Google makes Cloud Speech API generally available to developers

Google is allowing third-party developers to access its speech recognition technology with the help of its Cloud Speech API, which has become generally available.

Cloud Speech, which allows developers to convert audio to text with a simple to use API, was introduced in open beta in summer 2016, and is built on the core technology that powers speech recognition for Google products, such as Google Assistant, Google Search, Google Now.

Google bettered the transcription accuracy for long-form audio and process...

By Developer, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API.

NHS England launches dedicated space for developers

As part of a new healthcare app initiative, NHS England has launched a dedicated online space for developers alongside a library to discover approved software.

The new space for developers can be found here and provides access to appropriate health-related data, tools, and a testing facility for apps. Features which enable validation and authorisation are in the pipeline and will be added soon.

“Our vision is to transform the way people experience the NHS, by designing digital health...

By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Industry.

Twitter launches Periscope Producer API to counter Facebook Live

As it continues its fight against rivals to be the source of real-time news, Twitter has launched the Periscope Producer API which allows media publishers to broadcast live on the platform using their own professional equipment.

News of the impending API release was first reported by The Information but without an exact release date or much in the way of details. Facebook launched a similar API last April as part of its ‘Facebook...

By Ryan Daws, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Facebook.

One studio is dropping DirectX in favour of Vulkan

DirectX could once afford to be exclusive to Microsoft platforms when PC gaming was dominant, but now it seems developers are willing to drop it for cross-platform alternatives such as Vulkan.

Vulkan is a cross-platform graphics API which supports all the major PC platforms, gaming consoles, and even smartphones. Unlike DirectX 12, it’s also open source. Both of these factors make it compelling to developers looking to simplify their coding while expanding their potential audience.

The developers of...

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Gaming, Microsoft.

O2 launches Liberty API project to provide mobility and social-demographic info to developers

O2 in the Czech Republic has launched the Liberty API project which aims to provide developers with access to some of the mobile operator’s data.

"At O2 we have a variety of unique systems built upon our data sources. Through open APIs to become a skilled partner for developers to create new products and solutions," describes Petr Holeček, manager of internal innovation center O2.

Two APIs will be offered as part of the pilot – the Mobility API, and the Socio-demo API. The former will...

By Ryan Daws, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Mobile.

New API launch aims to unify blockchain and game development

GameCredits Inc, an IT and finance company ‘with a mission to deliver blockchain-based products to a mass market in the gaming industry’, has announced the launch of a free API to enable developers to offer its cryptocurrency for in-game payments.

The blockchain, a distributed database which theoretically offers more secure data transfer across payments and potentially other applications, is being taken to a wider market base for the first time with this release, the company claims....

By Developer, 09 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Gaming.

Vulkan graphics API is now supported on Intel chips

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Intel has announced support for the Vulkan graphics API in the company’s most recent ‘Core’ chips on Windows 10.

Vulkan, a graphics API similar to DirectX 12, is already supported on graphics cards from NVIDIA and AMD. Khronos released v1.0 of the Vulkan specification almost one year ago on February 16th and it has been received well by developers seeking a cross-platform...

By Ryan Daws, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Gaming.

Futuremark prepares to launch new DirectX 12, Vulkan benchmarks

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Futuremark is among the most respected names in benchmarking, and the company is about to launch new tools for examining the performance of the newfangled DirectX 12 and Vulkan graphics APIs. 

You may have used or seen benchmarks conducted with the 3DMark software in the past, you may have even seen DirectX 12 benchmarks tested using it. The current version of 3DMark includes a DirectX 12 test...

By Ryan Daws, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming, Testing.

Unity 5.6 beta includes support for Vulkan

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Game developers using the Unity game engine will now be able to deliver exceptional outcomes with the new Unity 5.6 beta – an improved version of the engine which includes improvements to graphics, with Metal Compute, Particle System, and GPU Instancing.

The beta version of the Unity game engine also supports the new Vulkan API, allowing Unity’s Personal Edition users to leverage Vulkan – a...

By Developer, 20 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Gaming.

Google adds support for WebVR API in Chrome beta

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Google has announced support for the WebVR API in the latest beta version of its Chrome browser for Android. 

The addition of the JavaScript API will enable users to easily consume some VR content straight from the web for a more seamless experience than downloading separate apps. Better still, it supports all the major VR headsets including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear...

By Ryan Daws, 14 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, VR.