Breaking Through Bottlenecks: How Lyft Scaled To Success [SIGNAL Rewind]

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Lyft has scaled rapidly to say the least. They’re valued at over two-billion, and recently raised a billion dollars, with 500 million of that coming from General Motors. If you used Lyft back in 2013, you might have had trouble getting a Lyft on a Friday night. They didn’t have enough people driving with Lyft then. This is the struggle of a two-sided marketplace – you… Read More

Don’t Reinvent The Wheel: Whispir Helps Developers Deploy Faster

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Redundancy is good. Except when you’re writing redundant code. Whispir, and their developers, are not fans of redundant code. They’re into devs spending more time focusing on their strong suits. Whispir hopes to give developers that time back, by offering pre-built communications solutions devs can add on to their existing hacks. Consider it as stacking their lego blocks onto your lego blocks, if lego blocks were… Read More

Building a React Powered Video Chat

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One of the most challenging conversations in software development is debating the modernization of an existing application. In fact telling your boss that you want to rewrite something in a new technology may not always end well. But with so many new and better frameworks like React being released every day, there are definitely times where it makes sense to bite the bullet and go green(field). Thanks to… Read More

Building Native Android Libraries with the Latest Experimental Android Plugin

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A major challenge we have faced with NDK development on our Android Video SDK is integrating with the prescribed Android Studio Gradle-based workflow. Our primary issue is debugging native components inside of an Android library. The latest updates to Android Studio and the Android Gradle Plugin indicate that Google is investing in improving the developer experience for native development on Android and ensuring that it has… Read More

Kiosk Uses TTS To Highlight The Humanity In Everyday Objects

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The cacophony of New York City is engrossing. You can stand on a crowded corner and try and pick out the layers of sound. Look up and you can pick out noisy visuals all calling for your attention, from billboards to 3 story screens. Stepping out of the street and into MoMA PS1’s Kiosk Exhibit, the contrast is heightened. There’s no competition for your attention. The… Read More

Sara Chipps on Teaching Girls to Code with Wearables

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Sara Chipps has spent the better part of a decade teaching women to code. Her latest startup, JewelBots, makes programmable friendship bracelets for young girls get get them excited about engineering before their social circles tell them its uncool. She down with us on Twilio Radio to talk about user testing with middle school girls, why the hardware hacking world seems to be more diverse than… Read More

Meet The SIGNAL Speakers: Engineering “Mad Science”, Investing and Testing

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SIGNAL is just eight weeks away. Let’s get you familiar with the front-end engineers, investors, hackers, and testers that will be at SIGNAL. If you haven’t nabbed your tickets to SIGNAL yet, you can use the promo code BLOG75 to get $75 off of the ticket price. Without further adieu, let’s meet the speakers. Allison Craig There aren’t too many engineers with degrees in fashion design…. Read More

Getting Started with the Twilio Video JavaScript SDK

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Twilio Video simplifies building multi-person video chat applications and minimizes complicated WebRTC boilerplate. The Twilio docs have a thorough quickstart which will assist you in creating a production ready Video application, but we are going to build a more bare bones JavaScript application to get up and running as quickly as possible. If you just want the code, you can grab it at this repository. Before running this code you’ll… Read More

The App That Shouldn’t Exist: PulledOver Strives To Deliver Transparency In Police Interactions

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Matt can’t remember the exact moment he knew he needed to build PulledOver. At first, hearing news that another person of color had been killed during a routine traffic stop felt like a new and fresh outrage. But within a short period of time there was another story, and another. The outrage that had at first felt fresh now became uncomfortably familiar. And at some point,… Read More