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Hyperwallet revealed that its REST payout API has moved from public beta to full public availability. The announcement coincides with the launch of new Hyperwallet developer features, including software development kits (SDKs), additional API calls, and a bolstered self-serve developer portal.
Bots are a handy way to automate simple tasks that you might typically do on your own, such as updating calendar appointments. In this tutorial on Full Stack Python, Matt Makai explains how to build your first chatbot using the Slack API and Python to begin returning simple messages.
Payment Savvy, payment processor known for its no-cost-to-biller model, launched an Open API. The API integrates with many software packages across industries. Payment Savvy finds the API strategy will complement its convenience fee model which makes makes doing business with Payment Savvy easy.
Google recently improved its collection Android Pay APIs in a bid to boost adoption. Importantly, the APIs are now easier than ever to integrate into web sites and apps. Google says a few lines of code can add Android Pay as an option during checkout, giving consumers another avenue for paying.
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.
Square has launched the Register API for Android only a couple of months after releasing the API for iOS. The API allows developers to build end to end point-of-sale solutions that utilize Square's entire payment platform, or that integrate with third party infrastructure and applications.
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.
The Web Payments Working Group has published the first public drafts of payment specifications which include a Payment Request API, payment method identifiers, and basic card payment. The basic idea behind the specifications is to make payments easier and more secure for end users.
Payleven launched a developer suite to enable 3rd-party apps and POS systems integration with payleven payment solutions. The suite includes App Pay and Point Pay which allow for solutions that bypass card reader requirements and those that utilize card readers. API and SDK options are available.
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.
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.
Bitwage launched an API that aims to ease delay times and high fees traditionally associated with paying wages across international borders. API access to its payroll platform enables companies to integrate Bitwage solutions into existing systems such as time tracking software and other workflows.
The way the Square API delivers JSON output makes it possible for an attacker to engage in a cross-site scripting (XSS) under certain circumstances. The vulnerability was discovered by security researcher Ajay Chavda and reported to Square on August 7, 2015 through its bounty program on hackerone.
Mobile payment service Venmo, which is owned and operated by PayPal, abruptly shut off new developers from its public API, which handles payment invoices and distribution of receipts to external web services. Venmo had created confusion after first stating that it was shuttering its API altogether.
The Automated Clearing House (ACH) system has offered larger businesses a dependable and flexible way to initiate bank transfers and requests between nearly anyone in the United States and for a fraction of the cost of card networks. This article looks at three ways to leverage that flexibility.
Visa has opened up its global payments network to developers releasing a set of new RESTful APIs and developer website. Developers will have access to different Visa platform capabilities via RESTful APIs including payments, analytics, alerts, ATM locations, geographical-based data, and more.