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We've added 10 APIs to the ProgrammableWeb directory in Government, Environment, Gambling, and other categories. Also added were several libraries for use with the LinkedIn API.
The new LoanPay API integrates with financial institutions to implement online payments for most types of credit.
OneRoof Energy, a solar services provider, last week the launch of a new API it calls the first of its kind in the residential solar market.
DataCash, global payments services provider, has announced that its fraud management solution (GateKeeper 2.0) will be the first of its kind to integrate MasterCard's Lost-Stolen Account List API. The MasterCard API cross-references over 30 million lost and stolen cards globally. The integration will empower merchants with greater fraud detection capabilities and lessen the potential to reject legitimate customers.
The Coolclimate Calculator helps end users calculate their carbon footprint--and look at tools for reducing it. The API allows integration of the survey into third party apps.
ecobee, a company that provides intelligent energy management solutions, has released the public ecobee API that will make it possible for developers to create new applications that integrate with the functionality of ecobee's Smart Thermostats. The company prides itself on having developed energy solutions that are easy to understand, easy to manage, and ultimately reduce the impact on the environment and save money.
Cleanweb consists of "a grassroots movement committed to solving the world’s most profound issues related to resource constraints through the application of information technology." The Portland Cleanweb Community will host its first hackathon May 17th - 19th. Developers, designers, and other professionals with gather to solve local environmental issues with web, mobile, and social media technologies.
The HQCasanova Weekly CO2 API is incredibly simple. It's also a frighteningly clear measurement of how our planet is doing. It measures the level of CO2 in the air in parts per million (ppm), a major player in causing global climate disruption.
Reegle serves as a clean energy information portal. Founded on the belief that up to date, quality information on renewables, energy efficiency and climate change is fundamental to reformed energy policy and an accelerated clean energy marketplace; Reegle specifically targets governments, project developers, businesses, financiers, NGOs, and academia with its offering. The Reegle tagging API automates the tagging process to simplify discovery and organization.
Johnson Controls launched Panoptix last year to offer developers a set of tools and APIs that encourage development in the building efficiency space. Developers took their first shot at the Panoptix suite of APIs at Hack-City SF. Panoptix continues to garner attention to its platform, and further enhanced the offering with four new APIs. Panoptix launched with building, space, and meter data APIs; now, the platform added AHU, VAV, and HVAC data.
In our efforts to save the planet, recycling is one of easiest ways for the average person to make a positive impact on the environment; and a lot of people would do it...if they knew how, where and what. Earth911 exists to make recycling as simple and convenient as possible by providing people with accessible and actionable recycling information across the country. The Earth911 Search API makes it possible for others to demonstrate their environmental awareness by providing access to this recycling information on their websites or mobile applications.
Brownouts got you fried? The Open Automated Demand Response API (OpenADR) aims to improve a critical aspect of handling the power load: improving Demand Response (DR) to electricity needs. Understanding demand, communicating demand and acting on it are all essential elements of effective DR. The SOAP/XML API is all about helping grid managers use common standards to leverage the OpenADR specifications.
Spark Devices just launched on Kickstarter and offers investors of $49 and above a free Spark Socket--the flagship product that connects standard light bulbs to the internet. Once a light bulb connects to the internet via the Spark Socket, consumers can control the light through an app (e.g. turn on and off, dim, monitor use, etc.). Additionally, Spark Devices has released Spark Devices API that allows developers to integrate light control into third party apps or websites.
SumUp, a mobile payments rising star, recently announced an API that allows third party apps to accept credit card and cash payments without leaving the app. Prior to the API, SumUp users and customers were required to use the SumUp app in isolation from the merchant app to utilize the slick mobile payments platform.
Busy week! We've got nine job openings this week in a variety of roles. Also notable this time around is the platform positions at companies not typically known for their API work: Visa, Bloomberg and Getty Images. As more and more companies continue to build an API strategy we'll continue to see even more of these types of openings.
You can find the spot price and futures contracts for Brent crude. How about for biofuel? Though it does not focus on spot pricing, the KDF Billion-Ton API from the U.S. Department of Energy tracks forces involved in projecting this and that could identify business opportunities for creating facilities involved in biofuel's production.
Tired of physical signatures interrupting your document workflows? HelloSign released the HelloSign API that allows developers to integrate eSignatures into websites, apps, or company processes. HelloSign's creators were first bothered by paper's inefficiency and wastefulness, and the irritation led to HelloFax.
Clean Power Estimator is an online interactive tool that gives users a quick, high-level preview of the benefits they can achieve by installing a PV or solar thermal system. Businesses in this field can use this tool to sell the benefits of solar power to their website visitors, encouraging them to make contact and learn more. The Clean Power Estimator API makes this possible as it is available to be integrated into third party software applications.