Find your apartment finder Scrolling through disgusting and/or terrifying Craigslist apartment ads has become an unfortunate initiation ritual for NYC newcomers. But just in case you’re maybe, sort of, kinda getting tired of completely re-imagined neighborhood lines and surprise walkups, real estate site Lovely just added a direct-to-landlord application feature this week. Like job application Read More
Bill de Blasio isn’t sold on the benefits of hailing cabs via e-hail phone apps like Uber–but that hasn’t stopped his campaign from spending more than $1,000 dollars ferrying staffers using the service.
According to city campaign finance records, the Democratic mayoral front-runner and his Republican rival, Joe Lhota, have embraced the new technology, using it frequently for transportation on the campaign trail.
Hat tricks The newly launched Hatmatic site does for hats what Converse did for me in ninth grade – it lets users meticulously design every part of their own hats. But it’s also a crowdfunding platform so people can “tip their hat” (a.k.a. vote) for their favorite designs to get a limited run. If a design manages to get 36 hat tips within 72 hours, it’ll go into production. And since they’re partnered with New Era, you know you’re getting some sweet headgear. But that also means that, right now, Hatmatic is limited to the MLB logos they’ve licensed. Hope you like baseball teams in technicolor.
If you’re excited to finally ditch your old phone for an iPhone 5S — settle down. According to app research firm Crittercism, apps are twice as likely to crash on the new Apple device compared to the iPhone 5C and 5. That could create a lot of problems during a heated round of Candy Crush. Read More
If getting late night drunk food delivered or shooing people off to do your errands isn’t satisfying your insatiable need to control every aspect of your life via your phone, now you can complain to the city of New York. And better yet, you don’t have to talk to anybody.
It’s basically unconscious how we use our phones: open Facebook, scroll down, close, open Twitter, scroll up, close, open Snapchat, tap down, close. Then rinse and repeat until our eyes are hitting peak struggle and we slip into a slumber.
And now, according to new research, it’s an epidemic: More people are “snacking” on apps at smaller intervals of times, but we are opening them much more frequently throughout the day. It’s also shortening our attention span.
"But you guys love cats"
Well, here’s a new way to get your money’s worth out of that iPad. The Wall Street Journal reports that there’s now a “nascent but growing group touting the use of apps for pets.”
Cats seem to have inspired a proliferation of apps. Nate Murray, one half of the team behind “Games for Cats,” admitted, “I started off really early on thinking that it was ridiculous, but it ended up being something really meaningful for people,” admitted Mr. Murray. Friskies also has its own line of apps, and there’s even an animal shelter using the apps to draw out shyer cats, to socialize them before adoption.
Just in time for the high holidays, New York app developers have devised JewGlass: the Google Glass app that won’t let you miss a prayer. Or a kosher deli.
“By pushing contextual, geographic-aware, and time sensitive data directly into your line of vision – JewGlass can help you remember things such as prayer time deadlines, where to find kosher eateries, what or what not to say while praying in synagogue and Shabbat start or end times,” reads the description of JewGlass on RustyBrick’s site. “This is just the beginning, the practical applications are endless.”
Will it go back and do my Bat Mitzvah Torah portion for me?
Love in the Time of Algorithms
Are you so busy with work and friends and avoiding work and friends that you simply don’t have time to spontaneously display love and affection to your significant other? Of course–because the world is terrible and cruel–there is an app for that.
App for That
Yuppie parents thought they had it all when the iPad came out. Fill it with some Real Simple-approved apps, plop it down in front of the bored toddler, and presto, all those brain-building programs would transform their kids into the next Jack Dorsey. One problem, though: Those apps are likely not making their children any smarter.