Posts Tagged ‘Android’

de Young Museum Launches Official App – Uses Interactive 3D Mapping and Indoor Positioning Technology – iOS Only, for Now

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

I’ll have to dig up my iPod Touch to check this out sometime:

“de Young Museum Launches Official App

App uses Interactive 3D Mapping & Indoor Positioning Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (October 29, 2015) – The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to unveil the official de Young Museum app. The de Young collaborated with Guidekick, a local start-up that offers a mobile application platform focused on visitor experiences to create an app that takes advantage of Apple’s indoor positioning technology to improve visitor experience. The de Young is the first museum to take advantage of this new technology.

“We’re thrilled to help pioneer the future for museum experiences at the de Young here in the innovation capital of the world, San Francisco” said Mark Paddon, CEO of Guidekick. “The stunning architecture was the perfect application for our 3D mapping and new indoor location technologies have allowed us to truly reimagine the ideal visitor experience.”

The de Young Museum app serves as a personal tour guide for museum-goers, featuring a 3D map of the building that pinpoints a visitor’s location to ease navigation and way-finding. The app also offers thematic tours of the permanent collection using images and audio from the museum’s curatorial team. This original content is available exclusively through the app.

The app allows a user to select a thematic tour that carefully leads them to a curated selection of works, or to navigate the galleries more freely, as location-aware alerts notify them when they pass by key artworks. The app includes selections from the museum’s collection of art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; early American and contemporary American art; and special features on the unique architecture of the building.

Unlike many audio tours the de Young app automatically triggers content without requiring the visitor to take an additional action, such as typing a number or scanning a code. The app has also been carefully designed to help visitors engage with artwork without visual distraction, and to avoid disrupting the experience of other patrons. Users put the phone to their ear to trigger the recording, which then plays privately, mirroring the receiving of a phone call.

The app also offers insights into the visitor experience, helping the de Young to build richer, more tailored experiences for visitors.

“Our museums are determined to take best advantage of the Bay Area’s strong focus on technological innovation,” said Gary Castro, chief information officer of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “We’ve already begun work on an app for the de Young’s sister museum, the Legion of Honor, and our experience here will help inform the development of all kinds of new digital tools.”

Download the app.

OMG, the New SFMTA “MUNIMobile” Fare App is Here! – Beta Testing Now, Release in November! – Deets from Famous Akit!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Famous Akit is helping to test MUNI’s brand-new app.

It looks like this:


All the deets! From our SFMTA! (You know, they really like EXCLAMATION POINTS over there, wow!)

“The SFMTA is excited to introduce MuniMobile: the mobile ticketing app for smartphones coming soon!

MuniMobile enables customers to purchase and use transit fares across the Muni system: bus, rail, cable car and Paratransit.

Buy Muni tickets and passes in advance or on-the-go! With MuniMobile, your phone is your fare. There’s no longer need to carry exact change or rely on fare vending machines to ride.

The app will include the following features:

Ability to purchase, store and use single or multiple Muni fares on one mobile device

Allow passengers to pay for single-ride fares, cable car rides, and one-day, three-day and seven-day passports

Industry-leading security to protect personal information and payments

Multi-language support

Responsive eCommerce website for online ticket purchases

Beta testing update: we’re received over 1,600 applicants for the Beta phase of MuniMobile – wow!

Thank you for the tremendous support!

For those who did not sign up in time or were not selected to participate in this phase, don’t worry. The public launch is right around the corner next month.”


Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

So let’s see how haha this is to you, Gentle Reader.

Here’s a typical public service ad at a SFMTA stop in the Western Addition:

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You see them at about this time of year, fine.

Comes now “Eat24,” also seen in the Western A on the same day, to say:

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OK fine, Eat24.

So haha, I guess.

Forget Meals on Wheels, How About Bites from Bikes? New “FastBites” Will Deliver a Single Slice of Pizza to You via Cyclists

Friday, July 11th, 2014

All the deets:

Deliver for FastBite! Flexible Hours! (SOMA / south beach)

Are you looking for a fun and reliable job? Do you love delicious food? We want you on our team!

FastBite is a new startup in San Francisco that is changing the way people order food. Customers can get pizza slices and other popular menu items delivered within minutes straight from their mobile phone. We’re looking for enthusiastic team members to help us deliver happy customers!

Job Details:
Pay: $16 per hour
Location: San Francisco
Hours: Any and all combinations of the hours below. You pick your days!
Weekday Dinner (6pm – 10pm) AND/OR
Weekend Dinner (6pm – 10pm)

Qualified applicants:
– MUST know how to check texts, email, use internet, and use maps on a smart phone
– Be smiley and personable
– Have a bicycle and easy access to the city
– Be excited about food!
– Have a clean appearance…”

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Tells “Monkey Parking” to Drop Mobile App for Auctioning City Parking Spots – $300 Fines?

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

[UPDATE: SFist (lots of comments already), Slate, and the San Francisco Chronicle are on the case.]

Gotta say I sort of saw this one coming.

And it’s not just Monkey Parking that’s in trouble today. Check out the craigslist ad from ParkModo (cached website) (@ParkModo – no Tweets yet, or maybe they were deleted?), posted on June 17th, 2014:

Earn $13.00 P/H Just To Park! (mission district)

Our company is launching an awesome app that rewards people to sell their on-street parking spots before leaving to people who need a spot.

To help us promote the app, we are looking for 20 people with cars and iPhones to park around the mission and use the app to offer their parking spots to people looking for parking.

The hours will be from 5:30-9:00 pm Thurs-Sat starting June 26th.

This is how it works:

1. You download the app from the app store.
2. When you want to work, you will contact our field manager to check in.
3. The field manager will then instruct you as to what area and type of spot you are to park in.
4. You will then find a spot in the area and park.
5. Once you are parked, using the app, you will offer the spot for sale. 
6. While you are waiting for someone to purchase the space, you will distribute postcards and promote the app.
7. Once someone purchases the spot, you will complete the transaction with the buyer and then find another space to park in and start the process all over again!

If you are interested, please click on the link below (Paste into your browser) and provide your information so we can contact you and get you started.

We look forward to working with you!”

I think ParkModo’s operations will now be on hold, for a little bit at least. But do you want some more from them? See below.

Now, all the deets about all these troubled businesses, from Herrera’s office:

“Herrera tells Monkey Parking to drop mobile app for auctioning city parking spots

Motorists face $300 fines for each violation under existing law, City Attorney says — and three startups could be liable for penalties of up to $2,500 for each transaction

SAN FRANCISCO (June 23, 2014) — San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today issued an immediate cease-and-desist demand to Monkey Parking, a mobile peer-to-peer bidding app that enables motorists to auction off the public parking spaces their vehicles occupy to nearby drivers.   The app, currently available for iOS devices, describes itself on the Apple iTunes App Store as the “the first app which lets you make money every time that you are about to leave your on-street parking spot.”

The letter Herrera’s office issued this morning to Paolo Dobrowolny, CEO of the Rome, Italy-based tech startup, cites a key provision of San Francisco’s Police Code that specifically prohibits individuals and companies from buying, selling or leasing public on-street parking.  Police Code section 63(c) further provides that scofflaws — including drivers who “enter into a lease, rental agreement or contract of any kind” for public parking spots — face administrative penalties of up to $300 for each violation.  Because Monkey Parking’s business model is wholly premised on illegal transactions, the letter contends that the company would be subject to civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation under California’s tough Unfair Competition Law were the city to sue.  Such a lawsuit would be imminent, Herrera’s office vowed, should the startup continue to operate in San Francisco past July 11, 2014.

Technology has given rise to many laudable innovations in how we live and work — and Monkey Parking is not one of them,” Herrera said.  “It’s illegal, it puts drivers on the hook for $300 fines, and it creates a predatory private market for public parking spaces that San Franciscans will not tolerate.  Worst of all, it encourages drivers to use their mobile devices unsafely — to engage in online bidding wars while driving.  People are free to rent out their own private driveways and garage spaces should they choose to do so.  But we will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit.”

Herrera’s cease-and-desist demand to Monkey Parking includes a request to the legal department of Apple Inc., which is copied on the letter, asking that the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant immediately remove the mobile application from its App Store for violating several of the company’s own guidelines.  Apple App Store Review Guidelines provide that “Apps must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users” and that “Apps whose use may result in physical harm may be rejected.”

Two other startups that similarly violate local and state law with mobile app-enabled schemes intended to illegally monetize public parking spaces in San Francisco will also face legal action in the form of cease-and-desist demands this week, according to the City Attorney’s Office.  Sweetch charges a $5 flat fee when its users obtain a parking spot from another Sweetch motorist.  Sweetch drivers who pass their spots off to other Sweetch members are refunded $4 of that fee.  ParkModo, which appears poised to launch later this week, according to recent employment postings on Craigslist, will employ drivers at a rate of $13.00 per hour to occupy public parking spaces in the Mission District.  As with Monkey Parking and Sweetch, ParkModo then plans to sell the on-street parking spots to its paying members through its iPhone app.  Sweetch and ParkModo members who make use of the apps to park in San Francisco are also subject to civil penalties of $300 per violation, and both companies are potentially liable for civil penalties of $2,500 per transaction for illegal business practices under the Cali04fornia Unfair Competition Law.

A copy of Herrera’s demand letter to Monkey Parking and additional information about the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is available at:”

And here’s a little more from ParkModo:

“We are currently rolling out the beta in the following cities…

San Francisco – As beautiful as city it is, parking is just as bad! Not only is there way to much demand for the supply, but the parking police will catch you if they can! Be among the first 1000 people to download the app and get $5 in free parking!

New York – Instead of calling it the city that never sleeps, they should call it the city that never has parking! Get in on ParkModo and earn some serious cash and stop wasting your time. We know every minute in ny is precious.

Chicago – There may be wind here, but there is certainly no parking! Use ParkModo and fly like the wind when you need a space!”

The Google Shopping Express Car, Complete with Antlers – Add It to the List of Google Vehicles

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

This is a Google Shopping Express car, complete with antlers, seen in the 94117 during Christmastime 2013

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Now enjoy a trip down memory lane:

Well, here it is, the current generation Google Maps Car. (A Subaru, judging by the Pleiades icon on the nose – for some reason, Google stripped the badges from the rear of these cars.) Are there cameras and SICK laser range finders and WiFi detectors and whatnot on top of this Subie? Who knows…

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And here’s what these rides looked like before they got wrapped:

And this was the first generation Map Car, seen getting busted by the Federal popo in the Presidio.

(I’ve heard from four people who suppor contradictory stories (so that’s four people promoting two completely different tales) on why this particular Googler got busted, or not busted as the case may be. Oh well. Did the Presidio Trust tell the Google to get a permit? And did Google ignore that request? Don’t know.)

And the Google Bikes:

And the Google office:

And the Google Kitchen – it’s just like a 7-11 except shoplifting is encouraged:

And here’s the concomitant G-Toilet – it costs $700, it has over 20 buttons for its full operation, it’s made in Japan:

So that’s Google’s world.

A New App for San Francisco Drivers: ParkMe – Launches Today – Real-Time Info on Your Phone, Holmes

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Well here’s something new under the sun.

Check it out if you want – it seems to be working for the Financh, for instance. So you tell it how long you want to park and it’ll tell you your options.

I’ll tell you, it can’t be a worser as an app than the SFMTA is a transit agency, so there’s that.


ParkMe Launches Real-Time Parking In San Francisco

Delivers Comprehensive On-Street and Off-Street Parking Data to Ease Parking Frustrations of Bay Area Motorists & Commuters

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 19, 2013 — ParkMe, the leading provider of real-time parking information to navigation companies and users of the ParkMe app, widget and website, announced today that motorists in San Francisco will now have access to real-time availability of garage and street parking. ParkMe’s real-time parking solution was developed to help drivers save time and money by finding the closest and cheapest parking.

ParkMe has built the world’s most comprehensive live parking database for both on-street and off-street parking and is expanding into more cities, such as San Francisco, which is ranked as the third most populous city for ParkMe app downloads. In fact, ParkMe has teamed up with a total of 290 garages and lots in San Francisco, and has a partnership with ABM Parking Services, which operates multiple facilities throughout the Bay Area.

ParkMe is helping to alleviate parking frustration in San Francisco, a city which collects approximately $134 million in parking tickets and citations each year – that’s $255 per minute, according to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). In addition to the roughly 100,000 parking spaces in lots and garages in the area, San Francisco has more than 29,000 metered spaces available. By downloading the app, drivers have instant access to comprehensive parking information, including rates, hours, accepted payment types and more.

“The goal of ParkMe is to eliminate the hassle of parking by sharing real-time availability and rates to enhance the experience for all drivers in San Francisco,” said Sam Friedman, ParkMe CEO and co-founder. “ParkMe allows users to see parking availability in the form of heat maps that illustrate parking availability on a block-by-block basis through color-coded streets on a map. The street parking availability is refreshed every five minutes – to help you find the best spot in less time.”

ParkMe continues to expand its network of exclusive partnerships with the largest parking operators across the country. Such operator relationships give ParkMe the ability to connect transient drivers with accurate, up-to-the-minute parking data streamed to mobile phones, in-car navigation systems, GPS devices and operator websites.

Additional features include the “recommendation engine” that shows drivers the best parking location around their destination based on cost and proximity. The app also has a rate calculator feature, which automatically calculates the total price of parking based on the amount of time they would like to stay.

“Currently, there are millions of drivers accessing parking data directly through ParkMe’s branded mobile apps and through its partnerships with GPS and in-car navigation systems,” said Alex Israel, ParkMe COO and co-founder. “Now, San Francisco drivers have access to ParkMe’s vast array of partnerships and connectivity to the ever-changing parking conditions. Our goal is to arm every driver with real-time information to transform parking into a painless, seamless and pleasant experience. And if San Francisco’s parking system expands, we will increase its coverage area accordingly.”

The ParkMe app, which has recently jumped into the Top 10 of free navigation apps in the iTunes App Store, provides drivers with live parking information in hundreds of cities across the U.S. and the world. In addition to the iPhone and Android apps, ParkMe provides an online feature for local San Francisco businesses to allow customers to view parking availability near the business at any given time. The parking feature is free, and can be downloaded to any website. By using the app, users are able to find the perfect parking spot in more than 28,000 locations around the globe – in 1,800+ cities, 32 countries and seven continents.

For city stats and data regarding San Francisco parking, check out ParkMe.

About ParkMe
Based in Santa Monica, Calif., ParkMe is the leading provider of real-time parking information to navigation companies and consumers. Consumers can access ParkMe via GPS and in-car navigation systems,, online widgets, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android apps. Founded by Sam Friedman and Alex Israel, ParkMe’s mission is to make parking easier, faster and cheaper. The company collects and aggregates data about both on-street and off-street parking and has built the world’s most comprehensive parking database. This includes more than 28,000 worldwide locations in more than 1,800 cities, 32 countries and seven continents. ParkMe can be found on the Web at, on Twitter @TheParkMeApp, and on Facebook

ParkMe is backed by a highly respected group of investors, including Fontinalis Partners, IDG Ventures and Angeleno Group. Fontinalis Partners is a leading transportation technology strategic investment firm founded by Bill Ford, Ralph Booth, Mark Schulz, Chris Cheever, and Chris Thomas. IDG Ventures is a global network of venture capital funds with approximately $5 billion under management and a portfolio of over 220 companies built over the last 15 years. Founded in 2001, Angeleno Group is a leading growth equity firm dedicated to investing in next generation energy and natural resources companies globally.

Media Contacts: Ray Yeung / Nancy Zakhary | Brainerd Communicators | 212-986-6667 | /



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SpotOn Parking App: Trying to Monopolize Parking on Divisadero in the White Part of the NoPA Western Addition Area

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Well here’s what it looks like IRL, on “MACALLISTER” Street near Scott at a barely-used, windblown parking lot owned by a nearby church.

And here’s what it looks like on your iOS device:

Will this company ever make money?

I don’t know.

Will this company ever make money from me?

Hell no.

Anyway, check out how they’re doing in the white part of the Western Addition northeast of the Panhandle – the DivCo they call it. Looks like somebody’s been knocking on doors lately…

Attention News-Gatherers: Now You Can Buy a News-Gathering Drone for $290 at Costco #144 – Control with Cell Phone

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

It’s kind of  new, it’s totally for you. It’s the Parrot Quadricopter AR Drone 2.0.

I told you all about this contraption before, but at the time it was only available online. These days, you can head on down to the SoMA Costco (America’s First Urban Costco) and get one for less than $300.

Then, you train your new pet to listen to simple commands from your cell phone (yes, there’s an app for that) and then you’re on your way to a Pulitzer:

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Uh, Ricky Gervais Invested His Money in a Marin County App Maker? Introducing “The Just Sayin’ App” – Really?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012


Just Sayin’ co-founder and Creative Director Ricky Gervais says, “Just Sayin’ is to radio what Twitter is to newsprint — I’m just sayin’!”


“Producer & Comedian Ricky Gervais Introduces The Just Sayin’ App, Bringing Voice Conversations To Social Media – The Web 2.0 Social Voice Revolution

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19, 2012 — Today, September 19th 2012, “The Office” creator and comedic innovator Ricky Gervais launches the Just Sayin’ app (app store), the first-ever voice conversation application for social media. The free iPhone app allows users to converse with voice and share the recorded conversation to their social media profiles, allowing followers to listen in and reply back. Created in partnership with voice-technology company, CloudTalk, Just Sayin’ users can also post any combination of voice, text, photos, and video to their respective Twitter and Facebook profiles. Just Sayin’ co-founder and Creative Director Ricky Gervais says, “Just Sayin’ is to radio what Twitter is to newsprint — I’m just sayin’!”

CloudTalk CEO David Hayden, credited for launching one of the world’s first search engines, Magellan, and the email hosting service, Critical Path, began building cloud-based voice technology in 2009. Ricky Gervais immediately grasped Hayden’s vision for Just Sayin’ when the two met earlier this year, and aided in refining the app’s overall direction. “Making the human voice a natural part of any social web experience is the next big thing,” says Gervais. “Voice as a monologue is narcissistic, voice as a dialogue is social; social media is a place where people desire to be both.”

Just Sayin’ voice conversations are shared as asynchronous audio messages in the user’s social media profiles. Users can talk one-on-one, or one-to-many, and can invite others to join the conversation. Hayden believes, “Voice has been the missing link to a person’s online persona. Social media interaction is widely silent and we know text has its limitations, sentiments can be difficult to express in 140 characters.”

Just Sayin’ is a mobile-first solution, compatible with any iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, including the new iPhone 5 and IOS 6 and is accessible by desktop at While voice-centric social media grows rapidly in Asian markets, these services are primarily SMS tools and are heavily fee based; alternatively, Just Sayin’ is a free cloud-powered app. Just Sayin’s Android app will be made available in the Google Play marketplace by year’s end. Hayden predicts, “Just Sayin’ has the potential to become the new medium of all media, the question is not ‘who will adopt this medium’, but ‘who will take it the farthest?'”

Just Sayin’ is especially valuable to celebrities whose fans demand personal and authentic content; politicians, athletes, comedians, and musicians can use Just Sayin’ to better engage their fans. The app’s technology enables news outlets to utilize social media for voice interviews, celebrities can now engage with fans in dialogue, and the general public can communicate online as they would offline: by speaking. In a beta version released earlier this year, 2008 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, soccer star Brandi Chastain, and musical talents Cavo, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Crossfade, and IKILLYA, were able to use Just Sayin’ to speak directly to fans. Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx shares, “I use the Just Sayin’ app as a way to further close the gap between fan and artist.  Not only do the fans get to hear my voice directly but I get to hear theirs as well.  I love it.”

About Just Sayin’: Just Sayin’ is a product of Ricky Gervais, and CloudTalk Inc., a Delaware corporation. CloudTalk built the first cloud-based platform for hosting apps that deliver voice as the central part of the user’s social media experience. The platform works for smartphones and the web, and the Company offers a rich API set that enables applications for feature phones and email as well.  CloudTalk is headquartered in Mill Valley, California.

SOURCE  CloudTalk Inc.”