API Strategy and Practice officially kicked off in Amsterdam this morning. After yesterday’s afternoon workshop sessions (see our separate coverage of the CitySDK workshop), this morning commenced with a packed room of developers, API providers, service managers, business innovators, and startup entrepreneurs, all ready to spend the next two days talking APIs.
HTC announced the One smartphone this week, its new flagship device for the year. The One is a sequel to last year’s well-liked smartphone and ratchets up the sex appeal with an all-aluminum design. Its feature set, which includes a luscious 5-inch HD display, zippy four-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and shiny metallic colors, will let it compete well against similar phones from other manufacturers. HTC believes developers can plan a role in the One’s success, too, with new APIs for the camera and BlinkFeed.
Moving to reunify Java in a way that will make it easier for developers to build applications spanning everything from the Internet of Things (IoT) to sophisticated backend Web applications running in the cloud, Oracle today released Java Platform, Standard Edition 8 and Java Platform, Micro Edition 8. The latest versions of Java 8 reduce the number of primary instances of Java down to two.
The typical workflow in the enterprise spans multiple applications. But in the age of mobile computing it’s not always as easy as it should be to craft a workflow that spans multiple applications. Moving to address that specific issue Good Technology today updated the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform with a new activation code capability that creates an “activation delegate” for every application a user accesses on the platform.
The trouble with the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it is more a concept than an actual platform on which to a developer can build applications. Cisco is looking to change that. Cisco, in partnership with nine other companies, today announced a plan to build Intercloud, a global cloud computing platform that will present developers with a standard set of APIs for building IoT applications.
Last December, Senzari launched the MusicGraph music recommendation and data access engine as well as the new MusicGraph API. Earlier this month, Senzari opened the MusicGraph API to the public, unveiling the API at the first-ever annual SXSW Music Hackathon Championship. Among the apps included in the list of overall grand prize finalists is Party Play which uses the MusicGraph API to create “a dynamic DJ for parties.”
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.
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.
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.
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.