DealAngel, hotel find engine, has launched a beta version of the DealAngel API. Traditionally, DealAngel provided a user-facing platform that allowed individuals to use its engine to hunt the best hotel rates. With the API, DealAngel hopes to serve as the underlying knowledge that drives 3rd party sites and apps that provide hotel search services.
Car companies from Ford and GM to Toyota and BMW, are racing to transform the car into a platform. According to Programmableweb’s own Janet Wagner, Ford recently released an API to connect its SYNC AppLink system to developer apps.
BlindSquare founder, Ilkka Pirttimaa, once browsed over Wikipedia’s Augmented Reality article and realized the concept focused solely on vision. Pirttimma believed the concept could expand to audio; thus, the idea for BlindSquare was born. The BlindSquare app provides “a new solution that combines the latest technology to help the daily life of the blind.” BlindSquare pulls data from the FourSquare API and alerts users of restaurants, stores, and other locations surrounding them via audio instructions.
When it comes to taxis, most of us assume the fare is going to be a little too much, and we’d probably think twice before jumping into any cab without first knowing how much the trip will cost and if the driver is ripping us off. TaxiFareFinder is a cab fare calculator that helps users to get an estimate on how much their taxi trip will cost from one destination to the next.
There are many ways to travel and experience new places, and it doesn’t always have to include impersonal and expensive hotels. Imagine having your own warm, more personal space when you travel; a home away from home that cuts travel costs as well. This is the concept behind 9Flats. It’s a service that connects those who have a room, apartment or house to rent with those looking for more personal, affordable, alternative accommodation. The 9Flats API makes this functionality available to third party developers who may want to integrate it with other applications.
Have you ever been sick in a foreign country but unable to communicate what you needed? Or robbed and needing help without the cash to pay for it or the language to convey it? That’s what happened to the two founders who went on to create Verbalizeit out of that experience, Ryan Frankel and Kunal Sarda. Their Verbalizeit API lets you connect users to human translators on conference calls and on the web.
Let’s talk languages: in this case, not computer programming languages, but human languages. According to the 2009 edition of the SIL International publication Ethnologue: Languages of the World, the estimated 328 million English speakers in the world are dwarfed by the 1.2 billion people who speak Chinese as a first language. And though English has become the lingua franca of many tech industries, users still prefer to interact with products and services in their native tongue. No doubt this was one of the factors which led FlightStats, Portland-based provider of global flight tracking and airport information, to start offering its FlightStats API data in languages other than English.
JetSetMe is a project that visually displays the roaming habits of mobile phones that operate on the O2 network. The company Provides the JetSetMe API that allows developers to create applications that make use of this data. In the United Kingdom O2, owned by Telefónica, is the second-largest telecommunications provider. JetSetMe taps into network resources to access the information necessary to understand how users move throughout Europe.