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Glance Clock keeps your life together with subtle yet vibrant notifications

There’s something intriguing about low-fi solutions to high-tech problems and the Glance Clock is no exception. In today’s world, a missed Uber can be the difference between a confidence-inducing 5.0 rider rating and a clearly shameful 4.8. Glance Clock, a smart clock that looks more analog than digital at first glance (see what I did there), wants to make your life easier by… Read More

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John Mannes

September 19th

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Glance Clock keeps your life together with subtle yet vibrant notifications

There’s something intriguing about low-fi solutions to high-tech problems and the Glance Clock is no exception. In today’s world, a missed Uber can be the difference between a confidence-inducing 5.0 rider rating and a clearly shameful 4.8. Glance Clock, a smart clock that looks more analog than digital at first glance (see what I did there), wants to make your life easier by… Read More

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John Mannes

September 19th

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Microsoft Accelerator startup DefinedCrowd connects machine learning with native speakers

definedcrwod_hed Part of Microsoft Accelerator’s batch 3 of startups, DefinedCrowd is filling a niche in the big data and machine learning community, providing near-real-time feeds of rich language data, checked by actual well-informed humans all over the world. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 3rd

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Google Deploys Person Finder Tool to Aid Victims of Nepal Earthquake

As reports of the devastation from this morning’s earthquake in Nepal continue to roll in, Google has launched Person Finder, a crowdsourced, missing persons database to help victims of the quake track down their loved ones.

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Maddie Stone

April 25th

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Now William Shatner’s Crowdsourcing Ideas for His Bonkers Drought Plan

Hey, we’ve all got ideas to save California from its cataclysmic drought. Stop fracking! Stop showering! Stop eating! But none of us is William Shatner: Enterprise captain, Priceline spokesperson, Twitter watchdog, and probably, definitely, most certainly not a water expert. This is not preventing him from proposing a $30 billion solution, including a crowdsourcing website to find the best way to do it.

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Alissa Walker

April 24th

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Apple Maps to expand community crowdsourcing features, Siri + Passbook integration

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Apple is looking to expand its efforts in crowdsourcing data to improve its Maps app for iOS and OS X, according to hints in a new job listing on the company’s site.

So far Apple’s efforts in crowdsourcing data to improve its Maps app has been limited to its own data collection projects and the “Report a problem” function in the Maps app. It also collects crowdsourced data from iOS’s Frequent Locations feature if users allow it. But the new job listings hint at Apple’s interest in expanding the user feedback feature, including through Maps integration in Siri and Passbook.

The job posting is seeking a “Community Client Software Engineer” for the Maps team to work on “building and extending the Maps application to allow Apple to crowdsource improvements to the Maps experience.” More specifically, Apple wants someone to work on developing new data crowdsourcing features through “high-level UI development and architecture of the “Report a Problem” feature of the Maps application.” It also hints at collecting crowdsourced data through Maps integration with apps like Siri and Passbook:

You’ll also be working on the frameworks and plugins that enable Maps to integrate deeply and seamlessly with parts of the system such as Siri and Passbook, to extend and enhance the feedback experience.

Apple has improved on its Report a Problem feature that allows user-submitted corrections somewhat since first launching Maps, but it doesn’t include features like real-time crowdsourced traffic alerts. Those have been made popular by apps like Waze, the maps app with a focus on user submitted data that Google acquired last year.

Apple recently resumed its own crowdsourcing efforts for Maps using Ground Truth contributors around the globe following some shake-ups on the Maps team. Troubles for the Maps team might not be over, however, as last month we reported Apple had lost a top Maps app manager, who served as Senior Engineering Manager, Maps Apps & Community, following a notable number of exits in recent months.


Filed under: iOS, Mac Tagged: Apple, Crowdsourcing, Ground Truth, job listing, Jobs, maps, Passbook, Siri, Waze

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Jordan Kahn

December 4th

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The LA Police Wants to Use Crowdsourced Photos to Solve Crimes

The LA Police Wants to Use Crowdsourced Photos to Solve Crimes

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has launched a new website and companion mobile app that allows people who are witnesses to large emergencies can submit photo or video evidence they might have recorded. On the surface, it sounds like a good idea—but like all mass information collection, the idea has a dark side.

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Mario Aguilar

May 6th

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Now You Can Help Search for the Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

Now You Can Help Search for the Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight

The Boeing 777 that seemed to disappear into thin air last weekend has still not been found after five days of search and rescue. Now a crowdsourcing company has started a campaign where anyone can pore over satellite images to find traces of Flight 370 or its 239 passengers.

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Alissa Walker

March 12th

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Crowdsourcing Could Help Deaf People Subtitle Their Everyday Life [Crowdsourcing]

Subtitles make TV far more accessible for deaf people, but new research promises to give people with hearing difficulties the option to subtitle their everyday lives, too, using crowdsourced transcribers. More »


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Jamie Condliffe

July 25th

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How to Get the Internet to Pay for Your Lunch [Money]

Sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter are great for raising money to build a cool looking lamp or direct a movie shot on your iPad. But they're also perfect for getting people to give you money for no reason at all. More »


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Sam Biddle

June 21st

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