HTC announced the One smartphone this week, its new flagship device for the year. The One is a sequel to last year’s well-liked smartphone and ratchets up the sex appeal with an all-aluminum design. Its feature set, which includes a luscious 5-inch HD display, zippy four-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and shiny metallic colors, will let it compete well against similar phones from other manufacturers. HTC believes developers can plan a role in the One’s success, too, with new APIs for the camera and BlinkFeed.
Historically, entrepreneurs and businesses in need of capital to bring their ideas to life had limited options, such as venture capital, bank loans and credit cards. But thanks to crowdfunding services like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it’s now possible for entrepreneurs and businesses to raise money from consumers willing to pre-order their wares.
This week, we had 37 new APIs added to our API directory including an SMS Bitcoin payment platform, an API for the New York Public Library digital collections, and a platform to organize personal media collections. We also discussed 6 great ways to increase API adoption, which is critical for any public API.
Last December, Senzari launched the MusicGraph music recommendation and data access engine as well as the new MusicGraph API. Earlier this month, Senzari opened the MusicGraph API to the public, unveiling the API at the first-ever annual SXSW Music Hackathon Championship. Among the apps included in the list of overall grand prize finalists is Party Play which uses the MusicGraph API to create “a dynamic DJ for parties.”
For a public API, adoption is key. Finding the right developers can be resource-intensive. Few can afford to blanket the web and every conference in advertising. Even if you could, the results might not be nearly as good as the methods covered below. In this post, I’ll provide an overview of five or six ways to increase API adoption, along with specific tactics within each strategy.
The Web is based on a rather simple notion: There are Web servers and there are clients, such as browsers. It’s an asymmetric kind of a connection: Clients connect to servers to request stuff. This breaks when what we need is more interactivity–for example, when our online webmail service notifies us of a new email, an update to a stock tick or news item, or the ring of our virtual phone. To achieve that, we hack our way with things like XHR, SSE and, recently, WebSockets.
Oracle teams with Microsoft in cloud battle against Amazon. Twilio voice operations carry further. Plus: Mulesoft raises another $50 million for cloud API dominance, how APIs connect the world, and 8 new APIs.
There are major advantages to today’s applications being built atop APIs. If you’re reading ProgrammableWeb, there’s a good chance you know all about integrating with other services. The major disadvantage of modern distributed architecture is pretty obvious—someone else’s service could go down and it’s outside of your control. You might not even know a service is down, which is why many top API providers are now making status pages available. These sites help communicate to developers when anything is amiss with the API.
This week, we had 30 new APIs added to our API directory including a social media tool for real estate agents, a mobile advertising platform, and an in-application purchasing platform. We also covered devices, data, and developers at SXSW 2014.
Teleporter’s Google Maps API integration will take you away. Preview available for Microsoft Office 365 API tools. Plus: PagerDuty API lets you hack your on-call status, Microsoft to compete with Amazon cloud to cloud, and 7 new APIs.