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 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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Developer Programs and APIs in the News – Volume 1, 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

Facebook – October 27 – Improving Facebook Login on TV and Android. “Today, we’re introducing a faster and easier Facebook Login experience to the big screen. Previously, people needed to enter a confirmation code on their phone or browser to log in with Facebook on their TV. Now, the SDK can communicate directly with the Facebook app over the same wireless network, letting people sign in to their TV with just a few taps.”
Uber – October 26 – Introducing the Driver API. “More than 1.5 million people across the globe drive on the Uber platform. Hundreds of engineers, product managers, and designers at Uber are working hard every day to make the experience more enjoyable and rewarding for drivers from all walks of life — whether they drive just a few hours or five days a week. By leveraging driver profile data, trip data, earnings, and more, developers can create new apps and services that make driving with Uber more productive and fun.” The Uber blog post mentions partners that are already using the API including Jobcase, ShopYourWaySherpashare, Stride and ActiveHours.
IBM & Slack – October 26 – Slack, IBM Partner to Bring Watson to Developers. “Drawing on the power of Slack’s digital workplace and the cognitive computing capabilities of Watson, developers will be able to create more offerings — including bots and other conversational inferences — that will transform the platform’s user experience. Developers can easily access the range of Watson services — such as Conversation, Sentiment Analysis or speech APIs — and build powerful new tools for the platform with this enhanced cognitive functionality.”
Advanced Web Ranking – October 26 – AWR Cloud Release: Developer API v2. “With the new version of the API, we aimed to extend the data provided for your projects. In addition to keyword ranking positions, now you can automatically get information from the Google Search Console account, as well as the Visibility values that AWR Cloud computes based on the keywords and search engines you’re tracking.”
IBM – October 25 – IBM Unleashes the Power of Machine Learning with Watson-enabled Data Platform. “The platform delivers the world’s fastest data ingestion engine and cognitive-powered decision-making to data professionals, allowing them to collaborate in the IBM Cloud, with the services they prefer. IBM is also making IBM Watson Machine Learning Service available – making machine learning simple with an intuitive, self-service interface.”
Mastercard, GM & IBM – October 25 – Mastercard Joins Onstar Go, the Auto Industry’s First Cognitive Mobility Platform Delivered by IBM and General Motors. “This breakthrough collaboration will bring Masterpass secure, payment technology and Mastercard Digital Enablement Services (MDES) to a new cognitive mobility platform called OnStar Go, which will be embedded across many GM vehicles starting in 2017. ”
Ellie Mae – October 24 – Ellie Mae Announces the Encompass Lending Platform. “Ellie Mae, a leading provider of innovative on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry, today announced the launch of Ellie Mae’s Encompass Lending Platform™. The Encompass Lending Platform gives customers, partners and independent software vendors a secure, scalable platform plus a suite of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) and developer resources to enable them to extend Encompass with new functionality, easily integrate Encompass with external systems and data, and build custom applications in the cloud.”
Google, Visa & Mastercard – October 24 – Android Pay partners with Visa and Mastercard to bring simple checkout to more places online. “Android Pay users will soon be able to pay on hundreds of thousands of new sites where Visa Checkout or Masterpass are accepted using their preferred device authentication method – like fingerprint recognition. No longer will users have to remember multiple usernames and passwords in order to checkout, saving them time and hassle.”
eBay – October 19 – Introducing new eBay Sell and Buy APIs. “The new APIs are an example of how eBay is leveraging technology to accelerate and disrupt commerce. “With these APIs, developers can rapidly create an integration and help accelerate buying from eBay anywhere, anytime. To me, that’s true disruption – and, it’s a leap forward for eBay developers,” said Frederick. All of these APIs use the latest technology such as OAuth authentication, JSON payloads and RESTful design principles.”
Symphony Software Foundation – October 18 – The Symphony Software Foundation is Open for Business. “The Foundation hosts open source development of the Symphony platform, bots, apps, and integrations on the Symphony Platform and open source technologies common to the financial services industry. With the Open Developer Platform, the Foundation will provide community contributors and Foundation member organizations with open development access to the Symphony API, as well as best-of-breed development tools and lifecycle, to promote a seamless developer experience.”
YouMail – October 11 – YouMail Launches Robocall API. “YouMail has the technology to identify known robocallers and scammers. In an effort to empower others to combat robocalls, YouMail has released a new API that provides access to a growing database of phone numbers so that carriers, private branch exchange providers, and third party developers have the technology to identify robocallers as well.”
Wayfair – October 5 – Wayfair Opens 3D Model API to Developer Community. “Wayfair Inc., one of the world’s largest online destinations for home furnishings and décor, today announced the launch of its first-party 3D Model API. Developed by Wayfair Next, the company’s in-house research and development team, the platform enables access to more than 10,000 3D furniture and décor models, allowing developers to integrate more realistic content into their applications.”
NCR – September 26 – NCR Unveils Open API Developer Portal for Digital Banking Customers. “The portal provides self-service access to digital banking APIs, the Software Development Kit (SDK) and third-party software connections developed by Digital Insight, an NCR company, to provide developers at financial institutions with the data and services required to create and seamlessly integrate custom applications that complement their existing digital banking functionality.”

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Developer Relations – Doing Great Things with Telematics

Telematics, the marriage between telecommunications and informatics, marks the information technology branch that sees the transmission of digital information over distances in real time. In today’s connected world, one use case for telematics is where the Internet of Things meets mobile meets big data meets transportation. There are, for sure, many other use cases. Developers are right in the middle of what’s happening in our connected world. Developer Relations programs provide the APIs, documentation, tutorials and best practices for the integration of transportation systems, electrical engineering, mobility, sensors, data acquisition, storage, cloud computing, real time systems and software engineering.

For a recent example of how transportation, big data, cognitive analytics, payment processing, cloud computing and telematics can be engineered together, read the announcements by General Motors (GM) and IBM: “Hello, OnStar – Meet Watson” and Mastercard: “Mastercard Joins Onstar Go, the Auto Industry’s First Cognitive Mobility Platform Delivered by IBM and General Motors“. In the press releases, “General Motors and IBM today announced a partnership to bring the power of OnStar and IBM Watson together to create OnStar Go, the auto industry’s first cognitive mobility platform” and “By embedding Masterpass within OnStar Go, Mastercard will enable drivers and passengers to safely make secure and seamless payments for goods and services using credit or debit cards stored within their Masterpass wallet.”.



Developer Relations Programs and Telematics

Let’s take a look at a few of the developer relations programs that are helping developers take advantage of new telematics business opportunities.

  • Ford – The Ford Developer Program opened its doors at CES in 2013, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford’s birth, celebrating his innovative spirit and his belief that to create something truly great, he needed to surround himself with other like minded individuals. By opening the doors to the automotive industry’s first end-to-end developer ecosystem, Ford invites developers to integrate innovative solutions with Ford’s cars and trucks. AppLink is a suite of APIs that provide the ability for mobile developers to extend the command and control of a mobile application to the in-vehicle Human Machine Interface (HMI). Additional Ford telematics information can be found on the Ford Telematics powered by Telogis page.
  • John Deere – APIs that enable your agriculture and construction industry software to securely access the robust data from John Deere machines. mobile applications and more. For agriculture, MyJohnDeere, Field Connect™, & AgLogic™ APIs allow developers to access data to assist with logistics management and agronomic solutions. For construction developers can get machine data with the AEMP API and access AEMP standard fleet management data from John Deere machines.You can find additional information on the John Deere Telematics page.
  • GM – General Motors provides APIs that surface vehicle related features and the OnStar service. The GM Developer Network provides tools, documentation, and samples showing developers how to permit an application to gain access, get OnStar subscriber information, request vehicle actions, access automobile telemetry, report driver performance, receive malfunction alerts, retrieve diagnostics and more. You can check out the application gallery and explore the APIs.
  • Uber – with several APIs, developers can integrate trips, experiences and logistics into custom applications for their business and themselves. For rides, developers can add an Uber Ride Request Button or deep link into the Uber app, embed the entire Uber ride flow into apps using a widget and build a custom integrations with Uber client libraries or ride requests APIs. To enhance the trip experience developers can take advantage of contextual information like the rider’s destination, pickup location, and travel time to power local recommendations, improve content relevance, and much more. Developers can also leverage the convenience of on-demand delivery with the Deliveries API to integrate same-day delivery into your checkout flow or build the next big thing using Uber’s world-class logistics platform. Read how Uber engineering increases safe driving with telematics.
  • FedEx – Developers can save time and costs using free tools, sample code, documentation, resources and more that make it easy to integrate applications with FedEx® solutions. FedEx® services provides the integration into your website or business applications. Using the APIs you can integrate FedEx functionality into your existing order-entry, logistics, warehouse management and other business software systems. You can also integrate FedEx Office document printing and finishing functionality into your content creation, document management, and procurement applications.
  • Google’s Android Auto – Android developers can create apps with the Android APIs you’re familiar with and extend them to cars. Developers can build without having to worry about vehicle-specific hardware differences like screen resolution, software interfaces, knobs, and touch controls. Users of your apps will have the same UX on any compatible vehicle including application launch and system notifications. Developer’s can find additional information on the Android Auto developer page.
  • Apple’s iOS CarPlay – the iOS CarPlay API for devlopers allows you to build smarter, safer apps for the integration of the iPhone and the car. CarPlay allows developers to integrate telematics based iOS features into your applications including support for audio, GPS/maps, infotainment, instrument clusters, sensors and more. Developers interested in developing a CarPlay application will need to apply for an MFi (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) license.

Telematics Use Cases – an Evans Data White Paper

The Evans Data Telematics whitepaper touches on the origins of telematics, looks at its practical uses today by leading industry solutions providers, explores its role in the businesses of the future, and looks into telematics from the developer’s point of view. Telematics routinely extends to fleet management and automotive insurance industries; however other verticals are yielding precious data that present companies the opportunity to provide unique solutions to industry problems.

Explore the world of telematics research and development opportunities by Downloading the WhitePaper.