MyDoorHandle allows users to create short, memorable weblinks that point to physical locations: DoorHandles. Instead of sharing physical addresses (which easily become outdated or incomplete), DoorHandles create a digital address which are easy to create and continually ensure accuracy. MyDoorHandle has now expanded its offering to include API access to DoorHandle creation. The API will allow third party developers to incorporate MyDoorHandle’s many location based services.
Bellefield, leader in mobile time entry for firms, has launched an API for its iTimeKeep solution. iTimeKeep has allowed attorneys to enter time at any time, at any place. The API allows developers to integrate iTimeKeep functionality with any other app that attorneys use. Bellefield expects increased efficiency for attorneys to result from the release as users will now be able to contemporaneously report time and other work-related activities in a single step.
APIs are at the heart of a new initiative aimed at giving the U.S. government the agility and flexibility needed to serve today’s citizens, communities and businesses. The White House’s General Services Administration (GSA) has established “18F,” a new department aimed at providing open source tools and demonstrating new ways of working with entrepreneurs and innovators to deliver digital services to government agencies, businesses and citizens.
Nokia this week released version 1.2 of its Imaging SDK. The new developer tools, which were announced by CEO Stephen Elop at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco, will allow developers to add a wide range of new features to their own camera applications. The SDK applies to devices running Windows Phone 8.0 and Windows Phone 8.1. Nokia claims the SDK will let even entry-level devices run compelling and complex imaging applications thanks to optimization and low-memory requirements.
Apperian, mobile application management leader, has launched an API for its enterprise mobility platform. Both partners and customers can integrate the platform with existing infrastructure and better manage mobile solutions. Apperian hopes that the API will allow its users and partners to expand their mobility strategy in a secure and feature rich fashion.
Total Transaction Management (TTM), a provider of transaction-oriented middleware, has launched RESTjee API software. RESTjee is designed to streamline creation and implementation of REST APIs for access to virtually any data store. Its ease of use stems from the elimination of server-side code.
TouchTunes, the world’s largest jukebox network, has opened up its APIs for the first time. The TouchTunes platform pulls data from over 60,000 locations. The platform enables the various locations to enjoy social interactions through shared experiences. Since the platform’s original release in 2011, TouchTunes has always envisioned developers would be able to build on top of its platform. Now, TouchTunes is making that vision a reality.
A trend is starting to emerge: Advanced technologies are being made available first as cloud services that organizations can invoke easily via an API, rather than having to figure out how to deploy and master themselves. The latest example of that trend is a cloud service from AlchemyAPI that takes advantage of machine learning and computer vision technologies to allow publishers and providers of ad networks to more easily monetize content.
ProgrammableWeb first covered Animetrics last year as its Facial Recognition API was picking up speed in the government and law enforcement space. Expanding on its initial success, Animetrics has now released a commercial version of the API: FaceR API. This is Animetrics first taste of the commercial space.
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.