At the opening workshops of API Strategy and Practice in Amsterdam yesterday, the CitySDK team presented their progress on developing a set of open APIs that will enable developers to create applications for tourism, mobility and civic participation in one city. These APIs can then be replicated in other cities also using the same uniform API structure.
Among other things, SXSW is a celebration of where we are going. Be it art, music, technology, the environment, education … the people at SXSW tend to have their finger on the pulse of those things that are changing the way the world works, plays and interacts.
Launching a new streaming music service in 2014 is not for the faint of heart. Companies like Spotify and Pandora have significant market share, Apple entered the space in 2013 with the launch of iRadio, and electronics giant Samsung wants in on the action, too.
Late last month, ProgrammableWeb reported on the second annual Hackomotive competition presented by Edmunds.com. The annual three-day event brings together automakers, developers, and others in the automotive industry to develop new products that deliver a better car shopping experience. The winners of the 2014 Hackomotive contest have been announced, and Carcode.me, a Seattle company, took the top prize.
Connected cars are one of the primary use cases for the Internet of Things (IoT) that capture the imagination of the general public and developers alike. At the Machine-2-Machine (M2M) Evolution Conference that was held this week at part of a larger ITEXPO event, PubNub announced that it is making available a Connected Car Solution Kit that developers can employ to access a range back-end cloud services that will enable to them to more easily build and deliver connected car applications.
Energy-conscious hackers, take note. Apps for Energy, the second contest in the year-long American Energy Data Challenge, is happening now—and $100,00 in prize money is up for grabs.
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.
Real-time network PubNub has solidified its move into the connected car market with a winning app designed for Ford. Announced at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the winning integration by PubNub took Ford’s dashboard API and created a real-time dispatch app. ProgrammableWeb spoke with both PubNub and Ford about how developers are partnering with car manufacturers to build out the connected car ecosystem.
Snapchat’s 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers may have been published. Why API delivery is more important than application delivery. Plus: single sign on APIs and integration merge, and 15 new APIs.
Following up on an earlier post outlining the top ten mistakes commonly made at hackathons, Brandon Wirtz now offers his take on ten things every organizer should do when running a hackathon.