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Google's capabilities project looks to increase the interoperability of web and native apps. Typical local capabilities like file system access and idle detection are expected at the local level but don't translate well to the web. The Writable Files API is one aspect of the project.
GraphQL is moving to a vendor-neutral, open source foundation. The GraphQL Foundation will be hosted by Linux Foundation, and the project will be run under an open governance model. The transition from Facebook to the foundation is ongoing, but a preliminary list of founding members is ready.
Apollo is a premier name in GraphQL. The company has launched what it's calling its "flagship product." The Apollo GraphQL Platform serves as a marketplace of data and data services within organizations that leverage GraphQL. Apollo's tagline for the product says it all: "Do GraphQL right."
Estated, a leading property data provider, today announced the latest version of their property data API. Businesses and developers will now have access to over 135M properties and nearly 160M parcels across the United States. Estated now offers a RESO compliant Universal Property ID search feature.
The cost of bad data is high – from faulty insights, poor business decisions and lost sales to an annual cost of $3.1 trillion for U.S. companies alone. Melissa offers a white paper weighing the pros and cons of addressing data quality in-house versus an off-the-shelf solution.
Stackery has expanded its serverless development toolkit through support of GraphQL. Now, developers can deploy AWS AppSync GraphQL APIs through Stackery. GraphQL resolvers can connect to backend data sources like DynamoDB tables, Lambda functions, and HTTP proxies. Check out the docs.
simPRO, a business management software provider focused on the trade service industries, has launched an API for integrating its services with third party applications. The API grants access to simPRO's entire suite of Enterprise and Service level features. The API will be available globally.
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.
Google has launched an API toolkit to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The Content Safety API uses artificial intelligence to better screen and limit the spread of CSAM online. An API approach increases speed of review, identification, and stop of abusive material.
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.
How one company analyzed the cost of its integral use of the Google Map's Platform. Poland's GdziePoLek.pl incurred a huge monthly charge for the mapping data it relied on to locate the best sites for purchasing medications — it's primary value-added service provided to its customers.
DNA testing provider 23andMe has informed developers that it will be shuttering its public API in two weeks to focus on apps that use its internal reports. The API was intended to give developers the ability to build apps and tools that took advantage of the company’s genetic data sets.
Mavenlink has extended its API-first portfolio strategy with the introduction of M-Bridge Integration & Extensibility Platform. The Platform solves what Mavenlink calls the "hariball tech stack" problem by offering a centralized hub for disparate app integration and management.
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.
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.
Four tech titans have announced the Data Transfer Project. The project is an open source, service-to-service, data portability platform. With the implementation of GDPR, and the increase need of consumers to retrieve and move their data, the Data Transfer Project looks to standardize the process.
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