When your business or product’s main access to customers is online, the last thing you want is a stumbling block when it comes to accepting payments. Quick and easy is the name of the game as online shoppers are used to nothing less than instant purchases at the click of a button and the convenient option to use their credit cards. Plastiq is a credit card payment processing and service provider that allows merchants to easily accept credit card payments for their goods and services. The Plastiq API makes it possible for developers to integrate this functionality with other applications.
If space-squads, emperors, dungeon-masters, planets, starships and space wars are your thing, you’ve probably heard of VGA Planets. It’s a popular play by email, space strategy game created in 1991, and Planets Nu is the online browser based version launched in 2011. Planets Nu now provides the Planets Nu API, which is good news for developers who want to programmatically access the game’s functionality.
Image processing probably isn’t the most exhilarating part of creating a website, and a tool that could take care of all of that would definitely be appealing. Blitline is a cloud based image processing platform that works on a pay-as-you-go basis. The Blitline API allows users to submit thousands of jobs to be processed and pushed to their online photo storage service, using a simple JSON interface.
Mygate is a financial services and payment solutions company that provides safe and secure transactions for online merchants across Europe and in South Africa. The payment gateway allows merchants to accept credit card payments from their websites, automate recurring payments, process manual payments for mail order and telephone orders, take fraud prevention measures and receive reports via a transaction reporting system. The Mygate API makes this functionality available to be integrated with other websites and applications.
Savvy shoppers know it often takes some looking around before you find the best price. It’s the same with online shopping, but with so many retailers at your fingertips, where do you even begin? That’s where a tool like Idealo is pretty helpful. It’s an online price comparison service that lists over 300 000 products from over 14 000 retailers across the UK. The Idealo API allows e-commerce sellers to create and update product and price listings on the service.
Online business is booming, and with that comes the need for easy and safe payment processing. PayPoint is a UK based company that offers a variety of safe and secure payment solutions to any business of any size. The company’s selling point is that they have 15 years of experience in this sector and they pride themselves on constantly working to make online payments even simpler and more efficient. The PayPoint API makes this tried and tested functionality accessible to be integrated with other applications.
InviteBox, social referral program, allows merchants, bloggers, developers (and anybody else with a web presence) to refer friends and customers to recommended products. Users can take advantage of pre-determined referral offers (e.g. coupons, promo codes, free products, cash incentives, etc.) or create custom incentive programs. InviteBox offers all the needed moving parts from creating the referral program to implementation, and the analytics to measure success. Users can simply insert a widget into a website or utilize the Reward Callback API.
The selling of digital goods online is a fast growing industry and FetchApp is designed to make it as streamlined a process as possible. It’s basically a digital delivery application that covers everything from digital storage and inventory security to download restrictions and file transfer. FetchApp is already compatible with PayPal, Google Checkout, Goodsie, BigCommerce, FoxyCart, and Shopify, but also provides the FetchApp API for developers who would like to integrate the data with any other system.
Where were you when Hurricane Sandy hit, and what were you doing? If you’re like many other ProgrammableWeb readers, you weren’t watching news reports on TV–you were using social media to keep tabs on your friends and family, and taking advantage of the vast amounts of data available on the Internet to make sense of the situation. Below, a round-up of how Twitter and other online resources helped people get through the record-breaking “super storm.”