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A little less than a year after launching a private beta of the UK government's notification platform, GDS has upgraded to v2 of the associated API. GOV.UK Notify is a service that allows the government to text, email, and send letters to citizens and track the progress of such notifications.
In 2005, GovTrack paved the way to open legislative data in a structured format. Through years of persistence, GovTrack prompted partner organizations and the government itself to open government data in formats and at a scale never seen before. Now, GovTrack passes its mission to other hands.
NASA has released a new API (the EPIC API) which provides programmatic access to images pulled from the EPIC camera. EPIC sits upon the DSCOVR satellite and constantly provides images from the Earth's sunlit side. Developers can retrieve images from the camera along with associated metadata.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.
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.
APIs are the backbone of many government led open data initiatives. France is now joining the ranks of governments providing better and easier services to the public via the use of APIs. API.gouv.gr is an API portal with 15 APIs that allows for the embedding of government services.
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.
As the API economy continues to grow and the hubris around the opening of banking becomes deafening, this debate provides the backdrop to a dialogue increasingly characterised by the avid interest of government and industry bodies. This need appears to derive from a number of goals.
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.
While the Dutch are known as open minded, modern and straight forward, their government has been anything but. The arrival of the Environmental Act, the largest government IT challenge in Dutch history, has been an impetus for change and has unleashed a new digital revolution.
Global API conference series APIdays will kick off its 2016 international program in Melbourne when APIdays Australia is held on March 1 & 2. The conference has a particularly strong range of international and local speakers talking about the uptake of APIs in government, health and fintech.
The Office of Digital Strategy recently published a blog post calling on developers and designers to provide feedback on the We The People project. The petition platform was launched in 2011 and has since facilitated millions of petition signatures, White House responses, and new legislation.
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.