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Location-based social media analytics company GeoFeedia attempted to abuse the public data streams it receives from other social media platforms by monitoring the public, according to documents revealed by the ACLU. This article on Techdirt discusses the issue, and how the major platforms responded.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.
MapQuest is inviting developers to take its MapQuest Static Map v5 API for a spin while in beta testing. 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 for free through the end of 2016.
Thousands of researchers, entrepreneurs, and executives need to tap into Web data to deliver insights. Access to structured Web data tends to be limited at best, and heavily gated by billion dollar corporations. Consuming crawled web data with an API usually makes more sense for businesses.
TomTom has added another API to its mapping and navigation solutions portfolio: Traffic Stats API. Traffic Stats collects data from over 450 million connected devices in order to provide historical traffic data. The data collected includes speed, route, travel time, segment, and more.
The Gnip Audience API now features Twitter aggregate user age information. The Gnip Audience API includes nearly one dozen demographic models including gender, interests, TV genre, TV show, language, etc. User age is the newest addition to the set of Gnip Audience API demographic models.
PipelineDB recently announced Stride, a realtime analytics API. API access to powerful analytics engines delivers the potential for computers to replace the role of the data scientist. PipelineDB President, Jeff Ferguson, believes Machines Analytics may turn this potential into reality.
Tableau extended its data intelligence abilities to third party apps and services via a suite of APIs. The APIs are delivered to the developer community through Tableau 10, the company's latest platform release. From embedded analytics to web data connectors, Tableau delivers data insights to all.
Google is opening up Maps to new ride-sharing partners, meaning the search giant just effectively created the first ride-hailing price comparison feature. The surprise here is that Uber, previously the only ride-sharing partner on Google Maps, allowed this.
Geocoding involves converting a description of a physical address into coordinates that represent that location on a map to perform spatial analysis. This tutorial on the Google Maps APIs blog describes the two approaches to geocoding with Google Maps APIs, and when to use them.
Twelve APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Payments, Nutrition, Health, and Weather. One highlight today is the Skywise Insight API, which provides industry specific weather forecasts and climate data. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
In Microsoft's journey to make Office an open developer platform, the company has taken the next step by making the Excel REST API generally available. Now developers can integrate the business productivity tool with third party services like accounting software, emails, surveys, etc.
Google today said it is putting the Google Places API for iOS 2.0 and the Google Maps SDK for iOS 2.0 into separate CocoaPods. The idea here is to reduce the app size for developers who need Places data, but not Maps data. Google says the change heralds big savings in app binaries.
Eleven APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Natural Language Processing, Transportation, Games, SQL, and DevOps. One highlight today is the PokéAPI, which can access a Pokémon database. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
After continued developer requests, Google has added marker clustering to Google Maps SDK for iOS Utility Library. The feature allows users to populate maps with a large number of markers while keeping the map clean and readable. As zoom levels adjust, markers aggregate and slit out accordingly.
Data aggregation platform MightySignal aims to improve the visibility of app data to provide insight into the mobile app economy. In this app index, the company shows the most popular SDKs used by the App Store Top 200, showing the top 8 apps that use each one, as well as all other SDKs they use.
Google implemented a number of changes to its Maps API Standard Plan. Apps created on or after June 22nd will be subject to a host of new rules surrounding access and limits. Active domains utilizing the APIs prior to June 22nd are grandfathered in to differing degrees depending on implementation.
BetterWorks announced an API that connects data points from across an enterprise into a single report, dashboard, or method. The API enables companies to gather the data necessary to create and measure company goals. BetterWorks aims to "combine the power of goals and the value of people".
Google Maps API is the most popular tool for building location-based services. Now, the Google Maps Operations team is leveraging their experience to collaborate with Udacity and create a free course that teaches students how to integrate maps and location features into websites.