Please Explain: Apps

Friday, January 03, 2014

We'll find out how apps are created and get recommendations for must-have apps—tools that can help find parking, find a ride, track calories, and more. Bruce Upbin, managing editor of Forbes, and Geoffrey Fowler, tech columnist for the Wall Street Journal, join us.


Geoffrey Fowler and Bruce Upbin

Comments [20]

John from NYC

Did he really say "power travelers"?

Jan. 08 2014 08:27 AM
kevinizon from Brooklyn

I use Roadify to check NYC bus and subway schedule, and its pretty much always right. Not sure how, but it appears to work. The snow days did throw off the bus schedules, but otherwise Roadify has been accurate.

Jan. 04 2014 11:20 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Yes, these apps and gadgets have implications for our privacy, autonomy, cognition, etc. that we are under-aware of because we don't discuss them.

Jan. 03 2014 02:09 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Yes, these apps and gadgets have implications for our privacy, autonomy, cognition, etc. that we are under-aware of because we don't discuss them.

Jan. 03 2014 02:09 PM
Jennifer from NYC

Why do people find it perfectly acceptable to provide private information to download apps? Exactly why is that necessary? At this point, why don't app-designers just join forces with the NSA and split the difference?

Jan. 03 2014 02:02 PM
Ayesha Ahmad from NYC

Citymaps is a great way to rediscover your city by following folks who create maps with their favorite spots about town. This way you can only follow people whose taste you trust. Kind of cool. Think it's iPHone only for now.

Jan. 03 2014 01:55 PM

Great app…. following my cycle…PeriodView

Jan. 03 2014 01:52 PM
Craig G from Queens

There are so many people proclaiming how great these apps are, but no one talks about the lack of privacy and how we have no control over how that data is used. All the data being collected can be used for so much more than showing us ads. The problem is that we have no idea how it is used or if it will ever be deleted. Even SnapChat does not guarantee that the photos will be deleted in a timely manner. Are they really any better than the NSA?

Jan. 03 2014 01:49 PM
Barney Lehrer from Brooklyn

Our new app "Buy Wine Now!" enables instant purchase of wines as you taste them!

Jan. 03 2014 01:48 PM

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Jan. 03 2014 01:48 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Any chance of an app that reads your Metrocard & tells you how much is on it/if you need to refill it w/out having to go to a subway station (which for some people is a long way away) to check it in a card reader? Even better would be a way to fill the card other than by going to a station!

Jan. 03 2014 01:47 PM
janny1006 from jersey city

My favorite app Find My Car - a must for those of us who street park!

Jan. 03 2014 01:44 PM
fuva from harlemworld

We need a segment that distinguishes apps that stimulate the brain from those that turn it off.

Jan. 03 2014 01:37 PM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Tablets, LED panels, eReaders....Any one else experiencing an early onset of night blindness from all of this scree exposure? I am in my mid-50s and have a mild case. Both my brothers-in-law have it even worse.

Jan. 03 2014 01:36 PM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Apps? Just another name for a computer program which on a tablet or an smartphone provide instant access to a database of information. The 'sandbox' of apps, Android, Apple or Windows Phone are more constrained than the wild and woolly web.

Why does Apple get to collect 30% for access to its sandbox. And do google and Microsoft collect similar tolls?

Jan. 03 2014 01:29 PM
Sherry from Manhattan

At the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People, we have a regular feature on accessible iPhone apps that make life easier for blind/vi people:

Jan. 03 2014 01:21 PM

there's a new app out which uses Matt Cetta's photgenic alchemy techniques to create interesting effects on your instagram or i phone pictures. I'd like to recommend that you check it out by going here:
Cetta's filter packs are an add on, worth the money.

Jan. 03 2014 01:14 PM
Betty Ann from UES

I just downloaded a new Ipad App yesterday called "Blokify." My kids love it, with blocks they can build castles and pirate ships. What's really cool is these objects can be sent away and 3D printed! So neat, and educational.

Jan. 03 2014 01:05 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Just downloaded it to the iPad and have been introduced to many, many interesting podcasts, a la NPR and beyond. WNYC listeners should love it.

Jan. 03 2014 01:03 PM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

I just discovered coocoo for using mass transit.

SMS 266266 with your start and end point and you'll get a schedule back. Works for NJ Transit, SEPTA, Metro North, LIRR. When will the MTA get on board? [pun intended]

Jan. 03 2014 01:03 PM

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