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The W3C, an international standards organization for the Web, has just announced the first public working draft for the WebXR Device API. This new specification will move toward establishing standards for support of virtual reality and augmented reality devices on the Web.
Amazon has announced the release of the new Baby Activity Skill API, allowing users to enhance their baby care applications with hands-free tracking. This new functionality aims to increase user engagement by removing the need to open applications to directly input activity.
At GDC 2019, Microsoft appears poised to debut a new SDK that will aim to streamline cross-platform gaming development, helping to expand the platform’s reach to Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. The new SDK is believed to provide access to Xbox achievements, friends list, clubs, and more.
ZeroBounce upgrades its global data center infrastructure by deploying high-availability clusters in the United States. The new data center responds to the growing demand for real-time email verification and is intended to better serve U.S. customers through the API.
Twitter recently revoked API access for several popular services that offer rapid and automated follow/unfollow functionality. The company claims that these applications were in violation of the platform’s terms and conditions, and had previously been warned about violating the rules.
Kraken has announced the release of a new websockets public API, providing faster access to market data on the company’s cryptocurrency exchange. The new API is still under wraps, with the company expecting to release globally by the end of January, while noting that the release could be delayed.
Kong announced two new features that aim to simplify API development with the assistance of AI and ML. The new tools, Kong Brain and Kong immunity, have been added to the company’s Kong Enterprise platform and automate processes that include documentation, configuration, and traffic analysis.
Salesforce announced a suite of tools aimed at alleviating the pressure placed on companies to develop competitive mobile experiences. With the release of Lightning Platform Mobile, Salesforce is providing a low-code development environment that should help jumpstart the mobile app dev process.
Salesforce has announced a set of upgrades to Commerce Cloud, the company’s cloud-based commerce solution that provides tools for building unified buying experiences across all customer touchpoints. These new tools are headlined by AI-enhanced APIs that help to encourage user engagement.
Instagram has updated the Content Publishing API, a subset of the Instagram Graph API endpoints, to allow members with business accounts to schedule the publication of video content. Until recently, only direct photo publishing was available through the API.
Square has announced the release of a software development kit that provides developers with all the tools necessary to accept payments in their applications via Square. The In-App Payments SDK is available for iOS, Android, and Flutter.
GitHub announced that it will provide users with free access to an unlimited amount of private repositories, the only restriction being a limit of 3 collaborators per repository. GitHub also announced the unification of key enterprise products, with the intention of providing increased flexibility.
Facebook recently published a story hoping to clarify the nature of several partnerships, which may have provided unwanted access to users’ private messaging data. The announcement came one day after a story claiming that Facebook had been providing this undisclosed access to partners for years.
Bing has announced the addition of the Bing Maps Local Insights API, this news comes just 6 days after the release of the related Bing Maps Local Search API. Both new offerings provide developers with tools for building applications and integrations that solve problems close to home for many users.
Box has announced the general availability of Box Skills Kit, a framework for AI integration that provides developers with powerful ways to use AI to analyze and enhance users content on Box. The company also announced partnerships that aim to simplify the design and implementation of Box Skills.
In yet another blunder, Facebook announced today that a bug in one of their APIs allowed third-party apps to access the private images of up to 6.8 million users. From September 13 to September 25, over 1,500 apps had access to photos that users never authorized.
ChainFront has announced the release of new public APIs and a developer portal. With the launch of these new APIs, ChainFront is helping developers build applications that require blockchain integration by handling the tasks of backing up keys and keeping track of on-device wallets.
Earlier this week Google announced new tools that aim to make it easier for content providers to share when they are streaming live video. The announcement includes the addition of an update to the Indexing API and the addition of structured data for livestreams.
Certua, a financial services provider that aims to use data and the latest technology to transform the financial industry, has announced a new Enterprise Insurance platform that will provide customers access to their platform via APIs.
Carroll Publishing, a government contact data-delivery service, recently published the GovSearch API, exposing the company’s directory of over 260K government contacts. The database includes contacts from over 40,000 government agencies.