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Google recently debuted the Web Share API, a simple coding tool that allows websites to bank on the sharing capabilities baked into the host platform, such as Android. The idea here is to give users more control over when and where their data is shared between the Web and mobile apps.
The Japanese have five essential elements of life, known as the Godai: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Void. In this article Rebrandly discusses what it feels are the five Godai elements that an amazing API requires: Design, Scalability, Reliability, Security and Documentation.
Location-based social media analytics company GeoFeedia attempted to abuse the public data streams it receives from other social media platforms by monitoring the public, according to documents revealed by the ACLU. This article on Techdirt discusses the issue, and how the major platforms responded.
Researcher Lukasz Olejnik has published several blog posts raising privacy concerns regarding W3C API specification drafts including Vibration API, Ambient Light Sensor API, Proximity Sensor API, and Web Bluetooth API. A malicious attacker may be able to use these browser APIs for fingerprinting.
Twelve APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Internet of Things, Banking, Social, and Languages. Highlights today include APIs from Amazon for developing for Alexa, and banking APIs from BBVA. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
NASA has released a new API (the EPIC API) which provides programmatic access to images pulled from the EPIC camera. EPIC sits upon the DSCOVR satellite and constantly provides images from the Earth's sunlit side. Developers can retrieve images from the camera along with associated metadata.
Google has added yet more tools to the Play Developer Console, including a new voidedPurchases API for managing Play Store refunds. The new feature set mainly targets subscriptions, betas, independent titles, and virtual reality content ahead of Google's launch of the Daydream platform.
Google is pushing a significant update to its Firebase platform in order to make the backend-as-a-service even more useful for developers. The refreshed platform targets game developers and tosses in new crash reporting and analytics enhancements for good measure. Here's what you need to know.
This is the second part of a three-part post about creating a yoga app for the active lifestyle using the Garmin Connect IQ app system; part 1 focused on page layout, while part 2 focuses on page flow and developing metrics for the app, and part 3 focuses on recording metrics.
Webhooks offer a far more efficient way to monitor changes to an endpoint than traditional polling. In this recent article on InfoWorld, Mark Geene discusses the technology and highlights three commercial implementations that put it to good use to improve the customer experience.
This is the second installment in a three-part MEAN Stack Tutorial series by software engineer Adrian Mejia. It explains some of the underlying concepts, such as REST APIs and the MEAN stack, and shows followers how to install everything you need to create a simple REST API on Node.js and MongoDB.
Message brokers are a valuable tool for handling asynchronous communications directly between servers. This tutorial on the Nordic APIs Blog discusses the use of message brokers to create choreographed microservices that may offer benefits over those based on the HTTP protocol.
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.
Named-Entity Recognition involves identifying an entity in a text and assigning it a class label. These classifications can include People, Locations, and Organisations, among others depending on the tool. This comparison looks at the performance of 10 natural language processing APIs.
Fifteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Air Travel, Messaging, DevOps, Booking and others. Featured today is an API for 3D map platform Melown, and and API for Line social network-like messaging platform. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Google intends to take a more proactive approach to managing fradulent and spammy applications in the Google Play Store. The company said it has new tools to help it protect the integrity of the store by automatically finding apps that attempt to falsely boost their visibility in search results.
Mastercard, a company that once warned that the risks of digital currency outweigh the benefits, has released two new blockchain APIs to promote collaboration and innovation in the digital exchange of value. Through its Mastercard Labs arm, Mastercard has indicated the API release is just the start.
To provide more options in searching for relevant contacts, Microsoft has decided to transition WorkingWith API users to its new People API. The People API not only provides more robust metadata than the WorkingWith API, the People API includes greater browse/search functionality and ranking system.
Taken together, API versioning and retirement constitute the last of the eight phases of API lifecycle management. They're also considered to be an art unto themselves. Taking that art to another level however could involve some new thinking that involves the idea of "microversioning."