TokBox Enhances OpenTok to Support Cross-Platform Two-Way Video

Eric Carter, November 5th, 2012

TokBox OpenTokTokBox, leader in online video communications, enhanced its OpenTok platform to support Web-RTC. Web-RTC support enables OpenTok to offer the first two way video between WebRTC-enabled browsers and iOS devices.

Payleven Extends Mobile Credit Card Payments to Third Party Apps with API

Eric Carter, October 1st, 2012

Payleven, the Square equivalent for the world outside of the US, has launched an API to complement its mobile payment device. Prior to the API, use of Payleven’s mobile payment device required downloading the Payleven app (similar to Square’s current model). However, the API allows developers to integrate Payleven’s functionality within third party apps.

Big Art Mob Puts Street Art on the Map

Candice McMillan, August 3rd, 2012

Created in 2006, Big Art Mob’s original purpose was to accompany the Channel 4 show, ‘Big Art Project’; the goal being to create the UK’s first comprehensive map of street art. The site is now being re-launched along with iPhone and iPad applications, inviting users to upload and map public art anywhere in the world.

MapQuest Announces First Production Release of iOS Maps API

Janet Wagner, July 30th, 2012

MapQuestMapQuest has officially released the first production version of the iOS Maps API. The announcement posted on the MapQuest blog on July 19, 2012, states that “Today marks the first production release of the MapQuest iOS Maps API, which allows developers to build iPhone and iPad apps that incorporate the flexible routing, accurate geocoding, and unlimited free base maps that MapQuest is known for.”

Apple’s Fix for iOS In-App Purchase Hack: Provide Access to Private APIs

Janet Wagner, July 26th, 2012

Apple iOSEarlier this month, hacker Alexey V. Borodin discovered a method that allows some iOS app users to make “In-App Purchases” for FREE. Because Apple does not link purchases directly to individual customers or devices, a single receipt can be used for multiple transactions. Borodin’s method takes advantage of this fact by fooling iOS apps into accepting fake purchase receipts and bypassing Apple’s authentication servers.

Filepicker: Killing Upload with Drag and Drop

Greg Bates, July 23rd, 2012

FilePickerFrom Polaroid that threatened film developing to Apple that eliminated keyboards on phones, a class of killer innovation thrives on what it destroys. Now comes Cloudtop with the next why-didn’t-I-think-of-that? transformation,, out to destroy downloads and “make the upload button obsolete,” according to the founders, Anand Dass, Liyan David Chang, Brett van Zuiden and Thomas Georgiou.

The Color of Money is…Yellow? Lemon’s New “Wallet with a Twist”

Greg Bates, June 18th, 2012

LemonAs a retailer, are you tired of doling out receipts? Do you feel receipt remorse every time you hand that slip to a customer and you just know they will lose it, or worse, that they won’t lose and just leave it bulging in their wallet? The Lemon API can help retailers turn the downside of these transactions into opportunity. Each consumer using Lemon has a unique Lemon email address to organize 0their transactions.

Hipstamatic Now API BFFs with Instagram

Curtis C. Chen, March 22nd, 2012

InstagramWell, maybe not forever. But Wednesday’s announcement that popular iPhone photo app Hipstamatic can now post their snapshots directly to Instagram’s photo sharing network is pretty huge. This marks the first time the Instagram API has allowed a third-party app to add content to its growing social network, clocked at 27 million registered users earlier this month. For developers who couldn’t wait for Instagram to publish its API (resourceful hackers reverse-engineered the system back in December, 2010), this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

IPhone Video Chat Now Plug-and-Play

Adam DuVander, March 21st, 2012

TokBox OpenTokThe company that turned away from 2 million users to focus on developers has announced a new way to integrate with its TokBox OpenTok API. The video chat platform is now available on iOS to create face-to-face applications. Using the new SDK, developers can integrate video chat into any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad app.

CloudMine Another Step Closer to Replacing Developers

Tim Lytle, March 8th, 2012

CloudMineIt wasn’t that long ago, just late last year, that I started wondering if CloudMine was trying to replace me. Just a few months pass, and it seems my fears were not unfounded.

If you’re not familiar with what the CloudMine API offers, it’s backend-as-a-service, with the core feature being easy storage and access of user – and global – data. All that’s required to store JSON data in the global scope is an HTTP call with the application’s credentials. Storing user data in a private scope only requires the addition of the user’s credentials.

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