Amazon Web Services updates ECS, offers Alexa access

Amazon Web Services today introduced two new services available to developers.

Amazon Web Services today released two new services, the Amazon E-Commerce Service 4.0 and the Alexa Web Information Service.

Available for free, Amazon E-Commerce Service gives developers access to customer reviews, images and product information for all Amazon.com product categories. Additional shopping cart features and a simpler API.

New to version 4.0 is access to information on categories like apparel and accessories, jewelry and watches, gourmet food, sports and outdoors, musical instruments, health and personal care and beauty. Access to the images database will help developers create attractive storefronts that were not possible with previous versions, Amazon said.

Developers also have access to all reviews, rather than just three a month in previous versions, Amazon said. There are also new search capabilities that expand the number of attributes one could search by.

Multioperation and batch interfaces now return responses that include data from up to two operations, which means more data from fewer requests and faster application performance. Error messages also return more information about errors and how they can be resolved. Support for error messages in Japanese has been added.

Developers also have access to the Alexa Web Information Service, which is free during the beta period. Alexa Internet collects data about Web site information and usage from its Web Crawl technology. AWIS can be used as a platform for solving problems and finding information and integrating that information into a Web application.

Data that can be accessed includes URL information, including a traffic rank, load speed and more; browse category, which provides sub-categories including most popular links; Web search; Crawl meta data; and Web mapping.

Prices for the service will be announced when AWIS is officially launched. Amazon E-Commerce Service (ECS 4.0).

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