The Tesseract.Net SDK by Patagames offers an efficient optical character recognition library for .Net and provides high level service in equipping your application with text recognition abilities. Tesseract is an accurate OCR engine and can read a wide variety of image formats and convert them to text in over 60 languages. It can also easily convert your scanned document into searchable PDF.
While industry analysts expected this year to be the year Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) took off, end-of-year assessments are suggesting that there is still room for further growth in 2014. Forecasters predict a 104% annual growth in the market to reach $7.7 billion in 2017, while this week's acquisition of MBaaS vendor StackMob by PayPal has piqued more than a few businesses' curiosity. Meanwhile, analysts from Forrester and major players like Rich Mendis from AnyPresence believe the MBaaS revolution is still yet to happen for the enterprise.
Twitter recently added more data to each tweet it returns via the API. Now your applications can access the number of retweets, whether you have retweeted a tweet and additional information about the user who wrote the tweet. The new information used to require subsequent calls to the Twitter API, or perhaps looking up a cached value from your own database.
A little over a month off of its pricing structure changes, location database-as-a-service company SimpleGeo has updated its SimpleGeo Places API with more data based on an earlier partnership with Factual. In addition to new data, there are new ways to access it, as well as some changes to the structure of the data returned, so if you've already built on the API you will want to take note.