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Daily API RoundUp: Facebook, Square, Instapaper, Kik, Euro Cup, Payleven, GameCredits, Gator.io, IBM Watson
A whopping Thirty Two APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in the last few days in categories including Machine Learning, Sentiment, Payments, and Sports, among others. Highlights include APIs from Microsoft, IBM Watson, Square, and W3C. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Cloud-based messaging app Telegram provides free, open and secure communication across any platform with automatic chat synching across devices. Telegram also provides a dedicated Bot API for building custom bots that users can interact with via messages and commands to perform predefined tasks.
Telegram has released Telegram Bot API 2.0 which features new inline keyboards, on-the-fly message editing, and more. Inline bots have also been upgraded and can now send documents, contacts, locations, videos, MP3s, stickers, animations, and other types of content available in Telegram.
Microsoft has made a number of important announcements throughout the first two days of the Microsoft Build Conference including the launch of the Microsoft Bot Framework (preview), the launch of Microsoft Cognitive Services (preview), and the addition of Cortana and chatbots to Skype.
Five APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory today in Bots, Education, Music, Printing and Email categories. Here is a quick summary of what is new in the directory.
Six APIs, two SDKs and Source Code samples have been added to the directory in categories such as Backend, IoT, Reference and Tools in the past day. Here are the highlights.
Social networking giant Facebook launched an API-based platform called ThreatExchange that lets companies share information about security threats.
A Canadian software developer has used Tinder's private API to create a "Tinderbot" to automate his online dating.
ShieldSquare has developed API access to its bot identification and remedy solution. Identified bots are denied access, given fake data or challenged through a CAPTCHA.
STAT!Ref's API lets developers include a search bar on their applications that gives users access to a wide range of medical information.
Software developer resource service, AirPair, today announced that 17 new API providers have been added to their trusted partners network. AirPair provides line-by-line code support from leading API developers, using the ‘pair programming’ mentoring technique.
WS-REST.org has announced that it will host the fifth edition of the International Workshop on Web APIs and RESTful Design at the 23rd International World Wide Web Conference this April in Seoul, South Korea. The first workshop was held in 2010. As APIs have continued to drive innovation in the connected world, the workshop has continued to refine its scope of study, broaden its expectations and increase interest. As the organizers begin to develop this years agenda, PW caught up with Carlos Pedrinaci, a research fellow at The Open University, UK, and one of the event organizers.
Successful Twitter engagement is generally measured with the simple goal of gaining a high follower count, but true engagement doesn’t end with a follow-back—that is just the beginning. What you really need for success on Twitter is an ongoing conversation with like-minded individuals, folks who will provide informed feedback on your tweets, introduce you to their friends on Twitter who share your opinions and help spread your messages. This series of articles on engagement programming will show you how to use Twitter API 1.1 to move from simply following to truly engaging on Twitter.
As companies, organizations and professionals become more and more interconnected via social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, a new trend is beginning to emerge—social network data visualization. This article shows you how to make a data visualization of your own.
Scrazzl, social discovery platform for research materials, offers the Scrazzl API which grants developers access to research product information. Scrazzl develops tools that enable scientists to make informed decisions about research products and connect with other scientists to solve technical problems.
TipTap Lab uses psychology to better understand existing and potential customers. The TipTap Lab API allows third party apps to take advantage of such psychology by building profiles for those that interact with the app and acting accordingly. Whether an app developer wants to personalize an online experience or pair up users with similar interests, the TipTap Lab API examines the abstract, subconscious layer of users to better and enable a developer to accomplish goals.
Scientific journals are providing greater access to published research by releasing new APIs. Cambridge Journals Online API and Public Library of Science Article Level Metrics API have both been released in the past several weeks. Meanwhile, the European Commission has just completed a public consultation on open access to research data ahead of a new wave of policy reform and their next big research funding round.
Our API directory now includes 531 reference APIs. The newest is the CanLII API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the GeoNames API. We list 88 GeoNames mashups. Below you'll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of reference APIs.