Play Services 10.2 will drop support for Gingerbread and Honeycomb

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Google has warned developers the next Play Services update will increase the minimum supported API level to 14, which means Android versions 'Gingerbread' and 'Honeycomb' will no longer be supported. 

Once an app is published to the Play Store, with this new minimum requirement, the minority of users still on legacy platforms will no longer see the app or its...

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile, Platforms.

WebVR support in Chrome will help VR reach the masses

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As the world's most popular browser, Chrome's upcoming support for nascent standard WebVR will enable more people than ever to access VR content directly from their web browser. 

With a current estimated marketshare of 72.5 percent and support for a wide variety of internet-enabled devices, Chrome has a lot of weight to...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Android, API, VR.

MasterCard launches blockchain APIs for developers

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Financial service giant MasterCard has launched three blockchain APIs on its developer portal in a bid to keep up with VISA. 

The concept of blockchain first arrived when bitcoins – the digital currency – started to gain transaction and required a public ledger for all transactions in a secure environment away from potential tampering. In order to...

By Ryan Daws, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API.

Windows App Studio updated with API gallery

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Microsoft is making it easier for anyone to build increasingly capable applications for their latest OS with the addition of an easy to use "API Gallery" for Microsoft's free online app builder – Windows App Studio

Just in time for the consumer launch of the Windows 10 "Anniversary" update, the new feature will make it...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Microsoft.

Twilio launches Sync API for real-time cross-platform info

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Twilio, a leading communications platform, has launched a new API called 'Sync' which aims to make it easier for developers to build cross-platform apps which display real-time information. 

Sync will enable state synchronisation regardless of platform and intends to offload many of the issues which can plague the development process of...

By Ryan Daws, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Platforms.

AT&T launches developer 'Starter Kit' for the IoT

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Mobile networks will play a large part in the Internet of Things and interested developers would be wise to pay attention to developments from telecommunication giants. On that note, AT&T has announced the launch of a dedicated IoT 'Starter Kit' for developers looking to get started with IoT development. 

The kit was announced by AT&T's...

By Ryan Daws, 13 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: API, Development Tools, Devices, IoT, Platforms, Testing.

Telstra Ventures invests in Chinese communications API provider Cloopen

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Telstra Ventures has made an undisclosed strategic investment in Beijing-based Cloopen, a provider of Chinese communications application programming interfaces (APIs). Matthew Koertge, managing director of Telstra Ventures, said the rationale for the investment was rooted in the robust growth in the APIs and over-the-top (OTT) application sector in China.

Koertge said: “With the complex nature of the telecommunications infrastructure in China and different local policies...

By Developer, 08 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Platforms.