Tag Archives: traffic information

Too fast, too furious? The app that’ll slow you down

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… ease off the gas.

While we might not like the idea of merciless robots clocking our every minor traffic infraction, dangerous drivers are a serious, well, danger, to us all.

As someone who’s driven in a few countries I think it’s safe to say that no matter where you live, there are morons who treat their cars more like weapons than a means of transport. People who think blind corners are the perfect place for 100km/h overtaking maneuvers and that icy roads are a reason to double your …

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Of Maps and Men: is Apple relying on us to fix the iPhone 5?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… directions to destinations, confusion over place names, plus the absence of public transport information. Not since Deep Impact have so many landmarks been found underwater. (Check the Amazing IOS6 Maps Tumblr for screenshots of some absurd results from here in Helsinki.)

That’s possibly where we, the devoted crowds of Apple worshippers, come in. Like when Siri was released, it seems Apple Maps is Apple’s version of a minimum viable product: released well before it was …


Africa Online

Posted on by Otto Chrons

… food and sufficient shelter for your family. However, in more developed parts of Africa, the information superhighway is opening for traffic. And Africans want a better set of wheels with which to cruise it.

An Eye on the Future

Even Rwanda, synonymous with the problems that characterize many people’s views of third world Africa (which are often based on false assumptions ), is getting on the bandwidth-wagon. It is still an extremely poor country, but it is also a very ambitious …

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The Same Old Song?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… For most people it is hard to think of a downside to the internet revolution. The “information superhighway” has made business more efficient, staying in touch with friends easier, and the opportunities for our spare time more varied.

But, as with any revolution, there have been losers. Amongst those on the wrong side of change were the local second hand stores overshadowed by Ebay, the factories that once churned out now-archaic tools like fax machines and, most famously, …

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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… in the US capital every year. That’s a huge number of stories, requiring an awful lot of information.

This information is partly official reports and court documents, but much of it comes from the crowd. Using social media and the help of the friends, families and neighbors of victims (and suspects), Homicide Watch puts together a lucid portrait of every homicide.

A database for the dead

Homicide Watch isn’t organized like a typical newspaper. Instead, the site is more like a …

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