Api Archive

  • INQ Teams with foursquare to Bring Location to Life on the Home Screen

    NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, INQ Mobile and foursquare announced that the companies are collaborating on a foursquare home screen experience for INQ’s range of Android phones. Users will be...

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  • Apple now accepting iOS 4 apps, multitasking ahoy

    Apple now accepting iOS 4 apps, multitasking ahoy

    Although we've been running iPhone OS 4 -- now known as iOS 4 -- since it was first announced in April, we actually haven't been able to try out any of the fancy new multitasking features, since no third party apps have been released with support yet. That's all about to change: as of today, Apple is accepting iOS 4 apps, which means we should see quite a few apps that take advantage of multitasking on the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, as well as make use of the 1500 other new APIs in the system when it launches on June 21.

    That's definitely good news, but we've got a feeling Apple's unique take on iPhone multitasking will take a few people by surprise, as only certain tasks are allowed in the background -- and apps that need to run persistently, like IRC and IM clients, still won't really work at all. In fact, there's already some rumblings by devs that they need additional backgrounding tools in order to provide features that users are asking for; Instapaper's Marco Ament has proposed a network polling API that would allow his app to update content in the background, for example. We'll see how quickly Apple responds to these requests, but for right now we're just happy we'll finally be able to switch away from a Skype call or GPS app while using our iPhones.

    [Thanks, Oliver]

    Apple now accepting iOS 4 apps, multitasking ahoy originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Jun 2010 15:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Microsoft tweaks Windows Phone Marketplace policies for the better

    Microsoft tweaks Windows Phone Marketplace policies for the better

    Previously, the $99 that Windows Phone devs paid annually to get access to the Marketplace covered up to five app submissions -- but Microsoft looks like it's willing to play ball in an effort to drum up more interest in third-party development ahead of Windows Phone 7's release by chucking the five-app cap. Well, sort of -- paid apps will have unlimited submissions, but free apps will still be limited to five per yearly cycle, with additional submissions running $19.99 each. Additionally, Microsoft is taking the wraps off its Trial API for helping developers enforce trial functionality prior to purchase, details on its push notification service, and a new option that lets publishes push their apps globally -- to every localized store in the Marketplace's reach -- in one fell swoop. The company says that it has "listened to developers and responded to changing customer behavior to make Marketplace an even better experience for all," and it certainly seems like a step in the right direction -- but we'll admit, we'd still love to see free app submissions go unlimited (what can we say, we've got a soft spot for freebies).

    Microsoft tweaks Windows Phone Marketplace policies for the better originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Jun 2010 19:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Facebook Launches Android SDK

    Facebook Launches Android SDK

    Today, Facebook is releasing its first official SDK for Android, offering developers on Google's mobile OS an easy way to tie their Android native apps to Facebook Platform. As AllFacebook noted last week, this SDK is actually more advanced than the iPhone SDK because it features Facebook's Graph API, which was unveiled at its f8 developer conference last month. According to the post on Facebook's Developer blog, the SDK also uses OAuth 2.0 for authentication and the ability to publish stories to Facebook using Feed forms.

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  • Friends Around Me iPhone/iPad app lets you interact with friends or strangers, just like they were really there

    Friends Around Me iPhone/iPad app lets you interact with friends or strangers, just like they were really there

    Friends Around Me is a mobile app for iPhone and iPad that searches around you for nearby friends — or anyone else willing to say hello — and enables you to view their profile, look at and rate their photos, chat with them, or send them virtual gifts. The service joins together your Foursquare, Twitter, and [...]

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  • MeeGo 1.0 for netbooks and N900 now available to download

    MeeGo 1.0 for netbooks and N900 now available to download

    You've seen it teased, and now it's time to shelve whatever you had planned for this evening (or morning, depending on your current coordinates) and slap the first bona fide 1.x MeeGo release onto whatever device you've got handy. As of right now, MeeGo v1.0 for Netbooks and v1.0 for Nokia N900 are available for download, with the former supporting Atom-based machines and the latter supporting... well, we'll let you take a stab there. The API that's being released includes Qt 4.6, and while the current SDK is tailored for netbooks, the next version -- slated to hit devs in June -- will support "touch-based devices, such as handsets and tablets." We're also told that v1.1 will be outed in October, with the development tree already being open. We're certainly digging the layout shown here at a glance, but why not give that source link a visit and find out how it suits you in real life? We heard Snooki totally digs it, too.

    [Thanks, Ernst]

    MeeGo 1.0 for netbooks and N900 now available to download originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 26 May 2010 18:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Android 2.2 Froyo officially announced

    Android 2.2 Froyo officially announced

    digg_url = 'http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/20/android-2-2-froyo-officially-announced/'; No huge surprises here, but Google just announced Android 2.2 "Froyo" at I/O, and the big addition is a just-in-time compiler, which brings a 2-5x speed boost to the system. There are also 20 new enterprise features, including better Exchange integration and device administration APIs, as well as a new device backup app that'll let you transfer personal data to a new device. Android 2.2 also features a new cloud-to-device messaging API that Google called "much more than a push notification service designed to make up for a lack of basic features like multitasking," and of course, WiFi tethering -- which was used to get a WiFi iPad online during the demo to great cheers. Google also demoed a new JavaScript engine in the Android browser, which is billed as "the world's fastest web browser," and a Chrome browser plugin that allows you to send directions from Maps on your desktop directly to your phone.

    It's all going on live right now, so make sure to go hit our I/O liveblog!

    Android 2.2 Froyo officially announced originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 May 2010 11:48:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Samsung releases Bada SDK to developers – will anyone care?

    Samsung releases Bada SDK to developers – will anyone care?

    And so it begins: Samsung has just released the first build of the SDK for Bada, their built-in-house Smartphone platform. The SDK comes complete with it’s own user interface creation tool, debugger, simulator, and API set. Alas, it’s currently Windows-only. Developers are one of the most key ingredients to whether or not a platform succeeds. Developers [...]

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  • Dropbox Finally Launches on Android (iPad, too)

    Dropbox Finally Launches on Android (iPad, too)

    Yay! Everyone's favourite file-sharing and document-syncing service, Dropbox, has finally released their official Android app, alongside an iPad app and mobile API. The Beta version of the Android app has been out-and-about for the last fortnight, but now the fully-fledged, 100% official, ready-for-action, go-get-em-tiger version has been released to the Android Market. I'm serious. No joke reality. You can go do a search now if you don't believe me. Go on, I'll wait. See? Neat, isn't it?

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  • Hands-on: The next-gen version of Ford’s Sync flawlessly controls Pandora and other apps

    Hands-on: The next-gen version of Ford’s Sync flawlessly controls Pandora and other apps

    Want a single valid reason to buy the 2011 Ford Fiesta besides the silky-smooth 6-speed transmition, roomy interior, and confident ride? Sync. It’s that awesome. The Microsoft co-developed system has been in Ford vehicles for a few years, but the Fiesta is the first car to receive the next-gen functions that bring the hands-free control to Android and BlackBerry apps. This was announced a few days ago along with the API, but I got a chance to try it myself and must say that it deliverers. It works just as advertised and is likely the safest way to control Pandora, get your Tweets, and listen to podcasts off your phone. You must watch the video after the jump to see this sweet system in action. Welcome to the future, everyone. It smells nice here. It smells nice here.

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  • iPhone OS 4 Beta 2 released to developers, packs a few new tricks

    iPhone OS 4 Beta 2 released to developers, packs a few new tricks

    After Apple formally announces a new version of iPhone OS and gotten it into the hands of developers, they tend to follow up with minor releases every 2 weeks or so. With iPhone OS 4 having been announced 12 days ago, it seemed like a new Beta couldn’t be far off — and sure enough, [...]

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  • Ford’s Sync AppLink is the missing link between driver and smartphone

    Ford’s Sync AppLink is the missing link between driver and smartphone

    Ford keeps rolling out updates to its Sync ecosystem, this time giving drivers hands-free control of select BlackBerry and Android apps with AppLink. The system will first be available for the 2011 Ford Fiesta later this year with the upgrade rolling out to all Sync-equipped vehicles next year. While the voice-activated service only works with certain apps, it's still a welcomed addition. It's a bit unsafe trying to control Pandora on a 3-inch screen tethered to the car's radio while navigating I-75.

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  • Could ThinkGeek’s iCade become more than an April Fool’s joke?

    Could ThinkGeek’s iCade become more than an April Fool’s joke?

    Remember how the Tauntaun sleeping bag ThinkGeek made as an April Fool’s joke was later turned into an actual product because there was so much demand for it? Well Ars Technica makes an interesting case for why the fake iCade from yesterday's festivities could also become a reality.

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  • Sugarsync gets an API

    Sugarsync gets an API

    SugarSync, a file syncing product that we may have all forgotten in our rush to glorify Dropbox has been rolling out a steady stream of improvements and, as of 11am today, it will offer an API so mobile applications can use SugarSync shared storage. The API information will live at SugarSync.com/Developers when it goes up [...]

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  • Image recognition startup Kooaba unveils API

    Image recognition startup Kooaba unveils API

    Image recognition technology startup Kooaba yesterday released an API that definitely deserves some developer attention. The Swiss company aims to unlock its library of over 10 million images, ranging from album covers to books and movie posters, and provide access to all that precious data via the cloud.

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