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The latest Star Wars premiere is here. Extend your Star Wars high with a visit to the Star Wars Graph, built upon the Star Wars API (SWAPI). SWAPI pulls data from Wookieepedia (the Star Wars encyclopedia) and includes vast amounts of Star Wars-related data (e.g. characters, movies, starships, etc.).
Google this week unveiled a first release of the Project Ara Module Developers Kit; Google is calling it an MDK rather than SDK. The kit is truly in an alpha state at version 0.10. Despite its far-from-finished status, Google wanted to offer developers a peek at what they'll be able to do with Project Ara.
Google has begun distributing a new release of Google Play Services to all Android devices, and along with it made a new SDK available to developers with a handful of new APIs. The main additions include a Google Analytics API, Tag Manager, Address API, Google Drive API, and updated support for Google Play Games. Google Play Services 4.3 is being pushed to hardware already running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and up. This encompasses the bulk of smartphones and tablets in use today.
How much would you like to send $10,000 (that’s 10 big ones) to the San Francisco Food Bank for Festivus? I’m guessing you would love to, but how? Let’s talk about Twilio.
Recently launched, Everlapse, is a free iOS app for sharing images and slideshows. Communicating with images is already a winning formula in the world of social networking, but Everlapse makes it a little more interesting by providing something that is a bit more stimulating than just static photos, but not quite as complicated as videos. In a nutshell, it allows users to create and contribute to clips which are made up of various photos and displayed as a slideshow. By providing the Everlapse API, the company also makes it possible for developers to integrate this functionality with other applications.
Father's Day weekend is again upon us. Growing up, my dad was always the hardest to shop for. I couldn't always tell what he would like and if he did like it, he had a tendency to buy it for himself. This week we'll look at some mashups that might help spark some ideas for those dads that are hard to get gifts for. The mashups include a little something for every dad out there including beer, hiking, golfing and movies. Read below for more details on each. ProgrammableWeb would like to wish a Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.
People love to quote those who have found a way to say it better. Be it a humorous one-liner or inspirational food for thought, it's a quick and easy way to appreciate and share an opinion more eloquently. For web developers who may want to add a little extra for their website or application users, including cool daily quotes could be a simple option. They Said So is a quotes database that provides the They Said So API, making it possible for developers to access this functionality.
For those who get their kicks out of a good old physical board game, BoardGameGeek is a fun application that may be of interest. It's an online board gaming resource and community that is constantly updated in real-time by it's growing list of users. Users from across the world can participate in reviews, ratings and live discussion forums, add images, find play-aids, access session reports and more. BoardGameGeek also provides the BoardGameGeek API which means this functionality can be easily accessed and integrated with other applications.
Navionics announced a new web mapping API in Java to bring its navigation charts and other content to developers. The Navionics API is free, and is not to be incorporated in a fee-based website at this point. Of the three tiers for pricing, silver, gold and platinum, the API does not access the top of the line product. Languages supported are English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. A sign up is required to access the API's technical information.
Tom Kiss created Advice Slip to mimic the look and feel of an ATM machine; however, instead of concluding the transaction with a dreadful balance statement, Advice Slip prints a virtual piece of encouragement or advice. Although truth-seekers can visit adviceslip.com to receive their virtual advice slip, developers can integrate Advice Slip's full functionality with third party applications via the Advice Slip API.
If space-squads, emperors, dungeon-masters, planets, starships and space wars are your thing, you've probably heard of VGA Planets. It's a popular play by email, space strategy game created in 1991, and Planets Nu is the online browser based version launched in 2011. Planets Nu now provides the Planets Nu API, which is good news for developers who want to programmatically access the game's functionality.
Yummly, a fast growing food website and recipe search platform, has announced the launch of the Yummly API which allows developers to incorporate recipe data and search functionality into third-party applications and websites.
Box continues to encourage creativity and innovation with its ongoing parade of challenges, competitions, and hackathons. Its latest quest to engage the developer community arrives in the form of a Risk-inspired online battle: BRISK. BRISK started as a typical Box challenge; however, to date it has developed into its "own wondrous virtual world, complete with it’s own servers, it’s own API and it’s own set of rules." The strategy and competition have become intense and complicated, but the goal remains simple: "devise the optimal strategy for your bot to take over the world."
Metwit is a crowdsourced API platform that provides third party applications the ability to integrate media-rich local weather and environmental data that is hyperlocal and in real-time. The Metwit API Platform collects weather information from Twitter, Instagram, NOAA and other sources which makes it possible for third party applications to use tweets, photos, and metatags to provide users accurate and interactive local weather information.
This Sunday, millions of sports fans around the world will sit in front of televisions and watch the biggest professional football game of the year. Among those watching will be a select group of hackers and data crunchers in Seattle, Washington. However, instead of prepping for the big game by stocking up on salsa and beer; these hackers will participate in Sports Hack Day and be a part of "building applications that change the way people follow sports and interact with their favorite teams and fellow fans."
Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, the average person may not be aware of it, but apparently there is a whole list of trivial (and some significant) reasons why anyone could justify celebrating any given day. Anniversarator is a fun, online calculator that provides users with information on special occasions related to the date the put into the search box. The Anniversarator API makes this data available to be integrated with third party applications.
3D Systems has announced the release of AppCreate and the Cubify API, two new powerful additions to Cubify, an advanced 3D modeling and printing platform.
Messaging just got a lot more interesting to look at. Words say a lot, but a picture is worth a thousand of them; imagine the levels of communication that could be achieved using both. Doodle Republic is a messaging platform that provides the tools to create messages that include words and images. Basically, people chat by creating their own art and sending it to friends as a Chatoon. The Doodle Republic Chatoon API makes this functionality available to developers who may want to include it in other applications.