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With the many vulnerabilities of scraping bank account data causing concerns for some large banks, Wells Fargo recently announced that it intends to create an API to enable integration with accounting software Xero to give small businesses better visibility of their banking data.
Stampery launched two new services that further its goal to be the defacto notarization provider of the 21st century. A new API and improved certification service (Stamp.io) continue Stampery's use of blockchain technology to digitally verify documents and create secure records of existence.
Cloud communications platform Twilio, which offers a suite of APIs for text messaging, VoIP and voice, has filed its S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), setting the stage for the company to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering (IPO).
Open Banking is aiming to give consumers access to real-time banking data through the use of APIs. The successful implementation of this type of system will change the way people save, borrow, spend and invest their money, as well as encourage healthy competition in the financial services industry.
Twilio launched a beta trial for its new Notify API. The API represents a single, user-centric API that gives developers programmatic control over notifications to users in the format, and on the device most desired. Twilio hopes to send the right message, at the right time, to the right user.
Twilio announced at the SIGNAL conference that the company has partnered with T-Mobile to launch Twilio Programmable Wireless, a new cellular communications platform for developers. Twilio Programmable Wireless features API-driven cellular connectivity, full communications stack, and self-service.
OCBC bank launched four open APIs that allow developers to integrate bank products and services with third party apps and programs. The move marks one of the first Southeast Asian banks to open an API. The launch is in line with broader government initiatives to develop FinTech sector development.
Barchart announced a new API to bolster its OnDemand financial data platform. The event-based API monitors financial news and markets for key events and notifies users of such events in real-time to empower brokers and investors to make better decisions. Users can incorporate its own data as well.
Vonage today announced that it is acquiring communications platform-as-a-service provider Nexmo in a cash and stock deal valued at $230 million. Nexmo counts some 350 customers and over 100,000 registered developers, and says that it is processing 5 billion API calls every year.
Five APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Payments, Security, Bitcoin and Webhooks. Also new to the directory are SDKs for Amazon Kinesis streaming data platform and Knetik marketing platform. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Bitcoin has released many BitCoin price data APIs since its launch in 2013. Now, the company has announced a closed beta of a new, full-featured API that improves existing APIs and offers new features and functionality. After a beta trial with existing users, the company expects a broader release.
Eko has recently launched Domestic Money Remittance Service through API integration in partnership with 10 plus companies in mobile recharge, travel & ticketing domain. Some of the various partner companies include UFX, The Services Online, and Yahya Technologies.
Cloud-based messaging app Telegram provides free, open and secure communication across any platform with automatic chat synching across devices. Telegram also provides a dedicated Bot API for building custom bots that users can interact with via messages and commands to perform predefined tasks.
Telegram has released Telegram Bot API 2.0 which features new inline keyboards, on-the-fly message editing, and more. Inline bots have also been upgraded and can now send documents, contacts, locations, videos, MP3s, stickers, animations, and other types of content available in Telegram.
Building on Fortytwo’s expertise in the A2P messaging arena, Fortytwo’s Voice API enables clients to deliver messages to a customers’ mobile phone or landline with a pre-recorded audio file or by using Text-To-Speech which converts messages into a male or female voice in up to fifteen languages.
Microsoft has made a number of important announcements throughout the first two days of the Microsoft Build Conference including the launch of the Microsoft Bot Framework (preview), the launch of Microsoft Cognitive Services (preview), and the addition of Cortana and chatbots to Skype.
New improvements have been added to the Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) including voice or button-activated volume and media control, voice-activated timers and alarms, updated APIs, server-initiated message capabilities, and Alexa App enhancements including iOS and Android support.
Google wants to see more voice-enabled apps and the search giant took a big step in order to help make that become a reality. Today Google offered its Cloud Speech API to developers, who can add transcription, dictation, and spoken command features to their own apps. The API is initially free.
We've added twelve APIs to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Astronomy, Politics, Mapping, and QR Codes. One highlight today is an API provided by NASA that allows programmatic access to a database of sounds recorded in space. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Cisco announces a $150m Spark fund to fuel development on its Cisco Spark Platform, which provides a communication platform that combines messaging, call and meeting features. The service is similar to Slack with a focus on the Enterprise market. All 3 services are currently available in the US.