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Samsung and the Tizen Association recently made the Tizen Software Development Kit for Wearables available from the Tizen developer web site. The SDK supports any wearable running Samsung's Tizen operating system, but that's an extremely limited number of devices at the moment, with just the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches filling the space.
There are a number of ways to discuss API popularity. Our metrics are based on developer engagement. The "track" functionality on ProgrammableWeb lets developers declare an interest in receiving updates on particular APIs. Which APIs and categories are seeing the most activity.
Stormpulse, a weather intelligence company, has launched a risk management solution (i.e. Riskpulse) which includes an API that third parties can integrate with existing systems: the Pulse API. Riskpulse moves beyond weather related risks to business. Riskpulse constitutes a comprehensive risk management solution that delivers insight into crime rates, travel alerts, environmental risks, and more.
World Weather Online, global weather forecast content provider, has added to its already impressive suite of weather APIs: World Weather Ski and Mountain API. World Weather Online content is already incorporated into many websites and apps. Its Ski and Mountain API is directly targeted at those needing ski-specific conditions information. Metrics such as chance of snow, snowfall, precipitation, wind speed, and other conditions specifically targeted at a viewer with plans to head for the slopes are readily available through the new API.
The Coolclimate Calculator helps end users calculate their carbon footprint--and look at tools for reducing it. The API allows integration of the survey into third party apps.
The Scout API, by T3, enables 3rd parties to take advantage of the context the company brings to advertising. Added to location sensitivity, which has been employed by the likes of Walgreens and others geofencing their stores, Scout brings weather, time, speed and orientation. Scout joins a list of 274 advertising APIs in our directory. Public documentation is unavailable; interested developers can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few months ago, ProgrammableWeb announced the release of Heroku’s Platform API, which allowed developers to integrate the Heroku platform with third party applications and services. Now, Heroku has launched a public beta for OAuth 2.0 support for the Platform API. OAuth 2.0 support allows developers to control service needs as opposed to offering full service access to all user accounts.
The SolarPlots API provides a new data tool to track where the sun will be in any given location in the US (and adjacent parts of Mexico and Canada) for any specific date and time or series of dates. The sun plotting search tool could possibly be used by photographers needing to know best times to shoot twilight scenes, for sun-bathers wanting to book the best time on a hotel rooftop, or home buyers wanting to calculate how much direct sunlight their new property may get. Developers could use the app to scale up such individual needs or to add sun-loving contextual information to a location-based app product.
Last month, ProgrammableWeb reported that Metwit was releasing a free, short term trial plan of the Metwit Weather API to help developers who have created applications using Yahoo! Weather APIs and have been impacted by the shut down of the Yahoo! Geocoding API. Metwit has now announced the addition of a brand new feature to the Metwit Weather API: Push Weather Notifications.
Weather Source is a service that provides extensive weather data and other solutions aimed at helping businesses improve business performance.
It's May and that means that we don't want to spend our weekends stuck inside. We want to know if and when the weather will be good so that we can enjoy our time outside. This week's roundup includes mashups that cover all aspects of weather forecasts. You can also take a look at previous weather mashups that we've highlighted. The big surprise is that Accuweather isn't represented here. If you know of any good apps or mashups using the Accuweather API, please let us know about them.
Forecast, the team that created the acclaimed iOS weather app Dark Sky, has created an API that brings its gorgeous weather data and display into any platform. As Forecast put it, they wanted to transcend their work with Dark Sky.
Metwit Offers Free Trial of API to Help Developers of Apps Using Yahoo! Weather APIs, Obsolete Geocoding API
Metwit has announced that the company will be releasing a free trial plan of the Metwit Weather API to help developers who have created applications using Yahoo! Weather APIs.
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.
The HQCasanova Weekly CO2 API is incredibly simple. It's also a frighteningly clear measurement of how our planet is doing. It measures the level of CO2 in the air in parts per million (ppm), a major player in causing global climate disruption.
Opensnow.com is a snow forecasting site that is designed to provide more than accurate information. Joel Gratz, founder and CEO of OpenSnow, grew up around snow and is passionate about skiing. The service provides customized reports for several locations and offers the worlds first “Ask the Weatherman” section. The OpenSnow API provides access to this wealth of snow knowledge.
Swellcast combines all weather data needed to forecast surf conditions for surfers around Australia, and consolidates the data into a user friendly interface that takes the complexity out of understanding when and where the next big wave will appear. Swellcast also offers the forecast data and surf conditions through the Swellcast API.
Where were you when Hurricane Sandy hit, and what were you doing? If you're like many other ProgrammableWeb readers, you weren't watching news reports on TV--you were using social media to keep tabs on your friends and family, and taking advantage of the vast amounts of data available on the Internet to make sense of the situation. Below, a round-up of how Twitter and other online resources helped people get through the record-breaking "super storm."
Weather APIs are among the most popular and the category has quadrupled over the past few years, with 47 weather APIs currently listed in the ProgrammableWeb API directory.