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A number of brand new features have been added to Firebase including a Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) API Reporting dashboard and Firebase In-App Messaging. The FCM API Reporting dashboard allows developers to view notification and messaging statistics from one central user interface.
Hasuraa GraphQL-as-a-Service company, launched its open source GraphQL Engine which allows developers to migrate Postgres-based applications to GraphQL without having to write any backend code. The Hasura GraphQL engine can also be used to quickly build scalable GraphQL Applications on Postgres.
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.
Last year, Facebook announced that it would launch a set of business-centric tools around WhatsApp. The company has also long stated that it would eventually monetize its various messaging platforms. Facebook has taken a step towards both goals with the introduction of the WhatsApp Business API.
Postman teams and collaboration features are now available to user of the free Postman app. These features were previously only available via Postman paid plans. The Postman 6.2 release also includes Sessions, a new feature that allows teams to set variables that are session-specific.
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.
This post will introduce you to the Synthetic Monitoring concept, which can make you feel more confident about your production system because you find errors quicker. It focuses on improving your Mean Time to Recovery (MTTR), and gathering valuable metrics on how your whole system behaves.
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."
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.
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.
Newman by Postman is an open source tool that can be used to run and test Postman collections directly from the command line. Among the best ways to use this CLI tool are running Newman with a local JSON file, running Newman with the latest collection URL, and integrating with a CI/CD pipeline.
Amazon announced the launch of private endpoints for its Amazon API Gateway. Although API Gateway has greatly expanded over the years, and has enabled developers to build public APIs for almost any backend, private endpoints have remained unavailable and often requested by developers. Until now.
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.