Nutritionix, a leading provider of food data and nutrition information on restaurants, packaged foods and common foods, plans to launch a public version of its Nutrition Label Transcription API in 2014. Nutritionix currently provides a Nutritionix API which allows programmatic access to a database of more than 300,000 foods, nutrition data and UPC/barcodes. The Nutritionix API was one of the APIs used to create Mappetite, an app that won the “best usage of a 3scale powered API” prize at the Future of Food Hackathon + Forum in November.
Signifyd, ecommerce fraud prevention service, allows developers to integrate the service with third party ecommerce platforms through the Signifyd API. The Signifyd service uses a number of data points, and allows users to give greater importance to certain points depending on need, to develop a risk score and develop a fraud assessment. From social media activities, to bank data, Signifyd takes a holistic approach to fraud prevention.
Financial data intelligence company EDGAR Online is overhauling its services to enable developers to access financial data via APIs. While already offering some API products, financial data services need a fundamental reinvention to enable a new wave of innovation, EDGAR Online President Dave Frankel told ProgrammableWeb.
Solar VPS, cloud-based virtual private server provider, launched its first SolarSystem API. The API is included with a handful of new features Solar VPS unveiled with release of SolarSystem 2.0. The API allows users to integrate, automate, and manage VPS environments in a customized manner. For kicks, the Solar VPS team built a native app on top of the API, and had it up and running in less than a day.
If you rent games or movies, and you live in the United States or Canada, you probably know Redbox: those red vending-machine-type boxes where you can rent videos and games, any time of the day or night. What you may not know is that the Redbox API gives you access to its database.
Chris Sheldrick, CEO of the London-based company what3words, has taken a novel approach to the task of navigation with a new API. Sheldrick’s idea stems from the logistical difficulties he encountered while working internationally in the music business. During that period in his career, Sheldrick was faced with coordinating the rendezvous of dozens of people in remote locations. Despite his best efforts at communication, people would still find themselves calling one another on the day of a meeting, seeking clarification on the location of the meeting place.
Rainforest, QA solution provider, uses the power of humans to test website quality. The Rainforest API allows developers to programmatically trigger the execution of tests. Rainforest finds that nothing tests a user interface like a good old-fashioned human being. Thus, users set up tests in plain English and Rainforest takes the customer through the steps of the tests.
Open data—from both government and private sources—has great potential for creating new products, reducing the costs of doing business, and improving people’s lives. But for open data to truly benefit both business and local communities, there are still some questions that will need to be answered.
In the early days of Twitter, occasionally when you tried to log in you got a “fail whale” – a picture of a whale held up by a flock of birds — as a way of telling you the system was overcapacity, and you should simply try again later. We tolerated it then because, after all, it was only social media. But there are certain types of services, for example, financial exchanges, where you never want a fail whale. So if you have thoughts of building a Bitcoin exchange, where people can buy and trade the popular virtual currency in real-time, you want an infrastructure that can handle high volume trading spikes without going down.
drchrono, a leading cloud and web based Electronic Health Record (EHR) access platform provider, has just announced the launch of the drchrono API which will allow developers to create applications that enhance the drchrono platform as well as create third-party healthcare industry applications.