Throwing hardware at performance issues is a time honored tradition among developers. In most recent times, the type of hardware being thrown at those problems is Flash memory that comes in a wide variety of formats. The challenge, of course, is that most existing applications were written for magnetic storage. To take advantage of Flash storage developers frequently have to rework their applications.
When you’ve launched over 100 APIs like Google has, some are bound to go away. The spring cleaning, as Google often describes the closures, have become commonplace since 2011. The Google Translate API is the only one to be announced and then turned into a paid service. Overall, of Google’s 111 APIs, it has buried services for nearly 30% of them. Here it is, the complete list of Google APIs that are no more.
This week we had 59 new APIs added to our API directory including a content management system for applications, file sharing and organizing service, text processing and translation service, product customization service, and multi-channel commerce platform. In addition we covered an issue tracking API and an API for managing email newsletters. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
UK Police Open Crime Database with API. Everplaces launches social recommendations API. Plus: UK gov opens anonymous crime data API, Machine readable rights statements, and 22 new APIs.
Of the many APIs we published this week, eleven were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those eleven, which include the ZOWi API. ZOWi is a learning tool designed to help people memorize information through various oral questions and answers. Specifically, ZOWi will ask a user a question and then determine if the answer is right or wrong from the users oral response. The API simply makes this functionality availbe to integrate with other applications. To learn more about the ZOWi API visit the ZOWi site as well as the ZOWi API blog post.
Many APIs eventually find their way to the ProgrammableWeb deadpool. They end up there for various reasons: no business model, replaced by a newer service or ceased being useful. The most popular of these dead APIs are predominantly from two big tech firms: Google and Yahoo. Search and mapping make up the bulk of the functionality behind these 12 popular–but no longer available–APIs.
For busy mums with equally busy and demanding little ones, anything that can add convenience and simplicity to the everyday routine is a winner. One area where convenience is key, is shopping. GoMummy is an online flash sales shopping website for mums and kids, aimed at making the process easy and hassle free. The company now provides the GoMummy API which makes it possible for developers to take the idea even further by integrating the functionality with new websites and applications.
Weemo, a cloud-based video service provider, has announced that the company has completed a $3 million funding round that will go towards increasing market adoption of the Weemo video platform which includes the Weemo API.
Of the many APIs we published this week, nine were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those nine, which included the Liquid Helium APIs. Stremor, the heuristics startup behind the APIs, aims to create a summarization framework for long form content. By applying language indicators such as cause, conclusion, relevance, and emotion, Liquid Helium can make accurate decisions about decreasing form length. To learn more about the Liquid Helium API visit the Liquid Helium site as well as the Liquid Helium API blog post.
Khronos Group, open standards consortium behind some of today’s most innovative technologies, has announced a new initiative to develop an open, royalty-free API for advanced, low-level control of mobile and embedded cameras and sensors. Khronos created the Camera working group to develop the API and is currently recruiting participants. All participants may contribute to the standard and the group will collaborate with other working groups to enhance its effectiveness.