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eBay Launches New Buy and Sell APIs

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:21:22 -0400

eBay has announced what it calls its "new generation of APIs" that will power the eBay developer community on both the buy and sell side. The APIs were designed to meet businesses where they are as opposed to creating an eBay-centric ecosystem that businesses must adjust to. 10 brand new APIs make up the heart of the completely revamped API portfolio, and eBay has delivered a number of resources to introduce, grow, and nurture development within its new set of tools for developers.


How Banking APIs Unlock Client Data

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:07:29 -0400

Banking APIs let fintech companies thrive and compete with established financial behemoths. It’s just a matter of accessing valuable client data stored in banks and other institutions and using it in innovative products and services.


Snapchat's New Ads API Highlights Unique Business Value

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:46:58 -0400

Snapchat recently announced an update to their advertising platform which includes the availability of a new Ads API. The API is a set of tools for allowing approved important business partners access to real-time bidding on advertising time, and a non-API set of tools that can be used to develop the content that will stream for the advertisement.


9 Red Flags to Look Out for When Selecting an API

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:28:25 -0400

Choosing the right API for your new project can play a pivotal role in its success, and it can be difficult, expensive, and time-consuming to extricate it from your project down the line. With this in mind, Deb Haldar recently published a post on A Coder’s Journey highlighting nine red flags to look out for when selecting an API.


Panoramio Service and API to Shut Down in November

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:52:34 -0400

Google has announced that they will shutting down panoramic photo sharing site Panoramio, along with the Panoramio API on November 4th. Originally the company had announced plans for the shut down in 2014 but due to strong community feedback they postponed those plans. Now that Google Maps and Local Guides include photo upload tools, the decision has been made to move on from Panoramio.


Daily API RoundUp: Cloudways, Submittable, Autodata Motorcycle, Intelinyze

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:09:46 -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.


Microsoft Adds Cognitive Services, Speech, and Image Search APIs to Bot Framework

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:38:54 -0400

Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced its Bot Framework which empowers developers to build bots for Microsoft platforms like Skype, Messenger, Telegram, etc. Since the launch, Microsoft has introduced a number of new features, most recently adding new APIs that allow developers to create intelligent bots.


Verifone Leads Effort to Establish New Mobile API Standard for Consumer Loyalty

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:51:12 -0400

Verifone, a payments and commerce solutions provider, has announced that the company is leading an effort to define and implement the Conexxus Mobile Standard, a new Mobile API standard that aims to coordinate interactions between mobile payment and loyalty applications.


MapQuest Beta Testing Static Maps v5 API

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:49:44 -0400

MapQuest is inviting developers to take its Static Map v5 API for a spin while in beta. The refreshed API has a handful of new features that should appeal to developers who rely on MapQuest's mapping tools. The beta is being offered through the end of 2016.


5 Key Elements to Look for in a Web Data API

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:24:42 -0400

Web data is so ubiquitous it has all but become a commodity. In a world dominated by search, it’s easy to forget that a search engine is not the only use case for Web data. Thousands of researchers, entrepreneurs, and business executives tap into this vast data source to deliver insights – either for internal applications or as a service to customers (e.g. social media monitoring, business intelligence, or financial analysis).


Daily API RoundUp: Clearbit, Microsoft Parature, Reposify, JivoChat

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:54:22 -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.


Microsoft Flow Adds Custom API, Basecamp 3, Blogger, and PagerDuty Support

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:27:28 -0400

Microsoft has announced new service availability and Custom API support for its business application platform, Flow. The three new services include Basecamp 3, Blogger, and PagerDuty.


Google Brings Firebase Cloud Messaging to More of the Web

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:57:59 -0400

Google today said it is expanding Web support for Firebase Cloud Messaging beyond Chrome to other Web browsers, including Firefox and Opera. The move, enabled by a new JavaScript library, will allow developers to send push notifcations from their apps to end-user devices via the browser. 


Six Aspects of API Creation That You Need to Get Right

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:28:28 -0400

It should be easy for experienced devs in an organised team to create APIs quickly and easily, but it too often isn’t. Vivek Gupta, VP of product management at AnyPresence, reveals to Fred Churchville over at TechTarget the six key aspects of API creation that you need to get right. 


Daily API RoundUp: PSA Group, Chatra, Dwolla Webhooks, Wordsmith

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:00:17 -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.


Microsoft's Remote Systems API to Improve Cross-Device Experiences

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:53:09 -0400

Microsoft recently shed some light on the Remote Systems API, a new tool that's part of Project Rome for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The goal is to make it easier for people to consume content across multiple devices in a seamless manner. Microsoft hopes developers put this API to use so their apps are more flexible across form factors. 

(image) Announces Interactive Broadcasting API

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:14:30 -0400, a real-time communications provider, has announced the launch of the Agora Interactive Broadcasting API, an API that can be used to add interactive live audio and video functionality to Web and mobile applications. The Agora Interactive Broadcasting API has been added to and is available via the Agora SDK.


Amazon Opens Beta For Alexa List Skills API

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:04:36 -0400

Amazon today announced a new API that will let developers integrate Alexa within their own list applications. The goal here is to make it as easy as possible for people to add items to their lists by asking Alexa to do it for them.


New YouMail API Combats Unwanted Robocalls

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:30:47 -0400

YouMail announced a new API that enables users to determine whether an incoming phone call is a robocaller. YouMail already utilizes the API internally to power its iPhone and Android call management applications, and the YouMail phone number lookup service.


Daily API RoundUp: Nanoscale, PlaceIt, WhatConverts

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:21:24 -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.


New Body Labs API Could Yield Industry-Altering Benefits To Clothing Makers, Retailers, and Buyers

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:14:10 -0400

It happens to all of us. We buy clothes for ourselves or as a gift (online or in a store) and when those clothes are put on for the first time, they turn out not to fit. What happens next is the bane of the entire clothing industry and its customers. The return process is laborious, inefficient, and worst of all, very expensive. No matter who you ask -- the clothing manufacturers, the clothing retailers, or every day consumers -- everyone views clothing returns as hateful.


Google Updates APIs for Android 7.1 Nougat

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 03:24:58 -0400

Google recently announced that it will soon release a developer preview of Android 7.1 Nougat. The refreshed platform from Google carries over some of the fancy features from the recently-announced Pixel phones to Nexus handsets and other devices. As always, new APIs abound and you'll have to update your apps.

Here is what you need to know. 


Apple-Developer Dispute Devolves Into He-Said/They-Said

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:40:29 -0400

App review fraud is a serious issue for both developers and app stores, but Bogdan Popsecu, the developer behind the popular Dash tool, says Apple went too far in closing his account and banning him. This is a mess.


TomTom Announces Traffic Stats API

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:31:27 -0400

TomTom, navigation and mapping products maker, has launched a new Traffic Stats API. The API offers programmatic access to its Traffic Stats offering (i.e. a Web services suite that allows developers to create Web apps that analyze historical traffic data).


Crashlytics Streamlines Beta Development with Fastlane

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:00:14 -0400

Crashlytics has improved its Beta by Crashlytics developer tool with a new way to distribute beta app builds. Fastlane automates portions of beta deployment for iOS apps with a process they claim is so simple practically anyone can set it up. The goal is to help developers speed up beta testing so they can garner feedback, iterate, and push out final versions.


How to Develop Wearable Apps with Connect IQ

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:00:23 -0400



Daily API RoundUp: Amazon Cognito Identity, BloomSky, World Air Quality

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 19:35:43 -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.


New Version of Clarifai API Actually Offers Developers Bespoke Machine Learning

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:23:12 -0400

If 2016 goes down as the year of something in the API economy, it might well be machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). Although hardly a day goes by where I don't receive another ML or AI anouncement, a deeper dive often reveals some very liberal definitions of the sciences (some involve what sounds like real rocket science, others not really).