Today in APIs: Private Path API, Wolfram’s Siri Love and 18 New APIs

Adam DuVander, February 7th, 2012

Wolfram Alpha has a mobile app, so of course it has an API. Someone sniffed the traffic and discovered something naughty. And you know the answer-anything Wolframe Alpha? Find out why it really, really likes Apple’s Siri. Plus: Facebook gaming, Google Plus developers and 18 new APIs.

When APIs Play Spoilsport?

Romin Irani, January 6th, 2012

ProgrammableWebPublic APIs have given rise to applications that we could not have imagined a few years back. All the stakeholders in the API ecosystem have benefited, right from organizations providing public APIs, to API consumers and the end user that has been given mashups that combine the best of many APIs. However positive this may sound, it is important to look at instances where APIs end up playing spoilsport in their own little way. This post tries to explore some of them.

Wolfram Alpha API Now Free and Open to All

Romin Irani, January 21st, 2011

Wolfram Alpha Computational knowledge engineWolfram Alpha has just become more accessible from a variety of applications. Wolfram Alpha has thrown open access to its API to all developers with version 2.0 of its Wolfram Alpha API, allowing you to integrate its results into a variety of sources of web, desktop, enterprise and mobile applications.

The API You Need $25,000 to Use

Adam DuVander, July 20th, 2010

AmeriTradeMove over Wolfram Alpha, there’s a more expensive API in town. Online investment house TD Ameritrade wants $25,000 before it will extend an API key to its Ameritrade API.

Mine the Information Behind the Search with These APIs

Adam DuVander, July 12th, 2010

YolinkLife on the web is full of search terms and human filtering. Even good results often require some effort to determine which has the information we seek. There are several services attempting to help with this problem and they’re making their applications available via API.

Buy and Sell Data with Data Marketplace

Matthew Casperson, June 22nd, 2010

The internet is the perfect medium for matching supply with demand. You can find your next freelance job or, as Craigslist has been singled out for, find just about anything else (if you know the right euphemisms). Now, with Data Marketplace, you can request or provide datasets covering anything you can think of.

Microsoft Bing Adds Computational Search From Wolfram Alpha

Adam DuVander, November 12th, 2009

Wolfram Alpha Microsoft is one of the first–and certainly the largest of–customers of Wolfram Alpha’s commercial API (our Wolfram|Alpha API profile). For math and nutritional searches, Microsoft’s Bing now uses Wolfram results.

Factual Launches Open Data Platform, Including API

Adam DuVander, November 6th, 2009

Structured data has an open platform, thanks to a new startup aptly named Factual. At first glance, it seems like Excel on the web. However, Factual is more database-oriented, with joining and filtering built-in. Plus, sharing and discussing the data is an integral part of the experience. Most functions on the site, including both reading and writing data, can also happen via the Factual API.

Wolfram Alpha Releases Their API

Andres Ferrate, October 16th, 2009

Wolfram Alpha Wolfram Alpha, the up-and-coming “answer engine” that we reported on back in May, has just released an API that developers have been awaiting since this spring. The new RESTful API provides access to the vast stores of data and computational knowledge available through the Wolfram Alpha project (technical details at our Wolfram Alpha API profile).

Hunch Launches API: Go Make Decisions

Michael Manoochehri, June 22nd, 2009

HunchWhile Google leads the way in web search and Yahoo leads the way in answers, many upstart services are attempting to help you make decisions by giving you smarter answers to your questions. Microsoft has billed its new search offering Bing as both a “decision engine” and an “answer engine.” Now there’s Hunch, a new start-up founded by Flickr’s Caterina Fake, which also aims to be a decision engine, but using a very different model. By first asking the user questions ranging from food preferences to pet peeves, Hunch tries to provide answers to questions that best match the user’s interests based on crowdsourced data collected from other users.

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