API News Roundup – December 2019


The holidays are almost here, but we are not taking a break from our monthly API news roundup. So before you deck the halls, light the menorah or leave cookies out for Santa, take a look at the great API news stories we have curated from around the world. Here is our API news roundup – December 2019 edition.

Google’s ARCore Depth API enables AR depth maps and occlusion with one camera

Android augmented reality took some nice steps forward, as Google added a major new feature to its ARCore toolkit for developers: a Depth API capable of creating depth maps with a single device camera. Rather than requiring differential data gathered from two cameras or a dedicated time of flight sensor, the new Depth API will automatically snap multiple images as you move a single camera around and then compare the images to estimate your distance from each pixel.

Read the article on VentureBeat.

Near Space Labs releases high-resolution imagery API

Near Space Labs, a New York startup, unveiled an application programming interface Dec. 9 offering access to high-resolution imagery captured by instruments flying on weather balloons.

Read the article on SpaceNews.

2019 Postman “State of the API” Report Reveals APIs Expanding Beyond Developers

A new survey of more than 10,000 respondents found that more non-developers now work with APIs than ever before as the API ecosystem expands.

Read the press release.

Two AWS Re:Invent Announcements That Will Have Long-Lasting Impact On The Enterprise Datacenter

AWS re:Invent came and went, and what a week it was. While the total number of announcements out of the conference was huge, the company itself made 13 significant announcements. These ranged from 5G to edge to core infrastructure to Quantum computing.

Read the article on Forbes.

AWS awards PrivateLink Ready designation to Axway

Achieving the AWS PrivateLink Ready designation differentiates Axway as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member with a product integrating with AWS PrivateLink and is generally available and fully supported for AWS customers. AWS Service Ready Partners have demonstrated success building products integrated with AWS services, helping AWS customers evaluate and use their technology productively, at scale and varying levels of complexity.

Read the full press release.

Fifth Third’s Two Cents On Treasury APIs

Financial institutions (FIs) are locked in competition as they seek to serve the $38 trillion global business-to-business (B2B) payments sector, which could use some major changes: B2B payments too often take the form of paper checks winding their way through the mail, and accounts payable professionals are betting that digitization will overhaul the space, and unlock much-desired faster payment speeds. FIs looking to recruit and keep corporate customers are working to accelerate clients’ B2B payments, with many finding application programming interfaces (APIs) key to delivering compelling payment solutions that are easy for those clients to adopt.

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Offensive hacking tool maintains API security

Security vendor Imperva has open-sourced an automatic API attack tool in line with this year’s Black Hat Europe security conference. The tool can help determine if an application programming interface (API) is being implemented correctly and maintained securely.

Read the full article.

Thank you for reading our API News roundup – December 2019. We’ll see you next year with more API headlines.

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