Advances in sailing technology over many generations have contributed greatly to man’s navigation of the globe. After all, where would Cook or Columbus have landed without the compass and sextant or the work of the great cartographers that preceded them?
Firebase, real-time backend for web application development, originally launched a little over a year ago. Since its launch, Firebase has remained in beta while it continued to improve its service and build a customer base. Over the past year, Firebase has added features, functionality, and thousands of customers. Accordingly, Firebase has announced it is leaving its beta stages behind and publically launching as a full-fledged paid product.
Google announced that it is inviting developers to try out the beta version of its Real Time Reporting API, a tool that allows you to programmatically make queries on your website data and use that information in whatever way you please.
The Transit App, an application that provides commuters with real-time transit information on iOS, makes its Transit App API available to developers who may want to integrate the functionality with other applications. The app has already been widely downloaded and received positive customer reviews, and filling the gap that was left when Apple removed transit from its own Maps app, it seems to be a really useful tool for anyone who relies on public transportation and the ability to get accurate and timely travel information.
Cigna, one of the world’s largest health services provider, now offers realtime health data through the Cigna Health API. The API enables developers to create applications with personalized data, share test applications, deploy production applications and more. Authorized developer partners gain access to two general bodies of data: individual services (personal data) and utility services (broad set of capabilities).
Grabyo recently opened its doors as a TV clip sharing service. Alongside its go to market lies the Grabyo API that allows developers to integrate Grabyo functionality with third party apps and sites. Grabyo describes itself as “the ultimate second screen experience.”
Urban Airship, the most globally deployed mobile push messaging service, has announced three new world-class events will utilize its push messaging platform to keep attendees and viewers more engaged than ever before. The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the 60th annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and the 127th Wimbledon Championships will all use Urban Airship for feature rich mobile apps and push messaging to enhance each event’s experience.
There’s no shortage of integration platforms in the cloud these days with Tibco Software becoming the latest vendor to join their ranks. Tibco this week unfurled Tibco Cloud Bus, a subscription based integration service that differs from other services in that IT organizations have the option of deploying it anywhere they like versus being locked into a particular cloud computing platform.
With the formal launch this week of the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud a new era of in-memory computing is about to become a lot more accessible. According to Professor Hasso Plattner, chairman of the SAP supervisory board, HANA in the cloud will give IT organizations access to a platform that essentially eliminates the need for batch processing in favor of a model where all applications are run in real time.