New improvements have been added to the Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) including voice or button-activated volume and media control, voice-activated timers and alarms, updated APIs, server-initiated message capabilities, and Alexa App enhancements including iOS and Android support.
The W3C announced 3 APIs in various stages of development. The TV Control API and Webmentions API were released in development states while the Geolocation API has reached its second edition. Expanded location sources power the Geolocation API and the other APIs further propel the connected world.
Last year, Facebook announced that it would launch a set of business-centric tools around WhatsApp. The company has also long stated that it would eventually monetize its various messaging platforms. Facebook has taken a step towards both goals with the introduction of the WhatsApp Business API.