Posted 8 months ago

The City Maps iPhone app has shut down

We are sad to announce that Lumatic City Maps has shut its doors.

We are grateful to our users who have supported us over the last year as we built City Maps into the navigation and transit tool that it became.  It has been a privilege.

Unfortunately, despite our passion and commitment to our product, we have had to shut down our service. We succeeded in growing a core base of loyal users and building a product that we love, but we have not been able to secure the funding we need to survive commercially.

As of August 4, 2013, City Maps IS NO LONGER OPERATIVE.

Thanks again for your support,
The City Maps team

Posted 9 months ago

emergentfutures:

CHART OF THE DAY: Where Android’s Growth Is Now Coming From

Android’s growth is now coming from cheap, no-name smartphone makers, according Needham analyst Charlie Wolf

 

Story: BI

Posted 9 months ago

Direct msg sync, mobile srch improvements ++ | Twitter Blog

Rafer sez:
Twitter competes more heavily in OTT messaging. #kakao #line #wazapp

Posted 9 months ago
whatever app developers were planning to do this fall is probably on hold now
Posted 9 months ago
Two thirds of Android users can’t use Google Now
Posted 10 months ago
Posted 10 months ago

dpstyles:

nickdouglas:

improvesubway:

17. Cardinal Directions

Wouldn’t it be great to step out of a train, look slightly down, and see what direction you’re in? Stations can be very disorienting, especially after a long trip.

Simple cardinal directions alleviate this problem.

And my kingdom for these.

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Posted 10 months ago

dpstyles:

nickdouglas:

improvesubway:

2. Exit Signs

A common problem I’ve identified is that there are multiple exit signs that don’t say where you’re going. For instance, the sign I’ve modified doesn’t lead you to an exit, rather, it leads you to a platform, which then leads you to an exit, which is obscured by columns & people. This problem leads to confusion, dangerous clusters of tourists/passengers on platforms, and a headache for the seasoned rider. If the MTA were to adjust the signage to state where an exit is going (in mine, I’ve identified the exit as the 40th st exit) congestion problems could see a decline.

The signage on the NYC subway platforms is horrible. There’s very little to guide a new rider, and in a city with so much to do in so many locations, even a lifelong resident occasionally ends up at a new stop for the first time in their lives.

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Posted 10 months ago

dpstyles:

nickdouglas:

improvesubway:

19. Directional Lines

Throughout the system, we’re directed to trains via a system of signs. These signs can be confusing in certain stations, like Union Square or Grand Central, where there are multiple signs for the same station in different locations. Perhaps a series of guidelines on the floor can help guide users throughout the underground

Holy shit, yes.

(By the way, not all the ideas on this blog are great. Some seem extremely expensive or not that helpful. But so many of these would save hundreds of man-hours a day.)

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Posted 10 months ago

Priced out of Paris - FT.com

Rafer sez:
We need to fix as much of this as we can with information dissemination. 

Posted 10 months ago

artofthecta:

BrandSchick

Location: Newspaper

Source: Cell phone picture, April 30 2013

What we liked: Great use of SMS for free trial of product.  

What we didn’t: When I originally texted in, SCHICK was autocorrected to SCHLICK by my iPhone. Could use easier keyword, or include the autocorrected word in their campaign for better user experience

Posted 10 months ago
Google’s urbanism, on the other hand, is that of someone who is trying to get to a shopping mall in their self-driving car. It’s profoundly utilitarian, even selfish in character, with little to no concern for how public space is experienced. In Google’s world, public space is just something that stands between your house and the well-reviewed restaurant that you are dying to get to. Since no one formally reviews public space or mentions it in their emails, it might as well disappear from Google’s highly personalized maps.