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This week Microsoft announced its updates for the month of February to its Cognitive Services Speech SDK, currently in version 1.3. Included in the update is the selection of the desired input microphone by using the AudioConfig class, beta support for Unity and new sample code.
Google has announced updates to its Cloud Speech to Text and Text to Speech APIs that include additional languages, voices, and more affordable pricing models. The goal of these updates is to help developers build better intelligent voice applications and make the products more widely available.
Threat Stack has released a new API that allows users to create security rules, send events to the platform, audit logs and more, all from within their existing DevOps tools. The company hopes that the API will enable DevOps teams to reduce the number of tools they must manage.
Earlier this week, Blockchain technology company Blockstream launched the beta version of its Blockstream Satellite API. The API allows users a way to create applications that broadcast private data messages worldwide using the Blockstream Satellite network to anyone with a satellite receiver.
This week Microsoft announced a few updates to their Azure Blockchain Workbench, a platform for building blockchain applications. The release of v 1.6.0 brings with it new features including application versions, an egress messaging API, and streamlined smart contract development.
Cloudflare, internet performance and security provider, announced early access to Traffic Acceleration was being added to its Cloudflare Mobile SDK. The traffic acceleration technology aims to address network throughput for mobile apps, increasing performance beyond what would be seen with TCP.
In January 2019, Google is deprecating its Picasa Web Albums Data API and disabling all associated OAuth scopes. Any existing applications using the API will continue to work until that time. In March 2019, the Picasa Web Albums API will be turned off at which point all calls will fail.
Xero, the small business platform, recently announced the coming launch of its open banking API, aimed at enabling banks, fintechs and financial institutions to offer their customers faster access to bank feeds. The API will let businesses import data in near real-time via direct bank feeds.
Google announced the release of the Google My Business API v4.3 with new functionality such as the ability to read and respond to questions and answers from customers, bulk-read reviews, see unclaimed locations that Google thinks you may own, report issues with GoogleLocations results and more.
This week Amazon announced the general availability of the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit. The SDK was designed to bring Alexa to Bluetooth devices including headphones, headsets and wearables. Alexa capabilities and any of thousands of Alexa Skills are available for integration into said devices.
Franco-Dutch airline carrier Air France-KLM recently unveiled a new API that will power an online freight-booking tool. The API is the latest result of a three-year process to modernize the carriers’ legacy system, some of which date back to the 1980s. Related: How the USDS is
Microservices, an approach where software can be broken into small, distinct components offers many advantages over monolithic architectures. But, they are not a catch all solution for your application. This article looks at when moving to a microservice approach may not be in your best interest.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently faced with the reality that their legacy system, one that processes 4% of the US GDP, needed to be modernized for a number of reasons. This is the story of what USDS is doing to address the situation and keep a mission critical system online.
Voltaire, an electronic cash exchange built for Bitcoin Cash has launched their first developer API. The API allows developer and traders alike to make programmatic calls to Voltaire’s Bitcoin/Bitcoin Cash market. Voltaire plans to open the API to more markets such as Ethereum, GUSD and Litecoin.
At Intuit’s annual conference, QuickBooks Connect, some details were shared about the latest version of their QuickBooks Online API, currently open to partners. Included was a look at the Payroll functionality, long desired by Intuit’s developer community, and notes on the move to GraphQL.
GraphQL, the open source technology originally backed by Facebook has continued to gain momentum since its release in 2015 and with its hype it’s easy to think that GraphQL is the way to go when developing your next API. As with any technology though, it has its strengths and weaknesses.
Social site Tumblr announced that users of the Tumblr API will now have the Neue Post Format (NPF) available to them when consuming or creating posts. NPF is a JSON-based specification that takes post content and breaks it into discreet content blocks, each of which are defined by a type field.
Last week, cloud based printing company Cloudprinter.com launched the CloudPublish API. The API offers publishers a print on demand service that lets publishing apps be connected to hundreds of print partners. This allows content to be printed not only locally but around the world as well.
What happens when you are ready to take your API from a small subset of users to something more open? What are the things you want to make sure are locked down tight before rolling out an open API program? James Higginbotham offered some tips for making sure your API is ready.
If you are building an app, you will have to tackle setting up access control for it. Access control is the process of granting your users permission to access certain information. What are the different approaches to access control and which approaches are best suited to different use cases?