Today in APIs: Flowdock Acquired by Rally, Google App Engine Research Projects, and 12 New APIs

Kevin Sundstrom
Feb. 13 2013, 02:00PM EST

Flowdock will continue as an independent service despite acquisition by Rally. Google highlights App Engine award winners. Plus: Dropbox highlights new Chooser integrations, Twilio upgrades iOS and Android client libraries, and 12 new APIs.

Flowdock Acquired by Rally

RallyFlowdock, the social collaboration hub that provides the Flowdock API, has been acquired by Rally Software. Rally is the leader in “Agile application lifecycle management” and provides an API of its own, the Rally API. The Flowdock blog post that announced the acquisition also notes that current Flowdock Users have nothing to worry about:

“We will continue to provide the Flowdock service to you as before. Flowdock becomes a part of Rally’s product portfolio, and it will remain as an independent service.”

Flowdock plans to continue development and hopes to release “top-requested features” soon. Hopefully the company can thrive under its new ownership.

Google App Engine Research Projects

Google App EngineGoogle recently introduced the winners of Google App Engine Research Awards. Each winning project was awarded $60,000 in Google App Engine credits. Among these projects is a “low-cost alternative to traditional seismic networks that has been developed by K. Mani Chandy.

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12 New APIs

Today we had 12 new APIs added to our API directory including a object recognition for images, a website and application cloud storage service, a memorization and learning platform, a local coordinate transformation service, a social advertising platform, an email marketing platform and a multiple method payment system. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Dextro Image RecognitionDextro Image Recognition API: Dextro Image Recognition is a service that allows for object recognition in images. Dextro's functionality recognizes objects and the location of objects in images.

The Dextro Image Recognition API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Dextro with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here for API access: https://www.dextrorobotics.com/signup.

DreamHost DreamObjectsDreamHost DreamObjects API: DreamObjects by DreamHost is a cloud storage service for web and application developers. Developers can store their data and applications in the cloud.

The DreamObjects API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of DreamObjects with other applications. The API is compatible with Swift and Amazon S3. Example API methods include retrieving service lists, managing account information, and executing operations.

DrillsterDrillster API: Drillster is a memorization platform. Users can create drill exercises on various topics to help with memorization and knowledge retention. There is a community where users can share and access other drill sets. Drillster sets can be used in a variety of languages.

The Drillster API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Drillster with other applications. Some example API methods include managing user accounts, managing access, and retrieving drill details and sets.

GeoNB Coordinate Transformation ServiceGeoNB Coordinate Transformation Service API: Service New Brunswick (SNB) is the online services portal for the Canadian province of New Brunswick. It offers a number of tools, including the GeoNB Coordinate Transformation Service (CTS). GeoNB CTS is capable of quickly transforming coordinates between the several datums and map projections commonly used in New Brunswick. Users can access this service programmatically using XML-based SOAP calls.

GlowGlow API: Glow is a social advertising platform. Users can build, manage, and adjust their Facebook advertising campaigns. Glow provides analytics and insight for tracking campaign progress.

The Glow API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Glow with applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email usasalesteam@thisisglow.com for more information.

KlaviyoKlaviyo API: Klaviyo is an email marketing service that allows companies to send targeted and transactional emails to their audiences.

The Klaviyo API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Klaviyo with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving and managing events, managing account information, and retrieving analytics data about email marketing campaigns.

mPAY24mPAY24 API: mPAY24 is an online payment platform that combines many frequently-used and innovative payment systems within one interface. Available payment methods include credit and debit cards, national and international online banking payments, direct debit, prepaid systems, mpass, paybox, PayPal, and others.

mPAY24 also provides an intelligent transaction management and reporting tool that simplifies the validation, recording, and administration of all transactions processed through mPAY24. The entire system is easily integrated into most online shops and e-commerce systems using the mPAY24 SOAP API.

The mPAY24 website and documentation are provided in English, German, Hungarian, and Slovak.

myTNTmyTNT API: TNT is an Italian shipping service that provides its clients with custom shipping solutions. They offer order consolidation services, deposits for delayed delivery, after-sales services, and much more.

myTNT is an online solution for managing TNT shipments and accessing TNT information and services. Users can create transport documents, verify and track shipments, request pick-ups, and manage administrative files. myTNT's functions can be accessed through the web interface or by using SOAP-based calls issued in XML.

Stage of Life CouponStage of Life Coupon API: Stage of Life is a rewards, loyalty, and benefit service for companies to engage their customers and their various stages of life. Customers can earn rewards and benefits for customer loyalty, based on their stage of life.

The Stage of Life Coupon API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Stage of Life with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up for more information: http://www.stageoflife.com/corporate/Contact.aspx

The Society of Authors Member SearchThe Society of Authors Member Search API: The Society of Authors, based in the UK, has been serving the interests of professional writers for more than a century. Today it has more than 9,000 members and associates working as novelists, textbook writers, illustrators, ghost writers, translators, and more. Authors become eligible to join as soon as they are offered a contract.

One of the site's services is the Member Search, which allows visitors to search for writer or translator who is part of the Society. This service is also available programmatically as a SOAP-based API.

Tyre24Tyre24 API: Tyre24 is an online community of wholesalers and traders for tires, rims, suspension, and accessories. The Tyre24 platform provides an interface between tire wholesalers and retailers, saving participants in the tire trade time, money, and effort. The website is only offered in German.

Tyre24 helps users quickly identify the cheapest wholesalers and purchase items using an automated ordering process. There are over 6 million items to choose from. Parts are not only offered for cars and trucks, but also for dragsters, excavators, and aircraft. Customers can place orders programmatically using a SOAP API.

VisionProjectVisionProject API: VisionProject is a web-based project management service that is composed of several modules. The Time Reporting Module keeps track of where personnel spend their time and effort. The HelpDesk Module manages support tickets submitted from emails, phone calls, or the web-based Support Portal. Additionally, a Document Management System is provided for organizing documents and making sure that only authorized personnel can access sensitive information. VisionProject comes with a SOAP API that can be used to access all of these functions and integrate them with other applications.

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