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Mapping Locals and Tourists

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 15, 2010

A California-based computer programmer uses photos on Picasa and Flickr to identify places that are frequented by tourists and locals in a city.

Eric Fischer, 37, tracked about 650,000 Boston photos that people had uploaded to Flickr and Picasa websites. What he got were maps that divide the city into two areas – one for the tourists and one for locals.

He uses red dots on the map to indicate where more tourists go. Blue dots are for places frequented by locals.

Interesting. Read the Boston Globe article here.


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Apps To The Rescue

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 5, 2010

Thank God for technology, thank God for the ‘Get Directions’ link on Google maps and thank God for the iPhone. Well, actually thank you Steve Jobs for the last one.

The reason for my gratitude, you may ask. Well, I just discovered that there is an iPhone app that gives me schedules and other information of the city’s subways, rails and buses. The app is called MassTransit and can be accessed without an internet connection. MassTransit costs $3.99.

(An aside – Some of you would have already known about such apps. Well, I am brand new to the iPhone, so was not aware of all the apps that are available.)

The MassTransit app has maps for several bus routes. It also gives you the time of the first and last train you can catch at any subway stop, according to its description on the Apple website.

Another app I found is appropriately called ‘To a T.’ You can use it to find the location of any bus stop or station. It costs $2.99. Cheap.

For newcomers like me, who are also writing a blog on places hidden in Boston’s bylanes, such apps are God sent. Just as one gets addicted to Tweeting or updating status on Facebook, I cannot wait to find more such apps to navigate around the city of Boston. Watch this space for more on the apps.

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