Several of Google's search APIs find retirement

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After first being announced back in 2011, several of Google's search APIs will find themselves officially retired as of February 15th. Luckily, with Google being a search company, the defunct APIs have been replaced with a superior alternative in the form of the Custom-Search API. 

The APIs heading into retirement include; Patent Search, News Search, Blog Search, Image...

By Ryan Daws, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Platforms.

Bristol is the latest city to use APIs for improving transport

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As cities become smarter, we're seeing more APIs being opened-up to developers looking to help improve the conditions of those working and living within them. Bristol has become the latest city to join others around the world in offering a transport API. 

The web-based service is designed to provide information such as live bus and train times, stop locations,...

By Ryan Daws, 05 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Platforms.

Facebook introduces new embedded video player API and support for oEmbed standard

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In order to help developers and publishers make their websites more social and engaging, Facebook has introduced a new embedded video player API and support for the oEmbed standard. Facebook users interact with videos, articles, posts and photos on the social networking site on a daily basis.

Facebook had launched an interactive embedded video player earlier in 2015 and the...

By Developer, 17 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Facebook.

Developers can foresee the future with Google Maps API

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Developers who require the use of future travel information in their apps can put away their crystal ball as Google has opened-up access to Maps' trusted predictive journey times with the debut of a new API. 

Google Maps uses historical traffic data over time and days to predict where and when a build-up could occur, which may affect your journey time, and offer an alternative route...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile.

Oracle's new API deals with Java EE security problems

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Oracle's staff are fully-aware that security in Java EE hasn't been taken as seriously as it should have, but are working to fix these problems in the new Java EE security API (JSR 375) which is a proposal for baking better security into the environment. 

Java's development environment is notorious when it comes to security problems, at...

By Ryan Daws, 06 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Java, Security.

BioDigital opens-up the human body with new API

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3D human body modeling startup, BioDigital, has been on a mission over the past couple of years to virtualise our bodies and has amassed an impressive collection of 7,000 objects. Each body part has been hand-modeled with meticulous detail, which can respond to different use cases. 

For the medical industry, this has almost endless potential. Surgeons can practice difficult procedures in a realistic virtual scenario, before heading into the...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools.

Nest opens Weave to developers – debuts Cam API

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If there's a household name in the smart home, it's Nest. The company has gone from strength-to-strength after the launch of their innovative smart thermostat, and even got the attention of Google who acquired the startup in February last year. 

Nest has since launched a range of other connected products, which communicate with one another through a protocol called Weave. Today, Nest has announced several updates to its developer program, including...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Devices, Ecosystem, Platforms.

Microsoft wants to solve compatibility issues with API detection technology

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APIs are often a key component of software to add new features and integrate services with little extra work – most of the time – but sometimes a developer will run into compatibility issues when a system doesn't support a particular API. Microsoft is hoping to counter these problems through building an intelligent detection technology which helps to resolve these...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Microsoft, Platforms.

Opinion: The Accidental App Developer

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Since the economic downturn, many IT budgets have remained flat while the need for new applications has risen dramatically. As a result, business users are seeking new ways to deliver apps. Cue the accidental app developer.

Accidental app developers don’t intend to create apps. Most have never even written a line of code and would never consider themselves developers. Yet, every...

By Quinton Wall, 28 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Cloud, Development Tools, Enterprise, Platforms.