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Recent API Security Incidents Show Perils of Ignoring Best Practices

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:58:00 -0400

Despite the fact that the costs associated with hacking and data breaches have arguably never been higher, recent API-related security incidents highlight the fact that basic API security best practices are still often not being adhered to.

Earlier this month, it was discovered that a vulnerability in the T-Mobile website made it possible for attackers to retrieve customer data, including email address, account number and phone IMSI number, using nothing more than a customer's phone number.

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Daily API RoundUp: Grafeas, FBI, Mendix, Codemojo

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:39:16 -0400

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.

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Airbnb Officially Launches an API

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:36:16 -0400

Airbnb has finally launched the official Airbnb API. While the developer community has pushed for an Airbnb API for quite some time, and the company indicated its interest in opening an API, Airbnb’s official integration partners have historically been limited to private, wall-blocked partnerships. Until now.

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How to Build a 3D Airport Experience with the Wrld SDK

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:25:19 -0400

Wrld is an SDK built on the Leaflet API that can be used  for embedding interactive, 3D, indoor and outdoor maps in a web page.

This guide will walk you through the process of using wrld to build a 3D airport experience for LAX, including searching, point-of-interest markers, and indoor routing.

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Verdigris Launches APIs to Manage Energy for Smart Buildings

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:07:54 -0400

Verdigris, a company that provides an AI-powered energy management and IoT platform for commercial facilities, has announced the launch of a new set of APIs to power smart buildings. This new set of Verdigris APIs includes an Energy API, Forecasting API, and Disaggregation API.

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How Cost Analysis Tools Can Prevent Cloud Computing Calamity

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:26:57 -0400

AWS and other cloud computing giants have been enjoying bumper profits in recent years, which means startups must be spending more on cloud computing. Indeed cloud costs can jump massively if you don’t keep an eye on your budget. Casey Benko over at SearchCloudComputing recommends investing in cloud cost analysis tools to keep costs down.

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Google, IBM, and Others Introduce Grafeas Open Source API

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:50:35 -0400

Google, IBM, along with a number of other technology companies have announced Grafeas, an open source API that stores, queries, and retrieves crucial metadata on all types of software components. Using the Grafeas API, companies can combine data with other metadata to build a comprehensive model for security and governance at scale.

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Daily API RoundUp: Lemonade, Incentivit, Apidaze

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:01:10 -0400

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.

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Understanding API Connectivity to Resolve App DDoS Attacks

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:45:47 -0400

As companies of all sizes across verticals undergo digital transformation, they're building new applications and services from multiple sources using APIs to facilitate interactions between new applications and services as well as legacy systems. In today's cloud-first, mobile-first, digital-everything world, the glue that binds it all together is the API. Cloud-based applications, and the business models that they support, rely on an increasingly diverse set of underlying services, tied together through APIs.

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Four Ways Developers Can Grow Users and Revenue

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:19:11 -0400

As mobile technology spreads across the globe, digital app markets are following. For global success, app developers must now monitor this trend and react accordingly.

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Propeller Launches Open Asthma Conditions Forecast API

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:30:25 -0400

Propeller Health, respiratory health digital platform, announced the release of an open API that provides local asthma conditions information: Air. The Air API is free to use, and provides asthma forecasts based on various data. Data points include humidity, wind direction, temperature, and pollutants gathered for specified geographic locations. The data is pulled from a number of sources including the EPA, AccuWeather, and Breezometer.

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NovoPayment Launches Developer Hub for LATAM Focused Fintech Innovation

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:00:57 -0400

NovoPayment, fintech service provider specifically targeting the Americas, has launched its Developer Hub. Within the Developer Hub, NovoPayment currently offers 37 APIs that serve a number of fintech related operations specifically targeted for the Latin America market.

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Lemonade Announces New API to Enable Integration with Its Insurance Platform

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:53:06 -0400

Lemonade, a property and casualty insurance company, has announced the launch of the Lemonade API allowing developers and businesses to offer Lemonade insurance products from within web and mobile applications. The API will initially provide access to the company’s renters, condo, and homeowners insurance products.

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Daily API RoundUp: Dow Jones, ClickBank, Vidme

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:13:55 -0400

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.

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Box Introduces Box Skills and Box Skills Kit Machine Learning Tools

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:12:32 -0400

Box, a cloud content management platform provider, has introduced Box Skills, a framework that makes it possible to take applications of machine learning such as computer vision, natural language processing, and sentiment analysis and apply them to content stored within the Box platform. At BoxWorks 2017, the company previewed three initial Box Skills currently in development; Audio Intelligence, Video Intelligence, and Image Intelligence.

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Microsoft: Apps Killed Windows Phone

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:42:29 -0400

Windows Phone, or Windows Mobile if you prefer, is well and truly dead. Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore recently shared the news through his personal Twitter account. Microsoft is no longer actively developing new features or hardware for the platform, which has been retired. Here's how the news (finally!) came to light. 

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Salesforce Launches Graphical Console to Program, Flow and Monitor IoT Devices (includes video)

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:27:02 -0400

For the last couple of years, Salesforce has been making moves in the Internet of Things (IoT) market by activating a variety of functionality that allows the company’s cloud-based infrastructure to collect, organize, and custom develop software that taps into data and functionality from the “things" — sensors, devices, etc. — that are a part of the Internet of Things.

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MessageBird Adds Voice API to its Cloud Communications API Portfolio

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:14:30 -0400

MessageBird, self-proclaimed "enterprise carrier in the cloud", has officially launched its MessageBird Voice API. The new API utilizes VoIP features to programmatically add phone calls to third party apps and services.

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How to Align Your Team Around Microservices

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:25:18 -0400

For a profession that stresses the importance of naming things well, we've done ourselves a disservice with microservices. The problem is that that there is nothing inherently "micro" about microservices. Some can be small, but size is relative and there's no standard of unit of measure across organizations. A "small" service at one company might be one million lines of code while far less at another.

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How to Choose the Best Background Check API

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:46:17 -0400

Not all background checks are the same; while the government court data is universal, the mechanisms to access that data vary wildly from automated searches to manual court-runners.

This means the speed, cost, and accuracy of reports vary from provider to provider.

I should be clear that I’m not unbiased, as an engineer at GoodHire, but after managing dozens of API integrations with companies like TriNet, Lever.co, BambooHR, ZipRecruiter, and beyond, I’ve learned how to make an employment screening API work well.

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Daily API RoundUp: Open Transport, Dataverse, Pairaphrase

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 13:59:53 -0400

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.

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In Other API Economy News: Optimizely Event Tracking API and More

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:45:49 -0400

As we inch closer to the end of the week it’s time to bring you a review of the stories we couldn’t cover with a look at what is going on in the world of APIs.

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Google's New Pixel 2 Phones Are Ugly. It Doesn't Matter.

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:57:43 -0400

“Oh my God Dad. The Pixel 2 is ugly!” 

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Graphcool Adds Resolver Function to Graphcool API

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:54:43 -0400

Graphcool, a GraphQL backend for mobile and web developers, has introduced a new function to extend the Graphcool API: resolvers. Resolver functions enable developers to extend Graphcool's auto-generated CRUD API with custom queries.

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Google Launches Cloud Firestore NoSQL Document Database

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:05:59 -0400

Google has launched Cloud Firestore, a NoSQL document database that is fully-managed and now available in beta. Cloud Firestore is a multi-region replicated database designed to ensure that data remains intact despite unforeseen disasters. Developers can use Google’s new NoSQL document database to build data-driven mobile and web apps at global scale.

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TRX Systems' 3D "Indoor GPS" Solutions Guide First Responders In Lethal Situations (includes podcast)

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:06:49 -0400

The scenario is becoming increasingly familiar to anyone who pays attention to the news or social media: a unpredictable lethal incident of some sort is underway. It could involve bombs, guns or other weapons. It could be terrorists, lone wolves, protestors or anti-protestors. Between news helicopters and smartphone users in the vicinity, a deadly incident gets livestreamed to the Internet in realtime.

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Best Practices for Building a Secure and Scalable API

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 18:22:00 -0400

APIs are the core mechanism for decoupling front ends from back ends and for decomposing monolithic infrastructures into composable enterprises in the spirit of what's known as digital transformation. They're currently the most significant enablers of innovation, mobility, and the Internet of Things (IoT). APIs enable teams to focus on their core value proposition while allowing customers to achieve bigger goals by connecting to data and functionality with tools they prefer to use.

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Oracle Announces Blockchain Cloud Service

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:30:25 -0400

This week, Oracle announced its new Blockchain Cloud Service. The new offering looks to empower customers to leverage one of the most disruptive technologies currently emerging. By including the new service as part of the Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle provides access to Blockchain services through straightforward REST APIs and SDKs.

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Pragmatic Integration - Leveraging SQL Abstraction for SaaS API Connectivity

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:38:34 -0400

As data has become increasingly vital to core business functions, it has also become more decentralized than ever. Today, many organizations store critical data across a wide array of disparate systems. With the average company running 20 or more SaaS applications — and at least as many on-premises databases and internal apps — integrating, managing, and maintaining data connectivity presents a daunting challenge.

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Daily API RoundUp: Seven Bridges, SpotHero, Megacool

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:43:54 -0400

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.

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