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The latest Star Wars premiere is here. Extend your Star Wars high with a visit to the Star Wars Graph, built upon the Star Wars API (SWAPI). SWAPI pulls data from Wookieepedia (the Star Wars encyclopedia) and includes vast amounts of Star Wars-related data (e.g. characters, movies, starships, etc.).
We've added six APIs in categories such as Activity Streams, Tools, and Air Travel to the directory today. Here's the rundown of what's new.
Google this week unveiled a first release of the Project Ara Module Developers Kit; Google is calling it an MDK rather than SDK. The kit is truly in an alpha state at version 0.10. Despite its far-from-finished status, Google wanted to offer developers a peek at what they'll be able to do with Project Ara.
Google has begun distributing a new release of Google Play Services to all Android devices, and along with it made a new SDK available to developers with a handful of new APIs. The main additions include a Google Analytics API, Tag Manager, Address API, Google Drive API, and updated support for Google Play Games. Google Play Services 4.3 is being pushed to hardware already running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and up. This encompasses the bulk of smartphones and tablets in use today.
How much would you like to send $10,000 (that’s 10 big ones) to the San Francisco Food Bank for Festivus? I’m guessing you would love to, but how? Let’s talk about Twilio.
Recently launched, Everlapse, is a free iOS app for sharing images and slideshows. Communicating with images is already a winning formula in the world of social networking, but Everlapse makes it a little more interesting by providing something that is a bit more stimulating than just static photos, but not quite as complicated as videos. In a nutshell, it allows users to create and contribute to clips which are made up of various photos and displayed as a slideshow. By providing the Everlapse API, the company also makes it possible for developers to integrate this functionality with other applications.
For busy mums with equally busy and demanding little ones, anything that can add convenience and simplicity to the everyday routine is a winner. One area where convenience is key, is shopping. GoMummy is an online flash sales shopping website for mums and kids, aimed at making the process easy and hassle free. The company now provides the GoMummy API which makes it possible for developers to take the idea even further by integrating the functionality with new websites and applications.
Father's Day weekend is again upon us. Growing up, my dad was always the hardest to shop for. I couldn't always tell what he would like and if he did like it, he had a tendency to buy it for himself. This week we'll look at some mashups that might help spark some ideas for those dads that are hard to get gifts for. The mashups include a little something for every dad out there including beer, hiking, golfing and movies. Read below for more details on each. ProgrammableWeb would like to wish a Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.
People love to quote those who have found a way to say it better. Be it a humorous one-liner or inspirational food for thought, it's a quick and easy way to appreciate and share an opinion more eloquently. For web developers who may want to add a little extra for their website or application users, including cool daily quotes could be a simple option. They Said So is a quotes database that provides the They Said So API, making it possible for developers to access this functionality.
For those who get their kicks out of a good old physical board game, BoardGameGeek is a fun application that may be of interest. It's an online board gaming resource and community that is constantly updated in real-time by it's growing list of users. Users from across the world can participate in reviews, ratings and live discussion forums, add images, find play-aids, access session reports and more. BoardGameGeek also provides the BoardGameGeek API which means this functionality can be easily accessed and integrated with other applications.
Navionics announced a new web mapping API in Java to bring its navigation charts and other content to developers. The Navionics API is free, and is not to be incorporated in a fee-based website at this point. Of the three tiers for pricing, silver, gold and platinum, the API does not access the top of the line product. Languages supported are English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. A sign up is required to access the API's technical information.
Tom Kiss created Advice Slip to mimic the look and feel of an ATM machine; however, instead of concluding the transaction with a dreadful balance statement, Advice Slip prints a virtual piece of encouragement or advice. Although truth-seekers can visit adviceslip.com to receive their virtual advice slip, developers can integrate Advice Slip's full functionality with third party applications via the Advice Slip API.
If space-squads, emperors, dungeon-masters, planets, starships and space wars are your thing, you've probably heard of VGA Planets. It's a popular play by email, space strategy game created in 1991, and Planets Nu is the online browser based version launched in 2011. Planets Nu now provides the Planets Nu API, which is good news for developers who want to programmatically access the game's functionality.
Yummly, a fast growing food website and recipe search platform, has announced the launch of the Yummly API which allows developers to incorporate recipe data and search functionality into third-party applications and websites.
For those looking for value for money in Lexington and Central Kentucky, RoyBoyDeals is just the ticket. The service provides daily unbeatable deals on restaurants, spas, theatre shows, sports activities and more. The company also provides the RoyBoyDeals API and encourages third party developers to make use of it and integrate the functionality with other applications.
They don't call it 'the big day' for nothing. Everything about it is big, especially the price tag. Most bride-to-be's know the challenge of trying to force everything they've ever dreamed of into an unsympathetic budget. The good news is, there are ways around this problem, and with a bit of clever thinking and planning it's amazing how much money you can save. That's where New Zealand based, Bridal Fashion World's Wedding Perks comes in. It's a site that offers a carefully selected range of wedding service and product deals. Wedding Perks also provides the Wedding Perks API that allows developers access to deals through various HTTP calls.
Box continues to encourage creativity and innovation with its ongoing parade of challenges, competitions, and hackathons. Its latest quest to engage the developer community arrives in the form of a Risk-inspired online battle: BRISK. BRISK started as a typical Box challenge; however, to date it has developed into its "own wondrous virtual world, complete with it’s own servers, it’s own API and it’s own set of rules." The strategy and competition have become intense and complicated, but the goal remains simple: "devise the optimal strategy for your bot to take over the world."
Metwit is a crowdsourced API platform that provides third party applications the ability to integrate media-rich local weather and environmental data that is hyperlocal and in real-time. The Metwit API Platform collects weather information from Twitter, Instagram, NOAA and other sources which makes it possible for third party applications to use tweets, photos, and metatags to provide users accurate and interactive local weather information.
This Sunday, millions of sports fans around the world will sit in front of televisions and watch the biggest professional football game of the year. Among those watching will be a select group of hackers and data crunchers in Seattle, Washington. However, instead of prepping for the big game by stocking up on salsa and beer; these hackers will participate in Sports Hack Day and be a part of "building applications that change the way people follow sports and interact with their favorite teams and fellow fans."