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Baby Bundle powered by QuickBlox named a Best New App by Apple App Store

Daryna DoroganApril 15, 2014

QuickBlox helped one more app to become famous as Baby Bundle was featured by Apple as one of the Best New Apps in the Health & Fitness category.

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First all-in-one parenting app developed by a pediatric expert  Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg offers extensive parenting resources, essential developmental tools and interactive features. It uses QuickBlox Video Chat, Custom Objects, Presence and Users. 

With a unique design template created specifically for the iPad and iPhone, this breakthrough universal app offers more features than any other parenting app, serving as a growth and daily activity tracker with dual parent functionality, health reference, baby care manual, vaccination and health check-up organizer, photo journal, community forum and baby monitor; with several more features under development.

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 15.45.04The app is featured in the Apple App Store’s Health & Fitness category. Users can download the app on their iOS devices from the App Store. Initial FREE download includes the Parenting Guide and Baby Bundle Forum; additional add-ons range from $2.99-$6.99.

QuickBlox and HeartBleed OpenSSL exploit

Taras FilatovApril 9, 2014

Just wanted to confirm for all QuickBlox FREE, PRO and Enterprise users that some of QuickBlox instances have been affected by the HeartBleed OpenSSL vulnerability however our DevOps team has already produced a solution which has been already rolled out to all production instances that had a vulnerable version of SSL installed.

You may check our API server status here:
http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/#api.quickblox.com

Please feel free to contact support team or your account manager to confirm if your instance has been affected. We will be in touch with further updates on this.

How to use location-based chat and AR in dating and social

Daryna DoroganApril 8, 2014

With the expansion of the dating and social communities, it is hard to stand out and create something innovative. However, why reinvent the wheel when someone has already invented it?  We are talking about location-based chat and AR (Augmented Reality). QuickBlox developed code samples for these APIs for platforms like iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone, which are easy to integrate and simple to use.

How it works: location based chat features a Map View with overlays of users, chat rooms and objects typically centred around user’s current location. In many use cases the communication is done both over map and in a chat room where the chat has information such as distance next to other users and map displays pop-ups with latest chat messages over user’s avatars.

This is a very powerful feature to enable visual location-aware discovery and communication for those who are developing .

Augmented Reality chat is similar to location based chat however in this case users, chat rooms and objects are displayed in an Augmented Reality (camera overlay) view which is adjusted as user turns around. What this means is user can turn around looking through their phone / tablet camera and see where the other users and objects are in relation to their current location and direction of turning.

This is a really interesting feature which, similarly to Map Chat, allows easy visual, location-aware communication for social, dating and other purposes.

Moreover, QuickBlox has developed an independent application, ChattAR that have open source code samples, so go ahead and build your own app with these features!

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ChattAR is a Facebook client by QuickBlox with extra features of Public Chat room, Location based chat and Augmented Reality Chat.

Example of the location based push / chat social networking app using QuickBlox Location-based Chat:

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Spotlinks offers you a unique platform which gathers in one single app all your contacts’ various social network links and other personal info. With the geo radar, spot people around you! Get interactive, at work, a party, university, on the street, public transport, etc…

iOS SDK 1.8.3 released

igorApril 7, 2014

Hey guys!

Did you have any issues with video chat on iOS7.1?

QuickBlox team has released an update of iOS SDK 1.8.3:

  • VideoChat:
    • added Cancel call handler
    • fixes for iOS7.1
  • Users:
    • QBUUser. blobID type changed to NSInteger. Now you can unset blob_id field of user – pass blob_id=-1
  • Chat:
    • added [QBChat instance].useMutualSubscriptionForContactList to manage subscriptions mode of chat contact list
    • QBContactListItem: added subscriptionState property
    • added ability to use secureTLS connection for chat: [QBSettings useTLSForChat:YES];
  • General:
    • fixes for QBToken header when use different API domains

Check it here http://quickblox.com/developers/IOS#Framework_changelog: