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Octoblu aims to be a connector for the Internet of Things. Appy Pie offers new API for food ordering Apps for restaurants. Plus: Amazon Web Services growing 90% YoY, and FireFox beta API add-ons.
Octoblu Aims to Be Overarching Connector of People, Devices, and Applications
Startup Octoblu has yet to release any products/applications. But it's getting ready to solve a big puzzle in the realm of the Internet of Things: How to make everything play nice together across what is today and promises to continue to be a vastly diverse landscape.
The world is awash in digital data. The challenge: making sense of that data. To tackle that challenge, a growing number of companies are turning to natural language processing technology to understand and monetize their data.
For Android developers, the process of publishing to the Play Store is a straightforward one. However, the process is manual and requires developers to log in to the Play Store portal to manage or update their applications. And if they're using Play Store features that allow them to push releases to different tracks, such as alpha/beta and testing groups, they just hope that there's an API to automate that process.
Runscope offers API testing, monitoring and debugging for web services. Their service, Runscope Radar, sends HTTP requests simultaneously using previously designated assertions and variables to determine whether integrated APIs are functional or not. With the ability to schedule automated requests down to every other minute, the tool allows near real-time API monitoring.
Sita launches foray into latest wearable, the boarding pass. Google folds Maps Coordinate into its Maps Engine Pro. Plus: attackers install DDoS bots on Amazon, and extracting data using import.io.
Sita Takes Wing With API for Wearable Boarding Passes
Sita, which makes a range of APIs focused on air travel that track everything from luggage to travel routes, has now developed one for the Android set of smart watches. The level of convenience gives a window into just how useful such watches will be: boarding checkin will be done with the flick of a wrist.
Samsung this week delayed the release of what was expected to be the first smartphone to run its Tizen operating system. Slow developer interest in the platform has caused Samsung to reassess Tizen's future in the marketplace, and the outlook isn't so hot.
Apple and IBM recently announced a partnership which will allow enterprise level iOS native apps to integrate IBM big data analytics engines on iOS devices. This will give IBM access to the rich data consistantly collected on 800 million devices.
These cloud services are poised to improve management, security, and analytics for participating companies. IBM technology is already being implemented to create solutions for the healthcare, retail, aviation and even alcohol consumption verticals.
Thanks to the rise of open data initiatives and new laws, government agencies are increasingly looking to distribute their data using APIs. In an effort to support the development of APIs that enable those agencies to effectively serve their stakeholders and the public, the General Services Administration has published a set of API standards.
Orange, a multinational telco provider, has released a set of APIs for their community to utilize. The APIs are fueled by Apigee, a San Francisco based provider of digital business platforms. Apigee delivers enterprise solutions to help companies in the telco industry enhance their business model to embrace digital servicing platforms.
The Human Rights Foundation will host the first ever “Hack North Korea” hackathon next month. The two-day hackathon will focus on developing innovative ways to get information into the walled-off North Korea.
Visa this week debuted Visa Cloud Payment Solutions, a new way to put the power of credit card purchasing into most any connected device. As with all such efforts, Visa's dream will mean little without the help of developers working behind the scenes to make it all work smoothly. Visa is preparing to extend its Developer Center with an array of tools, including APIs and SDKs.
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There are reports of enhanced features on select devices running the new Google Maps update. Though still in test phase, screenshot confirmations show that additions are being made to the “Explore Nearby” function.
Recognizing the wealth of investments that enterprise IT organizations have made in Microsoft platforms, MuleSoft today announced it is extending the level of integration it provides to a much broader array of Microsoft products and technologies.
IG, a world leader in CFD, financial spread betting, and forex, has opened up its web API to the public through the IG Labs initiative. Access to the API will allow developers to integrate IG’s internal functions with existing systems or build trading applications.
What if you could know exactly what users were feeling when they viewed your content? No pleasantries, just the cold, hard truth: They love it or they hate it. Imagine the possibilities. No more wasted budgets on content that simply isn't working. This is the kind of power that EmoVu has tried to capture with artificially intelligent emotion-recognition technology that actually reads facial expressions. The availability of the EmoVu API means that developers can create emotionally intelligent applications using this functionality.
Google launches the Drive Audit API for increased cloud service security. The Koch brothers grow a network of libertarian hackers and coders. Plus: a new API for a Bitcoin index, and Putin signs a law that could block Facebook from Russia.
Google Ups Game in Cloud Service Security with New API
Google has announced an API as part of its Drive for Work to help with security for its cloud service, called the Drive Audit API. This protects confidential information and helps IT managers understand how their employees work.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, tech investors who rose to prominence through their battle with former Harvard classmate and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, are placing huge bets on the virtual currency Bitcoin and this week revealed their latest Bitcoin endeavor: an open API for their Bitcoin pricing index.
Chrome has historically used the Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI) to power text rendering on their Windows browser, a technology that has been around since the original release of Windows in the mid 80s. Chrome 37 for Windows will now adopt DirectWrite, a text layout and glyph rendering Windows API introduced with the release of Windows 7 in 2009. DirectWrite is said to improve browsing performance with “high-quality text rendering even on high-DPI displays.”