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ABB Group, a company that provides power and automation products, systems, and services, has announced the availability of a new API platform for smart home automation. The company took a major step forward in 2017 with the release of the Smarter Home Developer Program.
MTN has expanded developer access to its Mobile Money API. The API allows developers to build applications and services that automate the collection of bills, fees, and taxes; as well as the distribution of collected fees. Prior to the Ghana release, MTN had opened the API to developers in Uganda.
Google has announced that it will shutter the Works with Nest developer program effective August 31. To date, this program has allowed developers to integrate Nest smart home devices with their own products, apps and services. It will be replaced by a new program dubbed Works with Google Assistant.
Amazon's voice-controlled assistant Alexa had another big year at the Consumer Electronics Show. Companies near and far added Alexa to their smart home, mobile, and even automotive products. If you thought Alexa was already everywhere, you're sadly mistaken. Here's where Alexa is now.
Amazon just announced the ability to arm and disarm home security systems with Alexa. The Alexa Security Panel Controller API enables developers to connect Alexa with security systems so homeowners can arm and disarm their systems without visiting the security panel, and the API supports pins.
Nineteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Storage, Security, and Printing. Highlights include several APIs for the Stronghold crypto platform housed on the Stellar network, and a new API from Mercedes Benz. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
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.
Amazon has released a Cameras Recap API that gives apps the ability to play video feeds recorded by smart home cameras. The Cameras Recap API is part of the Smart Home Skill API and requires version 3 of the latter. Users of integrated apps can initiate playback using Alexa.
Nine APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including VoIP, Background, and Home Automation. Featured today is an API for searching for specific phrases within podcasts, an API for credit score verification, and one for integrating with branded email signatures.
Microsoft has unveiled a Speech Devices SDK that allows manufacturers of microphone-enabled devices to integrate their devices with the cloud-based Microsoft Speech service. The Speech Devices SDK consists of a pre-tuned library that is paired with a microphone-enabled device.
Amazon has made in-skill purchasing (ISP) generally available for Alexa skills. With ISP, skill developers gain another avenue to generate revenue through otherwise free skills. Skill users gain access to premium content and enhanced features to enrich an Amazon Alexa skill experience.
Twelve APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Financial, Billing, and Feedback. Some highlights include the Gfycat API for programmatic access to the animated GIF platform, and the Rev.io API for usage-based billing functions. Here's a look at what is new.
Amazon has added new functionality to its Video Skill API, which allows the company's voice-driven virtual assistant, Alexa, to interface with video content and services. The new functionality consists of recording, launcher and state reporting capabilities that will work with numerous services.
On Tuesday, Google announced the general availability of a Cloud Billing Catalog API that offers real-time access to authoritative Google Cloud Platform (GCP) list pricing. The Cloud Billing Catalog API is part of the Google Cloud Billing API and allows GCP users to manage billing programatically.
Amazon today announced the beta launch of a new version of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) developer console that aims to streamline the experience of creating, managing and publishing Alexa skills. The new version of the developer console breaks the Alexa skill development lifecycle into four phases.
Mozilla, the organization behind the popular Firefox web browser, yesterday formally unveiled Project Things, "an open framework for connecting your devices to the web." Created with the goal of creating a decentralized IoT, Mozilla announced its intent to build such a framework last year.
Last week Amazon announced that it is adding cooking capabilities to the Smart Home Skill API, which enables Alexa to control and check the status of cloud-connected devices. Initially, the API will be extended to allow Alexa to control microwave ovens but support for other devices is coming.
This article is part of a multi-part series about interesting APIs that were added to our directory during 2017. Health, IoT, and Environment APIs are covered in this segment. The APIs were chosen by our researchers, by popularity according to website traffic, and by mentions on social media.
On Wednesday, Amazon announced that it has updated the Alexa Smart Home Skill API to support new experiences it has added to its Alexa devices. The new experiences include Routines, which allow customers to control multiple devices using a single voice command, as well as new Groups functionality.