Remember when Mark Zuckerberg blamed the problematic old Facebook mobile app–dubbed “freakishly slow” by some–on “betting too much on HTML 5?” So does backend-as-a-service (BAAS) provider Sencha, and to rebut Zuckerberg’s assertion that using HTML5 was “one of [Facebook's] biggest mistakes,” Sencha built its own mobile webapp, Fastbook, to demonstrate that HTML5 is ready for prime time.
Real-time backend service Firebase adds the Security API. Sencha proves that HTML5 applications can be fast by showcasing Fastbook. Plus: Cheezburger launches API to bring “5 minutes of funny” to everyone, Amazon EBS allows snapshot copy between regions and 19 new APIs.
Our API directory now includes 50 backend APIs. The newest is the CloudBees API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the CloudMine API. We list two CloudMine mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of backend APIs.
LaunchBit, an email ad network, has announced a text ad API. Whether email publishers are blasting status updates, announcements or other news, the LaunchBit API will allow advertisements within the email to make API calls to data relevant to the ad. Monetizing websites with Ads has long been sound practice; however, monetizing emails is somewhat of an untapped market. With easy integration through an API, LaunchBit intends to take advantage of this underdeveloped market.
This week we had 99 new APIs added to our API directory including a global donations platform, Magic: The Gathering card price ticker, SMS text messaging service, charity and fundraising platform, time tracking service and bike sharing serviceBelow is more details on each of these new APIs.
Yfrog founder launches new Social network. Mobile Backend as a Service gathering momentum. Twitter suspends online flashmob platform Mobber. Plus: Parsely launches API to empower Publishers websites, Gmail update is Improving Nexus 7 Support and 9 New APIs.
Hackathons always produce new apps, but how about one that also encourages updating what you already have? That’s the case with The Muther of all hackathons, in which new and enhanced apps are both eligible for some great prizes. The Wireless Industry Partnership has scheduled more than 24 hours during which it hopes developers produce 100 new or enhanced apps. Lofty, yes, but we all know what a group of passionate developers can make with the right motivation. And you can go to Silicon Valley June 24 and 25 to make it happen. Read on and we may even cover your ticket to the event.
When Amazon recently implemented what it calls “efficiency guidelines” in its Amazon Product Advertising API, the online retail giant took some developers by surprise. The change was meant to limit access to sites that did not send buying customers. However, a change to your code is required to ensure that you receive the correct level of access. Those that didn’t make the change were subjected to the lowest limits. For some, that meant lost revenue–both to the developer and Amazon.