Google helps developers clean up their code with Android KTX

Android KTX is Google’s attempt to make writing code for their platform in Kotlin easier and more concise.

Ever since Google announced first-party support for the Kotlin programming language, many developers have been experimenting with it. As expected, when developers are getting to grips with a new language, this has led to some messy code.

Kotlin itself is designed to be friendly and easy to pick...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Java, Languages.

SmartBear introduces Swagger Inspector to simplify API validation and OpenAPI documentation

SmartBear, a developer of software quality tools for teams, has announced the launch of the cloud-based Swagger Inspector tool to ease API validation process and help developers in auto-generating their OpenAPI documentation without any hassle.

The aim behind the formulation of Swagger Inspector is to help developers as much as possible in checking if APIs, be it REST, SOAP, GraphQL or other, are working as per their standards and satisfaction.  The cloud-based tool also helps...

By Developer, 29 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: API.

Mercedes-Benz provides an API for its connected vehicles

Daimler-owned automotive giant Mercedes-Benz has launched a new API for its connected vehicles.

The API provides access to some data and features of the supported vehicles. On the data side, developers can request access for things such as vehicle location, fuel level, and tyre pressure.

For obvious safety reasons, developers cannot access things such as steering control. However, they can have control of...

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: API, IoT.

Alexa learns to cook via the Smart Home Skill API

An update to Amazon’s Smart Home Skill API has introduced support for Alexa to control a range of cooking devices.

The new capabilities will enable Alexa to control kitchen devices including microwaves and conventional ovens. Support for the former is available today, while for ovens is said to be coming soon.

Users of apps...

By Ryan Daws, 05 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, API.

Veritone announces availability of AI developer application

Veritone has announced the general availability of its latest developer application, a self-service development environment that empowers cognitive engine, application and API developers to create, submit and deploy fresh AI ideas to life via integration with the Veritone aiWARE platform.

According to Veritone, the application is publicly available as a unique resource for experts in machine learning, firms associated with application development and system integrators. It supports RESTful and GraphQL...

By Developer, 14 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools.

Google Realtime API to cease from January

Google's Realtime API, which provides applications and sites with similar collaboration abilities to Google Docs and Sheets, will come to an end on January 15th, 2019.

In order to avoid any inconvenience caused by the Realtime API shut down, Google is presently busy formulating products such as Google Cloud SQL, Firebase Realtime Database, and Google Cloud Firestore. The company believes this will cater to the needs of developers who are currently using the Realtime API.

In October 2017, Google announced...

By Developer, 01 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API.

Keras and the Dataset API graduate in TensorFlow 1.4

The latest release of Google’s popular open-source library TensorFlow graduates the Keras framework and Dataset API.

Keras is a machine learning framework written in Python which aims to minimise the time between ideas and working implementations. It consists of two high-level APIs: Keras Sequential, and Keras Functional.

Sequential models are created using the

By Ryan Daws, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, IoT.

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.