Today in APIs: Trade.TF Launches An API for Steam Users, and 9 New APIs

Greg Bates
Jan. 20 2014, 02:30PM EST

Trade.TF launches an API covering trading items for Steam users. Google's Fitness API aims to do the heavy lifting. Plus: 9 new APIs.

Trade.TF Ads API to Trading Site

Trade.TF  is a trading site for users of the Steam games platform. Listings are divided into Good deals, Live deals, Fair deals and all listings. The REST Trade.tf API returns JSON; an account is required to obtain an API key.

The API itself pulls in quality data from the Steam Getschema WebAPI. Each item has five fields: unit (currency of the item's price), unsure (based on certainty of price), low end of the possible value, mid and hi representing the other median value possibilities. Qualities mimic the Steam qualities, with uncraftable assigned -1. Pricing (for the items, not the API) is available via an automated spreadsheet.

Google Strengthens Android Fitness Offerings

Google is apparently racing to catch up with Apple's iOS 7 to aggregate fitness sensor data on Android 4.4. The accelerometer, the gyroscope, compass data and more, mean that the need for an updated fitness app for Android is pressing.

As Dan Rowinski reports on Readwrite, the My Tracks app (featured above) has been around for a long time and needs a revamp:

When you start incorporating all these sensors, the ability to track your workout stops being linear—GPS location to the cloud—and starts becoming more of like a fitness mesh network in your phone (and maybe soon, your smartwatch). Hence, a fitness API to coordinate, organize and export all of this data becomes much more necessary than it was previously.

With step detector and other sensors expected in Android phones this year, Google appears to be off and running. What's more, an API detected by Googlesystem, an unofficial site monitoring Google's OS, suggesting that it could be available in the next Andoid release or in Google Play Services.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

9 New APIs

Today we had 9 new APIs added to our API directory including a south african sms marketing service, a bulk sms marketing platform, a mobile application marketing platform and a news search engine & news provider service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Channel Mobile SMSChannel Mobile SMS API: Channel Mobile is a South African mobile marketing agency that enables users to send out targeted advertisements in the form of SMS, MMS, and USSD. Messages can be set up to send automatically when specific events occur. Developers can integrate their systems with Channel Mobile's SMS gateway using XML strings sent over REST, SMPP, or SMTP protocols.

Club080Club080 API: Club080 provides its customers with an SMS marketing platform that can be used from any computer or mobile device. Developers can integrate the SMS gateway into another application or website via API. This allows users to send messages in bulk or check their account balance via REST calls. Users can also store their phone numbers online and get delivery reports for each sent message.

Environment Canterbury Regional Council MetroEnvironment Canterbury Regional Council Metro API: Metro is a multi-agency group providing public transit services in the greater Christchurch area. The Environment Canterbury Regional Council is the lead agency in providing these services.
Metro supports innovation in Canterbury by exposing data from Metro’s bus network through an API. The API provides developer access to information describing bus stops, routes, bus ETA, rider card balances, service announcements, and timetables.

MobileDevHQMobileDevHQ API: MobileDevHQ is a mobile application marketing platform. MobileDevHQ offers various features and services to application publishers, marketers, and developers to increase application downloads.

The MobileDevHQ API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of MobileDevHQ with other applications. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with account service.

Newslookup.comNewslookup.com API: Newslookup.com is a news search engine, news aggregator, and news provider. Newslookup.com crawls the web for news stories and compiles them into one place in various feeds.

The Newslookup.com API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Newslookup.com with other applications. The main API method is retrieving news via the multiple feeds of Newslookup.com.

Papa TextsPapa Texts API: Papa Texts provides users with bulk SMS and MMS services. Any Papa Texts user with an account can access its APIs, which allow users to integrate its messaging services with their websites or applications. In addition to sending and receiving SMS and MMS, these APIs also enable users to get delivery receipts, inject contact details to a group on their account, and check their account balance.

PingboardPingboard API: Pingboard is an office management software solution. Pingboard offers office managers an application to manage employees, office information, and project information.

The Pingboard API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Pingboard with other applications. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with account service.

The Ring Ring CompanyThe Ring Ring Company API: The Ring Ring Company is based in Belgium and provides its customers with SMS services. Users can connect their own applications and websites to the Ring Ring Company's SMS gateway via API. From the gateway, users can send mobile terminated messages (MT), mobile terminated reverse billed messages (MTR), and mobile originated messages (MO). Users can also track the delivery status of sent messages. The Ring Ring Company's website is available in English, French, and Dutch.

Vault of SatoshiVault of Satoshi API: Vault of Satoshi is an exchange and trading platform for Bitcoins and other crypto currencies like Litecoin and Peercoin. Vault of Satoshi allows users to trade fiat currency for crypto currencies with other Vault users.

The Vault of Satoshi API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of the Vault of Satoshi with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving trading statistics, retrieving information on currencies, and managing trades.

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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