Today In APIs: AWS slashes prices, Role of APIs in BYOD and 9 New APIs

Romin Irani, February 1st, 2013

Amazon EC2AWS heats up the IaaS space with price cuts and global availablity of M3 instances. How APIs can help solve BYOD. Plus: Canadian Yellow Pages now has 2300 API-related partners and 9 new APIs.

AWS makes M3 Instances Available Globally

Amazon has announced the global availability of its M3 instance across all its AWS regions. The M3 (Second Generation Standard Instance) instances have 50% higher absolute CPU performance than their predecessors. All instances are 64-bit and are optimized for applications such as media encoding, batch processing, caching, and web serving. In addition to the above, prices have been cut by 10-20% across the board for On-Demand Amazon EC2 instances running Linux world-wide, effective February 1, 2013. With Data Transfer across regions being an increasingly common scenarion, AWS has announced deep price cuts in regional data transfer with prices falling by almost 83% in some cases. The other IaaS vendors definitely have to look at their pricing with these announcements from AWS.

Will APIs be the great enabler of BYOD?

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is unstoppable and organizations are still grappling with their strategy on how to integrate the devices and at the same time not compromising on their internal data. We had covered in the recent past about BYOD forcing enterprises to adopt APIs as the layer that enables it securely. Travis Spencer, CEO of Twobo Technologies articulates the importance of APIs in solving BYOD. The post stresses that an important part of any BYOD solution is API Security. The key to enabling BYOD via API security will be to focus on the user, authenticate them, determine the context of the user action and control access to resources.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

9 New APIs

Today we had 9 new APIs added to our API directory including an online store for custom device covers, a persistent uniform resource identifier service, an event calendar service, a british railway departure time service, an http request analysis service and an entertainment trends and data platform. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

Design SkinsDesign Skins API: Design Skins is a website that sells customizable covers and decals for consumer electronics such as laptops, iPads, mp3 players, game consoles, digital cameras, and coffee machines. Customers can choose from the patterns provided by Design Skins or they can upload and use their own. The SOAP-based Design Skins API enables users to retrieve product information, product categories, and articles from the website.

eduroam URNeduroam URN API: The service provides a registry of permanently valid resource identifiers for entities within the G√ČANT infrastructure that serves European educational institutions and affiliated people. For each registered resource, a Uniform Resource Name (URN) is logged in a format resembling an http:// web address. Each URN is associated with an http:// URL where that resource is currently accessed. If the resource must move to a new URL, the registry listing may be updated, allowing the persistent identifier to redirect to an updated location and access the resource.

API methods support submission of a request containing a URN with special characters in escaped format. The API returns the current URL associated with that identifier. Methods also support listing all currently registered URNs and their associated URLs.

InfoPark Web CalendarInfoPark Web Calendar API: The service from German web hosting provider InfoPark provides ability to update the hosted event calendar listings it offers with its service package. Site owners using the platform can maintain calendars of events, appointments, and other time-sensitive listings as separate elements or embedded within other parts of their online environments.

API methods support creating and updating event calendar listings and retrieval of listing data for display or other processing. Methods allow synchronization of listings with other systems so events configured there create listings within the online event calendar.

National Rail EnquiriesNational Rail Enquiries API: The service provides access to and interactions with the Live Departure Boards (LDB) application of the UK National Rail service. It provides the same real-time data tracking train movements that National Rail uses to display its own arrival and departure schedules. Licensing is required for use of the service.

API methods support retrieval of real-time operating data, including current locations and projected arrival and departure times, for trains operating within the UK National Rail system. Methods also allow retrieval of projected arrivals and departures for a specified train station.

RequestBinRequestBin API: RequestBin is a service that allows users to collect and analyze HTTP requests. RequestBin can be used to see what HTTP clients are sending and to look at webhook requests.

The RequestBin API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of RequestBin with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include creating bins, managing bins, and retrieving information from bins.

SemetricSemetric API: Semetric is an entertainment analytics platform. Semetric tracks consumer trends, data, and behavior for entertainment, such as music, movies, games, and TV shows.

The Semetric API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality and data of Semetric with other applications. Some example API methods include searching data, retrieving data, and accessing data charts about entertainment trends. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should contact api@semetric.com for API access.

SharkScopeSharkScope API: The service provides data about players in poker tournaments to track their gambling success and winnings over time. It tracks results for “virtually all” poker tournaments in aggregate and broken down for individual participants with reports of winnings as well as comparison of costs incurred to derive measures of profit and return on investment. The information allows evaluation of opposing players or overall ranking in relation to one another.

API methods support retrieval of statistics for both completed and active poker tournaments, including lists of players and the position of each on the leaderboard. Methods also support analysis by individual player or for groups of players to assess past tournament participation and success.

T3MediaT3Media API: The service provides hosting of video content and access via search and browse functions. A robust permissions model allows access only to selected elements within the repository. The proprietary metadata management tool provides automated extraction of technical details about format, codec, aspect ratio, etc., as well as human cataloging to describe video for later retrieval.

API methods support ingest of video resources with definition of access permissions and technical and descriptive metadata. Methods also support for categories and types of videos as well as individual titles. Methods also support content preview and full-length viewing, where permissions allow.

TripCheckTripCheck API: TripCheck is a service provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation and provides users with access to weather, trip planning assistance, and traffic information. The TripCheck API makes parking data from the Portland International Airport available, as well as traffic incident data, road weather reports, automated roadside weather station data, roadway sensor data, dynamic message sign data, highway weight restrictions, links to roadside camera images. Data is available in XML. An account is required with service.

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