Media publishers XO Group hosted Hack Upon a Cause in New York last weekend. ProgrammableWeb spoke with the organizers about how to manage a hackathon aimed at solving real world problems, and checked in with the FullStack Academy winners who learned to code at a bootcamp just four weeks prior to the event.
This week, we had 59 new APIs added to our API directory including an anonymous email service, a shopping checkout service for Bitcoin and Litecoin payments, and a platform to detect and prevent online fraud. We also covered the success of the various Walgreens APIs, from the prescription refill API to the QuickPrints API and contests, during 2013.
Photo-based social networking site We Heart It launches an API. The Currency Cloud’s API smooths international transactions across currencies. Plus: the first 3D printing API is up at Mashape, and 23 new APIs.
Taboola 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 XX new APIs.
Firebase, a realtime backend that lets you build entire apps with just front-end code, announced Monday it is partnering with Zapier. The partnership will allow developers to easily integrate a host of backend services (like Twilio, Sendgrid, Mailchimp and many, many others) into their apps with just a few simple clicks.
Box, a leading content sharing and file storage platform provider, has announced that the company is partnering with Dignity Health and The Social + Capital Partnership to create the “Box and Dignity Health Patient Education App Challenge.” The contest requires developers to use the Box Platform and Box API to create innovative web and mobile apps that provide engaging health-related content to patients and encourage patients to follow up with patient care teams.
Pubnub raises $11 million to build out API-based services network. Precor’s Preva Fitness API turns workout into playout. Plus: Tictail’s new API and tools for retail stores, New Zealand adopts common web platform, and 10 new APIs.
ViUX Systems and SmarterTools renew partnership. ez-Xpo integrates Eventbrite and launches Open Event Management API. Plus: Nordic API thinkers and builders are gathering in September, leapfrogging constraints on API design, and 22 new APIs.
Firebase, real-time backend for web application development, originally launched a little over a year ago. Since its launch, Firebase has remained in beta while it continued to improve its service and build a customer base. Over the past year, Firebase has added features, functionality, and thousands of customers. Accordingly, Firebase has announced it is leaving its beta stages behind and publically launching as a full-fledged paid product.
Counterpath launches API for its desktop softphone software Bria. Goinstant launches developer platform for multiplayer web. Plus: Daedalus launches Textalytics (Meaning as a Service), YC Startup Standard Treasury connects App developers and Banks, and 10 new APIs.