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The previously popular Google Earth API is being deprecated and is due to shut down in early 2016, signalling the end of access to its 3D imagery via the API. This post by Timothy Whitehead for Google Earth Blog looks at four applications that used to use the API, and what they are using now.
Sickweather is known for its real-time illness tracking. Where hospitals and government agencies take weeks to report illness trends, Sickweather scans social media outlets for real-time tracking and reporting. Now, Sickweather has made the API behind the tracking service available to developers.
The popular multi-platform cloud storage service Parse is shutting down, to the surprise of the tech community, according to it’s official blog post today. Parse has given it’s current users one year from now, until January 28th, 2017 before it closes it's services.
With Uber drivers plentiful in big cities, the ride-hailing service is now targeting businesses that need to send same-day deliveries to local customers. Using the UberRUSH API, companies can hail Uber drivers, hand over their goods, and watch as the Uber takes the products where they need to go.
The recent experience of mapmaker RouteBuilder highlights one of the key issues that needs to be addressed when consuming APIs: how to manage the risk associated with an API becoming unavailable? Businesses consuming open APIs in their products need to take these risk management actions.
Google and Lenovo released the first Project Tango handset this week at CES. The phone includes an array of sensors that let apps cover real-world objects with digital overlays. It's sort of like augmented reality on steroids. Project Tango needs apps, and Google us willing to pay.
Apple has had a busy 2015: It has not only evolved its existing SDKs, but added new SDKs to support newer platforms. This includes, notably, the Apple Watch update. Apple has also introduced innovative SDKs that have enabled the addition of functionality to everything from Search APIs to 3D Touch.
Google released a new software developer kit today for Google Play Services 8.4. The revised developer toolset includes a handful of new capabilities thanks to revised APIs. Play Services 8.4 and its new features should go a long way to improving app behaviors for Android devices.
Parse announced new SDKs for Apple Watch and Apple TV. While its original SDK for Apple Watch (watchOS 1) launched earlier this year, the SDK for watchOS 2 includes the entire Parse experience. The SDK for tvOS brings immersive capabilities to applications built for Apple TV.
Late last year, Google announced the deprecation of its Google Earth API. The initial cutoff date for API access was December 12, 2015. As the impending date moves closer, Google reported that it will extend the cutoff date until at least the end of this calendar year. No exact date was given.
The free tool, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, lets developers compare their Android application's key performance metrics against the top 20 apps in the same category. The results can then be put to use to optimize applications and improve their behavior
Apple took a big leap of faith today and open sourced Swift, its new programming language. Apple believes developers can help make Swift a better resource as well as expand its compatibility to more platforms. Swift is available for free from GitHub with an Apache 2.0 license.
Uber is making it possible for developers to add a Ride Request Button to their own apps. The idea is to increase the likelihood that mobile device users will book business and then travel to destinations. If your app points people to a specific spot, adding Uber could help close sales.
Google has launched the latest release of its Google Maps SDK for iOS. The new release includes Bitcode support, new events, and a number of features previously limited to the Android SDK. Bitcode support eases developer interaction with the Apple Store, and new events enhance user-map engagement.
With the power and scope of GIS growing as new tools become available, Jason Baker’s article on opensource.com celebrated the arrival of GIS Day on November 19 by discussing three viable alternatives to Google Maps API for creating interactive web maps for a range of use cases.
Google has announced the release of Android Studio 2.0 integrated development environment which includes a new Instant Run feature and incremental builds support. The Android Studio 2.0 release also includes previews of a new GPU Profiler tool and Android Emulator featuring a new user interface.
Google has added one of the most popular features of its consumer Google Maps product to the Google Maps API. Predictive travel time is oft-used by consumers to find best routes, and avoid traffic. Now, developers have access to the feature and can integrate the functionality into third party apps.
Box expanded its Mobile SDK strategy by announcing a new Preview SDK for Android. Box's Preview SDK allows developers to collaborate and test various features without downloading content or installing desktop apps. The SDK supports over 120 file types; including audio, video, image and more.
Developers interested in porting their apps from Android to Windows 10 may be out of luck. Microsoft has all but canned Project Astoria, the app-porting tool it planned to offer developers. Microsoft is instead focusing on porting iOS, web, and Win32 apps, leaving Android developers in the cold.