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Emirates recently became the latest airline to join the IATA's NDC initiative with the launch of its Emirates Online B2B API. The API connects Emirates' host reservation system to partner companies for access to availability, pricing, shopping, ticketing, sale of excess baggage, visas, and more.
Maps are powerful tools that can be used in a variety of situations, from visualizing where customers live, to defining sales territories, to plotting crime patterns in neighborhoods. The first step in creating a map is to convert street addresses to latitude and longitude coordinates through a
eeGeo has released a Points of Interest API that allows developers to submit and manage custom points of interest to be used primarily with the eeGeo example app. The API also allows outdoor POIs to be created and includes search query options such as free text search and category search.
If you’re in the market for a Web mapping API and you’ve chosen to use Google Maps, I think you’ve made a smart choice. If you’re looking for tips on how to optimally implement Google Maps API into your transportation app, such as a taxi or ridesharing service, then you’re in the right place.
Lyft is launching a developer program of its own in order to better compete with Uber. Lyft's first partner in this new endeavor is Facebook Messenger. Lyft hopes the program will eventually expand to see a wide number of developers add Lyft-hailing buttons to their own apps.
Tesla is considered the geekster’s car of cars, with the vision of creating an all-electric powered vehicle without compromising on performance. Of course, developers are eager to create some funky apps that will make the expensive Tesla vehicles even more connected via APIs.
Two security researchers discovered insecure, authentication-less APIs that made the world's best-selling electric car, the Nissan LEAF, vulnerable to hackers who could obtain private information about a vehicle's operations and travels and even control key vehicle functions.
Developers have requested that Google better align the Places API and Google Maps search results. Google has answered the call by integrating the Places API with Google Maps search. The move offers better search quality, but developers need be aware the changes may affect current installations.
Twelve APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Healthcare, Financial, and Augmented Reality. Also new to the directory are SDKs for Gliffy, a diagram and chart creation service, and Disqus comments platform. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
The previously popular Google Earth API is being deprecated and is due to shut down in early 2016, signalling the end of access to its 3D imagery via the API. This post by Timothy Whitehead for Google Earth Blog looks at four applications that used to use the API, and what they are using now.
Sickweather is known for its real-time illness tracking. Where hospitals and government agencies take weeks to report illness trends, Sickweather scans social media outlets for real-time tracking and reporting. Now, Sickweather has made the API behind the tracking service available to developers.
The recent experience of mapmaker RouteBuilder highlights one of the key issues that needs to be addressed when consuming APIs: how to manage the risk associated with an API becoming unavailable? Businesses consuming open APIs in their products need to take these risk management actions.
Autodata announced an expansion of its API portfolio. It now offers over 70 APIs that provide access to more than 40 years of aggregated automotive data. Autodata worked with TIBCO Mashery to create a developer portal that houses the API offering. API categories include content and vehicle APIs.
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Auto, Books and Booking. Also new to the directory are SDKs for Pandorabots bot building platform and TwitchTV social gaming platform. Here's a rundown of the new additions for developers to discover.
Little over a year after Uber released its API, Uber continues to add features that propel its offering well beyond a simple ride sharing service. Uber Trip Experiences allows third party apps to access a rider's Uber app and trip details. Think about a ten minute playlist, for a ten minute trip.
McLeod Software serves the freight and shipping industry with ERP software. Now, the company offers SMS integration for its leading product to open new channels of communication between logistic companies and drivers, speeding up internal processes to provide a faster service for its customers.
Vinli, a startup behind a connected car system that plugs into the standard diagnostics port present on most cars manufactured after 1996, is aiming to lure developers to its platform with a promotion that will give developers 1 billion free API requests each month for five years.
We've added 17 APIs to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Marine, Transportation, Text-to-Speech and others. Included is an API from Pole Star that allows developers to track marine vessel navigation. Here's a summary of the new additions and how they could aid developers.
Late last year, Google announced the deprecation of its Google Earth API. The initial cutoff date for API access was December 12, 2015. As the impending date moves closer, Google reported that it will extend the cutoff date until at least the end of this calendar year. No exact date was given.