Windows Phone 8.1 adds compelling user-facing features, but it’s a bit of a mystery just how much developers will be able to take advantage of them. The revised smartphone operating system from Microsoft will hit the street as soon as May in new hardware, and will be distributed to existing handsets by the summer months.
More and more companies are devoting more and more of their advertising budgets to digital channels such as search, social, and mobile. And for good reason: In many if not most cases, you can’t effectively reach your customers if you ignore the digital channels that are used on a daily basis by countless individuals.
WebMeUp, SEO solution provider, started pushing its SEO API during the second half of 2013. Developer adoption has been rapid; thus, WebMeUp dedicated more attention to the API and has now released some major enhancements. The new offering includes location based services and increased accuracy for rankings data.
Conductor, a leading search and SEO technology company, has announced the official launch of the Searchlight Search Marketing API which allows developers to integrate the Conductor Searchlight platform with applications and marketing systems.
Successful Twitter engagement is generally measured with the simple goal of gaining a high follower count, but true engagement doesn’t end with a follow-back—that is just the beginning. What you really need for success on Twitter is an ongoing conversation with like-minded individuals, folks who will provide informed feedback on your tweets, introduce you to their friends on Twitter who share your opinions and help spread your messages. This series of articles on engagement programming will show you how to use Twitter API 1.1 to move from simply following to truly engaging on Twitter.
Over the past year, French startup Algolia has pivoted its business model to focus on providing search as a service by offering an easy-to-integrate API product for use by websites and online businesses. ProgrammableWeb caught up with CEO and Co-Founder Nicolas Dessaigne at the recent API World conference to discuss the service’s new seed funding, and how an API-as-product business model builds trust with end-user developers.
OpenSearchServer, a search engine API, has launched its first of many APIs to come: OpenSearchServer Screenshot API. The API’s basic functionality enables the user to take a screenshot of any website. Users have multiple options regarding screen size and which portions of the screen to capture. The Screenshot API developed out of an open source project aimed at continued improvement across a number of search nuances.
Ocutag, a division of Ricoh Innovations, aims to help apps deliver content to users taking photos. Their aim is to herald a new model of retail. App designers upload images and tag them with information. When users snap pics of the same thing in reality, information can be delivered through the app, such as that appearing in the graphic of the scarf below: where to buy it, details about it, local stores that carry it. What information is delivered is up to the company with the app. The company provides the Ocutag API for integration.
Carpools are a great option for the daily commute to the office, especially for those who want to save a substantial amount on fuel or just simply want to minimise their carbon footprint by using their vehicles less. Carpoolworld is an application that works to help commuters and other travellers find others in nearby locations with similar transportation needs, to make ride-sharing arrangements. Carpoolworld also provides the Carpoolworld API that gives developers the option to create applications using this data.