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At Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg and other company execs announced an augmented reality platform that recognizes a lot of what's within view of a smartphone's camera. But can that technology be harnessed to deal with crimes like those being broadcast with Facebook Live?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives took to the main stage at the company's F8 Developer Conference to share their plans for enabling Facebook's various platforms for a type of shared augmented reality that was clearly inspired by the way Pokemon Go leverages a smartphone's camera.
Facebook has released a Canvas API for Advertisers that can be used to create compelling canvas ads on Facebook. Advertisers can now create canvas components via API such as header, carousel, button, and text. Advertisers can add Canvas to any Facebook photo, video or carousel ad.
Twitter has announced that the company is unifying its API platform so that it’s hopefully easier for developer to build scalable Twitter-powered applications and is opening access to several new Direct Message APIs. A new beta Account Activity API and several new endpoints are available today.
HelpSocial has released a new Open API that features enhancements for improved performance, scalability, and security. The Open API provides access to all capabilities of the platform such as streaming content from across social networks and replying to social and messaging comments.
A recently leaked developer document from Microsoft foretells of an upcoming Xbox Clubs API. Xbox Clubs was a feature released last year that enables Xbox Live users to create social groups. Eager developers anticipate a major opportunity to transform Xbox Live into a social hub through the API.
Twitter announced the Periscope Producer API, which will give third-party apps the ability to authenticate Periscope accounts and let people push live video from just about anywhere. The idea is to make it easier to share video from just about any device and reduce pain points for end users.
Last year, Yelp introduced its completely new Yelp Fusion API. Since its introduction, Yelp has dedicated most of its resources on the new API, and encouraged developers to migrate to Fusion. Over that time period, Yelp has added new features, fixed bugs, and now signals the end of the legacy API.
Twenty One APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Games, Advertising, Financial and Spam. Highlights today include APIs for locating cell towers, integrating chat for customer service, and querying financial information of businesses and individuals.
Microsoft has joined the likes of Google and Mozilla with its release of the WebRTC 1.0 API. The release enables real-time audio, video, chat, and file sharing across platforms and browsers. With the first release, Microsoft is focused on delivering RTC functionality in existing, legacy websites.
Slack is targeting the enterprise in a big way with Slack Enterprise Grid, a scalable version of its business communications platform. Along with the expanded platform, Slack updated its Node.js and Python SDKs so developers can add the new features to their own Slack business apps.
Vidyo has announced that Vidyo.io is now out of beta and generally available. Vidyo.io is a new Communications Platform-as-a-Service that enterprises and application developers can use to add multiparty video chat and collaboration capabilities to Web, mobile, and native applications.
Snapchat recently opened up its long-awaited API to creative agencies and ad tech companies. Top players in the ad industry are already jumping on the bandwagon and these early birds are getting plenty of attention, writes Lauren Johnson over at Adweek.
Google intends to shut down the Google Hangouts API on April 25th. The change means developers will not be able to create new apps using the API, and any existing apps that rely on the API will effectively be left for dead on their feet. Why? So Google can further refine Hangouts for the enterprise.
Like many dev teams these days, the team at Buffer is working toward building a more service-oriented architecture. As part of this, the team has built a special service to keep track of how many times links have been embedded in Buffer posts.
Facebook wants bots to get better. Developers have so far taken significant advantage of the Messenger Platform. Businesses and app writers have created some 33,000 bots that function within Facebook's Messenger application, helping people check the weather, make payments, and more.
Message brokers are a valuable tool for handling asynchronous communications directly between servers. This tutorial on the Nordic APIs Blog discusses the use of message brokers to create choreographed microservices that may offer benefits over those based on the HTTP protocol.
Guggy is a new smart contextual GIF maker. Through the use of Natural Language Processing, Guggy selects a humorous GIF to complement input text. The end result is what the company calls a "GIF Message" - a GIF with text overlaid. Guggy offers complete access to the platform via a free REST API.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.
Google has introduced a Web Share API developers can use to enable sharing capabilities on sites. The API allows users to control how and where data is shared by enabling websites to call on the host platform’s native sharing capabilities. The API can only be used on websites with a secure origin.