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  • By Paul Kamp
    History of the Twilio Coding Gloves History of Coding Gloves Hero

    This year, October is SIGNAL-season – that's Twilio's customer and developer conference. Amidst the incredible product launches and announcements, there's another eagerly anticipated launch: our first full-run of Twilio coding gloves.

    Long desired by fans (and employees!), the oft-rumored Twilio coding gloves have had quite a journey to their perfect fit as the star swag at this year's show. I set out to trace our coding gloves' gripping history and share how Twilio grabbed the opportunity and shipped a beta version of coding gloves to production this year.

    Later on SIGNAL TV, learn how you might get your hands on a pair. Read to the end for a link to details.

    The Twilio coding glove grand entrance

    Twilio's coding gloves first made their way to the stage... on the stage at SIGNAL 2019.

    Twilio's Ben Stein refereed a coding challenge between our developer-CEO Jeff Lawson, our Director of …

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  • By Paul Kamp
    Personalize SMS Marketing Communications with Twilio and Segment personalize SMS Twilio Segment

    Personalized communications are powerful. The right message, at the right time, on the right channel is the difference between a customer for life – and a lifelong detractor. Whether you're in real estate, medicine, finance, retail, or really any industry, timely and useful communications are essential to keep your customers happy.

    This post will show you how to personalize an SMS to a customer on an e-commerce page using Segment and Twilio Programmable Messaging.

    Let's build something timely!

    Prerequisites

    Before we get started, you'll need to sign up for a few accounts.

    And with that, let's get started!

    Set up a source in Segment

    With Segment, you create a source for every site or app (or device!) you'd like to track …

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  • By Paul Kamp
    You Found the Hidden Coding Gloves Page! Coding Gloves Giveaway SIGNAL 2021

    You found the hidden page! But, unfortunately, you're too early.

    Celebrating you finding the hidden page.

    There will be more information during the Special Announcement sessions on SIGNAL TV on October 21 from 11:00-11:30 AM PDT (October 21 from 6:00 - 6:30 PM GMT) and on October 21 at 9:30-10:00 PM PDT (October 22 from 4:30 -5:00 AM GMT).

    You can also watch SIGNAL TV on Twitch.

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  • By Paul Kamp
    Install the Twilio PHP Helper Library Without Composer php-helper-library-no-composer-header

    PHP is a venerable language. As I go to press, it’s in major version 7 and has maintained it’s well-deserved popularity for nearly 25 years.

    With two and a half decades of evolution, we PHP developers have quite a few ways to do things. To wit: many of you ask us how to use Twilio’s PHP Helper Library directly, without a package manager.

    Today, I’ll show you how to install Twilio’s PHP Helper Library on *NIX or Mac OSX without using the package manager Composer.

    Let’s compose some magic.

    Prerequisites to Install The Twilio PHP Helper Library (Without Composer)

    Before we get started with the install, you’ll need to set a few things up, confirm a few others, and find a phone:

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  • By Paul Kamp
    The Developer's Guide to Phone Number Regulatory Compliance qMvMl-7km51ZMwhLfA9kzW7AuNTyFppuGJKF6KKCyEO9dww1zxhJx63sQtynlA-KcCmabxeF6CUXASv_llpD4QXQbcOQGAJ7XqhI_yzpb7HXAtbHgIXN1yGLCUkh7GdYQ7qocnay

    Regulatory compliance (RC) requirements for phone number users have increased worldwide. Depending on the phone number and its features, your or your company's status in the country, and your intentions for the number, different laws and regulations apply while building Voice, Fax, or SMS-based applications.

    While some of these regulations are new, many of these laws and rules have been in effect for some time. Countries are increasing enforcement for many reasons – including fraud, incidents of misuse and abuse and heightened national security concerns.

    All your Twilio phone numbers on Twilio’s platform need to comply with individual country requirements or they are at risk of being suspended until you submit proper RC information.

    Read on for what you need to know to bring an existing communications application into compliance or before starting a new application.

    Here's a video overview explaining what's happening:

    You can find the regulatory …

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  • By Paul Kamp
    Is it Twilio Calling? Qs_oqEngzDxaWPALWSTVsd1EOtpKZSR9_nuRtnjpSjMdlCdYi6gI5a1sJ3QJv65hKveGaZz0tWALaXJXqmLPhO1BW-ogmiEK3K44pvBTbpyBgmwCLcMwdY8gXVlexgf-OeJDqY69

    Robocalls, automated phone calls usually delivering pre-recorded messages, are on pace to be roughly half of all US mobile phone calls in 2019. Americans are only answering about 52 percent of all calls to their mobile phones. Further, more than three out of every four calls go unanswered when the call comes from an unidentified or unfamiliar number.

    As a company providing a cloud communications platform, we are often asked about unwanted robocalling and whether we harbor robocallers and robotexters. Our CEO laid out Twilio’s feelings on robocallers in no uncertain terms:

    “We don’t. And, we don't want these robocallers on our platform.”

    Twilio’s communications platform

    Twilio is a platform for legitimate companies to send wanted communications to their customers – communications those customers have opted into. Whether that’s an alert about an upcoming doctor’s appointment, notice of a school closing, confirmation that a purchased item has been …

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  • By Paul Kamp
    Re-Introducing the Hackpack v4: Twilio's Open Source Hardware Badge signal2018_hp4_blogImg_r1_v1e.png

    Last week at SIGNAL 2018, we debuted v4 of our venerable hardware badge that we lovingly call the Hackpack.

    This year’s Hackpack was our most advanced yet. Sporting a joystick, 7 buttons, a touchscreen, a massive battery, and Linux on a Raspberry Pi Zero W, we hoped to craft the perfect badge for both our conference and your next handheld computing project.

    We also designed it with a special goal in mind: to release under an open hardware license. That’s why today we’re proud to announce the hardware collateral and assembly instructions are available under the Solderpad 2.0 license.

    Go to the hardware repository now.

    Building Twilio’s Hardware Badge

    We designed and built v4 of the Hackpack using version 5 of KiCad. And even if you never fire up KiCad, you can take the gerbers to your favorite PCB house and (with a fair bit …

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  • By Paul Kamp
    Agricultural Monitoring with Twilio Programmable Wireless and Helium sEpjJ1aP3-jq_m-DMlOop9-UEgYjIyHYYkMPM6tMptg0WP4NABqcuqLTGbIYC6ucDkAvIdYs193UKyjb_NgcQLlm_DAz5mClzpvfJoMuAeNXYJVKcti4SqnHq82g06DCsNGiTZuw

    The Internet of Things certainly has potential – and for some applications it’s even currently performing. Smart farming is one of those fields (pun intended), where always-connected sensors can do better at crop monitoring than any human ever could. Watching moisture levels and other soil metrics is a perfect assignment for low-powered microcontrollers scattered throughout amber waves of grain.

    Building a Smart Farm with Arduino, Twilio and Helium

    Here in the Bay Area, lot sizes are measured in square footage not acreage – so excuse my diversion into hyperbole. At my house, I have a couple of 3’x6.5’ planter boxes where we grow herbs and root vegetables. Today, we’ll wire up a planter b …

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  • By Paul Kamp
    TwiML Bins: A Serverless and Codeless Way to Try Twilio

    In May, Twilio announced Twilio Functions, a serverless Node.js environment for spinning up functions without having to find hosting. Functions is an easy server replacement – but did you know we have other ways to rapidly build and iterate on your product serverless-ly? (Including a new visual communications tool, Twilio Studio, in developer preview).

    Today I’m thrilled to shine a light on TwiML Bins, an incredibly simple way to start building or prototyping with Twilio. TwiML Bins are all you need to enable very desirable – and previously quite expensive – communications features like Cloud-based Voicemail or SMS masking and forwarding with Twilio.

    Oh, and did I mention you won’t need to write a single line of code? Onward!

    Get Yourself a Twilio Number or Three

    The magic of TwiML Bins starts in the Twilio Console. Log into your Twilio account (or create a new one – try …

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  • By Paul Kamp
    Introducing TwilioQuest, a New Way to Learn Twilio xgsQjPyXnuoQ57kuAgL-3x-i9xijWp7a1K8QklXD2M4T7nfWLyxabbJL2Mxxp-fSphCXYVposDzRF9OBSq-dpJfyV1dlcimZMUEa-0Pjc3hr5qeYCX5wr4PaW5iT8QTPAqbnow9-

    Sometimes a blank text editor window and that irritating blinking cursor are the biggest obstacles to starting your project. We here at Twilio most definitely agree – starting is the hardest part.

    Custom TwilioQuest in game character.

    That’s why we’re so excited today to announce TwilioQuest!

    TwilioQuest is an interactive, self-paced game to learn how to Twilio. You’ll master products like Twilio Voice and Messaging while earning experience points and loot. Read on to take the first step on your new adventure.

    Prefer an introduction in video form? We’ve got you covered.

    Get Started on Your TwilioQuest Journey

    Before you can byte into TwilioQuest’s 8-bit goodness, you first need to create an account with Twilio or log into y …

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