Today in APIs: Paypal's Beacon with API, The New Dial Tone is APIs, and 9 New APIs

Greg Bates
Sep. 10 2013, 02:41PM EDT

Paypal launches Beacon and mobile payment API. APIs are the new baseline for workable platforms: without APIs, they are considered broken. Plus: iPhone 5S has CoreMotion API, tough new questions for the API economy, and 9 new APIs.

The Death of Swipe? Paypal's New API and Hardware to Facilitate Hands Free Transactions

Paypal has announced the launch of Beacon, a hardware piece that, when plugged in to a point of sale system Paypal supports (such as Booker, Erply, Leaf, Leapset, Micros, NCR, PayPal Here, Revel, ShopKeep, TouchBistro, Vend, with more coming) is a vital part of allow customers to pay for items verbally. According to Paypal's announcement, the days of verbal check out have arrived.

Here's how it works. First, the customer chooses which retail outlets that they want to use the verbal purchasing system with. Then, on entering the store, their phone gets a confirming vibration that signals they have logged in. The customer collects items for purchase, they are rung up at the point of sale system. At that point, no fumbling for the phone or other payment device is needed; the customer verbally agrees to pay and the rest is taken care of.
Paypal recognizes that this technology applies across a broad range of situations, such as checking in to hotels. To capitalize on this, Paypal has released a mobile payments API to allow developers to expand the use cases and adoption of the platform.

One Ringy Dingy: APIs as the New Dial Tone

Venturebeat's Dean Takahashi reports from this week's Cloudbeat 2013 Conference that the API economy has reached a new milestone of ubiquity:

"Sam Schillace, the senior vice president of engineering at cloud enterprise platform vendor Box, agreed. He said, “If I give you a computer, but it has no connectivity, then you would consider it to be broken. In five years, for any Web service, if you don’t have an API that developers can program against, then it is broken.”

It's been clear for a while that APIs are often the key to creating/unleashing new marketplaces. But it's important to step back, as Venturebeat does here, to note when widespread use has moved something, in this case APIs, from a geewhiz add-on feature to a built in expectation. It's pretty clear APIs have arrived on that front. And this is just one facet of the fast changing expectations that include how quickly developers expect to get up and running to the growing challenge of publicizing an API, to their value as a competitive edge. Don't miss it.

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9 New APIs

Today we had 9 new APIs added to our API directory including a movie and television subtitle database, a cloud services marketplace, an open government data resource, a voip services provider and a email parsing and domain validation service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AllSubsAllSubs API: AllSubs.org is an online database of movie and television series subtitles. AllSubs.org exposes its subtitle collection through a simple API. The freely accessible API supports episode and movie search through simple HTTP calls, and returns XML formatted results, including title, description, language, and a link.

ComputeNextComputeNext API: ComputeNext is a cloud technology company that provides a cloud service brokerage platform, allowing users to discover and deploy cloud services from a single, value-added marketplace.
The ComputeNext API provides a developer interface for discovering and utilizing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from a growing selection of public cloud providers. This REST API allows developers to access and control the functionality of providers.

EngageEngage API: Engage is an open government data resource for researchers and citizens across Europe. The ENGAGE platform can be used to submit, acquire and search public sector datasets from all the countries of the European Union.

Engage offers Search and Publish APIs which allow third parties to automatically retrieve datasets or automate dataset publication to the ENGAGE portal. Both are REST APIs and data is formatted in JSON.

EuroIAXEuroIAX API: EuroIAX is a VoIP services provider offering global A-Z VoIP termination for ITSPs and corporate customers. The EuroIAX API allows customer applications to trigger and control calls between parties, and to send digitally recorded messages. This REST API returns JSON formatted responses.

Melissa Data Email ObjectMelissa Data Email Object API: Melissa Data creates data quality and address management solutions for websites and businesses. Their services standardize, verify, and enhance global contact data, including Melissa Data creates data quality and address management solutions for websites and businesses. Their services standardize, verify, and enhance global contact data, including addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
The Melissa Data Email Object API allows customer applications to verify, correct, and standardize email address domains. The API can be used in batch or at the point of entry and has three levels of verification. Supported functions include the ability to parse email addresses and to return the top level domain description.

Melissa Data GeoCoder ObjectMelissa Data GeoCoder Object API: Melissa Data creates data quality and address management solutions for websites and businesses. Their services standardize, verify, and enhance global contact data, including addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
The Melissa Data GeoCoder Object API allows customer applications to assign exact latitude and longitude coordinates to addresses. The API accesses address data from private and government sources, covering 95% of U.S. addresses, as well as addresses 60+ other countries. The result is the ability to pinpoint property parcels to the rooftop level.

Melissa Data IP Locator ObjectMelissa Data IP Locator Object API: Melissa Data creates data quality and address management solutions for websites and businesses. Their services standardize, verify, and enhance global contact data, including Melissa Data creates data quality and address management solutions for websites and businesses. Their services standardize, verify, and enhance global contact data, including addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
The Melissa Data IP Locator Object provides customer applications with the ability to identify a user’s geographical location. Output fields include latitude, longitude, country, region, city, ZIP Code, ISP, and domain name.

Melissa Data MatchUp ObjectMelissa Data MatchUp Object API: Melissa Data creates data quality and address management solutions for websites and businesses. Their services standardize, verify, and enhance global contact data, including addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
The Melissa Data MatchUp API allows customer applications to find, merge, and/or eliminate duplicate records across multiple files. The API finds matches in any combination of more than 35 components, plus any specified proprietary data components.

Melissa Data RightField ObjectMelissa Data RightField Object API: Melissa Data creates data quality and address management solutions for websites and businesses. Their services standardize, verify, and enhance global contact data, including addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
The Melissa Data RightFielder Object API allows customer applications to turn unformatted contact information into structured data. Capable of handling name, address, phone and email text, the API uses two parsing engines to identify, extract, and organize data, whether that input data is formatted or freeform.

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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