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Seamless is a food ordering and delivery tool that connects buyers with sellers and takes a percentage of the sale. This alone is not a revolutionary idea; using the income that comes from sales commissions to avoid annoying advertisements that turn off users while collecting data on restaurants and eating habits is pretty smart. The goal is to leverage the data they are collecting and become a search resource that can rival companies like Yelp. Seamless has partnered with over 9,500 restaurants in 45+ cities and has released the Seamless API to give developers a chance to explore integration possibilities.
Gecko Landmarks is working on an easier way of giving directions. The theory behind their madness is that “everyone thinks in landmarks”. They took this idea and ran with it. In fact they have run all over the world with this idea. They have now collected landmark data for every country in the world. Most of this data is now available in the Gecko Landmarks API.
When Nate Drouin, the founder and CEO of Fundraise.com, first sat down with Dustin Dulginow of Atlas Venture he had already finished development of the Fundraise.com Iphone/Ipad applications (the Fundraise.com API came later). That lunch meeting must have gone well because Atlas Venture later became one of the investors that contributed to a $1.2 million round of seed money for the startup.
Anyone that has worked with a company that uses proprietary systems knows how frustrating it can be when something goes wrong. Communicating an error to a support team via email can be difficult. Without seeing what is going wrong errors are often time consuming for support team members to diagnose. Instead of spending time explaining what went wrong wouldn’t it be a lot easier if you could quickly record a video of the problem as it happens and then forward that to the support team? Thanks to Screenr and the Screenr Business API this process can be built into a company’s support workflow.
Pearson is a worldwide educational publishing company that provides learning materials, certifications, and multimedia learning tools. The company has access to an amazing amount of data surrounding a seemingly endless list of topics. Now, with the Pearson Kitchen Manager API developers can tap into at least a portion of Pearson’s knowledge base.
The sales world is clearly undergoing a serious shift in the way that it operates. Brick and mortar retailers are forced to compete with online stores that can offer more aggressive pricing based on lower operational cost. In many retail sectors this has been obvious for some time; other sales arenas have been far more resistant to internet migration. This post will attempt to illustrate the significance of the Chictopia API to the fashion industries move to the internet.
Sometimes I find myself wondering how long it will take for certain software to make the SaaS transition. It seems, thanks to companies like Saaspose, document conversion software has made the jump. With the Saaspose API developers can integrate many of the company’s features into existing web sites and applications.
Semantic searching can retrieve results that surprise you, hopefully in a good way. So it seems like the natural means for discovery when you dont know what you want to find. Services like Jinni, a semantic discovery engine for movies and TV shows, is the perfect example.
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Law practice and case management software has been around for years. These Programs gave lawyers the ability to focus on what they love to do and simplified the recurring tasks that are incurred when running a law practice. However, many lawyers don’t work solely from the comfort of their office where these tools have been easily accessible in the past. Thankfully, we now have “Cloud Based Law Practice Management”, allowing lawyers to access the tools that they use to manage day to day operations anywhere that they have an internet connection.
It can certainly be stressful to move into a new home and even more stressful if you don't know the city well that you are moving to. Trying to find a location within a city that has good schools, low crime, and inhabitants that share your lifestyle is usually a priority. Thankfully, PicketReport aggregates all of this information into an easy to use website that makes evaluating locations a lot easier. There's also a PicketReport Lifestyle API to make the information programmatic.
For a long time the comment section on any webpage was nothing more than internet real estate about to be foreclosed on. Plagued by spammers, pointless shout outs, and unreal amounts of bickering, most users chose to forgo perusing what was once a land of potential user interaction. Livefyre, a designer of Dynamic comment platforms, is working hard at ushering commenting into the promised land, with the Livefyre API to help get us there.
The ability to analyze information and use the results to make more informed decisions is something that interests a lot of people. Developers, publishers, and small to large business owners all collect an overwhelming amount of data pertaining to the work that they do. Employing a staff of analysts to sift through the onslaught of what can sometimes seem to be useless information is obviously one way to solve this problem, ‘Machine Learning’ is another.
Citysearch is an easy way to find the best of anything in your city. The company, based in West Hollywood, was founded in 1995 and now covers over 75,000 locations nationwide. Using their online search tool you can search for your city and return results ranging from recommended restaurants to recommended hotels. This online aggregate of local listings content and advertisers allows developers to tap into a massive site monetization resource. The CityGrid Advertising API makes all of CitySearch’s content available to other websites, provides simple ‘pay-per-click’ monetization options to users.
Moving files around doesn’t seem like it should be as difficult as it sometimes is. I often feel trapped when I realize that the songs I added to my computer didn’t find their way to my phone, or the pictures I took at the beach still have not made it to my computer. For a long time I had accepted that this is how the world works and that I will have to live with it, but no longer must that be the case with all the storage APIs available. The Pogoplug API is the newest entrant to that group.
The ability to clearly communicate goals, expectations, and ideas can make or break any business. Most companies have an internal messaging system of some sort that allows employees to communicate with one another and discuss day to day tasks in order to be as efficient as possible. Assuming that an employee chooses correctly who to message this system would be very effective. Tibbr, a developer of social networking platforms that are designed specifically for the workplace, has created a better way to communicate, share content, and manage projects. The Tibbr API allows developers to access and integrate the data and functionality of tibbr with other applications.
There is a restaurant near my house that I go to often, it’s hard to find and I have trouble explaining to my friends how to get there. I can’t help but wonder how much business this restaurant is losing because of its poor location. Indoor mapping company EveryScape might have the solution. It's like Google Maps street view that doesn’t stop at the front door, it goes right inside. The Everyscape API can seamlessly be integrated into a website, allowing a developer to place the company’s immersive viewer in a relevant section of their site.
Some of the best experiences in my life are trips that I took with my closest friends. These memories could be even better if I had not been forced to wait so long to get paid back after fronting the hotel bill. Sometimes friends have different ideas on what is an acceptable timeline for recompense. Now, thanks to Splitable, we can all avoid setting ourselves up for a let down by leveling the playing field. Splitable is an easy-to-integrate payment solution that lets customers split the cost of products and services with their friends. The simple online interface provides a forum for discussing plans and then facilitates payment. The company offers the Splitable API that gives store owners the ability to allow their customers to split the cost of a product or service.
Some tasks in life are so boring that they could never be fun, just don’t tell GreenGoose that. GreenGoose is a real life “gamification” company, using small sensors and accelerometers on stickers to track everyday behavior. The company will eventually sell sensors designed to track anything from how often you drink from a water bottle, to how far you can throw a Frisbee. An online account then uses the data collected from these sensors to calculate how often you perform these tasks. The idea is that this would add some fun to your life while helping you stay on top of chores like feeding your dog. The GreenGoose API allows you to pull data from the sensors into any custom application.
How many times have you been stuck in traffic behind a car circling the block looking for parking? Have you ever been that car circling the block? Imagine how much time (and gas) could be saved if there was an easier way to find the perfect place to park. Santa Monica-based ParkingInMotion, a developer of parking information apps for mobile devices, is working on making the process simpler. ParkingInMotion's mission is to improve the way drivers find, compare, and pay for parking. The ParkingInMotion APIs provide access to the basic data in the ParkingInMotion database, as well as the optional higher level Rate Calculator and ‘ParkMe’ recommender.