The Latest News On The API Economy
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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.
Twitter has announced that the company is unifying its API platform so that it’s hopefully easier for developer to build scalable Twitter-powered applications and is opening access to several new Direct Message APIs. A new beta Account Activity API and several new endpoints are available today.
HelpSocial has released a new Open API that features enhancements for improved performance, scalability, and security. The Open API provides access to all capabilities of the platform such as streaming content from across social networks and replying to social and messaging comments.
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.
Slack is targeting the enterprise in a big way with Slack Enterprise Grid, a scalable version of its business communications platform. Along with the expanded platform, Slack updated its Node.js and Python SDKs so developers can add the new features to their own Slack business apps.
Google intends to shut down the Google Hangouts API on April 25th. The change means developers will not be able to create new apps using the API, and any existing apps that rely on the API will effectively be left for dead on their feet. Why? So Google can further refine Hangouts for the enterprise.
Facebook wants bots to get better. Developers have so far taken significant advantage of the Messenger Platform. Businesses and app writers have created some 33,000 bots that function within Facebook's Messenger application, helping people check the weather, make payments, and more.
Message brokers are a valuable tool for handling asynchronous communications directly between servers. This tutorial on the Nordic APIs Blog discusses the use of message brokers to create choreographed microservices that may offer benefits over those based on the HTTP protocol.
Guggy is a new smart contextual GIF maker. Through the use of Natural Language Processing, Guggy selects a humorous GIF to complement input text. The end result is what the company calls a "GIF Message" - a GIF with text overlaid. Guggy offers complete access to the platform via a free REST API.
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.
As messaging apps scramble to out-feature the competition, Telegram has launched a gaming platform within its Bot API. Most messaging apps have now included bot capabilities within their apps, but Telegram has upped its game with the ability to build games within the messaging app.
Flowroute Inc., a provider of calling and messaging services for SaaS-based companies, today announced the addition of the .NET software development kit (SDK) as part of its SDK program which simplifies the integration and operations of calling and messaging in apps and cloud services.
Line has released two new APIs that enable the messaging platform to better engage users without leaving the app. The Messaging API allows three new message types for chatbots to use. Line Notify allows third party services to send information to Line users directly within the Line platform.
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.
Twilio has launched the Message Feedback API which monitors when end users receive messages. The API tracks actions that indicate when a message was received and reports the action back to Twilio. In turn, Twilio can tweak its services and delivery to adjust for network variances across the globe.
Bots are a handy way to automate simple tasks that you might typically do on your own, such as updating calendar appointments. In this tutorial on Full Stack Python, Matt Makai explains how to build your first chatbot using the Slack API and Python to begin returning simple messages.
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).