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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.
Square is moving beyond the retail terminal thanks to a handful of new APIs meant to help companies accept payments in more places. The E-Commerce API and Register API target retailers large and small with a simple set of tools that integrate fully with Square's payment processing platform.
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.
Six APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as eCommerce, Charts, Video and Content. One highlight today is an API from Clipchamp, a service which records, converts, and compresses video directly from a browser. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Under the rubrick of what it calls a "Sales Channel SDK," Shopify has launched a series of APIs so that developers can build new sales channels that Shopify's merchants can then use to extend the visibility of their catalogs. The company also announced new partners who will be using those APIs.
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.
Ten APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Translation, Banking, Games, and Science. Also new to the directory are SDKs for Gmail, Sunlight Foundation, Strossle, and Facebook Graph APIs. Here's a rundown of the latest additions and how developers can use them.
Do you know if your emails reach your users' inbox? You may see clicks and opens, but were all your emails seen? SparkPost offers this certainty to developers for free or low cost. SparkPost sends 25% of the world's legitimate emails. They make solving email delivery as easy as making an API call.
This article is the third of a three part series from MLSDev that shows you how to build an eCommerce API using Ruby on Rails. In this part, readers are shown how to secure their online store by implementing registration and authorization. A Github project accompanies this series.
This article is the first of a three part series from MLSDev that shows you how to build an eCommerce API using Ruby on Rails. In this part, readers are shown how to set up your API to populate your online store with the products that you will be selling. A Github project accompanies this series.
This article is the second of a three part series from MLSDev that shows how to build an eCommerce API using Ruby on Rails. In this part, readers are shown how to implement product search including autocomplete and full text search for an online store. A Github project accompanies this series.
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.
Nine APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in the Cloud, Automation, Environment, and Messaging categories. Also added are SDKs for Optimal Payments, Nike+ , Commercetools, and Maventa invoicing. Here, we summarize the new additions and how they can assist application developers.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has formed a Web Payments Working Group to develop recommendations that will "make payments easier and more secure on the Web."