While you may know Foursquare as your go-to for the best restaurants and nightlife, this Friday, we’re highlighting two of our favorite lifestyle brands to help you find your way around shops, hotels, museums, and more.
goop is a weekly lifestyle publication and online shop curated by Gwyneth Paltrow. From exclusive collaborations to the best hotels and travel spots, goop has some great tips (with beautiful photos!) on how to live your best life.
Design*Sponge is a lifestyle blog run by Brooklyn-based writer Grace Bonney. She has an eye for all things design, from stationary and home decor to fashion and gardening. Grace also runs a series of meetups to support women running design-based businesses called the D*S Biz Lady Series.
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“If you’re ever riding a Citi Bike with a low or flat tire, skipping gears, a dragging chain, or otherwise in need of some serious TLC, return it to a dock and press the “wrench” button.
This does two things. First, it locks the bike into the dock, so that no one else can ride it before we fix it. Second, it activates a red light… which is why if you see a bike with a red light, you won’t be able to check it out! The red light is an indicator that the bike needs a repair.
Q: Don’t hooligans press the wrench buttons for fun?
A: The wrench buttons can only be activated for a minute or two after a bike is docked, which makes them harder to mess with.
Q: Can’t someone “reserve” a Citi Bike by pushing the wrench button to lock it in place and then come later to unlock it?
A: Nope. Once a bike is locked in with the wrench button it takes a special staff key to unlock it again.”—
Been using Citibike for a year+ and knew nothing about the “wrench” button nor what the red light meant. Huh!
I wasn’t in the audience at the time, but the very first time I saw the video of Steve Jobs presenting the iPhone to the world I was in awe.
Sure we had plenty of smartphones previously but this was something entirely different.
I pre-ordered mine as soon as I possibly could.
It had nothing to do with my work trying to understand the latest new thing. I wanted it for myself. After I had embraced this new thing, my mind opened up to a world of possibilities, for my personal life and my professional life.
I pre-ordered the next iPhone and every other one that came out since. And last week I did the same thing with the iPhone 6. It looks like another insanely great product.
Last week, along with so many people around the world I watched Apple introduce the Watch.
It is a thing of beauty. It’s thoughtful, well designed and capable.
But at this time I don’t have any plans to pre-order it when it becomes available.
I really don’t want another thing to power up and charge in my life. I don’t want another thing to interrupt my moments. I don’t want to see any sort of notification when I’m playing basketball in the driveway with the kids. I am finding the joy of walking into my house, taking the phone out of my pocket and leaving it on the counter.
I love the miracle of the mobile, high speed internet. But I want to choose my time with and without.
There is a real possibility that by not getting an Apple Watch I will miss out on important emerging trends. That’s a concern I suppose. Or maybe developers figure out how to innovate and respect our time along the way.
There is also a chance I eat the words of this very post as we get learn more about Watch and as it’s capabilities radically improve as these things always do.
But less is more in so many ways and this might be another example. At least that’s how I’m feeling at the moment.
I wrote this on the 5-year anniversary of 9/11. I re-read / re-post it every year.
I was asleep when the first plane hit the North Tower. The boom must have woken me up as I remember looking at my alarm clock and thinking “8:46, why am I awake?” I was unemployed at the time (got laid off from Vindigo in June). Since I was awake, I got up, turned on my laptop, and went to get some orange juice (unemployed morning ritual). When I came back my screen was covered in IM windows asking me if I had seen what happened or knew what was going on. Someone wrote that the WTC was bombed.
I was living in the West Village in that apt with big terrace out back and a ladder that went to the roof. My apt was probably about a mile from the Twin Towers. After reading those IM messages, I went out onto the terrace and saw the North Tower on fire. The hole in the building was enormous.
I still didn’t know what had happened. I went inside, turned on CNN and watched as they were starting to pieces things together. I was watching CNN’s coverage as the second plane hit the South Tower. It was probably the loudest sound I’ve ever heard. Our TV was about five steps from the terrace - when I stepped outside I could still see the explosion happening.
I spent most of morning running back and forth from my bedroom (laptop), to living room (tv) to the roof. The few friends I had who were still employed had no idea what was happening - most of the news websites were too slow to use and no one had TVs at work. I was posting photos online and trying to recap what CNN was reporting via IM. Cell phones and landlines didn’t work - everything was a fast busy signal. I had to IM Mike Ferrari (who was in DC) and ask him to call my parents to tell them I was at home and okay.
There was about a half hour between when the second plane crashed and when the first tower fell. I was on the roof most of the time, watching though these binoculars I stole from my dad. I could see things falling from the building (which we later learned were people jumping). Inside on CNN, they had just figured out that the planes had left from Boston on cross-country routes, which is when I remembered my dad casually mentioning something during our Sunday Night Phone Call about flying from Boston -> SF for work. That felt pretty shitty.
I was inside and watching on TV when the South Tower collapsed. In the two seconds it took to run from the TV to the terrace, there was already so much dust in the air (not near me, but downtown) that you couldn’t see either tower. I went to the roof. When the dust cleared you could see that there was only one tower standing. I never expected the tower to fall (did anyone?). I can remember standing on the roof just a few minutes before thinking things like, “How do they even fix a hole like that? Does scaffolding go that high? What’s it going to look like when the sun sets behind it?” I was watching from the roof as the North Tower collapsed about 30 mins later.
The rest of the day is kind of a blur. We tried volunteering places (St. Vincent’s, the Armory) but got turned away. I found out (via IM) that my dad was fine as he flew out on Monday (not Tuesday). We got a bunch of our friends together and went out to dinner. I eventually moved out of the city for the winter, returning six months later to go to ITP @ NYU. I was fortunate enough not to have personally known any of the victims, though we all have friends-of-friends who were affected.
Not really a teendrama-esque post, but I watched that documentary by the two French brothers last night on CBS - maybe the first 9/11 recap I’ve allowed myself to watch (Fahrenheit 9/11 doesn’t count) which is what motivated me to write this up.
“Third, there’s a big button below the crown, again on the right side. Apple showed only one function for it: Press it to summon the icons of the people you communicate with most frequently, in order to send them texts, drawings, or — this is so cool — tap signals.
For example, when you want to leave a party, tap three times on your watch’s screen. Your spouse feels the same tapping pattern on her wrist, elsewhere in the room. Or you could send a silent “I love you” tap to your spouse’s wrist when you’re thousands of miles apart.”—
IMHO this is the most interesting part of the Apple Watch story. This mini-sketch/haptic communication stuff will inspire a lot of creative spin offs and experiments.
When I was a student at NYU’s ITP program, there was 1-2 projects a year like this — sharing lightweight presence and connectivity and often involving heartbeats and physical haptic nudges (“hey, i’m thinking about you”). Each project was all awesome in their own little way and you always wished they were real projects (and real projects that worked for longer than just a demo :) The Apple Watch will bring a lot of these playful themes to the masses and that’s going to be cool to watch.
Apple + iWatch Wildcard Prediction (just for the record)
If Apple launches a watch, the most interesting part of it will be new biometric sensors that can measure caloric intake (and possibly the quality of that caloric intake) — sensors that no one thinks exists because no one has ever seen them.
Just like the iPhone launch showed people a touchscreen that worked like no other touchscreen they’ve seen before, Apple will show people health sensors that people didn’tbelieveexisted.
There’s a brand new update of Swarm out today, and it addresses two of the constant asks from our community – more stickers, and make it easier to check in the people you’re with.
First up, when you’re looking to add a little flair to your check-in, you’ll notice an easier way to choose from your stickers. When you’re checking in and you tap on the sticker book icon, you’ll see all the stickers that you’ve unlocked, those that you don’t yet have, and teases of new stickers to come in the future. And, if you tap on the silhouette of one you haven’t earned yet, you’ll see a little clue as to how you can soon make it yours (without taking all the fun away). Oh, and those question marks? We wanted to keep some stickers a total mystery.
We’ve also made it easier to check in with your friends. When you’re checking in, tapping the add friends button will show you a list of friends you’ve recently been with, as well as friends that are nearby. Tap whoever you’re with and they’ll be checked in.
Finally, if you’re on iOS, we’re giving you an early sneak preview of the new map view of your history. Tap on the little map icon, and you’ll see all your check-ins around the world, broken down by where they are. It’s still got a bug or two, but it’s a feature that people ask for a ton.
In the past few months since releasing Swarm, we’ve been working hard to listen to all of your feedback and build new features for the app as fast as possible. We’ve also put a lot of focus on location accuracy and fixed some bugs in the meantime. As always, let us know your thoughts on the update at email@example.com.
A nonzero hundreds digit tells us we’re using longitude, not latitude!
The tens digit gives a position to about 1,000 kilometers. It gives us useful information about what continent or ocean we are on.
The units digit (one decimal degree) gives a position up to 111 kilometers (60 nautical miles, about 69 miles). It can tell us roughly what large state or country we are in.
The first decimal place is worth up to 11.1 km: it can distinguish the position of one large city from a neighboring large city.
The second decimal place is worth up to 1.1 km: it can separate one village from the next.
The third decimal place is worth up to 110 m: it can identify a large agricultural field or institutional campus.
The fourth decimal place is worth up to 11 m: it can identify a parcel of land. It is comparable to the typical accuracy of an uncorrected GPS unit with no interference.
The fifth decimal place is worth up to 1.1 m: it distinguish trees from each other. Accuracy to this level with commercial GPS units can only be achieved with differential correction.
The sixth decimal place is worth up to 0.11 m: you can use this for laying out structures in detail, for designing landscapes, building roads. It should be more than good enough for tracking movements of glaciers and rivers. This can be achieved by taking painstaking measures with GPS, such as differentially corrected GPS.
The seventh decimal place is worth up to 11 mm: this is good for much surveying and is near the limit of what GPS-based techniques can achieve.
The eighth decimal place is worth up to 1.1 mm: this is good for charting motions of tectonic plates and movements of volcanoes. Permanent, corrected, constantly-running GPS base stations might be able to achieve this level of accuracy.
The ninth decimal place is worth up to 110 microns: we are getting into the range of microscopy. For almost any conceivable application with earth positions, this is overkill and will be more precise than the accuracy of any surveying device.
Ten or more decimal places indicates a computer or calculator was used and that no attention was paid to the fact that the extra decimals are useless. Be careful, because unless you are the one reading these numbers off the device, this can indicate low quality processing!
With over 55 million tips in the all-new Foursquare, people have shared a lot of expert advice and insider knowledge. And, we hear from you that one of the most rewarding things about the new app is seeing how many people you’ve helped. Now, when you tap to view your own tips, we show you how many people have seen it.
To see how many people each of your tips has reached, first head to your profile. Then tap on any tip and you’ll see how many people have viewed it, along with likes and saves. We’ll also let you know when a tip of yours has reached a certain milestone, like being seen over 100 times, as well has how many people saw your tips each week.
Your tips have always helped shape people’s experiences. Now you can see just how much of an impact your tips are making.