November 16, 2005
What makes a trip to a restaurant a great experience is not just the fact that they serve delicious food and good wine, but it has a lot to do with the atmosphere and overall 'vibe' of the place. Of course, a 'good vibe' means different things to different people (some like it chilled and some like it loud and bustling), so imagine how cool it would be to be able to browse through dining options based on the exact atmosphere you're looking for. That's what Hoppit is all about; finding restaurants by atmosphere. Hoppit's API provides access to this handy functionality.
Mashup contests can be a good way to reveal the variety of applications that are possible when the developer community is provided with a quality API. At the recent BarCamp London 5, Stefan Magdalinski, CTO of MOO.com, ran a weekend-long MOO API hack competition. The MOO service and API let users submit custom designs that can be printed onto products like business cards, sticker books, postcards, etc. These products can then be sold through an online store.
Nokia this week released version 1.2 of its Imaging SDK. The new developer tools, which were announced by CEO Stephen Elop at Microsoft's Build conference in San Francisco, will allow developers to add a wide range of new features to their own camera applications. The SDK applies to devices running Windows Phone 8.0 and Windows Phone 8.1. Nokia claims the SDK will let even entry-level devices run compelling and complex imaging applications thanks to optimization and low-memory requirements.