Posts Tagged ‘ios’

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.

Enjoy:

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, ParkMe.com, 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 ParkMe.com, on Twitter @TheParkMeApp, and on Facebook Facebook.com/TheParkMeApp.

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 |yeung@braincomm.com / nancy@braincomm.com

SOURCE  ParkMe

ParkMe

Web Site: http://www.parkme.com

Disrupt Parking: The Kids from the SpotOn Parking App Have Got the NoPA Western Addition Covered – Look for Iconic Orange Cones

Friday, August 9th, 2013

They’re trying, I’ll give you that.

See?

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Yeah, I don’t know….

You know, if I dropped out of an Ivy to start up a transportation app in Frisco, I think I’d offer an Android version, you know, for the 79% of the world what rolls that way.

But that’s just me.

Anyway, they’re not per se illegal from the get-go, and that’s so unlike a lot of Ron Conway*-type startups what litter the 415 these days, so they’ve got that going for them…

*Hey, did Ron Conway really try to improperly intervene with SFGov over the parking spaces near Pinterest HQ? Ooh, that’s pretty cheesy, RC!

OMG, New “Leap Transit” Bus is a Replacement for the MUNI 30X – It’s $6 to Ride the Marina Express One-Way to Financh

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

[UPDATE: Kevin Montgomery of Uptown Almanac reacts.]

[UPDATE II: The Twitter-stream of one @kylekirchhoff just went private. C'mon, Bro! You gotta engage with the peeps. Today is your big day. It's not that incrimernating, is it? Bro discusses how much he doesn't like Twitter, McAfee Antivirus Inc, and how many people got shot on a MUNI #14 last year. You know, all the usual stuff. But I'll tell you, withdrawing from Web 2.0 is what criminales do, right? You're just a bro with a bus. Nothing wrong with that.]

[UPDATE III: Aaron Sankin of Huffington Post San Francisco weighs in.]

[UPDATE IV: And now Ellen Huet of the San Francisco Chronicle:

John Avalos, a supervisor who has fought against private companies use of Muni stops, called Kirchhoff’s comments “very disingenuous.”

“What a crock of s—,” Avalos said. “How does blocking a Muni stop make the city more efficient? You’re trying to make money, and you’re creating a two-tiered transportation system in San Francisco.”]

I’ll tell you, I’ve been waiting years for a MUNI alternative to pop up and look, it’s here.

Now I’m not talking about the corporate buses (like Google, Apple, FaceBook and so on) that have been around for a decade or so, and I’m not talking about Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and the like and I’m not even talking about the private version of the taxpayer-subsidized Twitter Express, the 83X.

No no. I’m talking about Leap Transit duplicating the unpopular MUNI Marina Express 30x with a private shuttle bus that costs $6 one-way.

It looks like this, as seen just yesterday:

Via Gregg Meyer

Here’s what the site looks like:

See that? The bus comes with WiFi and leather seats, but they cost three times as much as MUNI. And I’m supposing you and your wheelchair would be better off on MUNI, just a guess. And, oh yes,  you pretty much need an Apple iPhone (or as close an iOS device as possible) to climb aboard.

Now you’d think the MSM would be all over this new company, but no. So far, Leap has escaped notice, except from this bloke called  from Down Under. (Uh, he’s _not_ a fan. I haven’t seen a booting like this since Bart vs. Australia)

“This little blue bus symbolises everything that is wrong with the current bubble and boom of internet startup culture. It’s in San Francisco. It belongs to Leap Transit. And, on May 13, this “better bus” — OMFG, it has leather seats and wi-fi! — began operating as part of what’s billed as a “shuttle service for San Francisco commuters.”

Bonus bon mot:

“This socialized [x] is slow and unprofitable. Let’s start a [x] for rich people that pays its employees less.”

Leave there be no doubt, Leap Transit is a wannabe MUNI disrupter. See?

So far, reaction around town has been mixed.

To wit:

connie hwong ‏@crh17h This has come to my attention: a $6 shuttle from the Marina to SOMA, with leather seats & wifi. Seriously, SF?”

Check it:

I don’t know, if the 30X just passed you by ’cause it’s raining and you see a Leap bus coming at you and you have an iPhone and you’re already signed up, well then Leap just might be worth the six bucks.

A 28-year-old white man wants you to ride his technicolor submarine.

Will you?

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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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Attention Bay Area Media: Buy a Drone – Built-In Camcorder – Operate with iPhone – $320 at Costco – Do It

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

It’s new, it’s you. It’s the Parrot Quadricopter AR Drone 2.0.

Your Android or iOS device, which you already have, can run an app to tell this thing where to go.

Then you can get video like this.

Oh, and they throw in an extra battery for you.

And don’t worry too much about any legal hassles.

Get with the times, people.