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Chrome 11 beta adds new experimental APIs for proxies, Web navigation

Google Chrome 11 -- which just recently made the move to the browser's beta channel -- has received a minor update that gives developers access to two new APIs. The first is a full-featured proxy API, which will, for example, allow users to set different proxy servers for normal browsing and Incognito mode. Proxy auto-config scripts are also supported by the API. The second -- Web...

Rdio gets the jump on Spotify with API release, affiliate program

Rdio is a much-beloved streaming music service, and it's got one serious advantage over Spotify at the moment: it's already available in the U.S. So while Americans continue to wait for the arrival of Spotify, Rdio is doing its best to strengthen its position in the marketplace. To that end, Rdio is enlisting the aid of developers by releasing an API for the service and announcing an...

Google releases Android anti-fragmentation kit

Android fragmentation is once again being talked about (was it ever not?), only this time it's because Google has released a new compatibility pack which helps developers combat fragmentation-related issues. The new static library allows access to the Honeycomb Fragments API -- which lets developers produce resolution independent apps -- on any device running Android 1.6 or better, from...

Mac OS X Lion to include updated version of Safari with WebKit2

After originally reporting on the introduction of WebKit2 back in April 2010, it looks like it will finally be rolled out with OS X Lion, in a new version of the Safari Web browser. WebKit2, rather than being a whole new rendering engine, is a layer around WebKit that adds more stability, security and speed -- not entirely unlike the Google Chrome sandbox, which is also strapped onto a version...

Google Chrome Omnibar about to get even more useful with extension API

If there's one single thing that truly sets Chrome apart from its herd of rivals, it's the Omnibar. Chrome users already know and love this feature, but Google's just made it possible for developers to create extensions that will push it even farther ahead of the competition by providing an API for it. Now, there are already huge numbers of extensions available for Chrome -- many of which we here...

Twidroyd and UberSocial - formerly UberTwitter - get Twitter API access back

Twidroyd and UberSocial (formerly UberTwitter) have regained access to Twitter's APIs and should now be functioning as normal. Twitter suspended the apps -- owned by UberMedia -- pending changes that would bring them in line with Twitter's API terms of use. Ubermedia has made the changes to Twitter's satisfaction, although Twitter still intends to periodically review the company's apps for...

Crocodoc launches plug-in free, embeddable document viewer

Looking for a slick way to share documents and allow collaborators to add annotations? Check out Crocodoc, which has launched a plug-in free document viewer powered by the standard Web code we both love and hate to refer to as HTML5. Just like competitor Scribd, files you upload to Crocodoc can be easily embedded on any site (check out a demo after the break). Readers can also post comments...

Instapaper gets full API for subscribers

Instapaper has finally received a full-featured API. The old, limited API will live on alongside it, now being called the Instapaper Simple API. The Simple API allows developers to let their users add pages to their Instapaper accounts. Such functionality is already present in many feed readers and Twitter clients. This will remain free. The full API also allows developers to let their...

Wolfram Alpha opens up API, makes it free for personal use

Wolfram Alpha is already very powerful; just the other day I used it to chart United States crime rates, because I wanted to see at a glance if they've been going up or down over the last few years. And now, Alpha has gone on to make all of its rich data freely available via a new API for developers. This means it's now easier than ever for developers to query Alpha and pull specific...

Adobe initiative to let you easily clear 'Flash cookies' from your Mozilla or Google Web browser

In a strong, head-held-high missive, Adobe has detailed a new initiative to bring Flash local storage clearing to Web browser UIs. The new API, NPAPI ClearSiteData will let Firefox and Chrome users clear Flash's Local Shared Objects, or 'Flash cookies,' in the same way that you currently clear cookies and temporary Internet files. LSOs are very commonly used throughout the Web, but unlike...

Unofficial Instagram web interface Followgram shuts down pending official API

Instagram is a great way to share photos and follow friends' photo posts if you have an iPhone. You can even share links to your individual photos on the web. Unfortunately, there's no web interface for sharing your Instagram photostream. That's where Followgram came in, until it was shut down this afternoon. Now this message has been posted: Sorry folks, looks like we have to say goodbye for...

Google URL shortener Goo.gl now has an API

Rejoice ye programmers! You can now access Google's URL shortener via a simple API. It can either be accessed in a brute-force "gimme a short link now" way; or you can make authenticated requests, which puts shortened URLs into your Goo.gl dashboard, allowing clickthroughs to be analyzed. In the announcement, Google also points to Royal Pingdom's research into the fastest and most reliable URL...

Chrome extensions with right-click context menus coming soon! And your chance to win a Chrome hoodie...

In a move that is surely an effort to keep pace with Firefox's helter-skelter development of Jetpack, Chrome Beta now has a context menu API! There's also a bunch of other new APIs, the most exciting being the Omnibox API. Imagine Chrome's built-in search engines (type 'Amazon', then a space, and then a book name -- it searches Amazon!), but with extension access. Type the name of an extension...

Send To Dropbox is a beautiful, simple way to email files to your Dropbox

When you register to Send To Dropbox, it doesn't require your Dropbox username and password. It simply asks permission to hook into Dropbox's API. Once you agree, you get an email address that ends with @sendtodropbox.com. Anything sent to that email address ends up in your Dropbox, sorted according to date, subject, or From address. You can either give this address to people that you trust, or...

SkypeKit, a toolset for putting Skype in any app, now available for Mac and Windows

SkypeKit, a set of APIs that lets developers build Skype functionality into any app (or, theoretically, any device), is now in beta for Mac and Windows. SkypeKit originally launched on Linux, which actually makes a lot of sense when you consider how many electronic devices outside the PC market are powered by Linux variants. SkypeKit isn't just for computers: it could bring Skype to handheld...