Author: The Mashaper

Global Hack featuring Mashape at NTT DoCoMo in Tokyo, Japan!

Last weekend, NTT DoCoMo Innovation partnered with Mashape and hosted Global Hack. Global Hack is one of the first hackathons in Tokyo, where Japanese developers spent the weekend hacking to win a trip for 4 to Silicon Valley. Although hackathon culture is just beginning to develop in Japan, the event was well received. Final presentations were done in true hacker spirit; with no slideshows allowed, and featuring only demos of the hack to judges. The most creative hack I saw was a stuffed animal controlled by a phone that could recognize your voice, face and tell you the weather. It...

Dota2 vs. League of Legends – API war

Dota2 vs. League of Legends – Which do you prefer? Here at Mashape we love online games, most Mashapers are avid online gamers, we all have our favorite style and secret strategies to beat our enemies online. Of course we love to take sides, we love joking around about Marco’s camping skills on Counter Strike, and Nijiko’s pride in last hitting creeps. Whether FPS, RTS, MOBA or MMO, we’ve probably played it at some point or another! Today I would like to talk about MOBAs, and more specifically League of Legends (LoL) and Defense of the Ancients 2 (DoTA2),...

After Private APIs, Private Plans!

Introducing Private Plans – for API Providers and Consumer! Everyone loves flexibility, (knowimsayinn) but no one admits it! We’ve successfully deployed Private Plans, a new feature of our Pricing Tab. There is nothing keeping developers away from consuming your public and private APIs, and with this release, we give you a way to charge users in customized ways. This update is targeted to all our API providers who like to keep things between your API and your consumers a little more interesting. Mashape wants you to be able to provide your customers with a flexible pricing for any use-case. The best...

NetImpact’s real-time, IP-to-location API lands on Mashape

NetImpact, the powerful, real-time, IP-to-location based API developer service is now available on Mashape.  The API takes the most complicated data sets and generates easy to understand real-time formats.  NetImpact is carving a clear and simple path for developers to gain instant access to back end data; ultimately make their mobile, Web, Android, or iOS apps’ front-end function flawlessly. The company’s goal is to deliver universally accessible big data in the easiest format possible. The IP-to-location API provides powerful data that enables you to build more intelligent applications for dynamic content delivery, location-aware applications, enhanced e-commerce, security and more....

Image recognition made easy with Catchoom API

The API from award-winning image and object recognition provider, Catchoom, is now available on Mashape. Their solution, CraftAR, is the ultimate Augmented Reality toolbox; which helps businesses and brands create augmented reality content. The Catchoom solution is perfect if you’re working within gaming, advertising, marketing, publishing, and e-commerce markets. The benefits of Image Recognition stem from the fact that a mobile user is at least 40x more likely to interact with an interactive ad containing an image than with a traditional ad. Catchoom’s CraftAR enables companies of all sizes, from small startups to large scale enterprises, to build high...

Invite developers to consume secret APIs!

Hey Mashapers! We recently rolled out a new feature on Mashape that is going to revolutionize the way you add APIs on Mashape. Many of you have requested this feature, and we are super stoked to announce that you can now invite developers to consume and interact with your private/ secret APIs. As the owner of the API, you can handpick from a list of Mashape users and reveal your private API to the few selected secret agents. Finding the invite option is easy. Simply click on “Invite devs to your API” at the bottom left of the settings...

Build and Monetise APIs in 99 seconds

Monetizing an API is a good way of generating revenue quickly. Ask Nijiko! Sometimes the easiest services are the ones that generate the most traffic and traction. At Mashape, we give everyone a chance of quickly monetizing their API without having to worry about any technical aspects. Creating an API on the fly with BlockSpring We’re super happy to see more people building tools to simplify the access to building APIs, one of the services that was featured on HackerNews recently is BlockSpring’s API builder. At the moment they only support three languages (Python, Ruby and R) but that’s plenty enough for...

Documenting and Publishing an API on Mashape

Hey Mashapers, We just launched our new version of Mashape (internally, we called it “Mashape 5″) not too long ago. In this new version, we’ve redesigned certain flows on the site which may be different from the previous version (“Mashape 4″). Specifically, we’ve revamped the API documentation design and changed it to a new 3-column layout. To help you guys out, we’ve written up a guide on how to document and publish an API on Mashape. API providers, what are you waiting for? Documenting and publishing your API is just 3 easy steps: Filling in the basic information to list your...

API Security – Buy or Bake?

It is not uncommon to see APIs being served using the “http://” protocol and it’s sad, real sad. So sad that every time I see it, I feel like crying. I remember going to a hackathon few months ago and the idea of a location based Tinder-like app for LinkedIn popped. The question of whether we would let people sniff data flowing through the ether was raised almost immediately. What if people could tap into your stream over insecure WiFi? The decision was easy. We would implement a secure layer which we would allow the app to communicate with...

List of Food and Drinks APIs for a yummy-licious Summer

Summer is here! At Mashape, we’ve been busy improving and iterating on some new features. But what better way to celebrate the awesome weather with some food, drinks, and API? Whether you’re staying in or heading out, we hope that this list of food and drinks API will be useful for you! For the diet-conscious folks who like to count your calories, skip the food and consume these APIs instead. Think of the possibilities of linking a wearable device with a food API. You can re-calibrate your targets on the fly based on your food and drinks intake, or...