Adding new features, service updates or interesting content to your business blog is great, but how do you ensure that your users know the cool new stuff is even there? Using a tool like WhatsNew is one way to tackle this issue. It’s a service that provides an easy way to show repeat visitors what’s new in a given service or application. The WhatsNew API offers even more flexibility, as it allows developers to customise the WhatsNew widget to better suit their specific needs.
The phrase mobile application developer gets frequently bandied about because for a while not it’s required specific tools and expertise to build these types of applications. But as general purpose application development tools become more tightly integrated with HTML5, Javscript and cascading style sheets (CSS) a question about whether the average IT organization is going to need dedicated tools for building mobile application not only arises, the whole concept of being a mobile developer may eventually become as quaint as the phrase Web developer before it.
Practical Management Solutions and Insights (PMSI) has launched an open-source API project for business analytics: dimple. Dimple aims to open up the flexibility and power of d3 to analysts. With little d3 knowledge needed, the dimple API gives analysts access to the tools capable of creating dynamic graphical representations of datasets.
While it’s clear that enterprise IT organizations are warming up to cloud computing many of them remain uncomfortable with the lack of control they have over the cloud, especially when it comes to relying on cloud service providers that might lock them into a specific platform.
Screenhero exists purely to share your computer screen; with anyone, anywhere, anytime. As the Screenhero team describes on their website: “it’s like Google Docs for any application on your computer.” Additionally, Screenhero enables developers to integrate its screen sharing technology with any workflow or application via the Screenhero Web API.
When it comes to mobile computing IT organizations basically have two choices. They can either try to extend their existing applications to support mobile computing access or they can develop applications from the ground up that are truly optimized for mobile computing.
Native advertising is the way forward when it comes to engaging users with products, and in-game product placements is a highly effective way to engage users in the world of social, mobile and free-to-play video games. With the help of MediaSpike, brands can easily put relevant and targeted product placement into any social or mobile game. The selling point is that the service is aimed at both advertisers and developers, and that it has been built by actual game developers who understand the ins and outs of game advertising, removing many of the hindrances that may normally be associated with this process. The MediaSpike API makes this functionality available to developers.
InviteBox, social referral program, allows merchants, bloggers, developers (and anybody else with a web presence) to refer friends and customers to recommended products. Users can take advantage of pre-determined referral offers (e.g. coupons, promo codes, free products, cash incentives, etc.) or create custom incentive programs. InviteBox offers all the needed moving parts from creating the referral program to implementation, and the analytics to measure success. Users can simply insert a widget into a website or utilize the Reward Callback API.