January 12, 2016
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Technology and entertainment retailer Best Buy is leading the way with the latest addition to the Best Buy API. It now allows developers to not just search the company's catalogue, but also complete the purchases within their own applications. Developers then earn a portion of the sale, which one would expect to be more likely than when applications must hand off the customer to Best Buy's site.
It's time to start shopping around for another API to search for deals, prices and reviews. That it, if you use the Yahoo Shopping API (our Yahoo Shopping API profile). On March 11 Yahoo's service will be discontinued, replaced by a "strategic partnership" that will leave developers sniffing for deals elsewhere.
Amazon has just released an in-App purchasing API for PC and Mac Apps. Game developers should win big. This closely follows its Kindle ebook commitment to extending products across platforms. Ebooks were first available on Kindle readers, then they became readable on Macs and PCs. The roll out for in-App purchases in games was likewise first available to Kindle Fire and Android developers last April, a precursor to this announcement.