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Sensibill Launches Receipt Extraction API

Sensibill, a provider of SKU-level data and financial tools like digital receipt management that helps institutions better know and serve their customers, today announced the launch of its newest product: Receipt Extraction API. The machine learning-based solution automates and streamlines the transcription of receipts, allowing businesses to deepen customer engagement and loyalty at scale.

Sensibill’s Receipt Extraction API solution will benefit a wide range of businesses that need to quickly and accurately extract receipt data at scale. For example, enterprise accounting firms can use the service to reduce costs and maintain profitability, despite economic pressures. Financial services companies like accounting software and PFM providers can gain access to SKU-level data to drive personalization, using the technology to create an innovative edge and differentiate themselves from the competition. And, loyalty and reward companies that need near-perfect extraction capabilities can leverage Receipt Extraction API to help deliver rewards and value back to users more quickly, increasing efficiencies and improving product quality and accuracy.

“There is a new urgency around cost savings, efficiencies, digital engagement and innovation in otherwise mature markets,” explained Corey Gross, CEO of Sensibill. “Our Receipt Extraction API offering uses smart technology to extract receipts in bulk with speed and precision. At Sensibill, we are proven experts in SKU-level data; it’s what we’ve focused on for the past seven years and why leading institutions and digital banking and core providers across the globe have partnered with us. We are excited to help a broader range of organizations as they work to quickly and efficiently unlock the power of SKU-level data to drive deeper digital engagement and loyalty with their customers.”

Sensibill’s combination of deep SKU-level data expertise and leading AI and machine learning technology makes it uniquely positioned to deliver this solution to the market. Receipt Extraction API is powered by multi-brain processing, leveraging multiple OCR engines and machine learning models to maximize accuracy. And, the solution is intuitive and easily deployable, allowing business to quickly and nimbly test and implement. To best position businesses for success, Sensibill offers customers strategic account management support and white-glove service for extraction capabilities as needed.

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apilayer’s mediastack Offers Real-Time News Data via API

apilayer, a provider of APIs and SaaS applications for developers, has launched a new product called mediastackTrack this API that provides API access to news data that can be integrated into live news feeds, data analytics platforms, and trend analysis applications. The platform aims for affordability and includes a free option, as well as paid options that provide real-time data access and increased bandwidth. 

mediastack sources news content every minute from an aggregate of over 7,500 news sources and blogs across the world. The API then provides this data to developers via JSON, with the documentation noting that “The API comes with a single news HTTP GET endpoint along with a series of parameters and options you can use to narrow down your news data results. Among other options, you can filter by dates and timeframes, countries, languages, sources, and search keywords.”

ProgrammableWeb reached out to Paul Zehetmayr, apilayer’s CEO, to discuss the motivation for the company to expand mediastack, a resource that began as an internal sports news aggregation feed, into a standalone product. Zehetmayr noted that:

“Essentially, we have felt that the market lacks an easy-to-use and affordable solution for real-time news data. We wanted to build a simple and JSON-based REST API that delivers news data from a large number of sources, but all standardized, lightweight, and without too much fuss. Integrations take only a few minutes and you’re good to go. This will be interesting to anybody who #1 wants to display live news feeds on websites or apps, #2 is looking to analyze news articles both live and historically, etc.”

In regards to affordability, the API launches with the inclusion of a free option that is limited to 500 calls per month, and the news feed is delayed by 15 minutes. Beyond that, the company is providing paid tiers that range from $24.99 to $249.99 per month and up to 250,000 calls per month. Additionally, all paid tiers include real-time access to news data and HTTPS encryption, access to historical data, and technical support.

The onboarding process for developers seems aimed at simplicity with mediastack providing developers with a 3-step quick-start guide. Additionally, the documentation includes code samples for PHP, Python, Nodejs, jQuery, Go, and Ruby. 

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Xignite Announces Updates to its Bond Master API Increasing its Coverage

Xignite, a provider of market data cloud solutions for financial institutions and fintech companies, announced on Wednesday it recently enhanced its Bond Master API. Xignite offers several APIs that provide real-time, delayed, historical fixed income pricing and reference data for corporate and agency debt bonds.

Xignite reported the Bond Master API enhancement increases the coverage from the U.S. to more than 190 countries, adds additional bond types to support more than two million active bond issues, and increases the ease of use of the API with several new endpoints.

Additional detail on the enhanced Bond Master endpoints:

  • The List endpoint for bond type, issuer type, and domicile enables clients to slice and dice the bond universe differently based on use-case.
  • The ScreenBonds endpoint enables clients to dynamically and easily screen the bond universe by combining criteria based on the coupon rate, maturity date, callability, and issue convertibility.
  • The ListBondDataPoints and GetBondDataPoints endpoints enable clients to more easily pick and choose the reference data points they need to integrate into their systems.
  • The GetBondDataPoints endpoint enables access to additional reference data points without requiring changes to an existing implementation.

Vijay Choudhary, Vice President, Product Management, Market Data Solutions at Xignite, then added:

“These enhancements eliminate the need to maintain an on-site bond security master, which ultimately saves our clients time and eliminates significant unnecessary expenses.”

Founded in 2006, Xignite provides cloud-based financial market data APIs to help emerging companies and established enterprises deliver real-time and reference market data to their digital assets, such as websites and apps. The company reported that unlike legacy data providers, which require on-premise infrastructure to store and process market data, its data is accessed through the public cloud.

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Postman’s New Schema Validation Feature Helps Encourage API Spec Literacy

Postman, an API development platform provider, has announced that its API Builder is gaining the ability to validate API schemas in real-time via a new UI pane that is accessible in the tool’s define tab. The addition of this functionality helps to provide developers with real-time feedback and encourage API specification literacy.

At the time of the announcement Postman’s schema validation functionality is only supported for OpenAPI 3.0, although Kin Lane, Postman’s Chief Evangelist noted to ProgrammableWeb that the company intends to “support all of the leading API specifications equally when it comes to autocomplete, validation, and other design-time features.”

While editing OpenAPI definitions in Postman users will now notice a small banner across the bottom of the define panel that either states “Schema validated” or lists the number of errors that were found. This information updates in real-time and users can click on the banner to expand the UI and dive into the specifics of the errors that were found. The feature is speedy, usually updating to display errors within a few seconds and provides useful information for identifying the error made.

The most straightforward benefits of this new tool are obvious, identifying errors in real-time is certain to improve development speed and accuracy on the platform. When ProgrammableWeb asked Lane about other, less obvious benefits provided by this feature he noted that:

“OpenAPI literacy to help educate developers about the finer details of the specification, as well as helping speed up their design processes.” Lane continued by noting that there is additional value in, “Providing a feedback loop around not just the APIs, but how OpenAPI is being applied (or not), gathering data, and feeding back to the OAI to inform the road map for the specification.”

This new Schema Validation functionality is available now in Postman v7.29’s API Builder. 

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SpyCloud Introduces Password Exposure API

SpyCloud, an account takeover prevention solution provider, has announced its new Password Exposure API. The API allows users to comply with new NIST guidelines while preventing online fraud with a seamless user experience.

“Consumers today are managing hundreds of online accounts and logins,” Chip Witt, SpyCloud Vice President of Product Management, commented in a press release. “Rotating through a few favorite passwords that they reuse everywhere or only tweaking them by a character or two is very common. Cybercriminals take advantage of these password shortcuts and will test lists of stolen credentials against thousands of online accounts to break in and make purchases, steal funds and conduct other fraudulent activity, which can damage a company’s business and reputation.”

New NIST guidelines prevent organizations from allowing weak, common, and previously exposed passwords. The new SpyCloud API enhances organizations’ ability to comply with this new standard. Security teams can leverage the API to programmatically check for non-compliant passwords at scale.

When a password appears in the SpyCloud database, that password is available to cybercriminals. The Password Exposure API detects if passwords have appeared in that database and how many times they have appeared. Uses can set a threshold for how many times is acceptable before change is required. SpyCloud uses k-anonymity to check password matches against the database. Only the first five characters of any password are sent via the network to help protect the password. SpyCloud never has access to an entire password.

The new API supplements SpyCloud’s APIs for Consumer ATO Prevention. Combined, the APIs provide comprehensive coverage for the lifetime of any consumer account. To learn more, visit the API site.

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PayByFace Releases APIs and Developer Portal for its Payment Services

PayByFace, a provider of biometric authentication services, has announced early access to a new developer portal and accompanying APIs. The company is hoping that increased engagement with external developers will improve customer experiences while also increasing innovation.

The company’s payment systems, which rely on facial recognition for authentication, are commercially available across all of Europe. By providing early access to the developer portal and APIs, PayByFace is hoping that partners will build unique integrations inside their applications. The developer portal includes an API sandbox to help developers get acquainted with the functionality provided by the service.

The first APIs to be included in the developer portal include the Mobile Client Services, Merchant Kiosk Services, and RabbitMQ Messaging Services API. Developers hoping to request access to the platform can do so here

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Cloudian Announces New Support for Container-Based Apps

Cloudian, an object storage solution provider, has announced support for container-based apps. The new product, Cloudian Kubernetes S3 Operator, is a self-service tool that allows developers to dynamically provision Cloudian HyperStore S3-compatible object storage. The new product extends Cloudian’s existing and growing support for cloud-native environments.

“Containers enable enterprises to develop new services more quickly, but traditional storage wasn’t designed for these modern workloads,” Sanjay Jagad, Cloudian senior director of products and solutions, commented in a press release. “So while other storage providers are pushing complex, management-heavy products based on legacy platforms, Cloudian delivers simplicity itself: the industry’s most compatible S3 API and a lightweight Kubernetes operator. Developers gain self-serve agility and application portability, while operations teams benefit from Cloudian’s exabyte scalability, hybrid cloud management and exceptional value.”

Cloudian Kubernetes S3 Operator is deployed on Cloudian’s HyperStore object storage platform. It includes API driven management for fast provisioning. Other features include:

  • Storage provisioned and accessed directly by applications
  • Security includes encryption, IAM, SAML, WORM, RBAC and certification via Common Criteria, FIPS, and SEC Rule 17a
  • Scalability from three nodes to an exabyte without interruption
  • Multi-site and multi-cloud support

Cloudian Kubernetes S3 Operator is available for no cost at GitHub. To learn more, watch a demo here.
Visit the Cloudian storage site for more information.

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Sendbird Launches Announcements API for Seamless Messaging via Chat

Sendbird, a provider of chat, voice, and video APIs has launched a new Announcements API that is intended to allow developers to build tools for communicating with large user bases about promotional marketing and messages. This new API will allow for these messages to be seamlessly integrated into public and private group chats.

Sendbird hopes that by enabling in-chat messaging at scale their customers will be able to better communicate with end-users during the coronavirus pandemic. The way that people work and communicate has shifted fundamentally and these tools provide additional options for targeting users. Sendbird highlighted specific advantages of this kind of marketing: 

“Contrary to traditional push promotions sent via text or email, where an extremely high volume of messages must be sent and opened in order to generate sales, promotions that run inside a chat experience yield a near 100% open rate, particularly when placed in context.”

Additionally, the company hopes that this new tool will be beneficial to businesses that rely on chat functionality for internal communications. The announcement noted the example of the trucking industry which could rely on this API to communicate with drivers to provide essential updates. This example provides a great example of how an API like this could help streamline communication in an industry that has been greatly impacted by COVID-19. 

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GrammaTech Launches Tool for API Usage Error Detection

GrammaTech, a provider of software application security testing solutions, today announced it has released Swap Detector an open-source checker that detects API usage errors. The tool, developed as part of a research project sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Static Tool Analysis Modernization Project (STAMP), improves application security testing for DevOps.

Modern software development involves the use of third-party APIs, libraries, and/or frameworks that are complex, rapidly evolving, and sometimes poorly documented. According to industry estimates, open source components can represent up to 90% of the code in the average application. Meanwhile, API usage errors are a common source of security and reliability vulnerabilities. Swap Detector enables developers and DevOps teams to identify errors due to swapped function arguments, which can also be present in deployed code.

“Traditional static-analysis techniques do not take advantage of the vast wealth of information on what represents error-free coding practices available in the open-source domain,” says Alexey Loginov, Vice President of Research at GrammaTech. “With Swap Detector we applied Big Data analysis techniques, what we call Big Code analysis, to the Fedora RPM open-source repository to baseline correct API usage. This allowed us to develop error-detection capabilities that far exceed the scalability and accuracy of conventional approaches to program analysis.”

Swap Detector consumes input information about a call site, and optionally, function declaration information pertaining to that call site. If it detects a potential swapped-argument error at that call site, it outputs an appropriate warning message and a score for the warning. The Swap Detector interface integrates with a variety of static analysis tools, such as Clang Static Analyzer, Clang-Tidy, and PyLint. Although initially focused on C/C++ programs, Swap Detector is applicable to programs in other languages; and is especially beneficial for languages that are interpreted and not compiled.

Swap Detector uses multiple error-detection techniques, layered together to increase accuracy. For example, it compares argument names used in call sites with the parameter names used in corresponding declarations. In addition, it uses “Big Code” techniques, applying statistical information about usages of “known good” API-usage patterns collected from a large corpus of code, and flagging usages that are statistically anomalous as potential errors. To improve the precision of the reported warnings, Swap Detector applies false-positive reduction strategies to the output of both techniques.

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Automotive Titling Corporation Launches Granular Fees API

Automotive Titling Corporation (ATC), title and registration data solution provider, has launched its ATC Granular Fees (AGF) API. The API provides users the ability to calculate tax rates, taxable value calculations, local flat taxes, and registration fees at a granular level. By “granular”, ATC means the level of detail that mirrors DMV receipts.

“ATC leads the in-state and out-of-state titling and registration services industry,” Damon Bennett, VP, Business Development for ATC, commented in a press release. “And with the ATC Granular Fees API, we’re able to drill down to the most granular level of registration fees and taxes, so our customers can have the most accurate information possible.”

API users can dynamically choose level of fees for the API response. That includes over a hundred fees in various jurisdictions. The fees can be broken down per line item or aggregated into a single number. It includes supporting data (e.g. differences from location to location). The API also covers certain qualification data (e.g. requirements for military waivers).

The API is RESTful. ATC authenticates and verifies title and registration data on a daily basis. DMV requirements are continually incorporated into the API backend. In addition to fees and rates, the API provides necessary documentation (e.g. DMV applications and forms) specific to the relevant jurisdiction. To learn more, visit the API site.

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