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13 Notable Transportation APIs

New technology and transportation applications have transformed the way commuters, delivery services, fleet operators, and travelers get places. Driving these applications are Transportation APIs, and developers can find hundreds of them in the ProgrammableWeb directory. Here are some highlights.

Daily API RoundUp: Globalhop, Remove.bg, Targomo, Oxylabs

Ten APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Optimization, Monetization, Hotels, and Identity. Highlights include an API for backcountry skiing data, and an API that removes the background from images. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.

Orchestrate Eases Complex Database Tasks

So, you are an indie developer, or a small to midsize business, without the resources to curate your own complex backend? Enter Orchestrate (formerly known as Orchestrate.io), a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that manages a complex infrastructure of scalable storage and querying engines (NoSQL), each optimized to a particular task or query.

Kii Launches A/B Testing Service for Mobile App Developers

Mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) provider Kii has launched a first-of-its-kind A/B testing feature for MBaaS customers, which can also be used as a stand-alone tool for mobile app developers. Kii CEO and Cofounder Masanari Arai and Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer Phani Pandrangi spoke with ProgrammableWeb about what the new features mean for mobile app developers and how to make use of their REST APIs and SDKs to better analyze the commercial potential, usage patterns, and growth opportunities of new app products.

Prosperent and CloudFlare Partner to Easily Monetize any Website

Prosperent (quickly growing ad network) and CloudFlare (content delivery network focused on low touch app launches) have announced a partnership aimed at quickly monetizing websites without complicated development work. The partnership is simple, seems obvious, and should intrigue developers across many markets. Most importantly, the partnership should create new ways for anybody/any company with an online presence to make money. Check out the PW profiles for the Prosperent API and the CloudFlare API.

URL Shortening Goes Enterprise with BudURL.Pro

Link shortening is no longer just something you do to fit into tweets or keep emails from wrapping. For many, especially those in marketing, it's also a great way to track clicks as their content gets spread across the web. BudURL keeps its focus on fulfilling the link shortening needs of businesses. And now it's added a professional version with custom URLs, analytics and a BudURL.Pro API to access it all.

Bit.ly Improves Their Popular URL Shortening API

It is not uncommon to hear services promoting themselves as having more bandwidth, more storage and more speed. Despite this services like Twitter and SMS are incredibly popular despite only being able to send one or two sentences at a time. The economy of these messaging services has made URL shortening services like bit.ly necessary. Given its integration into 3rd party sites, it’s not surprising that bit.ly also has an accompanying API, which has just gotten an overhaul with version 3.

Why Are You So Popular, bit.ly?

Hey there, bit.ly. You've been garnering your share of praise--and jealous criticism--lately. It's barely past your first birthday and you've raised a few million in venture capital and are going steady with Twitter, one of the hottest sites of the moment. Your competitors publicly proclaim you as unbeatable. What's your secret, bit.ly?

ShareThis Customized with an API

At the bottom of many blog posts (including this one) and website entries you're likely to find a widget that allows sharing to social sites or emailing to a friend. ShareThis competes with other systems like AddThis and SocialTwist to give publishers an easy-to-install sharing method.