Minbox launched today with the intention to disrupt the already disruptive cloud storage space. Minbox lives as a Mac app that allows users to send files of any size in a fraction of the time other cloud storage providers offer. A quick glance at Minbox’s homepage offers a video demo that shows the same file sent via Minbox and then dropbox. Where Minbox sends the file in four seconds, Dropbox takes over five minutes to upload and send the file.
Orchestrate.io, a technology startup founded in March 2013, has just announced that the company has obtained a seed investment round of $3 million. Orchestrate.io is a brand new data API designed to eliminate the need for deploying databases when building new applications or when adding new features to existing applications. In addition to developing and deploying the Orchestrate.io service for strategic partners, the seed funding will be used to expand the core development team and deploy the service across multiple cloud providers on several continents. True Ventures leads the Orchestrate.io funding which has also been joined by Frontline Ventures and Resonant Venture Partners.
When travelling, the first thing on the list of things to do after arriving at a destination is to get in touch with certain people to let them know you’re in town or just that you’ve arrived safely. Whether it’s sending a quick text, sending an email or ‘checking in’ on a social network, technology has made this easy enough to achieve while on the go. Oh Hey World is a service that makes use of all these options in the form of a simple application that allows users to share their location across multiple social networks, via text and email, with just one click. Oh Hey World’s API makes this functionality available to developers who may want to integrate it with other applications.
Our API directory now includes 95 sharing APIs. The newest is the Screenhero API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Zillow API. We list 79 Box.net mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of sharing APIs.
What makes a trip to a restaurant a great experience is not just the fact that they serve delicious food and good wine, but it has a lot to do with the atmosphere and overall ‘vibe’ of the place. Of course, a ‘good vibe’ means different things to different people (some like it chilled and some like it loud and bustling), so imagine how cool it would be to be able to browse through dining options based on the exact atmosphere you’re looking for. That’s what Hoppit is all about; finding restaurants by atmosphere. Hoppit’s API provides access to this handy functionality.
Stremor, a language heuristics technology startup, has announced the availability of Liquid Helium APIs to third-party developers. Liquid Helium is a proprietary language heuristics engine that analyzes and interprets written content so that it can be manipulated and used in future online media, connected devices and systems.
This week we had 38 new APIs added to our API directory including a weather data service, national digital library, personalized restaurant recommendations and photos, U.S. political contributions database and remote home heating control service. In addition we covered an API that helps simplify event marketing. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Of the many APIs we published this week, ten were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those ten, which included the Cloudera Developer Kit. This kit will help developers build applications in Hadoop environments by providing them with API tools and reducing the barriers to entry. Meaning the rather expensive environment will be more open due to efficiency tips and tools provided by the CDK. To learn more about what exactly the Cloudera developer kit does, visit the Cloudera site as well as the Cloudera API blog post.
This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 20 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Baidu, dlvr.it, Google Closure Compiler and Sina Weibo. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twitter and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (4 APIs, 6 mashups), Social (4 APIs, 6 mashups) and Music (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups: