Samsung today announced the Gear S, a new smartwatch with impressive specs and some novel features. The device may be tempting for both consumers and developers, but Samsung's smartwatch strategy is anything but sound.
SOA teams up with Australia's Healthdirect to move from SOAP to REST. VMware jumps on the Docker container bandwagon. Plus top 20 free web services, and 7 mistakes with APIs.
Computer vision is just one of the applications for machine learning experiencing rapid growth and increasing popularity in recent years.
DropCatch.com, an expiring domain name backordering service, has opened access to its Backorder API. The API allows users to programmatically backorder and cancel open backorders. DropCatch.com customers have long asked for API access to such functionality, and DropCatch.com has delivered.
Blizzard Entertainment, the developer and publisher of a variety of popular online and desktop video games, has announced the launch of a Battle.net API site with new APIs featuring OAuth 2.0 support and new interactive documentation.
Adzuna has just announced the release of their developer portal where they now host the Adzuna API, a real time job market database. By allowing access to a trove of data regarding job listings, salary trends, hiring patterns, and more, the Adzuna API is expected to engage developers to create new apps or mashups that can help empower unemployed workers to choose where to live and work, as well as allow government and business members keep more informed as to the status of the job market.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to digitize its data came to a head in recent weeks with the launch of an API that provides product labeling information for all drugs listed and overseen by the regulatory body. The product labeling API joins the other two recent data sets opened via API, adverse events and drug recall enforcement reporting.
A niche vertical of APIs in which there are multiple web services to choose from is package tracking. There are more than 70 tracking and shipping APIs listed in the ProgrammableWeb directory with many of the biggest global package shippers represented including FedEx, DHL and UPS. These are typically designed for commercial applications that need to integrate tracking, address verification, label printing and rate calculations.
Charitable organizations should seriously consider the benefits of API implementation on their websites. In order to foster a community of donors for a cause, the organization needs to be credible and transparent. This can be done using various APIs to showcase real-time progress, participation, and the impact the initiative will have.
The Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Intel are set to host a hardware hackathon in October. The hackathon will take place in Red Hook, a community in Brooklyn, N.Y., nearly destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, with a focus on resiliency and disaster recovery.
Amplifon enhances Google Street Maps with sound. Hackcess to Justice winners put their apps to work. Plus: the importance of putting API design first and Homeland Security holds a hackathon (with FEMA).
Google Maps Gets Sound Enhancement from Amplifon Using the Web Audio API
Google Maps can now be heard by, literally, giving a sound dimension to its Street View. Amplifon has done its best to give sounds that you might hear according to what direction in street view you are facing--see circles in the graphic. That determines what sound you hear.
The battle over fitness and health data appears to be heating up after evidence surfaced that Adidas is preparing to open up its miCoach platform to developers.
Adidas, one of the most recognizable athletic brands in the world, sells a handful of miCoach products, which include watches, a soccer ball, heart rate monitor, and nifty speed cell that attaches to compatible shoes. Users of these products can track and visualize the data they generate through Adidas' miCoach website.
ItsLikeCash is a mobile startup company in the financial services sector. The company is seeking API developers on a project contract basis. The APIs are to link two independent, separate customer ID databases. The API functions are for:
- Linking customer ID accounts between the databases
- Recording internal money transfers
- Recording deposits and withdrawals.
Developers can either:
Print 3D for Me uses the Shapeways API to start keychain photo business. Google backs away from the Pointer Events API, hurting developers. Plus bank hackathon offers $7,500 prize, and Centscere features donations while posting on Facebook.
In another clear sign that APIs are being used as the secret weapon to help businesses expand in highly competitive markets, Yelp and Just Eat are both focusing on APIs in order to carve out market share in the global home food delivery market.
Shipbeat, founded earlier this year, has raised new funding that will allow it to go live with its logistics-as-a-service API in 2015. After integration, e-commerce sites can call the Shipbeat API to find the lowest possible rate across the carrier market. Shipping remains a major factor in e-commerce adoption/rejection, as shopping cart abandonment is caused by lack of shipping options an estimated 20% to 70% of the time.
Coinbase, a crypto-coin wallet hosting service, has acquired Blockr.io, a Slovenian startup also competing in the BitCoin exchange market. Similar to service providers such as Blockchain, Blockr.io and it's API counterpart supply a readable index of parsed crtypocurrencies, displaying daily trends in Bitcoin, Litecoin, Digitalcoin, Quark, Peercoin, and Megacoin.
The analyst firm Gartner has put the internet of things (IoT) on the top of their annually released hype cycle, a 5 step process outlining the path of technological trends from inception to stable consumer adoption. What this means, according to Gartner, is that IoT is the top inflated tech industry currently in development.