Google has ruffled feathers with Cloud Computing vendors by announcing a series of price cuts and features that are bound to have long lasting effects on the industry. At the Cloud Platform Live Event held on March 25, Google not just cut prices drastically across its offerings, but announced key features like Managed VMs and developer experience improvements that have made it a worthy competitor to Amazon Web Services, who is the current heavyweight in the Infrastructure As a Service (IaaS) segment.
HTC announced the One smartphone this week, its new flagship device for the year. The One is a sequel to last year’s well-liked smartphone and ratchets up the sex appeal with an all-aluminum design. Its feature set, which includes a luscious 5-inch HD display, zippy four-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and shiny metallic colors, will let it compete well against similar phones from other manufacturers. HTC believes developers can plan a role in the One’s success, too, with new APIs for the camera and BlinkFeed.
The US Census Bureau continues to expand its API capabilities with new economic indicators. Plus, DirectX 12 will compete with AMD’s Mantle, and 7 New APIs.
A project partnership funded by the European Commission has today announced it is making €100 million ($USD140 million) available to entrepreneurs and startups around the world who use the Future Internet’s Open API Platform FI-WARE to create a prototype ‘smart city’ application.
Teleporter’s Google Maps API integration will take you away. Preview available for Microsoft Office 365 API tools. Plus: PagerDuty API lets you hack your on-call status, Microsoft to compete with Amazon cloud to cloud, and 7 new APIs.
It’s hard to get excited about developing applications if there’s no payoff for your efforts. That’s the general consensus arising among makers of Windows Phone applications, who are dissatisfied with the poor sell through of advertisements. With no money coming in from ads, some developers say they’ll have to start charging for their apps – or quit supporting Windows Phone.
Businesses exploring an API strategy are asking themselves: private, partner or public? Since the start of the year, there has been a lot more thinking aloud about how businesses decide whether to start with an internal (private) API; use partner APIs to manage specific business relationships; or jump straight into designing external, developer-facing open (public) APIs.
BoomTown, online marketing system for real estate professionals, has announced its first API integration with a third party lead generation source. BoomTown has partnered with Zillow to integrate lead information from Zillow’s Premier Agent system directly into BoomTown’s intelligent CRM platform.
ArenaNet, developer of the popular online role-playing game Guild Wars 2, is working on the implementation of OAuth2 and plans to release new authenticated Guild Wars 2 APIs in 2014. ArenaNet also plans on adding a Leaderboards API that will give developers programmatic access to the same leaderboards data that ArenaNet used to create its Guild Wars 2 leaderboards site.
APIs and data delivery go hand in hand, with APIs being the core mechanism for transferring information between dissimilar systems. Web applications have relied on APIs for a variety of tasks and chores, making coding for API integration a core competency and critical element for those building Web applications.