News & Views

  • How AI and Machine Learning are Helping Companies Predict the Future

    November 13, 2019

    You’re probably in one of three boats when it comes to AI and Machine Learning:

    1. It’s not going to be a thing until 10 years from now. It’s overhyped.
    2. It’s making a large impact right now.
    3. I honestly don’t even understand what AI is. And what does Machine Learning have to do with anything?
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  • Vokal Takeaways from KotlinConf 2017

    December 26, 2017

    There's a lot of excitement lately in the developer community over Kotlin, and for good reason. Many talented programmers strongly believe that it’s time to jump ship from the Java barge and hop aboard the first bus to Kotlintown.

    Excitement for Kotlin in our office has never been higher than in November when the Android engineering team packed our bags and headed out west to San Francisco to catch KotlinConf, the first conference dedicated to the language.

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  • Augmented Reality - Much More Than a Gimmick

    October 31, 2017

    Perhaps the most significant announcement from the 2017 WWDC was Apple's new Augmented Reality framework, ARKit. New to iOS 11, ARKit allows you to easily create augmented reality experiences for the iPhone and iPad. It takes app experiences beyond the screen, allowing people to interact with the real world in entirely new ways.

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  • VR for All

    August 06, 2017

    VR has been a technology struggling to reach mass adoption. React VR is positioned to change all that. We’ve taken a look at why.

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  • Upcoming Changes to App Store Reviews

    March 25, 2017

    Update: With the release of iOS 10.3 to the public, Apple has provided documentation on how to manage and respond to users on the App Store.

    iOS 10.3 is shaping up to be a significant update and we here at Vokal want to specifically address the updates to the iOS App Store review platform. We want to help you understand what the changes entail, what the impacts are and how to best leverage the change to positively impact your product.

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  • Life in the Fastlane

    January 26, 2017

    The engineering teams here at Vokal are constantly tweaking and refining our process and tools to ensure that we’re reliably and efficiently producing our best possible work. On the iOS team, this includes ongoing improvement to our continuous build server implementation on Travis.

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  • Challenges in Digital Product Development

    November 11, 2016

    Digital product development is new to many organizations and requires a dynamic approach to be successful. Digital products must to be viewed as organic entities that should constantly evolve and adapt to user needs.

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  • Open Sourcing Our Xcode Project Templates

    October 29, 2016

    Every app we build is unique, but best practices should be consistent between projects. Here on Vokal’s iOS team, we’ve been baking more and more of those best practices into a template we use for starting any new project.

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  • Apple September Event Takeaways

    September 08, 2016

    It’s like Christmas in September for the many fans of Apple products. There was a wealth of topics covered at the event this Wednesday - from new iterations of the iPhone and Apple Watch, to App Store releases and enhanced developer APIs. Here is our round-up of some key takeaways from Apple's September 7th media event:

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  • Swift: Open to Everyone

    August 14, 2016

    I’m a junior iOS Engineer at Vokal with only one year of software engineering under my belt, but even without a lot of experience, I was able to contribute to Swift 3 because of the incredibly helpful iOS community. If you are having trouble getting started on contributing, all you have to do is ask for help. The hardest part about contributing to Swift was not actually implementing the task, it was getting started.

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