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Chris Ismael
23andMe introduced an API today to let the curious among us tap into their database: “Opening our API offers an immense opportunity for customers to do more with their DNA. While 23andMe has created a number of groundbreaking and innovative tools for our customer to explore their DNA, the API will open the door to the possibility of new web-based interactive tools to be developed by external groups.” (via TechCrunch) This is a gigantic step forward in opening up access for genetics research online. The beauty of machine learning (as discussed in a previous post) is that…
Chris Ismael
Image credit: https://flic.kr/p/di9TVx This week, two major tech events took place just miles from our office. Apple announced the iPhone 5 at the Yerba Buena Center, and Tech Crunch Disrupt SF announced its winner. Scoble had a great blog post about how, despite the upgrades to Siri in iOS 6, its context awareness was still a major flaw. Siri is quite stupid about context, location, and a bunch of other things. He’s right, but context as simply more data is better data doesn’t solve the underlying problem. Siri’s bugs don’t come from a lack of data, they come from…
Chris Ismael
Chris Ismael is a developer evangelist currently working at Nokia in Singapore who is a huge fan of Mashape. Check out the Mashape video demo below which he created 🙂 Thanks, Chris!…
Chris Ismael
Stormtroopers working on Mashape updates Image credit: https://flic.kr/p/8ueZ5r Today, we pushed out a small update on Mashape. We have added a nice functionality to our search engine. You can now search APIs by typing in just the name of the API provider. Search for API by typing in the name of the API provider…
Chris Ismael
Hello Mashapers, We’re super excited to announce that we’re now officially open to public for every API and developer in the world. We’re now powering more than 400 APIs and thousands of developers are relying on Mashape APIs everyday. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts and feedback in the coming weeks. To be part of the movement, you can simply join us on Mashape. Hacker note: for developers who were using the Face.com API (for face detection), we now have an amazing free replacment created by Lambda Labs – http://www.mashape.com/lambda/face Mashape has also launched some useful features in…
Augusto Marietti
Everyone is building APIs these days. Most new apps/services have some kind of API, and almost every app uses at least one API. I was hacking on a project a couple of years back, and I remember one of the developers on the project mentioning that we should have an API. At that time, I thought he was crazy. We have not even launched the product, why would anyone want to use our API, let alone our App? Our app eventually failed, mostly the fault of ourselves. We out grew it, moved on to bigger and better ventures, but looking…
Augusto Marietti
Image credit: https://flic.kr/p/7RAG5D Yes. We’re looking for our first developer evangelist who will spread our voice beyond the boundaries of mankind. Job Description You should know how to code. A specific programming language is not necessary in this case, but an overall understanding of machines, code and APIs is required. You will organize and attend hackathons – you should have strong communication skills. You will inspire developers, generate content from blog posts to tweets. You should have a natural affection in helping people. You decide which conferences/summits will need to be sponsored, seed the base for monthly meet-ups around US,…
In the latest incarnation of Mashape, we’ve added a few goodies for people using modern browsers. One of those is the hover effect on the Mashape logo. We’ve found that the logo hover event is the most fired event and scales with other activity on our site. In this blog post, I’ll be going over some basics of pixel manipulation in the HTML5 canvas. HTML5 provides a lot of access to browser data that was previously inaccessible. Let’s initialize the canvas: var canvas = document.getElementById("logoCanvas"), ctx = canvas.getContext("2d"); The variable “canvas” gets the canvas element from the DOM, and “ctx”…
Augusto Marietti
Hello folks, We’re doing a friendly hackathon today, at our hacker house (South Park), the Mashape Lair. Come visit us armed with your laptop! Bring friends and hack on whatever you want. We start at around 6pm, and see how far we can go 😉 We provide free food (burgers and italian pasta) and beer. Yes, you can sleep here, we have plenty of space! We’re at 433 Bryant St. See you! Ping us hackers@mashape.com if you have any questions!  …
Augusto Marietti
Image credit: https://flic.kr/p/9mt6Nt Dear developers (API providers), Please stop fucking up your public APIs. Every week there is an API that is changing, being shut down, or malfunctioning. If this trend continues, we lose trust in using third party services via APIs, and we’ll just go back to the old way, and reinvent the wheel by ourself. Reliability and trust are the most important things for this ecosystem. We’re seeing an explosion of public APIs, so the trend is strong, but still fragile. “Next time someone asks me why I keep reinventing the wheel, it’s because the wheel does not…
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