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.
The ubiquitous U.S. corner store 7-Eleven is helping with an unlikely type of convenience: polling in the upcoming U.S. election. For the last three elections, the store has made red and blue cups to represent the candidates. When customers come to get their coffee, they have the opportunity to “vote” for one of the two main parties. For the upcoming election, that data will be included in the 7-Eleven Election API, so developers can have ready access to the current entirely unscientific polling numbers.
Most of us would know exactly what the phrases ’slug bug’, ‘punch bug’ or ‘punch beetle’ mean. They’re normally associated with sudden shrieks and a punch in the arm. I’m talking about that old car game that created hours of fun for any kid on a boring car journey. The object of the game was to be the first to spot a Volkswagen Beetle, call out ’slug bug’ and punch the other player in the arm. Using Google Street View Imagery via the Google Maps API, Volkswagen has brought this much-loved, old tradition into the modern digital world. Now anyone, anywhere can play the game without ever having to be in a car.