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Bing’s Knowledge and action graph API will be available to devs

Bing has just announced that a new API will bring the knowledge and action graph to apps. Developers can start using the new API to add and show rich data in apps. This will be useful for apps that usually make us ask or search for information like those messaging or music apps where you'd usually need to know what's what or who is playing in the background. This development is expected to keep people more engaged by showing information they might be looking for right inside the apps they are currently using.

Google outs Vulkan API for better 3D graphics handling in Android

As more and more “high graphics” games flood the Google Play Store, developers are trying to balance out the look of their games – especially the ones that require 3D graphics rendering – with the hardware that’s available out there. To that point, any decent midrange phone from last year moving forward should be able to run these games, but Google has discovered that Android’s API for rendering 3D graphics content isn’t really up to speed.

Google releases two Nearby APIs for messages and connections

In line with the Eddystone BLE (Bluetooth low energy) format, Google is also introducing new Nearby APIs to make communication with anyone easier, faster, and more accessible. With these APIs, getting to know nearby devices by other users will only take a few steps. In the future, you can freely and quickly pair Bluetooth devices, exchange contact information and data, or scan a QR code. The idea is for Android users to get to information from someone nearby via an easier method.

Twitter co-founder wants developers to come back 

It wasn’t too long ago when Twitter decided that app developers were having too much fun with their data and decided to limit and even restrict access to their API, leading some of these third-party apps to eventually close down or morph into something totally different. But now co-founder and board member Evan Williams believes it’s time to mend the breach and ask developers back into the fold now that they have finally figured out more or less what Twitter really is: a realtime news platform.

Cool new APIs out for Google Calendar, Google Maps

Google is pushing out some new APIs for app developers to play around with, this in relatively known and very much used app platforms like Google Calendar and Google Maps. The first API is for you to be able to attach files to Google Calendar entries, which sounds uber useful. The second one is for using Google Maps to present you with the perfect bike ride profile on an Android Wear platform, like a smartwatch.

Google to provide open API for apps to use Google Now

Google is looking at some changes in the way Google Now – that funky search project from the mothership – interacts with apps. They are looking at opening up an API so that app developers can work Google Now into their code and have Google Now access data from apps and app usage as well.
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