Google, Nest and the $3.2 Billion API

Guest Author, January 17th, 2014

The pundits are abuzz with Google’s $2.3 billion acquisition of Nest, a move that could take the tech giant further into your home, your habits and the way you live. Some see this as a move with Machiavellian overtones, as in, Google already wants to own all your online data, and now it will be watching you every time you crank up the heat and snuggle up to a marathon session of Girls reruns. Others are overjoyed at the possibilities of the intersection of the various components of our lives, enabled through technology. When all is said and done, the reality is that one of the most important technology companies just paid approximately 12 times the revenue for a company that makes thermostats.


Today in APIs: Apigee Buys InsightsOne API Analytics Company, and 8 New APIs

Greg Bates, January 8th, 2014

Apigee OAuthApigee acquires InsightsOne for deeper analytics. Cloud elements connects documents via one API. Plus: Genuitec customizes APIs for apps across web, mobile, cloud and desktop, PubNub and Ford’s vehicle dispatch app, and 8 new APIs.


Mashery Acquisition Lets Hacker League Expand its Reach

Wendell Santos, December 3rd, 2013

Today Mashery, an Intel Company announced their acquisition of Hacker League, the world’s largest platform for hackathon organizers. Created in late 2011, over the last two years Hacker League has helped run over 450 hackathons worldwide. The move will allow Hacker League to reach an ever wider audience. Mashery at the same time gets the opportunity to invest in a hackathon management tool that meets the growing demand of their Enterprise customer base.


APIs Enter 3d Printing Industry

Ajay Ohri, November 29th, 2013

3D Printing is the process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive layers of a material. For more than a year, according to Google Trends, 3D printing has been catching the attention of tech media and consumers alike. It has also created it’s own set of specialized publishing magazines including 3ders.org and 3dprintingindustry.com. In fact Gartner placed consumer 3D printing at the top of the Hype-Cycle for Emergent Technologies, 2013. Clearly, this technology is moving fast.


39 New APIs: StatusPage, Lelylan and Point.io

Wendell Santos, July 28th, 2013

This week we had 39 new APIs added to our API directory including a home and electronic device automation service, mobile application building and management service, application status page platform, multi-factor authentication for smartphones and tablets and external vulnerability scanning solution. In addition we covered a cloud based time-tracking platform and a face recognition API. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.


Today in APIs: API Strategy and Practice Conference adds New Speakers and 11 New APIs

Kevin Sundstrom, July 19th, 2013

The API Strategy and Practice Conference announced five new speakers that will be featured in this years events. Plus: don’t tell them its REST, the coexistence of SOA and APIs, and 11 new APIs.


Maine Civic Hackathon Plows Through Data

Greg Bates, June 5th, 2013

As the smell of solder wafted in the air from hardware and software techies working together, the first annual Maine Civic Hackday, a local hackathon that was part of the National Day of Civic Hacking got underway in Bangor, Maine. Held June 1 and 2, it marked the beginning of what promises to be a global sea change in putting government data to a wide variety of uses, using APIs. One of 95 events held simultaneously across the country, Bangor’s hackathon was organized by Programmableweb’s own Garret Wilkin.


Today in APIs : Fed {API}, Summarization API and 2 New APIs

Romin Irani, May 17th, 2013

Fed {API} to provide curated Government data sets. Stremor Corp releases Content Summarization API. Plus: Apigee launches a research and strategy organization for the app economy and 2 new APIs.


Best New Mashups: Data Mashups Using Google Chart, EchoNest and Google Fusion Tables

Wendell Santos, May 17th, 2013

Google ChartThe news of data visualization provider Tableau’s IPO on Friday is yet another sign that the movement behind data and analytics continues to gain steam. With that in mind, today we’ll take a look at recent mashups that allow users to perform data analytics of some kind and often show the results through interesting visualizations. Read below for more information on each.


466 Mapping APIs: Google Maps, Bing Maps and Foursquare

Kevin Sundstrom, April 30th, 2013

Google MapsOur API directory now includes 466 mapping APIs. The newest is the 1Map API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Google Maps API. We list an amazing 2454 Google Maps mashups.


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