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Fifteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including email, Telephony, and Fitness. Highlights today include APIs for Google Fit fitness applications and an API for promoting efficient app energy usage. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Google has announced that its neural machine translation system is now generally available via the Google Cloud Translation API. The company also announced that neural machine translation now supports seven new languages including English to and from Russian, Polish, Hebrew, and Arabic.
Burner has launched the new Burner REST API with OAuth 2.0 support which provides access to Burner platform functionality such as sending and receiving messages, and text auto-responses. Developers can use the Burner REST API to integrate Burner platform capabilities with third-party applications.
YouMail launched its Spam Risk API. YouMail uses algorithms to analyze a database of hundreds of millions of phone numbers to determine the likelihood a particular phone number is spam. Historical call patterns and crowdsourced data are combined to determine an OK, caution, or danger designation.
Voximplant has released Voximplant Web SDK 4.0 which features a number of new enhancements such as Microsoft Edge audio calls support, enable video during an existing audio call, modification of audio and video streams via filters, and h.264 video codec "high priority" setting.
Vonage has announced the launch of the Nexmo Voice API, a new API that can be used to integrate enterprise-grade voice capabilities with Web and mobile applications. The API includes a collection of features such as call recording, text to speech, conferencing, and call control.
Twilio has introduced the Twilio Enterprise Plan, an upcoming new service featuring security-focused capabilities such as single sign-on (SSO), customizable role-based access control (RBAC), and public key client validation. The service also features an API that is SIEM-capable.
Cloud communications platform Twilio, which offers a suite of APIs for text messaging, VoIP and voice, has filed its S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), setting the stage for the company to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering (IPO).
Twilio announced at the SIGNAL conference that the company has partnered with T-Mobile to launch Twilio Programmable Wireless, a new cellular communications platform for developers. Twilio Programmable Wireless features API-driven cellular connectivity, full communications stack, and self-service.
Vonage today announced that it is acquiring communications platform-as-a-service provider Nexmo in a cash and stock deal valued at $230 million. Nexmo counts some 350 customers and over 100,000 registered developers, and says that it is processing 5 billion API calls every year.
Microsoft has made a number of important announcements throughout the first two days of the Microsoft Build Conference including the launch of the Microsoft Bot Framework (preview), the launch of Microsoft Cognitive Services (preview), and the addition of Cortana and chatbots to Skype.
Cloud communications provider RingCentral has announced an invite-only beta that gives customers access to WebRTC functionality through its RingCentral WebPhone Library, a WebRTC SDK. The SDK manages WebRTC signaling and registration, and provides functions for WebRTC events.
For developers to build their own telephony apps they need to be able to mimic the various legs of the telephony infrastructure (switching, call routing, event notifications, and more) known as flow control. The Bandwidth API allows developers to bypass building the flow control from scratch.
Eight APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Internet of Things, eCommerce, Language, and Voice. Also recently added to the directory are several SDKs for the QuantiModo quantified self platform. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
SoundHound's Hound app allows users to ask complex questions and get an accurate answer really fast. The app combines voice recognition and language understanding functionality to achieve this. The Houndify API allows developers to integrate it in to their own apps and hardware creations.
Microsoft announced availability of the ORTC API preview for Edge. ORTC API support is not yet available in other browsers which may pose some difficulties for app developers.
Business communications platform RingCentral releases new APIs, SDKs and integrations to help devs raise the playing field around customer experience.
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