One the one hand Big Data is supposed to be one of the best things to happen to IT since the invention of the database. After all, managing massive amounts of data should make IT more relevant than ever. But as Big Data continues to evolve it’s starting to look like managing all that data is beyond the scope of many IT organizations. As a result line of businesses are turning to raft of emerging Big Data services in the cloud that allow them to analyze massive amounts of data by invoking a relatively simple API.
Doctape is out to distinguish itself in the tough market of cloud storage. To become more than a retailer of disk space in the sky, Doctape is thinking about how to make your storage useful. And it’s vision for doing that may well be enough to carve out a niche in what otherwise looks like a flat marketplace where players are in a simple dog fight for market share. Just as Apple sold computers like every other electronics company yet held some crucial differences that allowed it in the end to overrun its competition, Doctape has similarly unassuming differences that, taken together, could be a game changer.
TiKL, maker of mobile apps Talkray and Touch to Talk, has announced the Talkray API that allows developers to integrate Talkray functionality with third party apps and platforms. The Talkray API enables one on one or group chat, group calls, push notifications, file transfer, and more in a cloud based platform. Although the API can integrate with a wide variety of apps, TiKL expects the largest group of adopters to come from the gaming industry. Accordingly, the API was announced at this year’s Game Developers Conference.
Having a great website that is informative and engaging is no longer enough these days. Your customers are on the go, and with their trusty IOS or Android devices in their hands, they’re accustomed to interacting on the move and getting the information they need instantly and in real-time. GunDog Labs’ mobile website builder product, Abra, helps businesses get with the programme by offering them a mobile website creation platform that helps make their existing sites more mobile friendly. Abra’s Mobile Websites API allows developers to access this functionality and integrate it with other applications or build mobile websites.
With the beginning of the NCAA Basketball tournaments, otherwise known as March Madness, it’s not just the teams that are feeling the anxiety. There are a lot of owners of Web sites out there that have applications that are either specifically tied to the games themselves or are connected to advertising campaigns that have the potential to go viral at any moment.
Appy Pie, cloud based mobile apps builder, has announced the inclusion of two new music APIs for its Do-it-Yourself mobile application platform. Integration with the SoundCloud and Beatport APIs will allow users to access their music libraries remotely without consuming mobile device memory.
TryPaper, proclaimed a “real cloud printer,” allows users to eliminate on premise printing equipment and fully outsource physical printing needs. TryPaper’s unique API strategy represents the heart of its value proposition and truly leverages the benefits of cloud computing. Developers can integrate the TryPaper API into existing applications and print directly from the application to a TryPaper print facility.
The Currency Cloud, cross border payment as a service provider, has enabled developers to integrate international payment processing with an API: XBPConnect. Prior to the Currency Cloud, payment/invoice software required users to leave the platform and engage a third party to process an international invoice. The Currency Cloud allows cross border and multi-currency transactions from a single platform. The API allows developers to integrate the functionality into existing apps and platforms.
Forget famous names like Dropbox and Rapidshare. They’ve been eclipsed, at least temporarily as measured by the rate of sign ups, by Mega, the new cloud storage brain child of Kim Dotcom. Check out this graphic he tweeted, January 22, claiming that Mega, “is now the biggest .co.nz site in the world!”