Today in APIs: Windows 8.1 APIs, Microsoft YouTube Application and 9 New APIs

Romin Irani
May. 28 2013, 01:00PM EDT

Windows 8.1 features APIs that support 4K resolution displays. Microsoft and Google put aside their differences to work together on a new YouTube Application. Plus:  An introduction to Google Glass' Face Recognition API and 9 new APIs.

Windows 8.1 APIs support 4K resolution, Low Lag cameras and more

Windows 8.1 is not yet released but that has not stopped developers to get hold of the leaked build and discover upcoming APIs and features. Microsoft seems to be finally bringing its plan to support higher resolution displays with Windows 8.1 reportedly having support for 4K resolution displays. Other APIs include the GeoFencing API to allow Apps to be launched when entering a particular area, support for "Low Lag" Camera, a local TTS API based on the Microsoft Speech Platform, Search Box API and more. To learn more about the upcoming features, check out the detailed blog post from Justin Angel.

Microsoft and Google patch up on YouTube App

YouTubeMicrosoft and Google have reportedly settled their differences around the Microsoft YouTube application. The tech giants have been at loggerheads with each other, ever since Microsoft released a native YouTube application on Windows that violated the YouTube API Terms of Service (TOS). The two features that Google disapproved of in the Microsoft developed YouTube application were the ability to download the videos and a lack of Ads. Microsoft cited that a lack of native YouTube APIs would possibly result in a less than optimum application for its users but has since toned down and is going to use the current YouTube JavaScript and iFrame APIs. The net result ideally should be Google opening up the native APIs but there is no concrete plans announced for that.

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9 New APIs

Today we had 9 new APIs added to our API directory including a brazilian agricultural information service, a building energy consumption management service, a 2013 international days data service, a catalan name data service and a virtual currency exchange service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AgrolinkAgrolink API: Agrolink is a Brazilian agricultural information website. It hosts a SOAP API that allows users to retrieve site contents programmatically. This includes crop-specific information, agricultural news, farming-related statistics, and information on the use of AGROSOL, a type of CO2-containing fertilizer. Website contents are provided solely in Portuguese.

EcoSCADAEcoSCADA API: EcoSCADA is a web-based energy savings service that is used to monitor energy consumption and identify wasteful energy use. EcoSCADA is useful for establishing benchmarks for energy usage across multiple buildings and monitoring their performance against those benchmarks. The service records data on gas, electricity, and water consumption as well as other relevant factors. This data is stored in EcoSCADA's online database where it can be accessed by users directly or via API.

Idescat International DaysIdescat International Days API: The Statistical Institute of Catalonia (Idescat) is an organization that produces official Catalan economy, demography, and society statistics. Idescat exposes some of its data via a collection of REST APIs.
In support of UNESCO’s International Days—designated dates to mark important aspects of human life and history—and in recognition of 2013 as the International Year of Statistics, Idescat has created the International Days API. The International Days API provides simple HTTP calls returning data on the next upcoming International Day. Responses may be JSON or serialized PHP format.

Idescat Onomastics APIIdescat Onomastics API API: The Statistical Institute of Catalonia (Idescat) is an organization that produces official Catalan economy, demography, and society statistics. Idescat exposes some of its data via a collection of REST APIs.
The Idescat Onomastics API provides statistical data for names and surnames in Catalonia. API responses may be XML, JSON, PHP, or TXT format.

Litecoin GlobalLitecoin Global API: Litecoin Global is an online exchange that allows users to buy or issue stocks in virtual currency companies. The site operates entirely on Litecoin which users must purchase from exchanges or mine themselves. The LitecoinGlobal API allows users to query for lists of all assets and market data, ticker data for a specific asset, order book data, contract data, all trades on the site, trade history, dividends, as well as full account and portfolio information. The services uses REST calls and can return JSON or CSV.

LitehostingLitehosting API: LiteHosting is a VPS host that is designed to accomodate crypto currencies. The site accepts Bitcoin, Namecoin, and Litecoin as payment. Litehosting's Litecoin API allows users to get Litecoin info array, get transaction IDs, get transaction information, get block information, and get Litecoin addresses. The API uses REST calls and returns JSON. HTTP basic authentication over SSL is used to ensure a secure connection.

OndoreOndore API: Ondore is a service for data and metric analysis and insight. Ondore combines various sources of data for actionable insight, based on natural language processing.

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

PercolatePercolate API: Percolate is a service that helps brands create and manage content for social media and platforms. Percolate helps brands understand their customers and create content to cater to them.

The Percolate API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Percolate with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should contact Percolate here for more information: http://percolate.com/about/contact/.

USCG MARPOL Certificates of AdequacyUSCG MARPOL Certificates of Adequacy API: MARPOL Certificates of Adequacy (COAs) signify that the facilities possessing those certificates adhere to the requirements of international protocols and conventions regarding maritime pollution. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) provides access to a searchable online database of U.S. ports and terminals that hold valid MARPOL COAs. The database's contents are accessible directly through the Coast Guard's website or programmatically via SOAP API.

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