The Latest News On The API Economy
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Google is testing its Cloud Inference API in an alpha release. The API allows developers to index and load datasets from multiple data sources from Google Cloud Storage, execute inference queries over loaded datasets, unload or cancel datasets, and get status updates for datasets sent to processing.
Amazon has released the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit (Beta) which includes a number of self-service APIs, technical documentation, and sample code that developers can use to build an Alexa Gadget that incorporates some of the available Gadget Interfaces such as wake word detection, speech, and reminders.
Fortnite was released in the summer of 2017 as an early access title on several platforms. In about a year, the popularity of this multiplayer, survival shooter game has skyrocketed. An official public Fortnite API is not currently available. This article highlights a few unofficial Fortnite APIs.
Samsung is preparing to launch an API and SDK for Bixby, its new voice assistant that is integrated into its new Galaxy Home smart speaker. The Bixby API will allow the tech to be integrated into other apps, while the SDK will give developers the ability to make apps with Bixby.
To date, Sonos has worked with strategic development partners on an invite only basis. It's work with companies like Amazon and Samsung have helped ground the company in the smart home space. On September 6, 2018, Sonos will open its developer program to the braoder developer community.
Arcentry, provider of cloud infrastructure diagrams, has opened up an API to its diagram building software. Now, cloud and open source diagrams are programmable from third party apps. Diagrams can be created, changed, and deleted in real-time through integrated apps.
Amazon today announced the open source release of its Alexa Auto SDK, which lets automakers integrate its Alexa service into their vehicles. Voice-based services like Amazon Alexa are a perfect fit for automobiles, as consumers are in many cases required by law to use hands-free devices.
Google joined Apple with a ban of on-device cryptocurrency mining apps from Google Play. Apple made its decision in June of this year. Both companies will continue to allow remote mining. As cryptocrime continues to accelerate, and mining is resource intensive, the decisions weren't surprising.
A recent issue has brought to light the lack of customer service provided by Google Cloud Platform. Google has promised to improve yet the same issues appear to be commonplace. Anyone looking for a platform upon which to run production products has a serious reason to pause when considering GCP.
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.
Amazon has introduced a Python version of its SDK for Alexa Skills Kit in beta. The Python SDK adds to the Java and Node.js versions which are now generally available. Through the SDK, Python developers can handle requests, build responses, manage attributes, and make Alexa API calls.
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
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.
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.
Jitterbit has launched the Summer '18 version of its Harmony integration Platform as a Service solution. The latest release ensures that its 500 pre-built integrations include the most up to date enterprise cloud solutions that users can utilize in a low-code, click-based environment.
Cisco has introduced the Aironet Developer Platform (ADP) which gives developers an easy to use platform for building IoT applications with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy devices. ADP currently supports Cisco's Aironet 3800 series access points, and is designed for use with off the shelf products.
Amazon this week announced that it has added support for S3 Select in the AWS SDK for Ruby. Amazon S3 Select allows developers to retrieve subsets of data from objects stored in S3 using simple SQL expressions. The AWS SDK for Ruby now allows developers to use the S3 #select_object_content API.
These days if your business isn’t using a public cloud vendor then you’re likely to be behind. Deciding on which cloud platform to use can be daunting but three of the leading providers offer a free tier that allows you to give them a test run before sinking a portion of your budget into one.