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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.
As part of their bi-annual State of Software Security (SOSS) Report, Veracode released the findings of the Fall 2015 publication. Drawing on more than a trillion lines of code, the report shows that some programming languages and platforms suffer from more security risks than others.
The popular multi-platform cloud storage service Parse is shutting down, to the surprise of the tech community, according to it’s official blog post today. Parse has given it’s current users one year from now, until January 28th, 2017 before it closes it's services.
With Uber drivers plentiful in big cities, the ride-hailing service is now targeting businesses that need to send same-day deliveries to local customers. Using the UberRUSH API, companies can hail Uber drivers, hand over their goods, and watch as the Uber takes the products where they need to go.
Lockr, a new key management service for content management systems is now available for Drupal and WordPress. Lockr provides an off-site, hosted key management service that can help secure Drupal and WordPress powered websites as well as meet PCI DSS, HIPAA and other security requirements.
Google has long fielded complaints of sign-in requirements associated with Google Play Games. The Google+ requirement and multiple sign-ins required for multiple games has been a hotbed of frustration. Google announced the end of both requirements as part of a Google Play Games API model change.
If your app uses OAuth as a means of authentication, you are likely storing users' OAuth tokens in a database. To maintain the secrecy of these tokens, you can use encryption both in transit and at rest. This article shows how SecureDB can encrypt OAuth tokens in a matter of minutes.
A cornerstone feature of any Web application is the login page. This article take you step by step through the process of adding phone number powered second factor authentication (2FA) to a Web application by taking advantage of Nexmo's Verify API. This tutorial requires knowledge of PHP.
Google and Lenovo released the first Project Tango handset this week at CES. The phone includes an array of sensors that let apps cover real-world objects with digital overlays. It's sort of like augmented reality on steroids. Project Tango needs apps, and Google us willing to pay.
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.
Developers are opting for phone verification over email verification as it is effective in reducing spam accounts. Adding phone verification to your app doesn't need to be complex. This tutorial shows how to use Nexmo Verify SDK for iOS in a "To-Do List" application that uses Parse for a backend.
Apple has had a busy 2015: It has not only evolved its existing SDKs, but added new SDKs to support newer platforms. This includes, notably, the Apple Watch update. Apple has also introduced innovative SDKs that have enabled the addition of functionality to everything from Search APIs to 3D Touch.
Secret API Keys add a layer of security to APIs and who can access what functions, but a simple flaw in the common implementation in GitHub leaves many API Keys exposed to external developers. This tutorial by Moshe Shaham explains this error, as well as how to leverage it to find API keys.
As more security vulnerabilities in IT software are discovered and exploited by malicious endeavours, Cisco has released its openVuln API that automates the sharing of security vulnerability information in a move aimed at nurturing an open security automation standard across the industry.
Google released a new software developer kit today for Google Play Services 8.4. The revised developer toolset includes a handful of new capabilities thanks to revised APIs. Play Services 8.4 and its new features should go a long way to improving app behaviors for Android devices.
Six APIs have been added to the directory in categories such as Banking, Content Management, and Advertising. Included today is the Plone CMS API, which allows programmatic access to the open source content management system. Here, we summarize the new additions and how they can assist developers.
Target is on the data breach hot seat again, just two weeks after settling its massive 2013 data breach. This time, an API vulnerability tied to the Target app wishlist functionality led a security firm to easily retrieve personal information from app users. The API requires no authentication.
Earlier this year, Facebook launched an embedded video player. To ease integration between the player and third party websites, Facebook has now announced API access to the player. In addition to the API, Facebook now supports the oEmbed open standard, which simplifies embedding Facebook material.
Parse announced new SDKs for Apple Watch and Apple TV. While its original SDK for Apple Watch (watchOS 1) launched earlier this year, the SDK for watchOS 2 includes the entire Parse experience. The SDK for tvOS brings immersive capabilities to applications built for Apple TV.