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Hot off the heels of Facebook’s announcement that it shutting down it’s Parse Cloud platform, Apple have announced in a press release that they are adding additional capabilities to CloudKit, which up until now had been restricted to interfacing only with iOS, OSX and Web apps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The newest version of the Google Drive API should help developers more easily add Drive to their own apps. Google says the improved API is more consistent and simpler for first-time developers. Drive within apps can be used for file storage in addition to creating and editing files.
Vitrium has recently announced the release of its Application Programming Interface (API) for its popular document security solution, Protectedpdf. The new API will allow developers to integrate their software and workflows with Vitrium’s DRM and document encryption software.
Google Cloud Platform continues to innovate across its platform by announcing features that include include HTTPs Load Balancing GA, Logs viewer on Mobile Console App, Custom Machine Types, Netflix Spinnaker as a Cloud solution and signing up of Akamai as a CDN Interconnect partner.
AWS already does very well in the cloud computing sphere, and they have now released an SDK for Go to add to the existing library of SDKs covering other languages. The official release adds new features to those in the developer preview stages and reduces dependency issues with Semantic Versioning.
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.
Runscope provides tools to simplify the management of API testing. The company has fine tuned its service further with the addition of the new import and export functionality, saying that users can now create, modify and version entire suites of API tests even more quickly and easily.
APImetrics’ second API Performance Report highlights the importance of considering end-user location and intended platform before selecting a cloud services provider. Facebook’s performance was affected by the September outages, which put it behind Twitter and Tumblr for speed and reliability.
Slack introduced a new User Group feature to its collaboration platform aimed to replace mass emails. New Slack API endpoints allows users to create and maintain such groups.
IBM has announced that it is acquiring the digital and data assets of The Weather Company in a deal reportedly worth more than $2 billion. The acquisition will hing on IBM's ability to create value by applying Watson to The Weather Company's data to create predictive weather analytics solutions.