Get Smart with Image Recognition APIs

Adam DuVander, November 25th, 2013

BetafacePhoto 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.

37 Recognition APIs: AT&T Speech, Moodstocks and Rekognition

Matthew Scott, September 9th, 2013

BioID Web Services Our API directory now includes 37 recognition APIs. The newest is the Sentence Recognition API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Bioid Web Services API. We list 2 Bioid Web Services mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of recognition APIs.

9 APIs Used in 7 Days: Salesforce, Google Calendar and WebKnox

Wendell Santos, December 29th, 2012

This past week 5 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 9 different APIs were used to build them. and ome of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include The most often used APIs this week are Cicero, ESRI ArcGIS JavaScript and And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (2 APIs, 2 mashups), Other (1 APIs, 1 mashups) and Photos (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:

25 APIs Used in 7 Days: Amazon S3, Facebook Graph and Zazzle

Wendell Santos, December 1st, 2012

This past week 9 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 25 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Earth911 Search, HP Cloud Object Storage, HP Imaging Cloud Photo Suite, LaunchBit, Mailgun, Ookaboo and The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Facebook Graph and Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 6 mashups), Photos (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Music (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:

API Sotlight: Genomics with JChem and Illumina Basespace APIs, and Blogging Simplified with Epistlee

Matthew Scott, November 24th, 2012

MagistoOf the many APIs we published this week, twelve were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those twelve, which included the Magisto API. Publicly Launches API and Aims to Mobilize Image Recognition

Eric Carter, November 22nd, 2012 recently announced that its image recognition API service has publicly launched.  Until now, the API remained accessible on an invite only basis. hopes to tap into the quickly growing image recognition market and target mobile shopping apps and advertising campaigns. The platform recognizes real-world objects and redirects customers to take action after the customer takes a photo of the object with a smartphone.

Today in APIs: API Strategy Suggestions, The API Goes Public and 18 New APIs

Kevin Sundstrom, November 21st, 2012 discussed the importance of a well-though-out API Strategy. releases their API for public use. Plus: FullContact’s five laws of privacy, Amazon adds common design pattern into SQS queues and SNS notifications, and 18 new APIs.

88 New APIs:, MasterCard and Locu

Wendell Santos, September 16th, 2012
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This week we had 88 new APIs added to our API directory including a social network and social feed service, voice and text broadcasting solutions, credit card account validation service, menu management and venue location service and social media analytics. Additionally we covered Beeminder’s API keeping goal setters on track, and how the HeiaHeia API brings workout tracking into the corporate world. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Today in APIs: Twitter Woes, Twilio Queues and 24 New APIs

Adam DuVander, September 10th, 2012

TwitterThe changes to the Twitter API continue to upset, confuse and frustrate developers. The latest feature of the Twilio Voice API allows anyone to make complete call queues and the Twilio team is sharing some code for creating a metrics dashboard. Plus: hackathon winners, DoubleClick API updates and 24 new APIs.

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