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.

Which beacon shines brighter: Eddystone or iBeacon?

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It always made sense that Google would eventually enter the beacon space. In many ways, it’s surprising that Google didn’t get there first. After all, the technology is essentially putting cookies into physical spaces and bringing many of the same technology we use on the web to the physical world. The tracking, advertising, contextual aware potential of the technology made it a Google...

By Mike Crooks, 21 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, API, IoT, Location.

Zubie invites developers to hop-in with API launch

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Zubie, a leader in connected-car devices, has launched an open API platform today called 'ZinC' (Zubie for the Internet of Cars) which enables developers and engineers to build innovative third-party apps and service integrations on top of Zubie’s existing connected-car platform. 

The company offers solutions for both the enterprise and...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Platforms.

Google puts the spotlight on their iBeacon rival

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Google has revealed their answer to Apple's iBeacons, and as expected the company has built an open alternative compatible with both Android and iOS. The full solution consists of three new key elements; a beacon standard, tools and APIs, and a service for managing and monitoring large beacon deployments. 

The cornerstone of Google's beacon solution is the company's new standard...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, Devices, iOS.

Turn scribbles into digital handwriting with Eloise's API

Eloise specialises in digitising anyone's handwriting to merge the benefits of digital with the personal touch of an individual's handwriting. Through creating a custom style, you can type your message and Eloise will recreate your own handwriting with an insane amount of accuracy.

Instead of creating a consumer product, Eloise is going the API route and targeting developers

Furthermore, every message is individual thanks to small differences each time in lettering and...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API.