March 3, 2012
Google has added one of the most popular features of its consumer Google Maps product to the Google Maps API. Predictive travel time is oft-used by consumers to find best routes, and avoid traffic. Now, developers have access to the feature and can integrate the functionality into third party apps.
How much will it cost to hire that cabbie? The Yourtaximeter API gives access to such precise data that cab companies in the UK rely on it to give quotes. Yourtaximeter provides a tool anyone can use to calculate a fare. The API documentation, other than providing a link to where you can get an access key and noting responses are flexibly delivered in JSON or XML, is rather skimpy. That's actually a complement: minimal documentation reflects the fact that no coding skills are required.
Popcarte is a service for consumers, taking their uploaded photo and turning it into a card of the customer's choosing, from postcards to invitations to thank you notes, to special occasions, and then mails it out worldwide. The Popcarte API lets developers integrate the service into their apps.