Google wants Web developers to submit more applications to the App store. In a move that is targeted toward Web developers writing Chrome Apps, Google has introduced a new mobile toolchain that lets you easily wrap your existing Chrome Apps with a native shell and make them run on iOS and Android platforms.
Amazon App Store now supports charging for HTML5 web apps, new promotion opportunities. One Roof Energy heats up API library for managing solar installations. Plus: Startupbus announces API contest, how to enable and monetize the app economy, and 10 new APIs.
SmartBear Software, quality and performance management solution provider, has announced a new version of its flagship product, TestComplete. The new version of TestComplete includes support for automated mobile testing. The new release allows third party testing tools to integrate with TestComplete, which enables automated testing. The integration focus of TestComplete’s updates hinted at an API story lurking beneath SmartBear’s announcement. PW reached out to Niclas Reimertz, SmartBear Vice President of Product Strategy and Management, to inquire.
Facebook has released Conceal, a set of Java APIs for fast encryption and data authentication. Conceal was developed to encrypt large data files (e.g., SD cards) on Android. With the release, Facebook targets older Android devices with less memory and slower processors. Facebook currently deploys Conceal to help protect users’ private data and is now launching its functionality to the developer community.
ProgrammableWeb recently caught up with Matt Sundquist, founder and COO of Plot.ly, a graphing and analytics startup. The Plotly API enables users to analyze and visualize data in one place, and forms an important step in building the infrastructure for data science to be further democratized. Sundquist spoke about the Plot.ly API, comparing it with existing visual solutions, and how visual data science solutions can evolve.
This week, we had 59 new APIs added to our API directory including a flu outbreak tracking application, an online business launching tool, and an online management system for churches. We also explored the top tools that help developers mock web services instead of starting from scratch.
Last year Google Cloud platform emerged as a viable and strong alternative to Amazon Web Services and in the first few weeks of 2014 the platform has received various updates. These updates include: a new storage connector for Hadoop, App Engine 1.8.9 release, and improved landing page documentation for its Cloud Platform sample projects repository in GitHub.
WS-REST.org has announced that it will host the fifth edition of the International Workshop on Web APIs and RESTful Design at the 23rd International World Wide Web Conference this April in Seoul, South Korea. The first workshop was held in 2010. As APIs have continued to drive innovation in the connected world, the workshop has continued to refine its scope of study, broaden its expectations and increase interest. As the organizers begin to develop this years agenda, PW caught up with Carlos Pedrinaci, a research fellow at The Open University, UK, and one of the event organizers.
As an Android Developer, you know that allowing your application users to store data in the cloud and use it across various devices is important. Storing user data in Google Drive has been one of the options available and with the release of a Drive API preview in the latest release of Google Play Services, the task has not only been made easier but with auto sync in the background and new Android UI components that provide a much tighter integration, you get a lot of powerful features too.