Google recently released a beta version of Chrome 70. In addition to updates to its Web Authentication API, Chrome 70 includes access to the Shape Detection API through a Chrome origin trial. The API allows faces, barcodes, and text to be detected within images found on the web.
Moving to expand the reach of its API footprint in the cloud, IBM today announced the availability of an open beta for BlueMix. BlueMix is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that is based on the Cloud Foundry framework that IBM decided to support last year. IBM also announced the acquisition of Cloudant, a provider of a NoSQL database-as-a-service (DBaaS) platform.
Dropbox today announced the public availability of its Shared Folder and Document Preview APIs. Prior to the announcement, ProgrammableWeb connected with Steve Marx, Dropbox's developer advocate, to learn more.