The IBM BlueMix cloud integration platform, announced earlier this week, is essentially an assembly point for connecting various enterprise applications. One of the first applications to lend credibility to this nascent IBM effort is Twilio, a provider of a communications services delivered via the cloud.
Diffbot has just announced the release of brand new client libraries for 35+ different programming languages. The company now provides developers client libraries for the Diffbot API in the most-used programming languages as well as languages that are not as common.
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.
Since Nexmo founded its API-based business in 2010, it has done amazingly well. Now the SMS cloud carrier just received $18 million in fresh funding (on top of the $3 million it got a year ago), which CEO Tony Jamous says the company will use to grow sales and marketing and expand offerings to include what many have been waiting for: voice.
Mobile messaging, a technology that is often associated with smartphones, is now being more broadly applied within the enterprise. Application of this technology is increasing in areas typically dominated by legacy instant messaging applications. One providers of such a service is HeyWire Business, which today launched a channel partner program designed to reward partners that leverage the company’s API.
StarHub, a leading info-communications provider based in Singapore, has launched SmartFoundry, a new API platform that allows developers to rapidly build applications and integrations that include StarHub voice call and SMS functionality.
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.
RingPlus, mobile virtual network operator, has announced one of the industry’s first public cellular APIs: the RingPlus API. The API offers a carrier-grade wireless platform to the public. With the API, businesses and developers can completely control mobile phone service, and gain access to world-class mobile networks.
In theory the rise of software-defined networking is supposed to give rise to a new class of applications that will give developers more control over, for example, location-based services. In actual practice no one is quite certain how developer will invoke SDN capabilities, but the folks at Hewlett-Packard are anxious to find out.
When it comes to text messages, Twilio thinks pictures speak volumes. To that end, the cloud carrier has added MMS capabilities to and from Canadian numbers and via short code in the US, the company announced at its Twiliocon user conference today. In addition, Twilio is dropping the cost of its text messaging by 25% for US phone numbers.