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Google has made the People API available to developers. The API combines the work of two APIs into one. Moving forward, developers will be able to use a single call through the People API, rather than separate calls through the Google+ API and Google Contacts API, which it will replace.
API tooling platform Restlet has today launched a new version of DHC by Restlet, an API testing tool that functions from within the Chrome web browser. DHC helps API developer consumers to test API requests through a visual interface and can help API providers to build a quality user experience.
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.
Cloudinary has added responsive image breakpoints technology to its API. The functionality allows users to automatically select image size in a responsive website environment across devices with disparate screen sizes. Additionally, Cloudinary launched a web-based tool with the same functionality.
Atlassian released three features to Bitbucket in hopes to speed up development in a distributed team environment. Smart Mirroring, Git LFS, and Projects were all designed for growing development teams that quickly consume resources and aggregate data that become overwhelming for legacy systems.
Ten APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Tools, Language, Database, and Politics. Highlighted today is Craft.ai API, which aims to provide AI-as-a-Service to developers, to help them bring awarness and learning to applications. Here's a look at what's new.
Application delivery platform provider, NGINX, announced release 8 of NGINX Plus. Among the many new features with R8 comes the OAuth Technology Preview, full HTTP/2 support, an on-the-fly reconfiguration API, and improved cache for large video files. Demo apps and live webinars are planned.
As the number and scope of software solutions aimed at HR departments continue to grow, HCM solutions provider ADP has developed the Marketplace. This marketplace acts as an HR-oriented operating system with app store that uses APIs to build connectivity and share data between separate solutions.
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.
Pusher has announced an enhanced "Sandbox" plan to its tiered pricing program. The original Sandbox version permitted 20 concurrent connections, and 100,000 messages per day. Now, the plan allows 100 concurrent connections and 200,000 messages per day. The move is aimed to attract new developers.
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 API updates include My Business API and Calendar Resource API. The My Business API is a new API to manage your business listings online. The Calendar Resource API manages resources that are managed by users in their meetings. It replaces the now deprecated GDATA Calendar Resource API.
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.
Taking inspiration from enterprises that adopt an API-first culture, the new IT leadership team for the state of Arizona defined their strategy, changed the culture and built a cloud-based digital platform that leverages APIs to drive digital transformation of a decentralized enterprise.
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.
To be a successful API provider means actively engaging with your developer community to build up your ecosystem of developers and partners. This research report looks at the growth patterns of eight successful API providers and the strategies they employed to gain traction.
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.