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On August 16, Twitter shuttered two legacy APIs that it had announced would be removed earlier this years. Developers of a number of popular third-party Twitter clients warned that the shutdown of the User Streams and Site Streams APIs would negatively affect users of their apps.
Fourteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Cryptocurrency, Marine, and Games. Highlights include an unofficial API for SpaceX data, an API for eBay image recognition services and a GraphQL API for movie data. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
In its effort to "deliver a developer-centric platform", eBay today announced that it is making its image recognition technology available to developers through an Image Search API. The API gives developers the ability to implement image search functionality into their apps.
Although Twitter delayed the deprecation of its Streaming API a few times, the time has finally come. Next week, Twitter will deprecate Site Streams, User Streams, and legacy Direct Message endpoints. This move leaves Twitter clients like Twitterrific and Tweetbot with gaps in their functionality.
Google has released the final, public version of Android P. The latest operating system will henceforth be known as Android 9 Pie (following Android 8 Oreo). The new platform gains APIs galore and Google wants developers to get to work optimizing their apps with the latest tools.
Square today announced the Square Reader SDK, a toolkit that will let Android and iOS developers design and deploy their own checkout experience for both sellers and buyers. The SDK makes it possible to run a custom UX on Square's hardware, opening up new possibilites for retail.
Facebook has updated an API used by third-party applications to that allowed for cross-posting. The change breaks this functionality and one of the biggest impacts was felt by Twitter. Twitter users will no longer be able to create a Tweet and share it easily to their Facebook page.
RevenueCat is live with its SDK approach to in-app subscriptions across platforms. After a half-year beta, RevenueCat has launched v1.0 of its SDKs and API. The goal of the company is to handle all things in-app subscriptions so app developers don't need to rely on app store subscription APIs.
In an effort to protect its platform from spam and abuse, Twitter today unveiled a number of changes to the way developers will request and obtain access to Twitter's APIs. First, Twitter is requiring that all requests for access to the APIs go through a new developer account application process.
Google has updated its Search Console Search Analytics API, which allows users to query their search traffic data, to support the retrieval of 25,000 rows of data per request, up from a previous limit of 5,000 rows per request. In addition, Google has added 16 months of data to the API.
Fourteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including eCommerce, Weather, and Blockchain. Featured today are APIs from the Walmart Open API Developer Portal for affiliates and the Zoom Rooms API for virtual meetings data. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Ding, a leader in mobile top-up, recently introduced its DingConnect API. The API allows third party apps and websites to offer top-up services to their customers and users. As prepaid phones approaches the 4 billion mark, Ding believes top-up services complements a host of web and mobile services.
Twitter has been planning to end certain legacy, live APIs for quite some time. After delaying the move a couple of times, Twitter appears to be officially ending some live and streaming APIs next month. This leaves certain apps, like Twitterrific, with no capacity to continue offering key features.
Android P is closer to a reality. Google introduced the third beta for Android P. Because it is nearly final, there are no new APIs or features. Rather, this beta round focuses on bug fixes, stability, and moving to the latest security features. The final version will arrive this summer.
While the furor around Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal have died down, the world's largest social network continues to make changes to its APIs "to better protect people’s information". Today, it announced that a number of its APIs will only be accessible to apps that have been reviewed.
Eighteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Insurance, Calendars, and Search. Highlights include the Google Search Indexing API and the BabbleLabs Clear Cloud API for speech and audio enhancement. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Google has announced the launch of a new Indexing API that publishers can use to notify Google when job posting pages on their sites have been updated. According to Google, the use of the API "allows Google to schedule job postings for a fresh crawl, which can lead to higher quality user traffic."
Violet this week announced what it says is a "unified API for anything on the internet." The idea is to make it easy for people to buy whatever they want, no matter where they see it on the web, without requiring them to backtrack or hop through ecommerce sites across the internet.
Snapchat launched its developer platform. Named Snap Kit, Snapchat has finally reached out to the developer community with a series of API-based tools that allow developers to integrate Snapchat features within third party apps. Creative Kit, Login Kit, Bitmoji Kit, and Story Kit make up Snap Kit.
Google has distributed a new version of Android P to beta testers and stocked the build with the final APIs. In addition to the APIs, Google says the Android P SDK and Android Studio 3.2 are now in final form, providing developers with everything they need to get their apps up to date.