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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.
A look at the new U.S. General Servisces Administration's Digital Registry API which compiles all 6,000+ social media accounts managed by U.S. Government agencies, and a look at six ways external developers can make use of the API to build innovative products and create new analytics services.1
Google has long fielded complaints of sign-in requirements associated with Google Play Games. The Google+ requirement and multiple sign-ins required for multiple games has been a hotbed of frustration. Google announced the end of both requirements as part of a Google Play Games API model change.
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.
A brand new iOS messaging/social app called Peach has rocketed in popularity since launching last Friday. A developer has reverse engineered the Peach API and created clients for Swift and Mac. The clients have been posted on GitHub for developers interested in using the undocumented Peach API.
Twitter has reversed its decision to shut off API access to Politwoops, a service that tracks and posts the deleted tweets of politicians. Twitter shut down API access for the U.S. Politwoops site in June of last year, and the remaining Politwoops websites lost API access a few months later.
A number of ad tech sources reported that Snapchat has engaged select ad partners for an advertising API development. Snapchat declined to comment, but many have anticipated an advertising API from Snapchat. While an ad API makes sense, Snapchat has an unfortunate history with API vulnerabilities.
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.
Google has launched the latest release of its Google Maps SDK for iOS. The new release includes Bitcode support, new events, and a number of features previously limited to the Android SDK. Bitcode support eases developer interaction with the Apple Store, and new events enhance user-map engagement.
With the power and scope of GIS growing as new tools become available, Jason Baker’s article on opensource.com celebrated the arrival of GIS Day on November 19 by discussing three viable alternatives to Google Maps API for creating interactive web maps for a range of use cases.
Google has added one of the most popular features of its consumer Google Maps product to the Google Maps API. Predictive travel time is oft-used by consumers to find best routes, and avoid traffic. Now, developers have access to the feature and can integrate the functionality into third party apps.
IBM Insight Cloud Services constitutes a new data analytics service that offers API access to internal business data in conjunction with Twitter and Weather Channel content.
Twitter announced a new storytelling API tool: Collections API. The API greatly reduces the effort needed to string together a series of Tweets to tell a story.
Jack Dorsey took to the Twitter Flight 2015 mobile developer conference stage to kick-off the annual event with a massive apology to the developer community. Over the years, Twitter has alienated their developer community. Dorsey's promise will now need to be backed by action.
343 Industries plans to support a public stats API for developers, which will let anyone create new web sites, apps, and communities around Halo 5.
Facebook announced new tools that broadcasters can use to better interact with a TV audience. The API-driven tools provide new points of engagement, decision, and display.
Facebook will deprecate v2.3 of its Marketing API tomorrow. While v2.4 delivers powerful new features, a number of APIs and features will deprecate tomorrow.