Thursday, December 15, 2011

Factual, 1 API for 55 million places

Factual API is another big data API for querying places. It even includes countries such as China.

However, it is currently under Beta so not everyone gets access.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

HipChat - An IM for companies at work

HipChat is an IM, similar to Skype, MSN, Yahoo messenger, and 100 other IM services.

However, they are largely focused for providing IM for work, with features such as file sharing (like dropbox), and concept of group chat (rooms). They charge $2 per person per month.

HipChat API looks neat too!

National University of Singapore (NUS) has an API for querying courses information

This API is created by nushackers, and provides querying of courses information such as the module description, timetable and pre-requisites.

I was a graduate from NUS, so I could see that an API would be very useful when it comes to a new semester where students spend a huge amount of time searching and bidding for their modules.

It is also enlightening to learn that the project is built using Python, Flask and Scrapy.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Best Analytics SDK for Mobile is still Flurry

Flurry is one of the pioneer in analytics for mobile apps, and still remain king in this area.

It provides SDKs for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone - the 4 major platforms! Not forgetting also Java ME!

It measured a lot of stuff, such as:

  • Total number of users
  • Growth per day
  • Duration of each session
  • Device hardware
  • Device OS
  • Particular action on the app (as specified by developers)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Zappos has an API, and organizes a winter Hackathon

Zappos API can be used to search products. The API returns complete products details including the different styles, images, reviews and statistics. There is even an AutoComplete API for you to implement search auto-complete (like how Google search did)!

Pretty fun API for an online store.

What can spotify API and apps do?

Spotify has recently launched their app platform. It is basically a way for developers to use HTML5 to integrate into their desktop app.

Using their API and app platform, developers can creating streaming apps. Also discovering of music and playlists.

What you can't do, of course, is to download the songs.