At Google I/O, the developer conference in San Francisco taking place this week, the search giant announced a Siri-like service, Google Now. Users can ask questions and get answers directly in what they call "smart cards." Those cards, with flight delays and sports scores, update automatically. And you'd better believe that within each of these cards is an API call.
Industry conferences such as DeveloperWeek 2014 are a great way to take the temperature of current industry thinking: whether it be discussions among developers over coffee, an aside in a panel presentation, or the chance to compare two presentation styles from developer-focused services. With ProgrammableWeb at DeveloperWeek in San Francisco, here is some of the buzz that we heard.
They say the 3rd time's the charm - and it looks like that's just about right for the Philadelphia StartupWeekend. While some weekends end with a bunch of mock-ups, slide decks and just a handful of working demos, that wasn't the case for Philly this time around. Demos and deployed sites were the rule, with almost 20 different pitches making it to Sunday afternoon.