Google has opened its Glass Mirror API. Di-Ware announces App competition, initial deadline December 20. Plus: Salesforce CEO Benioff promises full review of hackathon after cries of unfair judging, API vendor and consumer positions on robots.json are explored, and 11 new APIs.
Appy Pie, cloud based mobile apps builder, continues to add to its list of supported APIs. Its latest additions include some of the most prevalent names in image sharing: Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Picassa and Instagram. The image newcomers to the Appy Pie portfolio allow developers to share images in realtime with users.
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.
APImetrics has announced the launch of the APImetrics API Performance Test Solution, a new kind of end-to-end API testing and monitoring service that tests an API’s functionality and speed of response using complex, authenticated API calls. Most API testing services typically check to see if an API is online by pinging the API address and then reporting the latency of the ping. Using API calls allows the APImetrics service to provide comprehensive monitoring and analysis of the actual performance of APIs.
Walk through any shopping mall food court and you’re bound to be offered a free sample from at least one of the restaurants. The taster is such a staple of mall marketing for one simple reason: it just plain works. This tactic has been borrowed with success by software-as-a-service (and even downloadable software) companies and as such is also common with API Products.
Today, eight years after the web Site was founded, ProgrammableWeb.com crossed an important threshold and recorded the 10,000th API into its directory. What started with a record of Yahoo!’s Flickr API has blossomed into a database whose growth can only accelerate over time.
Back in April, Wired published a story about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s mission to make Flckr awesome again. Likely, that was the motivation behind Yahoo’s recent acquisition of IQ Engines, a popular image recognition service.
Photo search company IQ Engines bought by Yahoo. The SumAll API will launch in two months. Plus: in the elastic cloud, stacks shape API conversations, the Internet of Things could be an API headache, and 10 new APIs.
With the weekend coming up let’s take a look back at the mashups that were added to the ProgrammableWeb mashup directory over the last couple of weeks. Today we’ll cover four mashups that include story narration with Instagram photo backdrops, a tool to follow the migration of monarch butterflies, a text-to-speech karaoke service, and visual representation of road related deaths across the world.
At the time of this writing, there are 197 APIs listed in the Education Category of the ProgrammableWeb API Directory. A few of the leading APIs in this category include Khan Academy, Edmodo and Schoology.