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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.
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Payments, Invoicing, Documents, and Natural Language Processing. One highlight today is the SYNQ video platform API, which provides faster deployments than most other video delivery platforms.
Synq has hit the market with a video API designed to bring video capabilities to apps. Unlike many existing video platforms, Synq is not a standalone video management system that brings apps into its ecosystem. Synq hopes that this developer-first mindset will set it apart from other video services.
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.
Guggy is a new smart contextual GIF maker. Through the use of Natural Language Processing, Guggy selects a humorous GIF to complement input text. The end result is what the company calls a "GIF Message" - a GIF with text overlaid. Guggy offers complete access to the platform via a free REST API.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.
Google has announced that they will shutting down panoramic photo sharing site Panoramio, along with its API on November 4th. Originally the company had announced plans for the shut down back in 2014 but due to strong community feedback they postponed those plans until users had viable options.
Since Microsoft launched its Bot Framework earlier this year, it has consistently added features to empower developers to create, what Microsoft calls, "the next great conversational experiences." The latest API additions include the Computer Vision, Bing Speech, and Bing Image Search APIs.
MapQuest is inviting developers to take its MapQuest Static Map v5 API for a spin while in beta testing. The refreshed API has a handful of new features that should appeal to developers who rely on MapQuest's mapping tools. The beta is being offered for free through the end of 2016.
Agora.io has launched an Agora Interactive Broadcasting API developers can use to add real-time interactive broadcasting capabilities to web and mobile applications. Agora Interactive Broadcasting supports up to 7 active speakers and 10,000 participants, and is available via the Agora SDK.
TomTom has added another API to its mapping and navigation solutions portfolio: Traffic Stats API. Traffic Stats collects data from over 450 million connected devices in order to provide historical traffic data. The data collected includes speed, route, travel time, segment, and more.
Sixteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Machine Learning, Recognition, Video, and Politics. Highlights today include an API for random Donald Trump quotes and an API for GitHub Projects programmatic access. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Voximplant has released Voximplant Web SDK 4.0 which features a number of new enhancements such as Microsoft Edge audio calls support, enable video during an existing audio call, modification of audio and video streams via filters, and h.264 video codec "high priority" setting.
Google is opening up Maps to new ride-sharing partners, meaning the search giant just effectively created the first ride-hailing price comparison feature. The surprise here is that Uber, previously the only ride-sharing partner on Google Maps, allowed this.
Geocoding involves converting a description of a physical address into coordinates that represent that location on a map to perform spatial analysis. This tutorial on the Google Maps APIs blog describes the two approaches to geocoding with Google Maps APIs, and when to use them.
Twenty Two APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Photos, Payments, Home Automation, and Contacts. Highlighted today are several APIs from Cloud Elements plus an API for Pexels free stock photo service. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
CrowdRiff has announced API access to its Visual Influence platform. API access to CrowdRiff features allow users to deliver user-generated photos and associated features to marketing products and campaigns. Features include social media search, calls to action, photo acquisition, and more.
With Pokémon GO seemingly taking over the world as players walk around in search of the virtual creatures, one developer used the Watson Visual Recognition API to analyse screen shots of the app to locate nearby Pokémon, winning Best Use of Watson challenge at the AT&T Shape Tech Expo Hackathon.
Google today said it is putting the Google Places API for iOS 2.0 and the Google Maps SDK for iOS 2.0 into separate CocoaPods. The idea here is to reduce the app size for developers who need Places data, but not Maps data. Google says the change heralds big savings in app binaries.
After continued developer requests, Google has added marker clustering to Google Maps SDK for iOS Utility Library. The feature allows users to populate maps with a large number of markers while keeping the map clean and readable. As zoom levels adjust, markers aggregate and slit out accordingly.