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Google's reCAPTCHA API eliminates the need to solve distorted text CAPTCHAs that have long added security against robots.
APIcon UK finished strong this morning with a final session highlighting four innovators propelling the API economy forward with new ideas and models for the future.
Identity management is an important aspect of connected cars. How car manufacturers manage user data and identity will have a direct impact on future connected car sales.
MuleSoft Announces Anypoint Platform for APIs July Release which includes enhancements like a seamless unified platform, advanced identity management, and powerful analytics. The company describes the platform as "the only end-to-end platform to design, document, expose, manage and integrate APIs."
As telemarketing is receiving additional government regulation, businesses need to apply stricter verification methods on their contacts.
Service Objects' DOTS Name Validation 2 (NV2) API addresses the problem of false names within contact lists. NV2 uses the latest research to allow businesses to weed out fraudulent names at the point-of-entry. The new NV2 service is offered in two different ways to validate – real time API to work with online forms and connected applications and batch file mode for large list processing.
ProgrammableWeb first covered Animetrics last year as its Facial Recognition API was picking up speed in the government and law enforcement space. Expanding on its initial success, Animetrics has now released a commercial version of the API: FaceR API. This is Animetrics first taste of the commercial space.
miiCard, online identity verification service, has introduced a new API: miiCard Directory API. The Directory API allows applications to discover miiCard members who have published a public profile page and have elected to be found by the service. The member lookup service can be used with any number of online environments (e.g. social media, transactions, etc.)
Imprivata has launched an API for its OneSign single sign-on product: the OneSign ProveID API. OneSign offers a specialized single sign-on solution custom tailored to the healthcare industry. The new API allows developers in the healthcare industry to deliver electronic health records in a virtual desktop environment.
Passwords are passé, or so thinks Amazon. The online retail giant is launching its own single sign on service for third-party developers. Dubbed “Login with Amazon,” the API enables Amazon’s 200 million active customers to sign into websites, apps and games using their Amazon credentials.
For any business or website that relies on user or customer interaction, communication is important, and often the only point of contact a business may have with that customer is an email address. This is where email validation can lend a helping hand; as long as mail can be successfully sent to an address all is good, but if there's some issue causing failed delivery and other errors, better to know about it. Email Pie is a free, JSON API that provides a simple way to validate email addresses.
An email address can be the key to an online identity, and that's just what IDLight is using in its identity lookup API. By supplying either an email address or a URL to the IDLight API you could be turning the key to unlock a swath of identity information.
Rainmaker, which provides an identity API to get more information about a person’s email address, has declared the winners of its API contest. The month long challenge invited developers to make innovative applications based on the Rainmaker API and in the process earn fame and some cool prizes. Rainmaker also announced a new developer challenge that is expected to run in August.
Medentify seeks to serve as a third party reputation curator. Reputation is a key component of our social fabric because it is the basis for trust which is required for any relationship. The Medentify API will allow any site to tap into a shared reputation repository.
We’ve all heard it before. Be careful what you do on social networks because your employer, teacher, business partner or spiritual guru might find out about it. Well now they won’t just find out about it, they’ll ask you to please allow Reppify to access your social network information so that you can be evaluated. Reppify will create a report on you, based on your social network activity, and sum it all up in a numerical ranking. The Reppify API will allow this technology to be integrated into other social network monitoring services like RainMaker.
“Is that your real name?” It's a question that we just don’t ask often enough! Fake Name Generator might like to see a little more suspicion in everyday life. The Fake Name Generator API will randomly create an identity complete with name, address, and numbers for phone, credit card, and social security. Why would you need this? Suppose you are testing a credit card processing gateway. You would need to validate and check fake numbers. Or maybe you need to test the validation of your site’s registration form.
“Hey Smitty, I got this guy’s email address. Can you do some digging and tell me more about ‘em? How much does he make? What are his hobbies? Oh, and I want to see pictures of his pet dog too. Can you do it?” “Yea boss, I’ll get you your information, buckets full of it. I’ll make it rain!” This is the imaginary old timey gangster context I imagine around the idea behind Rainmaker, its contacts service and Rainmaker API.
“Hello, who am I speaking with please? Is this LoveUrApi007, who’s attempting to register at my site?” Why can’t there be a little more trust on the web? Have you ever wished that you knew with a little more certainty that user registrations on your website were authentic? Especially with the amount of telemarketing calls that hit those of us that using land lines, it would be nice to add a little more authenticity to the use of phone numbers in today’s technology. Phoneify and its Phoneify API is are trying to help.
TribeHR, a software-as-a-service human resources solution, is bringing powerful API integration into the HR industry on multiple fronts. TribeHR co-founder Joseph Fung explained to us at SWSXi how APIs fit into the company's overall strategy:
Google has announced some new features available for its OpenID API. As some of our readers may remember, earlier this year Google released a "Hybrid Protocol" API that combines an OpenID federated login with OAuth access authorization. The API has been enhanced with some extended Attribute Exchange fields and a pop-up user interface for the user-facing approval page.