Unreal Remote API - function call not triggering animations - unreal-engine5

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Tom Auger wants to draw more attention to this question:
This is completely blocking me and the official Epic forums are not very active.
I'm trying to trigger a certain animation to play using the Unreal Engine Remote HTTP API.
Using Postman to simulate an API call, I first start my PIE session, then I query my actors to get the proper spawned actor blueprint path.
Then I perform a remote call on the function.
The function actually executes (I see the printString statements on my Unreal viewport).
However, despite printing all the debug messages at all the right times, the triggered animation does not play.
I should point out that I know the function works because I also have it wired up to a Widget with buttons that use the exact same function in the exact same way, getting the exact same debug text output, but triggering the animations.
When I call that very same function from the remote API call, and see the very same debug output, the animations do not trigger.
What am I missing here?


How to record a voicemail if a number is not picked up on Twilio Studio?

I am currently using Twilio Studio to build a customer service process that allows clients to make calls to a Twilio number, which redirects to representatives.
How can I allow clients to send a voice message (voicemail) if the call is not picked up or if the call is not within working hours. Thanks!
Twilio developer evangelist here.
With the Connect Call To widget you can connect further widgets after either the call ending or the caller hanging up. In your case, you need to decide whether the call ended successfully or because the call wasn't picked up. You can do this by adding a Split Based On widget after the Connected Call Ended transition and testing on the DialCallStatus.
DialCallStatus can be any of completed, answered, busy, no-answer, failed, or canceled. In your case you are looking for "no-answer". You can use the Split widget to direct the flow onto the Record Voicemail widget when that happens.
As for calls not within working hours, that is a bit more complicated. To get the current time and compare to working hours will require you to run some code. You can do this with a Twilio Function, for example. There is an example application in the Twilio Code Exchange that implements this functionality but you would need to adjust it to use within your Studio Flow.

Simple time-based chest push notification setup

Hello I am trying to create a simple push-notification system similar to this common use case:
1. The user gets a chest and can either watch an ad to skip the wait time or wait one hours for the chest to open. The app sends an upstream request which sets up a downstream push notification that shall be delivered in one hour to let the user know the chest is ready.
2a. The user then waits an hour, gets a push notification (outside of the app) to open their chest and they do!
2b. They wait 20 minutes then decide to watch the ad. The app sends an upstream request which cancels the pending push notification which would have otherwise been delivered in 40 minutes.
Okay awesome so that is the problem and I am having a hard time understanding how to do this. I have looked over the documentation for each of these programs but they seem designed for downstream push notifications. It just seems odd there is no built-in support for this use case. It seems like such a common use case.
I so far found 3 solutions that will integrate into my cross-platform Unity setup and provide services for free or super-cheap:
Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS)
Google Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM)
Amazon seems to group clients into "Topics" so I guess I would be setting up a one-device-topic and essentially. I can subscribe and unsubscribe from them but it doesn't seem to support a topic with a 60 minute delay.
2a. Create a topic: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/sns/latest/dg/sns-tutorial-create-topic.html (it would just include the current device)
2b. Subscribe to it
2c. Send a message to it https://docs.aws.amazon.com/sns/latest/dg/sns-tutorial-publish-message-with-attributes.html
So basically I can add attributes to my message but it would seem I need to implement the server-side code to read a delay attribute then somehow queue a message for delay. Maybe I am missing something?
For Firebase I pretty much see the same thing as Amazon. There are topics https://firebase.google.com/docs/cloud-messaging/android/topic-messaging and a means to send upstream messages https://firebase.google.com/docs/cloud-messaging/android/send-with-console but with the messages I don't see anyway here to get the time delay https://firebase.google.com/docs/cloud-messaging/unity/topic-messaging I see conditions towards the bottom of that article but I don't know if it is meant for this use case.
OneSignal has the easiest to scroll-through API. I'll refer to some strings that you can CTRL-F by using the format ("Create Notif") because everything is on this one page: https://documentation.onesignal.com/reference
So basically I can ("Send to Specific Devices") which I guess would be the sending device, then I can ("Schedule notification for future delivery.") using the send_after parameter. And finally, if need be, I can ("Cancel notification"). So this appears to be everything I need. I'm currently looking at this option and trying to figure out how to actually get this working.
So there is my progress over the last few hours researching each of these options. I am hoping you can help me better understand how I may be misunderstanding the above options as this seems to me a very common use-case. Perhaps I am just not googling the question correctly. Any help appreciated.
Whenever there's a likelihood that you'll need to cancel a significant percent of the notifications you send, you should use local notifications. That way you can easily schedule and cancel them locally without making any network requests. Also, this solution works for offline devices which is great for games (played on planes, etc...)

GPUImage gpus_ReturnNotPermittedKillClient crash using GPUImageFilter

I'm using GPUImageFilter in a chain, and most of the time it works OK. I've recently come across a few random crashes that match the symptoms in this github issue (albeit I'm using GPUImageFilter not live capture or video). I'm trying to find a suitable method that can ensure I've cleared the frame buffer and any other GPUImage-related activities in willResignActive.
Currently I have:
[[GPUImageContext sharedFramebufferCache] purgeAllUnassignedFramebuffers];
Is this sufficient? Should I use something else instead/in addition to?
As indicated there, seeing gpus_ReturnNotPermittedKillClient in a stack trace almost always is due to OpenGL ES operations being performed while your application is in the background or is just about to go to the background.
To deal with this, you need to guarantee that all GPUImage-related work is finished before your application heads to the background. You'll want to listen for delegate notifications that your application is heading to the background, and make sure all processing is complete before that delegate callback exits. The suggestion there by henryl is one way to ensure this. Add the following near the end of your delegate callback:
// Do some operation
What that will do is inject a synchronous block into the video processing pipeline (which runs on a background queue). Your delegate callback will block the main thread at that point until this block has a chance to execute, guaranteeing that all processing blocks before it have finished. That will make sure all pending operations are done (assuming you don't add new ones) before your application heads to the background.
There is a slight chance of this introducing a deadlock in your application, but I don't think any of my code in the processing pipeline calls back into the main queue. You might want to watch out for that, because if I do still have something in there that does that, this will lock your application. That internal code would need to be fixed if so.

How to register for Win8 periodic tile notifications?

I am working on a Win8-UI-App (previously called Metro...) and trying to implement Periodic (Documentation for different methods) Tile Updates (Live Tiles) for the first time.
I found a couple of very good resources on the internet and was able to do it. Unfortunately the question of where I should register for the notifications remained unsolved:
Do I have to register for Notifications every time the app starts (e.g. in the App.xaml.cs OnLaunched() Method)? - Or is there an other, more professional way to do so? (I could imagine to save if I already registered for the service or is there a variable I can access to see whether notifications are registered?)
thank you!
PS: For everyone who is also new to this see this StackOverflow post, this example, the tile template types and the Dev Center for quick starting :)
Periodic updates will continue until they are explicitly stopped or your app is uninstalled. Technically, you only have to do that once. But, the Guidelines and checklist for periodic updates states
Call the StartPeriodicUpdate or StartPeriodicUpdateBatch method each
time your app is launched or brought into focus. This ensures that the
tile content will be updated each time the user launches or switches
to the app.
According to that, App launch and App resume are good candidates for a call to StartPeriodicUpdate.

Desing pattern for background working app

I have created a web-service app and i want to populate my view controllers according to the response i fetch(via GET) in main thread. But i want to create a scheduled timer which will go and control my server, if there becomes any difference(let's say if the count of an array has changed) i will create a local notification. As far as i read from here and some google results, i cant run my app in background more then ten minutes expect from some special situations(Audio, Vo-IP, GPS).. But i need to control the server at least one per minute.. Can anyone offer some idea-or link please?
I will not sell the app in store, just for a local area network. Let's say, from the server i will send some text messages to the users and if a new message comes, the count of messages array will increment, in this situation i will create a notification. I need to keep this 'controlling' routing alive forever, whether in foreground or background. Does GCD give such a solution do anyone have any idea?
Just simply play a mute audio file in loop in the background, OR, ping the user's location in the background. Yes, that will drain the battery a bit, but it's a simple hack for in-home applications. Just remember to enable the background types in your Info.plist!
Note: "[...] I fetch (via GET) in main thread." This is not a good approach. You should never fetch any network resources on the main thread. Why? Because your GUI, which is maintained by the main thread, will become unresponsive whenever a fetch isn't instantaneous. Any lag spike on the network results in a less than desirable user experience.
Answer: Aside from the listed special situations, you can't run background apps. The way I see it:
Don't put the app in the background. (crappy solution)
Try putting another "entity" between the app and the "server". I don't know why you "need to control the server at least one per minute" but perhaps you can delegate this "control" to another process outside the device?
iOS app -> some form of proxy server -> server which requires
"babysitting" every minute.