Today in APIs: Nokia Local Search on the Map, Menus You Can Read and 14 New APIs

Greg Bates
Jan. 31 2013, 12:00PM EST

Nokia inks local search deal with Toyota in Europe. Menuish makes the edible readable. Plus: SmartFile Updates its File Sharing API, Expanding list of SXSW Hackathons, and 14 new APIs.

X Marks the Spot as Nokia And Toyota Europe Ink Deal on Local Search

Having already signed deals with BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagon and Hyundai, Nokia now adds the European branch of the world's largest car auto maker, Toyota, to its list of vehicle partners for its Local Search mapping services. Competition in the in-car entertainment arena is heating up, as Matt Brian reports in The Next Web

"Expanding its partnerships with some of the biggest names in car manufacturing, Nokia has signed a deal with the European arm of the world’s biggest car maker — Toyota — to integrate part of its HERE mapping services in its new cars, which will become available in 2014."


That's a switch for Toyota Europe, which was previously using Google Local Search. Now, with Apple's Siri pairing up with Honda, fireworks are guaranteed.

With in-car mapping like this, just think: all those jokes about men never asking for directions will be a thing of the past. I can't wait!

Making the Edible Readable with the New Menuish App

SinglePlatformHungry but don't want to navigate all those menus on your tiny iPhone screen? As Chris, posting on the Menuish blog outlines, their App makes thousands of menus easy to search and look at on your smartphone.

"The results contain menus, photos, ratings, and phone numbers so you can book a reservation immediately. You can search by food item or find the 40 closest restaurants to your current location to narrow the results down to the places within walking distance. The app is linked to Facebook and Yelp so that you can even see what your friends think about a place before you try it out."

Built using the API from SinglePlatform (a division of ConstantContact) and its data,  Menuish also lets you save menus you like and, of course, share them on Facebook.

API News You Shouldn't Miss

14 New APIs

Today we had 14 new APIs added to our API directory including a flash game distributor, a customer loyalty and reward service, a music and video metadata service, a photo and video storage service, a real-time crowdsourced weather application and a database as a service provider (dbaas). Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

FlashGameDistributionFlashGameDistribution API: FlashGameDistribution is an international flash game distributor, connecting game developers and flash gaming site owners. The FlashGameDistribution API provides a RESTful interface for sites to automate customized game-broadcasts from the FlashGameDistribution server.

GimmieGimmie API: Gimmie is a brand and product loyalty platform. Gimmie allows businesses to engage and reward their customers for using their services and products and accessing their content.

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

GracenoteGracenote API: Gracenote is a music and video metadata company. Gracenote provides metadata for music and videos for players in cars, mobile, web, and other player devices. Metadata includes cover art, photos, recommendations, genres, and offers voice recognition services.

The Gracenote API allows developers to access and integrate the data and functionality of Gracenote with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include searching music, retrieving associated data and metadata, and retrieving tracks.

InfradoxInfradox API: Infradox is a high volume photo and video archive service that provides secure storage and delivery to end users. Infradox offers a Partner API and a Backoffice API. The Partner API allows user parters to set up a live connection with stored media the user's files. The Backoffice API allows users to retrieve data from a users own live database. Users can also retrieve data for users, orders, suppliers, galleries, live content, deleted content, and other information.

Metwit Weather and ForecastMetwit Weather and Forecast API: Metwit is a real-time, crowdsourced, social weather application. Users can share information about the weather through tags and applications and users can search for weather by location.

The Metwit API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Metwit with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include sending and receiving weather information, retrieving weather information by location, and accessing metatags associated with weather reports.

ObjectRocketObjectRocket API: ObjectRocket is a cloud infrastructure database-as-a-service (DBAAS), a shared MongoDB provider and environment. ObjectRocket includes database management features, such as back-up services, scaling, and shared environments.

The ObjectRocket API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of ObjectRocket with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include adding data to databases, retrieving data from databases, and editing and deleting data from databases.

PayLanePayLane API: PayLane is an online payment platform. PayLane offers online payment services for merchants in a variety of languages and in a variety of currencies and payment methods.

The PayLane API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of PayLane with other applications. Some example API methods include managing account information, retrieving payment information, and managing payments.

ShareMyPlaylistsShareMyPlaylists API: ShareMyPlaylists is a service for Spotify users to create, share, and search music playlists. Users can submit their playlists for other users to discover and follow.

The ShareMyPlaylists API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of ShareMyPlaylists with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include searching playlists, creating playlists, retrieving playlists, and retrieving playlist information, such as artist, genre, and song.

SITA Airport FIDSSITA Airport FIDS API: SITA is a specialist in air transport communications and information technology. SITA's Flight Information Display API is currently very limited in scope and not ready for general use. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up for access to the API and notifications when API key requests applications are being received.

SoundropSoundrop API: Soundrop is social music platform. Soundrop allows users to use the application to share their music experience with other users through Soundrop rooms, sharing Spotify playlists, and seeing what other users are listening to on Spotify.

The Soundrop API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Soundrop with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here for more information: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1340106-cdj9ngO8so.

ThriftDBThriftDB API: ThriftDB is a document-oriented data storage service that is built on top of the Thrift serialization protocol. ThriftDB is designed to be flexible, highly scalable, and extremely fast. Its flexible schema allows users to add, delete, and modify attributes freely without the need for downtime. Users can also perform full-text searches or faceted queries across items. ThriftDB is offered as a hosted service, which is accessible through RESTful calls communicated in JSON.

ViewView API: View is a service that provides community websites for various cities and towns in the UK, such as London, Manchester, and Cambridge. The View websites for each city and town offer event listings, news, recommendations, and other localized entertainment content.

The View API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality and data of View websites with other applications. Some example API methods include searching for events by location, retrieving venues and events, and retrieving details about events and venues.

WalletKitWalletKit API: WalletKit is a service to create passes, tickets, coupons, and more for mobile wallets, such as PassBook. Developers can create passes and tickets for Apple's PassBook and other mobile wallets.

The WalletKit API allows developers to integrate the functionality of WalletKit with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include creating and managing passes, retrieving pass templates, and posting passes.

ZooBankZooBank API: ZooBank is the world’s official registry of Zoological Nomenclature, as recognized by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. Zoobank accommodates the registration of four types of data objects: Published usages of scientific names for animals, publications that contain such usages, authors of such publications, and type specimens for scientific names of animals.
The ZooBank API exposes a variety of resources including search and retrieval of the aforementioned data types. Requests and responses may be JSON or HTML formatted.

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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