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Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Spam, Notifications, Prices, Travel and Machine Learning, among others. Highlights include two APIs from NASA and the SimpleML automated machine learning API. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Even the most modern responsive websites often struggle with selecting image resolutions that best match the various user devices. They typically have to compromise on either the image dimensions, number of images created, or even worse, just simply use a single image with the largest resolution.
Facebook has launched a new Continuous Live Video API that enables developers to broadcast long and persistent streaming video to the world's largest social network. Previously, Facebook Live streams were limited to 90 minutes, but thanks to the new API, third parties can broadcast longer events.
Twitter has announced major changes that will alter the way the company calculates 140 characters. Certain attachments, URLs, and handles will no longer count towards the character limit. Changes will allow users to use more words, and developers must prepare for the upcoming changes.
Video is an increasingly important component for websites and apps, as consumer demand for and consumption of video content is growing. Companies still pre-transcoding video or working with in-house transcoding systems may want to consider cloud-based API solutions such as Cloudinary.
Now that YouTube's Reporting API has been live for roughly half a year, YouTube has started adding new features. The latest new feature is historical data. Historical Data provides a 180 day lookback from a particular job's schedule date. Historical data is available beginning July 1, 2015.
Facebook has rewarded a 10 year-old boy from Finland with a $10,000 bounty for discovering an authentication-related vulnerability in the Instagram API that could have enabled a hacker to delete comments of any user on the popular social photo sharing service even without an Instagram account.
Emirates recently became the latest airline to join the IATA's NDC initiative with the launch of its Emirates Online B2B API. The API connects Emirates' host reservation system to partner companies for access to availability, pricing, shopping, ticketing, sale of excess baggage, visas, and more.
Google Cloud Vision API gives developers access to powerful image processing and analysis tools for use in any project. This tutorial on Google Cloud Platform shows followers how to use the API to detect faces in an image, and use the returned coordinates to draw a polygon around each face.
A year after YouTube introduced 360-degree video, it has added a live-streaming option. YouTube enhances immersive video experiences by supplementing 360-degree live streaming with spatial listening (a feature that mimics in-person listening by accounting for depth, intensity, and distance).
Facebook announced v2.6 of the Graph API. The version updates a number of Facebook services including Messenger, Facebook Live, Reactions, Video, Rights Manager, Facebook Ads, and Sharing across devices. As the backbone of Facebook's developer platform, Graph API updates draw much attention.
Facebook today unveiled a range of new tools for developers at its F8 developer conference. The Live Video API promises to bring video streaming to more cameras around the world, while the Account SDK shoots for easier app logins, and 'Agents' aims to bring bots to Messenger.
Social learning platform A Cloud Guru helps cloud professionals learn and prepare for AWS certification exams. The platform grew to 40,000 users within 6 months, and its founders attribute that growth to their serverless approach that has influenced the mindset of the entire company.
Swipebuster is using the private Tinder API to obtain Tinder user data. Swipebuster can find out if a specific person is using Tinder and can provide the most recent date that person used the Tinder app. Other companies that have had private APIs reverse engineered include Uber, SnapChat, and Tesla.
In 2008 when Netflix announced plans to move to the cloud, most observers were dubious. Now Netflix has become one of the first major companies to exist completely in the public cloud and their architectural shift to cloud based microservices led to many successes in performance and scalability.
Twitter has added alt text support to Twitter Cards and the Twitter REST API. Alt text is an important piece of metadata for those who are visually impaired as screen readers and browsers use alt text to explain to visually impaired users the content of each image on a web page.
Google has opened their Cloud Vision API. When backed by their Machine Vision infrastructure, this API enables developer to give their applications vision capability. This article gives a high level overview of the API and a short tutorial for building an application that uses Google Cloud Vision.
Twitter launched Twitter Kit in 2014: a set of tools app owners use to integrate Twitter data and functionality. Since then, Twitter Kit adoption soared and Twitter increased its functionality. The v2.0 release constitutes the first major revision and a platform for expanded functionality and use.
Twitter has cut Emojitracker's access to its Streaming API, causing its creator, Matthew Rothenberg, to announce that he will shut the service down in April. Emojitracker provides a real-time visualization of emoji symbol usage on Twitter and has tracked some 14 billion emoji tweets.
Google and Twitch announced major service offerings in the world of game play streaming at the annual Game Developers Conference. Twitch's Stream First development approach, and Google's new Video Recording API are meant to create a collaboration between game, player, and audience.