Today in APIs: CameraAce Snaps Up Kodak's API, Embrace APIs or Die, and 10 New APIs

Greg Bates
Oct. 22 2013, 02:10PM EDT

CameraAce is the first Android App to use Kodak's print API. Promod Haque argues businesses must work in a programmable world to survive. Plus: WSO2 is exploring API use, and 10 new APIs.

CameraAce Creates First Android App to Use Kodak's Print API

CameraAce is simple--so simple that users don't have to create accounts or mess with payment arrangements. Customers can handle payment at the point where they pick up their prints and the photos can be printed directly from whatever device was used to take them.

As TechAce announced in its press release, this is all about helping customers hit the target on printing--literally:

"CameraAce users can easily order photo prints to be sent to any one of 2,000 Target stores in the U.S., where they can easily pick up and purchase their photos. Kodak plans to expand its retail partnerships in the US and add worldwide partners as well."

More information is available on how other developers can use Kodak's API, one of 46 printing APIs in our API directory.

Embrace Emerging Digital Ecosystems or Die

Promod Haque, a senior managing partner with Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), which invests in API platform companies such as Apigee, has issued a warning--and an opportunity--for businesses worldwide: digital disruption will shake every business to its core. Writing in Fortune, Haque notes that APIs are at the heart of the story that enables revolutionary automation:

"For example, CareCloud (another one of ours), which serves as the digital connective tissue between physicians, patients, medical records depositories, labs and other key healthcare stakeholders. CareCloud's automation streamlines office processes, reducing administrative overhead while improving patient care.
One app lets patients change their appointment after-hours and select an alternative slot. Other apps let your doctor know in real time that you showed up at a lab for your prescribed test; display the results as soon as the test is done; auto-populate them into your chart; and alert you via your mobile phone to schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor. You can even have your provider store your medical records in your own Box account."

We last interviewed Haque in August as part of our series on API platforms, where he made the point that they make for sticky infrastructure, one that has potentially lucrative prospects. As he points out in the Fortune article, there will be an estimated 25 trillion interconnected devices by 2025, offering an unprecedented opportunity for creating digital ecosystems.

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10 New APIs

Today we had 10 new APIs added to our API directory including a burning man event information service, a database of financial products and services complaints, a u.s. drone strike data service, a national crime victimization statistics service and a website thumbnails for mobile devices service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Burning Man PlayaEventsBurning Man PlayaEvents API: Burning Man is an interactive art event and temporary experimental community that gathers yearly in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Burningman.com’s PlayaEvents API provides programmatic access to information describing the event. Exposed data includes information describing events, theme camps, art installations, and streets. API access is free and publicly available.

Consumer Complaint DatabaseConsumer Complaint Database API: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) works to make markets for financial products and services work for Americans through education, enforcement, and study. The CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database catalogues the complaints received about financial products and services. The database consists of a single dataset, while providing multiple views through which to analyze the dataset.
The Consumer Complaint Database is exposed through a RESTful API built on the Socrata Open Data API. The API allows applications to retrieve metadata about the dataset and views, query for views matching specified search criteria, or retrieve specific rows of data from the dataset and views.

DronestreamDronestream API: DroneStream provides real-time and historical data from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism describing every reported United States drone strike. DroneStream supports a simple API allowing applications and websites to access drone strike data. The structured data is delivered in a JSON feed.

National Crime Victimization SurveyNational Crime Victimization Survey API: The Bureau of Justice Statistics is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on crime, victims of crime, criminal offenders, and the operation of the criminal justice systems at all levels of government. The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is a Justice Department census tool that collects detailed information about people victimized by certain types of crime.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics exposes the NCVS criminal victimization data through a RESTful API. The data describes the frequency, characteristics, and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States.

Page2ImagesPage2Images API: Page2Images is a website thumbnail creater optimized for mobile devices. Page2Images exposes its service through a REST API. The API allows websites and applications to generate thumbnails of a given URL. The API is able to specify image size, device, screen size, and more.

PlaidPlaid API: Plaid is designed to allow developers to integrate transaction and account data from most major financial institutions into third party applications. The data includes merchant names, street addresses, geo-coordinates, categories, and other info. The API uses REST calls and returns JSON. An account is required with service.

Quantcast MeasurementQuantcast Measurement API: Quantcast is a digital advertising company focused on direct audience measurement and real-time advertising. The Quantcast Measurement API provides customers with programmatic access to their Quantcast audience and traffic data. The REST API accesses data such as traffic by network, site, or subdomain, as well as audience segments and demographics.

RidePSTARidePSTA API: The RidePSTA API provides programmatic access to bus information from the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. The API is capable of delivering real time arrival predictions and location data. Use requires a RidePSTA.net account and developer key. The API uses the BusTime system from Clever Devices, Inc.

VeriFone OpenVeriFone Open API: Verifone is a global technology provider for electronic payment and point-of-sale services. The company provides services to the financial, retail, hospitality, government, petroleum and other industries. Verifone has an open API upon which developers can build mobile applications that utilize the payment or Point-of-sale services. An account is required with service.

VisiStatVisiStat API: VisiStat is a web analytics and customer intelligence provider that aims to help small and medium sized businesses with advanced data management. The site offers services to identify web visitors, track online marketing efforts, manage social media, track activity on web sites, and many other services. The VisiStat API allows users to build custom reports from the data, integrate data streams with CRMs and CMSs, create mashups, and manage billing and reseller account creation, among other uses. The API uses REST calls, and an account is required with service.

Greg Bates A writer for Programmableweb since 2012, Greg is a freelance writer and a maniacal editor of dissertations and term papers. - Follow me on Google+

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