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The stakes for Machine Learning APIs are increasing by the day. Major vendors are making moves towards releasing ML platform APIs. One such release is the Cloud Natural Language API, an API from Google that provides devs the ability to investigate the structure and meaning of text via REST APIs.
Eleven APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Natural Language Processing, Transportation, Games, SQL, and DevOps. One highlight today is the PokéAPI, which can access a Pokémon database. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Swagger Codegen 2.2.0 has been released with many improvements and security fixes, and including JMustache update, codegen model improvement, addition of Apache 2.0 license to all generators, additional integration tests using Shippable and AppVeyor, and fixes to prevent code injection.
Microsoft, tech giant and one of the world's largest API producers, has published version 2.3 of its REST API Guidelines. While the guidelines are focused on simplifying API development and consumption through a REST/HTTP architecture, Microsoft touts the ever-increasing need for consistency.
After continued developer requests, Google has added marker clustering to Google Maps SDK for iOS Utility Library. The feature allows users to populate maps with a large number of markers while keeping the map clean and readable. As zoom levels adjust, markers aggregate and slit out accordingly.
After continued requests for access to more Yelp data, and additional API functionality, Yelp has launched a developer preview of a brand new API. The Yelp API was rebuilt from the ground up. Yelp envisions the new features, data, and architecture will simplify the developer experience.
Twelve APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Travel, eCommerce, Mapping and Bots. Featured today is an API from ViaMichelin which provides developers access to maps that include tourist destinations and fine restaurants. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
HelloSign has announced several feature updates to the HelloSign API aimed to improve the experience of developers, requesters, and signers. HelloSign API updates include unlimited templates for testing, API request limit per hour has been increased, custom redirect capability, and more.
IBM transitioned its Bluemix natural language interface (Watson Conversation) from Experimental to GA. The move suggests that IBM has tweaked the cutting edge technology to a level of service that supports real-time, production environments. The service enables automated interaction with users.
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Translation, Transportation and Stocks. One highlight is the TradeIt API, which allows developers to add stock trading functionality to any application. Here's a rundown of the what is new.
Nintendo, once a name synonymous with video game innovation and dominance, is back in the spotlight thanks to Pokémon Go. Now, it has merged its developer programs into a single portal, suggesting that the company could be looking to include independent game developers in its comeback plans.
IBM announced v2 of its Watson IoT APIs last August. The company has now announced the pending removal of v1. IBM has yet to set an exact date, but plans to announce such information soon. v2 includes all v1 features plus new additions and enhanced ability to integrate with third party apps.
Google has released an updated Gmail API that functionally replaces the Email Settings API. The Gmail API includes a number of new endpoints that enable features previously unavailable through any Google API. Developers have access to filters, auto-replies, send-as aliases, and more.
SendGrid announced its latest endpoint for its Web API: v3/mail/send. The endpoint rounds out the v3 release that began last year. With the new send endpoint, SendGrid has realized its goal of complete API management via API. All of the v2 functionality remains available with additional features.
Microsoft has announced that paid plans are now available for the Bing Search APIs that are part of Microsoft Cognitive Services. The suite of Bing Search APIs that can now be purchased includes Bing Web Search API, Bing Image Search API, Bing Video Search API, and Bing News Search API.
Scale has released an API that connects apps and workflows to a human workforce. After a single line of code calls the Scale API, Scale assigns a human member to complete the requested task. To start, the Scale workforce supports phone calls, transcription, and categorization services.
Seventeen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Financial, Art, and Authentication. One highlight is the ReviewTrust API, which enables developers to add confirmation of valid reviews and ratings about products for their users. Here's a look at what's new.
Dropbox has officially deprecated the Dropbox API v1. While Dropbox encourages developers to transition to v2, and start all new builds with v2, v1 will remain available until June 28, 2017. However, all new features will be added solely to v2. The deprecation includes both Core and Business APIs.
At Google I/O 2016, Google announced the Awareness API that would enable apps to use and react to a user's context. Then, the API was available to a limited pool of integration partners. Google has now opened the API to all developers so all apps can leverage context like location and activity.