Today in APIs: Taboola Launches Mobile API, and 12 New APIs

Eric Carter, December 20th, 2013

TaboolaTaboola has launched a mobile API that allows publishers to integrate the platform into mobile and connected television environments. Appy Pie has added a food ordering API to its app builder. Plus: Oxide Games demoes Mantle API and 12 new APIs.

Taboola Releases Mobile API

Taboola, content distribution and discovery platform, has released a mobile API. With the API, users can integrate the platform to mobile environments and smart TVs. After integrating the API, mobile apps offer Taboola’s content recommendations. Taboola partnered with StepLeader to deploy the API and the two have integrated the API with over 100 apps thus far.

Taboola founder and CEO, Adam Singolda, commented:

“We’re thrilled to partner with StepLeader and offer millions of users a consistent and native discovery experience in apps, establishing an exciting revenue opportunity without showing a single banner….We believe users should have an orthodox experience that is tailored to the environment where they consume content, whether that is on a large screen, mobile browser or in apps. We’re very excited about the opportunity to help publishers, app developers, brands, and marketers to unlock the potential of their content wherever users may like it.”

Taboola’s current list of integration partners include industry leaders such as Fox Television Stations, Capitol Broadcasting Company, ComCorp USA, Cowles California Media, News-Press Gazette, Midwest Television and Titan TV Broadcast Group.

Appy Pie Adds Food Ordering API to App Builder

Appy Pie, mobile app builder, has added a food ordering API to its cloud based platform. Once an app is built with the API included, app users will have the opportunity to order food directly from the app. Once an order is placed, the order is sent to Appy Pie’s cloud, and the restaurant owner is then notified of the order.

Abhinav Girdhar, Appy Pie CEO, commented:

“Today’s consumers want to do everything from their mobile itself and without spending money on calls. Therefore, conventional methods of ordering food, such as via phone, don’t attract their attention. So it is necessary for restaurants to have their own application to get connected to their customers. We are hoping that this will help thousands of restaurant owners having their own application for their customers.”

APIs You Shouldn’t Miss

12 New APIs

Today we had 12 new APIs added to our API directory including an android app database, a bitcoin development service, a ubuntu-based integrated development environment, a solar forecasting service and a miniature printer content previewing and printing service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

42matters42matters API: 42matters provides a searchable Android app database that contains over 500,000 apps. This database is available in free and enterprise editions via API to those who want to help their users find new apps. The free version is for non-commercial use only and requires an attribution link. The enterprise edition allows for more customization and daily requests.

BitlabBitlab API: Bitlab is an ope-source bitcoin company that designs scalable web services for businesses. Bitlab also provides a bitcoin wallet. The Bitlab API utilizes Firebase to allow uses to create a new account, log in, get a current deposit address, generate a new address, send a payment, get a notification, and watch an account.

CodeboxCodebox API: Codebox is a cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that can run on all kinds of platforms and devices. The IDE gives users the power of a full Ubuntu terminal inside their browsers. Users can edit code collaboratively in real time or code offline and have the code sync up when the device reconnects to the internet. Codebox is highly customizable; it provides an add-on system for users who want to build additional features and APIs for accessing data from the IDE.

EliaElia API: Elia is Belgium’s high-voltage transmission system operator and a key player in the energy market and interconnected electricity system in Europe. The company has set up multiple initiatives promoting the development of an efficient, transparent and fair electricity market including integrating renewable energy sources.

Elia offers a REST API for programmatic access to their Solar Forecasting page. The page displays solar-PV generation forecasts, real-time estimations of actual solar-PV generation and historical solar-PV power data. API methods include GetRegions, GetChartDataForZone and GetCapacities. The API is free to use and there are no signup requirements.

Exciting PrinterExciting Printer API: Exciting is a studio that develops a variety of digital projects. One of these is Printer, in which users are shown how to build small printers that connect to the internet, create custom content for those printers, and share that content with people who have similar small printers. The Exciting Printer API allows users to preview and print content programmatically via REST calls.

FreenomFreenom API: Freenom provides domain registration services, including a reseller program. Freenom exposes the functionality of this reseller program through a RESTful API. The API is able to manage domains, nameserver glue records under a domain, contacts, domain transfers, and more.

Hello SalutHello Salut API: Hello Salut is a service that allows users to greet online visitors in their native languages. Users may choose to detect the visitor’s language or IP address themselves and then call Hello Salut, or they can employ the fully automated version of the service. Hello Salut is currently in Beta, with more languages yet to be added. The project is open source and available on GitHub.

OktaOkta API: Okta is an enterprise-level solution for centrally storing and managing user profiles and identity data. It enables single sign-on authentication across multiple applications and devices – even when they are behind firewalls or in the cloud – and makes it easier for IT personnel to access essential employee information. Okta can also store user data in different schemas depending whether the user is an employee, manager, customer, or contractor. Developers can programmatically access user profile data stored with Okta via REST API.

PingeborgPingeborg API: “Project Ingeborg” (pingeb.org) is designed to promote local artists using samples of their work. Artists can put up stickers or flyers with QR codes on them that passers-by can scan using the Pingeborg app on their mobile devices. This will open a link to iTunes, Amazon, or the artist’s mobile website. Users can query information on QR codes that have been used to tag objects and any downloads associated with them using the RESTful API.

SignifydSignifyd API: Signifyd is an e-commerce fraud prevention service. It can identify devices uniquely and use a customer’s IP address to determine their location, even detecting when customers are using proxies to spoof their IP addresses. Signifyd can learn about customers from their social activity and past behaviors and use public records to perform reverse lookups on addresses, names, and phone numbers. Signifyd can use the BIN (Bank Identification Number) of a credit card, debit card, pre-paid card, or gift card to identify the issuing institution and its location. The service can also find out how many orders a customer is attempting across multiple merchants and use cross-industrial blacklists to identify fraudulent users before they can make purchases.

We Heart ItWe Heart It API: We Heart It is a photo-based social networking application. We Heart It allows users to discover and share images, photos, and content with their friends and followers.

The We Heart It API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of We Heart It with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should request API access by emailing partners@weheartit.com.

Your Mapper CrimeScoreYour Mapper CrimeScore API: CrimeScore is a service from Your Mapper, an online news organization dedicated to delivering geographic-based information. CrimeScore is a rating based on address-level crime report data. CrimeScore assigns a 1-100 grade to any given location.
The CrimeScore API delivers a CrimeScore rating for a given location. Developers simply pass a latitude and longitude, and the API responds with either JSON or CSV formatted data.

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