Apple Buys Siri: Largest Mashup Acquisition Ever

Adam DuVander, April 28th, 2010

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.

Lessons from Yahoo’s iPad App in the Cloud

Adam DuVander, April 28th, 2010

Yahoo Query LanguageRemember 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.

iPhone App Finds Trees in NYC’s Concrete Jungle

Adam DuVander, April 13th, 2010

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.

Foursquare API Fuels Third-Party App That May be a Better Foursquare

Adam DuVander, March 30th, 2010

FoursquareThere 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.

Best New Mashups: Social Graphing, Realtime Emotions and a Virtual Assistant

Adam DuVander, February 12th, 2010

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.

“Ultimate Mashup” a Glimpse into the Future

Adam DuVander, February 5th, 2010
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SiriA new iPhone app is trying to take the fiction out of Science Fiction. Movies have long portrayed people in the future speaking commands to computers. Siri, based on $200M of research and development, is trying to make it so.

Will Future Mobile Apps “Bump”?

Adam DuVander, January 8th, 2010

bumpLast month mobile-to-mobile communications company Bump decided to share its technology, which allows for data transfer between two iPhone or Android phones. For example, its flagship iPhone app swaps contact info and photos when two phones “bump” (as in “fist bump”) near each other. Bump introduced an API, but to little fanfare.

See the Price of That House You’re Driving by with Zillow on iPhone

Tina Gasperson, May 11th, 2009

ZillowZillow has released an application for iPhone users that builds on their Zillow API, the Microsoft Virtual Earth API and the iPhone’s GPS capabilities. The Zillow iPhone app detects your location and shows data about nearby homes, including market values, photos, and which ones are for sale. It’s a great example of a mobile mashup application that uses multiple APIs in meaningful location-aware context.

Google Health: Now on Your iPhone

Kevin Farnham, March 30th, 2009

Google HealthIf you’ve ever wished you had quick access to your medical records wherever you are, developer Ford Parsons has created a native iPhone application you might want to try. Health Cloud uses the Google Health API to bring your medical records direct to your iPhone. If you a have Google Health account this mobile app gives convenient immediate access to your health records. By the time you’re an adult, you’ve had all kinds of visits to doctors, vaccinations at various intervals, injuries, etc. Who can remember what happened when, what the treatment was, or even which doctor handled the situation? Centralizing this information is the benefit that Google Health provides.

Yahoo’s Fire Eagle Powers the iPhone Locator App Sparrow

Andres Ferrate, February 13th, 2009

Fire EagleThere is something to be said for simplicity, especially when it comes to applications that leverage web APIs for mobile devices. Enter Sparrow, an application for the iPhone, that serves as a good example of how a few web APIs can be elegantly implemented for use on a mobile device.

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