AT&T Developer Program Newsletter, June 2012
Yesterday we sent out the June edition of the AT&T Developer Program Newsletter. If you’re not yet a member of the AT&T Developer Program, join now and be sure to select the AT&T Developer Program Monthly Newsletter option!
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Utilizing the world-class AT&T WATSON℠ speech engine, AT&T has simplified the process of voice-enabling apps. Just send us audio, and we’ll send you the transcribed text of what your customers say. AT&T has accumulated more than 600 patents on the WATSON technology and has developed a service that offers fast and accurate speech transcriptions for your customers.
In the next few weeks, we’ll make the Speech API available on the AT&T API Platform, and shortly after that, we’ll make it even simpler to capture and send us audio for transcription by releasing our SDKs for HTML5 and native apps. So, stay tuned to the AT&T Developer Program website and check your Inboxes for announcements.
The Speech API facilitates speech-to-text transcription for virtually any mobile phone—even across all other U.S. wireless carrier services. We’ve tailored the Speech API to be optimized for specific speech contexts, including Web Search, Business Search, Voicemail, SMS, Question and Answer, TV, and Generic, which automatically detects English and Spanish language and returns the appropriate text transcription. Because the Speech API is part of a broader framework of APIs that cover a variety of services such as messaging, location and billing, with the AT&T API Platform we’re giving developers a one-stop shop for the tools they need to build their apps and services.
Give the AT&T API Platform a try now for free! When you sign up, use the APISPCH12 promotional code to get free access to all APIs on the platform, including the Speech API when it becomes available, through 2012.
If you want to learn the basics of speech transcription in mobile apps and get ideas for how you can utilize the Speech API, then don’t miss our upcoming “Speech 101” webcast on June 21 @ 10:00 AM Pacific Time.
The building blocks are all there—algorithms that measure an application’s use of content, radio signal, and peripherals, as well as detailed metrics and statistics that present the information in ways that make application analysis easier. But what can you build with these blocks? Will you make them part of your testing application? Build a new native collector? Do you want to present the information in new ways? ARO Open Source code is posted on github.com. Start building now!
Miso Creates an Innovative, Interactive App Using the AT&T U-verse® Enabled SDK for iOS
Would you like to chat with your friends while watching your favorite TV shows? How cool would it be to instantly access complementary information about what you are watching, like the products that are displayed or the songs that are being played? Read about how Miso used the AT&T U-verse Enabled SDK for iOS to create this unique and innovative experience for AT&T U-verse customers. With the SDK, Miso created an app that allows users to connect a compatible device or tablet to a U-verse receiver via the in-home U-verse Wi-Fi network. They can then send remote-control commands to the receiver and get complementary information on the shows they are watching. When coupled with Miso’s social app, this enabled the users to communicate with friends while having a dashboard of relevant information on their phone. Read more about Miso and how AT&T provided the tools for them to create a great app!
Get Your Business Apps Certified and Published to the AT&T Certified Solutions Catalog
Interested in getting your business apps to AT&T customers? The AT&T Certified Solutions Catalog is a marketable assurance of quality that provides positive exposure for your solution to both business customers and the AT&T Enterprise Sales team. Applications that successfully complete our free software certification process are published to the catalog. Submit your apps today.
Launch Your App in an Afternoon with HTML5-Compliant Boilerplate Templates!
If you’ve ever worried about making sure your new app or website was fully compliant with the latest browsers out there, worry no more. There are new boilerplate templates that can take away your concerns about being compliant with the latest browsers. HTML5 Boilerplate and Twitter Bootstrap are two such projects to get you off the ground faster! Read the full story here.
Why You Need to Attend an AT&T Mobile App Hackathon
Check out our upcoming list of events and clear an upcoming weekend to attend one of our AT&T Mobile App Hackathons. What is a hackathon, you ask? It’s the new way to meet developers and business/marketing people interested in building new and cutting-edge applications over the course of a weekend. The brilliance of a hackathon is the rapid brainstorming interactions between team members as well as the rapid technology research, deployment, and realization of an idea. So come check out our next AT&T Mobile App Hackathon and learn more about how, just by attending, you can level up on your interview skills.
Does Winning $10,000 Cash Appeal to You?
Well, here’s your chance! The judging community has chosen the top ideas from the TD Ameritrade Mobile Ideation Contest, and now we’re challenging you – our cutting-edge developers and innovators – to create a prototype of one or more of these top ideas. Top entries include concepts for brand new apps as well as enhancements to existing ones. The top five prototypes will each win a $10,000 cash prize. Learn more, and enter the contest. It ends July 9, so hurry!
Updating Security in the Payment API
For our newest release of the Payment API, we are incorporating additional security and usability improvements. The biggest change will follow the security improvements in the “OAuth 2.0 Authorization Protocol: Bearer Tokens” specification by moving the access token from the query string to a header. As a result, the access token will now be transmitted via the Authorization header, and you will need to incorporate this change in methodology into your application. Read the full tech tip here!
Duplicate content is a common problem with mobile apps. It results from the different ways that an app processes content on the device and on the server, and from the fact that mobile app developers can’t depend on a browser to cache their content. The Best Practice recommendation is to incorporate a caching strategy into your application design and implement caching as part of your app. Learn how to do it here!