Google has released a new API designed to retrieve data from an authenticated user’s Contacts. Previously, developers had to make multiple calls to the Google+ API and Contacts API. The new People API is designed to provide developers with new protocols and technologies, and it aims to eventually replace the Contacts API.

With the People API, developers can merge data from multiple sources and APIs into one data source, and expose additional data such as private addresses, e-mails and birthdays for users who give permission.

“We hope that these new features and data along with simplified access to existing data inspires you to create the next generation of cool Web and mobile apps that delight your users and those in their circles of influence,” wrote Laurence Moroney, developer advocate, in a blog post.

Htop 2.0 comes with features and fixes
Htop, an interactive process viewer for Unix, has some new features and fixes with version 2.0. Htop is now cross-platform. This release includes code supporting FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OSX and OpenBSD.

The new features include:

  • For those using ncurses 6, htop will also support the mouse wheel for scrolling.
  • Moving meters and columns around in the setup screen will allow for greater convenience.
  • Users can press “e” to see the set of environment variables for a process.
  • The “graph” mode for meters was revamped, inspired by James Hall’s vtop.

Htop went from being a Linux-only application into a portable one. Its mission was to “aim to be a better htop.” For years, it remained Linux-only because the UI was dependent only on the portable library ncurses, while the entire logic for gathering process data was based on the /proc file system.

OIC announces new developer IoT toolkit
The Open Interconnect Consortium has announced it is updating its developer toolkit to help organizations navigate through its resources and further standardize the Internet of Things (IoT).

“IoT puts a lot of pressure on developers to create applications that work seamlessly. IoT technologies can be tricky and difficult to implement in a real-world use case,” said Mike Richmond, executive director at the Open Interconnect Consortium. “With this updated developer toolkit, the OIC is making the process significantly easier. As we continue to streamline specification development for the next generation of IoT-connected devices, this is an important step.”