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The Bluetooth 5 specification, published today by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, paves the way toward new and exciting destinations on the information superhighway. In particular, the spec targets the Internet of Things with improvements to range, speed, security, and capacity.
Google has a new method for shrinking down the size of app updates in the Google Play Store. The fresh technique, called file-to-file patching, is more efficient than the previous algorithm. It can help crunch apps, making them easier to download over wireless networks. There's only one drawback.
GitHub recently announced a preview of new Organization Membership APIs. The new APIs includes a suite of both new endpoints and changes to existing endpoints. GitHub expects that the new APIs will allow developers to better administer GitHub organizations and repositories.
Google announced the Firebase App Indexing API. The API allows users to search for content within the Google app and find personal or public content across apps installed on a particular device. Because the content is stored on the device, the API is functional whether a user is online or not.
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.
Mertech has announced its latest SaaSification tool: THRIFTLY.IO. THRIFTLY allows developers to maintain the functionality of legacy Windows apps, but provide API access to such apps for easier consumption in mobile and cloud-based formats. No additional coding for API setup is needed with THRIFTLY.
APImetrics launched a single number score for data consumers and providers to know the health of an API exchanging data between the two. An algorithm considers uptime, latency, deviations from speed, and more to determine the score. The single number aims to focus attention on overall health.
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.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.
AWR has launched the second version of its Cloud Developer API. The online rank tracking company added an array of new features that allows users to call and organize rank data related to projects in a more automated fashion. The company has enhanced call options for existing and new features.
Wicket Labs has come out of months of beta testing with its API monitoring and reporting product. The tool is designed to proactively catch API issues before issues lead to downtime in apps, sites, and systems. The live reports, called wickets, include easy to understand, color-coded scorecards.
Verifone, a payments and commerce solutions provider, has announced that the company is leading an effort to define and implement the Conexxus Mobile Standard, a new Mobile API standard that aims to coordinate interactions between mobile payment and loyalty program applications.
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.
Microsoft has expanded its business application platform, Flow, to support Custom APIs and three new apps. Microsoft made the announcements at its Ignite 2016 event. As Microsoft continues to build its business application platform, more supported apps and more API connectivity will be essential.
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.
TomTom has added another API to its mapping and navigation solutions portfolio: Traffic Stats API. Traffic Stats collects data from over 450 million connected devices in order to provide historical traffic data. The data collected includes speed, route, travel time, segment, and more.
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.
Seventeen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Shipping, Tools, Email and Language. One highlight today is the Unbill billing API which lets developers make payments on behalf users. Here's a rundown of the latest additions and how developers can benefit.