Google hosted its third annual Firebase Summit this week in Prague. The conference was not short on API and developer news. The ML Kit's Face Detection API has expanded in features. The Firebase Management API was introduced. A number of Firebase tools previously in beta are now generally available.
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.