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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.
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.
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.
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.
GitHub has added several new features to the platform to help make code reviews even faster and more flexible for developers and development teams. The new code review features include pull request files list, commits list, comments with deeper context, and timeline indicator.
The Run in Postman Button is now live for over 10 public APIs including Apigee, Best Buy, GoSquared, and Transport for London (TfL). The Run in Postman Button allows API publishers to provide one-click testing of their public APIs by adding an embed code in their API documentation.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Unified Inbox has launched UnificationEngine, an Internet of Communications (IoC) platform designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). UnificationEngine features a number of pre-built connectors and makes it possible for developers to integrate multiple communication channels using a single API.
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.
MuleSoft, an iPaaS platform provider and parent company of ProgrammableWeb, has released the latest version of the Anypoint Platform which features enterprise-class asynchronous messaging capabilities, a new UI for DataWeave, and general availability of the Anypoint Partner Manager.
Slack, a popular collaboration tool that helps teams streamline communication and eliminate email clutter, has set its sights on becoming the default messaging platform that developers will integrate with. Slack officially announced the Slack Platform at a recent Launch event.
Accurate Background enhanced its employee screening API to include international search. The feature arrives after a decade of developing in-country and regional contacts, language skills, and regulatory compliance knowledge. API access to the resources streamlines international background checks.