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.
Along with the growth of APIs in general has come the emergence of the API as a product. Many times a new startup is entirely an API. When the entire company is an API, you’d better choose the right API business model. When the API is the product, or the whole business, many times this means charging developers to use your API. It turns out, it’s not just about how much you charge them, but how. This post will look at the many different ways that API-as-product companies are getting developers to pay for access.
This week we had 40 new APIs added to our API directory including an application to help users learn and analyze the art market, a platform that brings together thousands of data sources, a completely automated trading environment giving access to liquidity streams and pricing, and an adaptive search engine provider. In addition, we profiled an API that allows suers to virtually fit their clothing before buying it online.
Google’s shopping API is being shuttered, what are the alternatives? Qubit’s API makes integration of ecommerce business intelligence easier. Plus: API best practices and advice, why analytics are important, and 18 new APIs.
KidoZen, leading provider of mobile platform as a service, announced that Salesforce.com’s mobile APIs are now part of KidoZen’s backend as a service platform. Vivante has launched its new Vega IP product line that includes new API support, and 7 new APIs.
Our API directory now includes 82 address APIs. The newest is the 1Map API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the geocoder API. We list 41 geocoder mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of address APIs.
There are two sides to the API equation: production and consumption. This week’s API job openings are focused on the consumption side which presents a unique set of challenges as an application becomes more distributed.
Our API directory now includes 945 social APIs. The newest is the SmartBots API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Twitter API. We list [num] Twitter mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of social APIs.
Ford and General Motors kick off 2013 by opening up their car platforms to developers. Foursquare Hackaton sees 80 applications. Plus: 99 Designs Tech Team uses the GitHub API to build a bug monitor and keep bugs in check and 11 new APIs.