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Vonage today announced that it is acquiring communications platform-as-a-service provider Nexmo in a cash and stock deal valued at $230 million. Nexmo counts some 350 customers and over 100,000 registered developers, and says that it is processing 5 billion API calls every year.
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.
Building on Fortytwo’s expertise in the A2P messaging arena, Fortytwo’s Voice API enables clients to deliver messages to a customers’ mobile phone or landline with a pre-recorded audio file or by using Text-To-Speech which converts messages into a male or female voice in up to fifteen languages.
Microsoft has made a number of important announcements throughout the first two days of the Microsoft Build Conference including the launch of the Microsoft Bot Framework (preview), the launch of Microsoft Cognitive Services (preview), and the addition of Cortana and chatbots to Skype.
New improvements have been added to the Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) including voice or button-activated volume and media control, voice-activated timers and alarms, updated APIs, server-initiated message capabilities, and Alexa App enhancements including iOS and Android support.
Google wants to see more voice-enabled apps and the search giant took a big step in order to help make that become a reality. Today Google offered its Cloud Speech API to developers, who can add transcription, dictation, and spoken command features to their own apps. The API is initially free.
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Travel and Safety. A Highlight today includes an API to access a database of information about the universe in George R. R. Martin's popular fantasy novel series. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Cloud communications provider RingCentral has announced an invite-only beta that gives customers access to WebRTC functionality through its RingCentral WebPhone Library, a WebRTC SDK. The SDK manages WebRTC signaling and registration, and provides functions for WebRTC events.
Lyft is launching a developer program of its own in order to better compete with Uber. Lyft's first partner in this new endeavor is Facebook Messenger. Lyft hopes the program will eventually expand to see a wide number of developers add Lyft-hailing buttons to their own apps.
We've added 19 APIs to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Payments, Voice, Astronomy, Safety, and Translation. Featured today are several APIs for the Knurld voice recognition platform. Here's a rundown of the latest additions and how developers can benefit.
For developers to build their own telephony apps they need to be able to mimic the various legs of the telephony infrastructure (switching, call routing, event notifications, and more) known as flow control. The Bandwidth API allows developers to bypass building the flow control from scratch.
Little over a year after Uber released its API, Uber continues to add features that propel its offering well beyond a simple ride sharing service. Uber Trip Experiences allows third party apps to access a rider's Uber app and trip details. Think about a ten minute playlist, for a ten minute trip.
McLeod Software serves the freight and shipping industry with ERP software. Now, the company offers SMS integration for its leading product to open new channels of communication between logistic companies and drivers, speeding up internal processes to provide a faster service for its customers.
Expedia recently announced the expansion of its API portfolio. The new API includes integration with in-destination, local activity suppliers. The API is included within the larger, legacy Expedia API environment and enables significant upsell, cross-sell, and broader partner possibilities.
We've added 17 APIs to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Marine, Transportation, Text-to-Speech and others. Included is an API from Pole Star that allows developers to track marine vessel navigation. Here's a summary of the new additions and how they could aid developers.
Skyscanner is a travel search site that helps users find flight, hotel and car rental deals anywhere in the world. This has led to considerable growth in website traffic, but it is the free access the company provides to its APIs that is generating interest from travel startups.
Google has added one of the most popular features of its consumer Google Maps product to the Google Maps API. Predictive travel time is oft-used by consumers to find best routes, and avoid traffic. Now, developers have access to the feature and can integrate the functionality into third party apps.
SoundHound's Hound app allows users to ask complex questions and get an accurate answer really fast. The app combines voice recognition and language understanding functionality to achieve this. The Houndify API allows developers to integrate it in to their own apps and hardware creations.
Seven APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory today in Transportation, Events, OCR and other categories. We've summarized them here.
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.