AdStage’s Platform API Creates a New Channel for Ad Tool Providers

Patricio Robles, March 14th, 2014

More and more companies are devoting more and more of their advertising budgets to digital channels such as search, social, and mobile. And for good reason: In many if not most cases, you can’t effectively reach your customers if you ignore the digital channels that are used on a daily basis by countless individuals.

Windows Phone Developers in a Tiff Over Lack Of Advertising

Eric Zeman, March 12th, 2014

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.

Google PaaS Updates App Engine Modules

Romin Irani, March 3rd, 2014

Google Cloud Platform continues to roll out consistent updates to its App Engine platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Its  latest release, version 1.9.0, makes available App Engine Modules, which aims to help developers break their applications into logical components to bring significant efficiency to both cost and performance. The update also includes a MapReduce library for Java and several PHP Runtime improvements.

Google Cloud SQL Goes GA and Other Platform Updates

Romin Irani, February 14th, 2014

Google Cloud Platform continues to roll out features at a pace that was previously seen from Amazon Web Services — the undisputed leader in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) space — with which it is competing head on. The last two weeks have seen a series of announcements that includes Cloud SQL going to Generally Available (GA) status, developer workshops planned across the EMEA region, and a high-profile event in March to announce significant updates to the platform.

Four Great Community Features Your API Program Should Support

Adam DuVander, February 14th, 2014

In a previous post I covered six great ways to engage your API community. It was based on seeing thousands of APIs—some that received developer attention and some that fell flat. Now I have dug into ProgrammableWeb’s directory to find the features that really seem to make a difference. Comparing the top 100 APIs to the rest of the pack, it’s clear that community support is a huge differentiator.

Unbabel Combines Machine and Human Translation

Patricio Robles, February 11th, 2014

For many companies, translation is seen as an either-or proposition: Either you have humans performing translations, or you accept what a machine provides. But a Portugal-based start-up called Unbabel thinks it can provide better translations more cost-efficiently by offering the best of both worlds.

These Great APIs Speak Your Language

Adam DuVander, February 10th, 2014

Oscar-nominated film Her would have us believe that in the future we may fall in love with our operating systems. Or at the very least, it shows a much more fluid interaction with technology. Through mostly a speech interface, people are able to read email, search and view photos. Merge this with the Internet of Things that is taking over our present and you can see the power of APIs that speak your language.

Google Cast SDK Brings Mobile and Web Apps to Your TV

Romin Irani, February 5th, 2014

Chromecast, the $35 device from Google that allows you to stream content from your mobile phone to your TV, has announced the release of a publicly available Google Cast SDK that allows developers to plug in support for casting content from their mobile and Web applications onto their TV screens. By encouraging developers to integrate Google Cast SDK support into their apps, Google is likely to change our interaction with TV in more ways than we can imagine.

APIs May Turn Quantum Computing into a Cloud Service

Michael Vizard, January 27th, 2014

As a concept, quantum computing is one of those topics that generates far more debate than actual usage. Not only are there quarrels about the applicability of different types of approaches to quantum computing; there’s still a fair amount of debate over whether quantum computing applications will prove to be all that much faster than conventional computing applications.

Venstar Launches API for Its Thermostats

Patricio Robles, January 23rd, 2014

Venstar, a thermostat and energy management system supplier, announced this week that it has added a built-in JSON REST API to its ColorTouch touch screen residential and commercial thermostats.

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