Polar opens its API for developers to access health data

Polar has been steadily growing in the wearables space and is now taking the next step by opening up its API to third-party developers.

While larger competitors such as Fitbit have opened their API for some time, it’s made little sense for Polar until this point.

Polar has a wide range of health-related products on the market including smartwatches, fitness trackers, bike computers, and chest straps. In 1982, the...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Wearables.

Android 8.1 Developer Preview released with Neural Networks API

AI is the next frontier in smartphones, and Google plans to lead the charge with a dedicated Neural Networks API in the latest Android developer preview.

The new API was first announced back in May and promises to enable developers to take advantage of a ‘lite’ version of TensorFlow — Google’s open source machine intelligence software library.

“TensorFlow Lite will leverage a...

By Ryan Daws, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile, Platforms.

Apple authorised API allowing Uber to record users’ iPhone screens

Apple often takes a strict approach to security, but an apparent slip-up authorised an API which allowed Uber to record users’ iPhone screens.

Security researcher Will Strafach made the claim saying the powerful ability would allow Uber to record the screen even when it’s running in the background.

The ability comes from what Apple calls ‘entitlements’ which allow app developers to do things requiring special privileges such as interacting with iCloud or Apple Pay. The screen recording...

By Ryan Daws, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Apple, Industry.

Twitter builds ‘complete reference centre’ for developers

Twitter has combined gnip.com and dev.twitter.com to produce the new developer.twitter.com site, which is said to be “a complete reference centre” for its platform and a “hub for all developer resources.”

According to Twitter staff developer advocate Andy Piper, apart from relocating the content from gnip.com and dev.twitter.com in one place—including the social network’s publisher platform, Twitter Kit tools, ads APIs (application-programming interfaces), Gnip APIs and...

By Developer, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Social media.

W3C approves EME digital rights standard – with Electronic Frontier Foundation resigning

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has voted to approve Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) as a Web standard – yet some organisations are not happy about the result.

EME is an API which allows plugin-free playback of encrypted content in Web browsers. As the W3C wrote, in a missive confirming the vote: “The viewing experience of watching movies and TV shows on the Web has now moved from a cumbersome and possibly insecure arrangement to the security of the Open Web Platform.

“The integration...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, HTML5.

Instagram API upgraded to Facebook Graph

The API behind Instagram has been upgraded to Facebook’s Graph API — bringing new features and (hopefully) less Bieber nudes.

Following the upgrade, developers can utilise the existing Graph API SDKs and monitor activity using its dashboards. Developers also have access to Facebook’s technical support.

The Instagram Graph API now allows businesses on the platform to see more information about the performance of their organic content via...

By Ryan Daws, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Facebook, Platforms.

Android Oreo: Developer features, usage analysis, and superhero metaphors

It’s official: the latest flavour of Android will now be known as Android Oreo.

This is not the first time Google has gone brand-centric – 2013’s KitKat, sealed with a secret meeting with Nestle at that year’s Mobile World Congress, came before – but in a company blog for 8.0, Google adopted a superhero and superpower theme to the news. Where have we heard that one...

By James Bourne, 23 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools.

Got engaging Alexa skills? Amazon will now reward your efforts

Amazon has announced that developers ‘of eligible skills’ in Alexa, the company’s personal assistant software, will be remunerated under a new program.

The initiative, available to developers with the highest customer engagement in the US, UK and Germany, is through six new categories: education and reference, food and drink, health and fitness, lifestyle, music and audio, and productivity.

Amazon had previously been rewarding top game developers with a program rolled out in May, while...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, API, Development Tools.

HomePod code reveals how the virtual home button on the iPhone 8 will function

With a virtual home button for the iPhone 8 unofficially confirmed, more details have been revealed about how it will function.

The findings come via iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who you may recognise from his attempts to port Siri to the iPhone 4. He’s sure to be causing a stir at Apple once again with his digging into the HomePod firmware.

An outline of the iPhone 8 was found in the firmware with no home button in sight to accommodate a “bezel-less” design. Further analysis found...

By Ryan Daws, 11 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Apple, iOS, Platforms.

Microsoft releases preview of ChakraCore with N-API support

Microsoft has announced the release of a new ChakraCore preview with N-API support on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

ChakraCore, which is based on Node.js 8, was developed by Microsoft to extend Node.js to Windows 10 IoT Core. The project grew in scope as the developers realised the need to address problems with the Node.js ecosystem across platforms.

At NodeSummit 2016, Microsoft unveiled support for the Node-ChakraCore interpreter and runtime on Linux and macOS. Since its announcement, Microsoft added support...

By Ryan Daws, 28 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Mac, Microsoft.