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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.
Facebook’s photo tagging suggestion feature automatically recognises friends’ faces in a photo to make it fast and easy to tag people you know on the platform. In this tutorial, Narendra Rajput deconstructed the process to see how it works, then wrote a small Ruby script to automate the process.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Being, an iOS app that allows users to browser Instagram as someone else, has had its access to the Instagram API cut off. In the first week following its launch, Being reached the Best New Apps section of the App Store's front page and was used to view more than 500,000 Instagram feeds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A number of ad tech sources reported that Snapchat has engaged select ad partners for an advertising API development. Snapchat declined to comment, but many have anticipated an advertising API from Snapchat. While an ad API makes sense, Snapchat has an unfortunate history with API vulnerabilities.
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.