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Amazon made several significant new features available to its AWS Mobile Hub this month that should make it easier for developers to tap into cloud-based APIs. The tools include a Cloud Logic function, user sign-in tweaks, user management options, and seamless SaaS integration.
Google made a second preview of Android 7.1 available to mobile app developers ahead of the platform's release. Along with the new build, Google made some minor adjustments to the Android SDK and Android Studio. Developers should put the new tools to use in finalizing their apps for Android 7.1.
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Facebook wants bots to get better. Developers have so far taken significant advantage of the Messenger Platform. Businesses and app writers have created some 33,000 bots that function within Facebook's Messenger application, helping people check the weather, make payments, and more.
Google recently debuted the Web Share API, a simple coding tool that allows websites to bank on the sharing capabilities baked into the host platform, such as Android. The idea here is to give users more control over when and where their data is shared between the Web and mobile apps.
Researcher Lukasz Olejnik has published several blog posts raising privacy concerns regarding W3C API specification drafts including Vibration API, Ambient Light Sensor API, Proximity Sensor API, and Web Bluetooth API. A malicious attacker may be able to use these browser APIs for fingerprinting.
Google has added yet more tools to the Play Developer Console, including a new voidedPurchases API for managing Play Store refunds. The new feature set mainly targets subscriptions, betas, independent titles, and virtual reality content ahead of Google's launch of the Daydream platform.
Google is pushing a significant update to its Firebase platform in order to make the backend-as-a-service even more useful for developers. The refreshed platform targets game developers and tosses in new crash reporting and analytics enhancements for good measure. Here's what you need to know.
Google intends to take a more proactive approach to managing fradulent and spammy applications in the Google Play Store. The company said it has new tools to help it protect the integrity of the store by automatically finding apps that attempt to falsely boost their visibility in search results.
Uber has introduced a new Uber Driver API that provides driver profile data such as identity, trip details, earnings, and reputation/ratings. The Uber Driver API is currently available to a limited group of developers; however, developers can view the API documentation online.
MapQuest is inviting developers to take its MapQuest Static Map v5 API for a spin while in beta testing. The refreshed API has a handful of new features that should appeal to developers who rely on MapQuest's mapping tools. The beta is being offered for free through the end of 2016.
The Remote Systems API is a new tool that's part of Project Rome for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The goal is to make it easier for people to consume content across multiple devices in a seamless manner. Microsoft hopes developers put this API to use so their apps are more flexible.
Amazon today announced the List Skills API, an addition to the Alexa Skills Kit that will let developers integrate Alexa within their own list applications. The goal here is to make it as easy as possible for people to add items to their lists by asking Alexa to do it for them.
It happens to all of us. We buy clothes for ourselves or as a gift (online or in a store) and when those clothes are put on for the first time, they turn out not to fit. What happens next is the bane of the entire clothing industry and its customers. The return process is laboriou
Google recently announced that it will soon release a developer preview of Android 7.1 Nougat. The refreshed platform from Google carries over some of the fancy features from the recently-announced Pixel phones to Nexus handsets and other devices. As always, new APIs abound and require app updates.
App review fraud is a serious issue for both developers and app stores, but Bogdan Popsecu, the developer behind the popular Dash tool, says Apple went too far in closing his account and banning him. This is a mess.
Crashlytics has improved its Beta by Crashlytics developer tool with a new way to distribute beta app builds. Fastlane automates portions of beta deployment for iOS apps with a process so simple practically anyone can set it up. The goal is to help developers speed up beta testing.
With the latest version of its image recognition API, Clarifai is now offering developers a way to leverage the underlying engine's machine learning capabilities to build custom models so that what one organization looks for in an image can be very different from what another organization looks for.
Google today released a new developer preview of Android Wear 2.0. This latest build is the third from Google and brings the smartwatch platform one step closer to its general release. Google added some killer new features to the operating system, but not all the news is good.