September 16, 2005
Kooaba offers image recognition through its Kooaba API, allowing you to compile metadata on objects in your photos. This can be used for product recognition and pricing, but could also be used to augment personal photo collections, which can be so large that they are nearly impossible to search by hand. There are tons of use cases for image recognition and this API should really open up the field and bring more applications to market.
The daily deal space is hot, and has been for some time now. In the past year 23 million Americans have purchased a daily deal or group coupon according to a survey conducted for the American Institute of CPAs by Harris Interactive (source). Not to mention Freelance websites, such as Freelancer and Elance, have been flooded with thousands of "Groupon clone", "daily deal site" and related job postings - a general sign that many more businesses are still trying to get in.
Based in Vancouver, BC, Payfirma has created an XML-based API that promises custom forms and full shopping carts to keep you in control of developing the flow of your credit card processing. The idea is to make business's lives simpler by reducing development costs with the Payfirma API that accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express among others.