MachineShop Leverages RESTful APIs to Help Normalize the IoT

Michael Vizard, March 21st, 2014

MachineShop plans to deliver a service that normalizes all the data being collected across the Internet of Things (IoT). The MachineShop service, formally launched today with $3 million in funding, normalizes data formats across a wide range of APIs. It connects devices in a way that provides access to a common set of business logic, event management and communications services that MachineShop manages.


New Relic Exposes Analytics APIs

Michael Vizard, March 20th, 2014

Developers are forever being asked for data from Web applications to either resolve a DevOps issue or better inform a business decision. Gathering all that data in a way that makes sense to both the developer and the people that need to act on that information has always been problematic. Looking to take that issue head on, New Relic this week launched the public beta of New Relic Insights, a real-time analytics tool that developers can invoke within the context of the New Relic application performance management (APM) service.


Google Partners with Cisco to Integrate Services

Michael Vizard, March 19th, 2014

At the Enterprise Connect 2014 conference today Cisco announced it will be working more closely with Google to integrate conferencing services with various Google APIs. Rowan Trollope, Cisco senior vice president for collaboration, and Rajen Sheth, a product manager for Google Enterprise, took the stage to show a prototype of the Cisco Webex conferencing service running on a Chromebook. In the future, Cisco and Google will make it possible to launch WebEx directly from Google Calendar and start an instant meeting from the Google Contact Card and the Google People widget. Users will also be able to connect with others by clicking on phone numbers or extensions displayed in Gmail or Google Apps.


Wise.io Leverages RESTful APIs to Deliver Machine Learning Applications

Michael Vizard, March 18th, 2014

One of the more intriguing aspects of RESTful APIs is that they make all kinds of computing platforms more accessible to developers than previously thought possible. Case in point is the machine learning platform (based on a math engine) that is being developed by Wise.io.


HP Moves Application Testing Tools into the Cloud

Michael Vizard, March 18th, 2014

Hewlett-Packard is looking to make its application testing tools more accessible than ever via implementations that are hosted in the cloud. Developers can access these tools via RESTful APIs. Kelly Emo, director of product marketing for HP Software, says that by making HP LoadRunner 12 and HP Performance Center 12 available as a cloud service, HP is making a concerted effort to introduce a broader spectrum of organizations to its application testing tools.


Google Updates Play Services APIs

Eric Zeman, March 18th, 2014

Google has begun distributing a new release of Google Play Services to all Android devices, and along with it made a new SDK available to developers with a handful of new APIs. The main additions include a Google Analytics API, Tag Manager, Address API, Google Drive API, and updated support for Google Play Games. Google Play Services 4.3 is being pushed to hardware already running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and up. This encompasses the bulk of smartphones and tablets in use today.


Embarcadero Appmethod Framework Strikes a Mobile Computing Balance

Michael Vizard, March 17th, 2014

One of the unfortunate choices that developers have been required to make over the years is deciding whether to take advantage of the native capabilities of a mobile computing platform or rely on a Web-based approach that makes it simpler to leverage one code base across multiple platforms. Looking to put that issue to bed once and for all, Embarcadero Technologies today announced AppMethod. AppMethod is an application development platform that makes use of objects to allow developers to invoke the native capabilities of any mobile computing platform within the context of a single code base.


Twilio Improves Audio Quality of VoIP Communications Service

Michael Vizard, March 17th, 2014

Voice-over-IP (VoIP) makes it possible to embed telephony services within an application. But the quality of many of those VoIP calls can be highly inconsistent. To address that issue, Twilio today announced a public beta of its Global Low Latency (GLL) capability.


Famo.us Preps Web Browser Engine for Public Beta

Michael Vizard, March 14th, 2014

Rendering engines inside browsers have been the subject of some of the fiercest debate across the Web. Although HTML5 represents a significant advance in terms of the richness of Web applications, industry giants such as Facebook have balked over what are often described as “black box” implementations of rendering engines in browsers that support HTML5 and that were not nearly as fast as native environments on mobile computing devices.


Vimeo Launches New Unified API

Janet Wagner, March 14th, 2014

VimeoVimeo has announced the launch of a brand-new singular, unified Vimeo API with OAuth 2 support for authenticated API calls on videos, users, groups, channels, albums, and upload. The new singular Vimeo API, which is in open beta, replaces both of Vimeo’s Advanced and Simple APIs.


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