Apple this week released the Golden Master of iOS 11, watchOS 4.0, and tvOS 11. These penultimate builds mean Apple's yearly updates are nearly done. Devs need to be aware of some important changes to the code base. Further, Apple wants to see some ARKIt augmented reality apps ready by Sept 19.
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Fourteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Internet of Things, eCommerce, Backend, and Location. Highlights today include Google's ARCore, which gives Android users AR without specialized Tango hardware. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Google isn't going to let Apple steal its augmented reality thunder. The search giant this week announced ARCore, a new software development kit that will bestow augmented reality powers upon the majority of existing and future Android smartphones, with no special hardware required.
Nineteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including 3D, Sales, Analytics, and Banking. Highlights today are several APIs from Barclays from their Rise Marketplace initiative, and the Body Labs SOMA Shape API for 3D measurements, movements, and visuals.
Just yesterday, over 5000 developers gathered at the San Jose Convention Center for Apple’s WWDC 2017. In addition to the usual hardware overhauls and new products, Apple also announced some new APIs. These APIs include the MusicKit API, Core ML API, and the ARKit API.
Mapbox has announced a Unity SDK that provides a mapping platform, similar to the AR mapping of Pokemon Go, to developers across the gaming industry. With the major success of Pokemon Go, maps could be the foundation for a new generation of AR and VR games and Mapbox aims to capitalize.
Virtual reality and augmented reality each received plenty of attention on stage during Google's I/O developer conference this week. The company has new hardware on deck while it looks to ensure the two types of alternate content are available from within more apps both on and off the web.
Amazon Alexa users are accustomed to asking the device for information and receiving a prompt response (typically with the appropriate information). Amazon recently announced that notification capability will soon be available that makes Alexa, and Alexa-enabled devices, the conversation starter.
Facebook has launched a beta version of its Thoughts API. The API is part of a larger collaborative project between Facebook and various scientists and engineers who are focused on typing directly from thoughts. The project goal is to achieve 100 words per minute directly from the brain.
Microsoft's Cognitive Services portfolio includes over 20 APIs, which remain in different stages of development. Yesterday, Microsoft announced three more Cognitive Services APIs for general availability. The Face API, Computer Vision API, and Content Moderator API are now GA.