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Watch Galaxy S7 gaming get WAY better with Vulcan API

Watch Galaxy S7 gaming get WAY better with Vulcan API

Earlier this year we spoke with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney about why Vulkan API was important to the Galaxy S7. It was a trailblazer, he said, saying that the graphics prowess this device was about to have would be mind-blowing. Today we get to see more about what it means to have the connection Sweeney speaks of. Moving from OpenGL, developed back in the 1980s, to Vulkan API. It's radical.

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Amazon Alexa ramps up to 1,000 3rd-party skills

Amazon Alexa ramps up to 1,000 3rd-party skills

Amazon's line of Echo speakers and the virtual assistant Alexa are constantly getting updated with new features and connected services, but the company has now revealed that the number of third-party skills available has topped 1,000. That's a lot of new abilities for Alexa that developers have created, resulting in useful features like the ability to check bank accounts, make travel plans, and even order a pizza, all via voice commands.

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Narrative opens wearable camera to inventive devs

Narrative opens wearable camera to inventive devs

Wearable camera company Narrative is throwing open its platform to developers, inviting more interesting uses for the tiny life-logging gadget. Dubbed the Narrative Open Platform, it clears the way for both hardware and software customization, as the crowdfunding success attempts to make its wearable a must-have accessory rather than a niche geek trinket.

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Microsoft Band lets users create web tiles via RSS feeds

Microsoft Band lets users create web tiles via RSS feeds

Microsoft is continuing to add new functionality to its Band wearable and push what the device is capable of. Following the release of a SDK and adding fitness tracking for activities like cycling and golf, Microsoft is now letting anyone create apps for the Band in the form of web tiles. As part of a preview program aimed at developers, these mini-apps will display any data that's available on the web through an RSS feed.

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Chromecast treats: queuing, multi-player, second screen

Chromecast treats: queuing, multi-player, second screen

Android TV might have snagged much of the spotlight at I/O 2015, thanks to the official launch of the NVIDIA SHIELD console, but the Chromecast camp isn't going to take things sitting down. OK, the updates to Google Cast will benefit all Cast devices, including Android TV ones, but tiny dongle that can will be the one that reaps the most. New API have been introduced that bumps the multimedia experience up a notch, including queuing the next video to watch and multi-device multiplayer gaming.

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Wunderlist intros public API, will weave through your apps soon

Wunderlist intros public API, will weave through your apps soon

Like most consumers, there are probably several apps that are central to your day-to-day existence. Again, like most, those apps likely operate independently of one another, existing in their own contained environment. Wunderlist, the popular to-do list app, is among the more popular choices for those who want to get things done via their smartphone or tablet (or smartwatch). After re-imagining their app as a platform, Wunderlist is taking the next big step in that process in releasing an API for all.

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Meerkat’s Dev platform, APIs may give it edge over Periscope

Meerkat’s Dev platform, APIs may give it edge over Periscope

How will Meerkat battle Periscope? It won’t be on Twitter, and they’re not even going to rely on Facebook to get them back to the promised land of live-streaming favor. Instead, Meerkat is launching a Developer platform and series of APIs. That move positions Meerkat as a stage for others to stand on; a platform other apps can lean on. It’ll also create a deluge of Meerkat-ish apps, some of which likely to do little more than tap into Meerkat’s stream for your viewing pleasure.

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Pinterest finally opens its doors to developers. Somewhat.

Pinterest finally opens its doors to developers. Somewhat.

Social networks have become very beautiful walled gardens, but some of them remain more secluded and gated than others. Take for example Pinterest, whose treasure trove of user data remains almost like an unattainable holy grail for all but a select few of marketers. That changes today, however, as Pinterest announces the existence of API for third-party developers. But don't go dancing around yet, expecting some sort of Pinterest clients or whatnot to come gushing forth. It's still a somewhat exclusive party, just with a few more guests invited.

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Facebook replacing Like Box with new Page plugin

Facebook replacing Like Box with new Page plugin

No matter where you venture to on the web, you’re likely to come across a Facebook ‘Like’ Box now and again. That’s going to change, as Facebook is announcing they’re deprecating the Like Box plugin for websites. Instead, the social giant would like web Developers to use a new Page plugin, which gives visitors an actual stream of content to look through so they know if they really do like a page or not. The Like Box plugin will turn into the Page Plugin on June 23.

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‘Uploader for Instagram’ app asked to be taken down, nets creator $6K

‘Uploader for Instagram’ app asked to be taken down, nets creator $6K

The 17-year-old developer behind the Mac app "Uploader for Instagram" was recently told by the social network to remove it from the App Store due to inappropriate use of their API. The suggested deadline for removal has passed, and as of yet there are no legal filings. Instagram hasn't followed up with the developer, and made no further comments about its demand for removing the app. Also interesting is that the teen has made roughly $6,000 from downloads of the $5 app since its release in early March.

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WhatsApp to remain closed to developers, says co-founder

WhatsApp to remain closed to developers, says co-founder

If you're one of the users who got banned, hopefully temporarily, from WhatsApp by using a third party app, or if you're a developer of one of those said third-party apps, hopefully you haven't been holding your breath for a change in the situation. At Facebook's F8 conference, a panel was held that included top brass from social networking bigshots. Among them was WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton. When asked whether the service has plans to release any API for third-party developers, Acton plainly but respectfully shot down the idea. A rather bold statement, considering it was, after all, a developers conference.

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Google’s Places API for Android, iOS brings better location awareness

Google’s Places API for Android, iOS brings better location awareness

When you tell someone where you are in the world, you rarely give out your longitude and latitude (unless your name is Walter White). That’s because you probably don’t know it, can’t find it, or just plain don’t care. Today, Google figured out longitude and latitude are cool and science-y, but not useful for consumers. With their new Places API for Android and iOS, Google is letting Developers tap into your location signal to actually let people know where you are, not your coordinates.

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