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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.
Electronic health records management policy makers in the United States want to see APIs become a mandatory standard. But several leadership voices in the healthcare and IT industry, including Dr John Halamka from the Beth Israel Medical Center, say it is too early for APIs to take a central role.
Google Cloud Vision API is a REST API that will help developers analyse images like never before. It supports various features like Entity identification, Facial Detection, Landmark Detection, Logo Detection, OCR and Identifying Explicit content. It is available in Limited Preview for now.
The free tool, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, lets developers compare their Android application's key performance metrics against the top 20 apps in the same category. The results can then be put to use to optimize applications and improve their behavior
Apple took a big leap of faith today and open sourced Swift, its new programming language. Apple believes developers can help make Swift a better resource as well as expand its compatibility to more platforms. Swift is available for free from GitHub with an Apache 2.0 license.
Uber is making it possible for developers to add a Ride Request Button to their own apps. The idea is to increase the likelihood that mobile device users will book business and then travel to destinations. If your app points people to a specific spot, adding Uber could help close sales.
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.
Google has announced the release of Android Studio 2.0 integrated development environment which includes a new Instant Run feature and incremental builds support. The Android Studio 2.0 release also includes previews of a new GPU Profiler tool and Android Emulator featuring a new user interface.
Google has made a new software developer kit available for Android Wear. Chiefly, the revised SDK updates the core platform to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, implements API level 23, and employs the new permissions model, which apps will need to comply with soon. The SDK is free to download from Google.
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.
Developers interested in porting their apps from Android to Windows 10 may be out of luck. Microsoft has all but canned Project Astoria, the app-porting tool it planned to offer developers. Microsoft is instead focusing on porting iOS, web, and Win32 apps, leaving Android developers in the cold.
To help developers increase the security of their apps, PayPal has updated its developer portal to include a self-service credential provisioning feature that allows developers to generate their own client-secret pairs, which developers use to authenticate their apps with the PayPal API.
RealNetworks hopes wireless network operators around the globe will take advantage of its new RealTimes Stories SDK, which will allow carriers and developers to offer customers automated, cloud-based media management tools. The SDK and integrated API do most of the heavy lifting.
SmartBear last week announced the launch of an Open API Initiative (OAI) under The Linux Foundation which will govern the future evolution of the popular Swagger specification for describing APIs. In addition, Swagger has been rebranded as Open API Definition Format (OADF)..
The latest version of Play Services alters the behavior of several APIs pertaining to Google Account and app sign-in, as well as location and Android Wear APIs.
Bugsnag, an automated error monitoring platform, has announced a major new release designed to help developers more easily identify and resolve errors in their applications.
MuleSoft has released API Workbench, a free integrated development environment (IDE) for building RESTful APIs based on a standard, design-first approach.