News & Views

  • How Traditional Hardware Manufacturers Can Build New Revenue Streams With Connected Products

    February 23, 2018

    There are three ways traditional hardware manufacturers can make additional revenue by connecting their products.

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  • Why You Should Embrace Product-Led Digital Transformation

    February 01, 2018

    Digital transformation is a catch-all phrase. It could mean a million different things. It could mean moving a company to the cloud. It could mean creating mobile products for your critical applications. It could also mean a marketing strategy.

    All I know is that digital transformation is the most difficult and urgent challenge for every leader in business today. I can show you a nice graphic about how CEOs and CIOs are worried about digital transformation, but it’s safe to say that you understand the challenge well.

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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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  • A Few Notes on Content Strategy

    November 05, 2017

    Creating products, completing redesigns, and implementing new features is an amazing process to be a part of. While the process of building something new may vary greatly from revamping an existing product, there are consistencies when it comes to the issue of content. With products already in the market, we encounter legacy content that hasn’t been touched in years. We also see content that was created prior to establishing a foundational strategy. Setting an initial focus on prioritizing content and copy can help alleviate future pain points during the product development process. Let’s explore some of the reasons why.

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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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  • 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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