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Chris Ismael
We have just released Unirest for node.js.  Unirest is a lightweight HTTP client library also available for PHP, Python, Ruby, Objective-C, Java, .NET, and Windows RT. After installing and setting up Unirest for node.js, you can make a simple HTTP request like this: unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/post') .headers({ 'Accept': 'application/json' }) .send({ "parameter": 23, "foo": "bar" }) .end(function (response) { console.log(response.body); }); Source: https://gist.github.com/ismaelc/7109128

Why use Unirest?

The goal of Unirest is to provide developers a consistent manner of making HTTP request calls regardless of programming language used.  We have open-sourced this library so that…
Chris Ismael
Note: Check out our latest API collections page for the list of updated APIs. If you’re a developer building an app that shows deals and promotions, this list of APIs will be useful for you: API # Title Link 1 DayWatch API DayWatch’s API provides powerful data access to real-time daily deal and coupons data in USA, Latin America and South East Asia. Search deals per country, location, category and activity. 2 BlipADeal Worldwide Deals API allows you to utilise our database of over 6 million daily deals and coupons annually from over 14 countries around the globe. We currently…
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An online hackathon from our friends at the AT&T Developer Program!  Check it out below: Alright hackers, Here is the online hackathon challenge: Build a multiplayer game that involves two or more phones. Why? Haven’t you wanted to play games with the people in the same room but couldn’t? Something as simple as Tap of War would be awesome. Use Unity, phonegap + pubnub or the framework of your choice to build the app and remember that the fun factor matters the most in this competition especially if you can support massive multiplayer mode.

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Cogito Intelligence API brings the power of semantic processing to your application or analysis pipeline, analyzes documents, web pages, tweets and any large data sets to enable Government, Intelligence, Law Enforcement Agencies, and Corporate Security customers to access and exploit some of their most strategic sources of information. The API is able to decipher the meaning and context in processed data, distinguishing between the high volume and various streams of intelligence information, and resolving ambiguities more effectively than keyword or statistics based solutions. Using advanced semantic processing, text mining, categorization and tagging, Cogito analyzes content, extracts entities as well as…
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Note: Check out our latest API collections page for the list of updated APIs. Image recognition APIs allow you to build apps that let you identify objects, brand logos, products, and more, from images.  The list of image recognition APIs below come in different sizes and flavors, so do check them out! API # Title Link 1 Camfind Image recognition back-end for the popular app CamFind. Take advantage of the leading image recognition platform through an easy to use web API. 2 Vufind Recognize Vufind Recognize is a real-time image recognition API for classification and monetization of photos and videos.…
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Interview transcribed below: I’m Augusto, the CEO of Mashape – the leading and largest API marketplace in the world.  I grew up in Italy and moved to US in 2010. Very cool.  So API marketplace.  This is for developers. [Correct].  I guess there’s a few competitors out there, but why do we need an API marketplace? As the world is moving to have more and more APIs, and software is moving to be more API-centric, there is now a need to unify the multiple APIs in one single place where you can find, distribute, consume, and manage them.  Kind of…
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  Make your API lives easier with Postman! Postman is a powerful HTTP client to help test web services easily and efficiently. Postman let’s you craft simple as well as complex HTTP requests quickly. It also saves requests for future use so that you never have to repeat your keystrokes ever again. Check the demo video below.  And get it here.…
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At API Launchpad yesterday in APIWorld, 6 companies launched their new APIs.  Check them out below (and links to their presentation slides too!): Drillster provides an online memorization platform. By using a scientifically proven algorithm, Drillster allows users to memorize learning material quicker and more easily. Moreover, Drillster accurately predicts for each individual user when the proficiency has dropped below a pre-set level, triggering users to brush up. Its core functionality is easily integrated into learning management systems, but can be used as a standalone product as well. [Slides] If you like to cook, you probably get many recipes…
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This morning I did a session on API Strategy – A Developer Perspective at DataWeek.  I derived the contents mostly from Daniel Jacobson’s “APIs: A Strategy Guide”  (I gave it a bit of a twist by focusing on the developer’s perspective of the API value chain). It’s interesting to note that the term “API Strategy” is being discussed on the web, started by none other Daniel himself, when he declared that businesses should be looking at APIs as a ‘tactic’, instead of a strategy.  You can check out his post here.   The discussion reeled me in and got…
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  Machine Linking has developed a multilingual SaaS platform that performs semantic analysis of textual documents.  By interfacing with their API, developers can connect unstructured documents and short pieces of text, written in different languages, to live and up-to-date Semantic Web resources such as DBPedia or Freebase. The API features language detection, keyword and entity extraction, disambiguation and linking, concept tagging, and content enrichment; it also returns relevant information about each entity, such as types, images, definitions, synonyms, and translations, extracted from a proprietary and internally maintained knowledge base. Machine Linking is available in over 30 languages, including English, Russian,…
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