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Chris Ismael
Got images to analyze, modify, sell, or recognize? Or do you need generate images?   These Image APIs might help:   API # Title Link 1 ImageVision – NuditySearch API ImageVision’s NuditySearch Recognizing nudity is a highly complex problem. NuditySearch tackles this problem by recognizing anatomical attributes and determining if there is nudity in images. 2 Animetrics Face Recognition API The Animetrics Face Recognition API can be used to detect human faces in pictures. Information on facial features or “landmarks” is returned as coordinates on the image.. Animetrics Face Recognition will also detect and return the orientation, or “pose” of faces…
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Note: Check out our latest API collections page for the list of updated APIs. If you deal with PDF in your applications, you might find this list useful. API # Title Link 1 Textibility API Textibility provides a simple, REST API for extracting information from images and documents in a number of formats and generating images and documents from structured data. With a simple, clean HTTP interface and some clever processing we can quickly and easily unlock information captured in photographs and file uploads. 2 SwissKnifeDocs API This API can convert documents into another document format. You can convert documents…
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We had the opportunity to “email” interview Rudolf Osman, CEO of Zazler, to get his insights on the challenges facing developers when rolling out their own APIs, and the trend of APIs in general. Zazler is a backend for web and mobile apps that saves developers from having to write server-side code.  It works as a server facilitating database queries between the application’s frontend and its database. Q: What are the circumstances where developers need to create their own API? With web APIs the circumstances can vary a lot depending on the purpose of the API. We have experience in…
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Photo credit: Parse Parse is a backend-as-a-service (BAAS) platform that lets you focus on building your applications without worrying about server and infrastructure maintenance and complexities.  If you haven’t heard or tried Parse before, I encourage you to try their Quickstart here to get an idea of how the BAAS paradigm works. This post shows an example of a Mashape API integrated with Parse through Parse Modules.  Parse Modules are libraries that Parse developers import into their app to use certain functionality offered by 3rd-party APIs.  Once your API is turned into a Parse Module, it will be easier for…
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It was great meeting everyone at API World!  We had a whopping turnout of 1000+ developers and delivered tons of tracks.  Next year will be bigger! Here are a few pictures from the 2-day event: The Mashape crew in their “Keep Calm and Use an API” shirts! Mashape CEO and co-founder Augusto Marietti talking about the Art of Selling APIs Top 10 worst API practices from John Musser APIWorld hackathon participants! Hope to see you again next year!…
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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…
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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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