Today in APIs: Mapbox adds Smart Directions, and 3 New APIs

Greg Bates
Apr. 22 2014, 02:00PM EDT

Mapbox adds a new navigation service for apps. Cloudwords releases APIs and new machine translation capability. Plus: Convergence Innovation competition winners, CA Technologies simplifies enterprise cloud and mobile delivery, and 3 new APIs.

Mapbox Launches Smart Directions to Compete with Google Maps

Mapbox has just released Smart Directions, a tool for developers to add detail to maps like terrain, places of interest and traffic congestion reporting. It's the first tool for the company on top of its map platform, with more to come no doubt.

As Ingrid Lunden reports in Techcrunch, she was told by CEO Eric Gundersen how Mapbox competes with Google Maps in a crowded competitive space:

“Google has built amazing maps and routing,” [Gundersen] says, “but they are designing those for Google,” he says, referring to the very standard view you get of a Google map when it appears in a different app. “We think every app maker or map maker should have the same control of design as Google does. Think of us as a more customizable Google Maps.”

Will it carve a niche in the map business? Right now it is focused on building its platform, much to the delight of over 3,000 developers who use its APIs, including Evernote, Foursquare, and Pinterest.

Cloudwords Adds Machine Translation APIs

Cloudwords is the first cloud based global marketing platform. Successful global marketing is, paradoxically, about localizing the message, which in turn means speaking the language--literally. And in a marketing environment, the translation of content has to be done fast. To facilitate their services, Cloudwords is releasing two new robust APIs: the Change Order API and Project Workflow API.

As Scott Yancey, CEO and Co-founder of Cloudwords commented,

"Cloudwords is focused on delivering the most powerful end-to-end platform created specifically with the entire globalization process of the marketer in mind. By delivering Machine Translation, Cloudwords enables customers to use any localization model that best fits their content needs, timelines, and budget to engage more global audiences more successfully, and ultimately drive more global revenue," said Scott Yancey, CEO and Co-founder of Cloudwords.

Machine translation is ideal for cost effective fast translations of short form content that has a limited shelf life. Examples include social media and material to be burnished by internal reviewers.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

3 New APIs

Today we had 3 new APIs added to our API directory including a virtual machine service, a cryptocurrency price information widget, and a historical currency exchange rate service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Bytemark BigVBytemark BigV API: Bytemark BigV provides virtual machines on which users can host their websites or projects. Its virtual machines can have a maximum of 180 gigabytes of RAM, 16 cores, and 16TiB of storage. Using the Bytemark BigV API, users can issue REST calls to manage their users, accounts, groups, privileges, definitions, discs, IPs, NICs, and virtual machines.

Coinfinance WidgetsCoinfinance Widgets API: Coinfinance provides users with a Price Ticker widget that allows them to embed price information for a given cryptocurrency on their websites or blogs. Users can set prices to appear in Bitcoins, U.S. Dollars, Euros, or Chinese Yuan. The widget can display current price information, daily highs and lows, and price movements over the last 24 hours.

Xignite GetHistoricalRatesXignite GetHistoricalRates API: Xignite GetHistoricalRates allows users to get the historical exchange rates for currency pairs. For a given date range and currency pair, the API returns the opening and closing rate quotes, the highest and lowest rate quotes, and the arithmetic average for all rate quotes. GetHistoricalRates can provide historical exchange rates from as far back as January 4, 2010.

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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