Today in APIs: Kii's App Analytics Tool, Tesla's API, and 14 New APIs

Greg Bates
Feb. 14 2013, 11:28AM EST

Kii lets you define the metrics you measure. Tesla's app--the API is out of the bag. Plus: turning social data into social meaning, Facebook alerts developers on API errors, and 14 new APIs.

Kii Launches Fully Customizable In-App Analytics Solution

Kii launched a fully customizable in-app analytics tool, according to James Bourne in developertech,

"Mobile technology service provider Kii has launched Kii Analytics, which claims to be unique in that it is the first fully customisable in-app analytics tool on the market. The analytics tool can be worked in conjunction with mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) Kii Cloud – also released today out of beta – allowing developers to run custom metrics intuitively and with flexibility."

According to a press release on marketwire, in addition to being able to define your own metrics, app data metrics can be pulled through APIs, including user data that can be tracked through time.

Tesla's API Could Get Popular

Tesla hasn't officially announced its API yet, so how could we know if it will be popular? Perhaps the best test is pre-release interest. Tim Dorr has already created and posted unofficial documentation on apiary.io. A discussion is at Yhacker News. Dorr explains how he got it:

"his was discovered via the Android app in particular: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslamotor... I did some sniffing on the traffic, which is SSL encrypted, but luckily it's pretty easy to install your own CA in Android 4.1+. They have both a Rails app and a nodejs server. The nodejs server is for live streaming car location and driving metrics. I haven't gotten that documented yet (but I'm accepting pull requests!), but some people have already been making use of it: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/13410-Model-S-... One guy already has his Model S tweeting: https://twitter.com/pureamps"


According to Tesla, the app that is associated with the API lets drivers check charging progress (important on an electric car!), heat or cool the vehicle before driving, flash lights and honk to discover parking location, open the roof and lock/unlock the car.

API News You Shouldn't Miss

14 New APIs

Today we had 14 new APIs added to our API directory including a online billing system, a mobile advertising service, a supply chain technology solutions, a location services for applications, a customer analytics platform and an assessment platform for educators & teachers. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

BillingOrchardBillingOrchard API: BillingOrchard is an online billing system. BillingOrchard offers automated billing, online invoicing and online payments, reporting, and integrations with other systems. The BillingOrchard API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of BillingOrchard with other applications. Some example API methods include managing functions, managing account information, and checking out methods.

Celtra AdCreatorCeltra AdCreator API: Celtra AdCreator is a mobile and application advertising service. Celtra AdCreator allows users to create interactive advertising for mobile devices and platforms. The Celtra AdCreator API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Celtra AdCreator with other applications. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with AdCreator accounts.

DNA FreightDNA Freight API: DNA Freight is an international technology integration company delivering supply chain technology solutions. The DNA Freight API provides customers with developer access for integrating with the DNA Freight Quote/Tracking and Billing systems.

GeoLoqalGeoLoqal API: GeoLoqal is a mobile development platform that allows for integration of location-based services in applications. GeoLoqal features places of interest nearby a user's location. The GeoLoqal API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of GeoLoqal with applications and to create applications. Some example API methods include retrieving locations, retrieving directions, and retrieving places by location.

Less NeglectLess Neglect API: Less Neglect is a customer analytics solution for applications. Developers can build applications on Less Neglect to analyze and monitor individual customer activities and behavior, as well as troubleshooting for individual customers. The Less Neglect API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Less Neglect with applications and build applications with the Less Neglect platform. Some example API methods include managing user accounts, creating and retrieving event information, and retrieving data for analysis.

MasteryConnectMasteryConnect API: MasteryConnect is a platform for educators and teachers. MasteryConnect allows teachers to access core standards and common standards, track student progress, and grade student performance. The MasteryConnect API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of MasteryConnect with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here for more information: http://www.masteryconnect.com/learn-more/plans-pricing.html.

PeerReachPeerReach API: PeerReach is an online tool that helps users discover the right people to engage in conversations with by topics. PeerReach also analyzes user followers and network for the most influential people in their networks on various topics. The PeerReach API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of PeerReach with other applications. The main API method is looking up and retrieving users.

PicqerPicqer API: Picqer is an online inventory and warehouse management system. Picqer helps users manage inventory, stock, and orders on desktops, tablets, and mobiles. The Picqer API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Picqer with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should contact Picqer at info@picqer.com for more information and API access.

PropersPropers API: Propers is a real-time recommendation engine. Propers allows users to gather and collect recommendations from people and display them on a website. The Propers API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Propers with other applications. Example API methods include searching by account name and retrieving and displaying recommendations.

SongMeaningsSongMeanings API: SongMeanings is a song lyric and meaning platform that allows users to follow music artists, search for song lyrics, and song meanings. The SongMeanings API by Echonest allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of SongMeanings with other applications. The main API method is retrieving song meanings by song ID numbers.

State DecodedState Decoded API: State Decoded is an online platform that displays and interprets codes, laws, legislation, and court decisions by state to make them more understandable. The State Decoded API allows developers to access and integrate the data and functionality of State Decoded with other applications and to create new applications.

TaboolaTaboola API: Taboola is a video discovery service that provides personalized video and entertainment content recommendations based on viewing behavior. The Taboola API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Taboola with other applications and devices, such as mobile, tables, and TVs. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email info@taboola.com for more information.

TrovitTrovit API: Trovit is a search engine for classified ads in Europe and Latin America. Trovit pulls content from online classifieds and aggregates them into one search engine. The Trovit API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Trovit with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email api@trovit.com for more information and API access.

wedjinniwedjinni API: wedjinni is a wedding planning website service. Couples can create a wedding planning website and account and use the features available to plan their wedding. The wedjinni API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of wedjinni with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email api@wedjinni.com for more information.

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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