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Google yesterday unveiled Google Maps Platform, which it is calling "the next generation" of its Google Maps business. Google Maps Platform includes streamlined APIs. In its announcement, the search giant stated, "Our core APIs work together to provide the building blocks you need."
Back in 2005, when I bore witness to the debut of the first two Web APIs (Google Maps and Flickr) while working as a journalist for CNET, I knew something big was about to happen. To this day, it is still one of the most dramatic tipping points our industry has ever seen.
Previously we looked at APIs that readers follow the most using our tracking functionality. This time we measured the APIs readers show interest in by counting the number of times a user clicks an outbound link to a provider's site. This is a metric that may better signal developer interest.
Google yesterday announced that it will be updating the Google Maps APIs with a new basemap look and feel that is consistent with the look and feel that is now present across all Google products that incorporate Google Maps. The updated look and feel was implemented to improve user experience.
Which APIs are the most popular with developers? There are a lot of ways to come to an answer; this month we are using our directory data to offer one. Every API in our directory has a track functionality and by looking at the data we can see which APIs our readers have shown the most interest in.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.
Geocoding involves converting a description of a physical address into coordinates that represent that location on a map to perform spatial analysis. This tutorial on the Google Maps APIs blog describes the two approaches to geocoding with Google Maps APIs, and when to use them.
After continued developer requests, Google has added marker clustering to Google Maps SDK for iOS Utility Library. The feature allows users to populate maps with a large number of markers while keeping the map clean and readable. As zoom levels adjust, markers aggregate and slit out accordingly.
Google Maps API is the most popular tool for building location-based services. Now, the Google Maps Operations team is leveraging their experience to collaborate with Udacity and create a free course that teaches students how to integrate maps and location features into websites.
If you’re in the market for a Web mapping API and you’ve chosen to use Google Maps, I think you’ve made a smart choice. If you’re looking for tips on how to optimally implement Google Maps API into your transportation app, such as a taxi or ridesharing service, then you’re in the right place.
Developers have requested that Google better align the Places API and Google Maps search results. Google has answered the call by integrating the Places API with Google Maps search. The move offers better search quality, but developers need be aware the changes may affect current installations.
The recent experience of mapmaker RouteBuilder highlights one of the key issues that needs to be addressed when consuming APIs: how to manage the risk associated with an API becoming unavailable? Businesses consuming open APIs in their products need to take these risk management actions.
With 2015 in the books, we take a final look back at the stories that captured your attention this year. Here is a recap of the most popular stories of the year across news and analysis, API category roundups, and tutorials, based on what our readers clicked on and shared most often this year.
With the power and scope of GIS growing as new tools become available, Jason Baker’s article on opensource.com celebrated the arrival of GIS Day on November 19 by discussing three viable alternatives to Google Maps API for creating interactive web maps for a range of use cases.
Google has added one of the most popular features of its consumer Google Maps product to the Google Maps API. Predictive travel time is oft-used by consumers to find best routes, and avoid traffic. Now, developers have access to the feature and can integrate the functionality into third party apps.
For their first Rankings Report, Devpost published the most popular technologies used at student hackathons throughout 2014/15. Here we look at the most popular APIs by category.
See how Kocomojo enabled marketers with the Google Maps API and beacons to create geo-targeted and hyper-local boundaries that trigger campaigns on customer smartphones.
Last week, Google unveiled pay-as-you-go pricing options for access to the Google Maps Web Service APIs which provide geocoding, geolocation and other mapping functionality.
International civic tech startup DataLook is hosting a replication marathon to encourage local reuse of 10 projects to highlight the potential of open source for civic good.
Using Google Maps Web Services APIs, Chicago's Department of Transportation implemented sophisticated GIS management software to improve efficiency of civic construction projects.
As a great example of how APIs can drive business success, Hilton Hotels is leveraging Google Maps APIs to improve guest experience by providing detailed local information.
To celebrate 10 years of Google Maps API, a team of devs is building an app to keep the team connected while on the road. This tutorial covers storing location data in the cloud.
For the 10 year anniversary of Google Maps API, Google will hit the road with a bus that will take members of the Maps team across the country from San Francisco to Disney World.
API-led connectivity is enabling "micro moment" app development, where the resulting product is part of an ecosystem rather than as self-contained apps.
To promote the upcoming release of The Witcher 3 for GameStop, The Marketing Arm created a virtual monster hunt that takes place in real locations, thanks to Google Maps APIs
Google Maps API offers the highly popular store locator capability, which can be enhanced even further by implementing these 7 tips to make it easier for customers to find you.
Google will host a series of developer meetups focused on the Google Maps API in Boulder, Chicago and New York this June. Each event will focus on real-life use cases of the API.
Geopointe allows Salesforce customers to access their Salesforce data visually on Google Maps, to increase location awareness and increase productivity, thanks to Google Maps API.
Mapping is one of the most popular categories on ProgrammableWeb. This article highlights different types of GIS, mapping and location-based solutions.
Digital maps and mapping platforms are very popular these days. This article features the top 10 most popular mapping APIs on ProgrammableWeb.
This part of the 2014 mobile API year in review looks at Google's highlights including YouTube on Android, improvements to the Google Maps APIs, a foray into health data and more.
Google has released Google Maps Engine API v1.0, which includes new CRUD operation functionality.
At ProgrammableWeb's API conference to be held in London, Lokku co-founder Ed Freyfogle will explain how to make a successful venture out of aggregating public and private APIs.
Amplifon enhances Google Street Maps with sound. Hackcess to Justice winners put their apps to work.
Sita launches foray into latest wearable, the boarding pass. Google folds Maps Coordinate into its Maps Engine Pro. Plus: attackers install DDoS bots on Amazon, and extracting data using import.io.
Sentiment analysis is an important community engagement metric, and with APIs like the WebKnox Text Processing API, it is an analytical technique now open to any business. This tutorial examines how to use the WebKnox Text Processing API to conduct a sentiment analysis and to create a visualization that summarizes audience reactions.
SOA Software releases API catalog for internal use by enterprise. Google launches Google Maps for Business Imagery. Plus: Microsoft, and Box offer Office 365 users unlimited storage, and AWS promises more price cuts.