Introducing End-to-end Encryption for Twilio IP Messaging with Virgil Security℠

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Software developers have a love-hate relationship with security, especially when shipping their product is concerned. All too often security is bolted on at the last minute or not at all. End-to-end encryption is particularly difficult to properly build and integrate into an application. Twilio is partnering with Virgil Security to make building end-to-end encrypted applications a breeze with Twilio IP Messaging and Virgil Crypto SDK and… 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

Building A Phone Verification System With Twilio Voice, Java, and Yext

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Pull on the thread of user verification options and it will unravel. You’ll be on page 51 of your Google Search when you realize your looking at a user verification platform that wants to you verify your account so it can verify users while you verify users. It’s an Xibit meme feedback loop. The folks at Yext kept their user verification simple. They used the Twilio… Read More

Getting started with Spring MVC and Twilio

Getting Started with Spring MVC and Twilio

In this tutorial we will take a very beginner look at Spring MVC and use it build a ‘Hello World’ style application. We will then take that what we’ve built and turn it into a SMS sending and voice calling application using Twilio. Spring MVC is a framework built on top of Java servlets that provides the components needed to build web applications using the model-view-controller architecture. It… Read More

Create a Standalone Voicemail Using Java and Twilio

Why is receiving voicemails still such a pain in 2015? With landlines you need to deal with overpriced and outdated hardware. On mobile phones you need to call a number, enter a password, and sift through the voicemails until you reach the one you want. Wouldn’t it be easier to just receive a text message to listen to a new voicemail? Fortunately, Twilio plus a little… Read More

Getting Started with Gradle and the Spark Framework

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One of the worst phrases I hear at student hackathons is “I can’t build a cool web app because I only know Java”. I see two solutions to this dilemma. We can either agree to hunker down and get started learning Ruby or Python or we can embrace existing knowledge and dissolve this misconception. Even a veteran might not associate Java with quickly spinning up a… Read More

Child Processes, Streams, and Minecraft Server Management via Text Message using Node.js

Minecraft and Twilio - Together At Last

For a while now, I have been told by my nine year old son Emmett (right, dueling Darth Vader) that his social life was suffering because all of his friends at school are playing Minecraft but he wasn’t. While I was unmoved by Emmett’s peer pressure arguments, I had heard through other sources that Minecraft ends up being a pretty fun and creative game for kids…. Read More