Google Maps Now Shows Real-Time Public Transit Info

Google Maps Now Shows Real-Time Public Transit Info

Do you find yourself regularly cursing the train, bus or subway when delays cause you to be late? This is certainly something I’ve battled with, living in Boston! Such widespread public frustration with city transportation services has led to the development of various smartphone apps and websites that aim to inform users of delays and arrival times. And, as of last Wednesday, to add to that list is Google Maps. Read more

I Spy – Smartphone App Privacy Invasion

I Spy – Smartphone App Privacy Invasion

I recently came across this video on the WSJ’s News Hub “What They Know” series and was slightly horrified.

In this feature, Julia Angwin, WSJ.com Senior Technology Editor, explains to Simon Constable, Dow Jones Newswires columnist, how smartphone apps gather and broadcast data about users. However, unlike clearing the cookies on your computer, with a smartphone, the data is embedded so there’s pretty much nothing you can do about it. I suppose smartphone users could refrain from downloading apps altogether, but, let’s face it, that’s never going to happen. Read more

My New Droid X

My New Droid X

As of this past weekend, I am the proud new owner of the latest smartphone on the market. So far, I am entirely happy with my decision to leave behind my Blackberry and pick up the Droid X. With seven desktop screens, I have everything sorted on its own home page. From music and games to social networks and messaging, I have a screen for each need.

The 4.3-inch 854×480 touch screen is great with a helpful vibration that lets you be confident you’ve selected the right letter or app. The camera takes 8-megapixel stills with a flash (take that iPhone). I use my Gmail, Google calendar and Gchat religiously, so having the Google powered Adroid operating system is perfect.

Another fun feature I’ve found is the talk to text button when composing text messages or emails. What’s even better? The laughs along the way as you test it out with friends and see what funny stuff it comes up with. For the most part it’s fairly accurate though as long as you enunciate.

Some of the other features include:

  • 1GHz TI OMAP processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 24GB storage
  • 720p HD video
  • DLNA compatibility
  • HDMI Micro out
  • 3 mics for noise cancellation
  • Wireless N with 3G hotspot powers

Definitely outstrips the Blackberry, though of course I was still holding on to my Pearl, which they don’t even make anymore. Do you have the Droid X? What’s your favorite part?