Going Mobile

Governor Cuomo Introduces New Traffic Tracking Mobile App for When Google Maps Isn’t Sufficient

So mad. (Photo: Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

Betabeat has recently gotten into the habit of pulling up Google Maps’ traffic layer to see just how backed up the West Side Highway is when we stay long enough at the office to rationalize grabbing a cab back to Brooklyn. It usually works like a charm, and by using it we manage to avoid the all-red avenues, ratcheting down our fare.

But for those who prefer their traffic information state-sponsored, yesterday Governor Cuomo introduced a New York state mobile traffic app that can keep you up to date on jams in real time. Read More

There's a Map for That

PadMapper Founder Decides to Re-Implement Craigslist Listings, Despite it Being a Little ‘Dickish’

Mr. DeMenthon (Photo: Google+)

A couple weeks ago, apartment finding map service PadMapper received a cease and desist letter from Craigslist demanding that they remove Craiglist listings from their maps. The move made PadMapper a far less useful tool for apartment hunting, and seemed like a low blow from Craigslist, a site that techies normally hold in high esteem.

But today, PadMapper’s founder Eric DeMenthon announced on the PadMapper blog that he’s found a way to include Craiglist’s listings on the site that’s “legally kosher,” and plans to re-implement them ASAP. Mr. DeMenthon admits that the move is “somewhat dickish,” but decided that he’d rather inconvenience Craigslist than PadMapper’s millions of monthly users. Read More

Privacy Police

Senator Schumer Greatly Alarmed by Google’s Ability to Spy on New York’s Sunbathers

"Uh uh, Google." (Photo: Blogger)

Sassy hand-gesturer and potentially technophobic New York Senator Charles Schumer has some serious concerns about the privacy of New Yorkers’ backyards. In a letter to Google and Apple published yesterday on his website, the Senator concern-trolled the tech companies over their 3D map technology, which uses fly-over cameras to construct the images.

“Barbequing or sunbathing in your backyard shouldn’t be a public event,” said Senator Schumer in a statement while presumably wearing a “Kiss the cook!” apron and brandishing a six-pack of hot dogs. “People should be free from the worry of some high-tech peeping Tom technology violating one’s privacy when in your own home.” Read More

Servicey

FYI, the New York Public Library is Basically Building a Guidebook for Time Travelers

Call us. (Photo: BBC)

Ever stood on a street corner wondering what your neighborhood looked like a century ago? If yes, a) you are a nerd and b) the New York Public Library is working on it.

Thanks to a 2010 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the NYPL has embarked on a big effort to digitize its collection of historical maps. And for the history-crazed among us, they’ve just posted a lengthy, detailed description of how that project works. Read More