Managing from India – 5 tips

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I’m writing this post from Mysore, India where I’m working for the entire month of February.

Coming here was a nail-biter for me, but not because of typical western concerns like bedbugs, heat, smog, or monsoons. What terrified me was the idea of traveling all this way and not being able to do my job effectively. I oversee operations and finances at Grio, participate in business development, and am currently managing two projects. If anything were to prevent me from working, I would need to grab the next flight and go home – arriving a minimum of 40 hours later!

A Lightweight jQuery Notification Bar

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Notifying users with quick messages and alerts in a website is one of the most recurring needs of a web developer.
Every time I need to implement something like that, I start looking around the web hoping to find some Javascript/jQuery plugin that would do the work for me.
The good thing is that a lot of people have already faced this problem.
The bad thing is that the results of the search are way too many and often very confusing.
Chances are that most of the time, you don’t really need a 3MB-super-fancy-hyper-customizable-highly-priced plugin, but you just want something that works, and that you can quickly incorporate into your code.

From Hatebook to Poll.li

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Today Grio launched a new website, a new blog, and a free product.

I’m going to tell you about the product, which is called Poll.li (see http://poll.li).

Simply put, Poll.li is a way of voting on content using emoticons. You can think of it as a like button with more variety. Similar to like, Poll.li can be used as a voting mechanism for web users.

Grio Comic :)

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In this week post I decided to do something a little different. Being a designer, I am used to drawing more than writing. So, here I am drawing. . . I hope you guys enjoy.

Grio Helps Playnomics to Enhance its Software Platform

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Playnomics has agreed to leverage Grio's talents to provide software development assistance and recommendations for architecture improvements and optimization.

Playnomics provides a platform that publishers of online games can use to understand who their most valuable players are and how to acquire players who will be the most dominant to their game. The platform collects in-game event data and uses proprietary algorithms in combination with an advanced recommendation engine to quantify player value.

In this collaboration, Grio will help build applications that interact with and enhance the Playnomics platform.

Alltel Wireless Taps Grio for Website Development

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Allied Wireless (Alltel) has selected Grio to create its web presence that includes the alltelwireless.com <http://www.alltelwireless.com> consumer website as well as Alltel’s corporate intranet website.

Grio is assisting Alltel in various technical areas ranging from architectural recommendations to service integrations with Alltel's internal systems. Grio is providing software development resources for the creation and maintenance of Alltel’s website properties and content management systems.

Allied Wireless Communications Corporation is a wireless telecommunications provider based in Little Rock, Arkansas. It currently serves approximately one million subscribers in six states – Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio and Idaho. 

 

 

Game Developers Conference 2011 with Schedule Builder powered by Grio

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This year's Game Developers Converence® (GDC) will take place from Feb 28 – Mar 4, 2011 in Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA. Grio developed and maintains Schedule Builder, Schedule Build Mobile (enhanced for Blackberry devices and iPhones) and Vault for GDC. 

The GDC is the world’s largest professionals-only game industry event. Presented every spring in San Francisco, it is the essential forum for learning, inspiration, and networking for the creators of computer, console, handheld, mobile, and online games.

The GDC attracts over 17,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. The GDC is produced by the Think Services Game Group, a division of United Business Media.

vChatter Dials up Grio for Software Help

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vChatter has selected Grio to help enhance its Internet audio-visual communication tools and platforms. These tools provide video-chat capabilities and other features to the public via Facebook and other social networks. vChatter is the largest video chat service on Facebook with over 2 Million users and over 25 Million calls established. It provides a fun, casual and comfortable environment to discover new people and develop meaningful relationships.

In this collaboration, Grio team will provide engineering expertise and support for custom software development, recommendations for software design and architecture improvement and optimization.

The North Face Micro Sites Go Live

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The North Face has recently released several micro-sites that celebrate top-notch athletes' accomplishments in their respective sports. Grio is proud to be part of the team that helped turning attractive and stunning graphical designs into live interactive sites. Check them out and enjoy!!!

http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/brand/snowsports

http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/brand/running

http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/brand/biking

http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/brand/climbing

Kenmore Live Studio FaceBook Application Released

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Grio, in partnership with Fluid, have released a Facebook application where fans of Kenmore can go to interact with Kenmore's Live Studio event. Kenmore's Live Studio contains a live video feed of special events, rsvp to these special events, watch past events, and chat with other Kenmore fans. 
The application was built using Adobe Flex, PHP and hooks into the Facebook API, the YouTube API (data and video) and Twitter API.