Today In APIs: Rise of Mobile Banking, Backplane Protocol and 13 New APIs

Romin Irani
Feb. 12 2013, 01:00PM EST

Financial Institutions get ready to reinvent mobile banking. Echo Backplane real-time integration protocol sees significant traction. Plus: Apigee launches Big Data Analytics platform, London Web Summit Hackday and 13 new APIs.

APIs likely drivers of Mobile Banking Applications?

Most consumers are comfortable downloading a variety of applications on their Smartphones. But when it comes to conducting financial transactions on their phones, a large number of us are not that comfortable and still prefer old-fashioned ways of completing the transaction. A report in WSJ indicates that the trend is slowly but surely changing, thereby making it a challenge for financial institutions to cater to an increasing segment of users who prefer to do the transactions via their mobile application.  Gone are the days when people used to only check balances on their phones or nearby branches. The article states that mobile banking currently represents 8% of the transactions only but this is likely to change fast in the years to come. APIs are sure to play a central role in driving the next phase of growth here.  What kind of mobile banking applications do you see as an integral part of our lives in the years to come?

Echo Platform sees wide adoption

The Echo Platform, which is a collection of cloud services that enables development and deployment of real-time applications has announced that its Backplane protocol has seen a wide adoption over the last year, with more than 10 application partners adopting it since July 2012. The Backplane protocol is a message bus for social applications that enables apps with different vendors talk to each other. This allows for a website to integrate seamlessly in real-time, data like real-time commenting, social login and game mechanics. Echo and Janrain have also announced a joint event at SXSW 2013 on the Backplane Protocol.

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13 New APIs

Today we had 13 new APIs added to our API directory including a esport event tools, a heroes of newerth game statistics, a book review application, a royalty free clip art database, a freight management solutions, an application management and marketing service, a content sharing widget, a game application backend service, a scraper that converts html and microformats to json and a path of exile game data. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

BinaryBeastBinaryBeast API: BinaryBeast offers tools for running eSports tournaments, leagues, and other events. Services include tournament hosting and bracket generation. The BinaryBeast API allows developers to integrate tournament services into their websites and applications. Requests require an API Key. Responses may be JSON, XML, or CSV formatted.

Heroes of Newerth StatisticsHeroes of Newerth Statistics API: Heroes of Newerth is an online multiplayer battle arena videogame from S2 Games. The HoN Statistics API provides a RESTful interface for accessing player and game statistics. The API supports a number of GET requests to retrieve data about heroes, items, and matches. All requests require an API token.

iDreamBooksiDreamBooks API: iDreamBooks is a service that aggregates book critic reviews. Users can search for books by title, author, ISBN, and genre to retrieve book information and review information.

The iDreamBooks API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of iDreamBooks with other applications. Some example API methods include searching for books, retrieving book information, and retrieving reviews and ratings.

ImagesImages API: Images API is a service from Graphics Factory Clip Art allowing users to integrate royalty free clip art images into websites, applications, or print-on-demand services. The Images API supports XML or JSON formatted responses.

Jedcart Freight GatewayJedcart Freight Gateway API: Jedcart provides freight management solutions to market places, online retailers, and consumers. The Jedcart Freight Gateway API helps streamline freight management for buyers and sellers. The API includes a freight cost quotation service, a booking service, and a tracking service. These services are accomplished through GET calls.

KickfolioKickfolio API: Kickfolio is a service that helps developers build, test, market, and sell applications. The Kickfolio API allows developers to build and manage their mobile, tablet, and web applications. Developers can manage and version their applications and upload new versions as they go.

MarkerlyMarkerly API: Markerly is a copy and paste widget for websites and a service for websites that allows them to see how readers are engaging with the site content. Markerly shows what readers are searching, sharing, copying, and pasting.

The Markerly API allows developers to integrate the functionality of Markely with other applications and websites. The main API methods are embedding the widget into websites and retrieving data on reader behavior.

OpenKitOpenKit API: OpenKit is a backend-as-a-service (BaaS) for game developers. Developers can build and manager their game applications with OpenKit. OpenKit offers features such as cloud syncing, social media authorization, and cross-platform support. The OpenKit API allows developers to access all of their game application data.

PageMunchPageMunch API: Page Munch is a simple API that allows you to turn webpages into rich, structured JSON.

Easily extract photos, videos, event, author and other metadata from any page on the internet in milliseconds.

Path of ExilePath of Exile API: Path of Exile is an online action fantasy RPG from Grinding Gear Games. The Path of Exile API exposes game metadata describing leagues, league rules, and player ratings.

rules.iorules.io API: rules.io is an automation platform. Users can set "rules" that react to certain user and customer behavior and actions, triggering other actions to take place within the platform.

The rules.io API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of rules.io with other applications. Some example API methods include managing users, creating and managing rules, and creating and managing events.

SiteShuffleSiteShuffle API: SiteShuffle is a web application allowing users to create a customized list of website links called a Sitelist to their homepage or browser. The SiteShuffle API provides a SOAP/XML-RPC interface for managing Sitelists. Users can automate adding and deleting links, retrieving Sitelists via RSS or ATOM, or generating site suggestions.

TagwhatTagwhat API: Tagwhat is a hyperlocal application that allows users to see what is going on nearby them by location data. Tagwhat pushes a feed of events and information by location.

The Tagwhat API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Tagwhat with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email info@tagwhat.com for API access.

Romin Irani Google Developer Expert Cloud 2014. Romin loves learning about new technologies and teaching it to others. Follow me on Google+

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