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Taras Filatov

QuickBlox compatible chat bot (in Python)

Posted by Taras Filatov on August 25, 2014

Why would anyone need a chat bot?

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Well, you may need a chat bot for:
1) testing (or if you feel lonely and need someone to chat with :)
2) moderation
3) simulated / virtual presence, for example when chat is being used for customer support, so that system can greet and ask questions before live operator joins
4) entertainment, such as trivia, quiz etc chat games as seen in IRC chats
5) processing instructions from chat to control 3rd party software and devices for example control IoT / smart home appliances via chat instructions

so at QuickBlox we decided to release a simple chat bot in Python based on SleekXMPP so you can do all the above or anything else you might think of.

Chat Bot is currently tested to work well with Q-municate project and should also work well with any QuickBlox code samples and projects from QuickBlox however you might need to play with credentials / stanzas in some cases but feel free to ask questions.

Use this link to access GitHub repo: QuickBlox compatible XMPP chat bot.

Alex Bass

Q-municate Web

Posted by Alex Bass on August 21, 2014

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It’s a busy day for blogs today. But we have more news!

We’re really happy to release Q-municate Web beta: the third member of the Q-municate family (or third piece in the Q-municate group if you’re not a fan of personification). Q-municate for Web is a powerful web app built in Javascript using websockets for realtime chatting – it features emojis, one-to-one and group chats, and all messages are stored in the cloud so you can login and retrieve them on any device. In other words, it’s pretty awesome and we’re very proud of it.

However, it is still in beta – so bugs are to be expected. Wonderful new features like video calling are also to be expected, so stay tuned. Go check out Q-municate Web on GitHub or register to receive the beta source on the Q-municate website.

Igor Khomenko

QuickBlox releases Privacy Lists API for iOS Chat

Posted by Igor Khomenko on August 21, 2014

QuickBlox releases Privacy Lists API for iOS SDK today.

Privacy list API allows to enable or disable communication with other users in a chat. It also enables a user to create, modify, or delete its privacy lists, define a default list.

Now users can block other users. Blocked entities will be receiving an error when try to chat with a user.

Read Privacy Lists documentation for iOS

Download iOS SDK 1.9.2 to start using Privacy Lists API

Igor Khomenko

New way to build a Chat with QuickBlox

Posted by Igor Khomenko on August 21, 2014

Hi everybody!

During last year we were receiving phenomenal feedback about QuickBlox Chat module and we can say now that Chat is a module №1!
Everybody needs a Chat, everybody wants to integrate chat into their applications, everybody would like to build own WhatsApp.

And this is a key signal for us to make it easier to integrate. During last 6 months we were working on the new Chat module which we call Chat 2.0. We had processed all users’ feedback and developed new Chat module which works out of the box and provides all the features users need. We developed new APIs, new features, so now users can use them out of the box, don’t need to do additional job.

Main Chat 2.0 features:

  • State-of-the-art Communication platform – build WhatsApp/Vyber/Skype apps out of the box
  • Real Time Chat via TLS protocol for mobile and WebSockets (new!) for Web
  • Server-side Chat History available via REST API and Admin panel
  • Improved server-side logic for push alerts (chat and call notifications, badge counters for offline users)
  • Smart Push Notification templates (merge tags) for automated business logic driven push alerts
  • Chat State Notifications and Message Delivery Receipts
  • Seamless cross device Chat history sync via message carbons


How to start?

 


Save your time! Build great apps with QuickBlox!

Alex Bass

Q-municate BETA update

Posted by Alex Bass on July 26, 2014

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We’ve received phenomenal feedback from our beta launch of Q-municate - the open-source instant messaging, video calling and audio calling app. You can check out the article on TheNextWeb (big thank you to them for writing about us).

If you signed up for the beta, you would have received the email saying that the iOS build would be out shortly. Unfortunately this has not been the case. We decided that we had to push ourselves even further to build a faster, more bug-free, more polished build - and that is what we are doing. We have completed a huge code refactor, in which over 90% of the code was rewritten resulting in an app that was 5X faster than the original. We think that, as an open-source project, this sort of attention to detail is super important. We hope that you understand this, and we appreciate your patience.

As a result, we think we’ll be able to send out the first iOS beta build on Tuesday 29th July. This build will not have video calling or audio calling enabled, as an optimisation in the WebRTC SDK revealed a rather unfortunate bug, of which the development team are working around the clock to fix. However, as soon as it is fixed, we will re-enable calling features and send out the build.

Regarding the web version – this is also under development and likely to be released in 2-3 weeks. If you would like more information about this, feel free to shoot an email to q-municate@quickblox.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Finally, we would just like to say thank you to all of the developers/beta testers who have reported bugs, given feedback and put time in to make Q-municate a better product. We have big ambitions for this app and some awesome new features on their way too – of which we cannot wait to share with you.