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Bitmovin became the latest video platform to suggest its new API is the first end-to-end, video infrastructure API to hit the market. Similar to its competitor, Synq, Bitmovin released its API with claims that it serves the video space the same way Twilio serves telephony, or Stripe for payments.
Google announced the Firebase App Indexing API. The API allows users to search for content within the Google app and find personal or public content across apps installed on a particular device. Because the content is stored on the device, the API is functional whether a user is online or not.
Mertech has announced its latest SaaSification tool: THRIFTLY.IO. THRIFTLY allows developers to maintain the functionality of legacy Windows apps, but provide API access to such apps for easier consumption in mobile and cloud-based formats. No additional coding for API setup is needed with THRIFTLY.
Google intends to take a more proactive approach to managing fradulent and spammy applications in the Google Play Store. The company said it has new tools to help it protect the integrity of the store by automatically finding apps that attempt to falsely boost their visibility in search results.
Microsoft has expanded its business application platform, Flow, to support Custom APIs and three new apps. Microsoft made the announcements at its Ignite 2016 event. As Microsoft continues to build its business application platform, more supported apps and more API connectivity will be essential.
As messaging apps scramble to out-feature the competition, Telegram has launched a gaming platform within its Bot API. Most messaging apps have now included bot capabilities within their apps, but Telegram has upped its game with the ability to build games within the messaging app.
Line has released two new APIs that enable the messaging platform to better engage users without leaving the app. The Messaging API allows three new message types for chatbots to use. Line Notify allows third party services to send information to Line users directly within the Line platform.
Yelp continued its barrage of developer news today. The company's latest announcements include a completely redone developer program and the Yelp Fusion API that will replace Yelp's existing API over time. New API features include more pictures, content caching, autocomplete and more.
Google said it plans to shutdown the GData Admin Settings API. It is giving developers one year to migrate to newer tools. The API will cease functioning in August 2017. The Admin Settings API lets Google Apps admins retrieve and change the settings of their domains in the form of Google Data
Twilio recently announced a developer preview for its new Twilio Sync offering. Twilio Sync maintains a single state synchronization infrastructure in the cloud that third party developers can utilize to introduce real-time synching and collaboration functionality into their apps.
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.
At this year’s Apple World Wide Developers Conference, one of the underlying themes Apple introduced was the concept of extensions. The goal being to blur the boundaries between apps on the platform, through widgets, but more notably, allowing developers access to many of Apple’s applications.
Part of HipChat’s popularity is down to the fact that it offers integrations with services like Google, Asana and GitHub, as well as hundreds of others. This tutorial on the Medallia blog shows followers how to set up a system that pushes notifications to a Hipchat room to keep your team informed.
Nexmo offers a series of cloud-based communication APIs that make it easy to integrate reliable communication services into any application. This tutorial by Tim Lytle on the Nexmo blog shows followers how to build a simple text message group chat using the Nexmo SMS API and PHP.
Microsoft has released the Windows Store analytics API. The API provides programmatic access to app analytics that previously required a log in to Dev Center and manual data retrieval. With the new API, developers can easily run reports for interested parties, and conduct deeper app data analysis.
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.
Google said it will follow through on plans announced in 2011 to deprecate several search-related APIs. The company already has a replacement in place for the soon-to-be-defunct APIs. The replacement will help developers add select search functions to their Android mobile apps.
Microsoft announced availability of the ORTC API preview for Edge. ORTC API support is not yet available in other browsers which may pose some difficulties for app developers.
Apple has revealed that it will release an open API, allowing developers to access the next generation Apple TV's new universal search feature.
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