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Facebook’s Broad Ambitions Include a New Engagement Platform for Businesses
Michael Richardson, 12 Apr 2016

An impassioned Zuck called for bringing people together and building bridges, not walls. Eloquent prose was punctuated by sobering statistics like 4B people not having Internet access. Facebook’s ambitions were made more real by the lengths to which it is going, including building its own massive aircraft to beam access to the ground at 60,000 feet for months at a time.

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ID Matching: The Key to Using Mobile Data Across a Business
Michael Richardson, 16 Mar 2016

There is a proliferation of technology providers out there. Anybody glancing at a Lumascape can easily be overwhelmed by the multitude of colors and logos. Part of the reason so many providers exist is to address the differing needs of varied departments across a business.

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Three Key Takeaways from Mobile World Congress 2016
Michael Richardson, 26 Feb 2016

This was my fourth year attending Mobile World Congress and I wanted to talk a bit about the event itself and what’s new and interesting this year from our point of view. There is plenty of coverage elsewhere that focuses on the hardware side of MWC, so I’ve left that to other people. But there's three key themes in the mobile app ecosystem that I wanted to discuss.

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Key Takeaways for Growth Marketers from GrowthHackers Conference 2016
Michael Richardson, 19 Feb 2016

Over the past couple of years, we've seen the rise of growth marketing — an integrated team that's dedicated to finding and optimizing key drivers of growth in an organization. This approach is responsible for dramatically changing the marketing organization, and it's an incredible thing to behold. Yesterday, a contingent from Urban Airship attended the 2016 GrowthHackers Conference in Redwood City, CA and I wanted to talk about what we learned.

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Abandoned vehicles and data silos
Michael Richardson, 20 Jan 2016

We had a car towed today. It was a cause for celebration, since this car had been parked on the street in front of our house for months. And, hopefully, it will be cause for celebration for the owner, who reported it stolen months ago. However, we were left feeling frustrated with how difficult it was to get this done. Surely there was a better way? And why is dealing with almost every organization an exercise in how persistent you can possibly be until you can finally get a basic thing done?

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The Best Notification I’ve Ever Received
Michael Richardson, 4 Dec 2015

There are bad notifications, there are good notifications, and there are, occasionally, great notifications. Michael Richardson, our Senior Director of Data products, shares his personal story of a great notification.

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October/November Release Notes Are Out!
Michael Richardson, 8 Dec 2014

It's been a busy couple of months here at the Ship. As we gear up for the holiday season, which usually means tens of millions of  new devices on our platform, we're hard at work on our next major releases. See below for a brief list of highlights from October and November, with links to the individual release notes for each topic. A good deal of our attention has been focused on supporting iOS 8 features, so we'd like to take this opportunity to remind you to upgrade your iOS apps to…

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Urban Airship May Release Notes Are Out!
Michael Richardson, 12 Jun 2014

The impact that mobile coupons and offers are making on retail continues to grow. For the May release we’re excited to announce improvements to our Wallet Studio product. With this release, we have added iBeacon support for Passbook and Offer support for Google Wallet. We are seeing significant interest in beacons and digital wallets, with companies doing pilots and proof of concepts for how to get coupons and other digital wallet content to users exactly when and where they need it.…

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WWDC 2014: A Recap from the Front Lines of Mobile Engagement
Michael Richardson, 2 Jun 2014

The number and nature of updates across OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 announced during this year’s Apple WWDC keynote gives developers and brands seeking first-mover status plenty to think about. With public betas available soon and software becoming available to consumers this fall, it’s important for companies to move quickly and provide delightful experiences to their users as soon as possible. Unsurprisingly, the level of integration between iOS 8 devices and with OS X Yosemite…

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Hack Week at the Airship
Michael Richardson, 22 Apr 2014

An awesome time was had at Hack Week, focusing on projects to make a difference for the company, our customers and our employees.

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Google And Urban Airship Agree: Push Notifications are here to stay.
Michael Richardson, 25 May 2010

Urban Airship Accepting Beta Users for Android Push Notification Service Communicating with your users via their mobile devices give you an extremely powerful channel to user attention. Urban Airship’s technology allows you to engage with users—via their mobile apps—cheaply, easily, and effectively. We started by offering Push for apps on the iPhone, then we shipped BlackBerry support. Today, we’re happy to announce that, furthering our goal of “one API, any device,” we’re…

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Looking forward to iPhone OS 4.0
Michael Richardson, 9 Apr 2010

Here at Urban Airship, we’re really excited about the new functionality that’s coming out in iPhone OS 4.0. Specifically, we’re looking forward to an addition to the notifications concept that Apple has had in place since iPhone OS 3.0. Before OS 4.0, the only way to alert a user from the device about something that was happening was through using remote push notifications. With local notifications, however, applications can alert users of small specific tasks from the device…

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A letter to our developers
Michael Richardson, 5 Jan 2010

Hello devs, This morning we had an infrastructure failure that resulted in a 2 hour outage. We have recovered and all systems are functioning normally with no signs that we’ll have this problem again. Yesterday we upgraded our primary database server to a larger instance, in response to the enormous growth we’ve seen since the holidays. While the transition went swimmingly, our standby systems were not correctly transitioned. This morning our EBS volume (network attached storage for…

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Take a push-enabled rollercoaster ride with Ziconic’s AirCoaster 3D
Michael Richardson, 7 Oct 2009

Like roller coasters?  Like building your own roller coasters?  Like building your own roller coasters and sharing them with a passionate community?  Oh, we have a fantastic app for you.ac-big AirCoaster (iTunes Link) is a unique roller coaster social game designed specifically for the iPhone/iPod touch (you may have heard of it on TechCrunch, Gizmodo, or The New York Times Economix Blog). Users can create and ride their own roller coaster tracks and share them online with other…

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