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New Research: Telecom API Market Outlook and Forecasts

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:42:23 -0400

Mind Commerce, a digital technologies and telecommunications research organization, published a new API-centric study: Telecom API Market Outlook and Forecasts 2017 - 2022.


W3C Payment Request API is Being Implemented in All Major Browsers

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:22:33 -0400

The W3C Web Payments Working Group has announced that the Payment Request API is now being implemented in all major browsers including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and WebKit. Facebook and Samsung have also introduced support for the W3C Payment Request API.


Dropbox Launches DBX Platform and New APIs

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:14:44 -0400

Dropbox has announced the launch of the DBX Platform, a suite of APIs and developer tools for building new capabilities on top of Dropbox. The company also announced the release of two new APIs; Metadata API and File Requests API. These new APIs are built on Dropbox API V2, the revamped API released in 2015 that replaces Dropbox API V1. Version 1 of the Dropbox API will be shut down on September 28, 2017.


What is The Micro API Design Pattern?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:56:06 -0400

Software development has moved quickly in only a decade. From deploying to physical servers, to virtualization, and IaaS to PaaS. One hot trend is FaaS (function-as-a-service), like AWS Lambda, where you deploy snippets of code to be run on command anywhere in the world. The latest development, however, is the Micro API, which builds on serverless computing and FaaS to take API development to the next level.


Daily API RoundUp: Visa, BlazeMeter, JitPack, Box

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:11:33 -0400

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


OCBC Expands Banking API Portfolio

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:36:33 -0400

The Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC) announced its latest API: the GIRO API. According to the Singapore-based bank, the latest release brings its open API portfolio to 43.


What API Providers Can Learn from the Lego Developer Experience

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:26:39 -0400

Lego is not the first thing product owners would think of when looking for a model onboarding process. But they should. At least that is Cristiano Betta’s theory over at his blog, who will tell you the lessons you can learn for your API from the Lego onboarding experience. 


Daily API RoundUp: Alexa, Kitsu, GeoDB, LivePerson

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 04:00:14 -0400

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


In Other API Economy News: Real Estate Coding Competition, GDAX Streaming API and More

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:53:35 -0400

As we inch closer to the end of the week it’s time to bring you a review of the stories we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. For those yearning for a little competition, the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) announced the 2017 RESO DataComp, its first-ever data competition will begin on September 17.


Facebook Adds Automated Encoder Configuration and Frame-Accurate Start Times to Live API

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:08:35 -0400

Facebook announced two feature updates to the Facebook Live API. Facebook introduced an automated encoder configuration and frame-accurate start times as a direct result of user feedback. The automated encoder configuration should cutdown on the fine tuning required by publishers during a live stream.


Affectiva Announces Emotion API for Speech

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:22:22 -0400

Affectiva, a company that specializes in Artificial Emotional Intelligence (Emotion AI), has announced that the new Emotion API for Speech is now available to select beta users. The Affectiva Emotion API for Speech (beta) analyzes recorded speech identifying emotion events and gender.


Autofill API Vulnerability Reported for Android 8.0 Oreo

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:13:25 -0400

A vulnerability within Android 8.0 Oreo's Autofill API was recently reported in a white paper published on GitHub. The Autofill API was one of the highly anticipated features within the Oreo release, because the move to API access to autofill functionality greatly increased the speed in comparison to the legacy autofill method (i.e. via Accessibility Services).


How to Create a Laravel-Based LAMP Stack on Ubuntu

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:19:44 -0400

Laravel, has become the most used PHP framework for projects of all scopes (there are other PHP frameworks too like CodeIgniter, Symfony, Yii, and Zend). Whether you're working on a simple web app or a huge corporate portal, Laravel is up for the task.


Apple Finalizes iOS and Tasks Developers to Prep Apps

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:04:49 -0400

Apple this week released the Golden Master of iOS 11, watchOS 4.0, and tvOS 11. These penultimate builds mean Apple's yearly platform updates are nearly done. Devs need to be aware of some important changes to the code base. Further, Apple wants to see some ARKIt augmented reality apps ready by September 19.


GitHub Launches Atom-IDE

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:55:41 -0400

GitHub, in collaboration with Facebook, has announced the launch of Atom-IDE, a new set of optional packages that allow its open source "hackable text editor" Atom to function similar to an IDE. The company recommends that developers use Atom Beta 1.21, and a minimum of two packages must be installed; the Atom IDE UI and a package that supports the language preferred.


Ulster Bank Introduces New Banking Open API

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:38:46 -0400

Ulster Bank, a brand of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has announced that the organization has introduced a new banking open API and portal for developers. The Ulster Bank API allows approved third-party applications to access limited customer information. The API will initially only provide access to customer balance information and the last six transactions, upon request and consent of the customer.


Equifax Secret PIN Controversy Exemplifies The Need For Rate Limits

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:33:39 -0400

Quick question: On the scale of severity when there’s a breach and a totally botched response, what comes after “dumpster fire?” Towering inferno? When Brian Krebs wrote that the Equifax debacle was a dumpster fire, he probably knew, based on years of experience, that more bad news would come to light. But he probably didn't know the specfics.


Daily API RoundUp: Paw, Lexper, Gather Data, Vantiv, Appian

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:54:19 -0400

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Slack Launches Shared Channels for Multi-Group Communication

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:45:33 -0400

Popular messaging platform Slack today announced the beta launch of Shared Channels, "a new kind of channel that connects two separate groups, creating a common space for both sides to make use of Slack’s communication features and platform integrations when working together."


How Hospital Administrators Are Obstructing Medical Record Exchange APIs

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:18:59 -0400

Medical record exchange is a major topic in healthcare, needed to improve healthcare outcomes (and reduce costs) for multiple patients receiving care at multiple sites.  The discussion in the industry primarily focuses on technical challenges. In reality, many of the technical challenges have been addressed. A big factor in the inability of medical record exchange is the hospitals themselves. They block information and APIs. I’ve had two experiences with getting medical records.


Add Programmable SMS to Your .NET Apps

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:42:27 -0400

The Nexmo SMS API lets you send and receive text messages around the world without having to worry about which carriers the recipients are subscribed to. This tutorial shows you how to use the Nexmo C# Client Library to send and receive SMS messages from your ASP.NET MVC web app.


Daily API RoundUp: Apple Music, Microsoft Intune, Lokalise, Nexosis, Unblu

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:36:17 -0400

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Google Launches Google AMP Client ID API

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:35:02 -0400

Google has announced that Google Analytics is enhancing support for AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) with the introduction of a new service, the Google AMP Client ID API. The Google AMP Client ID API allows developers to identify and analyze (through Google Analytics) the behavior of users who visit and engage with content on pages whether those pages are AMP or non-AMP, so long as they are within the same domain.


Why Many Developers Choose Kubernetes' Over AWS for Managing Containers

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:40:02 -0400

AWS may be scared of Kubernetes as it becomes the industry standard for managing containers. Why? The open-source platform gives companies a way to run apps across different clouds not just on AWS. Matt Asay over at Tech Republic provides the details. 


How Starbucks Secures Their API, and How One Developer Cracked It

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:40:02 -0400

From Slack integrations to coffee buttons, if Starbucks were to open up their API to the public, there are a ton of integrations that third-party developers could create. Tendigi CTO Nick Lee over at the Tendigi blog couldn’t wait so he reverse-engineered the Starbucks mobile app to work out how its API worked.


How Not to be the Next Equifax

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:49:09 -0400

When I last checked, very little in the way of technical detail was known about the breach at Equifax that resulted in the exposure of the personally identifiable information (PII) of over 143 million people.


Yelp Adds Event Data to Fusion and GraphQL APIs

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 13:17:45 -0400

This week, Yelp announced that it will make Yelp Events data available through its Yelp Fusion API and Yelp GraphQL API. Yelp Events is a collaborative space where users can create, share and discover events around the world.


Facebook Announces 1.0 Release of Open Source JavaScript Package Manager, Yarn

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:57:46 -0400

Today, Facebook announced the 1.0 release of Yarn (an open source JavaScript Package Manager). Facebook originally launched Yarn last October alongside Google, Exponent, and Tilde. The tool has grown since first published with more than 175,000 Github projects relying on Yarn to manage shared code libraries. Because Facebook uses Yarn for its Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and WhatsApp code bases, Yarn users are able to build on top of these bases.


OGC Seeking Public Comment on Draft Charter for Geocoding API Standard

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:59:20 -0400

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC); an international consortium of companies, government agencies, researchers, and universities dedicated to developing publicly available geospatial standards; is currently requesting public comments on a draft charter of its OGC Geocoding API Standards Working Group (SWG).


Daily API RoundUp: Safaricom, Kite AI, NanoSDK, IdentityMind

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:05:13 -0400

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.