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.

OpenAPI specification v3 further guides interoperable API development

The latest OpenAPI specification has been released to advance the Linux Foundation project’s goal of providing a foundation to developers building interoperable APIs.

Now in version 3.0.0, the latest release is described as a “culmination of nearly two years of collaboration among senior API developers and architects from across multiple industries” such as payment and banking, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and vendors building API solutions.

Some of the most notable additions in...

By Ryan Daws, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry.

Elastic Beam unveils AI-powered software platform to protect API infrastructures from attacks

Elastic Beam has announced the launch of API Behavioral Security (ABS), an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software platform that can detect and block cyberattacks that target APIs to compromise corporate data and systems – in public clouds, hybrid clouds, or on premise.

ABS does not require any predefined policies, security rules, or attack signatures, and is capable of stopping new and constantly changing attacks.

Securing APIs is important because they provide an easy access into...

By Developer, 11 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Security.

Open Banking releases payments API spec to prepare industry for transformation

Open Banking, the implementation entity set up by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) to provide new ways for customers to share their financial data with non-bank providers, has released an API specification for accounts and transaction information and payments initiation.

The spec is now available on the Open Banking website for review and development by banks and third-party service providers.

Currently due to go live in January next year, the Payments Initiation API will enable third parties to...

By Ryan Daws, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API.

Android Things Preview 4.1 includes minor improvements for IoT developers

The latest Android Things preview update only contains minor improvements but could be useful for some IoT developers.

As the incremental version number suggests, this update isn’t filled with exciting new features. The first is support for the Pico i.MX6UL revision B board, while support for earlier revisions are being dropped. The latest board supports many common external peripherals from companies including Adafruit and Pimoroni.

A second addition is a smaller, more optimised version of Play...

By Ryan Daws, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Devices, IoT, Platforms.

Google brings new and updated APIs with Chrome 60

Google has updated its popular Chrome browser with new and updated APIs for developers to improve the experience for all users.

Currently available in the beta channel, Chrome 60 includes a brand new Paint Timing API, enhancements to the Credential Management API, and improvements as to how pages are rendered with a new CSS Font-Display feature.

Paint Timing API

The Paint Timing API is designed to help web developers gauge how quickly a web app or page loads to help make improvements where necessary. This is...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, HTML5.

reCAPTCHA Android API launched to enable safer Internet usage on Android mobiles

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Google has announced the launch of the first reCAPTCHA Android API as part of Google Play Services, aiming to better tell humans and bots apart on mobile.

The older versions of reCAPTCHA have been refined to create a version that can provide interruption-free, streamlined user experience – the Invisible reCAPTCHA in March 2017 – which means users can go through sites automatically.

The API will utilise the newest Invisible reCAPTCHA technology, with it also being included...

By Developer, 12 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API.