Today in APIs: We Heart It's New API, and 23 New APIs

Greg Bates
Dec. 23 2013, 03:50PM EST

Photo-based social networking site We Heart It launches an API. The Currency Cloud's API smooths international transactions across currencies. Plus: the first 3D printing API is up at Mashape, and 23 new APIs.

We Heart It Launches API for its Photo-Based Social Networking Site

We Heart It is a social network aimed at young users, with 80% of their 25 million users under 24 and 50% in their teens. The We Heart It API connects third party apps to that service.

As Colleen Taylor wrote earlier this month in Techcrunch, We Heart It is working toward a revenue stream:

"Now, We Heart It wants to take advantage of this growth trajectory to make some moves toward revenue. Today the company announced that it has formed a new “partnership program” with youth-oriented publishing names including Conde Nast’s Lucky and Teen Vogue that will add a “heart this” button to certain content pages, along with other integrations."

To give a sense of what those 25 million users are doing, the site gets over 3 billion page views a month, serving up 60 billion images every month as well. Documentation for the API is not publicly available; access is through email request.

The Currency Cloud's API integrates International Transactions

TheCurrencyCloudThe Currency Cloud is a service that provides payment, conversion, and exchange services internationally. It has processed over $3 billion in transactions in 2013. The REST API allows third party apps to gain access to exchange information, execute currency trades and more.

Featuring XBPConnect capabilities, the documentation offers six APIs with two more coming soon: Authentication; Beneficiaries; Exchange Rate; Currency Payment; Payments; and Settlement. The two APIs coming soon are Account Management and Contacts. Registration to use the API is required.

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23 New APIs

Today we had 23 new APIs added to our API directory including an android app database, a bitcoin development service, a ubuntu-based integrated development environment, a solar forecasting service and a miniature printer content previewing and printing service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

42matters42matters API: 42matters provides a searchable Android app database that contains over 500,000 apps. This database is available in free and enterprise editions via API to those who want to help their users find new apps. The free version is for non-commercial use only and requires an attribution link. The enterprise edition allows for more customization and daily requests.

BitlabBitlab API: Bitlab is an ope-source bitcoin company that designs scalable web services for businesses. Bitlab also provides a bitcoin wallet. The Bitlab API utilizes Firebase to allow uses to create a new account, log in, get a current deposit address, generate a new address, send a payment, get a notification, and watch an account.

CodeboxCodebox API: Codebox is a cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that can run on all kinds of platforms and devices. The IDE gives users the power of a full Ubuntu terminal inside their browsers. Users can edit code collaboratively in real time or code offline and have the code sync up when the device reconnects to the internet. Codebox is highly customizable; it provides an add-on system for users who want to build additional features and APIs for accessing data from the IDE.

EliaElia API: Elia is Belgium’s high-voltage transmission system operator and a key player in the energy market and interconnected electricity system in Europe. The company has set up multiple initiatives promoting the development of an efficient, transparent and fair electricity market including integrating renewable energy sources.

Elia offers a REST API for programmatic access to their Solar Forecasting page. The page displays solar-PV generation forecasts, real-time estimations of actual solar-PV generation and historical solar-PV power data. API methods include GetRegions, GetChartDataForZone and GetCapacities. The API is free to use and there are no signup requirements.

Exciting PrinterExciting Printer API: Exciting is a studio that develops a variety of digital projects. One of these is Printer, in which users are shown how to build small printers that connect to the internet, create custom content for those printers, and share that content with people who have similar small printers. The Exciting Printer API allows users to preview and print content programmatically via REST calls.

FreenomFreenom API: Freenom provides domain registration services, including a reseller program. Freenom exposes the functionality of this reseller program through a RESTful API. The API is able to manage domains, nameserver glue records under a domain, contacts, domain transfers, and more.

Hello SalutHello Salut API: Hello Salut is a service that allows users to greet online visitors in their native languages. Users may choose to detect the visitor's language or IP address themselves and then call Hello Salut, or they can employ the fully automated version of the service. Hello Salut is currently in Beta, with more languages yet to be added. The project is open source and available on GitHub.

Macy's Ad Media ServicesMacy's Ad Media Services API: Macy’s operates about 840 department stores nationwide, as well as the accompanying retail websites, macys.com and bloomingdales.com. Macy’s offers a variety of APIs providing access to different types of content and services, including the product catalog, store events, promotions, coupons, registries, user profiles, and much more.
The Macy’s Ad Media Services provide read-only developer access to all the media information for a given product category or for a specified list of global header and footer pool names.

Macy's Catalog and Store ServicesMacy's Catalog and Store Services API: Macy’s operates about 840 department stores nationwide, as well as the accompanying retail websites, macys.com and bloomingdales.com. Macy’s offers a variety of APIs providing access to different types of content and services, including the product catalog, store events, promotions, coupons, registries, user profiles, and much more.
The Macy’s Catalog and Store Services exposes the Macy’s product line and store-specific data. The API’s catalog services access the Macy’s category tree, product details, product reviews and ratings, product search capabilities, and more. The API’s store services access information on store events, store details, and driving directions to a given store.

Macy's Checkout ServicesMacy's Checkout Services API: Macy’s operates about 840 department stores nationwide, as well as the accompanying retail websites, macys.com and bloomingdales.com. Macy’s offers a variety of APIs providing access to different types of content and services, including the product catalog, store events, promotions, coupons, registries, user profiles, and much more.
The Macy’s Checkout Services API allows Macy’s partners to order Gift Cards for their partnership programs. Additionally, the API enables users to expire a Single Use Promotion Code after an order is completed and confirmed.

Macy's Mobile Utility ServicesMacy's Mobile Utility Services API: Macy’s operates about 840 department stores nationwide, as well as the accompanying retail websites, macys.com and bloomingdales.com. Macy’s offers a variety of APIs providing access to different types of content and services, including the product catalog, store events, promotions, coupons, registries, user profiles, and much more.
The Macy’s Mobile Utilities API allows developers to programmatically manage mobile options. The API is able to opt users in or out of mobile options, log mobile activity, or retrieve configuration files for a specific mobile app, such as Macy’s iPhone or Macy’s Android.

Macy's Promotion and Coupon ServicesMacy's Promotion and Coupon Services API: Macy’s operates about 840 department stores nationwide, as well as the accompanying retail websites, macys.com and bloomingdales.com. Macy’s offers a variety of APIs providing access to different types of content and services, including the product catalog, store events, promotions, coupons, registries, user profiles, and much more.
The Macy’s Promotion and Coupon Services API provides read-only access to information about promotions and coupons. In addition to several methods for retrieving promotions and coupons, the API is able to send automated emails notifying recipients of current coupons and promotions.

Macy's Protected ServicesMacy's Protected Services API: Macy’s operates about 840 department stores nationwide, as well as the accompanying retail websites, macys.com and bloomingdales.com. Macy’s offers a variety of APIs providing access to different types of content and services, including the product catalog, store events, promotions, coupons, registries, user profiles, and much more.
The Macy’s Protected Services API provides developer access to protected user services. This API requires an OAuth token. The API is able to manage user profiles, credit cards, shipping contacts and addresses, and registry services.

Macy's Registry ServicesMacy's Registry Services API: Macy’s operates about 840 department stores nationwide, as well as the accompanying retail websites, macys.com and bloomingdales.com. Macy’s offers a variety of APIs providing access to different types of content and services, including the product catalog, store events, promotions, coupons, registries, user profiles, and much more.
The Macy’s Registry Services API allows applications to view gift registries as a guest.

Macy's Shopping Bag ServicesMacy's Shopping Bag Services API: Macy’s operates about 840 department stores nationwide, as well as the accompanying retail websites, macys.com and bloomingdales.com. Macy’s offers a variety of APIs providing access to different types of content and services, including the product catalog, store events, promotions, coupons, registries, user profiles, and much more.
The Macy’s Shopping Bag Services API provides developer access to the Macy’s Shopping Bag in a variety of ways. The API is able to retrieve a shopping bag’s information and contents, add or delete items, or update item quantities.

MobileMinerAppMobileMinerApp API: MobileMinerApp allows users to monitor and control bitcoin, litecoin, and other cryptocurrency mining rigs remotely. The MobileMinerApp API uses REST calls, returns JSON, and allows users to query for mining statistics as well as execute commands to the pool. Users must obtain an API key for use.

OktaOkta API: Okta is an enterprise-level solution for centrally storing and managing user profiles and identity data. It enables single sign-on authentication across multiple applications and devices - even when they are behind firewalls or in the cloud - and makes it easier for IT personnel to access essential employee information. Okta can also store user data in different schemas depending whether the user is an employee, manager, customer, or contractor. Developers can programmatically access user profile data stored with Okta via REST API.

PingeborgPingeborg API: "Project Ingeborg" (pingeb.org) is designed to promote local artists using samples of their work. Artists can put up stickers or flyers with QR codes on them that passers-by can scan using the Pingeborg app on their mobile devices. This will open a link to iTunes, Amazon, or the artist's mobile website. Users can query information on QR codes that have been used to tag objects and any downloads associated with them using the RESTful API.

SignifydSignifyd API: Signifyd is an e-commerce fraud prevention service. It can identify devices uniquely and use a customer's IP address to determine their location, even detecting when customers are using proxies to spoof their IP addresses. Signifyd can learn about customers from their social activity and past behaviors and use public records to perform reverse lookups on addresses, names, and phone numbers. Signifyd can use the BIN (Bank Identification Number) of a credit card, debit card, pre-paid card, or gift card to identify the issuing institution and its location. The service can also find out how many orders a customer is attempting across multiple merchants and use cross-industrial blacklists to identify fraudulent users before they can make purchases.

TheCurrencyCloudTheCurrencyCloud API: TheCurrencyCloud is an international payment provider that provides payment, conversion, and exchange services. TheCurrencyCloud API allows users to make REST calls to get access to the API, execute a currency trade, create and maintain payment beneficiaries, make international payments, access exchange rate information, and group settled trades. The API will have access account management and contact information in the future. An account is required with service.

We Heart ItWe Heart It API: We Heart It is a photo-based social networking application. We Heart It allows users to discover and share images, photos, and content with their friends and followers.

The We Heart It API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of We Heart It with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should request API access by emailing partners@weheartit.com.

Worldwide-FXCWorldwide-FXC API: Worldwide-FXC is a currency conversion service that provides users with up-to-date currency conversion, a currency exchange finder, and the Worldwide-FXC currency exchange API. The API uses Javascript and can be integrated to show exchange rates on third-party websites. No account is required to use, and the API is free to use as long as the terms of service are observed.

Your Mapper CrimeScoreYour Mapper CrimeScore API: CrimeScore is a service from Your Mapper, an online news organization dedicated to delivering geographic-based information. CrimeScore is a rating based on address-level crime report data. CrimeScore assigns a 1-100 grade to any given location.
The CrimeScore API delivers a CrimeScore rating for a given location. Developers simply pass a latitude and longitude, and the API responds with either JSON or CSV formatted data.

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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