Ubidots’s API makes capturing sensor data easy. Hacker League bought by Intel, to merge with recently acquired Mashery. Plus: Instagram blocks competitor Mobili from its API, and Senzari launches the first music knowledge engine.
At today’s NordicAPIs, Mark Cheshire, COO of API Management Platform 3scale, urged participants to act now to introduce APIs into their business. Not only is software eating the world, said Cheshire quoting Marc Andreessen, but, as his CEO Steve Willmott has rephrased, APIs are eating software.
Photo 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.
Last week marked the end of Evernote Accelerator Program capped by the demo day on Thursday. The Accelerator is a month-long, fully paid residency program where six startup teams from around the world were given the opportunity to study an on-premise startup curriculum at Evernote’s offices. The demo day acted as a capstone to the event, allowing the teams to show off the progress made on each of their products; each using the Evernote API. ProgrammableWeb caught up with Evernote’s Director of Developer Relations Rafe Needleman for some insight into the product teams and their experiences in the Accelerator.
AvidMobile, mobile marketing solutions provider, gives developers two-way access to its mobile marketing platform through the AvidMobile API. The two-way approach to an API strategy allows AvidMobile users to better engage targets and track success. The API is available to build a custom app upon, or users can simply send and receive SMS messages from existing apps.
There are over 1,000 social APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory. The big names in that list, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Twitter, are also amongst the most popular public APIs overall. Since other API providers look to these leaders for examples in engaging with developers, I thought it would be useful to see how each uses a common communications medium. That’s right, how do the social APIs use social media themselves?
The afternoon sessions at the API Strategy and Practice conference included one focused on business models in an API centric world. The session featured talks on the Evolution of API Business Models, Market Driven API Business Models and Lessons learned from $0 to $1M API Revenue. One talk that caught my ear was by 3scale CMO Guillaume Balas discussing how to select the right business model.
A new API description language is looking to help out where many modern APIs get stuck: at the design phase. Officially announced, today, the RESTful API Modeling Langauge (aka RAML) offers a format friendly to both humans and machines. It also centers on re-use of results within responses. Like other description languages, it also offers the potential for post-design benefits such as streamlining documentation, enabling interactive consoles and generating client libraries. Though not formally announced at the time, the format was originally revealed earlier this month.
YouTube continues to grow, doubling its subscription rate year after year. Even more mind-boggling is the fact that 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. In other words, that is almost 2 hours of video every second! With over 6 billion hours of video being watched each month it becomes apparent that YouTube is stronger than ever. On the developer side we continue to see YouTube as a focal point. This week we will take a look at recent mashups utilizing the YouTube API.
This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 12 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include BitStamp and Realtime Register. The most often used APIs this week are BTC-e, CampBX and Mt Gox. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Financial (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Mapping (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Music (2 APIs, 2 mashups).