Deciphering Tim Cook’s Promise on APIs: The Part of “Open” We Don’t Understand

Greg Bates, June 4th, 2013

At Tim Cook’s D11 interview with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, he didn’t offer much new information about his famously secretive company. But at 1:01:20 he started talking about opening up APIs.

Minbox Launches Lightning Fast File Sharing App

Eric Carter, May 21st, 2013

Minbox launched today with the intention to disrupt the already disruptive cloud storage space. Minbox lives as a Mac app that allows users to send files of any size in a fraction of the time other cloud storage providers offer. A quick glance at Minbox’s homepage offers a video demo that shows the same file sent via Minbox and then dropbox. Where Minbox sends the file in four seconds, Dropbox takes over five minutes to upload and send the file.

The Menumatch App: Letting You in on One Big Fat Secret

Greg Bates, March 4th, 2013

FatSecretThe Menumatch game is the brainchild of Ali Fairhurst of APIaday fame, who created 1 app every weekday from an API during the month of January. This is her app for January 29th.

TokBox Enhances OpenTok to Support Cross-Platform Two-Way Video

Eric Carter, November 5th, 2012

TokBox OpenTokTokBox, leader in online video communications, enhanced its OpenTok platform to support Web-RTC. Web-RTC support enables OpenTok to offer the first two way video between WebRTC-enabled browsers and iOS devices.

Telefonica Partners with Telenor for BlueVia API

Eric Carter, October 16th, 2012

Bluevia Mobile PaymentTelefonica, one of the largest telcos in Europe, announced Telenor (Norwegian-based carrier) as its first carrier partner for the BlueVia API platform. The first BlueVia API available to developers is billing services. In-app billing services remove the need for marketplaces like the Apple’s app store or iTunes for mobile app purchases. Instead, consumers’ purchases are added to their phone bills.

There May Be Hope Yet For Apple’s iOS 6 Maps

Candice McMillan, September 24th, 2012

The general reaction to Apple’s release of the iOS 6 Maps application has been disappointment. Let’s face it, it just doesn’t work well and steadfast Apple users have valid reason to complain; it’s sent users to the wrong places, listed buildings that no longer exist and simply doesn’t display the kind of data that Google Maps does. But frustrations aside, it seems there are other things to consider and there may be some huge potential on the rise for the future of iOS 6 Maps.

Climate Counts API – Cross-sector climate scores for companies

Robb Miller, August 16th, 2012

Climate CountsThe Climate Counts API provides access to data from the Climate Counts Company Scorecard, an annual report which uses 22 criteria to rank companies’ self-reported efforts to address climate change.

MapQuest Announces First Production Release of iOS Maps API

Janet Wagner, July 30th, 2012

MapQuestMapQuest has officially released the first production version of the iOS Maps API. The announcement posted on the MapQuest blog on July 19, 2012, states that “Today marks the first production release of the MapQuest iOS Maps API, which allows developers to build iPhone and iPad apps that incorporate the flexible routing, accurate geocoding, and unlimited free base maps that MapQuest is known for.”

Apple’s Fix for iOS In-App Purchase Hack: Provide Access to Private APIs

Janet Wagner, July 26th, 2012

Apple iOSEarlier this month, hacker Alexey V. Borodin discovered a method that allows some iOS app users to make “In-App Purchases” for FREE. Because Apple does not link purchases directly to individual customers or devices, a single receipt can be used for multiple transactions. Borodin’s method takes advantage of this fact by fooling iOS apps into accepting fake purchase receipts and bypassing Apple’s authentication servers.

LightSpeed: The Apple of the Retailer’s Eye

Greg Bates, June 21st, 2012

LightSpeedThe LightSpeed API allows developers to build on LightSpeed’s retail platform, one designed to mimic the experience of walking into an Apple bricks and mortar store. The platform also helps stores sell online. Developers can add loyalty programs, integration with enterprise-resource-planning systems, and build mobile sales dashboards. More information is available through its LDX, the LightSpeed Developer Exchange, that opens up the program and website.

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