Today in APIs: Windows Azure MBaaS Enhancements, CeeQ Face API and 12 New APIs

Romin Irani, June 14th, 2013

Microsoft enhances its MBaaS offering on Azure via Custom APIs. CeeQ invites Developers to try out its CeeQ Face Recognition API. Plus: Is Facebook all set to release an RSS Reader to capture users who are still in the hunt for a RSS Reader ever since the demise of Google Reader and 12 new APIs.

Windows Azure Packs A Punch with New MBaaS Enhancements

The battle for MBaaS has only just begun. Windows Azure has announced a series of enhancements for its MBaaS offerings which can open up the offering to wide range of devices and enabling custom API services to be hosted as part of the backend. First up is the ability to write custom APIs in JavaScript and host them in NodeJS with support for writing APIs in C# coming soon. Developers could also use the Git tool to push changes to their backend services along with support for push notifications to Android devices. The MBaaS space is surely heating up and Vendors are moving fast to push their platform among mobile developers.

CeeQ Face Recognition API

The arrival of Google Glass and the recent controversy around it has given rise to a number of Face API announcements in the last few weeks. See-Out, an Australian Developers is inviting developers to make it their API of choice for Facial Recognition. The API is based on 6 years of solid research work and provides features that allow developers to not just identify people from online photos but even build up a face recognition database over time. Interested Developers can sign up for the Alpha at the CeeQ Face API portal.

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12 New APIs

Today we had 12 new APIs added to our API directory including a mobile application building and management service, a virtual currency exchange service, a unified communications service, a forex trading service, a forex trading service and a language pack file format conversion service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AnyPresenceAnyPresence API: AnyPresence is a backend-as-a-service (BAAS) to create, develop, and manage mobile applications. AnyPresence allows developers to create applications and add and manage application features.

The AnyPresence API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of AnyPresence with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email info@anypresence.com for more information.

BtctBtct API: Btct.co, BTC Trading Corp, is a stock exchange service that allows users to buy shares in a virtual currency stock exchange. The site provides users with an avenue to buy or sell shares that have been issued in virtual currency companies, issue shares, deposit and withdraw cash, and create assets. The API uses REST calls and allows users to query for assets and market data, ticker data, order book data, contract info, all trade data, trade history, and dividend history. An account is required with service and API keys and SSL are used for authentication.

Digium SwithchvoxDigium Swithchvox API: Digium is a communications technology company specializing in business phone systems and custom telephony solutions. Switchvox is Digium's Asterisk-based unified communications system designed for small and medium businesses.

The Digium Switchvox API lets you query information from your Switchvox PBX. This allows you to perform a multitude of tasks such as downloading an XML call log, getting a list of all extensions, and downloading a user's voicemail messages. The API's call creation methods allow you to build auto-dialers, add click-to-call functions to other applications, and more.

FxSpyderFxSpyder API: FxSpyder is a forex trading service that provides users access to backtesting and trading robots. The FxSpyder API allows users to develop custom automated trading systems with commercial trading accounts, multi-user managed accounts, and personal retail accounts. The API is designed to communicate uniformly with the assorted brokers forex APIs so that code only needs to be written once. The API uses JavaScript, and an account is required with service.

IKON FinanceIKON Finance API: Ikon is a forex and futures market that provides a suite or brokerage an trading services that provides liquidity to institutional clients. To access the API, users must have 200 million + USD notional monthly volume and apply. The API is available through the FIX protocol, and Java sockets. The Ikon Finance API allows users to receive streaming tradable quotes, send orders, get executions reports, cancel and replace working orders, request for open and closed positions and request for account values.

Loco Language Pack ConverterLoco Language Pack Converter API: Loco is a localization service designed to manage a repository of assets along with their versions in each of the developers' target languages. Loco provides the Language Pack Converter as a free tool to let users convert language packs of up to 1MB in size from one file format to another. It can convert packs to Gettext, XML, Yaml, CSV, SQL, JS/JSON, PHP, iOS, Java, and HTML format. The Language Pack converter is available directly through the Loco website or programmatically via REST calls.

NiceNicNiceNic API: NiceNic is a Hong Kong based company providing domain name, hosting, and other internet services. The NiceNic API provides developer access to NiceNic’s domain reseller program. Based on HTTP POST calls, the API exposes all aspects of the domain registration and management process. The API is available to all registered NiceNic resellers.

OnehubOnehub API: Onehub is a file sharing solution that allows you to store files, collaborate with coworkers, and communicate with clients all in the same place. Use the services to quickly upload and organize content, share collaborate and communicate, and securely access content from any location.

The Onehub API enables you to access data from the Onehub service on behalf of a client. The API is designed to adhere to the REST Principals. The API uses HTTPS, and returns all data in JSON.

Orchestrate.ioOrchestrate.io API: Orchestrate.io is a service that allows users to add features to applications without having to use databases. Orchestrate.io allows people to add features like location services, activity feeds, and recommendations to applications.

The Orchestrate.io API allows developers to access and integrate features from Orchestrate.io with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email hello@orchestrate.io for more information.

RepStampRepStamp API: RepStamp allows you to maintain a single online identity across multiple online marketplaces, providing a means of carrying your online reputation across all marketplaces and social platforms.

The RepStamp API provides e-commerce marketplaces with a trusted reputation system and allows their users to leverage their existing online reputation. Integrate reputation widgets and badges into your site or query for reputation scores and social network connections in order to enhance interactions between buyers and sellers. The RepStamp widget is integrated using client side code (Javascript). Reputation and social API queries are sent via HTTP GET and HTTP Post and API responses are supplied in JSON format.

SkytapSkytap API: Skytap Cloud is a cloud computing service that allows enterprises to create complex computing environments in the cloud. The platform allows users to create, access, and share multi-machine virtual environments through a web browser.

Skytap's REST API can be used to automate complex operations related to Skytap Could resources including: creating and editing the parameters of configurations, templates, and their component parts; starting, suspending, or shutting down one or more virtual machines; providing access to virtual machines through networks and sets of URIs and; identifying the status and usage of machine resources.

TheRockTradingTheRockTrading API: TheRockTrading is an EU based virtual currency exchange platform that allows users to trade bitcoins, lindens and other virtual currencies using Euros and US Dollars. The site also issues and tracks different virtual currencies funds that issue dividends, and provides traders with insurance. TheRockTrading API operates using REST calls, returns JSON or JSONP, and can make queries to check the order book, obtain trade tickers, and obtain latest trades. An account is required with service.

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