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The previously popular Google Earth API is being deprecated and is due to shut down in early 2016, signalling the end of access to its 3D imagery via the API. This post by Timothy Whitehead for Google Earth Blog looks at four applications that used to use the API, and what they are using now.
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.
Sickweather is known for its real-time illness tracking. Where hospitals and government agencies take weeks to report illness trends, Sickweather scans social media outlets for real-time tracking and reporting. Now, Sickweather has made the API behind the tracking service available to developers.
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.
The recent experience of mapmaker RouteBuilder highlights one of the key issues that needs to be addressed when consuming APIs: how to manage the risk associated with an API becoming unavailable? Businesses consuming open APIs in their products need to take these risk management actions.
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.
Late last year, Google announced the deprecation of its Google Earth API. The initial cutoff date for API access was December 12, 2015. As the impending date moves closer, Google reported that it will extend the cutoff date until at least the end of this calendar year. No exact date was given.
Google has launched the latest release of its Google Maps SDK for iOS. The new release includes Bitcode support, new events, and a number of features previously limited to the Android SDK. Bitcode support eases developer interaction with the Apple Store, and new events enhance user-map engagement.
With the power and scope of GIS growing as new tools become available, Jason Baker’s article on opensource.com celebrated the arrival of GIS Day on November 19 by discussing three viable alternatives to Google Maps API for creating interactive web maps for a range of use cases.
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.
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.
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.
Netflix intentionally creates infrastructure failures to build resiliency (Chaos Engineering strategy). Where Chaos Monkey killed servers, Chaos Kong kills entire AWS regions.
BusinessInsider.com has published a stinging editorial regarding the outlook for Evernote. But it was written by a contributing writer who not only has a potential conflict of interest, his indictment relies on his dissatisfaction with just one feature of Evernote instead of the product as a whole.