We’ve covered Factual a number of times, most recently asking if it will become the go-to location database. Now the company has expanded its offering with improved datasets, new datasets and a new iPhone SDK. Its local data now covers 27 countries and contains more than 30 million individual business listings.
Web and iPhone maps provider CloudMade can add a few more platforms to that list. Today it acquired German geospatial company One Step Ahead to incorporate Android, MeeGo and other mobile platforms to its suite of developer tools. CloudMade will also incorporate One Step Ahead’s offline/online map technology, which passes a few map updates at a time.
Popular iPhone photo-sharing app Instagram is a prime candidate for an API, which is probably why it already has one. Though documentation refers to it as an “unofficial” Instagram API, the fact that it uses the company’s own servers makes it seem pretty official. Instagram has not launched the API, nor is an API linked from its home page. Yet, it has a mobile app and right column Twitter integration, both of which likely consume the API.
Do you, for some reason, have a ton of different Internet domains you need to manage? Have you ever wished you could manipulate DNS records through an API, or on your iPhone? Well, look no further, domain hoarders–DNSimple is here!
You know all those mobile applications you use? There’s important data behind where and when you use it. With Titanium+Geo, that data becomes accessible. The new platform for location analytics is a partnership from Appcelerator and FortiusOne, providers of the GeoIQ API that collects and displays the data.
Based on a filing with the FTC, Robert Scoble is reporting that Apple bought Siri and its voice-driven personal assistant. The iPhone app, which we covered in February, uses over 35 APIs to find the exact data the user seeks. With a price rumored at $200M, this is by far the most paid for a mashup.
Remember newspapers? With Yahoo Entertainment’s iPad app, you might not need to for very much longer. You’ll find the lifestyle section (Dear Abby? It’s got that) and more in the mashup that stretches across several Yahoo teams. And the way it was put together may offer a glimpse into the future of APIs and preparing content for multiple devices.
New York City is probably best known for its skyscrapers and millions of people, not the trees that line its avenues. A new iPhone app goes out on a limb to give a little credit to the oaks and maples. And it’s doing it thanks to open government data.
There is a new way to play FourSquare, the location-sharing game that just celebrated its first birthday. Kickball is an iPhone app that uses the FourSquare API (our FourSquare API profile) to let users check-in or see their friends. But it adds a few features that may have you leaving behind the flagship app that first made FourSquare so popular.
The mashups included below all clarify mountains of information. Using APIs, they gather the data and show it to the user in a way that makes sense. In one case, it’s a bar chart of emotions expressed over Twitter and other realtime search engines. Another takes your LinkedIn connections and displays them graphically. The other brings a handful of APIs to your iPhone, responding to your voice.