New Google Maps Android API Features Vector-Based 3D Maps, Indoor Maps and More

Janet Wagner, December 4th, 2012

Google MapsGoogle 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.

Find the Next Big Wave with Swellcast’s Surf Forecast API

Eric Carter, November 30th, 2012

SwellcastSwellcast 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.

TomTom Focuses on Developers with Enhanced API Offering

Eric Carter, November 23rd, 2012

TomTom GeocodingTomTom, 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.

GPS Maker Joins Crowded Mapping API Market

Adam DuVander, November 15th, 2012

TomTom Map ToolkitWith 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.

Tracking Hurricane Sandy via Social Media Data

Curtis C. Chen, November 1st, 2012

TwitterWhere 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.”

Sound of the City Expands Mapping to Include Sound Data

Kevin Sundstrom, October 29th, 2012

Sound of the CityTake 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: Empowering the Team

Greg Bates, October 22nd, 2012

Google CoordinateGoogle 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.

Google Maps API Adds Time Zone Functionality

Eric Carter, October 15th, 2012

Google MapsOn 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 API Ranks Networks by Signal Strength

Eric Carter, October 9th, 2012

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.

The Wheelmap API Provides Access to Accessibility Information

Kevin Sundstrom, October 8th, 2012 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.

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