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

Web Powered SMS Inbox with Service Worker: Push Notifications

Recently I have been building a web application that I can use as a fully featured SMS messaging application for a Twilio number. It has a list of all messages sent and received and can be used to send new messages and reply to existing conversations. It’s a pretty tidy little application that hasn’t taken long to build so far, but it currently has one drawback…. Read More

Building your own Twitch Plays Pokemon with JavaScript, Twilio IP Messaging and Socket.io

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In early 2014, a phenomenon called Twitch Plays Pokemon took over the Internet. It was a social experiment on Twitch.tv which allowed viewers to play Pokemon Red Version together using Twitch’s chat and it was awesome. We were all on the edge of our seat for several weeks as over 120,000 people around the world played together simultaneously to guide Red on his Pokemon quest. There is even still an… Read More

Getting started with Socket.io: Adding Real Time Events to your Node.js Express App

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In a previous post, I explained how to monitor phone calls sent with the Twilio API in real time using call progress events. These allow you to set up a webhook url to receive a request whenever the status of your phone calls change. The real time updates of call progress events provide us with a great opportunity to play around with websockets. In this post I am… Read More

Call Monitoring with Node.js, Express and Twilio Call Progress Events

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Call progress events are a really useful tool if you ever need to track the state of phone calls an app you built makes with the Twilio Voice API. Let’s say you are building a dashboard to manage the huge influx of calls that your heavy metal themed, over the phone radio app makes to listeners. By providing a status callback to your web app you can track… Read More

How to play music over phone calls with Twilio Voice and JavaScript

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When handling phone calls with TwiML, you have many options for controlling the caller’s experience. You can <Say> something in a robot voice, <Dial> other numbers into the call and even <Record> the call. My personal favorite is the ability to play audio files over the phone using the <Play> TwiML verb. You can even create your own version of Dial-A-Song, a hotline run by the band They Might Be Giants that… Read More

20,000 Text Messages Under the Sea with OpenROV, Node.js and Twilio

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Meet Rovie. Rovie is our underwater robotic friend here at Twilio: Rovie and Brent. Rovie is the one on the left. Over the past couple months myself and fellow Developer Evangelist Brent Schooley have been teaching Rovie to swim and send underwater pictures whenever she gets a text message.  Last week at That Conference we took Rovie to her first party and he enjoyed swimming in the beautiful pool at… Read More

Automate Your Mac Via SMS using JavaScript for Automation, Node.js and Twilio

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JavaScript is eating the programming world. Look around and you’ll see JavaScript in places people never would’ve expected 10 years ago. There’s JavaScript running on servers. There are more front-end JavaScript frameworks than you can shake a stick at. And there’s even JavaScript on my dog! Lucky me because I love JavaScript. A few months ago at BrooklynJS I was super excited to discover a new way… Read More