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Dwolla's Access API Aims to be the Ideal API to Move Money

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:09:37 -0500

Dwolla recently announced some API changes that keep it moving towards its stated goal: "Building the ideal API to move money." A number of API features, some new and some existing, are being rolled into a new API: the Access API. API features include a new dashboard that will be available through the Access API.


How the Snapchat API is Impacting the Advertising World

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:35:59 -0500

Snapchat recently opened up its long-awaited API to creative agencies and ad tech companies. Players in the ad industry are already jumping on the bandwagon and these early birds are getting plenty of attention, writes Lauren Johnson over at Adweek.


Do Native Mobile Apps Finally Have One Foot in the Grave?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:53:57 -0500

A hot new thing in the mobile world is Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and it’s possible they might spell the end for the humble native mobile app. Google has just effectively green-lighted PWAs to be the future of Android. Mobile expert Henrik Joreteg over at his blog explains. 


HazardHub Announces New API for Hazard Risk Data

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:28:18 -0500

HazardHub, a supplier of geospatial risk data, announced the release of their geospatial API. For the first time, geographic risk data is available via a real-time API for inclusion to client’s internal systems.


New Startup Seeks to Disrupt CAD/CAM Industry with Smart APIs

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:13:07 -0500

A new tech company,, is hoping to shake up the CAD and manufacturing worlds with their SaaS-based APIs. is a 10-employee entity, with APIs that present an alternative to offerings from established players, such as 3D Systems and Autodesk.


Daily API RoundUp: Dead Man's Snitch, NAB, EventUpon, Astronomer, Nestio, Sync Ninja

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:21:13 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Oracle Buys Apiary to Bolster API Roster

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:15:16 -0500

Oracle today said it has agreed to acquire Apiary, the company behind the APIFlow framework. Oracle says the deal will help it offer developers the most complete, cloud-based API creation and management platform in the market.


Daily API RoundUp: Flock, Paystack, AirMap, Aerospike, Tokenly, Netbeez, Pulpix

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:11:00 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Google's Firebase Team Picks Up Twitter's Fabric

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:13:02 -0500


Square E-commerce API brings Square Services to Third Party Systems

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:45:21 -0500

Square, best known for its mobile payments hardware and software, has introduced an E-commerce API that allows third party POS systems to integrate with Square's payment processing services. The core benefit of the API is the single view of all payments, regardless of through what system or platform the payment was received.


How Intuit Uses OpenID 2.0 to Implement Single Sign On

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:26:31 -0500

Single Sign On (SSO) is a mechanism that helps create the feeling of a single ecosystem across multiple services for the end user by sharing key elements of an identity. For customers, it is a delight, as it allows them to seamlessly log into multiple services with a single set of credentials. For the app, it is a conversion rather than a lead, without any friction. It is a win-win for all stakeholders.


Microsoft Makes API Changes to Azure Storage Service

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:35:59 -0500

Microsoft has released a number of API changes within its Azure Storage Service. The REST APIs for the service offer programmatic access to blob, queue, table, and file service in both Azure and development environments.


Angular 2: What’s Working, What Needs Work and Where It’s Heading

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:44:36 -0500

Angular 2, the full-platform successor to Google’s Angular 1 Web application framework first announced in October 2014, was released in September 2016 as the complete, final version of the framework. Based on newer JavaScript standards and a new architecture, Angular 2 was created to provide developers with a better framework for building complex applications for both Web and mobile platforms.


A Look at the Most Used SDKs Across Mobile Apps

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:37:32 -0500

When building a mobile app, you don’t want to reinvent the wheel. SDKs often accelerate development by providing access to third party tech that can help add new features, understand app performance, and monetize your efforts.


How One Developer Hardened His App Against API Failures

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:30:29 -0500

APIs are often prone to failure. That’s no surprise. But if your app is dependent on an API that goes down like there’s no tomorrow, what do you do? Thomas Roca, a stats researcher at the French Development Agency explains how he overcame the API developer’s dilemma.


Why IBM's Watson Speech API Might be Right for Your App

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:51:19 -0500

In recent history we have seen tech giants put out speech recognition APIs, allowing developers to integrate speech-to-text technology into their applications. Developer Daniel Janus puts three of the popular contenders through their paces over at Rebased


Google My Business API Now Includes Location Insights

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:42:20 -0500

Google has announced the addition of business location insights to its Google My Business API. The added feature will allow 3rd party apps to programmatically access location insights about a company. For instance, a third party app can easily retrieve the number of searches, views and actions that would allow a business owner to track and analyze how and where people locate the business on Google.


Daily API RoundUp: AWS Lightsail, Wallarm, Linkpulse, The New York Times Archive

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:51:45 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Google Announces Improvements to Google Classroom API

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:00:42 -0500

Google has introduced a number of new capabilities to its Classroom API. The new features aim to make Classroom integrations more seamless for developers. Apps that integrate with Classroom now have the ability to programmatically add to coursework or student submissions and modify existing coursework. Google has already witnessed hundreds of third party apps integrate with Classroom, and it hopes the API upgrades will continue to build on that number.


Google Selects Early February for Launch of Android Wear 2.0

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:17:26 -0500

Developers, prepare your apps! Google is widely expected to debut its Android Wear 2.0 platform in early February, and the company wants to ensure a wide selection of compatible apps are available at launch.


Daily API RoundUp: SignWise, Diffbot, Rice University,, Social Bicycles

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:43:34 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


The UK Government Releases Version 2 of its GOV.UK Notify API

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:35:31 -0500

Last May, the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS) began testing a notification service, GOV.UK Notify, and API that allows the government to send text messages, emails and letters to citizens. As GDS prepares for a public beta of GOV.UK Notify, the API has been upgraded. The upgrades were made in response to user research conducted during the ongoing private beta. The API upgrades are expected to improve functionality.


The Sun Finally Sets on the Google Earth API

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:14:19 -0500

The Google Earth API has finally met its expiration date. Google originally announced it would end the popular API back in 2014. When the original sunset date approached at the end of 2015, Google granted one final reprieve.


What Kairos Learned Building an API Startup

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:20:01 -0500

The growth of the API economy has lowered the barrier of entry for many companies. While more businesses are afforded the opportunity to enter the market, building a company around an API still presents a number of potential pitfalls.


Google to Shutter Hangouts API as It Refocuses on the Enterprise

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:48:04 -0500

Google revealed to developers that it intends to shut down the Google Hangouts API on April 25th. The change means developers will not be able to create new apps using the API, and any existing apps that rely on the API will effectively be left for dead on their feet.


How to Manage Electronic Library Databases with Intellexer API

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:23:51 -0500

Managing the development and delivery of electronic library services is one of the major challenges universities face. Information professionals who work in higher education institutions encounter a number of problems while managing data and addressing the needs of those who use their electronic libraries.

Let’s first understand what e-libraries need.


How the Buffer Links Service Stack Has Evolved

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:54:24 -0500

Like many dev teams these days, the team at Buffer is working toward building a more service-oriented architecture. As part of this, the team has built a special service to keep track of how many times links have been embedded in Buffer posts.


eBay Updates Buy and Sell APIs

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:49:59 -0500

This past October, eBay launched new Buy and Sell APIs that developers can use to offer additional purchase opportunities to users/customers of social sites, marketplaces, and other online platforms.


Kanvas Announces SDK Suite for 3rd Party Creative Live Videos

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:36:04 -0500

Kanvas announced a new SDK toolkit with the goal of empowering developers to add creative video services to third party apps. Features provided through the SDK include filters, stickers, GIFs, overlays, and drawing capability that all enhance live broadcast video. The SDK approach to sharing Kanvas technology aims to bring a suite of video tools without requiring major changes to existing code.


Daily API RoundUp: Kinetica, Nuxeo, t6, Harvest Media,

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:55:27 -0500

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.