Daily API RoundUp: Amazon Cognito Identity, BloomSky, World Air Quality

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Twelve APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Internet of Things, Database, Payments, and Environment. New to our directory is an API from Amazon that allows developers to create unique identities for users to authenticate them incognito. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.


BloomSky is a hyperlocal network of weather cameras that provides real time visual weather information from around the world. The BloomSky API allows developers to link their personal weather stations to a variety of different outputs. It can export a given station's latest weather data, pictures, and time-lapse videos. The BloomSky API is listed under the Weather category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Weather APIs.

BloomSky API for smarthome weather stations
Bloomsky weather station map of weather stations / image: BloomSky

World Air Quality Index (AQI) API integrates air quality data into applications. It aims to target sensitive populations such as women who are pregnant, children of younger age, adults of older age, and people with asthma. Developers can use it to get air quality data about multiple locations around the world. The API is provided by Greenroom Digital marketing firm, which are based in Australia, and is listed under the Environment category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Environment APIs.

PipelineDB's Stride API is a real time analytics-as-a-service API. It developers to construct networks based on these real-time streams for applications that can perform distincts counting, sliding-window computations, set up fire Webhooks, and run massive retroactive batch queries. Queries are created using Stride SQL (a simplified SQL), and the API exchanges information in JSON format. We've listed this API under the Database category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Database APIs.

The Amazon Cognito Identity API integrates temporary identity Authentication into third party providers such as Facebook and Google. It aims to be helpful to login with Amazon. Developers can use the API to permit to create identities, obtain credentials, and merge developer identities. We'eve listed this API under the Identity category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Identity APIs.

Blinkstick provides Smart USB controlled LED controller. The Blinkstick API allows changing the color or the publicly available Blinkstick device via HTTP GET request. Blinkstick acts as a HID (Human Interface Device) and does not need any additional drivers. It uses ATTiny85 microcontroller with V-USB firmware. The Blinkstick API is listed under the Gadgets category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Gadgets APIs.

Blinkstick API for programmable LED lighting
Blinkstick makes several programmable lighting devices including this cool 3D enclosed LED cube / image: Blinkstick

Developer user Athom Sfere explains How to use Blinkstick with Python / image: YouTube Athom Sfere

SPiD is a single sign-on and payment solution from a European company called Schibsted Product & Technology. The SPiD API integrates payment subscription services into applications. The SPiD API is listed under the Payments category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Payments APIs.

SPiD API for single sign on subscriptions
Users of SPiD can log on once to connect to popular sites and monitor payments and subscriptions / image: Schibsted

The W3C Web Payments HTTP API allows developers to register payment applications, create payment requests, and reply with payment responses. It allows web applications to initiate payments for products or services by serving an HTTP 402 Payment Required response along with sufficient data to start and complete the payment flow. This API is listed under the Payments category.

Also from W3C, the Web Authentication API is a specification that defines an API for creating and using strong, attested, cryptographic scoped credentials for authenticating users in Web applications. Credentials are created and stored on an authenticator by the user agent, which mediates access to scoped credentials. Authenticators ensure that no operations are performed on the application without the consent of the user. This API is listed under the Authentication category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Authentication APIs.

GoldStar Trust Crowdpay API allows developers to integrate with a crowdpay service that can collect funds, open escrows, process payments, and manage investments. The API is targeted to investors interested in crowdfunding offerings and is also listed under the Payments category.

High-Tech Bridge is a Web security firm headquartered in Geneva. High-Tech Bridge API offers an SSL/ TLS server testing service that helps in detecting possible vulnerabilities. This service is free to use, but requests are limited to 20 in 3 minutes, and 250 requests in total per 24 hours. JSON is used for responses for easy consumption. The API is listed under the Testing category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Testing APIs.

Relink is a recruitment Platform based in Copenhagen that uses machine learning and recommendation algorithms to decipher job description data. The Relinklabs Goodwin API and Relinklabs Marlowe API are available in JSON architecture for recruiter apps, and present responses associated with applicant's job title, skills, future jobs, previous jobs, and education. These API is listed under the Jobs category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Jobs APIs.

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