No Advertising Allowed on Google Glass
) today published its terms and conditions for developing apps on
Google Glass, stipulating that developers will not be allowed to
display advertisements on the device's screen. (Whew!)
Additionally, companies will not be allowed to charge for any
apps that they develop.
Controversy over the privacy issues inherent in the device and
its onboard, 5-megapixel camera has already been circulating
widely, but now a new controversy may arise: Just how exactly
will developers make money from Glass apps, without ads and
without charging for their products?
Other companies, like Japan's Telepathy Inc. and the Chinese
), have confirmed that they are developing competitors to Google
Glass. Perhaps they will allow advertisements and apps for which
users have to pay? Details are still scarce, though Google's
first wave of Glass devices will soon be going out to developers
and "Glass Explorers," the people who were selected from a
competition wherein people proposed to Google, via social media,
how they would use the device.
The New Yorker's
Subway Inequality Charts
The magazine's website has launched
a simple, interactive series of charts
that displays the disparity in median income over the course of
every New York City subway line. The charts are populated with
recent data from the US Census Bureau. Perhaps not surprisingly,
Manhattan displays the highest disparity in wealth; as a blog
post on the
The New Yorker
site stated, "If the borough of Manhattan were a country, the
income gap between the richest 20% and the poorest 20% would be
on par with countries like Sierra Leone, Namibia, and Lesotho.
The 2 train, stopping at Chambers Street/Park Place in lower
Manhattan and East 180th Street in the Bronx, had the largest
range in median income, $191,442. The widest gap in median income
between two adjacent stops was between Fulton Street and Chambers
Street in lower Manhattan, on the A and C line.
Collecting Data on How New Yorkers Ride the
Last winter, in early 2012, the Metropolitan Transportation
Authority (MTA), conducted a three-week study of subway riders,
taking periodic pictures. The study, originally presented to the
Transportation Research Board's (TRB) 92nd Annual Meeting in
Washington, DC, presents a series of findings about the behavior
of subway riders across New York City.
Some of the points made by the paper were quite obvious, such as
the fact that children are most readily able to get seats on
crowded cars, for example. Others were more subtle: Researchers
found that the doorway area was desirable because it allows
riders to avoid "the sometimes uncomfortable feeling of
accidentally making eye contact with seated passengers."
And for those who believe chivalry is not dead, the study found
that men were more likely to be standing than women in a crowded
Read the whole report
for more findings, obvious and not.
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