There’s An App For That…February 22, 2010
I may be one of the few people in the universe who doesn’t have an iPhone or iPod Touch and I wish I had one. There are so many things about it that makes it a must have: the touch screen, email, internet, music and then of course there are the apps, those little pieces of software that make your life easier, or just more fun.
A couple of new apps have come to my attention recently. There’s London Taxi, an app that gives you the fastest route and the fare, once you’ve selected your starting location and typed in where you want to go. I’m sure black cab drivers will be delighted at the release of that app. Their worst nightmare would be the smart arse that’ll take great pleasure in telling them the fare they should be paying. As if vomit in the back of the cab isn’t enough to contend with. It’s useful I’m sure, but it takes away the frisson that comes with not knowing what you’ll be paying when you reach your destination. The anticipation as you wonder whether your wallet will be able to stand the punch in the gut from the fare you’ll have to pay is part of the fun, surely. Some of my best rides have been when I’ve either had to find a paper bag to stop myself from hyperventilating when I’ve seen the final fare on the clock, or I’ve had such a good time chatting to the cabbie that I’ve had my fare reduced. Besides, I’m sure it doesn’t cover rogue mini cabs that’ll continue to rip people off and worse, so there’ll be no change there. The second app is Asborometer, which tells you the number of people with an ASBO in any area of the UK. Imagine the fun you could have comparing areas up and down the land. Type in the postcode and… viola! You’ll know the places to go and the places to avoid. It would be useful to people who don’t know an area, but of course the locals already do, so they don’t need it.
Estate Agents up and down the land must be quaking in their boots.