Daily API RoundUp: Facebook Thoughts, Baseball History, StatCan

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Twelve APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Augmented Reality, Open Data, and Education. Today's highlights include the Facebook Thoughts API that provides developer access to thought-to-text functions. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.


Facebook Thoughts is a collaboration between Facebook and the neuroscience research community that has set a goal of typing thoughts straight from someone's brain. The Facebook Thoughts API provides programmatic access to thought-to-text services. Facebook Thoughts will only detect thoughts that people have sent to the speech centers of the brain, allowing users to choose what to share and what to keep private. Facebook is currently accepting applications for its beta developer program. This API is referred to as the Brain API. The API is listed under the Augmented Reality category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Augmented Reality APIs.

Facebook Thoughts
Watch the announcement from F8 on the Facebook Thoughts GitHub page

DocuWare offers document management capabilities for businesses. The REST-based Platform API allows developers to access several resources such as documents, files, pages, annotations, users, file cabinets, and search results. Operations can be used to retrieve access dialogs, update index fields, updating files or placing annotations. XML and JSON are the available response formats. The API is listed under the Documents category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Documents APIs.

The DataValidation API returns email deliverability reports that estimate list quality, and analyze the quality of email addresses. The API aims to allow marketers to keep email lists clean and always ready to send, as it accepts email lists and returns detailed data on each address in JSON format. This API is listed under the Email category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Email APIs.

DataValidation provides APIs for email address validation Image: DataValidation

iQualify is a Learning Management and courseware authoring and delivery system. The iQualify API offers a learner-centered education Platform that features interactive and social learning tools, assessment management, and feedback support. The API exposes management and analytics responses for building learning experiences. iQualify offers free and monthly payment plans and the API is listed in our Education category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Education APIs.

iForge is a Realtime Forex Tick Data & Currency Conversion API. The 1Forge Quotes API offers real-time currency pairs quotes in JSON format. Developers can use this API to retrieve quotes for all symbols, specific pairs, and several supported real-time quotes. This service is free to use. The API is listed under the Financial category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Financial APIs.

ProSalesTax provides a database of accurate Sales Tax data for applications to stay compliant. The ProSalesTax database is mapped and broken down locally, and checked against public, private, and government sources to ensure accuracy. The Pro Sales Tax API connects an application to sales tax information based on postal code, state, county or city. Pro Sales Tax charges on a monthly basis to access the API. It's listed in our direcory under Taxes. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Taxes APIs.

SpaceDog.io is a platform that provides backend services for applications. The SpaceDog API offers a cloud-based backend so developers can focus on application design, User Experience, and other features instead of server and administrative services. Developers can authenticate and authorize users, save and search data, update and push content, and deploy and publish resources with the API. The API is listed under the Backend category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Backend APIs.

The Amdoren Time Converter API allows developers to convert the date and time of one location to the date and time of another location. Data is returned in JSON format over a secure HTTPS connection. This service is free for use in personal and commercial websites and applications. The API is listed under the Time category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Time APIs.

The Baseball History API allows developers to query the SQL Baseball Statistics Database programmatically for data on MLB players and teams from 1873 to 2016. The Baseball History API is listed under the Sports category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Sports APIs.

Statistics Canada (StatCan) is a Canadian agency and website with the mission to supply citizens with statistics about Canada. The agency conducts census surveys and aggregates other data for researchers and citizens. APIs are available for consuming the data including: Statistics Canada Indicators API which returns all of the indicators, the major economic indicators, and the indicators available on the home page, Statistics Canada Home Page API, which returns what is on the home page carousel, and Statistics Canada Schedule API. The APIs are listed under the Open Data category. See ProgrammableWeb's complete list of Open Data APIs.

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