June 19, 2016
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Google releases new Gmail API to give finer grained control and greater speed, potentially exploding the number of use cases. More on the implications of Netflix closing its API. Plus: check in to your hotel room with your phone, and Android offers a new camera API.
The Tnooz THack event at ITA Google's headquarters in Boston was a lesson in how overwhelming development for the travel industry can be. On the morning of the first day of the hackathon, the eleven API hosts provided brief descriptions of their APIs and their respective functionality or access to data. It became clear, very quickly, that most of the APIs were not like the Twitter API or Google Maps API. Many of the APIs delivered a lot of complex data in a highly structured format. Building some kind of mash-up using any of the APIs would be a challenge.
Little over a year after Uber released its API, Uber continues to add features that propel its offering well beyond a simple ride sharing service. Uber Trip Experiences allows third party apps to access a rider's Uber app and trip details. Think about a ten minute playlist, for a ten minute trip.