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Great news for all the iPhone-addicts out there: Philly's ever-increasing number of techies has been up to more than just taking up all the seats at your favorite Wi-Fi café. They’ve been busy developing truly Philly-centric apps, from the genius (SEPTA travel, local concert information and traffic reports) to the just-for-fun (zombie braining and saving kittens).
Some of these Philly finds may take a little digging through the app store, and with tens of thousands of apps to choose from, who has time for all that? Well, we do! Get those downloading fingers ready for these 12 awesome iPhone apps by Philadelphians, for Philadelphians.
If you have ever been to one of the dozen weekly technology events around Philadelphia, you likely have quickly noticed that the room is often largely filled with men.
“I’ve been in tech for 15 years and I've never been in a room full of women," says Techgirlz co-founder Anita Garimella.
To help bridge the gap, a handful of local women have created Techgirlz, a new organization that hopes to solve the gender gap in Philadelphia's technology community. According to Techgirlz, most girls begin to dial back the pursuit of subjects like math and science in middle school. Technology jobs are often...
Some people count how many friends they have, and some people count the value of their friendships. In the world of social media, it's no different.
We can precisely measure just about everything online, and so it should surprise no one that as social media has boomed, so have the comparisons between Facebook friend counts and Twitter followers.
But there's a nuance that raw numbers can't show. There's quantity ... and then there's quality.
It's easy enough to track who are the most followed Twitter users in Philadelphia, but everyone is trying to figure out how those figures measure in influence -- or 'resonance.' Who are the biggest Philadelphia voices in the Twitter conversation? We're not talking about spam accounts with big follower numbers, but those people who you should be following, whose opinions matter and whose tweets are being heard.
Which Philadelphia Twitter users matter most? By incorporating standard metrics like follower counts, communication total and update frequency — in addition to actual power, background and title — we've compiled a list of the 10 Tweeters that every Philadelphian should be following.
The thank-you was but a tease for Philly's technology community, which, as part of the City's application to the Google Fiber for Communities contest, created "Gigabit City," a repository where folks brainstorm specific projects that may be possible with gigabit technology. Like everyone else, they'll have to wait until Google announces the winners in the fall, but City of Philadelphia Chief Technology Officer Allan Frank isn't sitting around. He's turned the city's application into an opportunity to engage Philadelphia around next-generation broadband policy.
In the process, he's been able to push the city's telecommunication heavies — Comcast and Verizon — to consider Philadelphia's future.
Last week, while the City of Philadelphia was busy celebrating the country’s 234th birthday, another anniversary passed by with little fanfare. July 5 marked three months since the city announced it was developing its own 311 iPhone application to allow citizens to access city data on the go. It also marked the day the application was two months late.
In an April 5 announcement, Division of Technology chief Allan Frank said the application would be available in May, yet there’s still no sign of it on the city’s 311 site or in the App Store.
While we're certainly on board with city government embracing new technologies, there were several alternatives to the city developing the application itself that would have sped up its development and saved precious taxpayer dollars.
"We need to be less focused on managing servers and more focused on serving citizens," said Councilman Bill Green in a phone interview with Technically Philly about the 311 application. Green says the city could have cheaply crowd-sourced the application development using a service like Force.com.
In building the application itself, the city showed that it didn’t even perform a simple Google search to weigh other options. Philadelphia is not the first city to attempt a 311 application, nor is the 311 department the first city department to bring its data to a mobile platform. There's no need to reinvent the wheel.
With tourism, it's all about where you are. Exactly where you are.
In Philadelphia, the past month has seen a wash of mobile geo-location tourism applications launch in and around the Cradle of Liberty. Trends say those deals and the mobile tools they employ today will help to profoundly reconfigure how tourists experience this 'greene country towne' in the future.
City tourism officials announced with great fanfare last week a mobile app that puts users onto competitive 'treks,' sending them throughout the city to find and explore and earn points for what they find and how they find it. Philadelphia is the first city to use the platform, developed with SCVNGR, a now Boston-based company with roots at Princeton and Drexel universities.