Some APIs provide data. Others offer functionality. Many of the APIs developers pay for solve a big developer problem, often with infrastructure. A company’s own intelligent calculations are a great opportunity for consumers and providers alike that may not be an obvious avenue at first. Below are a few of many examples of these types of APIs to inspire your next project or maybe your company’s next product.
Photo APIs have long been a staple of developer applications. There are more than 350 photo APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory and almost 800 photo mashups. However, most applications integrate with photo sharing services, like the Flickr API and Instagram API, missing the real power of photo APIs. This post identifies four ways that APIs are getting smart by using image recognition technology to find faces, words and more.
If you have created a powerful API-as-product, do you automatically have a business model you can monetize? German startup Webknox aims to answer this question and is worth following to see how they turn a powerful data product into an investable commodity. ProgrammableWeb caught up with Dr David Urbansky at the recent API World conference to talk about the very early days of this new API enterprise and to discuss the road to success that may lay ahead.
This past week 20 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 17 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include AlchemyAPI, Chatterbox,DatumBox, Geo IP Lookup, Nokia Maps, Quova, Repustate, Semantria, Skyttle and Viralheat. The most often used APIs this week are DocuSign Enterprise, foursquare and Geo IP Lookup. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (6 APIs, 6 mashups), Tools (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Mapping (4 APIs, 4 mashups).
Diffbot, a startup known for its data mining services, released a new API that will scan an e-commerce shopping page and parse information on a particular product. Developers can use the API in their web and mobile apps to find the best price on different sites, track merchandise availability or even migrate shopping sites to new platforms without having to deal with backend integration.
AlchemyAPI wants to make a type of artificial intelligence known as deep learning accessible not only to giant corporations, but to the public. Over the last year, the Denver company has been weaving the technology into its text mining API, recently announcing updates in the areas of relation extraction and named entity extraction.
genieMD integrates the Walgreens prescription API. StartMeApp’s Self-Service ‘adSmart Express’ Mobile Advertising API. Plus: Instamojo releases API for users selling digital goods, Named Entity Recognition and Relation Extraction Systems are improved by Alchemy API, and 11 new APIs.
Today LeadLedger announced a new Sales Lead Generation API. Plus: Goodsmiths selects PayAnywhere API to power Swipe Mobile Payment App, AlchemyAPI improves named entity recognition and relation extraction systems, and 12 New APIs.
This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 20 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include AlchemyAPI Text Categorization and Google Affiliate Network. The most often used APIs this week are eBay Finding, Google Maps and indeed. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Search (3 APIs, 3 mashups), Job Search (3 APIs, 4 mashups) and Photos (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups: