Here is a short but sweet review of the news we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. Earlier this week Mastercard released several new APIs giving developers even more tools to bring payment experiences to various platforms. A request to Mastercard for specifics on the APIs went unanswered but reports say the following functionality is offered:
- Accept cashless payments from their customers’ smartphones by simply scanning a Masterpass QR code at any Masterpass QR-accepting retailer location
- Provide cardholders the ability to manage how, when and where their card is being used by setting decline and alerts rules with Spend Controls and Spend Alerts
- Speed up service in restaurants and retailers through the Qkr! with Masterpass mobile order-ahead and payment platform
- Begin to test chatbot technology and enable commerce within their own branded solutions across multiple channels and digital platforms using Masterpass ChatbotTrack this API
This release brings the total number of APIs offered by Mastercard to over 40 covering not only payments but also security and data services.
Amazon made an update to AWS CloudTrail, a service that continuously monitors and logs users AWS account activity including calls made to the Amazon CloudWatch APITrack this API. Users can now view those CloudWatch calls in the CloudTrail console API activity history page. In the past, developers had to access the S3 bucket log files to view the API actions, but now they can be looked up via the API Activity History page, CLI, or the CloudTrail API. Amazon also announced additional APIs for the API Activity History page for Amazon EC2Track this API, Amazon DynamoDBTrack this API, Amazon Cognito, Amazon Kinesis, AWS CloudHSM, and AWS Storage Gateway.