PayPal, looking to provide an additional structure around the Node.js application framework, developed the Kraken implementation, a more secure and scalable framework for building commercial-grade applications. This week, PayPal is making Kraken available to the broader open-source community.
In just about every major Winter Olympics event, the difference between gold and some other color of medal usually comes down to a tenth of a second. Keeping track of all those results and then broadcasting them out to the world is a vast ecosystem of APIs that connect everything from video streams to mobile computing applications all over the globe.
The way that US telecom carrier AT&T is approaching APIs for the enterprise offers key insights for app developers and business stakeholders looking for market entry opportunities into a global ecosystem. ProgrammableWeb spoke with AT&T Vice President of Ecosystem Development and Platform Solutions, Laura Merling about the broader API strategy. Meanwhile Chris Aron, Product Manager of AT&T Location Information Services, demonstrated how the AT&T approach translates into an industry-specific partnership with Sabre, the global travel tech company.
RetailNext, in-store analytics market leader, announced a set of enterprise APIs that retailers, shopping centers, business partners, and others can integrate with existing hardware systems to utilize RetailNext’s analytics capabilities. RetailNext delivers analytics usually limited to ecommerce outfits to brick and mortar stores for better insights. The API is hardware agnostic; so, users can leverage existing infrastructure.
Real-time network PubNub has solidified its move into the connected car market with a winning app designed for Ford. Announced at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the winning integration by PubNub took Ford’s dashboard API and created a real-time dispatch app. ProgrammableWeb spoke with both PubNub and Ford about how developers are partnering with car manufacturers to build out the connected car ecosystem.
Last month, ProgrammableWeb caught up with Alessandro Usseglio Viretta of CR8 • CREATE who deployed the first 3D printing API on Mashape. Three-dimensional printing continues to dominate headlines and cause disruption. As we close 2013, PW followed up with Viretta to discuss his API and get some insight into an emerging technology that is bound to stir the waters in 2014.
In the early days of Twitter, occasionally when you tried to log in you got a “fail whale” – a picture of a whale held up by a flock of birds — as a way of telling you the system was overcapacity, and you should simply try again later. We tolerated it then because, after all, it was only social media. But there are certain types of services, for example, financial exchanges, where you never want a fail whale. So if you have thoughts of building a Bitcoin exchange, where people can buy and trade the popular virtual currency in real-time, you want an infrastructure that can handle high volume trading spikes without going down.
WebRTC makes it possible for anyone to create video and voice on the browser. But as cool as the new Web protocol is, it’s not always easy to work with. Building a full fledge video app requires complex and esoteric coding. You need other elements as well. For example, signaling to make the phone ring and authentication.
Yesterday at the 2013 AWS re:Invent Conference, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced Amazon Kinesis, a fully managed service designed to handle real-time streaming and high-volume data processing at any scale. The announcement comes on the heels of the launch of CloudTrail, a new web service that records API calls made to AWS accounts and then provides log files via Amazon’s S3 bucket.
Even in the age where services such as OnStar from General Motors can be used to call for help in the event of an automobile accident, seconds still matter when it comes to major trauma injuries. As part of an effort to save more lives by relaying critical information faster, Rave Mobile Safety and public safety officials from King County, Washington, in cooperation with automotive providers of telematics data such as OnStar, demonstrated how APIs are being used to stream information in real time to the call centers manned by emergency services personnel.