Speed And Automating The Connections Between Humans And Machines In The API Economy
This coming Friday night, I’ll be at the API Days conference in San Francisco to talk for a few minutes about my perspectives of the API economy. I am not a developer -- just an observer -- so my views are not deeply technical. That just means I have to ask more questions and talk to more people about APIs and what they represent. But then I have to simmer it down, collect my thoughts, and then ask some more questions. Here are two themes I am picking up on from all these conversations.
Amazon Web Services Launches Web Identity Service With Support For Google And Facebook
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a web identity service with support for Google, Facebook and its own AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). The service allows developers to grant temporary authorization to people using these three services and simplifies development as all the identity management is done by AWS. All the server-side code is managed without long-term credentials for the app. The service introduces a new AWS Security Token Service (STS) API that allows for temporary security credentials for customers who have been authenticated by Amazon.com, Facebook, or Google. According to the AWS blog, the “app can then use the temporary security credentials to access AWS resources such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) objects, DynamoDB tables, or Amazon Simple Queue Service queues.” This means that an app developer can more easily integrate identity features into an app. AWS uses the example of allowing end users to upload an image file as their personal avatar. In ...
Cennydd Bowles on UX & Design: On Changing the World
We hear it mostly from proud CEOs and recruiters, as a sweet nothing designed to tempt candidates to drop their counter-offers, or a statement in a desperate pitch deck. We’re changing the world! All it takes is a few hundred fearsome intellects and laptops. Are you in or out? It’s a bold claim, and when it crops up in more laughable contexts it’s easy to discount as hubris. But consider the claim more closely and it’s harder to deny. Technology loves to demolish the status quo, and it’s doing it with aplomb. The world is struggling to come to terms with the implications of such rapid change. So far, specific industries?—?music, news, film?—?have had to pick up most of the debris, but now technology is destabilizing some of society’s central pillars: law, finance, education, defense, and politics. We’ve recently seen the rise of a rogue currency outside the global financial system. Crowdsourced vigilantism. The further erosion of the concept of ownership. State-sponsored ...
Runscope Lands $1.1M From True Ventures And Andreessen Horowitz For Tools That Address The Broken API Plague
Runscope launched at the Glue conference today with $1.1 million in seed funding from True Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz for its tools that monitor API traffic and address the problems with broken APIs. Also participating were Lerer Ventures, and a group of prominent angel investors.
Google Maps API Gets A Visual Refresh, Available For Opt-In Today, Coming To Most Sites In August
At its I/O developer conference, Google today announced a new Maps API for mobile developers, updates to Maps for Android and iOS, as well as a completely refreshed Google Maps experience on the desktop. After the main keynote, however, Google also announced a major visual refresh for sites that use its Google Maps API. Currently, the company today announced, more than one million sites use the Maps API and all of them will get this visual refresh over the next few months. These sites reach about a billion users every week. The refreshed look, with new base map tiles, default markers and window style, will become the default in the Google Maps API experimental branch (which despite its name is actually the most-often used branch) on August 15. Developers can also opt in to use it today by just changing a single line of code. It will roll out to the release branch (which is used by most Maps for Business customers) in November. This is what it’ll look like: Google says it “carefully designed ...