I’ve researched the current situation and while Webhooks & the GlowFish library seems to work for many cases it won’t let you connect to Amazon’s IoT services. I have a client that has existing infrastructure based on AWS and they have no intention of moving anywhere else. Given the capabilities of the chip used in the Photon, I mistakenly thought this would be supported right out of the box, but I guess I was wrong.
I could of course flash my Particle with Adafruit’s firmware that supports AWS but then I’d loose what I think are Killer features such as OTA updates, simple wifi config and the Particle Cloud backend for management. What I really want is a Photon with full TLS support so that I can connect to basically any web service. I would love to hear from the Particle Team if/when this is planned.