The ILGeoNames wrapper, supported by Infinite Loop, allows users to access the GeoNames API using Objective-C. The library's classes provide an alternative to the MKReverseGeocoder class from the iOS SDK. ILGeoNames is available under standard BSD license terms.
Do you have an idea on how to aid writers with spelling, context and grammer and like the idea of a few extra dollars? Wordnik, an online dictionary service, has announced a competition to create a mashup using their API.
Google has now made its closely-guarded Google Places API available to all developers, after nearly a year in closed beta. The API, first announced a year ago, returns business listings based on location. The search giant also added features that make the service useful for many types of local applications, in addition to simplifying the authentication process. With additional agreements, Google also allows for a healthy 100,000 queries, versus only 1,000 standard calls.
Treasure Data's open source approach to big data and the cloud promises a speedy setup, just days rather than months. The Treasure Data REST API allows organizations to forego having an IT person involved in transiting to the cloud. The set up is Hadoop-based cloud warehousing using Apache Hive.