HopStop announced to its developer community and posted on its website that it will discontinue its free API model. HopStop’s announcement shouldn’t shock API junkies as HopStop joins an ever growing list of free API gone pay-to-play (i.e. Bing, Google Maps, etc.). Instead, HopStop’s move should make us consider business models surrounding an API offering.
The StorageMadeEasy API focuses on the hybrid cloud market. It unifies disparate data sources, helps IT capture and index Saas and Cloud services, works with many mobile and computing devices with many integrations such as Wordpress and Facebook, and helps manage Cloud sprawl.
If the age-old proverb about not judging a book by its cover is true, should you also not judge an e-book by its e-reader, whether it’s a Kindle, Nook, iDevice, or something else? If Texas-based BookShout has anything to say about it, you’ll one day be able to use their platform to read any e-book content on any device, regardless of where you bought it. But the technology is still immature, and Amazon and other e-book retailers may continue to make things difficult for such content aggregators.
There’s an e-commerce revolution coming that will further blur the boundaries that have traditionally existed between buyers and sellers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it may take some getting used to in terms of its potential impact on the relationships people have with one another on social networks.
One of the things that not many IT people fully appreciate is how much scale really matters when it comes to cloud computing. The more applications that run on a particular cloud computing platform, the more the cost of running those applications is distributed across an increasingly larger number of servers and storage systems. Eventually, a cloud service provider reaches enough critical mass that every new application winds up helping the cloud service provider to drive infrastructure costs down, while at the same time increase overall performance.
This week, Amazon announced a new addition to their AWS web service Amazon Glacier, which offers “extremely low cost archive storage” and easy setup for anyone already familiar with AWS. Though the pricing model seems convoluted, the continued expansion of Amazon’s cloud computing services is good news for developers.
Facebook is making it easier for developers to encourage their users to take advantage of free virtual credits. Amazon is creating a new class of consultants from its new partner network. Plus: ZenDesk gets a new API, Gumroad launches officially and 10 new APIs.
Obviously, it takes a lot of technology and engineering to land a robot on Mars. But what kind of computing power does it take to broadcast the show, live, to audiences all over planet Earth? As described in a new case study, NASA/JPL took advantage of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to augment their non-interplanetary mission capabilities.
Amazon has cemented itself as a top tier option for charging users thanks to its Amazon Flexible Payments Service API. The crowd-funding site Kickstarter has run hundreds of millions through the API, so it should also get some credit. Although, at Amazon, Kickstarter may get blame instead, having inspired many other sites, which eventually caused Amazon to turn away sites with similar concepts.
In April of 2012, Referly launched and created Customer Acquisition as a Service. Now, Referly takes its customer acquisition abilities to the developer world with the announcement of the Referly API.