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Hello Tello, Welcome Aboard
Urban Airship Staff, 4 Dec 2012

Today, we are extremely excited to announce that we have acquired Tello, Inc., which launched PassTools, a leading Apple® Passbook® management service that makes it easy for businesses to create and manage passes.

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Think Global, Message Local: Introducing Urban Airship Segments
Urban Airship Staff, 3 Apr 2012

After our acquisition of SimpleGeo, many speculated exactly what we were up to. Had we simply made an acqui-hire? It’s true we picked up many talented new employees and established a second office in the heart of Silicon Valley. But our ambitions are much greater than that, and today we’re excited to announce the fruition of our efforts with the the industry’s first location segmentation push messaging service—Urban Airship Segments. We are taking a different approach to…

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Urban Airship Introduces Industry’s First Opt-in Reporting for Push Notifications
Urban Airship Staff, 29 Feb 2012

Today is shaping up to be a great day, chock full news and momentum around Urban Airship’s mobile messaging and monetization platform. At Mobile World Congress we learned that Urban Airship was named one of the Top 25 Global Mobile Companies by tech news site Informilo. We’ve had countless meetings at MWC with future partners and customers, and we just signed another app development platform—Buddy—as a strategic partner that will offer our products to developers using its solutions.…

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Building a Culture That Counts
Urban Airship Staff, 22 Feb 2012

Startups are some of the most amazing organizations on earth. You come together with a group of people to create something from nothing. It’s stressful, insanely difficult and it consumes you completely. Maintaining momentum and focus, as well as keeping it all together during the good and the bad, is the role of culture at your company. I've worked at a lot of different companies over the years and have seen a lot that has worked and quite a bit that hasn’t. I wanted to take a chance…

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Urban Airship Introduces Industry’s First Opt-in Reporting for Push Notifications
Urban Airship Staff, 6 Jan 2012

Today is shaping up to be a great day, chock full news and momentum around Urban Airship’s mobile messaging and monetization platform. At Mobile World Congress we learned that Urban Airship was named one of the Top 25 Global Mobile Companies by tech news site Informilo. We’ve had countless meetings at MWC with future partners and customers, and we just signed another app development platform—Buddy—as a strategic partner that will offer our products to developers using its…

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Urban Airship’s Marketing Team Gets A New Captain
Urban Airship Staff, 15 Dec 2011

It’s been a really busy year here at Urban Airship and we’ve got some even more exciting news to share as we get prepare for an even more exciting 2012. This week we welcomed Brent Hieggelke, who is joining as Urban Airship’s first Chief Marketing Officer. As our entire business expands, so must also our marketing strategy to support our rapid growth, and we believe we have found the right person to nail that. I first met Brent a few years ago as he was leading his own start-up…

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We’re Hot For Push On The Kindle Fire
Urban Airship Staff, 6 Dec 2011

Amazon shipped their first Kindle Fires eight weeks ago and since then we’ve seen a lot of interest in the platform from our customers. Consumers are jumping in too, making the Kindle Fire the best-selling product across all of Amazon.com since it became available. We’re also excited about the Kindle Fire, and even more excited to let you know that Urban Airship’s Helium push notifications for Android are already deployed on tens of thousands of devices: it just works. Over the weekend…

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Urban Airship Names Intel as Series C Investor & Inks a Business Agreement, Too
Urban Airship Staff, 15 Nov 2011

It’s another exciting week here at Urban Airship. I’m at the Intel Capital CEO Summit where we have just announced Intel Capital’s participation in our series C investment announced last week along with Salesforce.com, Verizon, Foundry Group and True Ventures. And I had the good luck to be interviewed here at the event by Jon Fortt who covers technology for CNBC. As we’ve built Urban Airship we’ve been thinking about ways we can really advance the platform– not only with new…

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Up, up and away: Urban Airship raises $15.1M from Salesforce.com & Verizon
Urban Airship Staff, 7 Nov 2011

I’m excited to announce that Urban Airship has raised $15.1M from strategic investors including Salesforce.com and Verizon along with existing investors Foundry Group and True Ventures. This comes hot-on-the-heels of our recent acquisition of SimpleGeo. The mobile industry is exploding right now. We’re seeing amazing growth in just about every sector related to mobile and services for app developers are no exception. Urban Airship platform growth has been phenomenal in the last few…

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Urban Airship Acquires SimpleGeo
Urban Airship Staff, 31 Oct 2011

Today I’m excited to announce the acquisition of SimpleGeo. You can read Jay Adelson’s post here. Both Urban Airship and SimpleGeo started two and a half years ago and I’ll never forget when Crash Corp Inc. (the original SimpleGeo) launched as we both went live with our new sites on the same day with the same font; Museo. We’ve known each other over that entire time and shared lots of discussions and even did a partnership deal in the last couple of months. As we continued to talk and…

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Celebrating Growth To Date & Exciting Announcements Around The Corner
Urban Airship Staff, 13 Oct 2011

This is truly a great time to be working in mobile.  As companies find new ways to reach their current customers and win new ones, we have been in a unique position to help many businesses build stronger consumer connections.  Developers and enterprise customers continue to rely on our platform to deliver app engagement and monetization opportunities, contributing to amazing growth.  Today we are proud to share a few of our growth statistics in this press release. •    6 billion –…

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Apple IOS5 And The Power Of The Push
Urban Airship Staff, 4 Oct 2011

Today, we expect that Apple will offer more insight into its new “Notifications Center” that will be baked into iOS5. We expect a lot more app developers will want to get smart about the best way to incorporate push notifications into their app, and so I wrote up some thoughts for our friends over at Adotas. Please feel free to share it around and we’d really like to see other thoughts and ideas in the comments if you have them. Apple iOS5 And The Power Of The Push Push notifications…

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Apple IOS5 And The Power Of The Push
Urban Airship Staff, 4 Oct 2011

Today, we expect that Apple will offer more insight into its new “Notifications Center” that will be baked into iOS5. We expect a lot more app developers will want to get smart about the best way to incorporate push notifications into their app, and so I wrote up some thoughts for our friends over at Adotas. Please feel free to share it around and we’d really like to see other thoughts and ideas in the comments if you have them. Apple iOS5 And The Power Of The Push Push…

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5 Billion Notifications Served
Urban Airship Staff, 22 Aug 2011

Its been just over two years since we started Urban Airship and we continue to see the momentum we had on Day One. Today we’re excited to announce sending our 5 billionth notification, having passed the 1B mark back in September 2010. The mobile eco-system is just starting to heat up now with the news from HP and Google this past week. All of it highlights the reality that we are officially in the post-PC era that will be dominated by connected devices. Notifications and in-app…

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Googarola: What it Means for Mobile Developers
Urban Airship Staff, 15 Aug 2011

Google is now in the hardware business. This move puts them firmly in control of the entire value chain. No matter what they say about having an open platform, Google is now competing with all of its handset OEM “partners” including HTC, LG, Samsung and others. I am really curious to see what they all think now that they are competing against Google. No matter how Google describes this move, ownership of Motorola really flies in the face of the Open Handset Alliance and, even if they…

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Urban Airship is a Winner in the 2011 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award
Urban Airship Staff, 24 May 2011

Editor’s note: In June Urban Airship was notified that it was a winner in the Red Herring Top 100 North America competition. Full details on the prestigious aware are here. We just found out that Urban Airship has been selected as a Finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 North America award, a comprehensive list honoring “the year’s most promising private technology ventures.”  According to the Red Herring editors we’ve been in touch with, the finalists are selected based on…

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Why Your Marketing App Will Fail
Urban Airship Staff, 19 Apr 2011

I’m giving a talk at Where 2.0 tomorrow entitled Why your marketing app will fail which highlights some of the key issues we’re seeing in mobile today. We have been hearing from many companies, “we need a location based social app for our brand”.  When we hear these words we try to pause the conversation and find out if this app is going to solve a problem for consumers or if it’s simply a mobile marketing brochure.  Although social, local, and mobile are the hottest…

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Forget Download Numbers: Engagement is the Name of the Mobile-App Game
Urban Airship Staff, 7 Apr 2011

The first part of this year has been chock full of mobile conferences (Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, CTIA in Orlando, OMMA in San Francisco and CES in Vegas – not mobile specifically but dominated by it nonetheless). Now with VentureBeat’s Mobile Summit upon us, we’re seeing some interesting themes starting to emerge in mobile. The biggest one is around engagement. Engagement is truly the key to a successful mobile app. VentureBeat asked me to contribute a column on the…

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Urban Airship Sees Continued Momentum in Push & In-App Purchase
Urban Airship Staff, 10 Mar 2011

Today we announced several milestones across the use of our mobile services platform as well as several new customers like Slate, Magento, Zumobi, Yobongo and many others. To date, we’ve delivered more than 2.3 billion push notification messages to more than 100 million unique devices registered on our platform. Give it a read – there’s a lot of good data pointing to explosive growth in this market. We’ll be at SXSW Interactive this weekend meeting with folks to talk about…

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The Future of Mobile Notifications
Urban Airship Staff, 1 Mar 2011

Fred Wilson writes a great post about the potential for mobile notifications (which ironically I noticed from my mobile notification bar on my Android phone). It’s been 18 months since we sent our first push notifications for Tap Tap Revenge 2 on iOS (then iPhone OS 3.0). And over those 18 months we’ve sent over 2.3B notifications to over 100MM devices on iOS, Android and BlackBerry and we’ve learned quite a bit about what it takes to be successful with mobile notifications. The…

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Apple Announces Recurring Subscription Features
Urban Airship Staff, 15 Feb 2011

This morning Apple announced the general availability of their subscription APIs — most notably present in “The Daily” iPad app. This gives developers a powerful new option for generating recurring revenue for their apps. Over the past few months we have been working with publishers such as The Daily Mail, Guardian and Newsweek in providing the means to handle subscriptions. Our solution manages the key requirements around Apple’s subscriptions policy, such as content delivery,…

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Urban Airship Continues to Ascend
Urban Airship Staff, 21 Jan 2011

We closed our series B back in early November and since then we’ve moved into a new location, we’ve planned an open house, and of course have been hiring to round out the team. The engineering team has grown under the leadership of Mike Herrick who joined in November as our VP of Engineering. Additions to engineering include Nick, Erik, Eric, Marc, Matt and Jeff in the last few months. Friggin’ amazing team coming together. On the business side of the house we’re excited to…

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Verizon iPhone and CES point to promising future for mobile app developers
Urban Airship Staff, 10 Jan 2011

By just about any account, the announcement on Tuesday from Verizon looks to be the launch of the iPhone on the much-heralded carrier’s network. The reality is that while this is great news for a whole new swath of customers for the iPhone, its also a huge boon for mobile app developers. Mobile publishers now have a huge opportunity to reach a whole new swath of users with their apps. We learned in our 2010 Mobile App Developer survey that devs are looking hard at how they can succeed…

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Urban Airship 2010 Mobile App Developer Survey Results
Urban Airship Staff, 6 Jan 2011

We’re excited to share the results of the Urban Airship 2010 Mobile App Developer Survey we did at the end of December. While some of the findings may be obvious, some surprised even us – not easy, given that we talk to developers all the time in our line of work. The No. 1 takeaway from the results, for me, is that 2011 will be about mobile strategies affecting the bottom line. Developers are looking for ways to measure success of their apps and for ways to monetize over time. As I…

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My Conversation with Robert Scoble
Urban Airship Staff, 16 Dec 2010

Yesterday I visited with tech maven Robert Scoble at his home in Half Moon Bay, a beautiful beach town on the coast near between San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. We had a great discussion about the mobile eco-system and where things are headed in 2011. Scoble is a great guy and extremely knowledgeable about pretty much anything to do with technology, so it was a pleasure to sit down with him for a bit. I showed up, sat down and he started shooting. Loved it. And as often happens…

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Android, App Monetization and Who Owns the Customer Data
Urban Airship Staff, 23 Nov 2010

I recently spent a whirlwind week in San Francisco, booked up with mobile conferences and related meetings. From Open Mobile Summit, Appcelerate to Under the Radar (not technically a mobile conference but really, what technology conference isn’t about mobile these days?), a few key themes emerged. What everyone is talking and thinking about for mobile: Android This emerging mobile platform continues to be on everyone’s mind. Google’s Android presents massive opportunity, not just…

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Up, up and away: Funding and new space for Urban Airship
Urban Airship Staff, 3 Nov 2010

Good afternoon! People are in good spirits around the office today now that our big news is out of the bag. In case you missed it, we announced a funding round of $5.4 million. We also unveiled our plans to move into a new building in the Pearl District. But we’ll let the pros tell the story. Mashable does a great job explaining what we do in non-technical terms. If you’re still unsure, give it a read. ReadWriteWeb, which always writes nice informative pieces on how technology…

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AirMail Launches – Mobile Messaging for iPhone Gets Interesting
Urban Airship Staff, 24 Jun 2010

Since we announced the developer preview in March, we’ve seen many fantastic beta implementations for AirMail. Today we take the wraps off AirMail and announce its public release. With the release of AirMail, we’re able to show off our launch partners, the Democratic National Committee and LivingSocial. These apps will use AirMail’s rich interactive and customizable push notifications to bring something innovative to the app world. The DNC has integrated AirMail into both…

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Urban Airship Push powers Appmakr apps
Urban Airship Staff, 18 May 2010

We here at Urban Airship have been working hard on a lot of really exciting new features and products that we can’t wait to show off. Today we’re excited to announce our partnership with PointAbout to bring Urban Airship Push to their Appmakr.com service via our new Partner API. You can read more about it here. Appmakr is a service that helps you quickly build a complete iPhone application for submission to the iTunes store without knowing anything about iPhone app development. In…

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Announcing In-App Purchase for the iPad
Urban Airship Staff, 7 May 2010

<updated to reflect new product name> People certainly like their iPads – Apple just announced that it has already sold 1 million iPads. Our in-app purchase app developers like these devices too, and they’ve have been clamoring for us to support Urban Airship StoreFront on the iPad. Well now we do. As of today, Urban Airship In-App Purchase now has a native iPad interface. This is more than just a tweak of our existing interface; it’s is a ground-up redesign that gives developers…

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AirMail v1.2 Beta Now Open to the Public
Urban Airship Staff, 17 Apr 2010

AirMail is continuing to gain steam for us here at Urban Airship. We’re seeing a bunch of new ways to use the persistant push messaging that AirMail enables from users that saw the developer preview video. Today we’re sharing the latest version of AirMail that we’re announcing here at iPadDevCamp in San Jose, CA. In addition, everyone with an Urban Airship account will now have access to the AirMail beta. In v1.2, we’ve added a few new features as well as fixed a few pesky…

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Urban Airship Expands Popular Mobile Push Messaging Services to Android and BlackBerry Platforms
Urban Airship Staff, 10 Mar 2010

We are excited to announce that our popular push notification service is now available on the BlackBerry platform; the team is also hard at work on a version for Android and that will be released soon. The Android and BlackBerry versions of Urban Airship Push will provide the same easy-to-use RESTful API our customers have come to expect but now extends the reach to more platforms. Our BlackBerry service leverages the BlackBerry Push API while our Android solution will be an end-to-end…

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Urban Rivals Adds Push, Sees User Engagement Skyrocket
Urban Airship Staff, 23 Feb 2010

Urban Rivals, a multiplayer card game, was looking for a way to extend the interactivity of its iphone version. This massively interactive game supports more than 8 thousand players and has hosted more than 700 million games. In the game, players must use their wits and tactical sense to win fast-paced strategic battles against multiple players in various locations. “Our players are forming a vibrant community, organizing tournaments, exchanging privates messages and so on,” says…

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Urban Airship Secures $1.1 Million in Venture Capital Funding
Urban Airship Staff, 16 Feb 2010

We’re excited to confirm that our company has received $1.1 million in Series A funding. True Ventures, a Bay Area-based venture capital firm, is leading the round. True specializes in seeding very early stage entrepreneurs. Like us. Our team of 4 people has been heads down for the past six months, developing a solid infrastructure to power some cool products and services for the mobile communications market. In this time, we have partnered with a significant customer base to deliver…

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iPad Heralds in New Age of In-App Purchase Possibilities
Urban Airship Staff, 28 Jan 2010

Unless you were under a rock yesterday, you no doubt heard much of the hoopla around the launch of Apple’s much-anticipated new tablet computer, the iPad. This new device is revolutionary in design and form-factor, and we believe it will change the face of in-app purchase and content delivery for Apple and mobile publishers everywhere. Urban Airship is excited to announce that StoreFront, our in-app service, will fully support the iPad. We’re already hard at work updating the…

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Tap Studio adds In App purchase via Urban Airship StoreFront
Urban Airship Staff, 22 Dec 2009

Tap Studio (iTunes link) is a free rhythm game that uses your favorite songs from your own music library! Tap Studio is the only game in the App Store that lets you tap your music, any time and any place you want. Tap Studio Tap Studio with the PRO Upgrade in-app purchase, powered by Urban Airship, allows you to join the growing online community of Tap Studio PRO users who are sharing their taps for others to enjoy, as well as searching for and downloading song taps that other users…

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ScaleMaster scaling new heights with StoreFront from Urban Airship
Urban Airship Staff, 8 Dec 2009

ScaleMaster (iTunes link) is one of RoGame Software’s most popular music apps with over 100 scale types, music notation in all clefs and several virtual instruments. Musicians around the world use it to quickly look up fingerings for their instruments and to browse the different flavors for inspiration. Many users were requesting additional instruments, but music samples quickly add up and the app needed to stay under the magic 10MB application size. They had several other apps like…

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Christmasfy Me brings personalized greeting cards to your iPhone
Urban Airship Staff, 30 Nov 2009

Thirtynine LLC is delighted to introduce Christmasfy Me 1.0 (iTunes link), their free greeting card utility for iPhone and iPod Touch. Just in time for the holidays, Christmasfy Me lets anyone christmasfy their picture by adding cute Christmas elements. When done, users can share their new Christmasfied picture via email, on Facebook or on Twitter. Designed specifically to leverage the iPhone’s unique capabilities and touch sensitive interface, Christmasfy Me is an incredibly…

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Faces! Lite Now Powered by Urban Airship StoreFront
Urban Airship Staff, 24 Nov 2009

Faces! Lite (iTunes link) lets people put their and their friends’ faces into a variety of interesting backgrounds. Over 250,000 people have downloaded it, but only a small fraction of those had upgraded to the paid Faces! Deluxe version, so the Maymudes brothers were very excited when in-app purchasing was extended to free applications this Fall. They added two in-app purchase items to Faces! Lite: a “picture pack” containing 30+ additional backgrounds, and an “import/export” pack…

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Unity for iPhone now with Urban Airship StoreFront support
Urban Airship Staff, 16 Nov 2009

Unity is a multiplatform game development tool, designed from the start to ease creation of 3D games. A fully integrated professional application, Unity just happens to contain the most powerful engine this side of a million dollars. In addition to a full suite of desktop tools, Unity also has an iPhone publishing solution as well. We have had quite a few requests from the Unity iPhone community to integrate our services into their platform. This weekend, Calvin Rien, finalized his…

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iRxHelper with Urban Airship Powered Push
Urban Airship Staff, 11 Nov 2009

iRxHelper (iTunes Linkicon) is an application created specifically to help you track your prescriptions. By entering your prescription information into the application, the program will show you which prescriptions need to be refilled within a week (an adjustable value) via a badge on the application’s logo. This is a highly useful feature to make sure you don’t get stuck trying to refill prescriptions at the last minute. Now with push notifications, you don’t need to launch the…

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Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Without Fear gets push from Urban Airship
Urban Airship Staff, 5 Nov 2009

Virgin Atlantic announced their Flying Without Fear (iTunes link) iPhone/iPod touch app this past Monday, and Urban Airship was happy to work with the folks at Mental Workout, the co-developers of the app, to integrate push notifications via our easy-to-use APIs. A fear of flying can range from anxiety at take-off to a complete inability to board an aircraft. The Flying Without Fear app is based on the industry leading course that has already helped thousands overcome their fear of…

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comiXology adds Marvel and keeps customers up to date with push notifications
Urban Airship Staff, 30 Oct 2009

With the announcement today of Marvel Comics being available on the iPhone through Comics (iTunes link) by Comixology, we thought we’d check in with their CEO, David Steinberger. comiXology is the next generation of the comic book store. It provides your weekly list of new comic releases in a format that allows you to view each issue individually, displaying cover art, credits, description, price, page count, and other information. Registered users can add items to a pull list, rate…

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BzztHaunted: Coolest use of Push Notifications we’ve seen
Urban Airship Staff, 29 Oct 2009

BzztHaunted (iTunes link) is a new app by Jason Wilson of Platial fame and former resident of the Urban Airship offices. Jason wanted to get something up and running quickly over a weekend once with something he describes as an app that just plays a random sound at random times. It was a hackfest and none of the other projects seemed like as much fun so Jason decided to build this himself. The key was having push notifications to trigger the sounds. Jason worked for awhile to…

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iVerse Comics now push-powered by Urban Airship
Urban Airship Staff, 21 Oct 2009

iVerse Comics (iTunes link) is a comic book store in your pocket. With hundreds of titles from top publishers like IDW Publishing (“Star Trek”, “Ghost Whisperer”, and more), Archie Comics, Image Comics Creators, and some of the best indie talent in the comic book industry, iVerse Comics is a store and collector for all your digital comics – and all from your phone. Best of all, now that Apple has changed the rules for in app purchase, it’s FREE. The iVerse team worked…

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In App purchase now available for free apps
Urban Airship Staff, 15 Oct 2009

Apple has just announced that In App Purchase is now available for free iPhone applications. This has been covered in a few places. This is great news for iPhone developers. Now developers will be able to release one version of their applications and offer in app upgrades like new levels, content, music, etc. It gives users a chance to try-before-buy and it gives developers a huge potential upside for their loyal customers. The other thing to consider is this will change how things…

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Announcing Urban Airship Priority Push Service
Urban Airship Staff, 11 Oct 2009

We’ve been really lucky to have lots of fantastic customers. The independent iPhone app publishers that use our services really are–and will continue to be–our lifeblood. That said, we’ve been getting a few requests from our larger customers:     Real-time messaging – push notifications should take milliseconds, no matter the volume     Fixed messaging costs – nobody wants the potential open-ended cost liability of SMS     Scalable infrastructure – a service provider…

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MonaMusic brings sheet music to the iPhone
Urban Airship Staff, 30 Sep 2009

MonaMusic™ lets you listen to arrangements made famous by The Hampton [Rock] String Quartet™ while following along with the sheet music published by Mona Lisa Sound™. Audio can be sync’d to the sheet music for automatic control. Four different audio modes are available allowing you to scroll through the sheet music and/or audio freely, overlay page turning indicators make it easy to navigate, you can easily sync each page to the audio, and fully tether the audio and sheet music…

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Gowalla does push with Urban Airship
Urban Airship Staff, 28 Sep 2009

Gowalla (iTunes link) is a fun iPhone app for sharing and discovering eateries, coffeehouses, nightlife hotspots, hipster hangouts, retail meccas, famous landmarks, and much more. Everywhere you go, you can stamp your passport to earn rewards at the places you visit. At each spot, you can pick up items left behind by others. Then, you can share your experiences with friends, and follow along to see where they check in. Since it uses your iPhone’s GPS, it works everywhere in the…

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Reduce parking grief with Meter Maid
Urban Airship Staff, 25 Sep 2009

Meter Maid (iTunes download) watches your parking meter for you. Just set how much time is on your meter and receive a push notification before the meter expires — no need to keep checking your watch. “When I started building Meter Maid, I just wanted to focus on building a great app with a great interface. I didn’t want to worry about the complexities of building and maintaining a whole backend infrastructure for push notifications. I found Urban Airship and it was a no brainer. I…

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The Carrier launches as first original graphic novel for iPhone
Urban Airship Staff, 21 Sep 2009

The Carrier, a complete original graphic novel by Philadelphia creator Evan Young, is now available (iTunes download) worldwide. This marks a watershed moment for the American comic book industry: The Carrier is the first graphic novel to be published exclusively on the iPhone. The Carrier.app from StopWatch Media is the first complete graphic novel to be published exclusively on the iPhone. On one hand, Evan Young’s story is an action adventure about a man with a briefcase attached…

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mySpots Parking Pro live with Urban Airship Push
Urban Airship Staff, 15 Sep 2009

While there are several parking or location management tools available for iPhone, push services built into mySpots Parking Pro (iTunes download) finally allows for user created reminder capabilities that have historically been missing. Until now the only real way to set a reminder is to exit an application and setup a whole new timer in the iPhone’s Clock tool. mySpots Parking Pro brings together saving, sharing, and now to create parking reminders all within the same…

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Scout live with Urban Airship powered push
Urban Airship Staff, 31 Aug 2009

Craigslist is a fantastic site with an amazing amount of data to get through. Not only that, its first-come-first-serve. How can you get the upper-hand on finding that apartment or camera you’ve always wanted? Enter Scout (iTunes link) from Octopia Labs. With Scout you no longer need to check craigslist 10 times a day looking for that hard-to-find item. Simply set up a search and Scout will notify you when it’s posted to craigslist – even when Scout’s not running. Set up a…

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iPhone In App Purchase via Urban Airship StoreFront Live Today
Urban Airship Staff, 25 Aug 2009

We’re excited to announce the general availability of Urban Airship StoreFront ™ today. StoreFront is the first service of its kind available to iPhone developers that provides client libraries and back-end services for quickly delivering In App purchase to iPhone applications. Apple announced support for In App purchase late in 2008 and delivered it with the iPhone 3.0 software update in June 2009. Developers have been scrambling to integrate the service for the last few months and…

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WHERE iPhone app with Push from Urban Airship
Urban Airship Staff, 24 Aug 2009

WHERE (download) launched version 3.0 of their iPhone application a week ago and it supports the Apple Push Notification Service (APNS) as provided by Urban Airship. WHERE is a location based application which delivers relevant local places, people and things to your mobile phone. WHERE contains several local feeds including, weather, traffic, a gas station locator and a social networking feature, WHERE Connect. The WHERE Connect feature utilizes push technology to inform users of new…

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Yowza!! 2.0 live with Urban Airship enabled Push Notifications
Urban Airship Staff, 24 Aug 2009

It’s been a busy day here at the Urban Airship world headquarters. We just got word that the Yowza!! 2.0 iPhone app (iTunes link) has just gone live in the app store and they have added a bevy of new features including push notifications (powered by Urban Airship). Yowza!! is an app that allows you to find coupons for local vendors along with receiving notifications when new coupons become available. With 2.0, they have added push notifications, the new “My Stores” tab, and the…

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iHydrate with Push reminders to hydrate
Urban Airship Staff, 21 Aug 2009

Mobile Sports, Inc. recently launched its iPhone application, iHydrate (download) and Urban Airship is pleased to be working with them to provide them with their push notifications. “One of the biggest challenges athletes face, especially in hot, humid weather, is consuming enough fluids before, during and after sports,” says Brooke de Lench, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the popular youth sports parenting website, YouthSportsParents.com, and CEO and President of Mobile Sports,…

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Tags and Scheduled Notifications, Sign-ups open
Urban Airship Staff, 31 Jul 2009

In anticipation of iPhoneDevCamp this weekend, we’re announcing two new features and to letting folks know we’ve opened up sign-ups for Urban Airship Push to any and everyone interested. Tags and Scheduled Notifications We are really lucky to have the users that we do. They give us the best ideas and we try to move as quickly as we can to implement them. With that in mind, we give you tags and scheduled notifications. Device tagging allows you to automatically group and send…

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Urban Airship Push and In App sprints this weekend at iPhoneDevCamp
Urban Airship Staff, 28 Jul 2009

The 3rd Annual iPhoneDevCamp is kicking off this weekend in Sunnyvale, CA and Urban Airship is excited to be sponsoring and participating in the event. The iPhone continues to amaze with its growth and developer uptake of the platform and so its no surprise that there will be iPhoneDevCamps in Austin, Dallas, Brasil, München and the Ukraine. We’ve got some exciting announcements for this weekend and in the spirit of shipping code, we’re extending a helping hand to iPhone developers…

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Raven Zachary and Chris Messina join Urban Airship Board of Advisors
Urban Airship Staff, 21 Jul 2009

We’re excited to announce that Raven Zachary and Chris Messina are both joining our board of advisors here at Urban Airship. Raven is a Portlander (like us) and he’s been really active in the iPhone space since it hit the scene just 2 years ago. He has already been invaluable in providing guidance and advice to us as we bring the Urban Airship suite of products to market. His bio couldn’t say it better: “Raven Zachary is President of Small Society, working with big brands,…

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MobileBeat 2009 Top Startup Competition
Urban Airship Staff, 8 Jul 2009

We’re excited to share the news that we’ll be showing of a fantastic new addition to our Urban Airship Push services next week at the MobileBeat 2009 Top Startup Competition happening at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Since our launch at WWDC one month ago we have been busy getting our customers live and we’ve been amazed at what they have been building with our Push services. We’ve got a lot more on tap and we can’t wait to present at MobileBeat 2009 next week.

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Mobile Orchard podcast on iPhone push notification and In App Purchase
Urban Airship Staff, 22 Jun 2009

Dan Grigsby was kind enough to invite us to do an interview for his Mobile Orchard podcast. Myself, Michael and Steven talk about the details how push notification and In App purchase work with the iPhone 3.0 release. We talk about ways to implement your own solutions for your iPhone applications or how you can integrate our services to be up and running that much faster. Thanks for having us Dan!

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Urban Airship and Tapulous Partner on Tap Tap Revenge to Deliver iPhone Push Notifications
Urban Airship Staff, 17 Jun 2009

Today we’re excited to announce our partnership to deliver push notification services to Tapulous for their “Tap Tap Revenge” application released on Monday morning. We’ve been working hard over the past few months to build our push notification and In App Purchase integration services. After the announcement that iPhone 3.0 would hit on 6/17/09 we worked closely with Tapulous to integrate our services. “Tap Tap Revenge” now uses push notification to send “challenges” to…

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