Microsoft begins charming developers into supporting its dual-screen vision

Microsoft has kicked off its campaign to get developers to support its dual-screen vision with the release of a preview toolkit.

The toolkit allows developers to begin crafting apps for the company’s upcoming Android-powered Surface Duo smartphone. However, those wanting to start building apps for the Windows 10 X-powered Surface Neo PC will need to wait a bit longer.

Both of the new...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Microsoft, Mobile, Platforms.

Android 11 will add a new App Compatibility feature to ease testing

Google plans to make testing your apps for compatibility issues much simpler in the next Android release.

The company's annual I/O developer event is an exciting time for techies. Shiny new toys are debuted at I/O for both developers and consumers, but they can also present compatibility problems which can ruin the experience users have with your apps.

Starting with Android 11, Google plans to add an App Compatibility feature which can be found in the developer settings.

The new setting allows developers...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Industry, Mobile, Platforms, Testing.

Huawei sets out its post-Google plans with release of HMS Core 4.0

Huawei has unveiled further details about its replacements to Google’s services as it prepares to lose access following US sanctions.

During an event in London, Huawei made its pitch as to why developers should port their apps to HMS (Huawei Mobile Services).

The first reason is a cash incentive. Huawei announced that it will use a pot of £20 million ($26 million) to help persuade developers to bring their apps to HMS.

Anson Zhang, MD of Huawei UK, said: "We have announced our £20...

By Ryan Daws, 17 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: AI, API, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

State of JavaScript survey: Svelte and Nuxt good, Angular and Cordova bad

The latest survey data assessing the JavaScript ecosystem is in, with a heady mix of winners and losers – but a continuing stream of innovation in features and libraries.

The 2019 State of JavaScript study, published at the end of last month, saw more than 21,000 respondents – albeit more than 91% were male – with two thirds (64%) having between...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, JavaScript, Languages.

Report: Over half of people working with APIs are not developers

API development platform provider Postman has released some interesting findings about the various types of people who are engaging with APIs.

Most people would probably assume developers are the core group of people who are using APIs. However, 53 percent of the 10,000 respondents do not have the title of "developer".

That's a significant increase over last year when 59 percent of respondents said they were either front-end or back-end developers.

Some of the non-developer roles where...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry.

StrongSalt’s new Open Privacy API offers ‘encryption as a service’

Encryption as a service provider StrongSalt has released its Open Privacy API to improve the security of developers’ applications.

StrongSalt was founded by Ed Yu, the former founding engineer of cybersecurity giant FireEye. Back in September, StrongSalt raised $3 million in seed funding from Valley Capital Partners.

Claiming it wants to “do for encryption what Stripe has done for payments and Twilio has done for communications,” StrongSalt offers APIs and SDKs for most of the leading cloud...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Cloud, Hacking, Industry, Platforms, Security.

Sophos launches a security analysis platform for developers

British cybersecurity firm Sophos has launched a new threat intelligence and analysis platform for developers.

SophosLabs Intelix helps developers to build more secure applications through simple API calls. Developers can use an API call to assess the risk of things like files, IP addresses, URLs, and more.

Sophos claims the platform is continuously updated and features petabytes of...

By Ryan Daws, 06 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Hacking, Industry, Platforms, Security.

We can work it out: How the Lennon-McCartney partnership can translate to software development

At the beginning of October Abbey Road, The Beatles’ last studio record – though penultimate release – regained the number one spot in the UK charts thanks to the release of a special 50th anniversary edition.

As with the rest of the band’s oeuvre, the composition credit for the majority of tracks was attributed to ‘Lennon-McCartney’, rather than one of the duo. While by the time of...

By Matt Walton, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Industry, Testing.

Project Treble is making a big difference to the speed of Android updates

Google’s Project Treble initiative to speed up Android updates and reduce fragmentation appears to be working.

Manufacturers of Android devices have a tendency to heavily modify the OS in an understandable bid to differentiate their offerings. The downside is that it takes such manufacturers a long time to deliver OS updates.

Aside from not providing access to all the latest and greatest features to users, Android fragmentation means developers have less certainty their apps will work as intended across...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile, Platforms.

Instagram launches Basic Display API and will deprecate its predecessor

Facebook has announced on its developer blog that Instagram is launching the full Basic Display API and deprecating its predecessor.

The final permission, Basic Permission, is being migrated from the Instagram Legacy API starting today.

With the migration of this final permission, the Basic Display API is now able to do all the expected interactions with Instagram such as importing photos, connect to Instagram profiles, and more.

Facebook's Instagram team have also made the following updates:

  • Introduced new features to enable users to decide what information they share, and to revoke...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Facebook, Platforms, Social media.

TomTom launches new APIs for combating the ‘range anxiety’ of electric vehicles

TomTom has launched a range of APIs designed to help developers combat the ‘range anxiety’ users have with electric vehicles.

A forest in one of the coldest places on Earth, Siberia, is currently on fire. Experts say temperatures are around 10 degrees higher than usual due to climate change.

Such headlines have raised awareness of the need to reduce our carbon emissions....

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API.

Twilio aims for social good by promoting equality and launching initiatives to support non-profits, most vulnerable

Twilio has announced a range of internal policy changes designed to improve workplace equality alongside initiatives to support non-profits and the most vulnerable.

Very little can get done without communication, it’s behind almost everything we do. That puts Twilio in a position which Spiderman’s Uncle Ben would say: “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

Promoting equality

Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson began his keynote setting out the company’s goal that, by 2023, his...

By Ryan Daws, 09 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Moving beyond apps into the next big era with Twilio Conversations

Twilio is hoping to empower developers looking to move beyond apps with Twilio Conversations announced today during Signal 2019 in San Francisco.

Jeff Lawson, CEO of Twilio, kicked off the 2019 keynote highlighting the importance and growth of communication tools with some impressive statistics.

Developers using Twilio's communication solutions now drive 750 billion human interactions per year, a peak SMS rate of 13,000 per second, 2.8 billion unique phone numbers, and 3 billion email...

By Ryan Daws, 07 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Facebook updates Graph, Messenger, and Marketing APIs to 4.0

Facebook has updated three of its most important APIs to version 4, bringing some important changes to be aware of.

While the version number indicates a large release, it’s worth noting that Facebook is transitioning to major numbers for all new versions. The change in numbering aligns the version numbers of Facebook’s SDKs with the version of the API.

Graph API 4.0

Pages API – Facebook now requires one of the following permissions for an app to access the pages associated with a...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Facebook, Industry, Marketing, Platforms, Social media.

Mozilla criticises Facebook’s political ad API as being ‘inadequate’

Privacy advocates Mozilla have called out Facebook’s political ad API as ‘inadequate’ and not working as it should.

Social media is a powerful tool, especially for those wanting to influence a massive number of people. The reach and potential anonymity of social media have led to huge disinformation campaigns often designed for political manipulation.

Intelligence agencies often point the finger at Russia for many of these disinformation campaigns. Infamous ‘troll farms’ use bots...

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Social media.

Google subsidiary Wing is first to use a new drone safety API

A subsidiary of Google called Wing is the first to use a new drone safety API developed by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Project Wing is an autonomous delivery drone service aiming to increase access to goods, reduce traffic congestion in cities, and help ease the CO2 emissions attributable to the transportation of goods.

Wing is also developing a platform enabling unmanned aircraft to navigate around other drones, manned aircraft, and other obstacles like trees, buildings, and...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, IoT.

Intel launches new C++-based language as part of One API plans

Intel is putting together a new programming language aimed at simplifying development across workloads and architectures as part of its ‘One API’ initiative.

Data Parallel C++ (DPC++), naturally based on C++ but also incorporating elements of SYCL from The Khronos Group, is touted as being an ‘open, cross-industry alternative to single architecture proprietary languages.’

One...

By James Bourne, 24 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, C#, Development Tools, Languages.

Android Q beta 4 released with finalised APIs

Google has debuted Android Q beta 4, bringing with it what's promised to be the finalised APIs of the upcoming release.

The official designation of 'API 29' has been assigned for this release, for developers wanting to target Android's latest flavour.

Developers can now take advantage of Android Q features such as the system-wide dark mode, smart replies/actions for notifications, and foldable smartphone layouts. These features can be used without concern of broken functionality in the final...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

Google Pay APIs improve checkout and pass experiences

Google has updated its Pay API to support new features which improve the online checkout and pass usage experiences.

Some of the features were debuted at this year’s I/O developer conference, but Google has now provided further detail of how they can be used in practice.

Going forward, the Google Pay payment sheet will display all information about the purchase – item cost, shipping options.etc will be displayed to prevent the customer from having to return to the merchant site.

The new...

By Ryan Daws, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Android, API, Mobile, Platforms.