The Rekognition API differentiates its feature set by processing images to recognize more than just the location of faces. Rekognition's technology will analyze a given photo and present a list of scenes, each with a probability rating. Faces are not simply identified, but are also classified for age and emotion.
Tesla's backbone API suffered a 20 hour outage earlier this week that left the company's keyless driving feature and mobile app monitoring unavailable. While the outage represented more of an inconvenience than a devastation, the vulnerability highlighted the dangers of an API-driven auto market.
Google has announced updates to the Cloud Speech API which include the addition of word-level timestamps which means that timestamp information is now available for each word in the transcript. Also, the API now supports long-form audio files up to three hours long and 30 additional languages.