This week, we had 39 new APIs added to our API directory including an online advertising platform, a shopping cart and audit service, and a marketing and engagement analysis platform. We also discussed Telegram and WhatsApp, whether or not Telegram can beat WhatsApp with a public API.
Wearables are the next big thing and Plantronics, maker of enterprise-grade Bluetooth headsets and other gear, wants to play a key role. The company has a dedicated developer program with PLT Labs, and is participating in hackathons around the country to raise awareness about its potential.
Twitch today announced the Twitch Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK), which will eventually let mobile device gamers capture, archive, and live-broadcast their games to Twitch, a social network for gamers that already has a large presence on consoles and PCs. Android and iOS device owners have access to the Twitch community through a dedicated mobile app, but it allows only for viewing and interacting with content that’s already been posted to the site. For mobile gaming fanatics, things are about to get a whole lot more interesting.
This week, we had 40 new APIs added to our API directory including a customer engagement marketing platform, a gamification stack, and a sports betting line provider. We also covered how developers and the government are partnering to create next generation mobile applications.
Almost 12 years ago, Roy Fielding introduced Representational State Transfer (REST) in his dissertation on Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures. Since then, APIs adopting the REST architectural style (so-called “RESTful” APIs) have gradually increased in popularity. Nonetheless, a key constraint that Fielding proposed has yet to be adopted as a mainstream feature of RESTful APIs. This feature is known as Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State, or HATEOAS. APIs that enforce this constraint are referred to as HATEOAS-compliant APIs. More generally, APIs that adopt the characteristics of HATEOAS are called “Hypermedia APIs.”
Now that it has adopted Android, Nokia hopes that developers will come running to create apps for its new smartphones. Nokia claims that for app creators to adjust their existing apps to work on the Nokia X, X+, and XL will be no big deal. Nokia has a strong developer-outreach program, but enticing developers to change their apps might be more of a challenge than Nokia thinks.
Wearables were a hot trend at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona this week. No fewer than six devices made their debut, including fitness bands and full-on smartwatches. Without app support, however, these tools are little more than expensive jewelry.
This week, we had 44 new APIs added to our API directory including a company that builds app-enabled products, a hacker event listing service, and a digital magazine publishing platform. We also covered 2014’s Developer Week, which took place last week.
Email is one of the oldest mediums of communication on the Internet, and, for many companies, it’s still one of the most important. Delivering email and tracking email campaigns reliably is crucial to success for countless businesses today.
The Internet is a ransacked library with piles of books and manuscripts reaching up to the ceiling and beyond. If you want to know what people are saying about you, your product or your business, how do you find the relevant information? Aylien, a startup based in Dublin, has the answer. The company has just released a text analysis API that lets you mine huge volumes of raw text for useful information.