Today in APIs: Google Maps Navigates Deeper into the Auto Market, The YouTube API Makes its Way to Falcon Pro 1.4 and 28 New APIs

Kevin Sundstrom
Jan. 02 2013, 11:58AM EST

Google Maps is becoming a growing resource for auto manufacturers. A third party Twitter app adds YouTube integration that allows in app viewing of videos. Plus: New geo APIs for the New Year, Google's hidden Currency Converter JSON API and 28 New APIs.

Google Maps Navigates Deeper into the Auto Market

Google has announced that Hyundai Motor Groups (makers of Hyundai and Kia) will integrate Google Maps technology into their cars. The announcement also came with a round up of existing Google Maps systems that have already been employed by auto manufacturers. Check out what TechCrunch had to say about Tesla Motor Company’s integration of Google Maps.

The YouTube API Makes its Way to Falcon Pro 1.4

YouTubeFalcon Pro, a Twitter client for Android, provides in app viewing of YouTube videos via the YouTube API. Certainly a great way to start the new year for any Falcon Pro user, is with an update that fixes some issues and provides some tools you didn’t know you wanted.

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28 New APIs

Today we had 28 new APIs added to our API directory including a genetic notation conversion service, a greek-latin text transliteration service, a german and italian text analysis service, a german text analysis and place name service, a first name etymology and history database, a local development application status tracking service, a property rental service and a subscription billing service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

ALTER ReflectiveALTER Reflective API: The service provides conversion of DNA and protein alignment sequences from biological research to express the same information in alternative notation and as input for a different analytical software package. Input and output formats supported include ALN, FASTA, GDE, MSF, NEXUS, PHYLIP, and PIR. Analytical packages supported include Clustal, Mafft, Tcoffee, Muscle, and Probcons. The service can also de-dupe results to remove multiple identical repetitions from results.

API methods support description of input data files, including operating system, analytical software, and data formatting, along with the same parameters for desired output. Methods allow selection of conversion options such as treatment of duplicate and error results. The API returns data converted from the input data expressed for the desired output format.

BBAW G2LBBAW G2L API: The service provides text analysis of submitted samples in the Greek language and alphabet with conversion to equivalent expressions in Latin. It allows choice of rulesets governing transliteration and conversion output to accommodate spatial and temporal differences.

API methods support submission of a text sample in the Greek alphabet as encoded in Unicode. Requests can also specify rules governing the conversion process, and returned data provide the Greek tokens detected in the sample text and their Latin equivalents.

BBAW ISO-DateBBAW ISO-Date API: The service analyzes sample text in German or Italian and detects time and date references. After recognizing date-time references, it reformats them per ISO standards.

API methods allow submission of a text passage encoded as Unicode along with the source language as URL parameters. Methods identify any date-time references and return ISO-formatted values as plain text or wrapped in XML or JSON formatting.

BBAW PlacesBBAW Places API: The service analyzes text submitted to identify place names within the region of Germany known as Prussia. It interprets text and names according to usage from the 19th century, as recorded in a gazaetteer resources compiled by the provider's research project. It helps with analysis of text from the relevant period and specific to the region.

API methods accept submission of sample text encoded as Unicode and return the place names recognized along with their locations within the submitted text. Methods allow formatting of output as xml, json, or plain text.

Behind the NameBehind the Name API: Behind the Name is a database of first names with etymological, geographic, and historical data. The Behind the Name API provides free developer access three GET calls. Users can access a name’s gender and usage, generate a random name, or receive name synonyms. Responses are XML formatted.

Blue Mountains Development ApplicationsBlue Mountains Development Applications API: The Blue Mountains City Council - located in New South Wales (NSW), Australia - provides online access to information on the statuses of local development applications. Users may look up development applications directly through the website or programmatically via API. The API can be accessed programmatically using SOAP calls issued in XML format.

BookabachBookabach API: Bookabach is a New Zealand based rental service for bach owners and renters. The service offers over 6500 properties and has over 380,000 registered users. The Bookabach API allows users to add property listing, manage current properties, and access most of the functionality of the Bookabach property management and rental service.

ChargeBeeChargeBee API: ChargeBee is a subscription billing service for recurring charges for software as a service (SaaS) subscriptions.

The ChargeBee API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of ChargeBee with other applications. Some example API methods include managing customer information, managing subscriptions, and retrieving information about subscriptions.

CheckMarket SurveyCheckMarket Survey API: CheckMarket provides survey solutions. Its core product is a web-based survey tool. The CheckMarket Survey API provides full integration with the survey product through a RESTful interface. Uses include continuous monitoring, automated survey dispersal, personalized surveys based on customer profiles and historical customer response data. Data may be JSON or XML formatted.

ChemSpider InChi ResolverChemSpider InChi Resolver API: The service provides tools for discovering and generating new InChIStrings and InChIKeys for chemical compounds. These International Chemical Identifiers conform to a format determined by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry to uniquely name compounds across different chemistry research contexts. Functions include conversion between alternative identifier strings for the same compounds.

API methods support generation of InChI strings, either by converting other formats, e.g., SMILE, or uploading or creating drawings of chemical structures. Resolver methods interpret InChIString or InChIKey values submitted with the request and return the associated chemical structures.

Gwinnett Roman Baptist Church Open BibleGwinnett Roman Baptist Church Open Bible API: Hosted by Atlanta based Gwinnet Romanian Baptist Church, the Open Bible API provides developer access to bible verses and chapters. Available bible texts are the American Standard Version and the Cornilescu Revised Version of the Romanian Bible. Results may be XML or JSON formatted.

Hampton Roads CrimeHampton Roads Crime API: The Hampton Roads Crime API provides developer access to crime data for the Virginia Beach area compiled from HamptonRoads.com and PilotOnline.com. The API provides a series of GET calls, allowing access by location, date, and crime type. Results may be JSON or CSV formatted.

ImageDecodersImageDecoders API: Image Decoders offers a CAPTCHA bypass service. The service operates through the ImageDecoders API. Users pass CAPTCHAs through the API where they are solved by humans. The solved CAPTCHA is then passed back where it can be used.

InternetDJ MusicInternetDJ Music API: InternetDJ is an online and mobile music discovery and music listening application. InternetDJ lets users search for music and videos by artists, keywords, genre, and more.

The InternetDJ API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of InternetDJ with other applications and to build new applications. Some example API methods include requesting music by artists, genre, and top lists, retrieving songs by artists, and retrieving data about songs.

InventariumInventarium API: Inventarium is a mobile application feedback service. Inventarium allows companies to gather feedback over mobiles about their applications. Inventarium also offers other customer service features.

The Inventarium API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Invetarium with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here: http://inventarium.mobi/.

Kagilum iceScrum CloudKagilum iceScrum Cloud API: Kagilum is the primary sponsor for iceScrum, an open source development platform built to support agile practices and the Scrum development framework. The Kagilum iceScrum Cloud API is a RESTful service providing developer access to each of the iceScrum elements. JSON and XML formats are supported.

LIFTLIFT API: LIFT is a customer loyalty and marketing service. LIFT offers a variety of features for users to market to and reward their customers.

The LIFT API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of LIFT with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email support@liftmysales.com for more information.

Loader.ioLoader.io API: Loader.io is a web application testing service. Loader.io allows users to test load capability of web applications and track their testing results over time.

The Loader.io API allows developers to access and integrate the Loader.io functionality with other applications. Some example API methods include listing applications registered, registering applications, and running and listing tests.

OctopodOctopod API: Octopod is a mobile application building and backend service. Users can build and manage mobile applications for a variety of mobile platforms.

The Octopod API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Octopod with other applications and to build new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email info@octopod.com.

Seth Cardoza Random Password GeneratorSeth Cardoza Random Password Generator API: Random Password Generator is a tool created by programmer Seth Cardoza, capable of generating random passwords to meet specified criteria. Users can select from several password length and complexity options.
The Random Password Generator API provides RESTful access, allowing users to automate password generation with specified length, complexity, and response format including JSON, XML, and plain text.

ShopatronShopatron API: The service provides online shopping cart services to be integrated with web pages either via Javascript or via REST web service requests. Implementation options include linking to white-label pages on the provider's site and processing cart updates and payment requests via API calls. Functions include add to cart, view and update existing cart items, remove items, and process credit card payments.

API methods support adding a product to the buyer's shopping cart with specified quantity and product options then completing credit card prequalification and final payment. Methods also allow review of pending cart items and updating the cart. The API allows retrieval of shipping data and processing of return authorizations and refunds to the purchaser's credit card.

State Library of New South WalesState Library of New South Wales API: The State Library of New South Wales (NSW) is one of Australia’s leading libraries. It provides access to information and resources both on-site and online. The State Library supports the NSW Public Library Network, administering the annual public library grants and subsidies program.

The State Library's API lacks public documentation, but its functions suggest that it is used for site maintenance and fundraising. These functions are available using SOAP calls issued in XML format.

SumUpSumUp API: SumUp is a service that allows users to accept and process credit card payments via mobile devices with the SumUp application.

The SumUp API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of SumUp with other applications. Example API methods include managing account information and accepting and processing payments.

UKMailUKMail API: The service provides help shipping parcels, both within its native U.K. and worldwide. It is available via an online interface or through white-label hosted pages or web service calls for complete integration with existing order management systems. Functions include shipping quotes for specified packages and points of origin and delivery, with booking of shipments and scheduling of pickup and delivery.

API methods support integration with an existing proprietary ordering system to specify package contents and weight along with sender and recipient addresses. Methods also support booking of a quoted shipment and submitting pickup orders to a selected carrier.

WebsnaprWebsnapr API: The service provides a simple way to capture and display a screenshot of the web page loaded by a specified URL. It retrieves a small preview of the page to be retrieved by clicking a link, helping site users to decide whether or not to open that page. It is intended to increase traffic to a site by offering attractive previews, which should boost click-through rates and site stickiness. The preview function is also intended to help users spot malware and other undesirable sites before clicking links that may compromise the security of their computers.

API methods support creation of a pop-up window with a preview image showing the destination page for a hyperlink in either of two sizes. Methods also modify links with "nofollow" attributes on destination pages to prevent use of irrelevant links to boost search engine rankings. The API performs a malware and phishing check on any previewed page and advises users of any security threats detected.

WordPress.orgWordPress.org API: WordPress.org is home of the installable version of WordPress. The WordPress.org API provides a series of call exposing various informational assets and tools. Available resources include stats on systems running WordPress and contributor information. Tools include a secret key generator and access to WordPress plugins and themes.

XamarinXamarin API: Xamarin is a web and mobile application building platform. Xamarin allows developers to build and manage cross-platform applications.

The Xamarin API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Xamarin with other applications and to build applications. API methods include managing applications, retrieving application data, and pushing content.

ZincZinc API: Zinc is a service that allows users to purchase products from online retailers such as Amazon.com and ship the products directly to their customers. Zinc acts as a bridge between a retailer and applications.

The Zinc API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Zinc with other applications. Some example API methods include placing orders, retrieving orders, and retrieving the status of orders.

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