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Chris Ismael
Image credit: https://flic.kr/p/byuj7d Mashape crossed 1000 APIs today! Here’s a huge Thank you to all the API providers and developers who made this possible! Thanks to all the developers who have joined the Mashape Community. We’re now a global force spread out all over the world. Mashape is empowering the most interesting APIs in the world, from Porn Filter – 3D Animations – FlightLookup – Real-Time Currency Conversion – Chinese Sentiment Analysis – Instagram-like filters – Face Recognition, Siri-like functions, and many more. If you’re around SF, we have created a Meetup Group to enrich the community. Expect…
Chris Ismael
The web connects us, it enables our ability to share the content that matters most. The web is not just text, it is pictures, music and video. Yet as programmers we are used to considering the response of APIs as text that can be parsed by a machine in a format we can read ourselves. We are used to JSON. But APIs are the gears that connect us to the services that underly our favorite content, to Facebook videos and Tumblr images. Now, Mashape enables a whole new generation of APIs with support for binary input and output. Fortunately, APIs…
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
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/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…
Augusto Marietti
The Enlighten API is created by Thinkudo Labs and allows text analytics and other functionality for companies to create their own social monitoring dashboard. Enlighten API on Mashape The API is available with three different pricing plans: $10/month $500/month $1,000/month Pricing plans for Enlighten API Thinkudo Labs was founded in 2012, by a team of developers coming out from SkyScanner and Hewlett-Packard. If you want to hack on it, just sign up with Mashape using the coupon “thinkudo”. Happy coding 😉…
Augusto Marietti
In January, the long time leader in the photo/camera industry filled for Chapter 11 and is shutting down many divisions to stay afloat for the bankruptcy. It’s even selling more than 1,100 digital image patents to cover their continuous quarterly loss. The company has around $5.1 billion in assets but $6.8 billion in debt. Yes, Eastman Kodak, the company that has invented the digital camera and handheld camera (among other things), files for bankruptcy after having innovated for more than 130 years. The company has been struggling recently, unable to adapt to an increasingly digital world. Since 2003, it has…
Augusto Marietti
Chatterbox Analytics (a spin-out company from Queen Mary, University of London) is pleased to announce the release of the new sentiment detection API for social texts. This API is designed specifically to classify short social messages, such as tweets, into positive or negative categories. The system uses advanced statistical models trained (they have partnered with Intel to use their super computer for model training) on 68 million tweets. The detection can handle slang, common misspellings, emoticons, hashtags, etc. The API adopts a freemium model – a free version and a paid version which gives users more flexibility. The system currently…
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