FullContact has announced the CardShark API. The CardShark API allows users to "to send images of business cards to FullContact, and...receive back a response containing transcribed structured contact data." The advantage the API method of optical character recognition over competitors lies in the ability to send contacts to devices and applications beyond the device that captured the initial picture.
One of the cool things our directory data allows us to do is to get a glimpse at both short term and long term trends in the API space. One slice of data worth looking at is the categories have had the most growth. This article looks at which categories have grown the most in the last five years.
This week at Dreamforce, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, announced Salesforce1. Benioff suggested that Salesforce1 could be the single platform to run entire companies, and manage the internet of things from a single source. However, the bigger story behind Salesforce1 is an API story. How else can a single platform claim to "Connect all your apps. Connect all your devices. Connect all your customer data."? Increase your APIs tenfold is how.