These are news items I've curated in my Google Reader, Twitter and bookmarking using Pinboard. Sometimes I add a little commentary to each post.
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thenextweb.com on 05/06/2013
Excerpt: When the Internet goes down, so too does modern life. Like it or not, having a connection to the Internet means that you can be informed, available, and part of the global conversation. Offline, you are just sitting there. Alone. Kickstarter project BRCK wants to make sure that no matter where you are in the world, you can be online. It’s a neat idea, and one that I support. The company’s motto explains the soul of the project: “if it works in Africa, it will work anywhere. ” What it means by that is if the device brings Internet access to less developed part of the world, it will work in any other environment. The group is raising $125,000 to get the BRCK from prototype through the manufacturing process.... read the full post.
Tags: , API-Evangelist, API-Stack, Internet-of-Things, Technology
feedproxy.google.com on 05/06/2013
Excerpt: Microsoft on Monday announced a big milestone for its cloud storage service SkyDrive: more than 250 million users. The company noted that it has added some 50 million accounts since the launch of Windows 8 less than seven months ago. The Windows 8 connection is no coincidence. Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system features a Modern UI (Metro) app for SkyDrive as well as the inclusion of SkyDrive data in the Charm functionality. In short, Microsoft has made a big bet that cloud storage is a feature Windows users both want and need out-of-the-box. SkyDrive lets you save your files so you can get to them no matter where you are: it’s available on multiple PCs as well as non-Windows devices via the various free SkyDrive apps.... read the full post.
Tags: , API-Evangelist, API-Stack, Cloud Storage, Microsoft, Skydrive
feeds.developer.yahoo.net on 05/06/2013
Excerpt: There is an awful lot of great data online which has the potential to power awesome next-generation apps and services. Open data, government data services, and many APIs provide relatively easy access to data which can be integrated with sufficient time and effort. However, the data your app or service needs is not necessarily available in a useful format. In fact, the vast majority of online data is locked up in web pages with no provision of data dumps or APIs in order to programmatically access it. Frequently, the solution to this problem has been the development of so-called "scrapers". While scrapers may initially solve the problem of data retrieval, they come with a number of issues.... read the full post.
Tags: , API-Evangelist, API-Stack, Harvesting, Import.io, Scraping
trigger.io on 05/06/2013
Tags: , API-Evangelist, API-Stack, BaaS
bronto.com on 05/06/2013
Excerpt: Let's start the week off with a new feature announcement. Some of your emails are opened all over the world, but we have only been making this data visually available if the open occurred within the US. This is no longer the case. Our US Opens Map (accessed by viewing the "Opens" tab on a "Delivery Report") has been replaced with a Global Opens Map.... read the full post.
Tags: , API-Evangelist, API-Stack, Email
www.japantimes.co.jp on 05/06/2013
Excerpt: Toyota expects to book group operating profit of ¥1. 8 trillion for the current business year, up 36. 3 percent from the year before, on the back of the weaker yen and brisk sales in North America and Asia. A recent brawl on Mount Everest that shocked the mountaineering community stems from tension between elite climbers and growing commercial expeditions on the world’s highest peak, experts say.... read the full post.
Tags: , API-Evangelist, API-Stack, Gaming, Mobile
blog.programmableweb.com on 05/06/2013
Excerpt: Thinkery offers a tool where users can store notes, todos, and bookmarks. The Thinkery platforms keeps everything organized through a unique #hashtag system. With hopes that developers will create an ecosystem of apps and tools on top of the Thinkery platform, the company released the Thinkery API. The driving force behind Thinkery rings loud and clear in both its base platform and its API offering: “Your brain, organized. ” In an attempt to organize each user’s brain, Thinkery decided to meet users where they currently live. Thinkery exists as a standalone app, a Chrome or Firefox extension, an import tool from other apps (e. g. Evernote, Instapaper, etc. ) and now an API.... read the full post.
Tags: , API-Evangelist, API-Stack, Social Bookmarking, Tasking
thenextweb.com on 05/05/2013
Excerpt: Like most people who do marketing for startups, I have a love-hate relationship with the term “growth hacker. ” On the one hand, it has allowed startup marketers to differentiate themselves from their counterparts in corporate America. On the other, it just sounds like one of those Silicon Valley buzz words that makes you want to puke every time you hear it (can anyone say “pivot”? ). That said, “growth hacker” is here to stay. So we may as well own it and make it clear what it means — that way, we can actually use it, hire for it and train for it.... read the full post.
Tags: , API-Evangelist, API-Stack, Evangelism, Growth Hacking
blog.programmableweb.com on 05/04/2013
Excerpt: Of the many APIs we published this week, nine were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those nine, which included Edamam API. Edamam is a company committed to helping people eat better. To do this they provide recipe information to users as well as an API that allows developers access to the same data. The free version of the API provides calorie content, serving size, diet tags, and more. To learn more about the Edamam API visit the Edamam site as well as the Edamam API blog post. Have you ever run into issues translating between designer and client? Maybe even used valuable time to fix issues that could have been avoided in the first place?... read the full post.
Tags: , API-Evangelist, API-Stack
blog.filepicker.io on 05/04/2013
Excerpt: We’ve been growing in headcount and we found ourselves with an odd problem: we didn’t have enough key fobs to the office. Filepicker. io moved into a nice work live space overlooking AT&T park last October and our landlord has been great; we just kept asking for more key fobs. However, here’s how we got Twilio to open the door for us.  The door, like many live/work spaces, has a phone box. There is a list of names and corresponding numbers. Dialing the right code rings the resident and the door opens when they press ‘9’. We’re going to integrate with this existing system to allow our code to interface with the door. Solution The system is straightforward. Text a number when you’re about to reach the office.... read the full post.
Tags: , API-Evangelist, API-Stack, Twilio
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