Box continues to encourage creativity and innovation with its ongoing parade of challenges, competitions, and hackathons. Its latest quest to engage the developer community arrives in the form of a Risk-inspired online battle: BRISK. BRISK started as a typical Box challenge; however, to date it has developed into its “own wondrous virtual world, complete with it’s own servers, it’s own API and it’s own set of rules.” The strategy and competition have become intense and complicated, but the goal remains simple: “devise the optimal strategy for your bot to take over the world.”
Metwit is a crowdsourced API platform that provides third party applications the ability to integrate media-rich local weather and environmental data that is hyperlocal and in real-time. The Metwit API Platform collects weather information from Twitter, Instagram, NOAA and other sources which makes it possible for third party applications to use tweets, photos, and metatags to provide users accurate and interactive local weather information.
This Sunday, millions of sports fans around the world will sit in front of televisions and watch the biggest professional football game of the year. Among those watching will be a select group of hackers and data crunchers in Seattle, Washington. However, instead of prepping for the big game by stocking up on salsa and beer; these hackers will participate in Sports Hack Day and be a part of ”building applications that change the way people follow sports and interact with their favorite teams and fellow fans.”
Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, the average person may not be aware of it, but apparently there is a whole list of trivial (and some significant) reasons why anyone could justify celebrating any given day. Anniversarator is a fun, online calculator that provides users with information on special occasions related to the date the put into the search box. The Anniversarator API makes this data available to be integrated with third party applications.
Messaging just got a lot more interesting to look at. Words say a lot, but a picture is worth a thousand of them; imagine the levels of communication that could be achieved using both. Doodle Republic is a messaging platform that provides the tools to create messages that include words and images. Basically, people chat by creating their own art and sending it to friends as a Chatoon. The Doodle Republic Chatoon API makes this functionality available to developers who may want to include it in other applications.
The API for this English-language news hub for Anime and Magna provides a direct news feed for the site’s encyclopedia data, that is stored in XML format. The Anime News Network Encylopedia API provides both top level reports on titles and then drills down to provide details on them, for up to 50 requests at a time.
The Take.io API from Brazil has a REST protocol with data formats in XML and JSON. According to Take.net, ”The take.io RESTful API currently defines five services: SSO, Core, Billing, Messages and Reports.” The company states further that, “Take.io is Take.net DNA translated into a set of APIs designed to allow companies to use SMS, MMS, voice, pricing, location, CRM, etc., all of which are integrated with their existing systems.”
Culture24’s SOAP API allows developers to import or query Culture24’s events, resources, and venue information such as opening hours and address, among other types of data from their Direct Data Entry Database. The API has a single method, SearchRetrieve, by passing a SearchRetrieveRequest that returns a SearchRetrieveResponse in XML.
Landlubbers, you better get your sea legs ready, international talk like a pirate day is fast approaching on Wednesday September 19th! What started as a joke among a few friends in 2002 has grown into an international phenomenon. Here’s what you need to know to bring you up to speed with all the recent technological advances to enable your talk like a pirate revelry. First off is the ArrrPI for translating the language of landlubbers into the parlance of pirates.