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We've added 2 APIs to the ProgrammableWeb directory today. Here's a summary of the new APIs as well as a recap of several recently added client libraries.
WordPress recently announced that custom themes must now utilize the Theme Customization API. Released a few years ago, the API streamlines theme customization.
A critical security update for WP REST API Plugin has been released which fixes a serious information disclosure vulnerability affecting all previous versions of the plugin.
This tutorial explains how to build a mobile blogging application using DreamFactory as the mobile backend, with WordPress and Mailgun used to publish and promote new posts.
The WP REST API represents one of WordPress' most significant projects to date. Currently under a major rewrite, the API moves WordPress towards a full application framework.
On Tuesday, social media giant Twitter announced that it is buying Data as a Service (DaaS) provider Gnip for an undisclosed amount. Gnip, which is one of several companies that sell access to the firehose of the content posted on Twitter, was founded in 2008 and today offers data from a number of popular user-generated services in addition to Twitter.
Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp was obviously a boon for WhatsApp's founders, employees and investors, but it also proved to be a good thing for several of WhatsApp's biggest competitors.
Feedly, one of the most popular alternatives to the defunct Google Reader, has just announced that the Feedly API is now open to all developers. Last month, Feedly kicked off a paid subscription service, Feedly Pro, offering the first 5,000 subscribers a lifetime subscription for $99.99. Feedly raised almost $500,000 within the first eight hours.
Adding new features, service updates or interesting content to your business blog is great, but how do you ensure that your users know the cool new stuff is even there? Using a tool like WhatsNew is one way to tackle this issue. It's a service that provides an easy way to show repeat visitors what's new in a given service or application. The WhatsNew API offers even more flexibility, as it allows developers to customise the WhatsNew widget to better suit their specific needs.
You follow me, I follow you. If you want to do that on Twitter from now on, you’ll have to do it manually because among recent updates to its developer guidelines, the microblogger put an axe to auto follow. In other news, Twitter loosened up its display requirements.
Keek, social video network, recently announced the release of the Keek API. Alongside the API launch, Keek established a developer portal that includes tools and resources to assist developers in integrating Keek with third party applications. The Keek API grants developers access to public keeks (i.e. 36 second video updates), search, user profiles, klusters, and more.
WP Remote, a web application that allows users to service and manage a number of Wordpress-powered sites from one place, has provided the WP RemoteAPI that will allow third parties to integrate with the application, providing opportunity for new and innovative developments. Built as a service that would give back to the Wordpress community and enhance the Wordpress experience, WP Remote is currently free to use and developers are encouraged to use it and test it as they will.
Some Twitter users may have, at some point, had the need to share a conversation or a string of tweets with other people, and would have been left frustrated with the discovery that there wasn't really a way to do that. This was the very frustration that fuelled the creation of TweetVue; a tool that makes it possible to share Twitter conversations with other people. In addition, TweetVue's API gives developers access to this data, allowing them to access and share these conversations.
Simply stated: "Tinypass is a powerful e-commerce platform that helps sites charge for access to content." Developers and site owners can utilize the Tinypass platform by adding a plugin for popular CMS platforms (e.g. Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.); or, developers can integrate Tinypass functionality into apps and third party sites with the Tinypass API.
Epistlee has managed to create the simplest blog service that I have ever used. There is something to say for a service that allows users to publish content within seconds of creating an account. Although Epistlee lacks certain features that most have come to expect (e.g. a photo hosting solution), they have released the revised Epistlee API that will help developers to integrate Epistlee’s service.