Today in APIs: New Event Discovery App, Urban Airship Lands $25M, and 7 New APIs

Kevin Sundstrom
Feb. 06 2013, 12:19PM EST

Instagram's data is used in a new way by event discovery app "Now". Urban Airship lands backing to the tune of $25 Million. Plus: Facebook's solution to upcoming breaking changes may be broken, the Goldilocks Question and your API analytics, and 7 new APIs.

What Are People Doing "Now"?

Of all the ways that Instagram’s data has been used this may be my favorite. Imagine you are bored at home wondering, “what do people do for fun in this town on a wednesday night?” Well Now, an exciting new iPhone Application, can probably help answer that question. Now uses the Instagram API to aggregate photos taken at the same time and place into events. This aggregate displays in a real-time feed that shows you what people are doing.

Urban Airship Lands $25M

Urban Airship, the Portland based startup that provides the Urban Airship API, has received $25 million in new backing. The funding, that was led by August Capital, will help to expand hiring and growth plans.

API News You Shouldn't miss

7 New APIs

Today we had 7 new APIs added to our API directory including a saas backup and recovery service, a music streaming and discovery platform, a web hosting and online storage service, a topology prediction service for transmembrane proteins and a browser screenshot tool. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

BackupifyBackupify API: Backupify is a backup service for SaaS accounts. Backupify can help users backup their SaaS accounts and restore if and when needed.

Backupify offers a developers program for developers to access and integrate the functionality of Backupify with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here for more information on the developers program: https://www.backupify.com/solutions/developers or email developerprogram@backupify.com.

exfmexfm API: Exfm is a music discovery platform powered by thousands of music sites from around the web. This continuous music feed is curated by both Tastemakers (top music bloggers and enthusiasts who share their knowledge and selections on exfm) and exfm users. Exfm's RESTful API is designed to allow 3rd party sites and apps to build on exfm data. The exfm JavaScript API allows sites to communicate directly with exfm to tell it what songs they offer.

Nlyte NgaugeNlyte Ngauge API: The service provides web and application hosting environments with capabilities to integrate functions for configuration, performance management, and reporting with other applications. The web service exposes functions used in the provider's own Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) interface. Developers can access a code library for functional elements to be incorporated into their own integration projects.

API methods support performance monitoring of data center resources and the overall hosting environment, with functions for updating configuration settings and other variables to improve performance. Reporting functions support pre-defined dashboard monitors and ad hoc analysis of system data.

Stockholm University PRODIV-TMHMMStockholm University PRODIV-TMHMM API: PRODIV-TMHMM is a hidden Markov model (HMM)-based service that does topology predictions for transmembrane proteins. In phylogenetics, "topology" is the pattern of branching in a phylogenetic tree, which shows the evolutionary relationships among groups of organisms. PRODIV-TMHMM accepts input in the form of a text file containing an amino acid sequence in FASTA format. The service then returns three-state topology predictions for each residue of the sequence. For increased accuracy, users may supply evolutionary information for the protein in the form of an alignment.

UsersnapUsersnap API: Usersnap is a visual feedback tool for website owners, allowing users and administrators to create screenshots of user browser content. Additionally, users can annotate or draw on screenshots. The Usersnap API provides a Restful interface for automating Usersnap integration through a variety of GET and POST calls. Responses are JSON formatted.

WAMIWAMI API: WAMI is a simple way to add speech recognition capabilities to a web page. It is being continuously developed by the Spoken Language Systems group at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The WAMI JavaScript API lets users add speech recognition capabilities to any web page with just a few lines of code. Use of the API requires a developer key associated with the web server on which it is used. All audio sent to MIT's servers will be logged for research purposes.

We EattWe Eatt API: WeEatt is a recipe sharing site, allowing users to store recipes, add images and video, connect with friends, and more. The We Eatt API provides a RESTful interface for automating recipe searches and access to recipe details. All calls and responses are JSON formatted.

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