The Backendless ActionScript SDK by Backendless calls the Backendless REST API which provides a platform to develop apps with. This platform includes services such as user management, app analytics, and geolocation.
Last Thursday, telecom giant AT&T announced they would be opening several of their "Watson" speech recognition APIs to outside developers in June. While it may be a while before any killer apps hit the scene, a major player like AT&T getting into the speech-to-text API game should not be ignored.
Apple this week made the Payment Request API available for Apple Pay. The W3C-developed API works in Safari 11.1 on MacOS and Safari on iOS 11.3, allowing merchants and retailers to conduct transactions through Apple Pay, rather than alternatives such as credit/debt cards or PayPal.