The focus of Gravity Rock Solid Recommendations is to help its business clients offer personalized recommendations to their customers. Their clients funnel lots of content, like video streaming sites, dating sites, Groupon imitators, classified sites and ad networks to consumers. The Gravity R&D API uses events to track user interactions. From there they import an item catalog to build user profiles to create the individualized recommendations.
Just when you thought you left the search-for-the-remote problem behind, there’s a new search: what service are we watching on? Is it Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus? No, wait… I forget… Unlike those Google and Bing searches that make us smart, these frustrating searches make us feel stupid. Guidebox has a simple solution: it delivers all your services in one spot. If you have Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO Go, or Showtime Anytime, you can watch anything on them through Guidebox. The confusing search is over.
Tizen, the open source, standards-based mobile device platform that resides in the linux foundation now has a dedicated blinkx app, plus an open source blinkx video player. The blinkx API requires registration to see any documentation but more information on the video player for Tizen is available.
Planspot, event marketing service provider, provides access to its marketing tools through the Planspot API. The Planspot platform offers an all-in-one marketing tool that can manage, promote, and sell tickets to events. From promotion via email and social media, to dashboards that track sales and monitor progress, Planspot embodies its founder’s dream: “to create a single solution for event promotion, publishing, discovering and planning.”
Earlier this year, ProgrammableWeb reported that the New York Public Library (NYPL) had launched the What’s on the Menu API, the first public API released by the institution. The New York Public Library has just announced the launch of the NYPL Digital Collections API which allows developers programmatic access to the Library’s vast collections of digitized creative works including manuscripts, historical maps, rare prints, photographs and much more.
Before 1500, monks spent their lives copying the Bible by hand. That method was replaced by printing presses for the next 500 years. Today, ebooks are set to end the practice of pulping trees and smearing them with ink. In all this change the direction of information access has been constant for half a millennium: faster and faster, easier and easier. The next revolution for publishers is APIs for books.
SmartFile, a web-based FTP hosting and file sharing platform, has just announced the release of the new and improved Version 2 SmartFile Platform that includes many new features, a new user interface and a brand new API.
More often than not all it takes to start a revolution is somebody who is angry enough to change the status quo. Ever since the dawn of social media sites the predominant business model has been variations of the walled garden approach to content originally pioneered by America Online (AOL). Today that walled garden approach manifests itself in the form of APIs that have been locked down by social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Wacku has launched a non-profit open API in the broadcast media space: OpenMedia.io. The OpenMedia.io platform collects video and other media from human and machine-readable sources. In turn, the API updates users when need additions or changes have been made to the library. Currently most of its sources include YouTube videos, Podcasts, Web-TV series, and some movies. The OpenMedia.io team has invited the major broadcasters and studios to participate in its open project to no avail.