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In January 2019, Google is deprecating its Picasa Web Albums Data API and disabling all associated OAuth scopes. Any existing applications using the API will continue to work until that time. In March 2019, the Picasa Web Albums API will be turned off at which point all calls will fail.
After a year of beta testing its in-app messaging platform, Pusher has released Chatkit to general availability. Chatkit includes a set of APIs that comes loaded with a number of features that users have come to expect from any mainstream chat service (typing indicators, file sharing, and more).
Everypixel, a stock image search engine that uses AI to analyze images on the basis of aesthetic appeal, has expanded the Everypixel API to include User Generated Content Photography Scoring. The API already provided functionality for image tagging, stock photo scoring, and visual search.
Today at Signal, Twilio’s developer conference, the company announced two new wireless options that aim to expand what is possible for IoT developers. First up is Twilio Super SIM, providing developers with a single SIM card that can operate globally via Twilio’s partnering cellular networks.
Twilio has announced that it will acquire SendGrid in an all-stock deal that totals $2 billion, the company’s largest acquisition to date. Twilio is well-known in the developer community for their API offerings. With the addition of SendGrid’s services, Twilio gains an already robust email service.
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.
Vonage has launched the Nexmo Messages API and Nexmo Dispatch API. The Messages API allows businesses to integrate social chat services with applications using a single API. The Dispatch API allows developers to add a fallback mechanism if the first message for a specific chat channel fails.
This week, customer engagement company Urban Airship released a beta SDK for iOS in advance of the public release of iOS 12. The SDK offers full support for Grouped Notifications, Critical Alerts and Provisional Authorization, three new features that are meant to give users more granular control
Google's Photos Library API is now generally available. The API helps developers easily consume and use photos and videos through connecting, uploading, and sharing functionality. While the API is open for use, Google introduced a Google Photos partner program for large integrations.
Pusher has released Beams, a push notifications API for mobile app developers. Pusher Beams allows developers to manage device tokens for iOS and Android apps. Developers can also use Beams to trigger notifications based on the in-app activity of users so that users remain engaged with their apps.
Cloud communications provider MessageBird today launched Programmable Conversations, a single API that allows developers to integrate with a number of popular communication platforms. The platfroms supported in today's launch are SMS, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, Telegram and Line.
Nineteen APIs have been added to ProgrammableWeb in categories including Credit Cards, Messaging, and Gambling. Highlights include an API for issuing physical and virtual Stripe payment cards, and the Alexa Customer Profile API for retrieving Alexa customer contact information.
Twilio has announced the Twilio API for WhatsApp which allows developers to integrate with applications nearly every messaging channel via one Twilio Messaging API. Among the messaging channels the API supports are SMS, MMS, Facebook Messenger, RCS, LINE and the newly added API for WhatsApp.
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.
Messaging service Kik launched a cryptocurrency called Kin through a near-$100 million initial coin offering (ICO) last September, and now its Kin Ecosystem Foundation will give as many as 25 developers up to $3 million in Kin to bolster the cryptocurrency's ecosystem as part of a new program.
This week, 500px cryptically announced the 500px API would no longer be available for free. The announcement hints that the API will continue to be available for a price, but no pricing tiers or models have been published. The announcement was made via Hacker News and developers are speculating.
Streamlio has announced the release of Apache Pulsar 2.0 which includes several new enhancements including Schema Registry and Topic Compaction. This latest release of Apache Pulsar also includes the general availability of Pulsar Functions which are lightweight, stream-native compute processes.
According to a report published by TechCrunch, Snapchat is secretly planning to launch a developer platform, its first ever. Dubbed Snapkit, prototypes of the platform suggest it will give developers access to Snap's camera software so that they can integrate it into their applications.