Payment is a critical piece of any application and new usage patterns have indicated that users are likely to do their purchase from a variety of devices and applications. It is important to create the right experience within the application so that the payment process is seamless to the user. Visa, one of the key players in the payment industry, has announced the launch of its developer program to consolidate all its offerings and push its new digital wallet service, V.me, that is slated to launch in early 2012. The V.me by Visa API is available to developers now for beta testing.
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Messaging, Payments, and Shipping. Highlights include an unofficial Google News API and an API for enabling applications to accept Bitcoin payments. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.