The flickrj-android library is designed to wrap the Flickr API and provide improved support for Android and the Google App Engine. This library also supports Java 5 syntax and the new Flickr OAuth authentication model.
Access to software that performs complex operations has been, and can still be, costly. Paying for expensive licenses can mean an alternative solution has to be sought or worse still, a feature won't be developed at all. Thanks to virtualization and a many other cloud features, we've seen these complex operations offered as services at a fraction of the cost. One such complex operation is that of facial recognition. This software hasn't seemed accessible at all with only applications such as Google Picasa, Apple's iPhoto, Facebook and more recently XBox Kinect being the most obvious examples where it has been used. These are big companies with big money to spend. This now changes as Face.com is offering a free to use face recognition API for photos.
Gravatar is an attempt to allow users to have one globally recognized avatar. The service, around for several years, allows a user can set an image as an avatar and have it recognized on a variety of sites. Later, users can change an avatar once and have it change on every Gravatar-enabled site that they use. Though the service is somewhat well known, what is not is its robust API for developers to integrate the Gravatar service into their own sites.
If you have ever wanted to create photo mashups using Google's Picasa, now you can. As Sven Mawson of Picasa Web Albums Team announced there is now a GData API for Picasa. Media mashups are hot: as we noted in our piece on 200 Photo Mashups, photography-related mashups are one of the most popular genres.