Software Engineer, Doug, developed this feature into the Zappos iPhone and iPad apps in one afternoon during a Mobile Team innovation session. Way to go, Doug!
As always, we thank our customers for the great suggestions and feedback.

Please download (http://apple.co/1EMLcd3) the updated app today.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Your friends from the Zappos Mobile Team

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The Webby Awards People's Voice Best Navigation/Structure

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We would like to thank everyone who voted for us for the Webby Awards People’s Voice Best Navigation/Structure! We're very honored to receive this great recognition and to be among the other great companies who were nominated.

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Now Live On VIP.zappos.com: Outfit Builder

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Have you ever wanted to see what your new shoes will look like with a new dress? Zappos VIP customers will soon be able to mix and match products in our Outfit Builder! Pairing clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories has never been easier. Simply click the Outfit Builder icon at the botom of the VIP site, search for the products you want to add in and simply drag them down to the Outfit Builder Pallette. You can size them to fit together and save your look for others to see. Want to see what other VIPs have come up? You can see other VIP's creations in our gallery! Stay tuned to VIP.zappos.com for the launch of Outfit Builder. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Zappos Family Seattle Coding Challenge And Tech Tweet Up

The Scoop: Open bar, open bar, appetizers… Oh! And did we mention OPEN BAR!

Vegas Baby: Can you code at a bar? If yes, then you can code at Zappos! 

We will be having 2 coding challenges – 30 minutes each – 25 people max in each challenge. You can only do one of the challenges. If you need headphones, bring ‘em. Oh, and a laptop - that’s kinda important!

1st coding challenge at 6:30pm 
2nd coding challenge at 7:30pm

The coding challenge is the first screening step in our interview process for hiring software engineers at Zappos. The person who gets the correct answer first from each round will be fast-tracked to VEGAS BABY! Yep, the second step in our screening process is an in-person interview in Las Vegas at our offices. And as always when we fly folks in to spend the night in Vegas, tour our offices, and interview - expenses are on us! Sorry, any gambling is on you. ;)

You don’t have to do a coding challenge or be a software engineer to hang with us!! We love all you tech peeps indiscriminately. Come on down and have a drink already! And our CEO, Tony Hsieh, will be at the event! If you participate in the challenge and would like one, he’s happy to sign a copy of his book, “Delivering Happiness” for you. 

If you are a helper and know super awesome tech folks, tweet this link!

And in closing, check out what Zappos developers do when they aren't coding:

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Share Widget

Check out the new share widget on Zappos.com! The share widget allows you to share your favorite products on Zappos.com via Facebook, Twitter, and email. You can even post them on your blog! Jen from Zappos IP, Inc explains the new share widget. Check it out and comment below!