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Facebook has made several announcements this week that will benefit developers by expanding the ways that they can reach audiences beyond the social network’s walls. The announcements include upgrades to both the Audience Network SDK and the Facebook Live API.
Google announced the end of support for real-time and multiplayer functionality within the Play Game Services API. Other features within the API like leaderboards, events, quests, etc. will not be affected by the change. The official deprecation date for these features is March 31, 2020.
Facebook is pitching its Off-Facebook Activity feature as the solution to its crushed reputation over transparency and lack of user data control. But, two major questions remain. Will the feature be enough for Facebook critics? Second, what impact will the feature have on the developer community?
In March of 2019, Facebook announced changes to the company’s advertising platform, these changes aim to reduce discrimination in job postings, housing ads, and credit ads. Developers will soon be required to comply with updated Marketing API standards based on these changes.
LinkedIn added an Audience Engagement feature to its LinkedIn Partner Program. Audience Engagement allows users to discover audiences, receive content recommendations, and benchmark content against competitors. LinkedIn offers the feature through API integration with limited launch partners.
In the wheel of social media data breaches, Twitter is the latest company to apologize and vow to do better. Last week, Twitter reported that it may have inadvertently shared private data with advertising partners against the wishes of its users. Twitter will now stop sharing such data altogether.
Recent technology backed by machine learning is making it possible to recognize people and objects from images, videos, sounds, body parts, speech, phrases, characters, even typing. Developers can find over two-hundred APIs for Recognition on ProgrammableWeb. Here are some top choices.
Fifteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Boating, Environment, and Artificial Intelligence. Featured today is an API for automated form data input and an API for airspace management for drones. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Facebook has recently announced the release of Graph API (v4.0) and Marketing API (v4.0). The changes to these APIs are highlighted by updates to webhooks, Business Asset Groups, and ad creation and editing. Ad Insights also gains new functionality that provides more granular insight into traffic.
Movies, sports, TV, music, events, games, and pets are just a few options humans can turn to in order to keep themselves entertained. Developers looking to create entertainment applications should check out the top ten Entertainment APIs based on recent traffic to the ProgrammableWeb API directory.
Vungle recently announced the latest version of its advertising SDK. The Vungle SDK now features Cache Optimization to ensure that ads are available quicker than ever before. Further, the SDK supports the MREC ad format, which is a medium rectangle for in-app video advertisements.
Games media service RAWG opens its API for developers. RAWG is the largest games database with over 300,000 of games, 2M of screenshots, 400K of reviews and ratings, and now you can access all of it and much more via the API.
Primis hit the Israeli web video market with its video discovery unit launched in 2018. The company has now expanded the usefulness of its platform with new API capabilities. The API features allow publishers to track and engage with viewers based on events like clicks, impressions, etc.
Despite a barrage of headlines that could kill most companies, Facebook operates with near absolute impunity. To dissatisfied users who want out, it brazenly dangles an offer to take all their data before quitting so it can be uploaded to another service. We tested the veracity of that offer.
Before Facebook users consider an alternative social network, two things must be easily moved to that alternative; their friends and their data. Facebook's website advertises it will give you your data so it can be uploaded to another service. ProgrammableWeb puts that bold claim to the test.
As government regulators and consumers grapple with the extraordinary control and commercialization that Facebook exerts over personal data, and the extent to which Facebook has abused that privilege, a bigger question looms; what hope exists, if any for the emergence of a legitimate alternative?
Eighteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Games, Government, and Background. Highlights include the RAWG vidoe game database API and TypingDNA API for authenticating users via typing biometrics. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
GIPHY, the provider of a database and search engine for animated GIFs, has announced a new SDK that provides third-parties access to GIFs, stickers, and additional new content like GIPHY Emoji and Text. With this release, the company hopes to accelerate integration for third-party app developers.
Agora.io, a provider of voice, video, and live interactive streaming solutions, announced the release of the Agora Video Chat SDK for Unity. This new SDK will allow game developers to embed video chat directly into their games. With this release, Agora.io is now a Unity Verified Solutions partner.
Considering adding video capabilities to an application? There are numerous APIs to choose from. ProgrammableWeb provides a huge list of Video APIs to accommodate developers. In this article we summarize the top ten choices based on popularity on the ProgrammableWeb website.