Simply stated: "Tinypass is a powerful e-commerce platform that helps sites charge for access to content." Developers and site owners can utilize the Tinypass platform by adding a plugin for popular CMS platforms (e.g. Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.); or, developers can integrate Tinypass functionality into apps and third party sites with the Tinypass API.
Those worried about whether the internet will kill the local retailers have either a positive sign or another reason to worry. Location-based shopping company Retailigence has announced its first round of developer applications. The apps use the Retailigence API to look for products in stock at local stores, by either keyword or barcode. Brick and mortar retailers have long feared similar technology, which could be used to find a better deal online, where there are not the same real estate costs. Retailigence hope to flip that for local retailers, making it easy for consumers to shop locally.
It's come a long way from the Sears and Roebuck mail order catalog. Yet, the new API might bring wrench and dishwasher company Sears the closest it's been to its origins in decades. Developers can now search the entire product database of Sears and Kmart (the companies merged in 2005).