Today in APIs: Intel Acquires Aepona, Steam Gaming Platform API and 8 New APIs

Romin Irani, May 10th, 2013

Intel builds out its API portfolio with another acquisition. Steam Gaming Platform sees huge adoption and plans API. Plus: Learn why API security is critical and 8 new APIs.

Intel acquires API Company Aepona

Intel, which acquired API Management company Mashery recently, is not yet done. Aepona, which provides API management tools to track location, device type and other features tied to a mobile connection, has been acquired. This latest acquisition clearly shows that Intel is focused on a future of connected devices and it sees APIs as the glue that will bring that vision to reality.Aepona  will be integrated into the Intel’s Services Division.

Online Gaming Platform Steam To Offer API?

Steam, an online game platform that distributes and manages thousands of games to a 50 million+ community of gaming enthusiasts is planning to release an API. The online platform allows game developers to submit game proposals and allows a community of users to vote and greenlight it. If the game is Greenlit, Steam contacts the developer to help develop and move the game to their online platform. The API if released would help Developers get early access to Steam platform features and ensure that the devs are already integrating Steam features and making the game ready and optimized for the platform.

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8 New APIs

Today we had 8 new APIs added to our API directory including a bitcoin sentiment polling service,a bitcoin game service, a national digital library, a parallel sdk management service, a bulk sms service and a swedish statistical database. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Bitcoin SentimentBitcoin Sentiment API: Bitcoin Sentiment is a polling site where users vote on the future price of Bitcoins. The site also offers charts of the sentiment data, and makes the data freely downloadable. The Bitcoin Sentiment API allows users to send votes to indicate bullish or bearish prospects for the Bitcoin economy, and get data from Bitcoin Sentiment. The services uses REST calls and is free to use.

Block Chain RouletteBlock Chain Roulette API: Block Chain Roulette is a Bitcoin game that rewards users who correctly guess a random number that is generated by solving a new Bitcoin block. The Block Chain Roulette API gives users access to URLS to enable them to create their own roulette playing bots. The API has queries that can get a list of all possible bets, get a list of all bests made on the table, get a list of the last 50 bets, and get a list of blocks processed and spin results.

Digital Public Library of AmericaDigital Public Library of America API: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is designed to bring together content from America’s libraries, archives, and museums and make them freely available online. Its goal is to make the written words, art, historical records, and science of the U.S. available as widely as possible. DPLA users can search the millions of items in the catalog, save items in lists, and share those lists with others.

The DPLA API provides a programmatic method for accessing the metadata for items stored by the DPLA. Among other information, each metadata record contain a link to the object’s location on the content provider’s website.

Groovy enVironment ManagerGroovy enVironment Manager API: The Groovy enVironment Manager (GVM) helps users manage parallel versions of software development kits (SDKs) on Unix-based systems. It provides a command-line interface for installing, switching, removing, and listing candidates. Although the GVM API’s primary purpose is to work with the GVM clientside bash scripts, it can also be used by other clients.

SMS FastlySMS Fastly API: SMS Fastly is a bulk SMS service that provides coverage for 160 countries. Text messages sent through the service can be up to 160 characters long, though a “concatenated SMS” method is available for longer messages. SMS Fastly offers an API that lets resellers give their users a means of sending SMS without using the web interface on the reseller’s site. This API functions using HTTP GET (REST) calls.

Statistics SwedenStatistics Sweden API: Statistics Sweden is an administrative agency that supplies statistics for decision-making, debate, and research purposes. It primarily serves government agencies but will sometimes provide statistical data to private researchers. Statistics Sweden provides an API for accessing any table or part of a table from their Statistical Database. The API can be used without registration and is currently in beta.

TheBigDBTheBigDB API: TheBigDB is a loosely-structured database that is free and open to the public. It contains miscellaneous facts stored as statements, which are simply arrays of nodes that anyone can create, upvote, or downvote. TheBigDB has no datatypes, namespaces, lists, or domains. Users can search through the nodes programmatically using REST calls issued in JSON format.

Weather SourceWeather Source API: Weather Source is a service that provides weather data. Weather Source provides weather data for clients in multiple industries for multiple purposes. Weather Source provides historical weather data and reports, weather forecast data, and astronomical reports.

The Weather Source API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Weather Source with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include managing account information, retrieving weather history data, and retrieving astronomical data.

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