Developer Programs and APIs in the News – Volume 2, Number 8

In today’s interconnected world, companies in all industries need to publish APIs and cultivate a developer community to access and use them. To be competitive today, attracting and supporting developers is essential. The key to cultivating a vibrant developer community that uses your APIs and supports your platform is a good developer relations program. “Developer Programs and APIs in the News” is a series of news items from developer programs around the world.

Developer Programs and APIs in the News

Amazon – October 24, 2017 – Introducing the All-New Amazon Appstore for Android Devices – “Today we’re excited to announce the all-new standalone Amazon Appstore mobile app for Android. The Amazon Appstore is available on millions of Amazon Fire TV, Fire tablet, and Android devices in 236 countries and territories. The new mobile app is redesigned from the ground up, allowing customers to enjoy the same apps and games that they engage with on Fire TV and Fire tablets on their mobile phones.”

Google – October 24, 2017 – Gmail Add-ons framework now available to all developers – “Now anyone can start building a Gmail add-on. Gmail Add-ons let you integrate your app into Gmail and extend Gmail to handle quick actions.”

Apple, GE – October 18, 2017 – Apple and GE partner to bring Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad – “Apple and GE today announced a partnership to deliver powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to iPhone and iPad. The two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps.”

Google, JFrog, Red Hat, IBM, Black Duck, Twistlock, Aqua Security, CoreOS – October 12, 2017 – Introducing Grafeas: An open-source API to audit and govern your software supply chain – “Building software at scale requires strong governance of the software supply chain, and strong governance requires good data. Grafeas is an open source initiative to define a uniform way for auditing and governing the modern software supply chain. Grafeas (scribe in Greek) provides organizations with a central source of truth for tracking and enforcing policies across an ever growing set of software development teams and pipelines. Build, auditing and compliance tools can use the Grafeas API to store, query and retrieve comprehensive metadata on software components of all kinds.”

Google – October 12, 2017 – Introducing Android Instant Apps SDK 1.1 – “Since our public launch at Google I/O, we’ve been working hard to improve the developer experience of building instant apps. Today, we’re excited to announce availability of the Android Instant Apps SDK 1.1 with some highly-requested features such as improved NDK support, configuration APKs for binary size reduction, and a new API to maintain user’s context when they transition from an instant app to the installed app.”

Dialogflow, API.AI – October 10, 2017 – Introducing Dialogflow, the new name for API.AI – “We realized that we were doing so much more than just providing an API. So with that, we’d like to introduce Dialogflow – the new name for API.AI.Our new name doesn’t change the work we’re doing with you or our mission. Our mission continues to be that Dialogflow is your end-to-end platform for building great conversational experiences and our team will help you share what you’ve built with millions of users.”

Apple – October 6, 2017 – Creating and Promoting Your AR Apps – “ARKit lets you seamlessly blend realistic virtual objects with the real world, so you can take your apps beyond the screen. Use these resources to learn how to clearly indicate when the user enters AR, show users what to expect from your AR experiences with app previews, and build Face Tracking support for iPhone X.”

Google – October 4, 2017 – Apps for the Google Assistant: new languages, devices and features! – “As you may have seen, it’s a big day for the Google Assistant with new features, new devices and new languages coming soon. But it’s also a big day for developers like you, as Actions on Google is also coming to new devices and new languages, and getting better for building and sharing apps.”

Twitter – September 25, 2017 – Refreshing and bringing together our developer resources – “Today we are launching developer.twitter.com — replacing and bringing together gnip.com and dev.twitter.com — as a complete reference center for Twitter’s developer platform. The new site will be a hub for all developer resources. Whether integrating with Twitter for the first time, or innovating and scaling solutions for your customers, you can look to developer.twitter.com as a place to learn, to manage tools and APIs, and to engage with the Twitter developer community worldwide.”

Apple – September 19, 2017 – The All-new App Store is Here – “The App Store has grown beyond anything we could have ever imagined. And now, with daily stories by our editors, a dedicated Games tab, lists for all kinds of apps, and much more, this beautiful new design provides an amazing place to highlight your incredible work — and help customers discover new apps and games.”

Telstra – September 12, 2017 – Welcome to the new T.DEV! – “At Telstra we’re embarking on a new journey to connect you, the developer, to our services. We realise the importance developers have in coming up with new innovations, in growing new businesses and by shaping the world as we all move up the stack. Telstra is getting closer to developers in a big way, and in some ways we’ve already been talking with developers for a long time through programs.”

Amazon – September 7, 2017 – Export your Amazon Lex bot schema to the Alexa Skills Kit – “You can now export your Amazon Lex chatbot schema into the Alexa Skills Kit to simplify the process of creating an Alexa skill. Amazon Lex now provides the ability to export your Amazon Lex chatbot definition as a JSON file that can be added to the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK). ”

Microsoft – August 28, 2017 – Introducing the Xamarin Certified Mobile Professional Badge – “We’re pleased to introduce a new certification level at Xamarin University, the Xamarin Certified Mobile Professional! This badge will be our initial certification level for developers to demonstrate fundamental competency in Xamarin mobile development.”

Arduino – July 28, 2017 – A New Era for Arduino Begins Today – “This is the beginning of a new era for Arduino in which we will strengthen and renew our commitment to open source hardware and software, while in parallel setting the company on a sound financial course of sustainable growth. Our vision remains to continue to enable anybody to innovate with electronics for a long time to come.”

Samsung – June 21, 2017 – A Must Watch for Game Developers: The Seven Rules of Monetization – “In what was a jam-packed hour, Oscar spoke about the importance of learning through experimentation, failure and data, offering expertise and examples designed to help developers avoid the mistakes he’s seen throughout his almost 20 years in monetization and social freemium game design.”

 

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Almost Half of Cloud Developers Using Immutable Architecture and Microservices

Evans Data put out a press release on August 23, 2017 that reported results of  a recent cloud development survey. The report showed that almost half of all developers working in and/or deploying to a Cloud are deploying and delivering environmental configurations as instances of immutable architecture (46%) in development testing and production, with only slightly less (42%) doing the same with microservices according to Evans Data Corp’s newly released Cloud Development Survey.

In addition to those currently delivering environmental configurations as immutable architectures an additional 37% are experimenting with this technology but haven’t put it into production yet. As for microservices, an additional 34% are evaluating and 15% expect to experiment with microservices in the next year.

“There’s an obvious affinity between microservices and immutable architecture,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data. “Containers in general as well as microservices can embrace immutability which enhances reliability and reduces the dependence on heavy weight installers and configuration management software. The developers are telling us the time for this evolution has come.”

The survey also showed that the most common types of applications that are containerized are Business to Business applications, followed by backend development, and while the vast majority of those who use containers use some kind of orchestration tools, the orchestrator that most use is the one that ships with the container software they use.

VMware, Pivotal, Google jointly announce PKS (Pivotal Container Service)

I attended VMWare’s recent VMWorld 2017 conference in Las Vegas. During the Tuesday morning keynote, Pat Gelsinger (VMware CEO), Michael Dell (Dell Technologies Chairman and CEO), Rob Mee (Pivotal CEO) and Sam Ramji (Google Cloud VP) were on stage to announce that the companies are working together to simplify the creation, deployment, orchestration and management of containers at enterprise scale.

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Their work will allow enterprise developers to integrate “production ready” VMware vSphere, Google Container Engine, Bosh, Kubo and Kubernetes. During the keynote it was also announced that VMware and Pivotal were joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation at the platinum level. Pricing and Availability information from the VMware press release: “PKS is expected to become available in calendar Q4 2017. Pricing details to be released upon general availability.”

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Evans Data Cloud Development Survey 2017, Volume 1

The survey of developers currently developing in or deploying to the Cloud was fielded in June 2017 and provides a margin of error of 4.4%. The full 187 page report includes sections on Cloud Developer Demographics, Migrating to a Cloud, Containers, DevOps and the Cloud, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Mobile IoT and the Cloud, Security and Governance, and much more!

See the complete Table of Contents and Methodology here: Table of Contents

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Developer Programs and APIs in the News – Volume 2, Number 7

In today’s interconnected world, companies in all industries need to publish APIs and cultivate a developer community to access and use them. To be competitive today, attracting and supporting developers is essential. The key to cultivating a vibrant developer community that uses your APIs and supports your platform is a good developer relations program. “Developer Programs and APIs in the News” is a series of news items from developer programs around the world.

Developer Programs and APIs in the News

eBay – June 20, 2017 – eBay Announces New and Updated Sell and Buy APIs to Help Companies Grow Their Businesses – “Today, we are announcing new Commerce APIs, which is useful for buying and selling on eBay. The first capability in the Commerce APIs is the Taxonomy API. With this API, sellers get the category taxonomy for the eBay marketplace, and suggested categories. Sellers can also use this to organize their inventory. Buyers use the API to easily browse and discover what they are looking for. We are also introducing a new Buy API, Buy Marketing API, which gives developers the best-selling products in a category, ranked by product demand metrics.”

Google – June 15, 2017 – Supercharge your Computer Vision models with the TensorFlow Object Detection API – “Today we are happy to make this system available to the broader research community via the TensorFlow Object Detection API. This codebase is an open-source framework built on top of TensorFlow that makes it easy to construct, train and deploy object detection models. Our goals in designing this system was to support state-of-the-art models while allowing for rapid exploration and research.”

IBM, BMW – June 14, 2017 – IBM Integrates with BMW CarData to Enable New and Innovative Services for Drivers – “As a pilot partner, IBM has integrated Bluemix with the BMW CarData platform. Vehicle data will be enhanced by IBM Watson IoT, using cognitive and data analytics services to enable third parties, such as automotive repair shops or insurance companies, to develop entirely new customer experiences.”

Google – June 13, 2017 – Recognizing Android Excellence on Google Play – “As part of our efforts to recognize this content on the Play Store, today we’re launching Android Excellence. The new collections will showcase apps and games that deliver incredible user experiences on Android, use many of our best practices, and have great design, technical performance, localization, and device optimization.”

Google – June 8, 2017 – Android O APIs are final, get your apps ready! – “Today we’re rolling out Developer Preview 3 with the final Android O APIs, the latest system images, and an update to Android Studio to help you get ready for the consumer release later in the summer. Watch for one more preview update coming in July that will bring you the near-final system images.”

Cisco – June 8, 2017 – Cisco Visual Networking Index Predicts Global Annual IP Traffic to Exceed Three Zettabytes by 2021 – “Over the next five years (2016 – 2021), global digital transformation will continue to have a significant impact on the demands and requirements of IP networks according to today’s release of the Cisco Visual Networking Index™ (VNI) Complete Forecast. Top-level indicators include the projected increase in Internet users—from 3.3 to 4.6 billion or 58 percent of the global population[1], greater adoption of personal devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections—from 17.1 billion to 27.1 billion from 2016- 2021, average broadband speed advances—from 27.5 Mbps to 53.0 Mbps, and more video viewing—from 73 percent to 82 percent of total IP traffic. Over the forecast period, global IP traffic is expected to increase three-fold reaching an annual run rate of 3.3 zettabytes by 2021, up from an annual run rate of 1.2 zettabytes in 2016.”

Zenedge – June 7, 2017 – Zenedge Launches Advanced API Security Solution with Native SDK for Web and Mobile – “Zenedge, a leading provider of cloud-based, artificial intelligence (AI) driven Web Application Firewall (WAF), malicious bot detection and DDoS cybersecurity solutions, announced today the availability of Zenedge API Security™, an advanced API protection solution designed to go beyond traditional IP rate limiting based DDoS protection for APIs, featuring a proprietary SDK for full application layer protection.”

PTC/ThingWorx – June 6, 2017 – PTC Expands Its Industrial IoT Technology Offering with the Launch of ThingWorx 8 – “With this ThingWorx 8 update, ThingWorx evolves into a more robust, comprehensive Industrial IoT technology offering for businesses looking to accelerate Industrial IoT value. ThingWorx 8 features enhanced platform capabilities, role-specific applications for engineering and manufacturing, a substantial ecosystem of partners and customers, more expansive educational programs, and a new collection of service offerings designed for Industrial IoT customers and partners.”

Suunto – June 6, 2017 – Movesense Publicly Launches Software Developer Kit to Accelerate Motion-Sensing Technology – “Suunto is making it easier to rapidly develop and bring to market new, more accurate motion-sensing solutions with Movesense, a sophisticated sensor and software developer kit (SDK) that’s now publicly available. In industries as diverse as sports, agriculture, manufacturing, and health care, Movesense can cut motion-sensing product development from years to hours.”

Google – June 6, 2017 – Spinnaker 1.0: a continuous delivery platform for cloud – “Today we’re happy to announce the release of Spinnaker 1.0, an open-source multi-cloud continuous delivery platform used in production at companies like Netflix, Waze, Target, and Cloudera, plus a new open-source command line interface (CLI) tool called halyard that makes it easy to deploy Spinnaker itself.”

Facebook – June 1, 2017 – Facebook Introduces Developer Circles – “The developer community has played a large role in Facebook’s success to-date, and we continue to focus on giving back to startups, entrepreneurs, and developers to help them succeed. Today, at F8 we announced Developer Circles from Facebook, a new program for developers all over the world to connect, learn, and collaborate with other local developers.”

 

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Developer Programs and APIs in the News – Volume 2, Number 6

In today’s interconnected world, companies in all industries need to publish APIs and cultivate a developer community to access and use them. To be competitive today, attracting and supporting developers is essential. The key to cultivating a vibrant developer community that uses your APIs and supports your platform is a good developer relations program. “Developer Programs and APIs in the News” is a series of news items from developer programs around the world.

Developer Programs and APIs in the News

Apple – June 6, 2017 – Updated App Store Review Guidelines Now Available – “The App Store Review Guidelines have been updated. We review all apps submitted to the App Store in an effort to determine whether they are reliable, perform as expected, and are free of offensive material. As you plan and develop your app, make sure to use these updated guidelines.”
Apple – June 5, 2017 – See What’s Next for Xcode, macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS – “The new beta of Xcode 9 is now available, and includes Swift 4 and SDKs used to build apps with the latest innovations and powerful capabilities in macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.”
Apple – June 5, 2017 – Introducing ARKit – “iOS 11 introduces ARKit, a new framework that allows you to easily create unparalleled augmented reality experiences for iPhone and iPad. By blending digital objects and information with the environment around you, ARKit takes apps beyond the screen, freeing them to interact with the real world in entirely new ways.”
Apple – June 5, 2017 – Introducing Core ML framework – “Integrate machine learning models into your app. Core ML is the foundation for domain-specific frameworks and functionality. Core ML supports Vision for image analysis, Foundation for natural language processing, and GameplayKit for evaluating learned decision trees. Core ML itself builds on top of low-level primitives like Accelerate and BNNS, as well as Metal Performance Shaders.”
Rice University – June 1, 2017 – Rice U. scientists slash computations for deep learning – “Rice University computer scientists have adapted a widely used technique for rapid data lookup (Hashing) to slash the amount of computation — and thus energy and time — required for deep learning, a computationally intense form of machine learning. Hashing can eliminate more than 95 percent of computations.”
Google – June 1, 2017 – 2017 Android Security Rewards – “We’re constantly working to improve the Android Security Rewards program and today we’re making a few changes to all vulnerability reports filed after June 1, 2017. Because every Android release includes more security protections and no researcher has claimed the top reward for an exploit chains in 2 years, we’re excited to increase our top-line payouts for these exploits.”
Microsoft – June 1, 2017 – Microsoft’s high-performance, open source, deep learning toolkit VErsion 2.0 is now generally available – “Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit version 2.0 is now in full release with general availability. Cognitive Toolkit enables enterprise-ready, production-grade AI by allowing users to create, train, and evaluate their own neural networks that can then scale efficiently across multiple GPUs and multiple machines on massive data sets.”
Apple – June 1, 2017 – Developer Earnings from the App Store Top $70 Billion – “Apple today announced that its global developer community has earned over $70 billion since the App Store launched in 2008. The App Store is home to the most innovative apps in the world and in the past 12 months alone, downloads have grown over 70 percent.”
Kleiner Perkins – May 31, 2017 – Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2017 Report – “Global Internet Trends = Solid User Growth… Slowing SmartPhone Growth. Online Advertising (+ Commerce) = Increasingly Measurable + Actionable. Interactive Games = Motherlode of Tech Product Innovation + Modern Learning. Media = Distribution Disruption @ Torrid Pace. The Cloud = Accelerating Change Across Enterprises.”
Cisco, IBM – May 31, 2017 – Cisco and IBM Join Forces to Tackle Cybercrime – “Cisco and IBM Security today announced they are working together to address the growing global threat of cybercrime. In a new collaboration, Cisco and IBM Security will work closely together across products, services and threat intelligence for the benefit of customers. Cisco® security solutions will integrate with IBM’s QRadar to protect organizations across networks, endpoints and cloud.”
nodejs.org – May 30, 2017 – Node v8.0.0 – “The next major release of Node.js brings a range of significant changes and additions.” Includes: npm v5.0.0, JavaScript runtime V8 5.8, asynch hooks, WHATWG URL parser, Buffer changes, Improved support for Promises and more.
Oracle – May 30, 2017 – Proposed schedule change for JDK 9 – “As you probably know by now, the JCP Executive Committee (EC) recently voted not to approve JSR 376, the Java Platform Module System, for the next stage of the process. This vote does not mean that JSR 376 is dead, nor that Jigsaw has been rejected. It only means that the EC raised a number of concerns that it wanted the JSR 376 Expert Group (EG) to address…To be specific, I propose that we move the GA date out by eight weeks, from 27 July to 21 September.”
Red Hat, Codenvy – May 25, 2017 – Red Hat to Acquire Codenvy, Provider of Agile and Cloud-Native Development Tools – “Red Hat, Inc. announces that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Codenvy, provider of cloud-native development tools that enable developers to more easily create modern container-based and cloud-native applications. By adding Codenvy to its existing portfolio of developer tools and application platforms, including Red Hat JBoss Middleware and Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat continues its efforts to provide solutions that enable developers to create applications for hybrid cloud environments.”

 

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Developer Programs and APIs in the News – Volume 2, Number 4

In today’s interconnected world, companies in all industries need to publish APIs and cultivate a developer community to access and use them. To be competitive today, attracting and supporting developers is essential. The key to cultivating a vibrant developer community that uses your APIs and supports your platform is a good developer relations program. “Developer Programs and APIs in the News” is a series of news items from developer programs around the world.

Developer Programs and APIs in the News

Apple – Mar 9 – Reuters: Apple’s Siri learns Shanghainese as voice assistants race to cover languages – “Siri is the oldest of the bunch, and researchers including Oren Etzioni, chief executive officer of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle, said Apple has squandered its lead when it comes to understanding speech and answering questions. But there is at least one thing Siri can do that the other assistants cannot: speak 21 languages localized for 36 countries, a very important capability in a smartphone market where most sales are outside the United States.”
Didi Chuxing – Mar 8 – TechCrunch: China’s Didi Chuxing opens U.S. lab to develop AI and self-driving car tech – “China’s Uber rival Didi Chuxing has officially opened its U.S.-based research lab. The new center is part of a move to suck up talent beyond Didi’s current catchment pool in China, particularly in the areas of AI and self-driving vehicles, but it doesn’t signal an expansion of its service into North America.”
Google – Mar 8 – Announcing Google Cloud Video Intelligence API, and more Cloud Machine Learning updates – “Cloud Video Intelligence API (now in Private Beta) uses powerful deep-learning models, built using frameworks like TensorFlow and applied on large-scale media platforms like YouTube. The API is the first of its kind, enabling developers to easily search and discover video content by providing information about entities (nouns such as “dog,” “flower” or “human” or verbs such as “run,” “swim” or “fly”) inside video content. It can even provide contextual understanding of when those entities appear; for example, searching for “Tiger” would find all precise shots containing tigers across a video collection in Google Cloud Storage.”
Microsoft – Mar 8 – ZDNet: Microsoft’s HoloLens: How these surgeons can now voyage around patients’ organs – “Using Microsoft’s HoloLens platform, researchers in Oslo have developed a way of turning traditional two-dimensional medical images into 3D augmented-reality models for planning surgery and navigating around organs during operations. The project by researchers at the Intervention Centre at Oslo University Hospital, working with developers at IT consultancy Sopra Steria, was recently awarded a Microsoft Health Innovation Award.”
Kaggle, Google – Mar 8 – Kaggle Joins Google Cloud – “I’m proud and excited to share that Kaggle is joining Google Cloud! The Kaggle team will remain together and will continue Kaggle as a distinct brand within Google Cloud. We will continue to grow our competitions and open data platforms, and we will remain open to all data scientists, companies, techniques and technologies. Kaggle Kernels will continue to support a diverse ecosystem of machine learning libraries and packages supported by Google as well as those outside of Google’s toolkit.”
NVIDIA – Mar 7 – PC World: Nvidia’s Pascal-powered Jetson TX2 computer blows away Raspberry Pi – “The Raspberry Pi may be the most widely known board computer being sold, but Nvidia’s Jetson TX2 is one of the fastest. The Jetson TX2, unveiled Tuesday, is a full Linux computer on a tiny board the size of a Raspberry Pi. It’s designed to help make robots, drones and other devices that rely on computer vision applications.”
IBM – Mar 7 – Forbes: LendIt Conference 2017 – IBM’s Brian Walter Talks AI And Financial Solutions – “Brian Walter is the Global Leader of Watson Client Insights and Cognitive Experience for the newly formed Watson Financial Services Solutions organization.” Discusses how AI is changing the financial world.
Lyft – Mar 7 – Announcing the Dispatch Developer Program – “Since the inception of our Developer Platform last year, we’ve worked to provide the best APIs and SDKs to uplift external developers to leverage our on-demand transportation network. Building upon this success, we’re very excited to announce the launch of our new Dispatch Developer Program. This program is centered around providing developers greater flexibility in integrating with Lyft by giving them the ability to request on-demand and scheduled rides without their customers requiring a smartphone or a Lyft account.”
IBM, Salesforce – Mar 6 – IBM and Salesforce Announce Landmark Global Strategic Partnership – “IBM and Salesforce today announced a global strategic partnership to deliver joint solutions designed to leverage artificial intelligence and enable companies to make smarter decisions, faster than ever before. With the partnership, IBM Watson, the leading AI platform for business, and Salesforce Einstein, AI that powers the world’s #1 CRM, will seamlessly connect to enable an entirely new level of intelligent customer engagement across sales, service, marketing, commerce and more.”
Maersk, IBM – Mar 5 – Maersk and IBM Unveil First Industry-Wide Cross-Border Supply Chain Solution on Blockchain – “IBM and Maersk announced today a new collaboration to use blockchain technology to help transform the global, cross-border supply chain. The blockchain solution based on the Hyperledger Fabric and built by IBM and Maersk, the global leader in transport and logistics, will be made available to the shipping and logistics industry. The solution will help manage and track the paper trail of tens of millions of shipping containers across the world by digitizing the supply chain process from end-to-end to enhance transparency and the highly secure sharing of information among trading partners.”
Mozilla – Mar 3 – The Story of Firefox OS – Ben Francis’ “version of the story of Firefox OS, from the birth of the Boot to Gecko open source software project as a mailing list post and an empty GitHub repository in 2011, through its commercial launch as the Firefox OS mobile operating system, right up until the ‘transition’ of millions of lines of code to the community in 2016.”
Amazon – Mar 3 – Announcing Lock Control and Query for Smart Home Skills – “Today we are happy to announce lock control and query, a new feature in the Smart Home Skill API now available in the US, with support for the UK and Germany coming soon. This feature is supported with locks from August, Yale, and Schlage as well as hub support from SmartThings and Wink. Now any developer targeting devices with locking behavior can enable customers to issue a voice command …”
Ozlo – Mar 2 – Our Platform Is Open For Business – “Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of our platform. Intelligent systems powered by Ozlo are able to have longer, more meaningful conversations that convert more frequently and increase customer engagement. Ozlo’s knowledge index is the first to offer probabilistic assertions alongside accepted facts — creating a fundamentally better model that reflects the nuances of everyday life. The index forms the foundational layer of our platform, which is a powerful suite of APIs that can be used to build an intelligent assistant from the ground up, increase the knowledge and understanding of an existing assistant technology, or power any system requiring deeper knowledge.”
Dotloop – Mar 2 – Dotloop Launches Improved Developer Platform – “Dotloop, simplifies the real estate buying and selling process, today announced the launch of a new dotloop application program interface (API) platform for developers. The update makes it easier for developers to more seamlessly create new integrations for external real estate technology and transaction services with dotloop’s platform. The improved dotloop API features an expanded and robust feature set, including the ability to create a new transaction (“Loop It”) within an external application as well as to enable two-way communication and flow of transaction between an application and dotloop.”
NASA – Mar 1 – NASA Releases Software Catalog, Granting the Public Free Access to Technologies for Earthly Applications – “NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalog, which offers an extensive portfolio of software products for a wide variety of technical applications, all free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright fees. Available in both hard copy and online, this third edition of the publication has contributions from all the agency’s centers on data processing/storage, business systems, operations, propulsion and aeronautics. It includes many of the tools NASA uses to explore space and broaden our understanding of the universe. A number of software packages are being presented for release for the first time. Each catalog entry is accompanied with a plain language description of what it does.”

 

 

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Developer Programs and APIs in the News – Volume 2, Number 3

In today’s interconnected world, companies in all industries need to publish APIs and cultivate a developer community to access and use them. To be competitive today, attracting and supporting developers is essential. The key to cultivating a vibrant developer community that uses your APIs and supports your platform is a good developer relations program. “Developer Programs and APIs in the News” is a series of news items from developer programs around the world.

Developer Programs and APIs in the News

DataDog – Feb 15 – Datadog Announces General Availability of Application Performance Monitoring – “Datadog APM (application performance monitoring) extends visibility beyond the infrastructure and into the code-level for service-oriented applications. This new expansion of the company’s existing infrastructure monitoring platform will enable development and operations (DevOps) teams to quickly troubleshoot issues in highly distributed, service-oriented applications that use microservices, containers, and run across hybrid cloud environments.”
IBM – Feb 15 – IBM Brings Machine Learning to the Private Cloud – “IBM today announced IBM Machine Learning, the first cognitive platform for continuously creating, training and deploying a high volume of analytic models in the private cloud at the source of vast corporate data stores. Even using the most advanced techniques, data scientists – in shortest supply among today’s IT skills1 – might spend days or weeks developing, testing and retooling even a single analytic model one step at a time. IBM has extracted the core machine learning technology from IBM Watson and will initially make it available where much of the world’s enterprise data resides: the z System mainframe.”
Radar – Feb 15 – Introducing Radar – “The location platform for mobile apps. We’re ten years into the smartphone era, but building products and services with location is still too hard. We’re building Radar to change this.
Radar is the location platform for mobile apps. Our mission is to help companies collect, analyze, and act on location data. Add the SDK to your iOS and Android apps to start tracking user locations with fewer than 10 lines of code. Create unlimited geofences, representing places or regions, via the dashboard, bulk import, or the API. Receive geofence entry and exit events client-side or server-side via webhooks. Or, export events for analysis.”
Google – Feb 15 – Announcing TensorFlow 1.0 – “Today, as part of the first annual TensorFlow Developer Summit, hosted in Mountain View and livestreamed around the world, we’re announcing TensorFlow 1.0. It’s faster (1.0 is incredibly fast!). It’s more flexible (1.0 introduces a high-level API for TensorFlow). It’s more production-ready than ever (1.0 promises Python API stability).”
Galamon – Feb 14 – Gamalon Invents and Commercializes Radical New Approach to AI; Accelerating Machine Learning By More than 100x – “Today, Gamalon, Inc., emerged from stealth mode to announce that it has developed a game-changing new approach to artificial intelligence/machine learning called Bayesian Program Synthesis (BPS). Gamalon’s BPS technology – for the first time – writes and rewrites its own Bayesian programs. This technology achieves higher accuracy and uses orders of magnitude less computation and training data relative to today’s state-of-the-art deep machine learning.”
Google – Feb 14 – Introducing Cloud Spanner: a global database service for mission-critical applications – “Today, we’re excited to announce the public beta for Cloud Spanner, a globally distributed relational database service that lets customers have their cake and eat it too: ACID transactions and SQL semantics, without giving up horizontal scaling and high availability.”
IBM – Feb 13 – IBM Delivers Watson for Cyber Security to Power Cognitive Security Operations Centers – “IBM Security (NYSE: IBM) today announced the availability of Watson for Cyber Security, the industry’s first augmented intelligence technology designed to power cognitive security operations centers (SOCs). Over the past year, Watson has been trained on the language of cybersecurity, ingesting over 1 million security documents. Watson can now help security analysts parse thousands of natural language research reports that have never before been accessible to modern security tools.”
CloudFoundry and IBM – Feb 13 – IBM Sponsors New Node.js Track at 2017 Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley – “Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry-standard platform for cloud applications, today announced IBM (NYSE: IBM) will host a Node.js track at the Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley. IBM is also a Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley Platinum sponsor. Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley will take place June 13-15 in Santa Clara, California and is the premier event for enterprise application developers. The event will focus on microservices and continuous delivery in all languages and frameworks.”
NXP – Feb 9 – Is 2017 the year of the smart meter? – “Ultra-low-power and low data rate applications make up one domain that is particularly well suited for this discussion. For example, devices that address the smart meter domain, building or home control as well as asset tracking and monitoring do not need to run over traditional high data rate telecommunications networks such as 3G or 4G. There are a number of good reasons to seek alternative solutions reaching from cost per connection, handling of SIM cards and the simple fact of course that mobile networks are specifically designed for high data rates incurring high power consumption on the end points.”
Google – Feb 9 – Android Wear 2.0 is here with new hardware features! – “Today, we are releasing the final SDK for Android Wear 2.0. In this release, we have added support for the new hardware features announced yesterday. If you have not done so already, it really is time to publish your apps so as to not miss the consumer hardware launch tomorrow.”
GoogleFuzzing PCI express: security in plaintext – “With the risk of malicious behavior from compromised PCIe devices, Google needed to have a plan for combating these types of attacks, especially in a world of cloud services and publicly available virtual machines. A key weapon in our arsenal is fuzzing, a testing technique that uses invalid, unexpected or random inputs to expose irregular behavior, such as memory leaks, crashes, or undocumented functionality. The hardware fuzzer we built directly tests the behavior of the PCIe switches used by our cloud GPUs.”
Microsoft – Feb 8 – Run ad campaigns using Windows Store services – “Use the Windows Store promotions API to programmatically manage promotional ad campaigns for apps that are registered to your or your organization’s Windows Dev Center account. This API enables you to create, update and monitor your campaigns and other related assets such as targeting and creatives. ”
Intel – February 8 – Intel Supports American Innovation with $7 Billion Investment in Next-Generation Semiconductor Factory in Arizona – “Intel’s Fab 42 will Target Advanced 7 nm Technology and Create More Than 10,000 Jobs in Arizona – ‘Intel’s business continues to grow and investment in manufacturing capacity and R&D ensures that the pace of Moore’s law continues to march on, fueling technology innovations the world loves and depends on,’ said Krzanich. ‘This factory will help the U.S. maintain its position as the global leader in the semiconductor industry. Intel is a global manufacturing and technology company, yet we think of ourselves as a leading American innovation enterprise,’ Krzanich added. ‘America has a unique combination of talent, a vibrant business environment and access to global markets, which has enabled U.S. companies like Intel to foster economic growth and innovation.'”
Intel – Feb 8 – Intel Unveils Deep Learning Library for Apache Spark – “Intel today announced the open-source BigDL, a Distributed Deep Learning Library for the Apache Spark* open-source cluster-computing framework. The deep learning library is part of Intel Corporation’s strategy for enabling state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence in the industry. The BigDL features an efficient large-scale distributed deep learning library built on Spark architecture that makes deep learning more accessible to big data users and data scientists. BigDL enables the exporting of AI expertise to data scientists now working across thousands of applications in hundreds of fields.”
Intuit – Feb 7 – The $100,000 Small Business App Showdown is back – and this year, it’s YOUR turn to win the $100,000 grand prize! – “Intuit Developer is excited to pre-announce our second $100K Small Business App Showdown – an awesome app contest exclusively for developers who successfully publish their apps on Apps.com between August 16, 2016 and August 15, 2017.”
Intel – Feb 8 – Intel Unveils Security Readiness Program to Help Prevent Cybercrime in Health Care – “Intel has teamed up with over 40 solution providers to create the Healthcare Security Readiness Program, aimed at helping to prevent breaches, including cybercrime hacking and ransomware. Nearly 90 percent of health care organizations – often seen as vulnerable targets lagging in security compared with peers in other industries, such as financial services – have experienced a breach in the past two years.”
Intel – Feb 5 – Intel Drones Light Up Lady Gaga Performance During Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime – “Today during the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show, Intel Corporation collaborated with the NFL, Pepsi and six-time GRAMMY®*-winning music icon, Lady Gaga, to create a unique drone light show experience to kick off her performance. Three hundred Intel® Shooting Star™ drones lit up the sky in a choreographed aerial performance marking the first-ever drone integration during a televised event and a Super Bowl.”
Google – Jan 31 – Introducing the Mobile-Friendly Test API – “The Mobile-Friendly Test API lets you test URLs using automated tools. For example, you could use it to monitor important pages in your website in order to prevent accidental regressions in templates that you use. The API method runs all tests, and returns the same information – including a list of the blocked URLs – as the manual test. The documentation includes simple samples to help get you started quickly.”
GM – Jan 26 – Tech Crunch: GM’s new SDK for in-car infotainment apps offers access to nearly 400 data points – “Historically, the automakers haven’t made it very easy for partners to really utilize the connected vehicle experience, Wrenbeck explained. So we set out about seven months ago, as part of our API platform to really fix that and make it very easy for the corporate community to exploit the connected vehicle experience.”
Uber and Garmin – Jan 4 – Introducing the Uber ETA app for Garmin wearables – “Today, we’re excited to introduce the new Uber ETA app by Garmin for Connect IQ – powered by the Uber Trip Experiences API. ‘The insight that each screen or device serves a specific purpose in the life cycle of any workflow – including an Uber ride – is a great one. We’re excited to work with Garmin to create an elegant solution for their wearable devices that makes it easier than ever for riders to keep an eye on their ride’s status with a flick of the wrist,’ Chris Saad, Head of Product, Uber Developer Platform”

 

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