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Huawei is opening its AI platform by making a number of AI-based APIs available to developers. The company is making APIs available via its Enterprise Intelligence (EI) solution. Among the APIs available are a natural language API, voice recognition API, and visual recognition API.
Messaging service Kik launched a cryptocurrency called Kin through a near-$100 million initial coin offering (ICO) last September, and now its Kin Ecosystem Foundation will give as many as 25 developers up to $3 million in Kin to bolster the cryptocurrency's ecosystem as part of a new program.
GitHub Enterprise 2.14 is now available, and it includes a number of new tools for developers including unified search, Checks API (public beta), multiple issue templates, and several tools for easier Administration. The Checks API is only available for use with GitHub Apps.
As various services like Facebook deal with competitors by packing more functionality into their apps, those apps are increasingly experiencing usability issues. In the old days of the API economy, outside developers could leverage a service's APIs to build something better. But those days are gone.
Facebook has added Codeless App Events to the latest version of the Facebook SDK. The new feature allows app owners to track interactions between app users with certain elements within an app (e.g. buttons, images, etc.). Codeless App Events is implemented through a visual tool to reduce coding.
Last year, Google announced that Android app developers would need to target recent APIs starting mid-2018. That time has come and Google has not changed its tone. Facebook has indicated that its main app will target API level 26, Android Oreo 8. Other Facebook apps should follow suit
Google is promoting the fact that beginning in Android P, developers have access to a BiometricPrompt API that allows them to integrate biometric authentication into their apps. The BiometricPrompt API only exposes strong biometric modalities, which are those that are less easily bypassed.
Amazon has released an Appstore Sales Reporting API that allows developers to download sales reports programmatically. Developers use the API to retrieve monthly sales data as compressed CSV files. The CSV file contains item information such as marketplace, invoice ID, item name, and sales price.
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.
Microsoft confirmed that it is acquiring code repository and collaboration service GitHub in a deal valued at $7.5 billion, making it the third largest purchase in Microsoft's history behind LinkedIn and Skype. Rumors that it was in talks to buy GitHub had been circulating for a week.
Apple today updated its four core operating systems (iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS) with a wide range of new features for end users. Less clear is how developers will put the new functionalities to use in their own apps. Mention of new APIs and SDKs were largely absent from the keynote.
Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Fuse 7 which includes more than 50 new connectors and a new browser-based, graphical interface that features low-code drag-and-drop capabilities. The company has also introduced Fuse Online, a new low-code integration platform that is fully hosted.
When it comes to integrating a third party’s services with your own, APIs are often the way to go. But in some cases SDKs can offer a number of advantages over direct interaction with the API. But how do you choose? This article looks at the reasons why sometimes it makes sense to use an SDK.
Pusher has partnered with a number of key API providers to release a free subscription package for developers. The Pusher Developer Package offers 13 free services which includes data storage, authentication, data measurement, hosting, email, real-time communications, and search.
Progress has released NativeScript version 4.0 which features a number of improvements including (but not limited to) enable LiveSync with Webpack simultaneously, new single sign-on authentication template, expanded functionality for Vue.js developers, and Angular Schematics support.
Amazon has announced the general availability of its Sumerian AWS service, a solution for building virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D applications. According to Amazon, Sumerian requires no special skills to use and is "the fastest and easiest way to create VR, AR, and 3D experiences."
A new feature in Android P will crash apps that become unresponsive without prompting users, creating the potential for developers to receive fewer crash reports. In previous versions of Android, a dialog is displayed to users when an app that is in the foreground stops responding.
GitHub has announced a beta public release of a new Checks API that gives developers to build solutions for continuous integration, linting and acceptance testing. The API, which currently works with GitHub's REST API, allows GitHub integrations to obtain richer information about code commits.