Santa Call, Santa Claus, Santa all the way~
This Christmas, be different. Send your Christmas greetings via Santa Call.
Santa Call is a Chrome extension that let users send Christmas MP3 and play the music over a phone call.
With a few clicks on your Chrome, you can choose from the pre-selected Christmas MP3, or your own.
Enter your friend’s phone number, hit the Send button, and Santa Call will personally make the phone call to your friend, and play the MP3 :) Install now!
Happy magical X’mas!
Have you ever wanted to talk to a friend about a very important matter, but your mobile phone ran out of money?
Not a problem anymore.
Try out this new Chrome Extension: Call Me Back
Image this scenario. You recalled something very important, and you wanted to call your friend/colleague/family immediately. You pick up the phone, dial the number, make the call, but unfortunately, your mobile phone has ran out of money..
What can you do?
No need for panic.
With Call Me Back, you can ask your friend/colleague/family to call you back (assuming it is free for you to receive incoming calls).
How to use?
2. Once installed, click on the icon that is added to Chrome, and click on Settings. Enter your Hoiio API credentials in settings.
3. Click on the icon, enter your friend’s phone number and a message, then Send.
4. (Optional) If it is very urgent, you can enable Voice Message. Instead of sending an SMS, a phone call will be made to your friend!
This could very well save your day?
Add this extension to your chrome , and let us know if you have any comments!
Today, we are taking a bold step towards pricing.
Hoiio API Pricing is now pushed onto Github, with version control, and fully transparent! Call it “open source”, if you like!
By going to our Github repos, you can
- browse the comma delimited CSV files,
- download all the pricing in all the 6 currencies we support,
- watch the repos and get notified when we make any changes,
- check out the changes (such as lowering of costs!)
- comment on our commits,
- and even fork, change, and push, if you felt the prices are incorrect!
Cheers to Github! It’s no longer just a tool for social coding.
There were 12 changed files. The comment in the commit will tell you why we make the changes.
In Numbers-AUD.csv, it clearly shows an added line “GB, United Kingdom, 44, 2.1“.
(The phone number prefix for UK is 44, and the cost is $2.10 AUD)
You can also browse the tags, which we use as the date when that pricing is effective.
Following our last PHP sample code, this time we are publishing a sample code using Java on Google App Engine.
A screenshot of how you can configure your company directory after setting up:
Go ahead and fork the repository, and perhaps add new features such as Voicemail.
But if all seems too troublesome, how about trying Hoiio Main Line app for $5?
Our friends at VisionMobile are running their Developer Economics 2013 survey.
The survey focuses on the best practices for the tools, services and APIs that developers use to build, market and monetize their apps.
It takes just ten minutes and there are awesome prizes to be won! Fill out the survey and stand a chance to win an iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, Nokia Lumia 920 & BB 10 Dev Alpha.
Take the survey here: http://www.visionmobile.com/DE13Tools
PS: When taking the survey, remember to select Hoiio as a Voice Service, and let us know what you love/hate us for!
We have created an example app with PHP: https://github.com/Hoiio/hoiio-auto-attendant
With Auto Attendant, you could dictate how your Hoiio number works when it is being called.
For example, with the following configuration,
$directory = array( '1'=>array('+6560001111', "for sales enquiry"), '2'=>array('+6560002222', "for technical support"), '3'=>array('+6560003333', "to speak to our customer care officer"), '0'=>array('VOICEMAIL', "to leave a voicemail message"), );
The voice menu will be read over the phone call, and when the caller press “1″, it will transfer the call to the sales enquiry department. Or press “0″, it will record a voicemail message.
This example is fully open source, and we will be very happy if you fork it, and extended to suit your voice app. Let us know if you did something awesome!
Photo Credits: Jim Elyot’s Blog
Over the last 2 months, we have launched 3 apps on our portal:
- Main Line: a virtual PBX or a main number of any business
- Conference: a convenient way to setup conference call
- Fax: online fax system for business
As we launch more apps on Hoiio Platform over the next few weeks, we want to make sure our users will experience the highest quality of apps.
Today, we have completed testing a new version of Conference app that’s much faster, and more reliable than ever before. To understand how we achieved this, let’s take a look at how Hoiio has evolved on web application development.
Google Web Toolkit (GWT)
We have been using GWT in most of our products, from the user portal to our internal admin dashboard. We have built arrays of custom components that can be reused in any GWT project, making GWT the framework that every web project would start with in Hoiio. Our Apps are no exception. We started developing our apps using GWT and reused a number of major components to speed up the development process. However, we started to feel long in the tooth when feature creep sets in. We also felt the sluggishness of GWT. And as GWT is improved, some of our components and plugins were less relevant in new projects. In light of this, our new Conference app marks our first release without GWT.
Spring + jQuery
GWT tightly couples the server side and client side, which means any changes on the client side technology results in a complete rewrite of our app; adopting jQuery and Spring makes client and server side loosely coupled. This means if we, for some reasons, want to adopt another technology in server side, we can easily modify the server side’s code, expose the same sets of APIs to client side, and that’s it.
The second problem is managing events for DOM elements. In fact, we already experienced the frustration on binding events to the spaghetti code mess that we had created at earlier time. For example, the first version of Conference app has around 15 events, 4 different types of data objects that interact with each other, and many DOM elements that depend on each other in certain ways like CSS effects. We feel that without a proper structure, we will soon face a lot of issues while maintaining our app.
BackboneJS, HandlebarsJS and RequireJS
The fact: Speed comparison
We measure the speed of our app to demonstrate the performance gain we have achieved. Test machine is in Vietnam, server is in US. Same app is used during testing
First request (no cache) takes 13.6 seconds to complete.
Second request (with cache) takes 2 seconds to complete.
Using BackboneJS + RequireJS
First request (no cache) takes 3.6 second to complete.
Second request (with cache) takes 1 seconds to complete.
The results say it all. BackboneJS and RequireJS beat GWT in every ways: 4x faster without cache and 2x with cache.
Coming soon. For all apps.
We are committed to deliver quality apps. That’s why at Hoiio, we never stop to research the latest technologies that helps to create the best user experience. Conference app is now ready to deploy, and we are starting to make all other apps faster. Stay tuned.
In the last 10 days, developers worked together to create travel apps for THack 2012.
Hoiio is an API provider for the competition. So is Wego, a travel search portal.
As well as being API providers, Hoiio and Wego also jumped into the fun of hacking!
You can SMS flight search such as “SIN to SFO on Dec 25 with $1000″ to +65 8537 2489 (up for a limited time only).
FareHound is fully open source on github. It uses Typesafe Stack (Scala + Akka + Play! web framework).