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A draft API specification has been released by W3C to promote standards in designing geofencing APIs. While offering efficient geolocation monitoring, there are privacy concerns.
The ECMAScript Internationalization API is designed to let developers of Web applications that serve a global user base more easily implement internationalization.
With the launch of Appy Pie's Location based Directory API, developers can now create Store Finder, Restaurant Locator and City Guide Apps for both Android and iOS.
URBAN4M's aboutPLACE API aims to provide a new way of using location analytics to power hyperlocal products and Web services.
ClickSoftware is offering a library of more than 500 APIs that can be used as part of its ClickButler service, enabling businesses to create automated productivity workflows for remote staff and field service workers. Gil Bouhnick, vice president of mobility at ClickSoftware, spoke with ProgrammableWeb about the future of business use of localization and contextual data.
The new Public Insight Network API from American Public Media aims to help journalists and media outlets more easily connect with community sources when drafting news content based on local issues.
What makes a trip to a restaurant a great experience is not just the fact that they serve delicious food and good wine, but it has a lot to do with the atmosphere and overall 'vibe' of the place. Of course, a 'good vibe' means different things to different people (some like it chilled and some like it loud and bustling), so imagine how cool it would be to be able to browse through dining options based on the exact atmosphere you're looking for. That's what Hoppit is all about; finding restaurants by atmosphere. Hoppit's API provides access to this handy functionality.
Soleo, a leading cloud-based communications solutions provider, has announced the launch of a brand new "2.0" version of the Soleo API which allows mobile app publishers and developers access to Soleo's database consisting of more than 1.5 million advertisers and real-time data for over 15 million local merchants.
Our API directory now includes 88 local APIs. The newest is the WebReserv API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Yahoo Local Search API. We list 55 Yahoo Local Search mashups. Below you'll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of local APIs.
In 2011, the Guardian launched its local messaging bulletin: n0tice. Although the platform encouraged open journalism, the Guardian has expanded the effort with the launch the n0tice API last week. The very premise of n0tice offers value from a locality perspective. With the open API, the value of the local bulletin can be integrated with any developer's application.
Factual Inc, a company founded by ex-Googler Gil Elbaz that is creating a collaborative data platform, announced extensions to its Factual APIs today that are aimed at improving the ability to target advertising and provide other geo-based capabilities in mobile applications. The three new APIs, Geopulse, Reverse Geocoder, and World Geographies, fill gaps and extend the scope of Factual’s API portfolio. But the way that Factual thinks about its APIs also holds lessons for anyone who is mapping out an API strategy of their own.
Citysearch is an easy way to find the best of anything in your city. The company, based in West Hollywood, was founded in 1995 and now covers over 75,000 locations nationwide. Using their online search tool you can search for your city and return results ranging from recommended restaurants to recommended hotels. This online aggregate of local listings content and advertisers allows developers to tap into a massive site monetization resource. The CityGrid Advertising API makes all of CitySearch’s content available to other websites, provides simple ‘pay-per-click’ monetization options to users.
The US YellowPages, owned by AT&T, has revamped its developer offerings to launch a robust set of YellowPages APIs. The company also added a modern developer portal, with the ability to track API calls and test queries. The new service is part of a growing trend to share more local data via API. To kick off the new service, AT&T also launched a contest for developers.
Micello is living my dream. This company is specializing in providing a navigation system for indoor environments. Indoor environments can be unpredictable and complex spaces. In other words they are the ideal scenario for maps. Micello has seen this opportunity and seized it by establishing a fast growing collection of indoor maps. The map collection is open for integration through both an embeddable HTML 5 element and RESTful calls to the Micello API.
Thanksgiving is still two weeks away but it's never too early to start thinking about the upcoming gift giving season. Luckily, ProgrammableWeb is here to help you do a little planning and even save a few dollars in the process. These mashups all make use of the 8coupons API along with other APIs to bring users the most up to date deals in their neighborhoods.
I generally cover shopping related APIs, but recently hackathon events have piqued my interest. This past weekend I attended a two-day hackathon called “Reinventing Local”. This event was hosted at General Assembly, a local co-working space for startups in NYC, and well-known in the entrepreneur community. The theme was geared toward local businesses and was presented by American Express OPEN Forum, which I feel necessary to mention now has an API of their own allowing instant access to small business content. The event was sponsored by Mashery (also a ProgrammableWeb sponsor), ConstantContact and Meetup.
Canada’s Yellow Pages Group (YPG) is launching a new developer ecosystem to support and stimulate startup innovation in the local search and location based services market, including a certified developer program and four ways to monetize applications. The new developer ecosystem comes partly from the group's work with hackfests. “We got tired of seeing all these great ideas die after the hack, we wanted to make sure these potential local search apps were brought to market," YPG's Bradley Wing said. YPG understands the YellowAPI is a natural extension of its existing business model, and extends the reach of its advertisers by feeding their listings through 3rd parties applications built on the platform.
Google has now made its closely-guarded Google Places API available to all developers, after nearly a year in closed beta. The API, first announced a year ago, returns business listings based on location. The search giant also added features that make the service useful for many types of local applications, in addition to simplifying the authentication process. With additional agreements, Google also allows for a healthy 100,000 queries, versus only 1,000 standard calls.
Fwix, the local information provider, has released its Fwix Location API at this week's Where 2.0 conference. But the company isn't looking to become just another source of location data in developers' toolboxes. Fwix founder Darian Shirazi explained to us that he hopes to "establish [Fwix] as the underlying platform for geodata" by providing rich, high-quality place information that meets a broad range of developer needs.