Apple iOS 8 opens new areas of iOS and enables developers to extend the content and functionality of their applications. Developers can create customized experiences in the realms of photo editing, sharing, notifications, keyboard, documents, and actions. There are over 4,000 new APIs enabling new capabilities and features. Some of the major new APIs, which cover gaming, photo tools, health/fitness, the cloud, home automation, etc., include Metal, SceneKit, SpriteKit, CloudKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, Camera, PhotoKit, Swift, and TouchID.
Moxie Software has released Engage+,"the first social chat app that leverages Facebook’s social graph leveraging public profiles to target social visitors with unique proactive offers and provide agents with a rich set of social data." Until now, sales and customer service reps had access to limited customer data when interacting with customers via chat (e.g. customer name, purchase history, email, perhaps a few other data points). Engage+ utilizes Facebook's social graph to further understand and engage customers during chat conversations (e.g. age, brand likes, friends, mobile usage, and many more data points). Deeper profiling during a customer interaction allows companies to produce customized offers pinpointed at specific customers.
As Google and Oracle ready themselves for yet another court appearance in their ongoing copyright dispute, Google announced it will no longer rely on proprietary Oracle Java APIs for future versions of Android. Alternatively, Google will use Oracle's open-source version (OpenJDK) moving forward.