At the end of last month, W3C published a draft NFC API. As a leading authority on developing Web standards, I found it interesting that W3C had dedicated time and resources to NFC technology. NFC certainly received significant hype when it first showed up in consumer devices; however, since its initial 15 minutes of fame, many have questioned the viability, need, and long-term possibilities of NFC as a mainstream technology. Accordingly, I reached out to the W3C Team Contact for the NFC Working Group, Dave Raggett.
TSheets, a leading time-tracking solution provider, has released a completely revamped API, which offers an abundance of new features and integration capabilities that provide significant advantages over the original TSheets API. The goal behind the overhauled API is to allow for more interconnected office systems.
100TB, a rising Web hosting provider, has launched its first API: the Tera API. The API is aimed at 100TB’s reseller customers. 100TB describes an API as a potential “trump card” in a reseller’s hand because it allows a reseller’s end users to control servers directly through the reseller. With the correct API methods available to the reseller, the end users no longer have the need for a third party to manage their servers. In its first release, the Tera API comes stocked with a wide array of methods, and the company anticipates that the list will grow.
Service Objects, real-time contact validation service provider, announced its new product today: DOTS Address Detective. Address Detective examines incomplete address information and uses existing data to rectify and salvage the data. Given the data-crawling nature of the new product, Address Detective seems an excellent candidate to integrate via an API. To explore this concept, PW caught up with Service Objects CEO, Geoff Grow, to explore.
Open data content and discovery platform Enigma today has announced investor funding of $4.5 million to propel the start-up’s next phase of growth. Key to Enigma’s early success has been a heavy focus on data cleaning and a customer on-boarding strategy that has targeted just a handful of industry sectors. The next phase will see the development of “more scoped APIs” and a broader targeting of enterprise customers, according to Marc DaCosta, cofounder of Enigma, who spoke with ProgrammableWeb in the lead-up to today’s announcement.
SmartBear Software, quality and performance management solution provider, has announced a new version of its flagship product, TestComplete. The new version of TestComplete includes support for automated mobile testing. The new release allows third party testing tools to integrate with TestComplete, which enables automated testing. The integration focus of TestComplete’s updates hinted at an API story lurking beneath SmartBear’s announcement. PW reached out to Niclas Reimertz, SmartBear Vice President of Product Strategy and Management, to inquire.
Facebook has released Conceal, a set of Java APIs for fast encryption and data authentication. Conceal was developed to encrypt large data files (e.g., SD cards) on Android. With the release, Facebook targets older Android devices with less memory and slower processors. Facebook currently deploys Conceal to help protect users’ private data and is now launching its functionality to the developer community.
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.
Video games have come a long way since the days of Pong and Asteroids. Today many video games feature ultra-realistic high-definition graphics and complex gameplay. In addition, modern video games can be played online, allowing gamers to build large social communities that focus on specific video games and video game genres.
nMile, mobile and web application developer, has launched the beta trial for new cloud-based content management system (CMS): Podium.io. Podium.io seeks to give application owners more control over applications with simplified content management after an easy integration with Podium. ProgrammableWeb chatted with nMile founder, Josh Dechant, about the release.