News & Views

  • 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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  • Vokal Plays Games For Kids

    August 01, 2016

    On Saturday, November 5th, 2016, Vokal will be hosting Extra Life, a 24 hour gaming charity marathon. All funds raised by the Vokal team leading up to the event, as well as any funds raised during the event go directly to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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  • Finding Our New Home

    July 09, 2016

    We are delighted to report that we have fully moved into our new home at 350 N Orleans (or as Chicagoans call it "The Sun-Times Building")! With great views from the 13th floor to the west and north combining with brand new adjustable height furniture, we're feeling right at home in our new space.

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  • WWDC Keynote Recap

    June 18, 2016

    Last week was the annual Apple WWDC keynote address, and it was a big week for us all! We learned about upcoming releases for all four major platforms: watchOS, tvOS, macOS, and iOS. As with every WWDC keynote, there are a number of important announcements - check out our recap and opinions on the top points for each platform.

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  • Google I/O 2016 Wrap Up

    May 24, 2016

    Google’s 9th I/O developer conference has officially wrapped up and we here at Vokal have compiled our impressions of the various announcements and sessions. Be sure to check back in to Vokal Labs for our Apple WWDC coverage.

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  • WWDC Wish List

    May 23, 2016

    The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is just a few weeks away. It's an exciting time for all of us who build apps for Apple products—and for a lot of their customers, too—since the week-long conference starts with a keynote address where they typically announce the next versions and updates to OS X and iOS. Every WWDC is preceded by months of rumors and speculation about what those announcements will be (the all electric AppleCar!), since Apple keeps their cards close to their chest. Here's a list of the things that we're hoping to see on June 13th.

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