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Christina Ng

Open-Sourcing Mashape’s Guardian. OAuth solved.

At Mashape, we support thousands of APIs. Over the years, we have learned a lot about different authentications and the complex world of OAuth. Today, we are happy to officially release Guardian.js, the open-source gatekeeper that removes the OAuth dance with a single request. In the past, the community has shown lots of love and support for our previous open-source projects: OAuthBible and Unirest.io. As we continue to develop new API tools, we’ll continue to share our work with the developer community! We hope you like it, The Mashape Team Get rid of…
Christina Ng
SemaMediaData – a startup that offers Image & Video OCR API based on cutting edge multimedia-processing technologies, is now on Mashape! Do check out the guest post below by them, and don’t forget to consume their API on Mashape! SemaMediaData technologies serve as cornerstone for various innovative applications as e.g., automatic video annotation, video indexing, video browsing, content-based video search engine, social media mining etc. Image OCR provides functionality for detecting and recognizing text content from video frames and images. It differs from a conventional print OCR engine which is designed for a high resolution scan of printed documents with…
Orlando
Last week, we organized our first API Crafters Meetup since the move to our new office, and it was awesome to see so many people interested in APIs showing up. Lots of stories were shared during the networking session, and it was heartwarming to hear different war stories and implementations from various perspectives. The first speaker was Tyler from Klout. He explained in detail how Klout consumes other APIs to generate data to power their own API, which in turn generates a never-ending loop of data being exchanged between platforms. @harmophone presenting the KLOUT API architecture at the first…
Vlad Nov
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.…
Orlando

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. var games = ["Quake3","WoW","Dota2","LoL","CS1.6","UT"]; function wePlayedIt(gamesArray){ for(i = 0; i < gamesArray.length; i++) { var p = document.createElement("p"); p.innerHTML = "We played " + gamesArray[i]; document.body.appendChild(p); } } (wePlayedIt(games)); Whether FPS, RTS, MOBA or MMO, we’ve probably played…
Orlando

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…
Christina Ng
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.  NetImpact’s…
Christina Ng
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 performance…
Orlando
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 menu…
Orlando
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…
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