TUTORIAL: Verify Addresses with the Streetlayer API

A street address is one type of data you don’t want to get wrong. Whether you’re building an app for mailing, shipping or legal purposes, getting an address right is integral to having your product, you know, delivered. Having an invalid (or incorrectly typed) address could cause delays and annoyance for your app’s users, and …

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TUTORIAL: Use APIs to Mail Invoices Programmatically [Rails]

Emailed invoices are easy to ignore. But a physical letter? Mailed invoices can earn higher response rates–especially for overdue payments. One brand study reported that the majority (59%) of its customers  failed to pay on first billing when emailed and needed additional reminders. Yikes. On the other hand, only 29% of those billed by direct …

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Build an Alexa Flight Departure Time Skill [TUTORIAL]

We’ve all been there. You *think* your flight is on time. But sure enough, by the time you get to the airport, you find that it’s been delayed for hours. What if you could ask Alexa about your flight status before heading out the door? We built a skill that connects Alexa to the Laminar Flight …

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How to Navigate and Connect to Instagram’s API [Tutorial]

Instagram is pretty dang popular. According to its press page, Instagram has over 500 million users and receives 95 million video and photo uploads daily. Now that they’ve added live and ephemeral video features, that number should only get bigger. However, connecting to the Instagram API to build stuff can be a pain in the…app (#punintended). This …

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Moderate NSFW Images and Video with Clarifai API [Tutorial]

Let’s face it: nudity is an inevitable part of the internet. Spend enough time online and you’re bound to come across some raunchy imagery (whether you intend to or not!). If you’re building an app or website, it’s important to filter out any “not safe for work” (NSFW) images or video that may be uploaded. …

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How to Connect to the Twilio API

TL;DR: Twilio’s API lets you make calls, send texts or send multi-media messages en masse. By connecting to the API, you can add appointment reminders, two-factor verification or ETA alerts to your app. We recently added the Twilio API package to our website and we’ve got to admit, it’s pretty cool. This is the same API allows Uber to …

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Amazon Alexa Tutorial: Build Google Translate Skill

We just got our hands on the Amazon Echo – a new Alexa-powered voice assistant device from Amazon. Let’s see what we can do with it. The Amazon Alexa platform is based on skills. Skills are the equivalent of apps for this voice-powered platform. While there are countless skills we could potentially build for Alexa, …

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