Yfrog founder launches new Social network. Mobile Backend as a Service gathering momentum. Twitter suspends online flashmob platform Mobber. Plus: Parsely launches API to empower Publishers websites, Gmail update is Improving Nexus 7 Support and 9 New APIs.
ImageShack, the providers of popular photo sharing service Yfrog, aims to take on the big players in the Social Networking space via the launch of Yfrog Social, a full-service social networking platform for the web and the iPhone. The site wants to be the best of Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. Its selling point: ad-free freemium paid business model and completely open API.
The next trend to boost mobile development is the emergence of Mobile Backend as a Service platforms, which do the heavy lifting of providing a mobile developer with a API driven backend that cares of various infrastructural services like database creation, event tracking, geolocation, hosting, identity, messaging, notifications, security and social media integration. Mobile BaaS platform providers include Parse.com, Usergrid from Apigee and platforms from Appcelerator and Sencha. A report at SD Times, gives a good summary along with a couple of reference blog posts.
Twitter has disabled the use of its API for Mobber, a platform that helps users earn rewards when they distribute promoted content. The Mobber platform allows promoters (e.g. a musician) to create a campaign and ask users to promote their information via their social network accounts, for e.g. a Tweet. If the Tweet hits the target, all of them are released to Twitter in a burst and that is precisely where Twitter saw that as a problem.
Today we had 9 new APIs added to our API directory including a face and voice biometrics service, a real-time bug tracking service, a pricing and product promotions platform, a automated trading service, a trading and market data service and an sms service for business applications.
Below is more details on each of these new APIs.
BioID Web Services API: BioID is a webcam based biometrics service for cloud, web, and mobile application developers. The service offers users a secure way to log into their online accounts, authorize transactions and manage online identities, without having to remember passwords or carry tokens. Functionality exposed by the API includes verification and identification of face and voice, quality checking, photo tagging, status checking and more. The API uses REST and SOAP protocols and responses are formatted in XML.
Bugsense API: BugSense is a real-time bug tracking service that collects and analyzes crash reports from mobile apps. Reports provide info on wifi status, SDK version, device, carrier, and more. The API allows users to send errors to BugSense from a third party app. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.
Discfoo API: Discfoo provides a platform for online merchants to create and manage flexible price and product promotions to suit any campaign. Users can set up multiple targeted promotions, automatic promotion redemptions, and flexible pricing.
The API allows developers to integrate the Discfoo promotion engine into applications to calculate discounts based on unique cart scenarios. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.
ForexYard API: ForexYard is an online brokerage providing to services to traders around the world. The ForexYard API enables users to build automated trading into third-party systems. Possibly trading actions include: trade requests, stop-loss, take-profit, entry orders, access to past trading, historical data requests, and charting. The use the API, users must agree to the API disclosure and maintain sufficient funds in trading accounts.
LMAX Exchange Trading API: LMAX Exchange is a trading and automated trading platform. The LMAX Exchange Trading API gives users direct market access for all LMAX instruments, fast trade execution(90% of trades are executed in less than 10ms), secure trading,a technical support team, risk-free demo environment, and access to up to 20 levels of current and historical market depth. LMAX Exchange provides Java and .NET client libraries and the FIX library is available on request.
Net Oxygen SMS API: Net Oxygen is a Swiss company that offers an SMS service specialized for business applications. It has a number of features, including the ability to track sent messages and delivery status in real time. The Net Oxygen SMS service is not confined to Switzerland; messages can be sent to subscribers worldwide. There are several methods of interfacing with Net Oxygen SMS programmatically, including RESTful, SOAP-based, and XML-RPC APIs. The entire website is provided in French.
Online Commodity Broker Certigo API: The Certigo API enables users to perform trades as well as access quotes, alerts, news, account information, margins, and other information from accounts with onlinecommoditybroker.net. The API is designed to have ultra-low latency to accelerate the rate at which users can trade. Onlinecommoditybroker offers full support and has technical specialists to help optimize integration.
SubDB API: SubDB is a free, centralized subtitle database intended for use by opensource and non-commercial software. Users upload subtitles that can be freely download by others. With the SubRank algorithm, the database chooses the best subtitle among all available for a video file making the download process easier. The SubDB API lets users download and upload subtitles from the database. The API uses HTTP calls and responses are formatted as comma separated values.
Viddy API: Viddy is a social video sharing service. Its iPhone application lets users shoot 15-second video clips and push them to social networking sites. The clips can be enhanced with filters and other production packages including music, tags, titles, and local information.
The API will allow developers to create applications that could integrate the ability to share videos on Viddy. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.