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List: 5 awesome uses of APIs

What is an API?

API is the acronym for Application Programming Interface, which is a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. Each time you use an app like Facebook, send an instant message, or check the weather on your phone, you’re using an API. When you use an application on your mobile phone, the application connects to the Internet and sends data to a server. The server then retrieves that data, interprets it, performs the necessary actions and sends it back to your phone. The application then interprets that data and presents you with the information you wanted in a readable way. This is what an API is - all of this happens via API.

Common, everyday examples of this could be when paying with Klarna at your e-commerce checkout, logging in with Facebook or Google on different sites and devices or booking a flight or hotel through a site like Expedia. All of these examples use APIs to work properly and for the applications to communicate to each other.

List: 5 awesome uses of APIs

1. NASA

Space is awesome! NASA has created a list of amazing APIs allowing you to get incredible information and features. Weather reports and pictures from Mars, photos from space and locations and movements of asteroids close to earth, are just a few of them. Check all of them out right here: Nasa APIs
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2. Houndify

Voice-enabled AI to anything. With Houndify API you can integrate voice and conversational intelligence into your products through an independent platform, that is always learning. The most common use case is that of technology in cars, adopting voice-enabled AI in navigation and task performance in vehicles. Read more on Houndify's API solutions here.

3. Real time air quality index

APIs bringing you weather forecasts, live reports and so on are quite common. However this API from waqi.info will give you a really interesting map index of air quality and pollution from all over the world. With environmental issues being one of the hottest topics for discussion in society at all levels, this API is hugely exciting to follow and use. Check it out here!
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4. Google

Well, what doesn't Google have when it comes to APIs? The uncrowned kings of APIs provide solutions for search trends, data analytics, maps, cloud machine learning, translation, speech-to-text and many, many more. Google truly are a leading player in the world of useable APIs. Read more here.

5. Human API

Human API is an exciting health data platform that gives people a free, simple, transparent and secure way to connect and share health data with companies they trust. This gives a great platform for physicians and healthcare organizations to gather and verify information. Read more on HumanAPI.

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