Today in APIs: Google Night Walk Uses Places API to Tour Marseille, and 6 New APIs

Greg Bates, April 8th, 2014

Google PlacesAn inventive, inspiring use of the Google Places API. APIs at the heart of secure cloud apps. Plus: Apache “Olingo” becomes top level project, a database of 1 million syllabi allows you to study up, and 6 new APIs.


API Strategy and Practice Day Two: The Values Behind an API-enabled Sharing Economy

Mark Boyd, March 31st, 2014

API Strategy and Practice’s first European Conference, held in Amsterdam, wrapped up late Friday. Day Two of the conference continued to unfold the larger narrative that had begun on Day One, by first showing how APIs are being used across industries (from big brands to banking to non-profits). The day concluded by giving voice to the underlying values that APIs are making prevalent in the new shared economy, with talks by Kat Borlongan (from Five by Five), Adam Wiggins (co-founder of Heroku), and Adam DuVander (SendGrid and ProgrammableWeb).


Today in APIs: Announcing the ParkerData Availability API and 4 New APIs

Eric Carter, March 26th, 2014

Streetline has announced a real-time parking data API: the ParkerData Availability API. AMD, Intel and Nvidia present OpenGL API for speed at Game Developer conference. Plus, Spotify shifts focus to API and SDK development, Australia’s first female hackathon, and 4 new APIs.


How To Query YouTube Through Its Python APIs

Marcello La Rocca, March 26th, 2014

Video is becoming increasingly important to a growing number of businesses. Whether it’s an internally produced video showing off your wares or the integration of customer videos in the context of social networking, video has become a key business tool. YouTube has become pretty much synonymous with video, and YouTube APIs let you bring the YouTube experience to your webpage, application or device. In this post, we will explore how to perform queries on videos stored on the video-hosting website and retrieve feeds according to different criteria.


MusicGraph API-Driven Party Play App Wins Big at SXSW

Janet Wagner, March 21st, 2014

MusicGraphLast December, Senzari launched the MusicGraph music recommendation and data access engine as well as the new MusicGraph API. Earlier this month, Senzari opened the MusicGraph API to the public, unveiling the API at the first-ever annual SXSW Music Hackathon Championship. Among the apps included in the list of overall grand prize finalists is Party Play which uses the MusicGraph API to create “a dynamic DJ for parties.”


FI-WARE Open API Platform Offers 140M to Entrepreneurs

Mark Boyd, March 17th, 2014

A project partnership funded by the European Commission has today announced it is making €100 million ($USD140 million) available to entrepreneurs and startups around the world who use the Future Internet’s Open API Platform FI-WARE to create a prototype ‘smart city’ application.


Gengo API Lets Developers Enter New Markets and Monetize

Mark Boyd, March 10th, 2014

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.


Gargl Offers Open Source Scraping Solution for Unofficial API Creation

Patricio Robles, March 7th, 2014

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.


Second Annual Hackomotive Competition Starts Today

Janet Wagner, February 25th, 2014

Edmunds.comThe 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.”


Private, Partner or Public: Which API Strategy Is Best For Business?

Mark Boyd, February 21st, 2014

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.


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