News & Views

  • Your Intranet: Broken Links and Broken Promises

    August 20, 2017

    Intranets and internal ecosystems of apps, sites, tools, and content often start out with purpose, poise, and utility. However, over time they can become dull, bloated with worthless features, and fail at their fundamental value proposition. Competing priorities in a siloed and politicized environment can make progress difficult. We at Vokal have learned these lessons and have evolved our practice to take advantage of this product landscape by focusing on content, organization, and the people maintaining the intranet.

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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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  • Four Pointers for First Time Conference Goers

    July 20, 2017

    This past fall I attended the annual Association Typographique Internationale (AtypI) conference held this year in Warsaw. AtypI explores type design, typography, and the many ways we interact with text. Having never attended a conference before, I had some trouble navigating an event of this scale. As I forced myself to interact with others, I quickly gleaned pointers on how to handle this marathon. By the end of the conference, I was fulfilled with a relit passion for my work.

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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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  • A Culture of Experience

    October 10, 2016

    At Vokal, we encourage and support time away from the office knowing the positive impact that vacations - whether a day at home or time abroad - can have on your wellbeing.

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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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