Navionics announced a new web mapping API in Java to bring its navigation charts and other content to developers. The Navionics API is free, and is not to be incorporated in a fee-based website at this point. Of the three tiers for pricing, silver, gold and platinum, the API does not access the top of the line product. Languages supported are English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. A sign up is required to access the API’s technical information.
You have a hectic business trip to Seattle coming up and its time to choose hotels. Sure, there’s cost, availability, checkout times ad whether it has a pool or gym to consider. But there’s another important factor: proximity. The Travel Time API demo uses Seattle. See graphic below. You have 4 meetings scheduled over a couple of days: At Amazon’s headquarters, a drop in at Starbucks for a chat with a friend, meet at the headquarters of Walkscore, and then lastly at Zillow.
Factual continues to expand the world’s access to data with a makeover and relaunch of its Geopulse API. Now renamed, Geopulse Context aims to provide developers with the geographic and commercial context of locations to enable personalized app experiences. The new API expands US Census data and commercial metrics available via Factual APIs.
BlockAvenue, location-based analytics company, has announced the release of its first BlockAvenue API. The API gives developers access to BlockAvenue’s data (e.g. BlockScores, block reviews, neighborhood reviews, counts, etc.). BlockAvenue provides geolocation data on most neighborhoods across the US, often down to the block level. Its database grows everyday and BlockAvenue expects the API to push BlockAvenue towards its ultimate goal.
Trying to find parking in a busy city can be unnecessarily time consuming and downright frustrating. Imagine you had someone sending you real-time notifications indicating available parkings in a given area; brilliant. ParkMe makes this a reality. The Santa Monica based service provides parking information to navigation companies and smartphones. ParkMe also provides the ParkMe API that enables developers to integrate this functionality with other applications.
Skobbler uses the free editable OpenStreetMap to create apps such as GPS Navigation 2, and ForeverMap that provides maps offline that work when you can’t be online. The company has just released the Skobbler tiles API. Compatible with popular frameworks like Leaflet, OpenLayers and Google Maps API v3, its API allows you access to its tile server and to embed maps in your applications.
The submission window for Google Places API Developer Challenge has just ended. The 3-month submission period saw developers from all over the world have submitted applications that combine Google Places API and municipal data sources to improve their communities. The winners of this challenge stand to win 2 tickets to Google I/O 2013, showcasing their app and meeting the Google Maps and Places API team.
At the time of this writing, there are 95 Mashups that use the Foursquare API. This post features a few innovative, entertaining and useful mashups that use the Foursquare API.
Google has announced the launch of Google Maps Android API v2 featuring interactive, vector-based maps that support 2D and 3D views. Developers can use the new version of the Google Maps Android API to create feature-rich, beautifully designed Android apps.
Swellcast combines all weather data needed to forecast surf conditions for surfers around Australia, and consolidates the data into a user friendly interface that takes the complexity out of understanding when and where the next big wave will appear. Swellcast also offers the forecast data and surf conditions through the Swellcast API.