TomTom, location and navigation products provider, recently enhanced its API offering with a new Location Based Services (LBS) platform and developer portal. The developer portal includes a series of APIs aimed at facilitating new applications that require rich geolocation data.
With navigation units already seen on dashboards worldwide, TomTom hopes to expand its influence to mobile apps and web browsers. The company launched the TomTom Maps Toolkit API and other services it hopes will encourage innovation along the spectrum of independent developers to enterprise customers. Some of its new platform will compete directly with Google and Microsoft, among many other mapping APIs.
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.”
Take a look at the mashups that we publish on ProgrammableWeb and you can easily find services that will show you where you can see beautiful things. Maps that show the origin of photos from Instagram (Gramfeed) are becoming more and more popular. You can also find services that will tell you where you can taste great wine (AmericanWineryGuide). Today however, we will highlight a mapping service that focuses on where you can hear different sounds. I present to you, the Sound of the City API.
Google Coordinate API enables mobile work teams to do four simple things that, when done by everyone on the team, can propel productivity: communicate, see everyone’s location on a map, pinpoint and assign jobs, and notify and update each other constantly.
On its Geo Developers Blog, Google announced time zone functionality for the Google Maps API. Developers around the globe have exhaled a sigh of relief, as time zone functionality has either kept them up at night, required extensive programming, or remained just a bit outside of an apps functionality because it wasn’t mandatory (but sure would have been nice).
OpenSignal (formerly OpenSignalMaps) launched two years ago with hopes of compiling a robust database of cell phone towers, cell phone signal strength and Wi-Fi access points around the world. Instead of throwing massive headcount at this worldwide mission or investing millions to buy cooperation from carriers, OpenSignal commenced one of the most successful crowdsourcing projects ever recorded.
Wheelmap.org has created a user driven resource for identifiying wheel chair accessible locations. The open source platform allows anyone to add accessibility descriptions and update old ones. The company provides the Wheelmap API for integration of this growing resource.
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.