CommunicAsia 2012

June 20, 2012

Hoiio API is exhibiting in CommunicAsia2012.

CommunicAsia is Asia’s largest ICT show, with more than 1,000 exhibitors showcasing a myriad of emerging technologies that will shape your business.  This year, the event is held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, from 19-22 June.

If you are at the event, find us at the Singapore IDA Pavilion, Basement 2.

Hoiio API @ CommunicAsia2012

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SMS to Phone Chrome Extension

June 20, 2012

Good news!

We’ve created our first plugin for Chrome using Hoiio API: SMS to Phone.

At times, you might have read an interesting article and would want to share the link with your friends. You could have fire up your email  client, paste the link and send to your friends. However, that is not awesome because your friends will not get your message immediately.

Hence, here comes SMS to Phone, a convenient Chrome extension that helps you share website links through SMS.

It’s very easy and convenient to use. Just follow these few steps to get started:

  1. Install the Chrome Extension
  2. Register a Hoiio Developer account
  3. Create an application in Hoiio
  4. Paste the app_id and access_token of your application into the Account Settings and save

  5. When you want to share a website, click on the extension icon (the blue icon) and share!

Additionally,  we shorten your link so that you can squeeze more message within a 160 char SMS :).

So, add this extension  to your chrome and try it out today!
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Hoiio API Showcase: SubHunter

June 05, 2012

If you run a business and deal with part-time/temp/contract workers, you may often face a sudden manpower shortfall due to workers reporting sick in the morning.

When that happens, it is a sure recipe to make your blood boils as you scramble to find replacements.

Well, there is now an app to automate this task while you enjoy your hearty breakfast.

Let me introduce SubHunter, a neat app that calls your part-time workers on your behalf, fully automatically!

How’s how it works.

Yup. An interesting app created by a brilliant guy in Australia, using Hoiio’s Communication API.

Do check out SubHunter and try for free. Cheers =)

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Send SMS for New Urgent Ticket in Zendesk

May 21, 2012

Maybe you want to send off an SMS when an urgent ticket has been unattended for more than 48 hours. Or when a new urgent ticket arrives. Or when a ticket is tagged with “accounting” or contains the text “buy now”.

For this post, I will describe how you may integrate Hoiio SMS into Zendesk to achieve that.


Step 1 – Configure Hoiio Target

Login to Zendesk and go to Settings > Extensions > Targets and add a new target.

Select URL target from the list of targets.

Configure the target as such.

  • Title: Hoiio SMS
  • URL:
  • Method: POST
  • Attribute name: msg
Note: You must change YOUR_NUMBER, YOUR_APP_ID and YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN accordingly. You may refer to how to get your Hoiio’s app_id and access_token.

Create the new target.


Step 2 – Configure Zendesk Trigger

Go to Manage > Triggers & Mail Notifications.

At this point, you can create/edit triggers according to your needs. For example, you can trigger when a ticket is tagged with “accounting”, or trigger when a new urgent ticket is opened.

We will illustrate for a new urgent ticket. So, click on add trigger.

Configure the action as such:

  • Under “Meet all of the following conditions”, add
    • Ticket is Created
    • Priority is Urgent
  • Under “Perform these actions”, select
    • Notify target Hoiio SMS
  • Customize the SMS message
    • URGENT: {{ticket.title}} received from {{ticket.requester}}

Create the new trigger.

Now, whenever a new urgent ticket is created on Zendesk, you will get an SMS!

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Receive Incoming SMS (2-way, Interactive)

May 15, 2012

We have released one of the most asked for request – receive incoming SMS.

You can read up about the new API here.

Unlike other APIs, there isn’t a new API endpoint. Instead, Hoiio will send you a notification whenever we receive an SMS. In other words we will POST to your server the message, the sender’s phone number, and other details.

The pricing is 1 cent for each SMS received.

PS: Currently only US is supported. Work is in progress for other countries.

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Hoiio API Showcase: Around!

May 07, 2012

Hey all food lovers in Singapore,

Will like to introduce an iPhone App that rewards you whenever you craves good food =)

This app is named Around! and has recently been showcase in Digital Life as well as topped the charts on Singapore iPhone AppStore Lifestyle categories.

What makes them so good? Plenty of good food Around! =) Yummy!

Around! is one of the first startup using the Hoiio API to power up the communication aspects of their application. We are glad to have grown with them and wishes them all the best. Cheers.

PS: Do try out the fish in the picture. It is very yummy!

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WWDC Tickets Alert

April 27, 2012

Apple recently announced the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and took just 2 hours to sell out.

This time, Apple released the tickets at slightly-less-than-godly hour of 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time Wednesday.  That means you are probably still be in bed, if you work in the Pacific time zone.

Not everyone lets Apple decide their fate.

Kudos to Hon Cheng, a developer who hacked up a WWDC alert that checks the Apple’s website every 1 minute. When the Apple website changes and opens up the ticketing, Hon Cheng uses Hoiio API to send him an SMS, plus a phone call!

Check out the video of the WWDC alert!

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Hoiio API is Launched in US

April 20, 2012

We made an announcement at DEMO Spring Conference, Santa Clara.

Hoiio API is officially launched in US.

And we launched with very cool pricing. Number cost just $1 per mth, voice call cost 0.8 cents per min, and SMS cost 1 cent.

That is very competitive pricing, the cheapest in US, and we have a reason for it.

In US, we are not the only telephony API in town. There are a few others, and the leader is Twilio. Be it Twilio or Hoiio, we solve the same problem for web developers – making it easy to build telephony apps.

At Hoiio, we are committed to making it easy and affordable to developers.

Not to forget, Hoiio supports Asia Pacific countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore.

So if you are a developer looking to expand into Asia Pacific, Hoiio API will be your new best friend :)

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Showcase Sponsor at DEMO Spring 2012

April 17, 2012

After winning DEMO Asia, which was held in Singapore 2 months ago, we now fly 13,642 km to DEMO Spring, which will be held in Santa Clara from April 18-19.

This time round, Hoiio API will not be doing a 6 minute launch pitch, and will not be contesting for the $1 million grand award (too bad).. However, we are there as a showcase sponsor.

If you missed our 6 minute winning pitch during DEMO Asia, here it is:

We look forward to talking to you at the conference.

And if you are in the bay area, do give us a ping if you like to catch up!

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Hoiio API showcase: Abratable

April 04, 2012

Singapore is a food capital with restaurants serving food from around the world. With the huge variety of restaurants, it can be hard to pick one out. After you found the ideal place to eat, booking is a must at popular restaurants to ensure that you have a seat when you arrive. Abratable is a site that lets you search for restaurants in Singapore and then book it on the spot, all from within their site.

When you book a table, Abratable makes use of Hoiio API to send an SMS to the restaurant to notify them of your booking.

From what we have heard, they even have plans to integrate IVR and other voice services in the future.

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