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Google API puts games on TV as phone/tablet become controller

Google API puts games on TV as phone/tablet become controller

Android users might have another reason to want an Android TV soon. Adjunct to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Google is hosting a Developer’s day event, and has announced a new API. Called ‘Nearby Connections’, the API has a few handy tweaks for Developers, and when used properly, you as well. With Nearby Connections, users will be able to use Android devices as game controllers for Android TV-ready games. It’s only available on one game so far, but expect more to follow suit quickly.

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Microsoft unleashes OneDrive API for easier in-app use

Microsoft unleashes OneDrive API for easier in-app use

Microsoft really, really wants you to use OneDrive. As a cloud storage solution, it’s pretty standard fare, so those with existing accounts elsewhere might not be enticed to move. If it were easier to upload to OneDrive, though — you might make the jump. It’s a ploy we see with Dropbox, where ease of uploading (or downloading) files makes their service really attractive. Now, Microsoft is announcing their OneDrive API is ready for Developers, which should bring the cloud storage service everywhere you are, digitally speaking.

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LinkedIn tightens grip on APIs, asks Devs to join program

LinkedIn tightens grip on APIs, asks Devs to join program

LinkedIn might be able to find you work, but they’re not happy with the job Developers have done with their APIs. Starting today, Developers who want to use any LinkedIn APIs will have to become part of LinkedIn’s Developer Program, which has been ‘refocussed’ to provide a limited set of use cases and support. There will still be open APIs, but what Developers can do with them will change. It’s an interesting move which some will take issue with, but also provides some careful image management for LinkedIn.

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Nest says annual savings pay for hardware in two years

Nest says annual savings pay for hardware in two years

The Nest thermostat is a hefty spend. At $250, it’s not something you’d purchase without much though, like you probably did with the Chromecast. Nest claims to save you money, but varying reports go into how much it actually ends up saving you. Today, Nest is averaging the weight of three separately funded reports, and saying the average household will save about $138 per year they have a Nest. In two years’ time, your Nest will have paid for itself, if these reports are indicative of your use and savings.

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Misfit Flash fitness wearable now also a connected life gadget

Misfit Flash fitness wearable now also a connected life gadget

the Misfit Flash may not be the flashiest fitness wearable around, but it’s handy. A small Bluetooth button, which then slides into a watchband or clip-on, Flash is good at tracking your activity levels. Starting today, Flash is getting a whole lot handier, as Misfit announces they’ve integrated several new platforms into their own service. To round out your connected life, Misfit now interacts with Yo, Spotify, Nest, August, Logitech, and IFTTT. With a few taps or long presses, you can automate your life like never before.

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WePay integrates Google’s Wallet API for online payments

WePay integrates Google’s Wallet API for online payments

Though Apple Pay has captured much of the attention surrounding the space, Google Wallet is still the mobile payment leader. Google’s mobile payment solution is about to get a lot more exposure, too, as the Search giant has struck a deal with WePay, who will integrate the Google Wallet Instant Buy API into various websites they process payment for. The deal could have a big impact for Google Wallet, too; WePay has major sites like GoFundMe and Constant Contact listed as clients.

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Tweetbot for Mac hits limit on Twitter tokens, pulled from App Store

Tweetbot for Mac hits limit on Twitter tokens, pulled from App Store

The desktop version of popular third-party Twitter client Tweetbot has disappeared from the Mac App Store, and the cause is believed to be because of the limit on API tokens that Twitter imposes on developers. In a nutshell, Twitter gives app developers a limited number of tokens, which allow users to sign in and use the social network through the chosen app. Without any more tokens, the app becomes useless to new buyers.

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Twitter takes flight with Flock, roosts with Hatch

Twitter takes flight with Flock, roosts with Hatch

Twitter is getting serious. The micro-blogging platform has just announced they are taking their show on the road, with a roving Developer’s conference of sorts. Fabric is Twitter’s new Software Development Kit (SDK) aimed at Developers who want to better implement Twitter’s tools into their apps. They’ve even announced the roadmap for this Fabric tour bus (Flock, naturally), but aren’t stopping there (or in the cities they visit). Twitter is also releasing the adorably named Hatch, a startup incubator of sorts.

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Google Play Services update tweaks Maps, Drive, Fit functionality

Google Play Services update tweaks Maps, Drive, Fit functionality

To help get their services to a wider audience, Google has issued a Play Services update today. The aim is, naturally, getting Google stuff in more places, and making it a better experience for the end-user. Moving forward, Developers will have the ability to better control the API library they need, and use only the API they want. That will keep apps lightweight, and easy to update/support. Developers will need it, too; there are a lot of cool new things they can build into their apps!

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Google closing Wallet API for website payment processing

Google closing Wallet API for website payment processing

In the mobile payment space, Apple Pay dominates the headlines lately, but Google Wallet has been riding its coattails admirably. Via the web, there are even more big players, with Amazon and PayPal dominating the online transaction game. Though they don’t specifically note why, Google is taking Wallet out of the hands of many Developers, and will be discontinuing its use for digital goods in March of next year. This definitely affects those who use Google as a payment service via their website, but doesn’t affect Google Play at all.

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