One of the things that not many IT people fully appreciate is how much scale really matters when it comes to cloud computing. The more applications that run on a particular cloud computing platform, the more the cost of running those applications is distributed across an increasingly larger number of servers and storage systems. Eventually, a cloud service provider reaches enough critical mass that every new application winds up helping the cloud service provider to drive infrastructure costs down, while at the same time increase overall performance.
Without the dot, “cardio” is Rule #1 in Zombieland. With the dot, card.io is PayPal’s latest acquisition: the startup formerly known as Lumber Labs, whose technology allows developers to integrate credit card payments into any iOS or Android app with no additional hardware.
A company hyper-focused on improving address books via its FullContact API has landed itself on several U.S. television shows. But they aren’t talking about FullContact’s technology. Instead, Good Morning America and others are focused on the company’s new policy to pay $7,500 per year for each of its employees’ vacations.
If you’re a coder who cares more about software packages than 3D graphics hardware specs, you may be the target demographic for “Project Sputnik,” a Dell initiative to create a “developer laptop” based on Ubuntu 12.04 and Dell’s XPS13 hardware. The project is just getting started, and they want your input.
Our API directory now includes 134 travel APIs. The newest is the TakeABreak API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Kayak API. We list 12 Kayak mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of travel APIs.
Our API directory now includes 45 transit APIs. The newest is the Metro Transit NexTrip API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Yahoo Traffic API. We list 20 Yahoo Traffic mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of transit APIs.
This week we had 73 new APIs added to our API directory including a payments service, online learning platform, New York real estate search and information, social analytics platform, marketing campaign tracking service and restaurant and food data. In addition we reviewed the 26 Weather APIs in our directory. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
This past week 21 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 25 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include BART, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Chicago Transit Authority, CTA Bus Tracker, Metro Realtime, Tradeshift, TransiCast, TriMet, TripIt and Yahoo Fantasy Sports. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twilio and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Transportation (6 APIs, 6 mashups), Social (4 APIs, 11 mashups) and Other (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
The debate over RSS never seems to end. 2011 kicked off with a widely read post predicting the decreasing influence of RSS in 2010. There have been responses from Fred Wilson and GigaOM that argue it is still relevant today. We believe that it continues to be a solid mechanism for web sites to aggregate data from multiple sources, as displayed by the 121 RSS APIs in our directory. In this post, we’ll look at RSS beyond blog syndication.
Know when that bus is coming? You could write an app to tell you, if you live within the service areas of these innovative transit authorities.