Developer Tech

Twitter makes third-party apps worse by killing ‘legacy’ APIs

Despite promises to improve its relationship with developers, Twitter continues targeting third-party apps by killing ‘legacy’ APIs. Most of the core functionality is still available but more limited and not as attractive as Twitter’s official app which it’s clearly pushing users towards. For example, popular Twitter client Tweetbot had to put out this changelog: –…

eBay bids for developers with latest round of API updates

E-commerce giant eBay has announced its latest round of API updates ahead of the company's annual developer conference in San Jose. As is the current industry trend, eBay is adding some AI magic. Its latest features use the firm’s custom-built computer vision and deep learning technology. Developers are now able to incorporate new computer vision-based…

Apple’s crackdown on gambling apps has wider casualties

Apple's crackdown on gambling apps in the iOS App Store is having some wider casualties as others get caught in the crossfire. Developers who’ve been affected received a message from Apple saying it was removing gambling-related apps to “reduce fraudulent activity … and comply with government requests to address illegal online gambling activity.” Here’s the…

Why app developers are not satisfied with their current ad revenues

Only one in three app developers are satisfied with their in-app ad revenues, while fewer than one in five say they are satisfied with their collection from non-video ads. That’s the key finding from Chocolate, with the video advertising vendor announcing its new App Developer Survey Report 2018, focusing on app monetisation. The report, which…

Google warns users against fakes of Play Store-bypassing apps

A new Play Store feature helps to protect users against software imitating those from developers who’ve decided to bypass Google's official app marketplace. With the confirmation that Epic Games’ popular game Fortnite will be shunning the Play Store in favour of sideloading, an influx of fake apps is expected to hit Google’s marketplace. Google will…

Amazon Polly adds over 50 TTS voices to Twilio’s platform

Twilio’s communications platform has added over 50 Text-To-Speech (TTS) voices thanks to Amazon's deep learning-based Polly service. Amazon Polly offers lifelike synthesized speech across various languages. “You can select the ideal voice and build speech-enabled applications that work in many different countries,” says Amazon on Polly’s page. Twilio is a cloud-based platform which aims to…