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Building a Full-Stack FaceTime Clone with SwiftUI

Like many others, I enjoy using FaceTime to chat with family and friends. The app makes it easy to have real-time one-to-one or group audio and video conversations on any of Apple's devices. As a user, it's often easy to forget the sheer complexity that lives under the surface of a seemingly common application like
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EdTech Enterprise Chooses Stream Over Sendbird To Streamline Communication for Millions of Users

Challenge: Australia's leading school management software provider, Compass Education, needed to streamline communication for its three million daily active users, including teachers, school staff, parents, and students. But, building an in-house chat solution would be a resource-heavy lift for the enterprise and delay its product roadmap. Strategy: The team began vetting chat API vendors and
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Using PushKit Notification: How To Show an Incoming Call on a Device

PushKit helps to handle push notifications in apps that support VoIP services, watchOS complications, and more. The PushKit framework relies on the Apple Push Notification Service (APNs) to deliver incoming VoIP notifications. This tutorial focuses mainly on receiving incoming Voice-over-IP (VoIP) calls with the PushKit framework. Prerequisite To use PushKit notifications for your iOS app,
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Debugging WebRTC Calls with Google Chrome

WebRTC is an open-source technology that provides real-time communication capabilities for web applications and is designed to work with the latest web technologies. With the help of WebRTC, it is now possible to create high-quality and low-latency video, audio, and data-sharing applications that run directly in a web browser without the need for any plugins
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Introducing Stream's Campaigns API

We at Stream are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Campaigns API! Sending messages to a large group of users or channels and personalizing those messages with rich templating, attachments, and custom data is now easier for developers and businesses than ever before. For Campaigns with under 1,000 users, our API enables you
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30 Important App KPIs to Track in 2024

Developing a mobile app can increase your brand visibility and create a direct communication channel for users. But if you're not tracking the right KPIs, you're missing out on opportunities to improve your app's effectiveness. The problem is that there's no shortage of KPIs, and tracking the wrong ones can waste resources and cause you
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Build Instant Messaging in a MERN-Based E-commerce App With Stream Chat

Instant messaging has become an integral part of web applications in recent years. The real-time exchange of information helps to cement the users' trust, whether they are customers, merchants, or other stakeholders. This technology has become ubiquitous across many industries, including virtual events, healthcare, and education. However, the complexity surrounding proper in-house implementation was an
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Think Twice: What to Consider Before Building Chat with RTI

Fellow developers, gather around as we delve into the treacherous terrain of chat development using real-time infrastructure, a land filled with landmines, caveats, and countless ways to go over budget without realizing before it is too late. Picture this: you're navigating through a labyrinth of code, grappling with timelines tighter than your favorite pair of
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Top Features and Best Practices for Voice Chat Applications

The rise of real-time communication technologies, such as video and voice calls, disrupts email and text messaging. When integrating voice chat into an app, a reliable and scalable solution can place you ahead of your competition. However, if you're building your app in-house, it can take years to make voice chat experiences that have excellent
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How to Build a Product First Mindset in 2024: The Product Folks Insurjo ‘24 Recap

In the dynamic world of product management, success hinges not only on innovative ideas and market understanding but also on the adoption of a strategic mindset. To excel in this role, it's crucial to embrace a set of guiding principles that steer decision-making, problem-solving, and overall approach.  Stream's Chief Product Officer Marcelino Moreno introduced his
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Building a Flutter SDK: Breaking Down a Flutter Package — Part One

Background In our opinion, it is generally easier to write a package for Flutter compared to other app development frameworks. Packages do not take a tremendous amount of specific knowledge to create if you already know app development in Flutter. In other frameworks, packages can have different structures and several distribution methods, making it much
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Create Your First visionOS Drawing App With SwiftUI and PencilKit

visionOS's unique multimodal interactions, such as using the eyes, hands, and voice to interact with objects, make it an exciting platform to experiment with. The platform allows developers to mix and place 2D and 3D content and display them in Windows and Volumes. Using the Immersive Space Render, you can also place digital content in
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