AWS News Blog

Recent Service Improvements

I have bookmarked a few recent announcements of changes and additions to our line of web services. Here’s a quick recap:

  • Amazon S3 now supports signed requests for vanity domains and there’s new sample code which shows you how to do this. Also, the prohibition against transmitting objects with sizes between 2 and 4 GB has been removed.
  • The Mechanical Turk SDK for Ruby is now at version 0.9.0. Tested and running on Linux and Windows, and known to work on OSX, this set of libraries and tools simplifies the process of loading work (HITS) into the Mechanical Turk.
  • If you prefer Java to Ruby, the Mechanical Turk SDK for Java is now at version 1.0.0.
  • The Mechanical Turk command line tools have also been revised. You can use these tools to load HITS  from text files or Excel documents.
  • The Alexa Web Search API has been revised. It now supports access to up to one million search results and filtering using regular expressions. There’s a new pricing plan and also a “sunset announcement” on the old API.
  • The Amazon E-Commerce Service has also been revised. It now returns images in additional sizes, and also returns a so-called “merchandising message” — text provided by a merchant which describes an ongoing special promotion.

— Jeff;