Today in APIs: Skype to Kill Desktop API, Stormpath Joins AWS Marketplace, and 13 New APIs

Greg Bates, July 15th, 2013

SkypeSkype is closing its desktop API at the end of 2013. Stormpath joins the AWS marketplace and partner network. Plus: a hack-day tool for parsing civic data and 13 new APIs.

Skype Calls It: The Death of the Desktop API

Why would a giant company, having bought a super popular communications service, kill off its desktop API? Is this just another instance of Microsoft working in mysterious ways?


Not quite, as Om Malik reports in Gigaom. The desktop API, which started in 2004 and then reborn in 2011 with great fanfare, owes its demise largely to the growth of mobile:

“Skype is deeply enmeshed into the new Windows. Skype URIs need the Skype client for all communications, as Skype explains on its developer website. The action is to some extent driven by the growth of Skype on mobile, which has actually helped the company grow its usage.”

By switching from the desktop API to the URIs, developers will be able to access across platforms, including mobile devices. For more coverage, see our article by Romin Irani in today’s blog.

Stormpath Joins AWS Marketplace and Partner Network

Stormpath If your a developer looking for a super secure solution you could build it…maybe. Or you could use something that meets your high standards yet is plug and play, allowing you to bring your products to market much faster. Stormpath, the user management and authentication service for developers, is scalable cloud-based REST+JSON API that’s all about  best-in-class security.

Stormpath is for LDAP-Applications that want to leverage user bases, password security, and platforms wanting centralized authentication. The API is set up for use with any language platform or security framework. Jva, Ruby and PHP wrapper SDKs are available. For more details on Stormpath, see our coverage in April when they raised over $8 million.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

13 New APIs

Today we had 13 new APIs added to our API directory including a mobile video advertising service, an ebay product value tracking service, a crypto-currency tracking service, a twitter feed retrieval service, a video encoding service and a video preview service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AdColonyAdColony API: AdColony provides HD video advertising services to both advertisers and individuals seeking to monetize their apps. It uses Insta-Play technology to instantly serve full-screen video ads to mobile devices. AdColony provides its own reporting functions, but users also have the option of employing a 3rd party partner’s reporting functions.

AdColony provides two RESTful APIs. The Publisher Earnings API allows users to retrieve ad publisher earnings data for one day or for a range of dates in CSV format. The MATA API provides users with access to their CPI Campaign data.

BidvoyBidvoy API: Bidvoy is a product value tracking service for eBay. By examining eBay auction data, Bidvoy tracks price trends for products over time, allowing you to examine that products average price, changes in value over time, and price margin. Use Bidvoy’s information to decide when to buy, or sell, a product.

Bidvoy offer a simple API for developers. Example API methods include category, for retrieving objects and lists based on search criteria, and article, for retrieving statistical data based on a given product and category. An API key is required.

CoinChooseCoinChoose API: CoinChoose tracks various statistics across a wide variety of crypto-currencies. The site provides charts as well a comparison of the basket of currencies against both Bitcoin and Litecoin. The CoinChoose API makes the statistics for each currencies available through REST calls. The API returns JSON.

Get My TweetsGet My Tweets API: Get My Tweets is a JavaScript-based API that lets users retrieve their tweets and display them on their websites. This API was developed in response to Twitter switching off its old methods for getting Twitter feeds. If developers elect to store the JavaScript code locally, they should follow Get My Tweets on Twitter to keep up-to-date on updates and patches.

HeyWatch HTTP Live StreamingHeyWatch HTTP Live Streaming API: HeyWatch is a video encoding service that provides encoding software and APIs that allow users to convert files in the cloud. The HTTP Live Streaming API allows users to encode files using the HTTP streaming protocol implemented by Apple for use with its devices. The HTTP Live Streaming API is supplemented with the Robot API which facilitates API calls that can be performed in a successive order based on chronology. The service uses REST calls and returns JSON.

HeyWatch Video PreviewHeyWatch Video Preview API: HeyWatch is a video encoding service that provides encoding software and APIs that allow users to convert files in the cloud. The HeyWatch Video Preview API allows users to generate previews out of videos in different formats such as Thumbnail, Storyboard, and GIF animation. The services uses REST calls and returns JSON and the created video previews. The HeyWatch Video Preview is supplemented with the Robot API which facilitates API calls that can be performed in a successive order based on chronology.

PractiTestPractiTest API: PractiTest is a web-based QA and testing service for managing software requirements, tests, issues, and reporting. The test management tools collect information and trace bugs during test runs, and users can report issues and receive alerts via email. It’s also possible to customize the lifecycles of bugs. PractiTest comes with a variety of statistical functions, methodology reports, and graphs to help provide an overview of test results.

The PractiTest API enables developers to integrate PractiTest with their other applications using REST calls issued in JSON.

PrimadeskPrimadesk API: Primadesk is an application that allows users to bring all of their applications together in one dashboard to search across all of their cloud stored data and files. Primadesk allows users to share and backup files and data.

The Primadesk API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Primadesk with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email partners@primadesk.com for more information.

Standard TreasuryStandard Treasury API: Standard Treasury is a financial and banking service to connect developers and banks and the banking industry.

The Standard Treasury API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Standard Treasury with other applications. Some example API methods include accepting payments and transfers, sending remittances, and managing account information. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email dan@standardtreasury.com for more information.

Swift IdentitySwift Identity API: Swift Identity is a service for managing security for all aspects of web applications. Users can use Swift Identity to manage users and web applications.

The Swift Identity API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Swift Identity with other applications. Some example API methods include managing users, retrieving applications, and managing applications.

The Transit AppThe Transit App API: The Transit App is an application that helps commuters and travellers plan their routes and get directions in various cities.

The Transit App API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of the Transit App with other applications. The main API methods are retrieving routes and retrieving directions.

TravelManagerTravelManager API: TravelManager is a comprehensive business management platform for the bus charter industry. The TravelManager allows developers to integrate the platform’s capabilities into their own software. Supported calls include managing tour details, booking, quote generation, and more.

TuentiTuenti API: Tuenti is a social networking application. Tuenti allows users to share content, files, and photos with the people they select. Tuenti also allows for real-time instant messaging.

The Tuenti API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Tuenti with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should contact Tuenti here: http://corporate.tuenti.com/en/contact.

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