ChowNow originally changed ordering takeout by allowing customers to place an order directly from a restaurant's Facebook page. Recently, ChowNow has launched the ChowNow API which takes ordering to another level. The API allows developers to deliver the same functionality of the Facebook application with any application a developer desires. For instance, customers can now browse a restaurant's menu from the particular restaurant's webpage, place an order, the payment method is processed, and the restaurant's bank account is credited without leaving the restaurant's webpage.
Sony has released a Camera Remote API that allows for the creation of apps to control a camera’s functions via smart phone or tablet. The API is in beta version, and currently works with just four Sony camera models, although another four models are expected to provide compatibility as early as the end of September. Sony is only offering technical support to the Camera Developer Program in the US and Japan for the time being. Sony's approach will be closely watched by other manufacturers looking to provide new Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity via APIs.
Berlin start-up Readmill, is providing a platform for eBooks that connects readers regardless of what platform they are using. Readmill's core offering is a free bookreader that competes head to head with Amazon’s and Apple’s offerings. Unlike other eReaders, Readmill is based on a device-neutral, API-driven platform that integrates social recommendations, annotations and geolocation services.