FlightStats, leading provider of global flight information, has launched the FlightStats Flex APIs to put FlightStats’ rich data in the hands of third-party developers. The product is a suite of APIs that allows developers access to a variety of flight/airport data (i.e. flight status in near real-time, flights in progress tracking, map-based tracking, flight schedules and availability, and airport information). FlightStats’ data covers 99.5% of U.S. flights, and more than 80% of commercial flights worldwide.
More enterprises are paying attention to the business-building potential of open APIs, and it’s not hard to figure out why. When companies like Expedia tell ReadWriteWeb that APIs (check out the Expedia API) contribute about 90 percent of its $2 billion a year, you can bet CFOs and CEOs will take notice.
Our API directory now includes 44 booking APIs. The newest is the WuBook Wired API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Rezgo API. We list 5 Rezgo mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of booking APIs.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that “Big Data” is being reckoned as the next big opportunity in Technology. With the explosion in the number of mobile devices and social networks, the data being generated on a daily basis is mind-boggling and companies are tapping into this data to both understand consumer behaviour and gauge patterns for future products. If you are in Boston this September, the Big Data Innovation conference organization by The IE Group, brings everything under one roof for 2 power packed days that discuss Big Data.
Our API directory now includes 39 affiliate APIs. The newest is the Omnistar API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Best Buy BBYOpen Products API. We list 8 Best Buy BBYOpen Products mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of affiliate APIs.
With Microsoft charging for Bing Search API and Google doing the same for high-volume Maps queries, 2012 is shaping up as the year the API graduates from cool technology to bona fide product. Increasingly, APIs are powering business models, revenue streams, and brand reach. From Klout to Instagram, at virtually every hot startup an API is central to the business plan.
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.
As we put a bow on 2011 and welcome 2012, it’s a good time to reflect on what has been a year of tremendous growth for ProgrammableWeb. We now list over 4,700 APIs and 6,300 mashups in our directory. Our team continues to grow in order to bring you all of this new content along with the latest news and trends about the web as a platform. All of this is made possible by our sponsors and partners. We take this time to say thank you and offer you this chance to learn more about the companies that make our site possible.
There is no doubt that there is a lot of money to be made in travel. Heck, travel (globally) accounts for over 12% of the World’s GDP. That is some serious coin. You have an incredible idea for a web application that is going to make travellers love you and make you rich at the same time. The question is… who should I connect with and why? Here is a quick run down on the pros and cons of connecting with the likely, and not so likely, hotel distribution partners.
This past week 16 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 35 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include 8coupons, Agendize Action, Avvo, Expedia, Google Distance Matrix, Google Plus, Google Sidewiki, Hoiio SMS, Hoiio Voice , Mendeley, PLoS Search and Xa.ly. The most often used APIs this week are Amazon eCommerce, Google Maps and Twilio. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (6 APIs, 9 mashups), Social (4 APIs, 6 mashups) and Telephony (4 APIs, 5 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups: