3 Ways Open APIs are Re-creating Life in the City

Mark Boyd, March 27th, 2014

At the opening workshops of API Strategy and Practice in Amsterdam yesterday, the CitySDK team presented their progress on developing a set of open APIs that will enable developers to create applications for tourism, mobility and civic participation in one city. These APIs can then be replicated in other cities also using the same uniform API structure.


API Providers Urged to Agree on an Open API Definition

Mark Boyd, March 27th, 2014

In a keynote at this morning’s program of the API Strategy and Practice conference in Amsterdam, Webshell founder Mehdi Medjaoui urged API providers to “take a leap of faith” and agree on an open API definition that can be shared across the industry.


API Strategy Conference Kicks Off in Amsterdam

Mark Boyd, March 27th, 2014

API Strategy and Practice officially kicked off in Amsterdam this morning. After yesterday’s afternoon workshop sessions (see our separate coverage of the CitySDK workshop), this morning commenced with a packed room of developers, API providers, service managers, business innovators, and startup entrepreneurs, all ready to spend the next two days talking APIs.


HTC Releases APIs For New ‘One’ Smartphone

Eric Zeman, March 26th, 2014

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.


37 New APIs: Nest, British Airways, and The Magic Gathering

Melody Clark, March 23rd, 2014

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.


MusicGraph API-Driven Party Play App Wins Big at SXSW

Janet Wagner, March 21st, 2014

MusicGraphLast 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.”


Good Technology Offers API Providers Access to Enterprise Mobility Platform

Mark Boyd, March 21st, 2014

New data on enterprise mobility take up suggests the industry is just taking off. Current opportunities for developers are in the utilities and energy and financial services sectors, with business intelligence and social business being key application use cases. Good Technology – which publishes an enterprise mobility quarterly report – is already leveraging the results to guide their industry partnerships and new products. ProgrammableWeb spoke with VP of Marketing, John Dasher, about how Good Technology is enabling API providers to access new enterprise customers from their mobile and cloud-based security platforms.


Today in APIs: Brandwatch and Gnip Team Up, and 5 New APIs

Eric Carter, March 20th, 2014

Brandwatch has partnered with Gnip to release a new API that allows users to access social analytics and social data. SmartBear will present on API security and REST API metadata at the upcoming API Strategy & Practice Conference. Plus, patient engagement apps win NYC hackathon and 5 new APIs.


US Government Urged to Standardize Internal API ToS

Mark Boyd, March 20th, 2014

U.S. Government officials are being encouraged to provide comments and suggestions for a standard API Terms of Service (ToS). The hope is that a standard ToS could be used by any government agency making open data accessible via API. Launching the consultation via the Government API Google Group and on Github, key stakeholders believe the time is right to streamline the process of making API Terms of Service more relevant to developers who want to make use of government open data sources. Developers are now adding their feedback and perspectives to a Github issues repository.


FI-WARE Opens Up the IoT Future to Everyone

Mark Boyd, March 20th, 2014

The open-source, Internet of Things (IoT) platform FI-WARE wants to become the core infrastructure that will empower our connected future. FI-WARE promises to support smart city infrastructure, enable intelligent factories and precision agriculture, and help entrepreneurs to carve out viable market share in a connected, IoT-enabled world. ProgrammableWeb spoke with the Chief Architect of FI-WARE, Juanjo Jose Hierro, about the progress of the open-source platform and how it will create a space at the table for innovators and businesses of all sizes.


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