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Fourteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Cryptocurrency, Marine, and Games. Highlights include an unofficial API for SpaceX data, an API for eBay image recognition services and a GraphQL API for movie data. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
In its effort to "deliver a developer-centric platform", eBay today announced that it is making its image recognition technology available to developers through an Image Search API. The API gives developers the ability to implement image search functionality into their apps.
Although Twitter delayed the deprecation of its Streaming API a few times, the time has finally come. Next week, Twitter will deprecate Site Streams, User Streams, and legacy Direct Message endpoints. This move leaves Twitter clients like Twitterrific and Tweetbot with gaps in their functionality.
Facebook has updated an API used by third-party applications to that allowed for cross-posting. The change breaks this functionality and one of the biggest impacts was felt by Twitter. Twitter users will no longer be able to create a Tweet and share it easily to their Facebook page.
In an effort to protect its platform from spam and abuse, Twitter today unveiled a number of changes to the way developers will request and obtain access to Twitter's APIs. First, Twitter is requiring that all requests for access to the APIs go through a new developer account application process.
Fourteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including eCommerce, Weather, and Blockchain. Featured today are APIs from the Walmart Open API Developer Portal for affiliates and the Zoom Rooms API for virtual meetings data. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Twitter has been planning to end certain legacy, live APIs for quite some time. After delaying the move a couple of times, Twitter appears to be officially ending some live and streaming APIs next month. This leaves certain apps, like Twitterrific, with no capacity to continue offering key features.
While the furor around Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal have died down, the world's largest social network continues to make changes to its APIs "to better protect people’s information". Today, it announced that a number of its APIs will only be accessible to apps that have been reviewed.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament is currently underway, and millions of football (soccer) fans are closely following the matches. This post highlights APIs that provide FIFA World Cup data such as live scores, matches for a given country, current tournament standings, and scheduled matches.
This week, 500px cryptically announced the 500px API would no longer be available for free. The announcement hints that the API will continue to be available for a price, but no pricing tiers or models have been published. The announcement was made via Hacker News and developers are speculating.
Violet this week announced what it says is a "unified API for anything on the internet." The idea is to make it easy for people to buy whatever they want, no matter where they see it on the web, without requiring them to backtrack or hop through ecommerce sites across the internet.
Snapchat launched its developer platform. Named Snap Kit, Snapchat has finally reached out to the developer community with a series of API-based tools that allow developers to integrate Snapchat features within third party apps. Creative Kit, Login Kit, Bitmoji Kit, and Story Kit make up Snap Kit.
According to a report published by TechCrunch, Snapchat is secretly planning to launch a developer platform, its first ever. Dubbed Snapkit, prototypes of the platform suggest it will give developers access to Snap's camera software so that they can integrate it into their applications.
Facebook has published a page for Facebook Platform developers that answers frequenty asked questions (FAQs) about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR went into effect on May 25 and requires companies in the EU and around the world to comply with stronger data protection rules.
At its annual Unite conference earlier this month, hosted ecommerce platform Shopify announced a number of major product announcements, including several that impact the company's developer ecosystem. As part of this, Shopify announced that its admin API will support GraphQL.
Twitter has announced that it is delaying the shutdown of legacy APIs as its new Account Activity API is now generally available to all developers. The legacy APIs, namely the Site Streams and User Streams APIs, as well as Direct Message endpoints, were slated to be turned off on June 19.
Favstar, a service that helps users "find great tweets and interesting people to follow", has announced that it will be shutting down next month because of changes Twitter is making to its APIs. Favstar's creator, Tim Haines, was left with no choice but to shut his service down due to API changes.
Eighteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Banking, eCommerce, and Healthcare. Highlights include the recently announced Google Photos API and several APIs for integrating with Citibank services. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
One of the more interesting views given by the directory is a look at what sectors are seeing the most growth in APIs. The directory data model allows for one primary category as well as multiple secondary categories and in this article we take a look at which categories are most represented.
Google Photos is one of Google's best efforts. The cloud-based service not only backs up photos, but taps into Google Assistant for help creating collages, albums, and more. The new Google Photos Library API will allow developers to port Google Photos, with all its tools, into their own application.