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The Scout API: Using Data to Place Ads in Context

The Scout API, by T3, enables 3rd parties to take advantage of the context the company brings to advertising. Added to location sensitivity, which has been employed by the likes of Walgreens and others geofencing their stores, Scout brings weather, time, speed and orientation. Scout joins a list of 274 advertising APIs in our directory. Public documentation is unavailable; interested developers can contact scout@t-3.com.

Heroku Adds OAuth 2.0 Support to Platform API

A few months ago, ProgrammableWeb announced the release of Heroku’s Platform API, which allowed developers to integrate the Heroku platform with third party applications and services. Now, Heroku has launched a public beta for OAuth 2.0 support for the Platform API. OAuth 2.0 support allows developers to control service needs as opposed to offering full service access to all user accounts.

Chase The Sun: Solar Plots API Helps Sun-Lovers Find Their Sweet Spot

The SolarPlots API provides a new data tool to track where the sun will be in any given location in the US (and adjacent parts of Mexico and Canada) for any specific date and time or series of dates. The sun plotting search tool could possibly be used by photographers needing to know best times to shoot twilight scenes, for sun-bathers wanting to book the best time on a hotel rooftop, or home buyers wanting to calculate how much direct sunlight their new property may get. Developers could use the app to scale up such individual needs or to add sun-loving contextual information to a location-based app product.

Metwit Weather API Now Features Push Weather Notifications

Last month, ProgrammableWeb reported that Metwit was releasing a free, short term trial plan of the Metwit Weather API to help developers who have created applications using Yahoo! Weather APIs and have been impacted by the shut down of the Yahoo! Geocoding API. Metwit has now announced the addition of a brand new feature to the Metwit Weather API: Push Weather Notifications.

Best New Mashups: Weather Mashups Using Weather Underground, Yahoo Weather and World Weather Online

It's May and that means that we don't want to spend our weekends stuck inside. We want to know if and when the weather will be good so that we can enjoy our time outside. This week's roundup includes mashups that cover all aspects of weather forecasts. You can also take a look at previous weather mashups that we've highlighted. The big surprise is that Accuweather isn't represented here. If you know of any good apps or mashups using the Accuweather API, please let us know about them.

Create Fun, People Powered Weather Apps with Metwit

Metwit is a crowdsourced API platform that provides third party applications the ability to integrate media-rich local weather and environmental data that is hyperlocal and in real-time. The Metwit API Platform collects weather information from Twitter, Instagram, NOAA and other sources which makes it possible for third party applications to use tweets, photos, and metatags to provide users accurate and interactive local weather information.

The OpenSnow API: More Than Accurate Forecasting

Opensnow.com is a snow forecasting site that is designed to provide more than accurate information. Joel Gratz, founder and CEO of OpenSnow, grew up around snow and is passionate about skiing. The service provides customized reports for several locations and offers the worlds first “Ask the Weatherman” section. The OpenSnow API provides access to this wealth of snow knowledge.

Find the Next Big Wave with Swellcast's Surf Forecast API

Swellcast combines all weather data needed to forecast surf conditions for surfers around Australia, and consolidates the data into a user friendly interface that takes the complexity out of understanding when and where the next big wave will appear. Swellcast also offers the forecast data and surf conditions through the Swellcast API.

Tracking Hurricane Sandy via Social Media Data

Where were you when Hurricane Sandy hit, and what were you doing? If you're like many other ProgrammableWeb readers, you weren't watching news reports on TV--you were using social media to keep tabs on your friends and family, and taking advantage of the vast amounts of data available on the Internet to make sense of the situation. Below, a round-up of how Twitter and other online resources helped people get through the record-breaking "super storm."

The Spitcast API: The Science of Surf

For as long as people have been grabbing a board and trying to catch some waves, attempting to predict surf quality has been considered an art. Spitcast is trying to turn the art of prediction into the science of surf. Jack Mullis, the founder and developer of Spitcast, has been surfing for years. In 2005 he decided to combine his knowledge of surfing with his degree in Engineering Physics and create a unique algorithm that can predict future surf conditions by using Java and MySQL to cross reference NOAA regional weather data with observations at specific surf spots. This process has been shown to produce predictions accurate to 1 foot standard deviation. With the Spitcast API, this data can be transformed into custom applications.