Big Board is a tool that consolidates point-in-time events from collaborative work environments, chat services, calendars, and other apps into a single analytical display of cumulative activity. It can be used for project management, understanding team workflow, and as a launchpad for work. In order to connect custom applications, developers working in PHP can use the Big Board SDK to create a simple interface to the Big Board API. Installing with Composer is recommended for fluidity of use. The API is made accessible for Big Board users who obtain an access token after registering their custom application.
One of the many frustrations that mashup developers (and web developers in general) run into is trying to use contextual ads for sites with lots of dynamic content. By their very nature, mashups typically tap into data that constantly changes, making it difficult to use contextual ads that stay up-to-date with content.
Microsoft this week released Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 Beta for developers. The expanded set of open source tools should ease the pain of web programming and technical computing, and are being offered for free under the Apache 2.0 license.
Amazon has announced the general availability of its Sumerian AWS service, a solution for building virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D applications. According to Amazon, Sumerian requires no special skills to use and is "the fastest and easiest way to create VR, AR, and 3D experiences."