Today in APIs: Skyhook’s In-Flight Location API, Amazon’s First AWS Event and 16 New APIs

Wendell Santos, July 18th, 2012

Skyhook WirelessSkyhook’s in-flight location API can now find users 35,000 feet in the air. Amazon prepares to open registration for its first AWS confrence coming in November. Plus: OnStar’s API is being used by a car sharing program, how Google rewards top developers and 16 new APIs.

Skyhook’s In-Flight Location API Lets Apps Find You In Mid-Air

Location services provider Skyhook introduced version 4.6 of its mobile SDK and among the new features is the ability for app developers to get a user’s current location mid-flight. The SDK includes support for Android devices as well as Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

AWS re:Invent, The First Amazon-Organized AWS Event

Amazon’s first global customer and partner conference, AWS re:Invent, will be held from November 27-29 in Las Vegas. The three day event has over 150 sessions on the agenda scheduled including talks about:

AWS best practices, cloud computing use cases, enterprise IT, architecture, developer tools, AWS resource management, security, new AWS services, and more. You will also be able to meet AWS engineers, architects, product managers.

Amazon announced that registration for active AWS customers begins on July 20th.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

16 New APIs

Today we had 16 new APIs added to our API directory including an application development platform, bitcoin exchange rate calculator, embedding service for computer terminal recordings, send bitcoins via sms or e-mail, pay-per-call advertising and outreach service, electronic options exchange, targeted mobile advertising service, online recipe service, video advertising service, dictionary and thesaurus products, random character generator password service, advertising via content sharing services, predictive database service, price comparison services, linked data/rdf format validator service, local commerce platform. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AppceleratorAppcelerator API: Appcelerator is the leading enterprise-grade, cross-platform development solution that powers over 30,000 cloud-connected applications across mobile, desktop and web platforms. Appcelerator's leading product, Titanium, is the only mobile cloud platform to enable fully native, cross-platform mobile app and HTML5 web development, from a single codebase. Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS) provides a number of data storage and web services such as user logins, photo uploads, checkins, status updates, push notifications and more. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are in JSON.

BTCtoXBTCtoX API: Bitcoin is an experimental new digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone anywhere in the world, using peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority. BTCtoX calculates the exchange rate between bitcoin and other currencies. It can do so via either web console or REST-based API.

Codestre.am EmbedCodestre.am Embed API: Codestre.am allows people to stream or record actions taken on their terminals. This allows them to create and share tutorials, collaborate on coding, or show errors that they're running into. Such recordings are also known as "codestreams". The Codestre.am Embed JavaScript API allows users to embed codestreams on their webpage or blog.

CoinapultCoinapult API: Coinapult is a service for sending bitcoins to designated recipients via SMS or e-mail. Bitcoins are an experimental new digital currency that enable instant payments, using peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority. Coinapult's services can be accessed on their website via web console or programmatically via HTTP POST calls. However, unlike payloads initiated on the website, Coinapult API calls carry a 1% fee.

IngenioIngenio API: The service provides phone-based access to expert advice and referral services. It allows those with questions and concerns to contact someone with expertise in the subject matter for information and advice. It also provides an advertising and outreach venue by which service providers can interact with potential customers for their services.

API methods support creation and updating of provider listings, including phone number for access, specialty topics, price per call, etc. Other APIs provide for controlling agency accounts, recorded audio, and tracking of contacts through the system.

International Securities ExchangeInternational Securities Exchange API: The International Securities Exchange (ISE) is an all-electronic US options exchange offering options trading on over 2,000 underlying equity, ETF, index, and FX products. An API is available for the Options Trading System (OTS). Developers can use the API to create applications that send trading commands and/or queries to, and receive broadcasts and/or transactions from, the trading system. Firms can customize their trading applications to fit their firm’s risk management and order-flow systems. All applications developed must be certified by the ISE. Documentation is not publicly available.

JumpTapJumpTap API: Jumptap is a leading targeted mobile advertising agency. They help advertisers find and engage with customers on any mobile device, and help publishers use targeting to display the most relevant ads on their sites. The Jumptap API lets users request and retrieve display ads from the Jumptap ad network. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XHTML.

Kraft RecipeKraft Recipe API: The service provides recipes highlighting ingredients from the provider company that applications can incorporate. Recipes are categorized by meal and by applied classification such as kid-friendly, budget, health-conscious, and ethnic cuisine. Recipe data is broken down by ingredient, number of servings, preparation time, and other specifics.

API methods support retrieval of recipes matching specified classifications with particular characteristics of interest such as ingredients and cooking time. Methods also support creation of users' personal collections, ingredient shopping lists, and user polls.

LiveRailLiveRail API: LiveRail is a company providing online video advertising services. LiveRail AdServer is a leading online video platform with 25% of online video ads delivered through the platform. It allows users to manage, target, display and track advertising in online video. Publishers and advertisers use LiveRail to manage the monetization of their online videos. The LiveRail API exposes the entire functionality of the platform to developers with accounts. It uses HTTP calls and responses are formatted in XML. Full documentation is avaialable to registered users.

Merriam-Webster DictionaryMerriam-Webster Dictionary API: Merriam-Webster has been producing language information—including dictionaries, thesauri, and translation materials—for over 150 years. The Merriam-Webster collection of APIs provide developer access to a variety of the company’s most prominent reference works. Free access is provided to non-commercial websites and applications. Free access is limited to two reference works with a maximum of 1000 queries a day per reference work. Full access is available for commercial use.

Passphrase Random PasswordPassphrase Random Password API: The service generates and returns a random password string that can be recorded as a user login credential and provided to the user for later access. One use case for this function would be the response to a forgotten password or password reset request initiated by the user.

API methods support submission of a simple request, which returns an alphanumeric string consisting of some combination of numerals 0-9 and uppercase or lowercase alphabetic characters. Methods also accept special requests, with the returned string also incorporating selected punctuation and special characters.

Po.stPo.st API: Po.st is a social sharing platform that also provides publishers with a means of generating advertising revenue. It offers integration with the major social networks, a proprietary URL shortener, copy and paste functionality, and numerous other features.

The Po.st API allows users to insert a 300×250 display ad that can carry either their advertisements or Po.st's. This ad unit only appears after an end user has shared the API user's content.

Prior KnowledgePrior Knowledge API: Prior Knowledge runs Veritable, a predictive database that makes inferences on the data it contains. The Veritable API lets users upload their data, analyze it, and generate insight and predictions. Resources include tables and rows to upload data for analysis, analyses which represent the collection of analyses performed on a data table and predictions which lets users generate predictions based on a completed analysis. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

revAdd revAdd API: revAdd creates price comparison engines that can be used to monetize a website or app. revAdd collects price data, creates comparison engines and keeps everything up to date. The comparison engines are made available to users via APIs which can be used to create custom widgets, apps and websites. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML and JSON.

VapourVapour API: The service validates RDF/XML found at a URL specified in the request and confirms that the data is correctly formatted and compliant with best practices. A public web service allows manual submission of a URL, but it is open source and available for local install under the license from the W3C or via public API.

API methods support submission of a URL where a file in RDF/XML format is available, and returned data provide a file specifying the results of format validation tests. Requests can optionally specify output format as RDF/XML (the default) or XML.

ZaarlyZaarly API: Zaarly enables users to buy and sell anything locally. You can add requests that are tasks (errands, deliveries) or more obscure requests (custom designed fitness routine).

The Zaarly API, Zaarly Anywhere, allows developers to include a Zaarly button on any web page. Using the JavaScript API, developers can set the meta-data associated with the Zaarly task.

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