As a translation service powered by human translators and accessed via an API, Gengo has a fairly unique business model—an API-as-product that uses the API to engage a human workforce to carry out sophisticated business processes.
While the number of APIs grows by leaps and bounds every year, only a fraction of websites offer official APIs. Not willing to wait, those who want and need data are increasingly taking matters into their own hands through the creation of unofficial APIs. A new tool, Gargl, gives individuals an open-source option for doing just that.
The second annual Hackomotive competition presented by Edmunds.com is starting today, with participants from many different sectors of the automotive industry attending. Consumers, automakers, developers, technologists, and others in the automotive industry are expected to attend the three-day event being held at the headquarters of Edmunds.com in Santa Monica, California. The goal of Hackomotive is to bring together innovators to develop “the best products and ideas that promote a better car-shopping experience for consumers.”
Businesses exploring an API strategy are asking themselves: private, partner or public? Since the start of the year, there has been a lot more thinking aloud about how businesses decide whether to start with an internal (private) API; use partner APIs to manage specific business relationships; or jump straight into designing external, developer-facing open (public) APIs.
In a previous post I covered six great ways to engage your API community. It was based on seeing thousands of APIs—some that received developer attention and some that fell flat. Now I have dug into ProgrammableWeb’s directory to find the features that really seem to make a difference. Comparing the top 100 APIs to the rest of the pack, it’s clear that community support is a huge differentiator.
Google has released a new version of the Google Visualization API that features new chart types including sankey diagrams, calendar charts and annotation charts. The release also includes new features and improvements such as string to number conversion in datatables, the ability to export corecharts and geocharts as PNGs, and crosshairs for scatter, line and combo charts.
Oscar-nominated film Her would have us believe that in the future we may fall in love with our operating systems. Or at the very least, it shows a much more fluid interaction with technology. Through mostly a speech interface, people are able to read email, search and view photos. Merge this with the Internet of Things that is taking over our present and you can see the power of APIs that speak your language.
Google Cloud Developer Challenge 2013, a contest that invited Developers to build applications on the Google Cloud Platform has announced the contest winners after an intense period of evaluation. The contest opened for submission in September and semi-finalists were announced in early December. The semi-finalists were given a month to further develop their applications and a final round of evaluation declared 12 winners, across 6 geographical regions in the world, two winners per region. Applications were required to run on App Engine and utilize Google’s APIs like You Tube, Google + and others in innovative ways.
This week, Orchestrate launched an API to allow management of multiple databases via a single API and interface. Cofounder and CEO of Orchestrate Antony Falco spoke with ProgrammableWeb about the growth of Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) and why Orchestrate is a game changer for both app developers and the enterprise.
Semantic Video Analysis API created by Thinkglue. The API Strategy and Practice Conference in Amsterdam, March 26-28, 2014 adds new speakers. Plus: TSheets new API makes business tech integrations faster, Mellanox releases ethernet switch API, and 4 new APIs.