When a federal judge declared in June that software APIs aren’t covered by copyright law, it was a major victory not just for Google against Oracle, but for the API developers and users alike.
MapBox, builder of open source tools for map creation, has just won more than half a million dollars to focus it’s development efforts on the OpenStreetMap project. This is a big win for the mapping community because this grant will further the development of the community at OpenStreetMap as well as strengthen the open source toolset that the MapBox team has been creating. This funding might also serve as a confidence boost for MapBox API consumers.
Services like Find My iPhone and Where’s My Droid have been helping people relax for years. The relief that comes from knowing where your phone is and being able to lock it until you get there is amazing. However, what if you lose a device that does not connect to cellular networks, like most laptops. That is where PlaceEngine and the PlaceEngine API come in.
The Geonotes app is built on the Geoloqi API and is an extension of the Geoloqi demo app, taking advantage of the battery and accuracy improvements in the new SDK (software development kit). The app also provides users with access to free geo layers that the folks at Geoloqi spend their time making.
It’s just about two months until the next U.S. Presidential election. And regardless of who you plan to vote for, you probably have an opinion about which candidate you think will win. The new mash-up web site VoteNight gives you an opportunity to share your predictions with the slick use of the Google Maps API.
Planning a trip, whether just down the road or into the next city, normally revolves around the distance of the desired location. It’s common practice to search for the distance between two points on a map, then take a rough guess as to how long it will actually take to get there. But we all know that distance isn’t the only factor to consider. What about mode of transport, peak traffic hours or alternate routes? All these can dramatically affect how long it actually takes to get to your destination. This post will discuss how iGeolise’s Travel Time and the Travel Time API changes the way people search and the results that are produced.
Google is inviting developers from around the world to participate in the “Google Places API Developer Challenge 2012″, a contest that encourages developers to help address the needs of local communities by creating applications that use the Google Places API and available municipal data sources.
Created in 2006, Big Art Mob’s original purpose was to accompany the Channel 4 show, ‘Big Art Project’; the goal being to create the UK’s first comprehensive map of street art. The site is now being re-launched along with iPhone and iPad applications, inviting users to upload and map public art anywhere in the world.
Urbanesia, the leading Indonesian lifestyle directory website, announced the launch of an open API. The open API enables third-party developers to incorporate Urbanesia’s location data into third-party apps. The API allows developers to retrieve location data generally or in categories (e.g. restaurants, tourist spots, etc.). Selina Limman, Urbanesia CEO, commented: “We hope Urbanesia’s API can increase the developers’ creativity as they can [now] focus more on application development rather than data collection.”
MapQuest has officially released the first production version of the iOS Maps API. The announcement posted on the MapQuest blog on July 19, 2012, states that “Today marks the first production release of the MapQuest iOS Maps API, which allows developers to build iPhone and iPad apps that incorporate the flexible routing, accurate geocoding, and unlimited free base maps that MapQuest is known for.”